I was supposed to be spending today outside, clearing up the garden, cutting back, shredding and generally having a nice time getting ready for spring. And then the weather happened.
I watched rather dismally as the rain swept in across the fields and fell faster than the overflow on the rain barrel could cope with the water. I told myself that somehow, without looking, I’d turned into a fairweather gardener and I should just go and put my wellies on and get on with it. I opened the door and even the dog slunk back to his bed by the Aga. I decided that I could better use my time inside where it was warm and dry.
Instead of gardening, I’ve spent a long time today catching up on admin-type things on the computer that I’ve been putting off for an even longer time. Things that needed putting onto eBay, things that needed ordering, emails that were long overdue. I’ve actually ticked quite a lot off the list and although I do still keep asking myself if I could manage to just go out for a little bit, one look at the rain running down the windows has persuaded me to stay in and find a few more admin-type jobs. And if I get up now, the cat on my lap will get cold.
I finished my Arne and Carlos socks off this morning. I had a bit of trouble getting these to match so they’ve taken me longer than I expected; all down to me being a perfectionist (some would use a less polite word) as I wanted the stripes to match exactly, not be just close enough. I can still see one or two places where I’d like them to be different, but even I have to accept that sometimes life is too short and instead I will just love them as they are. And I do. I really love them. It’s been a while since a colour combination gripped me quite like these ones (the other one that does it for me in a similar way is the Regia Design Line Delphinium yarn that my basic sock pattern is knitted in) and I know that I will want to wear these as often and as quickly as I can get them through the washing machine and back into my sock drawer.
I’ve done a bit of tidying up too, and a few loads of laundry (isn’t it funny how as soon as you empty the laundry basket, it’s full again?) which have had to go through the dryer. I’m looking forward to being able to get my washing out on the line again, but I don’t think that’s going to be any time soon.
I should probably clear this candle up but I like the way that it’s spilled out on to the hearth (luckily we have huge varnished slabs which don’t mind a bit of candle wax at all). It makes me think of lava or perhaps a glacier (to continue my northern theme). The candle smelt wonderful and it’s a shame that it’s now reduced to this puddle, but I have enjoyed it. I might try re-melting it and putting it in a pot with a new wick to see if I can give a bit of an extra life.
The hours have ticked on and the rain is still falling. I’ve decided that it’s perfectly acceptable to do a bit more knitting. This is my homework preparation for the Arne and Carlos workshopat Black Sheep Wools next week: I need to knit the rib for the wrist warmers that we’re making.
It’s a good idea – rib can take such a long time and we’ve only got the morning to get to grips with the colourwork and the pattern. It feels funny knitting with DK yarn – I’ve not used it for such a long time as my socks are all made with 4ply! I’m really looking forward to the workshop, I love learning about new things and although I’ve done colourwork before, I’m interested to see how Arne and Carlos do it. In particular, I’m fascinated by the idea that you can hold yarns in both hands so that you flick from one colour to the other without having to let go. It has that “why didn’t I know about this years ago?” feel about it (and it would have been very useful as I used to knit Kaffe Fasset colourwork jumpers for the yarn shop in the village where I grew up) but I know about it now and it’s never too late to learn new things.
Talking of which – I’ve still not quite finished my FutureLearn course on the Orion constellation, but I will do. We’ve had a few clearly and frosty nights over the past week and the stars have been bright in the sky; it’s been easy to pick out Orion’s belt. I don’t know what it is about that row of stars but wherever we are in the world I always look for it and it makes me feel at home. It reminds me that we’re all connected, no matter where we live. I know a few of you signed up for courses yourselves – how did you get on?
It’ll be time to make dinner soon, but I think first of all is a trip into the black hole that is small daughter’s bedroom. She’s growing so fast that she’s outgrown quite a few of her clothes and we need to sort through them to see what fits and what doesn’t. I’ve been threatening to do this for weeks but have been easily distracted by other things … I love the results of de-cluttering, I’m just not that keen on doing it!
Hope you manage to stay warm and dry today, whatever you are doing!