After all the rain and grey skies that we’ve had recently, it has been an absolute joy to see something other than clouds!
I went over to see my friend Lucy in Skipton yesterday and was very glad to be leaving gale force winds and driving rain behind in Winwick – by the time I got to Colne in Lancashire, the skies had cleared and made driving over the moors a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I even saw sunshine!
Coming home, the sky looked like it was on fire, such a beautiful sunset – that you would be able to appreciate far more if that tree hadn’t decided to photobomb my picture …
More clear skies out with the dog this morning – we were out much earlier than usual and it was misty first thing. There was frost on the ground too (hurray!), and we made first tracks across the grass.
I was never terribly good at art at school (such a disappointment to me as my Mum was an artist), but I could paint trees that looked like these ones. I love the Winter silhouettes. I wonder where all the people on the planes were going? I often wonder that when I see vapour trails in the sky. Holiday or business? Going home or going away?
I’ve got two socks on the go at the moment. This one is my Windowsill Sock – not called that because it’s the name of the pattern but because it sits on the windowsill and whenever I walk past, I knit a round or two. It’s surprising how quickly your sock grows doing that! The yarn is from The Yarn Badger, it’s a Merino/bamboo eco blend so this will become another no-nylon sock review later in the year.
This sock isn’t for a no-nylon post, it’s for my sock drawer! The yarn is Stylecraft Head over Heels in the colourway Red Pots, chosen by my friend and Stylecraft Blogstar Lucy for the All Stars range of David Hockney-inspired colourways.
I’ve got more designs planned for this year, but for the moment it’s nice just to be able to knit plain socks! I’m making an effort to get through my stash this year – it’s not a massive stash but it could do with knitting up, so I’m going to try to always have a Windowsill Sock on the go which should help with that mission.
It’s only a short post today to say “hello”, really – oh, and to remind you that if you’d like to be part of this week’s Winter Haven KAL round up then you need to get in touch with me with your photos or any comments. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, or use the email link under my profile picture on the left.
Finally, I’ve been asked by therapeutic knitting expert Betsan Corkhill to share a link with you to a research study being carried out by Reading University into the psychological effects of knitting and crochet.
She says, “Stage 1 involves a series of psychological questionnaires that will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. There is also an online game at the end should people choose to do this too. A later stage will involve using EEG to study the brain waves of knitters.
We are trying to spread the link to the study as far and wide as possible as the greater the number of respondents the greater the impact and level of interest there will be. It has the potential to be huge – in the first 5 days there have been 3,035 participants!
The Neuroscientist in charge of the project is committed to open research.”
If you would like to take part in the study, you can find the questionnaires at the link here. This should take only 10-15 minutes of your time. You will also be given the opportunity to play an online game and enter raffle for a £50 Amazon voucher. Please note that you need to be on a laptop to play the game.
Thank you – and see you on Friday for the Winter Haven KAL round up!