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Sneezing and sniffling

Not much happening at The Towers apart from a streaming cold to accompany some obsessive football listening. The pink striped orchid is still in flower

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and another one's making its bid for freedom. Suspect that this is the softer, paler pink orchid that I blogged, oooh, ages ago

My knitting mojo has gone AWOL; it usually does at this time of year. I've started a couple of new blogs by way of compensation having more free time than usual. The first blog's a home for some of my cross stitch and blackwork designs which I've converted into free downloads - you can check them out at Tom Pudding Designs. It seemed silly to have the charts sitting around in a storage box and I've been meaning to get them online for a couple of years. The other new blog, Archive, is a mixture of vintage photographs, postcards and other bits and pieces that I've collected over the years. I guess this means I'm a serial blogger...


Christening the pan

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I'm very happy with my new dyeing pan. This is the yarn the pan was christened with - yummy 55% silk/45% cashmere laceweight from Violet Green kettle dyed in subtle shades of blue, gunmetal, purple and teal. The yarn was a present from Liz a couple of years ago (thanks, Liz!) and it dyed very nicely indeed. Note to self: Resist the temptation to overfill the pan - you know you won't be able to lift anything that heavy ;o)


Socks and an orchid

I usually knit a dozen or so pairs of socks throughout the year; plain vanilla ones using patterned, striped or hand dyed yarns. Socks are perfect mindless knitting and small enough to carry round with me. Trouble is, I end up with a pile of nearly-finished pairs that need afterthought heels and grafting before they can go in the airing cupboard ready for next winter. I present the first twelve pairs of this year's lot.

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One of my orchids is flowering again. Pretty.