Isn’t it great when a yarn shop has a January sale like all the other shops? If you’re in the Galway area this month, check out Yarn for some great bargains. They have 20% off all pattern books and yarns, and they are selling off packs of yarn (you know, ten packs) with 25% off. I went in for a pair of needles and came out with some Opal sock yarn! How could I resist!
The blue is for fish mittens, and the brightly coloured stuff is for some stripey socks to ward off any January blues. I enjoyed knitting plain stripey socks with the Magic Stripes yarn that Robin sent me so much that I thought another pair surely couldn’t hurt. Plus, I got two balls for e15, which is pretty good for Opal.
I have been mulling alot about this black jumper with coloured yoke I want to knit. Initially, my plan was to do a simple fair isle pattern with some Noro Kureyon. But then I saw this Colinette Mohair and thought the mint green and cool blue would be equally as good with the black. Now I don’t know what to decide!
My cotton vest reached the armholes yesterday. I have the armholes and neck shaping plotted out but who knows if it will work properly or not! My calculations are based on Dodgy Maths ™ and holding a measuring tape up to myself. How can I go wrong!
The Hedera socks that I had to rip up and start over are plodding along nicely too. I got a good few rounds in during the car trip down to Galway. I’m amazed we actually made it to Galway yesterday. Alb came up on Thursday night and shut the car door on his seat belt. He managed to lock the door but the little light in the car stayed on. My dad noticed it in the morning when he went out, but it was too late. The battery was dead and it wouldn’t start. So, we tried the next best thing: a big push down our lane. In fact, three big pushes. Nothing. We have a battery charger for our tractor battery, so my dad brought it out and hooked it up, only the fuse was gone in the charger and he couldn’t find another one. Then my dad took the battery out of his own car and tried to replace the one in Alb’s. No luck! The bolts hadn’t been opened in years and were stuck fast. Finally, my dad brought out a piece of waste cable, cut it in two with a stanley knife, then pared down the ends of both pieces. He then wired the good battery to the dead battery and after some sparks, many impressive billows of smoke, three goes and an umbrella because it was raining, we got it started. So there you go. If you ever go out in the morning and find your battery is dead, there’s a list of things you can try before you call the garage
…And here are the socks!
I am delighted to report that this month’s Knitting magazine has a cape on the front cover. Not quite batman-ahoy, but for some reason, I feel really drawn to these peculiar items of clothing. Maybe it’s because they are like a fashionable type of poncho, capable of disguising all sorts of things (lumps, bumps, weapons, you know). Aside from that, though, I am thrilled about it because it’s knit using the new Kilcarra Aran stuff Debbie Bliss is putting out. Hopefully it will give Kilcarra a boost and get the new line out into the open. The blue raglan I’m knitting at the moment is with the Kilcarra Tweed/Debbie Bliss stuff in Aran weight, and it is knitting up so nicely. I’m really looking forward to the end result.
In other news, let me guide you towards the excellent BBC Radio 4 site. I listen to BBC 3 and 4 regularly in Dublin as, not only is the reception great, the quality of programming is unmatched by any other station. A quick browse through their Arts section will show you what I mean. They have a great ‘Listen Again Online’ facility now. Type ‘Knitting’ into the search box and you’ll find lots of podcasts of shows – mostly Women’s Hour – where Knitting was discussed. I have yet to listen to the ones I downloaded earlier today, but I’m sure they won’t be rubbish. Click around, and you’ll find that you can listen to and save most shows put out over the last week. Not every show puts out a podcast.
I’m not one to brag about presents at Christmas time, but I have to share this one with you. Alb very kindly got me a digital subscription to Craft magazine. Whilst in New York, I had the luxury of looking through this magazine. It is excellent! However, at $15 an issue, it seemed very poor value for money and I left it behind. Check out their subscription service, though, because they offer a choice between a print and a digital subscription. I tend to be one of those ‘like to have in my hands’ people, but when a digital subscription is half the price, I’m not that much of a snob! Do go and have a look at the magazine previews, there are lots of interesting things in it. Even if you don’t splurge on a subscription, the blog is worth keeping an eye on, as it is updated very regularly with quirky news, interviews and great how-tos.
Speaking of magazines, I came upon a great new Irish magazine called Easy Food. At just €3, it is good value for money as it contains articles about food and nutrition, and recipes for all sorts of things. The main reason I bought it is because they had gluten-free treat recipes, but a more thorough read yielded some fun ideas for main courses and desserts. Examples include chocolate pudding, really easy spicy chicken and veg kebabs, and vegetable frittata. Frittata is like a quiche you cook in the grill in a pan without the pastry base. Yum yum!
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