I'm finishing socks today - four pairs down, seven still to go. Left to right: Regia Aquarell, MSSSY self-striping birthday yarn dyed by Liz, Rico Superba Mexico, two pairs of my own hand dyed Trekking, Lana Grosso (I think), Regia.
Well, we're storm-battered here on the south coast but luckily there's no flooding where I live. I can't imagine how awful the flooding must be in other parts of the country. Today (just for a change) it's sunny, dry and the sky is blue.
What have I been up to this month? Not a lot really - I seem to have been skulking indoors knitting and reading or drying out coats and gloves for most of February. One highlight was yesterday when I met up with fellow Brighton & Hove blogger Sarina for a lovely lunch in town. Sarina's blog is here: Sarina's Allsorts.
I seem to be frogging more metres that knitting them these days. I cast off a stripey garter stitch shawl (see previous post for pic) this morning and the more I look at it, the more I think I'll frog it. I tried it on, looked in the mirror and the word that came to mind was 'frilly' which was not good...
In other news, I'm listening to The Leopard by Jo Nesbo read by the wonderful Sean Barrett, and reading Raising Steam by the even-more-wonderful Terry Pratchett (real book) and Flappers by Judith Mackrell (Kindle book).
Flossie is being her usual charming annoying self and refuses to pose for any more of 'those candid photos' ;o)
That was the worst storm I've experienced since moving to the seaside in 2007. Apart from the noises which kept me awake into the small hours and several litres of water drip drip dripping through the front windows, the only things that got damaged were the bird spikes round my balcony. Weird, eh?
I disentangled three lengths from the rosemary bushes this morning; they'd peeled away from the top balcony rail. Must buy more outdoor sticky fixers...
In other news, I have enough clean hand-knitted socks to last me into February...
...and I've blocked my Refraction Shawlette.
Lovely weather, eh? I don't mind rain too much but when it's coupled with strong winds (we get a lot of those at the seaside) I'm staying put at Wibbo Towers.
I'm pleased that I've posted every day in November! I can't say there will be a post a day for the rest of the year, but I'll do my best not to ignore Wibbo and her Words for weeks at a time...
The shawl's coming along nicely too; it's rather dark to take a photograph now so I'll get one done tomorrow.
Refraction Shawlette (rav link) knitted in my hand dyed merino 4ply.
It's grown since I took the photograph and I've just started the third repeat of Chart B. The knitting is going very nicely - lovely clear, large charts (which is something I appreciate these days) and an intuitive, easy-to-remember stitch pattern. The designer, Chrissy Fletcher, blogs here.
Another using-up-my-bits number - this one's for throwing round my shoulders when the weather turns chilly. The shawl is, in real life, just as luridly bright as it looks in the bottom photograph. Mainly Koigu and Jitterbug again plus some Cherry Tree Hill sock.
This is too pink; it should really be red. Deep red.
No, the colour's fine. Hmm, I'm not enjoying knitting the pattern.
Half a shawl down the line, the message finally sank in.
The same yarn frogged, overdyed and knitted in a different pattern. Much better!
I'm working my way through my stash of Koigu KPPPM and Colinette Jitterbug; it's mainly oddments with the odd single skein here and there. So far there have been several crochet blankets,
a hat and a pair of almost-finished-just-need-thumbs fingerless mittens
and there's still some yarn left. I'm convinced it's breeding...
In the same photo as the mittens are the start of Keiran Foley's Shetland Ruffles (rav link) in two colours of Malabrigo Sock (Dewberry and Solis) and a shawl for Steph in some of my hand dyed sock yarn.
I've been out and about today - the weather has been far too nice to stay at home.
Walked to Starbucks in Hove to drink coffee and do a little gentle knitting with friends - the sky really was that summery shade of blue!
That was June; suddenly it's August. Much of the summer this year has been too darned hot for comfort as far as I'm concerned. I spent a fair amount of it skulking in front of an electric fan with my Kindle in hand re-reading books ranging from the Harry Potter series to Melvyn Bragg's biography of Richard Burton.
Knitting-wise; there have been pairs of plain vanilla socks (far too boring to blog about) and several shawls. Output much as usual then.
One for me - Heavy Weather, a lovely shawl pattern by Goddess Knits called Einin, worked in Wollmeise Lace in dark-grey-almost-black. Renee's patterns are a delight to knit - good instructions and large, clear charts.
Meanwhile, Flossie's as disinterested as usual. Must be time for another snooze...
I've uploaded a new free knitting pattern to Ravelry. It's a rectangular wrap called Gallimaufry (Rav link).
April seems to have slid past without making so much as a gentle ripple on the surface of my life. I've been deep in gift knitting/crochet which is (thankfully) nearly finished - many of the friends-who-I-make-stuff-for have birthdays in April and May so at least I get time during the summer to cast on a few things for myself before the Christmas present rush begins.
Latest off the hook is this blanket for Liz's birthday and I'm really pleased with how the colours of Jitterbug and Koigu work together.
Flossie the Faithful Companion has spent much of the month asleep; when awake, she veers between being seriously in-your-face pushy
and won't-look-you-in-the-eyes shy.
I'll be at the Christmas Market at Cornerstone, Hove this Saturday December 8 from 11am to 3pm with hand dyed yarn, stitch markers, beaded and embroidered jewellery.