I've had a good two weeks away from work.
A grand day out with a friend, we visited a lovely stately home Wilton House, now how’s this for a coincidence… My friend lives in a village called Hambleden and used to work for the family of Viscount Hambleden, whose mother Lady Patricia was born at Wilton House. Lady Patricia’s home when she first married was a house called Greenlands which is the site of Henley Business School where I work!
The plants I showed off last week are now all planted, and I've had compliments from a couple of neighbours I know by sight. I get the feeling many of my neighbours regarded what I've replaced as an eyesore! All the pictures were taken using my iPad which washes out the colours somewhat.
My knitting hasn't been neglected either, 2013 is my year of knitting freedom. I like having lots of WIPs, so I'm going to stop worrying about needing to have any kind of annual WIP down. Other people's stress abut WIPs isn't mine. My only rules for this year are to knit from stash and to try and use my library, more about this later.
Progress this month:
WIPs at end June: 14
Total projects: 27
Yarn out of stash: 494 yards
Completed Unsinkable, there's a post about this a couple of weeks ago. Yarn used 440 yards
One skein of Super Bulky yarn, that I will never use in a month of Sunday's, destashed. Yarn lost 54 yards
Sweet Dreams for the Pick-a-Boo KAL, on final chart, 12 rows to work. My Ravelry link is here, this lovely shawl has been a quick knit from one of my favourite designers. If I was a monogamous knitter it would be done, I'm going to see if I can complete this by the end of Tuesday, its unlikely but worth a try:
Passion Flowers for the Maiden Brooklyn Summer KAL, another of my favourite designers, link here. I've still got a month left on this KAL so I'm feeling positive I'll get this completed. Marissa's designs need a lot of concentration so this is not a knit for days when I'm feeling tired or want to work in a hurry:
I'm "designing" a shawl in the loosest sense of the word following Stephen West's Craftsy class "Shawlscapes". Essentially this is applying Stephen's increase and decrease methods to some knitting!
Here's mine so far:
I haven't really been interested in knitting socks for about 18 months, so I was really pleased to find my sock knitting mojo has returned unexpectedly this week. I have a lot of sock books on my knitting shelf from which I've knitted very few projects so I was delighted to rediscover "Socktopus: 17 pairs of socks worth showing off". There's a Ravelry group working on the designs during 2013/14, I've missed the first two KALs, one of which is a vanilla sock which wouldn't capture my interest, the other one I'll make a project bag up for and fit in when I have the inclination. My first sock for this KAL is Spring Shoots:
Finally, a sock that only needs me to be able to count, Short Row Shuffle. Deliberately chosen to help me use some of the many highly variegated yarn bought as part of sock yarns clubs that is sitting in my stash. This project will be ideal knitting for those times when concentrating on a pattern becomes a bit much:
Back to work tomorrow, knit night on Tuesday and quilt group on Wednesday. It's going to be a good week!