It’s been a grey, wet and windy in Cornwall today. The sort of day you only venture out twice, and only then because the dog needs to be exercised. The sort of day when even Briar, when I opened the door, looked out with zero enthusiasm
And so for most of the rest of the day I have been reading and knitting.
Persephone Reading week has over-run in this house – I am still reading the poems of Virginia Graham and the short stories of Frances Towers. Both wonderful and both highly recommended.
And I have been perusing my shelves to put together a list for the R I P Challenge.
But it’s been more of a knitting day really.
Last year I gave mainly books for Christmas but this year I am knitting scarves. Here is what I have on the go at the moment: –
I always have several knitting projects on the go so I have something straightforward for odd moments, something portable, something more interesting …
The first is nearly done. Tilted blocks in two shades of purple for my future sister-in-law. Very simple but very effective.
The second is a cat’s paw scarf for a friend, in lovely Fyberspates sock yarn. I have only done a couple of repeats to see how it looks so far, but I am very pleased with the effect.
And then there is a shawl for my mother – she saw the yarn when I bought it without a project in mind and loved it. I decided on a shawl because she feels the cold in the evenings. Simple, but I did a few tests and stocking stitch seemed to suit the yarn best. The band at the edge unravels to form a fringe – I hope!
And finally, I’ve just cast on a ruffle scarf, knitted lengthways, for my niece. Another simple but effective pattern. 250 stithes now but it increases to nearly 2,000. I may need a second circular needle!
And now I’m going to open up The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary. America’s first female investigative reporter encounters murder and mayhem at the World’s Fair in Paris. It looks wonderful!