Listening to: silence, and the clock.
Reading: I’ve just started An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris. So far it’s up to his usual high standard. It’s about the Dreyfus case, about which I know very little, so I’m hoping to learn more.
Watching: still A Stitch in Time on BBC 4. Every one I have seen so far would have benefitted from more time spent on both the history and the costuming. How about some slow TV of one of these amazing garments being made, BBC?
Making: steady progress on both socks and sampler. I finished the last pair last week after two hours of Spiral, and started another pair. Of course my timing was bad and I got to the heel of the first of these half way through last night’s episodes. Despite this, I don’t think I’ll need to unpick.
I’ve diverted from my red-purple sampling as I felt like a change – and the only colour that seemed to go with the rather dull canvas was turquoise. One thing I’m learning doing this colour study is how subtly the variations in what I think of as the ‘same’ colour are. I’ve got lots of turquoise thread, but in this greyed shade – not very many.
We had a visit from the VHC yesterday, preferring us to going shopping. He decided he wanted to do some embroidery. Naturally it was of a train. He drew round his model engine with a Frixion pen, (the smoke is freehand) and spent about half an hour sitting with me while we both sewed. He had to have a stitch dictionary like granny’s, and his hoop and threads had to go into my sewing basket ready for his next visit.
The fabric is really green, not yellow.
Feeling: I’ve recovered from the cold, but as usual I have a lingering cough. Family stuff, depressingly, goes on as usual. I came across another quote to go on the sampler which seems all too true: ‘the light at the end of the tunnel is a train’.
Anticipating: a busy week, in which the main excitement will be a trip to the recycling centre and the arrival of a skip. Downsizing is in full swing.