Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Bank holiday weekend.
Hello, I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was really nice to feel the warm sun on my face as I sat knitting in the garden. Knitting? Yes, I've put my crochet blanket to one side in favour of some sock knitting. A while ago now I bought Christine - Winwick Mum's Super Socks book. I'd stocked up on needles, opting for the short circular and Dpns - needed for the heel. Do check out her blog here for more info.
I will admit to being sceptical about the short 2.5mm - 30cm length. I'd previously tried Dpns on my first pair of socks and knew I'd prefer another method. Next up was 2 circular needles which I thought sounded perfect. With one pair of needles knitting the front / top on the sock and the other the heel / back. I was never happy with the two gappy lines down the length of the socks where you switch needles.
The single circular needle is perfect. It's quick knitting as you're not constantly changing needles and though you use Dpns for the heel, so far it's not been an issue. For the yarn details I'm using see here.
On Saturday afternoon we had our last open home for the church, more Millionaire shortbread, recipe here. It's been good to do, the hosting requires me to make sure I clean the house. It's been nice to chat to people over a cuppa and cake, everyone seems to like cake. We'll probably do this again next year as even the teens liked it. It helped of course that their friends visited too.
So apart from knitting socks and eating cake in a garden warm enough to have me putting on my shorts, there's a few more things that I'm enjoying at the moment.
Should've started. This book is the current read for the bookclub. Though I've watched the film, I've not started it yet. I was pleased that teen 2 found this book entertaining enough for him to want to read it. Though he could read very well before he started school, he's remarkably uninterested in books now. He does have a full bookcase in his room and will often request a book for birthday etc presents. Teen 1 is the book worm of the family and loves to discuss the plot in detail.
Wanting to start. This latest book by Debbie Macomber, my favourite author. that I'm looking forward to starting. I know when I start reading it, it'll be finished in a few days. Macomber doesn't write complicated page turners, but she does write an entertaining feel good novel.
Present read. This Macomber book is part 4 of the cedar Cove series. I'm also reading Agatha Christie's The Clocks on the Kindle, which all seems vaguely familiar and I'm sure I've read it before years ago.
Watching on video. Last weekend we went to a car boot sale and I purchased 10 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple VHS tapes for £3. I handed over my money hoping the video player was still attached to the TV and working. Thankfully all is well and I'm enjoying the nostalgia of watching them again.
Wooden puzzles, I'd pulled these out the cupboard at the weekend, the tower of Hanoi is always popular with visitors. There's some rebuilding to do on one of them.
M surprised me a few weeks ago, bringing me home a covered candle holder. I'd bought the lavender candle last year and normally I'd say I love lavender, but there's something about this particular fragrance. No matter which room I light it in, including open and spacious places, it never fails to bring on a headache. I therefore decided I'd take it outside and light it so at least I could still enjoy the smell in a less confined space. Of course the strong winds of coastal Lincolnshire don't help keep my flame burning. Anyway, hopefully this should do the job nicely.
QT a bit of a fuzzy photo as I was using the zoom setting on the camera. I knew if I'd walked over to him he'd have stood up to see what I wanted.
If anyone has any sock related tips or recommendations on yarns or patterns, please do leave a comment. Thank you. When I've finished this particular pair, I thought I'd knit a few pairs in the WYS yarn. In particular I like the bird variants shown here.
Have a good week