Let's see - I like the new flat although I still have lots of boxes to unpack. I expect this will take me well into next year. I have another couple of weeks before my new bed arrives (looking forward to that) and Flossie seems to feel at home here. As ever, she's ignoring most of her places-to-sleep options...
I'm moving house tomorrow!
I won't have broadband for a couple of weeks so back soon....
I'm camping out in the old flat surrounded by boxes and still waiting to move. Even though there's no chain involved, it's taking months instead of weeks. I am not happy!
Better news, hopefully, soon...
New pincushion made from a needlepoint stitch sample (Jacquard stitch) backed with flowery cotton fabric and stuffed with animal wool.
For most of this year I've been busy sorting, clearing, chucking, charity-shopping all kinds of stuff. I probably have still more stuff that I need but it's now down to a more manageable size. I don't collect things any more but do get attached to those I have, particularly to books.
There has been knitting. And frogging. This blue number is one of my better efforts.
A beaded Summerleaf shawl for a friend's birthday - details on Ravelry.
I'm back to low carb eating and feel better/have more energy than earlier this year. Have a nice crustless quiche - this one is broccoli and smoked mackerel.
The builders have gone, the scaffolding is down and my balcony pots have new plants - a blue daisy (Felicia amelloides), a scented pelargonium (Concolour Lace) and a yellow-flowering plant (below) that had lost its label.
Can anyone identify it?
Two shawls; two colours; same pattern (Rav link); both gifts.
Flossie doing her thing on the windowsill and ignoring strategically-placed cat beds in favour of the carpet.
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!