Catching up

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)


Storm, socks, shawl

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?

Bird_spikes

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...

Socks

 ...and I've blocked my Refraction Shawlette.

Refraction_finished1


This, that and the weather

Rain

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 soaking my Reflections Shawlette ready for blocking; the washing machine's on with a load of hand knitted socks; there's football on the radio and food in the fridge. Sorted!


New on the needles

Refraction Shawlette (rav link) knitted in my hand dyed merino 4ply. 

Blue

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.


Using up bits

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,

Koigu_blanket

a hat and a pair of almost-finished-just-need-thumbs fingerless mittens

Multitasking

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. 


Another Saturday afternoon

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.

Heavy_weather_detail

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...

Not_very_interested


Where did April go?

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.

JMK4

Flossie the Faithful Companion has spent much of the month asleep; when awake, she veers between being seriously in-your-face pushy

Pushy
 
and won't-look-you-in-the-eyes shy.

Shy