Here we are again and how busy have I been this week!!!!!!! Not had time to let my feet touch the ground. I don't need to go into the gory details, but this week has been mega mega mega busy. The week to come looks pretty chock-a-block too! So, on a positive note, all that means, is that I have to be particularly well organised (not one of my strengths!) and use my time very economically (not good at that either!) and delegate more frequently (definitely no good at that!)............. or retire :D
What I'm really trying to say, is that knitting has not really progressed very much this week, again. I have got on with my October Afternoon cardi and have now completed the back, both fronts and about one third of the first sleeve. I don't have any pics to show you because I am really hoping to be able to show you the finished garment pretty soon. Wishful thinking, I know! I will just show you a reminder though .... lovely Colinette yarn!
I don't even have a sock to show you; not one! Can you believe that... despite the fact that I now have three pairs on the go and my sock stash mountain, or rather volcano, is threatening to erupt and completely bury my home unless I keep up the steady, relentless progress of sock production at a rate 'X' number of pairs each month. Or, of course, I could just stop buying beautiful, squishy, snuggly, hand-dyed, gorgeously coloured, natural, sheep stuff! That just isn't an option I'm afraid. Although, I guess Mr Snoopydog might try to insisit, if he ever did decide to become an intrepid explorer and set out to discover uncharted territory in the depths of our now vacated, adult children's bedrooms. He would discover a few new species, but I don't think he's ready for all that yet. We'll just keep quiet and keep knitting. Oh alright then, I will just show you my 'November Broadstairs ..... Long Ago' sock, as far as it's got.
I'm liking the colour dispersal and the yarn is fabulously soft, but I'm not sure about the pattern. The little bobbly bits are supposed to stand out in one colour but they're not! Oh naughty yarn! Or is it 'naughty pattern'? I don't know and I don't have time this month to spend ages searching again. I did have a quick (turned into 40 mins) search on Ravelry this morning for a better pattern for the yarn. Mr Snoopydog had got up early and gone to his allotment to plant garlic and bring home veg supplies for the week. I had got up (late!), showered (long), looked at last evening's panic driven 'November sock' starting in the clear light of day, made a cup of tea, poured a glass of Innocent Smoothie (banana, coconut and pineapple - the best!), logged on, checked out patterns that used a cast on of 64 stitches (so, I didn't have to frog the whole of my labours) and ................................... drawn a blank! There WAS no other pattern crying out to bond with my yarn. So, it's just gonna have to be OK! Sticky up bits sticking out or not, the yarn IS very pretty and lovely to work with.
As if I don't have enough on the go at the moment, I just have to show you the yarn that I just had to bring home last weekend, along with a pattern book to keep it company.
I absolutely adore this yarn. It is soooo soft. Last year at around this time I made three Rowan 'Haven' scarves; one for me and one each for the two Miss Snoopydogs. It is just the most perfect 'I need to feel warm and snuggled' yarn and great to work with too. I haven't quite decided yet which of two patterns I'm going to make. I'll let you know next time. As a little clue, the picture on the front cover of the pattern booklet is one possibility and the other is a very simple, round, low necked jumper. You'll just have to wait to find out!
Well that's about it. 'Pretty poor' I hear you say. 'Yes, I quite agree!'
Oh, just before I go, take a look at one last photo! This morning, Mr Snoopydog and I made our pretty regular Sunday morning stroll down into the city for an al fresco coffee. In our part of the UK it was a really lovely November morning. Mr Snoopydog commented that 'we'll be having a short winter if this weather keeps up'. He's right! Both the willow and the magnolia tree in our garden are still full of leaves. Unheard of! We are both full of 'bah humbug' at the moment. I remain so until December 1st and Mr Snoopydog until..... ummmm... Anyway, as we walked up to our regular coffee shop, right in the heart of our beautiful city and right beside the magnificent city centre church........ low and behold, in all it's glory, this enormous Christmas tree had been erected.
It still has its netting around it's top half and the metal barriers are in place to stop anyone getting too close; it has no baubles and it has no twinkling lights. But, against the backdrop of a clear blue November sky and next to the magnificent church of St Peter Mancroft and beside the City Hall where this year's Act of Remembrance was taking place and amongst so many war veterans with shining campaign medals on display............. do you know, it made me feel gleeful. It made me smile and look forward and feel proud and thankful and excited and glad to be here at this moment in time.
Have a good week everyone! :D