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Monday, January 03, 2011
The new year got off to a great start. Our flight home went very well, everything was on time. We even arrived at Stansted a little bit early. We'd estimated we'd be home by about 3pm and we arrived home just before 3pm. All was good. Then we arrived home to a freezing cold house. Tempeatures here, although higher than when we left and certainly higher than most of the time we were in Norway, were still low. About 4 degrees when we arrived home and our house wasn't much warmer. We normally leave our heating on but because our boiler is poorly we switched it off. We were worried about getting the boiler going again and it took a little while but we did it eventually. And we lit the fire too. The bedrooms were still cold when we went to bed but after leaving the heating on all night it's just about comfortable now.
Enough about boring heating stuff. When I opened the post I found the new issue of The Knitter and on the front cover was my 'Setting Sun' shawl. I'd forgotten when it was due in the magazine and wasn't expecting it yet and I was definitely thrilled to see it on the front cover. I'm so pleased with the magazine photos.
This shawl is simply stunning and it's huge. It's a circular shawl and is worked from the centre out. Start with any circular cast on. I used the Turkish Cast on which is not usually used for a circular cast on but I like it. It creates a closed cast on. The shawl is worked in 8 segments and the pattern repeats are easy to memorise.
Nicholas and Felice. Their stuff is gorgeous.
This was a great surprise and a great start to 2011. I'm so pleased that my second design for The Knitter made the cover.