Listening to: silence
Reading: some new old needlework books I’ve bought. (One of the drawbacks of online used book shops and insomniac nights.) Published in the 20’s, they are by Anne Brandon Johnson, who had some interesting suggestions about design.
Watching: about a dozen blackbirds hopping round the garden and squabbling over who gets to eat the windfalls.
Making: I’ve completed one sock. Having spent too much money on Cecelia Compochiaro’s Sequence Knitting, I decided it was time to experiment with some of her suggestions, which is where the pattern on the leg came from. The generic sock pattern is from the app Biscotte Knitting Patterns: despite me thinking that the length it suggested for the foot was too long, the first one fits perfectly. Unfortunately the patterns are only for hats or socks.
Speaking of hats, mine is on time out on the knitting basket. It’s worked in short rows, and after 4 attempts on one short row section, I gave up until I’ve got the brain space. It’s not the pattern, it’s my counting!
For Year of Stitches, I have made one sample of French knots, and anticipate one more before I run out of ideas. For the first one I used an idea from Anne Brandon Jones ‘ books – more information here. The second is not because I have more ideas, it’s because when I fished out the thermogauze to experiment with, I found a piece I’d made earlier which seemed to lend itself to French knots. (I still haven’t solved the problems of thermogauze destruction, but this piece hasn’t been soaked in tea so if it melts more easily, I’ll have identified the reason.)
I revisited a long lost interest by going on a macrame workshop with a friend. It was good fun, although I don’t think I’ll be doing much of it – standing up while wrestling long cords was hard on the back. We made hanging plant pot holders – all I need now is somewhere to hang it and a plant to put in it.
Feeling: a bit miffed that Letterspace, the app I used to use for writing these posts, has ceased to function on my iPad and is now only available, at a price, in the US. I’m experimenting with Simplenote, and so far it seems OK. Most notes apps offer too many options for what I want to do, but this one really is simple.
Anticipating: another busy week, with extra grand parenting, again.