The longest day and shortest night for us. Normally this is the happiest time of year for me - I love the long days. This year...
Ah what an unsettled time it has been. I've been working hard on getting ready for last week's housewarming and then this week's last minute Christmas knitting. The bushfires have continued burning north and east of us - they are a long way away and if they burnt through all the houses they would need to to get to us, it would be a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina - and it has been smokey again. Drives me insane cos I can only walk (cycling will induce an asthma attack cos me and smoke are not good together), and cos too much forest is burning in one hit and destroying too much in the way of life, and let's face it, smoke is something that sets off a very deep response, an instinct of worry worry worry, gosh I would like to panic now...
(I dyed and overdyed this yarn for my middling niece. Yummy aran/worsted weight merino. Squidgy!)
I've done very little spinning recently, but I've knitted up three pairs of Fetchings so far, have another almost done, one half done and one a third done. Plus I have to get Nathan's sock finished for Christmas and at least one more pair of Fetchings for his mum (Fetchings are more forgiving of wrong sizing than a pair of socks, and that is what I had planned to knit her).
(Knitted in Zara - much softer than the aran/10 ply weight ones, for E in England)
I've been knitting up one of the bags from Cat Bordhi's Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. I'll let you see it when it is felted. Any guesses as to which one it is?
(Noro Fetching, maybe for me, maybe a Christmas present)
There were two of these Fetchings when I mailed them off yesterday. Hope there are still two now. In the photo there is only one. Pretty, eh?
(Yummy yarn dyed by me, grown by Andyle)
I *only* have this much of the yarn left (ie probably enough to knit a pair of knee socks on an "average" woman, not that I know any "average" women, and that is a compliment!). If you like it, I will sell it to you. $7.50 per 50g, about 95-100m per 50g. Top quality merino DK. Prettier than the photo looks - there's a bit of mauve in there and all. Yummy!
Hokely dokely, time to go for a stagger. It has been HOT here and smokey and yucky and I am over it. The weather bureau has said that there is likely to be RAIN tomorrow. Rain? What is that? Would it be the thing that lightly sprinkles from the sky and gets my car dirty? The car that in 10 days' time cannot be washed unless at a commercial car wash? The stuff that when it fell (a whole 2.5mm or 1/10th of an inch) got Nutmeg really upset cos there was this STUFF and it was WET and everything was WRONG!