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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Knitting, Watching, Exercising, and Audio Books!

 

A new project, a scarf.  I needed a project with thicker yarn easier to see and no pattern to follow for a recent plane ride to keep me occupied.  So, I started this.  This is 100% superwash 218 yards per skein/cake and I have 2 cakes/skeins.  This color combination will work I think for a male or female.  If I don't have enough yarn for a decent sized scarf, it will be a mobius or cowl.  The yarn is very soft and nice work with.  Remember you can always click on the pictures to see them better.  The colors look a bit washed out to me in this photo.  I miss my photo software that I had before I switched to windows 11 and now I just have an app.  Not sure if I have other options...does anyone know?

I've worked a couple of hours on this since the last picture, though it may not look much different.  I was on a zoom call and could work on this during the call without paying a ton of attention to the scarf/shawl.  It's currently 106 stitches on the needles.  You increase only 1 stitch every other row; so it takes awhile...but it's farther along than it was.

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Lots of headway with Snail Hollow Shawl.  Section 1 is the large blue section on the right, section 2 is the large color works section that I thought was going to make me blind, section 3 is the blue section following the color works section, section 4 is the small colorworks section, and section 5 (where I'm currently working) is another blue section.  This will be followed by section 6 which will be purple, then there are large edging sections to do where you pick up stitches.

A close up of the last couple of sections.  I like the small colorworks section with blue on each side better than the large colorworks section.  I think the colorworks actually shows up better than the larger section.

LOVED this award winning book by Kristin Hannah.  The book is another WWII book, shocking I know, lol.  It's a historical fiction about 2 sisters who are as different as night and day, but both struggling to survive in German occupied France.  They take different paths to survive.  There are many stories within from resistence, to love, to abuse both physical and emotional, and the stories of two SS officers, Wolfgang Beck and Von Richter who were billeted in the home of one of sisters.  And it to your list folks.

The Greatest, a movie from 2009 with Pierce Bronson and Susan Sarandon available on Prime is another one of the movies I watched while hubby was recently awat on a business trip.  A very different type of roll for both these leading actors and actresses.  Sad in parts, frustrating is parts, and uplifting too.  Not a favorite of the movies I watched, but still good.

Believe I've done well with walking and planks, but not yoga to date during this month of July.  I wasn't able to pack my yoga mat for my lastest travels.  Soooo, we'll see how the month shapes out. 

50 comments:

  1. I always like seeing your book/movie recommendations about WW2 because I have an abiding interest in that era too.

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    1. Glad to know that Debra. I find it such an interesting time and so much in the world changed because of it.

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  2. For the first time in literally years this post showed up in my reading list. I wonder why.
    Love your knitting - and really admire it.

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    1. Who knows about the reading list, things on blogger go wonky from time to time. Thanks for the kind words about the knitting.

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  3. I love the tweedy colours of that scarf. Pretty sure you have enough to make one a decent size.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie, I hope so. I love the tweedy colors as well.

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  4. Years ago I knew a lady that could watch TV, read a book and knit at the same time! Whether she did any of the activities well, I am not sure! Your creations look quite exquisite.

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    1. Depending on what I'm working on, I can knit and watch tv, or knit and listen to a book; but can't imagine doing all 3...wow.

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  5. I read Nightingale awhile back. I’ve decided I’m over WW2 books! There are so many of them, they’ve all blended together in my mind.

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    1. There are many sWWII books now, but until recent years there really hadn't been much about how involved women were, so am very glad to see many of their untold stories coming forth. Until recent years one always thought only men fought in the war and women stayed behind and accomplished nothing. And that couldn't be farther from the truth.

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  6. Oh Windows 11 is troblesome! First I had trouble to log in ; now it doesn't rcognize DVD and the scanning function of my printer.
    Do you know, there's a blog carying your blog's name - Sandy's Space? The blogger a dr. Sandi Pal from Bengal, India.
    https//palsand.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah getting used to windows 11 is frustrating. Somethings that were really straight forward before with a click or two now take 3 or 4 clicks and aren't nearly as user friendly. Any thoughts though on free photo software to use?

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  7. I read The Nightingale. It was very powerful.
    I appreciate your book and movie reviews.
    Have a great weekend.
    Carla

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    1. Agree, I thought the book was powerful also. Thanks for the visit.

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  8. Lovely shawl creation ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days, Xo

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. I've put that Kristin Hannah book on my list of books-to-read. Thanks for recommending it.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for the visit.

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  10. Love the scarf in that middle picture, not sure the name of it. Nice colors. Going back to your previous post, I am also a fan of Pierce Brosnan - from all the way back to Remington Steele. I haven't seen the comedy. Will have to look for it.

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    1. The middle scarf is yummy yarn. Looking forward to getting that one done so I can wear it when weather appropriate. It's great colors. I remember watching and liking Remington Steele also.

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  11. I've read all of Kristin Hannah's books. Shortly after I retired she had a book signing at Quail Ridge Books.
    Of course I knew I'd love it and I did. Surpassed my expectations.
    Ohh thanks for another Pierce Brosnan review.
    I'll check Prime video tonight
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. I need to make a list of her other books and get them on list, how cool you meant her!

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  12. ...I'm not good at multitasking.

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    1. I do pretty well with some things. Knitting provided it's not a pattern where you need to keep track of rows and count stitches all the time works for me with multitasking.

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  13. Your knitting is moving along at a pace now. The Nightingale book sounds good. I have just started The Paris Library - which I think was one you recommended.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie. Yes The Paris Library was one I recommended. I had no idea there was an American library if Paris so found it fascinating. Hope you enjoy it too.

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  14. My wife has made a few cowls, I like them better than a scarf. The book sounds good. I just am starting The Paris Library and is set during WWII. Have a great weekend, Sandy.

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    1. The Paris Library is one I recommended previously, think you'll enjoy it. Cowls stay in place which is one good advantage of them I think.

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  15. My son father in law, is some what a WW II history buff.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Has he read many of the books I've recommended? Love to know he thoughts if he has.

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  16. You knitting is coming along, I like it. Haven't for Windows 11 as yet but maybe GIMP, it's free, there are tutorials online. Thanks for the link, do like the umbrella :)

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    1. Will check out GIMP, thanks for the suggestion.

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  17. You have been busy with knitting, watching, reading and walking too. I like the colours in the scarf in your second photo which I enlarged to see:)

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    1. I love the colors in that scarf and am anxious to get it finished. It's very fall like in color and I think will go with lots of my fall/winter colors.

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  18. So busy knitting. You have great skills.

    God bless.

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  19. You always make the loveliest scarves, Sandy. You are always knitting up a storm. Another good read to follow up. I always seem to be reading a lot of World War II books of late, too.

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    1. Thank you Kim. If you're reading different WWII books than I've listed would love some titles.

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  20. I always regret that I never followed thru with learning how to knit or crochet..sigh*

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    1. Still can, lots of u-tube video's to help you learn, Crafty's has great classes, JoAnne Fabrics also has classes. Many local small yarn shops also have classes. Thanks for the visit.

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  21. Good luck on the new knitting project and close out the month strong with your exercising. I haven't heard of that Pierce Brosnan movie but sounds intriguing enough that might have to check it out. Take care.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement on the exercise front, much appreciated. Let me know if you watch the movie. I think Mrs. Shife would enjoy it.

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  22. I couldn't image scarf now.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Knit now so the scarf is ready come fall, though I do have a few light weight shawls I sometimes like if folks have their AC on too high.

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  23. I haven't read The Nightingale yet, but have read some of her other books. I think I started it once, but time ran out on me and I returned it to the library. I've heard lots of good about it, though! If you are into WW2 novels, The Paris Library is really good! I'll check out the Prime video... I like Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon, so hopefully it'll be worth the watch. Thanks!

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    1. I read the blogged about The Paris Library previously, you're right it was good.

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  24. Anonymous12:50 AM

    Sandy - thanks for your visit to my blog. I read The Nightingale - a very good book!

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    1. Glad you too enjoyed the book. Please don't leave anonymous comments. Use your name and url so I can know whom you are and visit your blog in return; as I return ALL comments.

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  25. Sorry, I have been back in a while. I have had COVID. You are forging on with the knitting projects! Go you! Thank you for your comments. I hope all is well. Some fun reviews you have here too. I hope you have a beautiful August!

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    1. So sorry to hear you had Covid, hope it wasn't a severe case and that you're back to yourself. Take care of you. Nice to hear from you.

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