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Monday, June 29, 2009

Knitting in the sun!

Yes, we've had a week or two with sunshine nearly every day. Very unusual for Cornwall. On Friday I met up with a friend at Newton Ferrers just outside Plymouth. It's a beautiful little village down by the water. We found a bench by the marina perfect for knitting and a picnic. It was warm and we had a very nice 2 hours of chatting and knitting. Here's the bench we sat on. On Sunday Simon, Em and I took Em's bike and Vanessa's bike as mine has a flat tyre and Simon's has a broken chain, and drove to Davidstow Airfield on Bodmin Moor. It's an old WW 2 airfield which is commonly used for teaching teenagers to drive and children to ride their bikes. We found a track just off the airfield and went for a short walk. Simon and I took it in turns to ride Vanessa's bike. Then we spent some time on the airfield for Emily to practice riding her bike. Here's Simon and Em and our dog, Sam.

I've done quite a lot of knitting. I've got a pair of socks on the go for the Yarn 4 Socks August Sock Club. The first sock is nearly finished. No pics yet. I'm hoping to finish this sock tonight. I'm about to cast on for another pair of socks for Let's Knit magazine. My Supreme Lace Shawl is coming along nicely, a few more repeats have been added since this picture but it looks just about the same. I'm looking forward to finish it and see how it blocks out. My self-imposed deadline is end of this week.

I've cast on for another triangular shawl in Glorious Sock June colourway. I love the vibrant blue colourway. I'll try and get a progress pic of this tomorrow. I'm also working on a secret triangular shawlette in Silken Straw to go with my secret scarf in Silken Straw. This combo will be submitted somewhere but I can't decide where. And I've got a very simple short row garter stitch scarf on the go and that's secret at the moment.

I've finished another lace swatch which is blocking on the floor and looking really nice. It'll probably be submitted to an English mag, unless I change my mind by tomorrow. I've got another swatch for a garment ready to be e-mailed off to an editor tomorrow too. And today I swatched for a new lace design. I've got a possible pattern for the centre panel for a lace stole, it's very interesting but I'm keeping it a secret for now.

So lots of knitting going on but not a lot to show for it.

I've been updating the website this evening and there will be more to come tomorrow. Go and have a look. Weight Watchers tomorrow. So far I've lost 10 pounds .... since March... Not very good really but I did loose 2 pounds last week. I've not had a very good week. On Saturday Em and I treated ourselves to lunch at a coffee shop and mine consisted of choc fudge cake and smoothie then we had fish and chips with friends in the evening, so that's probably ruined my week. On Wednesday I have my induction at the gym. I've not been for a few years, think it might be as long as 5 years so I'm not really looking forward to it but I used to love going to the gym.


Cybèle said...

I haven't been to the gym (which I only really use for the pool) for ages, especially with this nice weather - I tend to go out running (early mornings) or cycling (evenings) in the summer. It'll come in handy during the dark days of winter though. I've just done Race for Life and signed up yesterday to do 10 km in October, I must be mad...
good luck with WeightWatchers, it worked really well for me as a diet, but I find the maintenance blooming hard (hence needing to lose about a stone to get back to goal again...)

Probably Jane said...

I'm so envious of your knitting by the sea!