Sunday, 11 September 2011
BUSY BUSY BUSY
The past week has been way, way too busy for my liking. The first week back at school after the long summer break is always a tough one. My brain has spent too many lazy days wrapped up in yarn. That's where it much prefers to be. None of this quick decision making and multi-tasking please! My new little red spotty notebook is already looking messy with a long list of 'must do's' and my school 'pigeon hole' is bulging to the seams with things to do, things to read and pass on, things to remember and things that I'm sure to forget! How about you? What's your week been like?
Let's get on to nicer, squishier matters. I treated myself to some new books as a 'going back to school' carrot! Needless to say, I've not had much time to look at them yet, but after a quick flick through they look to be useful purchases. The sock design book is lovely, with some great designs that I MUST knit. Here's a quick look at my faves.....
This is 'Almondine' by Anne Hanson. I really need to cast theses on NOW, but as I have three pairs already sitting idle, I think I need to wait. Aren't they great!
Then there's 'Rose Ribs' by Evelyn A. Clark. Such a pretty design!
Next up are these scrumptious 'Knot Socks' by Nancy Bush. I love the simple, but effective design.
Last, but by no means least just feast your eye on these fabulous toe warmers. Aren't they great! I just have to make these very soon.
We're escaping up to our favourite Yorkshire haunts again at half-term, so I plan to cast on a pair of the 'Almondines' to knit whilst we're away. By the time we go, I will have completed 'Longshadows', already be wearing the 'Lacunae Socks' and the 'Fishbone Ganseys' and my 'Purple Haze Socks' will still be smoking from the speed with which they left the needles. Oh and that's not forgetting poor little 'Lila Ludmilla Pompa', who will already be wrapped snugley around my neck! I know...... and pigs might fly!
There is also the exciting prospect of the September yarn package arriving this week, from Anne Hanson's 'Fall in Full Color Club'. No idea what the project is yet, but it's sure to be a good one. Hopefully, I'll be able to show you next week.
Needless to say, knitting progress has been horrendously slow this week, although I have made up a little ground with a three hour stint sitting in the garden this morning. I am trying very hard to complet 'Longshadows' before the next yarn package arrives.
I now have the first half completed, with the stitches waiting patiently on a holder. I began the second half on Friday evening and hve made pretty good speed over the weekend. Once the two halves are complete, they are grafted together, rather like the toe of a sock.
We're still picking lots of delicious tomatoes from the greenhouse. This bowlfull was gathered this morning.
I snapped this shot of Oscar at the same time. He's enjoying the last of summer's rays.
Hope you have a good week. I hope I have one just a bit less crazy than the last!!!!!!