Listening to: Radio 3’s Sacred River, 6 hours of continuous ‘music and sound inspired by sacred music’, which so far has been beautiful.
Rereading: back to Terry Pratchett. I’m realising there are a lot I’ve missed along the way, although I bet elder son has all of them.
Watching: the first 2 episodes of Witnesses on BBC 4. Improbable, cold, but engrossing. So much so that I abandoned the ‘simple’ shawl pattern I’d found to do while reading subtitles, because I kept getting the striping wrong. And I even had to restart the ‘I can knit them in my sleep’ socks I started to replace the shawl, after rapidly finding some wool in the break between episodes. Because I have to have something to do with my hands. Thank goodness I sorted out my knitting yarn recently so I could find something easily.
Making: the hat is still in progress but I’m waiting for the right sort of TV to knit it to – i.e. something I don’t have to read. Hence the socks.
I think the exploration of couching is coming to an end. I have a few more ideas, but after that it’s on to the next stitch on my list, which is French knots. I’m not expecting to find lots of variations in those – size, number of wraps, thread, how sloppy they are – so perhaps they’ll be done by Christmas? (Sorry about the stray bit of tacking thread on there!)
I’ve completed (maybe?) the contents of the first page of the amulets book, top image. I tried 3 alternatives before I was happy with the way I’d stitched down the big shell, so although it looks minimal, it took quite a lot of time. And getting rid of the layer of thermogauze I’d used to try to give a distressed look was not as simple as the instructions implied. Anyone know if thermogauze deteriorates with age, because I’ve had this a loooong time?
Feeling: cheered by the sunshine, not so keen on the cold.
Anticipating: a busy week, with extra grand parenting.