Yarn and Craft Along

Over the past week I have done very little knitting. I have finished the gilet completely and have decided that I do like it. It is comfortable to wear and cosy without being too hot and heavy. I am considering putting some kind of fastening on the front but I'll await inspiration. It is modeled here by my daughter who is quite considerably more petite than I am!

I finished reading Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes as recommended by one of my sisters in law. I really enjoyed it, I had no idea what the story was going to be about and would probably not have picked it up if I had but it was full of humour and insight into human nature and the strategies we employ for maintaining our state of denial in the face of  the most damning evidence to the contrary! The end was a bit cheesy but you can't have everything. So this morning I started reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow as recommended by my Mum. I am only a few pages in but am already hooked and looking forward to getting back to it, so thanks Mum!

I haven't picked up the sock this week so it is still barely past the cast on stage. I have, however, been dreaming about what to knit next. I have spun some more of the teal/turquoise/bluey/greeny merino that was left over from the gilet in preparation for knitting a slouchy for my daughter. She would like the main colour to be black alpaca with a double, coloured merino spiral. I have knitted a hat like this before and did swear that I wouldn't again but hopefully the second time around will be more straightforward.

I have a book called Big Girl Knits which has a wrap around cardy which I quite like the look of. I have never worn anything like it before but maybe it is time to branch out. I will have to think about what yarn to create for it.

I notice a theme developing - now that the children are at home for the holidays the flow of ideas has dried up somewhat as my concentration is interrupted and the daily routine is up in the air. I am enjoying having them with me during the day again and going out and about to do interesting things. Yesterday was remarkably cultural, we went to Sterts, an open air theatre on Bodmin Moor, to see The Tempest in a Teacup. This was basically a one man rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest aimed at a fairly young audience. In the evening we went to see an impromptu concert by Ivan Hussey, AKA the Celloman and his viola playing friend, Vince hosted by the Peredur Trust at Trebullom. The music was fantastic, truly creative and unexpected. We came home clutching a CD, Moods, Broods and Interludes which I have been playing all day!

Don't you love unexpected meetings? I do and last night at Trebullom I met the mother of a girl I taught for three years during my previous incarnation as the Key Stage one teacher at a school here in North Cornwall. It was so lovely to hear about all the adventures Laura is now having all over the world (well, all over the sunny places with beaches!) It made me feel a bit old though but I do love to hear about the children that I have taught now that they are adults.

As usual I am joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along. I love looking through the other blogs in these link ups, there is so much inspiration out there and so many talented people.


  1. I do love unexpected meetings - especially the kind you describe. It's nice to catch up with young people whom we've had some influence on. The vest is a lovely color. And your daughter a pretty model. :)

    1. Thank you Becki, my daughter is much more picturesque than I have ever been!

  2. Oh I love meeting past students, but it makes me feel old! I love your gilet, it will keep you warm through winter.

    1. Thanks Lucy, the gilet has work to do right now as summer here in Cornwall is falling short of my hopes - no change there though!


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