Sunday, 23 January 2011
CAST ON, CAST ON, CAST ON ..........
Good evening! Hope you've had a good week. Mine has been busy, busy, busy as usual, but I have made myself a little knitting time. At long last, I have finished the 'Mystery KAL' 'Raspberry Coulis' socks. I love the yarn, the colour and the pattern. They were great fun to knit and have led me down the slippery slope of socks, socks, socks again!!!!!
I needed a completely plain pair to keep for 'in the car' knitting, as I'm not too good at knitting anything with any pattern to follow, whilst travelling. I guess I'm way too nosey!!!!! I bought the yarn for half price in the John Lewis post-Christmas sale. It's Wendy 'Happy'; a mix of 75% bamboo and 25% nylon. It's very soft to work with and rather floppy, but in quite a nice way, I think. I loved the stripy - ness of it!
As you can see, I got them well under way yesterday, on the way to Oscar's hydrotherapy. I think I'm going to rather like them!
I had wanted to cast on another pair too, as my 'easy, but not mindless' pair, but have only got as far as winding the yarn. That, in itself, was great fun , as I used my new yarn swift for the first time. It was just SOOOO easy to wind the skein. It was done in a flash!
The yarn is hand-dyed by Jenny Cook and is merino wool with a little nylon for strength.
I just love the pretty, soft, 'not too bright' colours. They reminded me of a wildflower meadow, so I shall name the socks, 'Wildflower' socks. Hopefully they will be 'on the needles' later on this evening, oh yes! I have used the pattern before; it's 'Wildflower Socks' by Fawn Pea!!!! A pattern made just for my yarn, or maybe my yarn made just for the pattern. I don' really care, because I think they go together just fine.
At long last, I have also 'cast on' 'Gunnerside Ladies'. I've just completed the back rib. I'm aiming to complete it before half-term. Now there's a challenge!
The younger Miss Snoops and I went to see 'The King's Speech' last night. I have to say, it was brilliant! We have the Country's oldest independent art house cinema. Although the building has been sympathetically renovated and restored through the ages, properties were recorded on the site as early as the 13th century. It's a brilliant place to watch a film, have a drink or enjoy a meal; one of my favourite haunts, although we never seem to get there often enough these days.
As I mentioned earlier, we are still trekking across the County once or twice a week to the hydrotherapy pool with Oscar. He is much improved, but since beginning to gradually build up his exercise, on the vet's advice, he has begun to limp again, occasionally. So, he has to go back to the specialist in a few week's time, probably to be x-rayed again. He's certainly not feeling sorry for himself though....
Errm, who said that you were allowed on that chair Oscar? More ofen than not, he gets rid of the cushion first, so that there's more 'curl up' room. That's his all time favourite toy beside him. It was a giraffe once upon a time!
Have to go now, I'm afraid. Supper calls. Homemade lasagne, salad and garlic bread is on the menu tonight. Then, I'm going to 'cast on' those socks. Oh the joy of 'cast-ons'! Have good week everyone and thanks for calling in.