Of words and wool

And so, we have reached the last day of November: a month of words (National Novel Writing Month for Mr Snail and National Blog Posting Month for me) and wool (Wovember).

NaNoWriMo Success

NaNoWriMo Success

Mr Snail wrote more than 50,000 words of his new novel entitled Xylophone at the Gates of Dawn. And, with this post, I will have published every day of the month on my blog. In addition, the paper copies of Mr Snail’s latest completed novel, Kirkenes Blue, arrived through the post (remember to leave a comment before 6 December on yesterday’s post here and on Mr Snails blog for a chance or two to receive a free copy of it). Yesterday, for the first time ever, Mr Snail and I managed to co-ordinate our blog posts, each linking back to the other. This was a major achievement and took much more time than would have seemed reasonable until we actually attempted it. Anyway, I’m going to have a bit of a rest from writing for a day or two, but I think Mr Snail is still raring to go!

On the wool front there were successes:

and a failure… I went from this:

Ready to go...

Ready to go…

to this:

Just not right

Just not right

and back to this:

Back to balls

Back to balls

Finally adding this:

Two new skeins

Two new skeins

So that I am now about to start again with this.

Here we go again!

Here we go again!

In addition, a couple of days ago, I decided to make a start on a completely new project and so, I’ve been working on some socks knitted with the Norwegian wool I bought in Norway earlier this year:

Norwegian socks

Norwegian socks

But, in fact, the month held much more, including some great cooking and even a bit of growing.

Plus, we’ve celebrated World Toilet Day, we’ve not celebrated Black Friday, we’ve found ways to be kind to the planet and to humanity, and I’m pleased to report that Tiffany is now fully feathered, after a rather bald start to the month. So, despite the poor weather, bereavement, and dreadful things happening, we’ve been able to keep taking small positive steps and trying to make the world a better place.

December is going to be quieter on the blog, but just because I’m not writing, doesn’t mean I won’t be doing. So. I’ll see you in a few days time… now I’m off to have a lie down in a darkened room…

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Max, for one, is exhausted!

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  1. After such a busy November, perhaps we should hibernate until the spring! 🙂

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  2. You earned a long lie-down! What a productive and fine month you had!

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    • I did wonder, when I felt so gloomy in the middle of the month, whether I could maintain momentum, but actually having a goal (even if I’ve set it myself) is something I find gives me extra incentive and so writing was done and creativity was sustained. Now it’s blowing a gale and pouring with rain all I want to do is go back to bed!

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  3. Richly deserved, that lie down. Especially if accompanied by a cup of tea and a piece of cake, the universal panacea. Well done on a month of entertaining, pertinent and enjoyable output.

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  4. Don’t even think about writing! See you in a few days.

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  5. I love your Norwegian knit. Congratulations on your blogging marathon!

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  6. You’ve earned the break after such a busy month. I bet it doesn’t last long.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • well, unfortunately we are off to a funeral at the end of the week, so that will stop me doing stuff. Still, we will combine it with visiting some family, so there will be happy and sad
      xxx hugs xxx

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  7. Congrats to you both!! You will really enjoy the holidays this year after such worthy efforts!

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  8. Wow, what a month you’ve had! Congratulations on skipping Black Friday (if we’re not adopting Thanksgiving this side of the pond, I refuse to acknowledge Black Friday) and your post on World Toilet Day was a real eye-opener. Now, enjoy your break!

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