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This is the first Whole Weekend Off I've had for as long as I can remember and I'm enjoying myself pottering around, doing nothing in particular. From yesterday, here's the back of Brigid's waistcoat.



I started new socks in yarn that Liz dyed for me. It's wonderfully bright; there are eight really saturated colours jostling for attention and, so far, no pooling.

Flossie? She's happily ignoring her favourite basket and busy burning her bum in the sunshine.


Soundtrack of my life

This seems like a good way to take my mind off not being able to sleep ... pinched from Knittiotherapy

If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?

The rules:

1 Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod etc)

2 Put it on shuffle

3 Press Play

4 For every question, type the song that's playing

5 When you go to a new question, press the Next button

6 Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool ...

OK, engage iPod and let's see ...

The results:

Opening credits: Easy to Love - Ella Fitzgerald

Waking up: Still Crazy After all These Years - Paul Simon

First day at school: Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan

Falling in love: Leaf & Stream - Wishbone Ash

Fight song: Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan

Breaking up: Got You Under my Skin - Frank Sinatra

Prom: Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys

Life: He's A Whore - Cheap Trick

Mental breakdown: Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds

Driving: Roots - Show of Hands

Flashback: It's Raining Again - Supertramp

Getting back together: Georgia Moon - Pierce Pettis

Losing your virginity: You Do Something to Me - Ella Fitzgerald

Wedding: All Tomorrow's Parties - June Tabor

Birth of child: Round Trip/Broadway Blues - Pat Metheny

Final battle: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon

Death Scene: High Roller - Cheap Trick

End Credits: You'll Think of Me - Keith Urban

Project 365 - March 8


March 8 - this is the top crate of a stack of five, all containing samples and swatches for my new book. I'm sitting here at 10.15am feeling pleased with myself - everything's been photographed, references for the illustrator are ready to post and the last text file has been emailed. TGIF - and no, the F doesn't mean Friday, it means FINISHED. Now I get my life back ...

Yarn and other stuff

March's yarn from the Yarn Yarn Sock Club; colours are prettier in real life.


After my ill-fated attempt to knit a Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl in silk, I've cast on again. This time I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Purple Club. Yummy or what? The observant amongst you will notice how nicely the yarn goes with the cord of a KnitPicks circular...


I bought the yarn yesterday on a vist to Stash Yarns with Liz. As well as lovely hand dyes (previous post), Liz gave me a Prym shawl pin - I'd not seen one of these before; rather nice.


Talking shawls, just after Christmas I whipped up a winter shawl in some Noro Iro I bought in the Peter Jones sale the year before. It's nothing fancy, merely a warm and cosy triangle in plain garter stitch. I'd been wearing it for several weeks before I noticed the, erm, deliberate mistake. A bodged area of stocking stitch about the size of a 10p piece....