Well thank you for your lovely comments on the Yarn’s first problem page. If I can make you smile/guffaw/spew coffee uncontrollably through your nose all over the cat, then my work here is done. Would you like a tissue?
Meanwhile, back to the knitting. I was hoping to ta-da (yes that is a verb – as of right now: one of my friends works in new words at the Oxford English Dictionary, so I have unlimited power of neologisms via her) my Yarnstories hat and mitts today, but I haven’t quite finished the hat. Still, given the sub-arctic conditions in our house, the mitts have come in pretty – and you’ll pardon the pun – handy whilst I work on the hat.
Do you knit cables? It’s been a while since I cabled anything, and I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is to use that wonky little needle (the blue one in the picture above) to create a lay-by where some of your stitches idle whilst others overtake. That’s all cables are, really: laybys (Is that a word outside the UK?) and overtaking. Anyway, my stitches have almost raced and swerved their way to the very top of my hat: photos and yarn review to follow, pronto.
Wouldn’t it be fun to create a sort of random, anarchic cabled design where pairs of stitches speed, swerve, and overtake each other almost at random? Designs are forming in my twisted mind… I see monochrome patterns of cabled lawlessness, knotting their way across the left-hand side of a large knitted panel, whilst the right-hand side of the panel is plain stockinette. Damn, why are there not more knitting hours in the day? (And night?) One day soon, I will make this panel…
<At this point, there is a pause in this blog post. Feel free to go and grab yourself a biscuit.>
After several minutes of inactivity, pencil poised idle above my paper (yes, I draft all my posts on paper before typing them up, because keyboards and screens kill my creativity and bonkersness stone dead), I realized that I really couldn’t think of a good way to link in to the second half of this post. So instead, here’s a clumsy and abrupt change of subject. People, friends, it’s late January, and if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’ll be in dire need of colour, I fear? For it’s a grey old world out there right now. (Southern hemisphere peeps, imagine it’s July.) So here is some of the colour that’s been brightening our days, here at the brewery. First, there are tulips from Selma at EclecticHomeAndLife. I love flippy-floppy-flappy tulips.
Making lists in the blank pages of my Dan Bennett diary:-
Sunset whilst visiting friends and their newborn in west Oxfordshire:-
And deep purple blueberries in fresh-baked muffins.
I hope that something in this post has made you smile. ‘Til next time, m’dears…