Friday Cozies – Week 4 of 2020

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a cozy weekend planned. I’m planning to do a lot of playing during the day and knitting in the evening. Pure joy!

On Fridays I like to share a few things that have caught my attention during the week. You know – the kind of things that I want to write about, but don’t quite warrant a full blog post. I’m finding that these posts give me the opportunity to clarify how I want to spend my time over the weekend. I hope you find something fun for yourself!

We recently started a trial offer of YouTube TV which has free, unlimited DVR and includes the New Hampshire and Vermont PBS channels! So of course, I’ve hunted down every Masterpiece series that’s being shown on both of those channels right now and am recording them. I have episodes of the third season of Victoria, Howards End, and Sandition right at my fingertips. I’m hopelessly behind on all of them already – isn’t that what happens when you have the luxury of a DVR? – but get your knitting needles ready, people!!

Also – I’m anxiously awaiting the return of Masterpiece Mystery. I could be totally off-base, but I think they typically air the Mysteries during the summer months. Anybody know? And I just love these Edward Gorey intros:

Even if we decide not to continue with YouTube TV or any other cable-like service, I am happy that I can still access Masterpiece Theater on the PBS app for Roku. It’s easy to get behind because they typically only keep a few episodes available. But you can also subscribe to the Masterpiece Theater channel on Amazon, which I believe gives you access to all Masterpiece titles.

I’ve been getting the itch to let knitting and sewing take over my life. It’s been a few years, but I used to do some major quilting. I’ve packed away all of my quilting supplies because I wasn’t using them and the unused clutter was annoying me. I spent a little time several months ago trying to set up a sewing space in the basement – out of the way, quiet, and where messes are fine. But I haven’t returned to it and feel so torn. And don’t get me started about knitting! Looking at Ravelry for patterns and online yarn shops is like shopping for candy – everything is totally delicious!

But last year I put away the sewing and made the decision to focus. To focus on a life filled with books and words and to fill in the crevices with wool instead of fabric. Having too many hobbies is a drain on me financially and on my brainpower. Not to mention that I was never finishing anything because I had too many projects in the air. So maybe one day I’ll make it back to my precious pile of Bonnie and Camille fabrics (and they’ll be truly vintage by then!) and quilt to my heart’s content. But for now, I am staying focused!

Of course, I’ve still allowed myself to be giddy over knitting. I’ve got a little queue of projects going in my head. After I finish my current projects for my oldest, I plan to finally begin The Birkin Sweater, featured above. I’m also itching for an Edith Cardigan, Jubilee Hats for my entire family, a Satellite shawl, a Ginny cardigan… And I could keep going. I won’t get started on my yarn cravings. I’ve been able to use stash yarn the last couple of years, but I might take the plunge and buy something new for a project this year!

Friends, that’s a blogging wrap for me this week. I hope you have a lovely weekend and stay cozy!


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  1. I really love these little “catch up” posts! I am a huge fan of all things PBS and in our support of our local PBS station – we get PBS Passport. There is a Roku app and their library of shows is extensive! I also like it because I can watch Newshour when it is convenient for me – rather than when it is broadcast.

    Perhaps we can do a bit of a “quilt along” I will be welcoming a new grandbaby in July and I would love to get a baby quilt done before then!

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    1. Hmm.. two people have mentioned PBS passport. I think I’m going to look into it!

      Congrats on the new grandbaby! I can’t wait to see your finished quilt, but I don’t think I’ll be a reliable quilt a long member… I can’t be depended on for anything! :p


  2. I too am a Masterpiece afficionado; I’ll pretty much watch anything they do. We have Passport now, which is great because I can watch series that I somehow missed and also don’t have to worry about setting the DVR for stuff as it airs (which is especially helpful for the shows that come on at 8 p.m., because my kid rarely lets me sit down and watch something at that time). I believe Masterpiece Mystery does usually air in the summer, and that’s when they show Endeavour and Grantchester as well as other series.

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    1. Oh yay – another Masterpiece fan! I’m going to look into Passport — I didn’t realize so many people did that!

      I know what you mean about the 8pm time slot – that’s hard for me, too! Thanks for the reassurance about Masterpiece Mystery – just another reason to look forward to the warmer weather!


  3. I know EXACTLY the pull among a 1000+ projects – all clamoring: Choose Me! Me!Moi! My solution is to be cloned but that ain’t happened, yet ;-)). Good luck quieting all those voices and do let me know when you find the solution!
    Happy Weekend!

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  4. We have YouTube TV and we really like it so far. It’s a lot cheaper than cable! My husband wanted to get it because of sports. I’ve recorded Sanditon but haven’t yet watched any of it. I find my TV time is very limited now that my son stays up a bit later! (Also, I’m rewatching The Good Place on Netflix.) 🙂 Hope you’re having a good weekend!

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    1. We cut cable so long ago but have tried a few different streaming services, but I also really like YouTube TV. I haven’t watched The Good Place, but hear that it’s funny and really smart!

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