Unraveled Wednesday – Week 32 of 2020

It’s Wednesday – which means it’s time to link up with my fellow Unravelers! Kat at As Kat Knits hosts a weekly linkup for knitters and readers to share their current projects. Please go to her site and check out the other bloggers participating! Today I have two WWII books and one sleeve to share. Come on in to my Cozy Burrow and see what I’ve been working on!

Finished Reading This Week:

I decided to read The Diary of a Young Girl because I needed a book that was originally published posthumously for my summer bingo card. The last time I read it was in junior high. I liked it, but didn’t really see what all the fuss was about, other than knowing Anne’s fate and how it connected to the history of the Holocaust. But here I am, at least twenty years later, and I finally get it. How could a 13-15 year old girl have so much insight into the world? This was just amazing and it’s now been added to the list of books that I plan to reread every decade! (Other books on the list include Jayber Crow and Anne of Green Gables.)

Do you remember when I started The Splendid and the Vile way back in May and really struggled with it? I kept (literally) falling asleep despite wanting to read it so badly. Many of you recommended the audio version and now here I am – finished! And I’m so glad because this was a fabulous look at Churchill during the war, his family, and a lovely collection of accounts from diaries across Britain. I had no idea that the government encouraged every day Brits to keep diaries about their time in the war – it was called the Mass-Observation Project. Apparently it actually started in 1937 and covered a whole range of British life. This is rabbit hole for the wannabe historian in me! This book also included quite a few details from diarists in the German military, which I found endlessly fascinating. My favorite chapter? The one that described tea as a tool of fortitude for the British people!

I love it when my reading accidentally lines up like this. Both books are set during WWII, so it’s so interesting to see Anne literally begging for help in Holland while Churchill is also begging for help around the world. Another fun coincidence: Anne talks about loving royal families and says very kind words about Queen Wilhelmina’s “time away,” while there is a spotting of an exiled Queen Wilhelmina with her ladies in waiting in The Splendid and the Vile in a luxurious hotel.

And yet – a closer look at the timeline of these two books shows an even deeper tragedy. The Splendid and the Vile only documents one year of WWII: May 10, 1940 – May of 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor was on December 7, 1941, which marks the beginning of the United States’ official entry into the war. Meanwhile, Anne started her diary in June of 1942 and went into hiding in July of that same year. She was captured in August 1944, died in February or March of 1945 (no one is certain), and the war ended in September 1945. Anne and her family (along with countless others in Europe) suffered immensely throughout the entirety of the war — despite how hard Allied forces were working. It is all so heartbreaking.

But reading these two books over the last book has re-energized my efforts with Home Fires. I’m back to watching an episode on Friday nights!

Knitting

I started my Spark cardigan (Ravelry link) on Saturday! The observant among you might notice that this is not the pink that I was so excited about last week. When my package arrived, my first thought was this is so perfect! I cannot wait! and then my stomach dropped. I realized that I was sent the Rosa Rugosa colorway and not the Conch that I ordered. But then I remembered that my first response upon seeing the yarn was that it was perfect! And it is – I am so happy with the Rosa Rugosa and this charcoal together. (I emailed the shop owner just to let her know about the mix up in case it complicated her inventory system, but called it divine providence and told her that I wanted to keep the yarn!)

Last night I finished one sleeve and started on the second. It’s only one sleeve, but I’m always impressed with Andrea Mowry’s patterns. She is so thorough and thoughtful when writing them – everything is explained and the charts are well-sized and easy to read. I’m so excited to continue working on this!


So please tell me – what are you reading lately?!

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  1. I’m reading another book in the Granchester series. The books are very different than the TV series, the character names are the same but the people are very different. I loved Home Fires but unfortunately they didn’t make anymore and the series was left with a cliff hanger which I really hate. Love your sweater, the pink looks great!

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    1. Oh no – I hate to hear that Home Fires ended on a cliffhanger! I don’t know why I have such a hard time finishing these PBS series, especially since I REALLY enjoy them while I’m watching them! Did you read the book that the series was based on? I think it’s also called Home Fires and lots of people here on the blog say they enjoyed it. I think I’m going to buy it once I finish watching this second second season.

      I’m glad that you’re enjoying the Granchester series! I haven’t watched any of this on Masterpiece yet!

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  2. I read The Splendid and the Vile at the start of the pandemic and loved it! Definitely not my usual, but I think it was a good reminder that the current crisis is not that bad, really.

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  3. I also loved The Splendid and the Vile and agree that tea is a tool of fortitude. If only we could all gain some of that British fortitude and have less whining about wearing masks. What a happy mistake; those colors are perfect together!

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    1. Yes! Less whining about masks! Masks are so much better than ventilators. I love how many of my blogging friends have read The Splendid and the Vile. Audio was definitely the way to go for me!!

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  4. I haven’t yet read The Splendid and the Vile, but everyone keeps raving about it, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time for me. I should finish The Things We Cannot Say today (which I think I heard about from you?). I’m really trying to finish up my second bingo card, so I’m being a bit more choosy about the books I read at the moment.

    Your sweater start looks beautiful! Clearly the color mix-up was a bit of kismet!

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    1. Sarah, I think you’ll enjoy The Splendid and the Vile! I did read The Things We Cannot Say and really enjoyed it mostly because of the characters. I saw so many of my own challenges in Alice’s character!

      Thanks for the kind words about the sweater!

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  5. Beautiful sweater. We went to the Anne Frank museum a few years ago and it was amazing to see the place where she lived and the hiding places. I reread the book before that trip. Adding The Splendid and the Vile to my TBR pile.

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    1. I gasped when I read this comment. I’d LOVE to visit the Secret Annexe. I’m breathless just thinking about it! And I hope you love The Splendid and the Vile — I recommend the audio version 🙂

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  6. I love the happy accident of that yarn! Brilliant! They look perfect together!! And I adored Splendid and Vile… but I love these little tidbits you shared! Smart to read Anne and Winston together! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kat! I’m so thrilled with this yarn, even if it was a mistake, ha! It was another happy accident to read Winston and Anne together. I love it when things like that happen!

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  7. I loved this post! How interesting all the connections your reading made. My oldest daughter read Anne Frank last year and was moved by it. Your knitting is just LOVELY. I’ve done little projects over the years, but unfortunately, I don’t keep it up and keep having to be taught it over and over again. Sigh.

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    1. Thanks Amy! It was definitely a great reading week for me!

      And thanks for the kind words about the knitting. It’s definitely something that I’ve practiced somewhat consistently over the last couple of *ahem* decades. Don’t give up! You might just start again one day and then never stop! 🙂

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  8. What a happy coincidence that you loved the yarn you were sent. I think there is a story in that for all of us about contentment. I am reading The Warmth of Other Suns and The Book of Longings. The first is living up to all the good things I’ve heard about it. I haven’t decided about the second.

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