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Yarnalong - the one with old and new

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time to join Ginny in chatting about what we are knitting and reading this week. Pop over to her blog to see what she, all all the other participants are up to. 

As you can see from the picture, I have new headphones! I'm really excited about them, because I spend a lot of time listening to books and podcasts. I do this while I'm knitting, but also for my required daily stretch. These headphones are Bluetooth, which means - no wires. I love them. I bought this cheap pair, but the sound quality is fine and  so far I'm loving them. I was worried about how long the batteries would last, but so far they seem fine.

So, to the matter at hand. I've been knitting on my sock yarn blanket. remember my sock yarn blanket? Of course you don't. I haven't blogged about it since 2013. I was in between projects, so I pulled it out and got a few more squares done. Here's how it looks now:

I'm reading The Shepherds Life by James Redbanks. It's the life story of a sheep farmer in the Lake District. I follow him on Twitter, and the book really fleshes out what it means to be this type of farmer and to live this kind of life.

I'm listening to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Its a decent book, but it jumps around a lot and I'm struggling to settle into it. 


  1. love your blanket and will have to check out the book by James Redbanks, as were brought up on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria.

    Gill in Canada

  2. Your blanket looks great! I have about a dozen squares on mine and it's been sitting for over a year. They are the epitome of a long term project!

  3. I just heard about The Shepherd's Life. What do you think about it? I am waiting until my library can get a copy of it.

  4. Love the colour combination of the blanket.

  5. Bluetooth headphones were worth every penny as far as I'm concerned. I use them so much. Your blanket looks great. I'm hoping to get some progress done on mine over the summer.

  6. I would love some cordless headphones! I have to keep one in and one out right now though with the kids running around like crazy :-) Love the blanket!


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