Yesterday we went to Brighton. It was a beautifully sunny but incredibly windy day, especially along the seafront. It's the first time we've taken the children, and will probably be the last for a while as Little Miss didn't much like the crowds and My Boy wasn't very impressed by the lack of sand on the pebble beach (luckily we are close to the south coast and have other options!). As we were out until the evening, I didn't have time to post my usual Wednesday post, so here, a day late is my current "WIPs and books" update.
KNITTING: Nuvem by Martina Behm
ALSO PICTURED: Windward pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier
2 x 100g skeins of Fyberspates Nef Sock 70% baby alpaca/20% silk/10% cashmere
I haven't added much more to Nuvem since last week but on a very restrictive cable, the narrowest part is 64 cms wide (without any stretching) so it is growing slowly but surely. I really wish I'd kept knitting it before our holiday - thinking it was a perfect project for travelling I purposely held back and now it feels as though it's been around for ages. I'm going away this weekend so I'll take it for the train journey and hopefully I'll be able to add a few rounds.
On Monday I talked about sorting out some of my WIPs and one has now been turned into a Finished Object, ready to share tomorrow. I also mentioned my latest hexipuffing efforts on Tuesday, so there has been a bit of work going on this week when I've had the chance and inclination. It is with this sense of moving forward that I'm planning to cast on Windward this evening. Since spotting the pattern a few weeks ago I've been wondering which yarn I could use and finally settled on some gorgeous Fyberspates 4 ply. It's supremely soft and squishy and I can't wait to wind it into a ball tonight so I can get going. The pattern has an interesting modular design, unlike anything I've made before, which I am REALLY looking forward to figuring out.
I have one more WIP, and whilst this isn't a yarny project, it affords Mum and I plenty of scope for making things....
A friend wanted to make way for a new greenhouse so we jumped at the chance to get this playhouse for a bargain price. It's taken "us" (mainly my Mum, who is much stronger than me) most of today to dismantle it, carry it to our house and then put it all back together. I can't tell you the relief when the roof eventually went on! Now we're busy planning which colour(s) to paint it, who will make the curtains, tablecloth, bunting etc....
Amidst all that I've managed to read a bit more of The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende for book club. I'm about 100 pages (of tiny text) in, and not really sure about it. It's a family history, told by Allende to her deceased daughter. She is "telling" her daughter things she would have known before she died, in order to explain things to the reader, and the awkwardness of this is getting in the way of the stories she is telling. It feels too contrived, and to be honest, none of the 'stories' so far are especially riveting. If this wasn't a book club choice I'd have abandoned it already.
On that note, I shall have to abandon this post, for I have children to feed, bathe and tuck in, clothes to iron and pack, hair to wash... and that's before I even begin to think about knitting! Au revoir xxxx