My blog posts have been rather sporadic in the last few weeks! I was mostly busy entertaining the boys. But plenty of different things have been accomplished, still.
First of all, we are all done with our immigration paperwork! I’ve got my residency visa, the kid’s got his New Zealand passport, and the boy has even received this morning his passport back from the UK Home Office with a shiny new Right of Abode sticker in it. Half an hour later, our packing boxes were delivered. We are giving notice of leaving our flat on Monday, which means that we will be gone from the UK around the 16th of June. It is creeping up on us very fast!
I’m not going without a good sending off, so I’ll be having a leaving party on the 13th of May. It’s a Sunday. The plan is to meet up at Loop around opening time (which I think is 12) for a bit of a yarn crawl, then we’ll head off to somewhere else, for a bit of food, cake and tea (or whatever else you fancy). For the moment, my strong favourite is Bill’s, but until I’ve booked us a table, nothing’s definite. To book a table, I need a clearer idea of who’s coming. Basically, anybody can come! So far, 10 people have told me they will come, from all over the UK. If you want to send me off properly, do let me know and I’ll add you to the list! I’d love you to come!
Now, in the last few weeks, I have been busy knitting. Worked on a few submissions, which is always terribly exciting. But also little things to tame the stash and queue a bit. I’ve set myself a challenge of only knitting from stash (stash is yarn that I’ve owned for more than 2 weeks) and from queue. So far, it’s been rather successful!
First up was a cowl.
I had been drooling over Manos Del Uruguay Serena for a long time. It is probably one of the softest yarn I’ve touched. And a few (maybe 3?) weeks ago, I bought a skein of dark grey Serena from my LYS (Sharp Works). I didn’t know what I would make with it, but it had been calling me for so long, it didn’t really matter at this stage.
Finally, after going through my queue, I chose the Spiral Cowl. My yarn was a bit light for this project, but I’m happy with the end result (even if the pattern isn’t one of the most exciting things to knit!).
I would do it again, but with a heavier weight yarn so the cowl would have more substance to it. Now, my one is very squishy and I can see myself wearing it a lot!
Second up was… well, another cowl, really!
The pattern is Stripes to keep me warm. It had been in my queue for a. long. time. So it was about time that I knitted it! The red is leftover Drops Karisma from a jacket I knitted for Lucas ages ago, and the white is an alpaca blend that I bought in Penzance just about a year ago.
I’m very pleased with the result! I made quite a few mods, which you can read on my project page.
I’m especially pleased since it matches my new glasses, ha!
(Please, ignore the crazy hair, I’m in dire need of a haircut!)
My latest project, which I started a couple of days ago makes me oh-so very happy.
It sparkles! And the pattern, Jaali, looks fancy and complicated, but is, in fact, rather simple. I expect this to be a finished object really soon!