My trusty Pure DAB radio finally gave up the ghost last week. I bought the radio in 2002 and it's been on for at least 12 hours every day so I don't feel too bad about having to buy a replacement. I'm a non-TV household and sound quality as well as looks are important. The one I chose is tiny but it has a lovely big sound.
Flossie, as ever, is more impressed by the box.
Herbert Mayo Bateman, from the "Coughs & Sneezes Spread Diseases" series commissioned by the Ministry of Health, England, 1942, image © The National Archives.
There has been a lot of coughing/sneezing over the past week or so; I'm feeling much better now so here's a quick round-up of what's been going on here.
The amaryllis flowers are now over, but were lovely while they lasted.
A new LYS has opened in the city - YAK Yarn and Knitting at 16, Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AD. Opening times: Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 4pm. I managed a quick visit before the cold germs struck. YAK's official Grand Opening is this Saturday, February 7th, 2pm - 6pm.
The 2014 Advent Calender Scarf is coming along nicely; I have four more patterns left to knit. The impossible-to-photograph yarn colour's darker/richer/nicer in real life.
It's that amaryllis time of year again; this bulb was a Christmas present from Julie. Two buds have appeared so far - more photos when the flowers arrive.
I'm finally getting my teeth into a Ravelry KAL (knit-a-long for those of you who haven't come across the term KAL before). It's the 2014 Advent Calender Scarf (Rav link) and you got one clue/chart every day during Advent. What with one thing and another, I didn't start knitting until January. The photo shows days 4, 5, 6 and 7; the scarf is knitted in Wollmeise Lace-Garn, colourway Flaschenpost.
This is Jackie with her lovely granny square blanket in the Jubilee Library, Brighton. The Knitting Group meets at the library every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon. If you knit or crochet, do come along and join us!
...for the Faithful Companion. She approves.
Square count now up to 380; I think I'll stop at 400. A nice round number.
David, the Christmas elf, on my stall at Saturday's Christmas Market. Lovely sunny weather and plenty of people wandering round made for a good day.
This is the one tidy corner of my living room; off camera, everywhere else is, er, rather cluttered and needs a good tidy but I've run out of steam with housework. Possibly I've been sidetracked by making these...
Crochet squares for a blanket - they're 7cm square and so far I've made 240 (and sewn the ends in as they were made). The coloured threads secure them in stacks of ten for easy counting and I reckon I'll need to make another 160 or so...
I'll be at Cornerstone's Christmas Market on Saturday, December 6, with hand-dyed yarn, stitch markers and beaded jewellery. The market is open from 11am to 3pm - there's no charge to get in, so do come along and say hello!
I'm rehanging pictures in the hallway today. The walls have just been painted (I will avoid telling the year-long story of leaks from the flat upstairs/insurance claims etc) in Lime Explosion which is a brave colour choice from someone who's been stuck in it's-a-wall-paint-it-white mode since about 1964.
I adopted these two chaps as honorary relatives about 30 years ago when I rescued the photographs from a car boot sale. The top one is dated 1918 and that's a Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) flaming grenade cap badge at the bottom of the original copper-covered frame. The bottom photograph has a modern mount and frame; Schofield, Brighton is hand-written below the image.
I've finally got round to listing the known corrections for my crochet and knitting books on a new blog, Jan Eaton's Book Errata.
The titles include 200 Crochet Blocks, 200 Knitted Blocks and 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. The books have been reprinted several times and as I always pass errata on to the publisher, you may own a newer edition without errata. Please be aware that the titles are available in both UK and US Editions.
From the ICRC (International Commitee of the Red Cross) Historical Archives, this is Walter's record card while he was a prisoner of war. The PA numbers refer to separate records detailing his time as a prisoner and the R numbers refer to his repatriation. As I thought, he was captured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme; apart from this I'm having trouble deciphering some of the abbreviations on the records.
Those of you who know me in real life may be surprised by an actual swatch. Swatching is something I rarely do but this is for a garment (a change from my usual sock/shawl/blanket repertoire). The yarn is Kilcarra Aran Tweed (discontinued) and it's been in my stash for far too long. I'm thinking shortish and boxy along the lines of Tweedy Stripey without the stripes.
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.
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!