Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Gift Knitting Update

Not enough crafting has been going on here at Misty Cottage over the last couple of weeks. I have had to take my eye off the ball craft and business wise whilst sorting out other urgent things which have no place on this blog. Having said that, I have made some progress.

The bedsocks are pretty much finished, I've just got to kitchener stitch the toe of the second sock. The colours are a bit crazy but I was just finishing off some different handspun skeins.

The hat has begun but still needs lots of work to happen fairly urgently though I keep reminding myself - Christmas is a season, there are 12 days not just one! In fact until last year we have always kept all 12 days of Christmas with the children opening one present each day from under the tree so there isn't a present frenzy first thing Christmas morning and no-one knowing who gave what by Boxing Day. Last year for the first time the children were allowed to choose what to open and when so a few were opened on Christmas day and Boxing day and then a couple left until twelfth night, by which time they were back at school. My daughter could not believe that school holidays didn't encompass the full 12 days of Christmas!

There is a tiny bit of spinning going on. I have spun this carded recycled sari silk and spiral plied it with a very sparkly silver metallic thread. I am currently in the process of plying the second bobbin and I think it makes for a very interesting yarn.

With the Christmas deadline I'm afraid there are no actual books with pages on the go at the moment. I am still listening to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and wondering when I will get tired of it but there is no sign of that yet, thank goodness!

One last thing I wanted to share. I am not usually a fan of graffiti but when it makes you smile every time you drive past it ...

It is supposed to be warning drivers to look out for otters crossing the lane!

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Gratitude Sunday.

This week I am grateful that in the midst of difficult times nature is all around me, teaching and showing me the way to:-

Bend with the wind.
Go with the flow.

Retain poise.

Burn brightly.

Find the joy.

Joining in today with the lovely people over at Woolly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Gift Knitting

It's that time of year when I can no longer ignore the deadline that is looming, so on my needles this week is a pair of bedsocks for my son. I am using a pattern from a book called Learn to Knit Socks by Company's Coming. The pattern is easy and quick to knit but I have still managed to make a few mistakes on the first sock but they will just have to add to its charm as there is not time to start again. As usual I am white knuckle knitting, using the remains of three different navaho plied merino yarns so fingers crossed that I will have enough to finish the project.

I am also spinning like mad to get two bobbins of black alpaca ready to ply (hopefully tomorrow) for my daughter's spiral slouchy. I will then have to spin the red merino for the spirals. The alpaca is filthy and will take quite a bit of washing to be ready for knitting.

I am still reading The Story of You by Kate Regan. I am enjoying it but not so much that it demands to be read beyond breakfast time. It tends to jump around from letters to dreams to memories to present time action so it is not so likely to engross me so much that I neglect other things which on one hand is a good thing but on the other hand I would quite like to be immersed for a day or two this week. Yesterday I started to listen to the next in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - A Breath of Snow and Ashes, too early to say how it will be but I have high hopes as I have enjoyed the whole series so far.

I'm joining in with the wonderfully creative and inspiring people over at Small Things Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams.