Nobody faint, but this is not my rainbow shawl this week. It’s blocking at the moment, ready to show you on Friday along with the gripping story of completion. Well. It was gripping for me, anyway.
With me today I have something for me, and something for someone else. I don’t normally carry around 2 projects, but I’m off to my knitting group tonight at the pub, and I need something simple for then so that I can stitch and talk at the same time. The back of the cardigan is my “one for you” project, which is chugging along nicely and has reached a “repeat these two easy rows” stage, so that’s the job for coffee break and tonight. For times when I don’t have to do two things at once – on the bus, or at lunchtime – I’ve got a hat that I started last night when I finished my shawl. After complaining recently that there’s not as much choice for interesting crochet hats, I thought I’d better put my yarn where my mouth is and make one of the interesting patterns that I’ve actually got! It’s the Gnarled bark hat by Joanna Scrace, in a fingering weight yarn. Given the colour, I’m thinking more ‘rumpled leaves’ than bark, but it’s not as hard as it looks, and is coming on nicely. Although I am wondering if I should be making the large rather than the medium. I should probably measure again before I get too far and have more to rip out!
It’s been quite around here for a few days, as I spent the end of last week and much of the weekend in the grip of nasty anxiety, with the full-on head-spinning and butterflies in the tummy. By Sunday, I was worn out from the constant adrenaline rushes! This week is going better, though, so if you suddenly get a late comment on an old blog post, that’s probably me, trying to catch up.
Speaking of catching up, I’m about halfway through listening to Wolf Hall, and the TV series starts tonight. It’s a brilliant recording, I really recommend it, and I’m rattling through it in a way that I don’t think I would have managed with the printed book. My love for audiobooks is growing and growing, although I think I’m going to take a break after this one and catch up on some podcasts. Having re-learned to love books, my podcast library is growing alarmingly! As I sometimes do with my blog-reader, maybe it’s time for a bit of a cull. Discovering knitting podcasts didn’t help, and although I’ve added a bunch of sewing ones as well, I think I’m going to have to cut those, rather than start and instantly get behind. There are only so many hours in the day for listening, really. Although I wonder if I listen through the night as well, if I’d wake up suddenly knowing a lot more about knitting. Subliminal learning, anyone? 🙂
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