It’s been a while so I have a few things to share. Since I last posted we’ve spent a couple of weeks in Iceland (I thoroughly recommend going), the boys have started their new school and my beloved flew off to foreign parts last Saturday. Normal service is resumed.
Iceland is a beautiful place with no shortage of waterfalls or volcanoes, but they also have plenty of sheep which combined with the climate makes it a very knitting-friendly country. It was lovely to spend time in a country where knitting is so commonplace that they sell yarn in the supermarkets! Wool yarn at that, not that nasty cheap acrylic that passes for yarn in certain UK shops. I was also happy to see handknits in pride of place in all the souvenir shops, although I suffered from a mild case of “I could make that myself for half the price.” It’s a debilitating condition!
The boys are settling into their new school nicely. There have been a few teething troubles, but things are much better now they’re learning the new routines. L reported that lots of children were impressed with his personalised PE bag and that he proudly told them I made it for him. 😀 The majority have standard issue logo bags, but he’s happy to have his stand out from the crowd. I finally got around to making one for C the night before the first day of term (I am the deadline queen!). The delay wasn’t entirely my fault; he’s been changing his requirements on a weekly basis since I first offered to make him one so I had to wait until he stuck long enough for me to make it before he changed his mind.
As usual, travel has kick-started another bout of sock knitting. I was working on these throughout the holiday:
The photo was taken a few days into the holiday. By the end of the trip I had almost completed the gusset decreases and within days of our return they were just waiting for me to get around to grafting the toes.
They’re still waiting.
I’ve cast on another pair of socks instead, but more on those next time. I’m not quite sure what my problem is because I don’t mind grafting at all (unlike seaming which I dislike intensely). The initial delay was because I was waiting for all of my boys to go back to school/work so I could have peace in which to concentrate, but that excuse expired last week. Perhaps blogging about my slackness will do the trick, or maybe my desire to show off will help since I won’t take photos until they’re complete.
Either way, I may have socks to show off next time.
Don’t hold your breath…