Denis absolutely loves his, but I'm not going to show it to you in this post. I know. I'm being mean. But I will be showing you two afghans and recommending two different things for you to watch. It's the holidays after all!
The patterns for both afghans came from Leisure Arts' Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans and the yarn used for both was Lion Brand 88% acrylic 12% polyester Homespun Thick & Quick yarn, which is a departure from what the patterns called for, and that leads to a story.
I wanted to make a lavender-colored afghan and settled on the Homespun yarn I just mentioned. In deciding how many skeins I needed to make the afghan, I completely forgot that the pattern called for a double strand of regular worsted weight yarn, so the amount needed would be doubled. Oops! I made FOUR lavender afghans until I finally used up all that yarn! By the way, the Homepsun Thick & Quick yarn is super bulky which is why I only use one strand for these afghans. The finished products are so lightweight, so soft, and so warm that knitting them is a delight.
Now it's time to show you the afghans.
|I made three of these. The pattern is called Sunny, and the color of the yarn is Purple Aster. Very simple, but oh so cozy!|
|The pattern is called Cozy and the yarn color is Dove.|
|A closeup of the Cozy pattern.|
Now that you've seen what I've been knitting, it's time to let you know what I've been watching while my needles are clacking away.
First up is Heartbeat, which is described as "the 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff, and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield [Yorkshire, England]"
This long-running series is definitely warm and cozy and a bit of a soap opera. There aren't many surprises in the storylines, but the scenery is gorgeous and the cast of characters so likeable that it doesn't really matter. Besides, who needs to watch cutting-edge television all the time? 2020 has not been a good year, and Heartbeat can take your mind off that for awhile.
(Another bonus for people of a certain age? The soundtrack!)
I also want to recommend a movie that I stumbled across completely by accident. I don't know how many times I've come across a quiet little film, usually based on a true story, and done to perfection by the British. They have a knack for that, and Fisherman's Friends is the latest one I've discovered.
The film synopsis is "ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties." Fisherman's Friends is based on a true story, and it's a story that Denis and I loved.
There's also an added bonus. How many of you are Doc Martin fans? How many of you Doc Martin fans have fallen in love with "Port Wenn"? It's a gorgeous little village on the Cornish coast, isn't it? Well, Fisherman's Friends was filmed there, too, in good old Port Isaac. (And who doesn't like a good sea shanty?)