(Or as normal as you can get when your service provider's not sent you a bill for your broadband service for 3 months!). Hopefully, things will iron themselves out, but it doesn't give me faith in their abilitles.
Anyway, when life gives you lemons, you....
...sell them and buy yarn to knit! (or fleece to spin).
Speaking of which....
..The first two bobbins worth of Portland fleece as promised. You can't really see but one has strands of Angelina fibre mixed in at different points for a bit of glitter and they both have dyed silk tops added in so despite me not really liking the look on the skein, I know they will knit up in stripes of colour that blend into one another.
I haven't actually spun any more yarn this week, I've been busy doing this...
...The Jackety coaty thing.
I finally finished the front rib mid week then spent the following day sewing it all together.
Wacky collar eh?
On the fit front, I think it does benefit from the shaping on the sides, the rib sort of waterfalls down the front if you don't pin it in just the right place and there is the tendency to baloon a teensy bit around the bottom but overall I'm happy.
Plus, the sun has got his hat on a little more often of late so it's way too hot to wear it! Seems like the wool knitting theory is working then!
Which is why this has grown too. The wool that has been used on this jacket (Jaeger Matchmaker) is a little scratchy to knit with so I'm hoping it will soften up a bit on wearing. Hopefully when it's finished, it should look like this (you can click on the pic for a better view).
I'll be on the straight and narrow with it shortly but until the shaping etc. is out of the way, I needed a simpler project for knitting group. I had considered Monkey socks, but perhaps I'm all socked out at the moment, or maybe I just needed to dive into the stash and come up with...
...this pattern. I'd picked up the Sirdar Blur and pattern just after Christmas. I started it on Tuesday but the chevron lace was a little taxing (what with all that nattering and all); so I've got all the hard stuff out of the way and it's plain stocking stitch all the way from now on, so, perhaps I'll have a little voddie in my lime 'n' soda come Tuesday!
Okay, 'cos it's variegated, you can't actually SEE the chevrons, but hopefully once it's spread out, you'll at least see the lace holes...maybe...?
Not a problem with this project though!
The MS 3 Stole Continues apace; I've completed clue 4 this weekend, no shortening, just as it was written, and boy, has it grown!
First, the close-up.
I had to get a close up of the beads 'cos you can't see them at all on the full pics.
This is it in all it's glory. I did most of the two pages last weekend but would have felt bereft of weekend action if I hadn't reserved the last 40 rows for Friday!
It's steaming ahead now, the many rows of the same sort of thing did start to get a bit repetitive, strange 'cos I would have said I liked things to follow the same pattern, easier to remember etc. but on this one I've liked not knowing what happens next, it's added to the mystery.
Somewhat less mysterious is probably my oldest UFO, finally tracked down amongst the stash.
It's an Alice Starmore design from the Celtic Collection book (with modifications)- can't remember the name but I'll have to add it to my list on the UFO along. Still, the overall odds have to be good, I think that's four down off the list now!
The Ebay stuff went well so I'll have a nice little pot for a few refresher lessons and now the last loan payment's been made, we may be looking for a new (to us) car in the near future. We should be getting some vital pointing done on the outside of the house this coming week and Mel's promised to come down so there's fun for all the family! There'll be goodies for your perusal, Mel, hopefully it'll take your mind off the sad news (and out from under Jak's feet!) at least for a while.
There are plans afoot for a rather special holiday with he and me, so keep your fingers crossed for Tuesday!