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Bank holiday making and baking

May 3, 2010

Happy May day bank holiday! True to form for bank holidays in England, it’s been raining for most of the weekend but today the sun has pulled out all the stops to bring a bit of cheer to the land.

I’ve been stuck at home this weekend, due to being on call for work. Well, I say stuck at home — that makes it sound like a bit of a chore — but in actual fact it’s been a super weekend, with lots of making and baking.

In the picture above you can see my very special new project, waiting to be started. I find that yarn shopping is one of life’s little joys — I’m like a child in a sweet shop trying to decide what to choose. I can’t say much about what this particular yarn will become, since it’s to be a surprise for somebody, but no doubt there will be pictures to come in a week or two.

One thing I can show you is what I’ve been knitting recently for my Mum, since I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this blog. Even if I’m wrong, I know that my parents’ Internet connection is broken at the moment, so I think I’m safe. It’s Mum’s Birthday next week and I have been wanting to make something for her for a while. She loved the Sunburst afghan I gave her last year so this year I decided to make something different, but my favourite thing to knit — socks.

Yes, it’s another pair of Zockni socks — I know, I’m getting quite predictable, but I know and trust the pattern by now, and they do look great. These ones are made from Rowan 4 ply cotton. It was horrible to work with — like knitting with string — it made my hands hurt and I needed to use steel needles instead of my usual short wooden sock DPNs, but Mum has always been insistent that she likes cotton socks the best, so I thought I should give it a try.

With the left-over yarn I’m making a little Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, which is turning out quite nicely, I think. It’s great to be crocheting again, I had been missing crochet after quiet a lot of knitting recently.

John’s been busy making things too. Just look at these Chelsea buns he made yesterday! I believe it may be time for a Chelsea bun and a cup of tea right now. It’s just as well it isn’t bank holiday every day or I might start expanding at quite a rate. Ta ta for now!

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