This evening, instead of knitting along with the lovely ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group, I am, thanks to the wool and haberdashery department of the Winch and Blatch department store in Sudbury, starting a lovely new scarf with some Sirdar Sylvan thick and thin yarn. And where am I knitting? At The Swallow’s Nest in Ilketshall St Margaret, near Bungay in Suffolk.
Whilst in Winch and Blatch I had a lovely chat with some ladies also choosing wool. As always, time and careful consideration were needed to ensure that the correct colour, shade and dye lot were selected for the project they had in mind. After a little humming and hawing a satisfactory decision was reached. The justification given, totally unnecessarily, was that one is allowed a certain amount of dithering once one’s hair has turned white. In that case I am resolved to cease forthwith covering up any signs of white hair. On second thoughts, though, and after further reflection, maybe not!
Ailbe is also enjoying his very first Suffolk holiday with Mummy and Daddy, who are much more regular visitors.
The run up to Mother’s Day was very busy, as usual. Gardening, decorating, dog walking and knitting could quite easily manage to fill my days before I even think of preparing and delivering a single class. And then there’s the ‘day job’, of course!
My son stayed over for a few days, taking a well earned break from his frenetic work schedule. He enjoyed some long muddy walks, relished the stillness and gasped at the freshness of the air.
It was an added bonus that the clocks finally went forward at the weekend, so that at last we can make use of all that extra evening light out in the garden and the greenhouse, where seeds are sprouting everywhere I look.
On Mother’s Day itself I did the usual things mums do: listened to the Archers omnibus, opened cards and presents, enjoyed a slap up roast lunch, courtesy of Mr handmadebysoo, oh and built a scaffolding tower! This was a most unexpected mother-daughter bonding exercise and sooo much fun! It also means that now my one remaining excuse for putting off painting the hall ceiling has disappeared!
As is so often the case on a Sunday evening here at The Barn, we were busily crafting, sitting at the table, engrossed, this time, in making burlap roses. But of course, whatever is going on at the table, there is always some knitting lying around, just waiting for busy hands to pick it up again.
So maybe Ailbe thought he could help. Sadly, his settery paws aren’t built for fine fibre work, especially when they’re tired, having spent the day carrying him for miles and miles and miles and miles along the beach at Sutton on Sea.
Ailbe got himself into a bit of a pickle with the wool – something of a cat’s cradle, you might say. He knows he’s not really supposed to ‘play’ with mummy’s knitting. He also knows that a lot of wriggling around will usually tend to make things worse. His tactic on this occasion was to lie quite still until somebody noticed that he needed unravelling!
Members of the Fenton Knitting Group will be crafting again at The Barn this evening from 6pm, catching up on all their crafty achievements over the holidays. There will be handmadebysoo Christmas cake to sample and something for the chocoholics. New Year’s diets do not apply on Tuesday evenings!
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Soo enjoyed a restful and refreshing New Year break in North Yorkshire. There were lots of very muddy walks with Ailbe, huge pub lunches and a little bit of knitting, too.
It’s the same every year. I spend my whole time knitting this and that and then suddenly it’s December and all those lovely things I’ve thought of knitting for people as Christmas gifts suddenly come to mind. Then it’s one mad knitting dash till Christmas eve. I have been known to be sitting up late on Christmas eve, still finishing off a knitted jumper or scarf. The sensible thing would be to START EARLIER! But who wants to be sensible? And who wants to be knitting Christmas jumpers in February?!
This year my Christmas knitting has consisted mainly of lovely soft chunky beanie hats. They were quick and easy to do and made great use of some amazing wool remnants I had in my stash. Just about everyone I know will be finding one in their Christmas stocking. Let’s hope we get some nice frosty weather so the hats get a good road testing.
Here’s one I made for myself! Great for dog walking. Happy Christmas x