Saturday, November 10, 2007

Week 1

Well, I did the first week, I survived and I enjoyed it. Even the commute, mostly. The fifteen minutes on the Victoria Line in the morning, not so much, but I got a seat on the train every day, and the people I sat next to were either nice and smiley, or just asleep... Here's a picture of a thing I found at the end of the road by work on the way to the Tube...*



Saw Yvonne and Sue at Libertys on Thursday night - Yvonne knitting the most gorgeous scarf of many colours, Sue ploughing round an endless frill... I took the Unbloggable Project which is, thanks to the increased train-knitting time, Off the Needles.

Otherwise the knitting's not been quite as successful! Took the second Serpentine Mitt off the needle, to discover




Not so much a ta-da!! moment as a ta-doh!! moment... Actually, this photo also makes one look much longer than the other, which isn't the case - but I have, indeed, knitted two left mitts by the simple expedient of following the instructions re: the gusset but also working the pattern over the opposite two needles, which has the result of creating two identical mitts (apart from the centre cable which I thoughfully twisted in the opposite direction for the second mitt)... Thankfully a) the yarn will make 4 mitts b) I already had a taker for a second pair... So all was not lost...


Still plugging away on the Tahoe cardigan - halfway up the second front, at which point I'll do all the finishing and give it a try-on with one sleeve...


I also forgot to blog my personal trifecta in charity-shop books, found in the British Heart Foundation in King's Lynn last Saturday - total cost £6.


From the left, a book of stories I nearly bought at full price the week before, as I'm currently enjoying Mr Gaiman's Fragile Things collection (I'm not normally a fan of short stories but these are great; more a series of little atmospheres...); a knitting book with actual content as well as the 1980s interpretations of the sweaters); and a cookbook which is both retro and practical. It's relatively unfaffy Delia (she does, for instance, assume her readers know how to make pastry), and very 70s in its nutritional values (I can't imagine today's Delia suggesting a recipe comprising six eggs and 12oz cheese to feed three people); it is, however, a great combination of the basic, the quick and the traditional, and I suspect it'll be used and re-used in the same way as my extremely battered copy of Fay Maschler's Eating In, also a collection of Evening Standard cookery columns but from the 1980s.

*Generally things found on the way home from work in the old job were interesting leaves, or completely bizarre pieces of litter...

6 comments:

Daisy said...

Yay! Glad your first week went OK!

E-J said...

Hurrah! Glad to hear it all went well.

Paul picked up that Gaiman book for me for cheapies too, a while back - I have yet to read it.

SnB event was fun, largely due to my bumping into another KTogger ...

And ...

A year to the month after casting on (about 14 times, as I recall), The Unending Sock is now ended!!

Mary deB said...

That clock is wrong, non? Or do you go to work very, very early!?

Jackie said...

So pleased to hear that your first week went well. We've got some read Gaiman about the house and I'll look it out - as we no longer keep most of the books we buy - otherwise we wouldn't be able to move!

Will we see you on Tuesday or Saturday?

Anonymous said...

The Madeline Weston book is great, I have had it and used it for years and it is quite sought after by some knitters. Judith

Liz said...

E-J - congrats on the Sock. And indeed the Daughter of Sock I saw at the KTog yesterday...

Mary deB - the clock's right - it's the winter that's wrong! It was so dark and gloomy at 4:10 that Friday afternoon that I ended up having to put the 'dusk' setting on the camera...

Judith - I had another look at the Madeline Weston book the other night and there's a lovely hap shawl in there which is definitely going to feature in post-Christmas knitting...