I am feeling much more myself today, still being careful though. The dogs had a new walk today to a place where they could have some off lead time with lots of space to run round in. They enjoyed it and it gave me a breather before the walk home. The sun was shining but within an hour the rain arrived, nice and gentle so doing good.
It has brought the slugs and snails out so I have had a picking session, nasty things. I have a resident toad but he must be having an away day, I didn't see him but there were some empty half crushed shells around.
I have been sitting on the Paloma sweater pattern for a while, humming and haahing over whether or not to knit it. Then I saw Nicky Winterton, on her blog Sheep and Cheerful, trying hers on and my mind was made up. Not one but two, one for Francesca and one for me.
I had a look online and found fingering weight for both, then looked for suri alpaca silk. Hah! Undyed is sold out everywhere. My plan was, and still is, to pick really strong colours in the fingering and tone them down with undyed fluff. I did toy briefly with reversing it but threw that idea in the bin.
Anyone know where I can source said fluff. I can get kidsilk mohair but both Francesca and I find it scratchy.
I usually go to blueface.com, but they are out of stock. I did find some on an Indie dyers site but it was rather overpriced.
I will buy the coloured yarn and hope to locate the lace weight sooner rather than later. I do have a few months before it will be cool enough to wear sweaters, fingers crossed.
Meanwhile I am at the ribbing on the blue socks and halfway up the leg on the paler pair. Even with the rain it has been bright enough for the darker yarn today, a bit iffy at times with a terrier on my lap, but I managed to get quite a bit done.
Herbie has finally given in and gone to sleep, he has such a good time with Revi. They are a perfect match though she towers over him.
I am ready for a cuppa now, the kitchen is put to rights after dinner an I am eyeing my knitting up. I have a film to watch and could well finish the ribbing whilst watching it.
Glad to hear you are feeling better but still take care not to overdo things. Will you be watching the Sewing Bee later? It’s not my favourite year so far. Raining here today so sewing and baking were the order of the day. CatrionaReplyDelete
I am watching the Sewing Bee, they are a mixed bunch that's for sure. There is absolutely no way of spotting the winner, they all swing from inspiring to Oh Dear in each episode. The main problem seems to be that they do not listen to the judges.Delete
We were desperate for rain and then when it arrived so did the slugs! Just got to make sure we wash the lettuce well. Hope you're ok after your slip on the stairs, I did the same and was sore for days.ReplyDelete
I put upturned grapefruit and orange peel halves on the beds and in the morning I usually get slugs in each. My friend has chickens and they love their daily treat.Delete
i love to think of you with your knitting and a terrier on your lap,, i have been there lol,,,ReplyDelete
she is a tiny little thing but every now and then she pushes her face up in front of my knitting and demands a fuss. There is no option except to give in.Delete
I think you are wrong, we don't have to wait to wear jumpers, I wearing mine for the second day, it's really cool here in Hampshire. I am glad you are feeling better, the weather is helping, it's another inside day.ReplyDelete
I have had a very thin fingering weight crdigan but the thought of wearing an ultra warn sweater makes me cringe. It has been overcast, and very wet in the last few hours, but it has not been cold here. The wind direction has been favourable to the Amman Valley, even when it was stormy it was not cold. The sun is bright here but it should change later. My washing went out at 6.30 and is about to come in now. The ironing board is set up so no escape.ReplyDelete
Qjuite chilly here today, so a jumper needed, and hubby was wearing his hat in the garden as the wind whipped round his ears. He soon came back in when the torrential rain started.ReplyDelete
Good to read you are feeling brighter and able to pick up the knitting again. Hope you get to source the wool, no ideas where, sorry.