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I live in Kent with my husband, toddler Tilly (henceforth known as Monkey) and another baby due in November. We have two cats, Duncan and Lady Macbeth, and four chickens who kindly lay us eggs daily. We live in the picturesque seaside town of Broadstairs. I enjoy reading, knitting and cooking. I'm trying to be a bit 'greener' (not sure how successfully), and to be a gentle parent. Extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping don't freak me out, we use cloth nappies and try to follow some of the ideals of Attachment Parenting. If that sounds as if I know what I'm doing, I don't! I am also a psychotherapist with an interest in Focusing-oriented therapy, and I have a small private practice in the area.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Wintry Weekend

Another exciting package from the postman. This time some Noro yarn, circular needles and some bamboo DPNs from Pavi Yarns. I highly recommend their service, I placed my order at 2pm and the parcel arrived the following morning. Note to self: must stop buying yarn, at least until I've finished by current projects.

We had a wintry weekend walk in Grove Ferry, near Canterbury, on Saturday. What the photos don't show you is that we had to abandon our walk and seek shelter in the pub after a mere ten minutes! Monkey was not a happy bunny in her wrap, and despite being well wrapped up we were all feeling the bitter biting wind. We did see lots of mole hills though!

And my new wellies had their inaugural trip!


Earthenwitch said...

Ah, I so sing your song on Noro yarns, the gorgeous Brittany DPNs, and the constant yarn-buying before things are finished... Just this weekend I was hankering after some Silk Garden, but, for once, I managed to resist, telling myself I must finish the witchlet's second pair of legwarmers, Quercus's hat, and my own socks before anything new enters the house...

willow81 said...

Your queue sounds similar to mine, EW. Finish 2nd pair of legwarmers (now I've got the hang of the ole' jogless stripes technique), hat for DH (that's the Noro). Haven't attempted socks yet.

Earthenwitch said...

Oooh - stripes. Now that's a point - I did the first pair of legwarmers in Noro (I know - ridiculous, but still), so haven't done stripes. Is it easy?

(How apt - the word verification is 'sling'. :))

willow81 said...

It is easy but you need to do the 'jogless' thing otherwise the stripes don't match up where the round joins.

Here are the instructions I used, it's not that tricky:

Stripes in the round:
(This only works if you have a minimum of 2 rows per stripe)

Knit 1 round of the new color.
When faced with the first stitch of the second round: pick up a loop of the first color from the preceding row and place it on the left needle. Knit together both the first stitch of the new color *and* the picked up stitch of the previous row.
Continue knitting around.

Makes it a million times neater and also joins the round. I had to post an emergency knitting query last weekend to get this sorted so I've got one rubbishy babyleg and one darned good one!

Casting on DH's hat this evening...