Whilst I sort through my photos from the Stylecraft Blogstars weekend (and tweek my over-excited posting about it all), shall we knit/crochet a-while?
I have a couple of finished objects that you might like to see. The nice thing about getting round to finishing long-neglected projects (LNPs) is that, if – and it’s a big if – if you can figure out where you were up to, and why on earth you put that stitch marker there, and why for that matter you thought that fluorescent yellow would look good on you anyway, then you can feel terribly productive as project after project plops off the needles in far less time than it would take if you were knitting everything from scratch. Gosh, that was a long sentence: are you even still there?
So yesterday, I made a pair of socks in an hour. Obviously that’s not actually true, because 98% of the work was done several months ago, before I got distracted and decided to dump the whole thing in a bag behind the twinnage’s dinosaur collection. But now, a mere hour of work, a bit of fudging on the stitch count because I can’t quite remember what I was thinking, and I have socks! Hurrah! These will be absolutely perfect for staving off the cold that we’re patently not having at the moment. The yarn is ‘Head Over Heels’ by Stylecraft. Yum.
And my Trip To Town cardigan? Following a final push, it’s done. And I’m pretty pleased with it. All it’s lacking is the chilly weather to make it even slightly bearable to wear. So for today, I’ll allow my headless friend to do the modelling. The yarn is Drops ‘Nepal’, a wool-alpaca blend.
Oh! And I remember what I’ve been wanting to show you, courtesy of my friend J. Have you heard of temperature scarves? They’re worked on the premise that the colour used to knit each row represents the maximum temperature on a given day. So you can knit a whole year, illustrating the meandering transition from freezing to mild to hot to mild to freezing. Genius, huh? You can even use the idea to illustrate climate change.
Anyway, my friend J. is knitting one for the year of her friend’s birth, to give as a 40th birthday present. How wonderful is that? She was working on it at our pub knit night and she said I could show you. Look!
Isn’t that the most gorgeous thing ever? She’s a speedy knitter, so she’ll have it done in about five minutes’ time. I’m willing to bet my best yarn that her friend will love it.
And when I’m not knitting, or crocheting, or twin-wrangling, or at work, I’m usually lolloping across the Oxfordshire countryside in my running shoes. This shot was from a ten-mile run on Sunday. It’s satisfying building up the miles, because suddenly you find that you can go anywhere.
But whatever you’re up to this week, enjoy. Especially if it involves finishing LNPs.