Guess where we've spent our weekend once again... out and about on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Thank you so, so much Mr Sunshine. You have no idea how much I needed you this weekend. It's been really glorious; warm, still and sunny! After another manic school week, it has been most welcome.
On Saturday we drove up to our favourite beach, Holkham. The boardwalk through the trees, was swarming with dozens of 'Ruddy Darter' dragonflies; all enjoying the sunshine. Oscar swam and we drank tea and ate Sticky Toffee Pudding cake at the Holkham Hall tearooms. I'm sorry, but there's no photo. Our two forks swiftly demolished the lot before I thought to take a shot!
This morning was spent at Whitlingham Broad. Once again the sun shone and once again Oscar enjoyed a swim. We had lunch in the Barn before spending the afternoon in the garden. I'm now just delaying the start of a mountain of lesson planning and performance management organising. YUCK!
There has been a brief return to the needles this week too; mainly during this weekend, although the dreaded blanket ends got sewn in one evening during the week, when I felt too brain dead to control two needles, so opted for the single darning one instead. Job done! I promised you one last shot, minus the ends. Earlier, whilst still knitting, I had thought of adding a border, but now it's finished I think it looks just fine as it; plain and simple.
Oh yes! At long last I have managed to get beyond the first five rows of the Baby Batman shawl. I made errors several times that called for a complete frog. It's not really that difficult, but my mind keeps wandering off onto school related business and then before I know it, oops! I am now using a lifeline after every tenth row.
I have to say that I have NOT enjoyed finding the easy solution to successful 'nupps', but the solution is making the whole enjoyment of the knit a lot more pleasurable. I've not worked them before and just couldn't seem to get the tension loose enough to then be able to purl all seven stitches together on the reverse row. Probably, through repeatedly having to redo because I had dropped the last one or two loops of the nupp, my skill level has increased and I am having much more success. The other answer to the problem lay in using a lace circular, rather than an ordinary one. It has a much more pointy end.
However, this does NOT mean that I have become a 'nupp' fan. So just remind me, if ever the need arises, that I do NOT wish to work with them again, thank you very much! :-)
That's all for now. Have a good week everyone!