The way it turned out, I ended up doing things last weekend that were completely different to what I had planned to do. It just works out that way sometimes, doesn’t it?
I went for an unscheduled walk with the dog on Saturday afternoon (I was supposed to be working in the garden) …
Culcheth Linear Park is just lovely at this time of year. The leaves have been spectacularly gorgeous and are lying inches deep on the path. It’s like walking through crunchy snow! The dog doesn’t really like leaves which is quite strange – he’ll do his best to walk around them if we’re walking on pavements – but he’s always distracted by the interesting smells on these walks so I don’t worry too much about bringing him.
I cleared away small daughter’s pumpkin (she should have done this a while ago!) …
I’m actually thinking that we should have bought it really early and left it to go mouldy before Hallowe’en because it looks far scarier than it did on the day small daughter carved it! Something to try next year? Maybe not! 😀
I finished my husband’s Mind The Gap socks (I was meant to be working on some commission socks but the yarn didn’t arrive in time) …
Oh, I just love these socks! They were a joy to knit – I knitted a whole foot one afternoon without really thinking about it – and I am so glad that there’s yarn left for me, although there won’t be enough for a pair for me so I’ll need to be creative with contrast colours.
I also finished off these socks … I started them last summer on holiday and they got put aside on several occasions whilst I did other things. The yarn was a painted sock blank and I was a bit concerned that they weren’t going to match enough for me to be able to wear them (yes, I do have matching socks issues; no, I don’t want therapy for it!) but I’ve decided that if I pick the two closest matching socks then I might be OK. Actually, I think that decision is made for me as I’ve reinforced the toes on two of the socks but not the third and it’s always the toes that wear out for me. The third sock will become a sample sock for when I’m out and about at sock clinics so that I don’t have to remember to take one sock of a pair out of the drawer.
I seem to have spent the majority of this week trying to catch up with myself – I’ve done some cleaning, some decluttering, some knitting (the commission yarn has arrived, yippee!) and some stressing about all the things that I’ve not done. The usual sort of week, really, although I did have a lovely day on Tuesday when I went to see my friend Lucy in Skipton. We did some chatting, some knitting, some crocheting, lots of hot-drink-drinking and generally put the world to rights. We need these moments in our weeks, don’t we?
This evening, small daughter and I took the dog out to the Linear Park just as the light was starting to fade, which is getting earlier and earlier these days. Despite her grumbling about coming with me, it wasn’t long before she and the dog were tussling over a huge branch that both of them intended to carry, and was having a far nicer time than she had thought she would do. It’s magic, that fresh air, isn’t it?
I’m out and about again this weekend – back to the Peak District to Wiseheart Studios in Whaley Bridge. The address is Peartree Cottage, 10 Canal Street, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, SK23 7LS and I’ll be there from 11am till 1pm to sign books, answer any sock questions you might have and of course admire your socks so do come along and say hello!