Well hello sunshine! How lovely to see you this weekend. We had almost forgotten what you looked like! It has been a wet, windy and none too warm week here in my little corner of the world. In fact the heat had to be turned on at school one morning earlier in the week, because it was so chilly. Not quite what one expects in June!
I have to confess to a distinct lack of wooly goodness to show you today and the blame has to be laid firmly on the smooth, grey shoulders of the culprit above. Do you see him, trying to hide away there! Down the years, I have always been a fanatical reader. I studied English for my degree and just love a well-written, 'something to get your teeth into' story. Reading has alwyas been a big part of my free-time..............well it was, until knitting came bursting back onto the scene. There just haven't been enough free hours in the day to manage to read, knit, Ravelry-play and do everything else that needs to be done to keep a home up and running. Then this little chap arrived on the scene and somehow he has managed to weedle his way into my heart and my bag. His slimline form means that he doesn't take up too much room and he can always be there for me. So, reading is now very much back on the menu. Welcome little Kindle. I love you muchly!
Here is the booky reason for my lack of knitterly offerings this afternoon.....
Murakami is one of my favourite authors. I read one of his earlier books, 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' sevearl years ago and was hooked. '1Q84' is his latest work and is totally and utterly brilliant! So good, that it has kept me away from my needles!!! Having finished Book1 and 2, I immediately downloaded Book 3, which was published sometime after. I'm almost halfway through, but did manage to leave him in his snuggly bed today, so that I could make at least a little wooly progress.
My 'Surf Blue Waffle Creams' are coming along. I have managed to turn the heel on the first sock, so hopefully at least one of the air will be off the needles by the end of the coming week. As with all of Anne Hanson's patterns, the instructions are just so clear, concise and accurate. I'm loving the yarn, by the way! It's unbelievably soft.
I've also reaccquainted myself with the gorgeous 'Almost Ovals' scarf, that was a Christmas gift from my pal Josiekitten. I began knitting this one back in the dark, cold days of winter and despite creaming my hands, they were still fluffing the yarn up. But now, hey presto! Success! This is another beautiful Anne Hanson pattern and gorgeous Sweet Georgia cashsilk lace. The 24 row pattern repeat is straight forward and although I can't memorise it, it is easy to predict and so easy to know if you have made a mistake, before getting too far along the row. This is my main project now, until it's done. I just LOVE prettty turquoise blues!!!
I've also spent some fun time this week getting a swap parcel ready to send across the water to the U.S.A. I am participating in the June BNKC swap and have been searching out some seriously lovely yarny goodness to swap with Katharine. She has two beautiful labradors and we agreed to include a doggy swap treat as well. To cut a long story short, I had left my shopping bag out of sight and smell (or so I thought) of dear Oscar boy. Withing half an hour of being home, he had not once, not twice, but three times rummaged in by bag (moved to a new spot each time, may I add) and found the pull toy bought for Rex and Jackson!!!!!!! No it's NOT for you Oscar!
So, as you can see, there really wasn't much needle clicking going on this weeek, was there! On our walk with Oscar on Friday evening, we stopped to check on the cygnets that I showed you a couple of weeks ago. They have grown quite a lot in two weeks and I am verybpleased to report that all six are still looking strong and healthy.
Ahhhhhhhhh! Have a great week everyone. I may or may not see you next weekend, as I am off up to see litttle Sophie for the weekend, along with my younger daughter, who is now free from exams and is coming along with me. A girls weekend!!