Currently…

Currently…

Listening: to ‘Sound of Cinema’ on Radio 3. Not my favourite Radio 3 programme, since I have little interest in the cinema, but it’s OK.
Reading: I’ve just started ‘The Lighthouse Stevensons’ by Bella Bathurst. I find many biographies impenetrable – I get lost in the detail of who, where, what and when – but so far I’m managing to keep up with this one.Watching: not a lot. 

Making: I’ve decided that I will soldier on with the Year of Stitches piece to the end of the month, then start another one, which will be smaller and more preplanned. Picking colours at random, and plonking shapes down with no idea why, doesn’t work for me. 

In knitting I’m still sampling, though I have started some babysitting knitting – a shawl from Ravelry. It’s easier to grab and go on the way out – a ball of yarn, a circular needle and a 4 row pattern which is on the internet if I manage to forget it. Then knit till the yarn runs out and it’s bound to fit someone.


These are the completed samples – there are several ideas there for when I feel like making a resolved piece. I was surprised by how little the holes closed up in the holey one on the left. I’ve also been experimenting with decorative edge treatments from Nicky Epstein’s edging books. 

Feeling: more cheerful. My beloved cherry tree is in flower, which is the signal that spring is on its way. I’ve even been motivated to do a little spring tidying.

Anticipating: a quiet day tomorrow before our usual busy Monday.
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Currently…

Currently…

Listening: to a time-shifted session of ‘Late Junction’ from Radio 3. Normally it’s on long past my bedtime – although as last night I didn’t get to sleep till after 4 a.m, I could have listened to it live, had it been on. If you like eclectic music and you haven’t discovered Late Junction, give it a try. Radio 3 doesn’t just do the classics.
Reading: ‘Night’s Cloak’ by E.R. Punshon, on the Kindle app. I’m not really a great fan of ebooks – I much prefer the real thing – but I like to have a few downloaded for ‘no new real books to read’ emergencies. It’s a detective story set during WW2, so you can probably imagine what it’s like. Not quite up to Ian Rankin, Henning Manuel or Graham Hurley.

Watching: a quick glance through Radio Times suggests two programmes we might actually watch next week – both on BBC4, both on art. (Yes, we are very picky.) Thank goodness for Radio 3 and a large collection of CDs. 


Making: the black intermittent Year is Stitches piece is finished and blocked. (The little white blobs are Shoshone.)

What am I going to do with it? Who knows? I wondered about making it into a bag but: 1) I have enough never-used handmade bags to stock a shop, and 2) I don’t have the motivation. I used to love making bags, needle books, pincushions etc, but now I have no interest in them at all. 

The beige one, which gets worked on every day is making slow progress. I don’t like it and I was thinking about calling it finished too, but I’ve decided to soldier on as it’s a good learning experience. 


Another SKS (Strange Knitted Sample) is in progress. Yes, that is lamé fabric knitted in. It shreds if you look at it – the floor is covered with little glittery threads, and I think the strips may disintegrate completely in the washer, which could be interesting. Last week’s SKS’s haven’t yet made it into the washing machine, they should get there tomorrow.

The piece at the top did get washed – it’s in Airedale’s felting wool, which reminds me a bit of a rather restrained Noro, albeit a tad cheaper. I’m tempted to get some more to try some different shapes. It’s great for an easy SKO as the yarn does all the work.

Feeling: a little more cheerful. I’ve been quite productive all day, which often happens after a bad night. Based on past experience, however, tomorrow will be a different story – hence…

Anticipating: an inert day on Sunday before we gear up on Monday for the little guys’ return to school.

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Currently…

Listening: to ‘The Choir’ on Radio 3.

Reading: just finished ’Dead Line’ by Stella Rimington. Not my usual choice of fiction, but slickly written and interesting. I assume it gives a realistic picture of the work of the security services. After all, she ought to know.

Watching: Andrew Graham Dixon on French art, plus the rerun of Alastair Sooke on Egyptian art. The latter makes me want to go back to Egypt.


Making: still sampling SKOs. This one is just out of the washing machine – it will probably get some more stitch before I consider it finished. Some of the ideas worked well, so there may be one or two finished pieces in the pipe line. 

Still embroidering too – I am perfecting improving my shisha sewing skills on the black one. It might be nearly finished.

 

I have also been making some book(let)s. I bought this in a charity shop a few weeks ago: the title might suggest it’s about origami, but  it’s actually instructions for lots and lots of variations on folded cards, folders and booklets. So of course I had to make some.

These are all really variations on the same theme – an oversized cover, incorporating flaps which fold round the pages in various ways. In two of them, I sewed down the edges of one of the flaps, to make a pocket.

Feeling: still pessimistic. Last week was notable for the number of hiccups, hassles and glitches which occurred, which didn’t help. Next week is half term, but their mum and dad will have the little guys for most of the week, which is good for them but a bit disappointing for us. But as a consequence…

Anticipating: a restful week.

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Currently 

Currently 

Listening: to Radio 3 again, though this week without the accompaniment of rain. Well, not at the moment.
Reading: just finished ’The Pyramid’ by Henning Mankell, definitely more to my taste than last week’s Gladys Mitchell. Perhaps because I identify with Wallander’s self doubt more than Mrs Bradley’s self confidence, perhaps because I prefer police procedurals to the fantasy of the so called ‘Golden Age’ of crime fiction.

Watching: still Lucy Worsley, plus Andrew Graham Dixon on French art. Both enjoyable.


Making: one finished SKO, another one waiting to meet the washing machine, plus a SKS (strange knitted sample) in progress. The finished black one is the last of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Hebridean wool, which is the most interesting for my purposes, although this little vessel is a bit boring. The second one is some left-over-from-giant-gloves, Berber rug wool from the late, lamented Texere (although Airedale Yarns seem to have something similar). The SKS is an exploration of ladders and oversized stitches, in order to find out what happens when they’re shrunk.

The year of stitches continues, enjoyably – it makes a nice break from knitting.

Feeling: pessimistic – which is not something I often feel. Something to do with politics? Something to do with the weather?  (See photo of the aftermath of Storm Doris above. Fortunately she was a storm in a teacup here.) Something to do with a visit to the dentist next week? Or all three?

Anticipating: more of the same next week – although hopefully with added optimism.