Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Thank You!

My 13th Anniversary took me out and away on a lovely train journey to meet up with Studley for a long leisurely lunch, after which we took a little walk around a pleasant town with a charity shop selling these:

"The Complete Book of Traditional Knitting" Rae Compton
"The Complete Book of Traditional Aran Knitting" Shelagh Hollingsworth
"The Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting" Sheila McGregor
"Traditional Knitting in the British Isles" Gwyn Morgan

Chuck in "Knitting in Vogue", volumes 1 & 2, plus a copy of "Mary Thomas's Knitting Patterns", all in pristine condition I might add, and I happily passed just under £25 to the salesperson. To heck with the fact that I already own three of the seven books.

And then I thought, "Oh, no, more books. He'll tell me off. He'll make me give them back!"

But I can't possibly. I rescued them. They're mine.

I struggled to Studley's side with my haul. I goo-goo eyed him. I told him the price.

"Babe," he said, with a twinkle in his eyes, "you've got some bargains there. Would you like me to help you carry them?"

What a treasure.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Don't Mention The Snow!

Don't want to talk about it.

Instead I want to thank Studley for a lovely holiday on the island of Jersey, Channel Islands. Very relaxing and good to see so many people I've missed over the past year.

Didn't get much done in the way of shopping as we usually do, but had a wonderful "STOP THE CAR!" moment as we were driving through Trinity.

A new yarn store. With Noro. Lots of Noro.

Only started last June, Marguerite Chapman's Country Wools is a lovely place, all warm and welcoming, and well worth a visit.

Country Wools
Haute Croix House
La Rue du Bechets es Cats
Jersey JE3 5DQ

email: mchapman@jerseymail.co.uk

On the subject of knitting, I had hoped that this year would be the "Year of Little Things" - hats, socks, a real chance to stashbust, but then my poor WIPs and UFOs are staring at me, begging me to finish them. Maybe I should stifle my urge to cast on another 20-zillion projects, and complete them. Plus, I've made it on to Ravelympics Team GB, with no idea what project to choose.

Studley has kindly pointed out that the amount of yarn coming in to Hand Wash Towers does not equate with the amount of projects going out. He's already seen yet another bag of purchases from Mavis of Bushey sitting in the hallway.

"Knit faster, babe". He's just like Ranger from the Stephanie Plum novels.

So, one sock completed, another one cast on.