Listening: to The Early Music Show. This week it’s Jan Dismas Zelenka, an 18thC Czech composer. Radio 3 certainly broadens my horizons.
Reading: I’ve moved on in my Pratchett reading to Truckers, which I bought for Babybel, though she hasn’t shown much interest. I’m enjoying it, though.
Watching: An Art Lover’s Guide on BBC4 – Janina Ramirez and Alistair Sooke on Lisbon. Their programmes always make me want to visit the places they go to, although I was ashamed about how little I knew about the history or art of Portugal. Apart from a bit about Salazar, and a bit more, courtesy of the BBC, about Paula Rego.
Making: my pair of long woolly socks are finished, bar weaving in the ends. Just in time for the warm weather. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is impossible to make identical socks with this wool, as the colour changes don’t seem to repeat themselves. Not that it worries me much.
To ensure the weather stays better, I’ve started a pair of fingerless gloves, which are knitted sideways and hence flat! I don’t knit flat. To do so I had to find some straight needles. This was harder than it should have been. I have a vintage set in a case somewhere, but since I tidied up my workroom, I can’t find them. I had to raid my collection of vintage needles. These are slightly longer than I like, so I may change over to a short circular if they get too irritating, though it seems ridiculous to use even my shortest circular for 35 stitches in 4 ply. The yarn is left over from Wensleydale’s luminous socks, and I have no idea if I have enough.
My weaving also needs the ends darned in, as you can see. One of my books on tapestry weaving (if you can apply such a term to my efforts) says to let the weaving rest for 24 hours after you take it off the loom, so I am. (OK, it might be a tad longer than 24 hours.) It is ‘just a sampler’, into which I squeezed as many ideas as I could before the warps ran out. The chop stick may or may not be part of the finished thing, at the moment it’s just holding the warps while I decide what to do with them.
The embroidery sampler continues. This is after Anne Brandon Jones, but with fewer detached buttonhole stitches. I decided 352 in the mandala and 44 in the border was enough. I can’t decide if I like blue and orange together, but on the whole I think not.
Feeling: betwixt and between. The adrenaline resulting from the mad tidying which took place before the photographer came has run out. (He took some great photos, by the way – you wouldn’t recognise the place.) But now we have no energy left, though there is still lots to do.
Anticipating: a busy day on Monday as we have the children – they don’t go back to school until Tuesday but daddy goes back to work on Monday. We have a list of things to do, which is getting longer by the minute.
Visiting: just a local visit this week, to the Gerald Scarfe exhibition at the Discovery Centre. Of course, I was familiar with his political cartoons, but not his theatrical and film work, which is covered in this show. The first thing which strikes you is the colour, then the imagination and creativity. I found it very exciting, and a real eye-opener.