What's on the needles?

Green_tgv

I've knitted several stripy TGV's this year, mainly as gifts so not bloggable until after Christmas. This TGV is for me using Dream in Color Smooshy leftovers in Happy Forest (Thanks, Jutta!) and Knitting Goddess mini skeins in shades of violet. 

Cr_sqs

I usually have a crochet blanket on the go - this one may take some time because the squares are only 7.5cm (3 in) across. I'm using superwash DK oddments mixed with two strands of sock yarn in pink, red, blue, purple, turquoise and grey.

These are my only WIPs, apart from a couple of pairs of socks. But I do have plans!


Bank holiday...

...and it's a sunny one for a change!

Frankensocks

I have socks to knit, a new pattern to crochet and a pile of audiobooks from the library to keep me happy.

Magnolie_start

I also have a living room to tidy and stuff to put away but they can wait....

Room

Flossie's soaking up the rays and making a cat-shaped shadow.

Flossie_shadows

There's bread in the breadmaker and butternut squash soup on the hob. Hope you're all having a lovely day whatever you're doing!


Random thoughts

1. I have dirty windows. Thanks, seagull.

2. I'm bored with crime fiction - too many similar plots, mutilated corpses and renegade detectives.

3. Mislaid my knitting mojo. This happens every now and then and it's a temporary loss.

4. Week 5 of this cold. Please go away.

5. The Faithfull Companion is either grumpy or going to hack up a hairball. Or both.

Pissed_off_Floss


It came back

The cold, that is. I felt better for about four days then the sore throat started again. And the rest. I'm bored now but starting to feel better. Spring has sprung and we're hurtling towards when the clocks go forward so life's not all bad.

The shawl is now finished and blocked as is this crochet one, made for and modelled by my knitting friend Valerie (she loves orange).

Rosewood_3

As ever when the right weather occasion arises, Flossie is on the carpet roasting her ribs in a patch of sunlight.

Sunshine

 


That was the cold that was

A particularly beastly cold has been had. You know the sort - no voice, hacking cough ('twas a 3-bottles-of-Benylin-event), sore throat and snot. Lots of snot.

Not much happening at Wibbo Towers as a result of the above - a little gentle sock knitting done, books read, audiobooks heard. I also started this

Bella_start

which is looking rather good (and the pattern doesn't need much concentration). The yarn came from Woolly Workshop a good few years ago; it's a wool/silk/nylon mixture which should soften up nicely when washed and blocked.


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.