Listening to: a piano recital on Radio 3. Not my favourite instrument, but it’s the Early Music Show next, which should be more to my taste. Unless it’s a harpsichord. You may spot a pattern here.
Reading: just for a change, I tried a Ngaio Marsh, Overture to Death. I find many of the so-called Golden Age detective stories ridiculous at best, and unreadable at worst, but this one wasn’t too bad. Still racist, sexist and classist, but I didn’t guess the offender before the denouement.
Watching: not a lot, as usual.
Making: I decided much as I loved the colours of of the Colinette, I didn’t think the fabric was right for a waistcoat, so I’ve put it on one side. In its place I’ve started this. This is not mindless knitting. My brain hurts.
My year of stitches is still the months of couching. I got sidetracked from the little samples, and made a book cover (above). The idea was that I would make up a piece of strip patchwork on the machine, quickly couch along the seams, and then go back to the samples while I thought about what to put in the book. It didn’t turn out quite like that. When I’d chosen the colours and made up the patchwork I realised that a) there were quite a lot of seams to couch, and b) I didn’t have nearly enough thread that was suitable for couching in the colours I’d chosen.
That led to an outbreak of cord making. I started with my favourites – stuffed knitting ribbon and twisted cords – but they seemed too predictable, so I made some machine wrapped cord as well. First a pipe cleaner, then some string. Well, rather a lot of string, because it needed using up. About 20 metres of it. I’m sure I’ll find something to do with it all.
Then I remembered making finger cords when I did C&G, so I found some instructions I could actually understand, and tried some of those. And some plaiting and finger weaving. All of which took quite a while and reminded me why I prefer stuffed ribbon and twisted cords. I refused to even consider doing some kumihumo, lovely as it is, because it takes for ever and I don’t know where my kumihimo disc is.
Adding the cords to the cover took longer than I expected, so overall the book cover took longer than expected. Especially after I decided it needed some beads as well. The next step is to make the contents. It’s going to be about amulets, which influenced the symbolism of the cover.
After the distraction of the cords, I am now being distracted into making Tyvek beads, which may or may not be used in the books. I may also try some other types of beads. Procrastinating about knitting that hat? Me? At least I’m using up some of my stash.
Feeling: still up and down. We’re back to solicitors for round 2 of the family disagreement, which should be more straightforward but probably won’t be.
Anticipating: renewed nastygrams.