Sometimes a week is so manic, that like the Grand Canyon, you only realise its true scale once you can step back some distance and gain a little perspective. This last week has seen the Mister away in Europe, my mum coming to stay to help out in his absence (hugely appreciated), a mammogram, ultrasound & breast exam (mine, all clear) and a full-on tummy bug (Small Girl’s). Luckily, the week is finishing in rather better fashion than it started although Small Girl is still suffering a bit and won’t be going to any Jubilee parties this weekend. It’s no wonder that most of yesterday and today has been spent in a grateful haze of crafting and cuddling, in between trying to stay on top of the laundry and viewing a myriad of wonderful looking Jubilee celebrations online.
Here’s what I’ve been working on over the last fortnight.
The Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet are finished, and I am wearing them today. I feel I should clarify that I have fairly typical sized feet, but the name differentiates the pattern from another Spud and Chloe pattern for children’s socks. On the whole I’m very happy with them. Lessons learned are to drop down a needle size from 2.75mm to 2.5mm, and to try some in a yarn with a higher wool content. A little less ribbing would be nice too. I put them on the sock blockers, which do strike me as one of the most bizarre gadgets ever, but which make me happy nonetheless. They look just like proper socks!
Baby Babette has been on the back burner, so to speak. I’ve done the 4 squares needed to finish the current section and plan to catch up on all the joining and ends over this rainy holiday weekend. Then there will be two more sections and the edging left to do before my friend’s baby arrives later in July.
I’ve cast on the lovely Vanilla Latte Socks in Natural Dye Studio Sphinx, colourway Dragonfly. So pretty! The wool is British Falkland Merino, bought from Jumble-Jelly, as were the Cubics needles. I love these, they are so precise and easy to use.
I also cast on the sock-weight version of the Felicity hat, but sadly had to frog before the urge to throw the whole lot in the bin got too strong. I don’t know what it is about me and sock-weight Rico yarns, but we just don’t get on. It was sticking and splitting as I knitted, then broke as I was frogging. I picked up some Lang Mille Colori from Crafty-Yarn and will try that instead.
Finally, another wonderful Marks &Spencer combination of functionality, design and chocolate. A little tin which did hold foil-wrapped Jubilee chocolate discs and when empty is exactly the right size for Knit Pro sock needles Happy Jubilee weekend to you all, thank you for reading!