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Busy doing nothing, knitting the whole day through
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Trying to find lots of things not to do……

Half term is a funny time, usually the "spring term" half term is later in the year, but this year because of when Easter fall, the holidays are all messed up. So I have a week of in depths of Feb, a long weekend for Easter and then later on we get the three week break we would normally get at Easter. This means that everything feels out of sync.

To be fair the weather is cooperating beautifully – we are experiencing clear, sunny, relatively warm and windless weather and have done for the last week. It feels like Spring is already here. In some gardens there are daffodils and camellias, but I just have this feeling that it can’t last and I’m waiting for the sting in winters tail….

I had my half term all planned. DH couldn’t get the time off, DD is head down in the revision books or gallivanting off with her friends and I had planned to use the time to get a real head start on the secret projects for the "book".

Now you know what they say about best laid plans…  There is a hold up with the book and we are all at a standstill until something is sorted out, so there is all this lovely yarn ( some of it half knitted) sitting there and mocking me – which is irritating to say the least.

Unrelated, there are people out there I really need to get in touch with who don’t seem to be either getting or  perhaps answering my emails and I’m starting to get irritated by the delays.

Add to that the fact that MIL is back in hospital and I just seem to have lost focus a bit. There are lots of things that should be done ( work in the garden, clear out the kitchen, ironing) but I just don’t seem to be able to summon up the enthusiasm to get out there and do it. Instead I am curled up in my armchair, with Ravelry on my laptop, listening to podcasts and knitting.

I have been spinning too.

Last week I finished spinning and plying this.


250m navajo plied Biscotti merino/tencel roving from the Spinning Bunny on ebay.

It is approx DK weight and there is plenty for a scarf – just not sure what pattern I am going to use. I am considering feather and fan, or I might do a chevron pattern with  plain cream merino ( which I would have to spin up) or I might hang on to it and treat myself to some of the new semi solid BFL that Susan  has just put up and spin enough to make a heavy weight shawl – see what I mean about unfocussed :-)I also spun up this


50% merino 50% tussah silk  aprox worsted weight – it is on it’s way to a lady in the US as part of a comfort project for someone who had recently experienced a loss and could do with a fibery hug. It wasn’t feasible to send the project across the Atlantic for me to add my bit , so I spun up this yarn to be added to the finished item by one of the organisers. I can’t say any more about it or it might spoil the surprise.

On the knitting front, you remember I said I was going to knit Ramaona, by Jared Flood ( Brooklyn Tweed). Well…. I got a gauge I was happy with, cast on knitted all the way down to the arm holes, started in on the waist shaping and then tried it on – IT FIT! – fooled yah – you thought I was going to say it didn’t :-) HOWEVER….. As I stood there in front of the mirror, swathed in worsted weight cotton/silk mixed I had to admit to myself that there was no way I was ever going to get to wear such a heavy sweater – it just doesn’t get cold enough here and it would just languish in a drawer unworn – what I needed was a cardigan. Now Ramona is a clever pattern, although it is a jumper, it is knit like a cardi and then sewn up up the front with an inside out seam as a design feature. So…

I did a quick read up of the Something Red pattern from Wendy Burnard and quickly realised that I could change my Ramona into a sort of Something Red, but without the eyelet raglan increases and because I’m lazy and don’t want to knit more stitches that necessary, instead of increasing the 2×2 rib in the purl sections, I have increased the needle size from a 4.5m to a 5mm and then to a 5.5mm as I have progressed down the body to give the "skirt" some ease and also some drape. All I have to do now is figure out what I am going to do with the sleeves and what sort of edging I am going to put around the neck/ button bands….

I also felt the hankering to knit some lace ( also have three pairs of socks on the needles, but that is another story) and last week I treated myself to this.


Celia, Lace weight ( I would call it cobweb) from Posh Yarns.

Colourway: Fantasie – I think there is 600m here

I tried to get the colours right but it still isn’t accurate. Think deep teals, plum and dark, dark denim blue – almost oil on water. I think this going to be a Dentelle scarf – or I might design something especially for it.

In the mean time as I said I had the hankering for some lace. but I needed something that would be too taxing – the brain is a bit frazzled – lots to think about.

As I said earlier MIL is back in hospital. Last Saturday she took a bit of a tumble in her front room. We picked her up and dusted her off and at the time all seemed well. Unfortunately, Tuesday she was in a great deal of pain, and to cut a long story short after a quick trip by ambulance to A&E she was diagnosed with a crushed vertebrae. No wonder she was in pain! All those trapped nerves!

She is in for a long convalescence this time, with lots of Physio.  As she will be spending a lot of time sitting in her armchair  I immediately thought of this.


Guessed what it is ?


Any better?

Yes it is the Hemlock Ring Afghan that Jared posted on his blog. I’m up to row 48 and can already tell I am going to have to go much bigger for it to cover her lap. Not a problem, there is an option to go up to about 80 odd rows so I shall do that.

I’m knitting it in Sirdar Toddler Aran which is completely Acrylic, therefore washable and also very soft and affordable. I bought enough to make two – I think they will make perfect Mother’s Day presents ( our mother’s day is sometime in March). They grow fairly quickly – I have only been knitting on this for about 4 hours ( and that includes turning the written instructions into a chart. So if I continue to laze in my chair with Ravelry and you guys I might even finish this one before the end of half term :-)

Oh yes, I do have to get out of my chair occasionally – Visits to MIL, cooking, and tomorrow I’m off to the hairdresser – perhaps a change of style/ colour might change my lay about attitude :-)

Stay tuned…

janle @ 10:30 am

10 Comments for 'Busy doing nothing, knitting the whole day through'

    February 13, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    Wow – what a lot you’ve got going on at the moment! I hope you manage to keep your head (and your stitches) together!

    February 13, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    For some odd reason I wasn’t able to get to your blog site the last two times… I’m so glad you’re still here!
    Oh dear! I hope your MIL feels better soon… back pain is awful. As is *forced* inactivity.
    New hair? Are you keeping the purple? Hope so!
    Oil slick is one of my favorite color combos ;^)… well, actually it seriously is. The rich deep and often irredescent look to the shifting tones. Lovely!
    Loved the Chouet pictures too. beautiful country. The tidal flat reminds me of a lpace in nova cotia I visited once. The Bay f Fundy has some of the highest tides in the world. So cool it when it’s all the way out and you can walk onto the floor of the bay. In another 12 hours you’d be underwater! And the tidal pools…

    February 13, 2008 | 2:38 pm

    Ack! Mistyped words, missing letters, bad spelling! I was so happy to get back into your blog that I became a terrible speller/typist.

    February 13, 2008 | 5:02 pm

    Sounds busy enough to me – especially for half-term! I adore that Biscotti yarn. :-)

    February 13, 2008 | 5:11 pm

    Oh, your poor MIL! The afghan will be a nice treat. Sorry to hear about the book delay.

    February 13, 2008 | 7:10 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the biscotti fiber. I love them all, but that one is my favorite. Sorry about MIL! OW, sounds terrible.

    February 13, 2008 | 10:25 pm

    you are a busy lady ;)
    So sorry to hear about MIL being back in hospital and having this which will take some time to feel better with – that is going to be a beautiful Mothers Day present …

    February 14, 2008 | 2:00 am

    So much going on! At least the knitting can help with de-stressing. Hope your MIL recuperates well.

    February 14, 2008 | 9:01 am

    Wow Janine, that was a juicy post :)
    I hope your MIL heals swiftly and her pain is eased quickly!

    February 25, 2008 | 12:33 pm

    All your spinning looks lovely. Your Hemlock Ring Blanket looks good so far -it is on my (way too long) to-do list, too!

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