It seems like much of the UK is under water right now, especially here in the Southwest. We’ve seen towering waves caused by 100-mile an hour winds, and bits of beach, cliff and even railway, reclaimed by the sea over the past two months. Hard to believe climate-change deniers actually exist and – staggeringly – are prominent in government.
Given that bleak stormy weather has been a fact of daily life for some weeks, imagine my delight this morning when I was greeted by clear blue sky and strong strong sunlight. I had to get out into it, right away. By the river I met other delighted and bewildered people – all of us wondering around smiling as though we’d forgotten what a joy a dry bright winter’s day could be.
My daffodils are looking especially fine in the cool bright winter light, so I thought I’d share…
Daffodils always signal the first optimistic sign of spring (we are told March will be better). They remind me of my schooldays. Happily these ones smell as delicious as they look.
At the turn of the New Year I faced up to my overflowing yarn stash, looked it square in the eye and determined that I would use it up before buying even one more skein. All of this in spite of my desire to make an Andy Satterlund cardigan and buy wool dedicated to the purpose.
So, in the this vein I have begun to knit easy-peasy squares, trying out new stitch patterns with the help of verypink.com’s comprehensive fancy stitch combos section. My aim is create some nicely textured covers for the cushions on my sofa, made up of a patchwork of intricate squares.
Here we have…
Rickrack Rib – which I have to say would probably look more dramatic in another choice of yarn. However, I look forward to a more striking effect when sewn into a patchwork and stretched over a cushion.
Next we have Bamboo Stitch, which was a fiddle to knit, but is pleasingly rough and will add interest.
Here is that old trusty stalwart seed stitch – in this yarn it appears especially tight and knotty.
And finally, good old fashioned garter stitch, which really allows the pattern of the colour way to come through.
I plan to experiment with more stitch patterns and yarns in complimentary colours, which roughly match this wise old owl who watches over my knitting from the fireplace mantel.
More news of this process as it unfolds peeps!
p.s since its Sunday, I felt I oughta say that if you’re looking for the ultimate hangover cure (which, ahem, I was this morning), without going down the ‘full English Breakfast’ route, please allow me to introduce you to BBC Radio 6. Cerys Matthew’s Sunday morning show is solo refined, varied and well-informed, and her choice of music is always energising. Following Matthew’s show there is usually a guest spot by a musician and today its Kelis – who’s taste is just gorgeous…So far we’ve had Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Minnie Ripperton and Roberta Flack – heavenly.