Wednesday, 26 August 2015

New Toys, New Skills.

Look at what has landed at Misty Cottage!

Beautifully made by the talented father of my friend Dawn who runs the spinning group at Trebullom.

So this week I have been mainly making seat pads with my lovely new peg loom. It is my first adventure in the world of weaving and I have to say that I am really enjoying myself with it.

I have also managed to progress my sock which makes me happy, I love the colour and now that I have weighed it and the remaining yarn and a couple of the other socks I have knitted I feel that I am finally on a knitting project that is not going to be a white knuckle experience.

As for reading, well even though I have finished reading it I wanted to mention The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. What a lovely read! A well written, interesting and very human fictional account of wartime experiences in the Channel Islands. I really enjoyed reading it whilst sitting in the car while my son was fishing in the rain. This week I am reading The State We're In by Adele Parks. I am enjoying it but it is simply not as inventive or unexpected as last week's reading.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Will I Ever Learn?

Probably not! I have come a cropper with the White Knuckle Knitting yet again. This time it was on the socks. I had two part balls of similarly coloured sock yarn which I thought I would use up together to make up a pair of socks. Unfortunately but predictably I ran out of yarn whilst decreasing the toe of the second sock. There followed much gnashing of teeth because I had taken the socks away with me as my holiday knitting and to not be able to finish them to free the needles to cast on the next pair was highly frustrating. Here they are in all their mismatched glory.

My son did actually point out that I had not knitted a pair of socks but had simply knitted two socks - true but not so helpful!

I have just cast on the next pair which are being knitted with some hand dyed 80/20 merino/nylon from Rosie's Moments. I got this yarn from Proper Woolly a fibre fair that I blogged about here. The colourway is called Plum and I love it so am looking forward to the finished socks.

Elsewhere in knitting I just need to do the edging on the armholes of my gilet so hope to have that done by tomorrow and then who knows what will come next? Nothing too complicated as the children are home for the holidays and my attention is required.

As for what I am reading, well I have just finished listening to the third book in the Outlander series. I have been really enjoying these books but feel the need for a break from audio books while the children are at home. It is not very sociable to have stories whispering in my ears when spending time with the children. I am feeling the need for some actual reading with my eyes, the feeling has been building for a few days but I have held off from starting a novel as I have study group tonight and still have some pages of Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom to prepare for that.

My sister-in-law recommended a Marion Keyes novel, Rachel's Holiday, which I think I will dive into tomorrow. I haven't read any of her books before so fingers crossed for something absorbing.

I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from our holiday in Normandy which was lovely and restful.
The beautiful gite that we stayed in.

Don't you think this would make the perfect place to take 6 months out to get that novel out of your head and onto the page?
Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along.