Seems I took a few days away from the computer which was very, very nice. I did read a few blogs on my phone and commented on one or two, but it's kind of a pain commenting using my phone. What's been going on?
Friday I ended up with an unexpected (and very welcome) day off from work. I didn't set an alarm, but was up by 7 and after coffee took a nice hour plus walk on the River Trail in Oaks. It was chilly!! My phone had registered 48 when I got up and when I walked I could have used a headband covering my ears and mitts on my hands. Both ears and hands were stinging from the cold! But it was a gorgeous day and it did warm up a bit (but not too much). I managed to cast on for Nutkin my choice for the I Love Fall KAL Dee and I are hosting. Let's face it, Dee is really hosting as I am doing ABSOLUTELY nothing! (But I will be pulling together a give-away for it.) More about Nutkin later......
The cool weather also got me in the mood for baking and cooking. I made a batch of Tomato Jam for Colin and Mailing. I also baked Tahini Cookies. So good - a kind of shortbread cookie. And, Fletch was hankering for a chocolate cake, so I made that too.
I also managed to get a lot of "chores" done - cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. At least it was good weather for all that - rainy and chilly both Saturday and Sunday. I actually wore jeans and a flannel shirt, hand knit socks and a jacket on Saturday when I was out and about. It felt great!
The shawl saw a little time:
It's coming along nicely and is such an easy pattern to memorize. Really enjoying this one.
This morning I woke up to another gorgeous day. By 8:15 I was on the River Trail again and walked for about an hour and a quarter (dodging puddles and mud slicks all along the way). There were a few folks out and about, but not too many and it was just the perfect day for a walk. I'm glad I got out early as it is warming up and is supposed to hit 80 later on.
Now, as far as Nutkin goes, it is no more! And no pictures to prove it ever was! I wasn't too keen on the cuff part, but figured I would give it a try. No ribbing, but a folded over cuff. I managed that ok...wasn't thrilled with it, but could live with it. Last night I had done the first 7-8 rows of the pattern (it's a 10 row pattern repeat) and noticed that I had ENORMOUS ladders. HA! The pattern calls for the first (and last) stitch on each needle to be a purl stitch. I've had issues with this in the past and I now realize that when the first stitch is a purl for some reason I can't tighten up the stitch to prevent ladders. It looked pretty awful. So the entire thing was ripped out. I will cast on later today and start again. I'll make a ribbed cuff that I prefer and I will not do the first stitch as a purl. The rest of the pattern is fine and I like the way it looks. Hopefully a nice picture of the new start for you by tomorrow or Wednesday.
This weekend also saw some reading. I finished "The Summer Before the War" which was ok, but dragged a bit in places. I'm a third of the way through another book - "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" which is very light reading, but ok. A couple more books came through on Overdrive including "Magpie Murders" which I'm anxious to start, so I will hurry through Broken Wheel.
I'll leave you with a picture of Tyg from last Thursday night. We had a fire in the pit and he climbed up the apple tree, then came down and stayed in the crotch of the tree for a little while.
Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely weekend.