Ooooh, what a week I've had. Several records have been broken. I started back at work and did four days this week (which is the most I've done in a LONG time). That meant a couple of nights away and the longest drive I've ever done (see, a record broken). OK, so 110 miles down to Bury and then 110 back again may not seem like much. But you have to bear in mind that I'm a rather hesitant driver and actually didn't drive for a couple of years as I found it too scary. This is partly to do with learning to drive in Lincolnshire, as we don't have BIG roads here. We have roads that go round fields and have tractors on them. I've been driving now for 9 years and have driven on a motorway precisely 5 times (!). So I've done loads of driving this week, the downside is that it feels like a lot of time wasted as I could have been knitting. :-(
The yarn diet is proceeding brilliantly. Ahem.
OK, so most of this was in the sale at Yarnsmith. 9 balls of black and 2 balls of light purple. All intended for Tubey. So it doesn't really count as breaking the yarn diet as I was going to do the pattern anyway and, of course, it would have been silly to buy it later on when it's not on sale! I wanted another contrast colour and didn't like the others at Yarnsmith so when I was in John Lewis on Thursday I bought the ball of green sitting on the top. (OK so this was full price, but obviously I couldn't get started without it so that doesn't count either). I met up with Yvonne in the yarn dept at John Lewis, which was cool. We had a rootle through the sale bins (just about everything was yellow or orange. Yuck. :-( ) and Yvonne helped me choose the green Cashmerino Aran. And we went for a cup of tea and to talk knitting. She had her Mrs Beeton wristwarmers on, and they're lovely. I'm going to have to make some I think, as they'd be so warm for work.
Jaywalkers are coming along. I was worried that they'd be too big, and they are slightly bigger than my other hand-knitted socks, but I think they'll be OK (and I got so many funny looks trying them on for size on the train!).
The next record broken was at Knit Lincs:
We had nine people! And several of them were new so we are definitely growing! I met Nic for the first time as she'd driven down for the meeting. I like meeting fellow knit bloggers. I thought it might be strange meeting people whom I'd only "met" online before but everybody so far has been really nice and friendly and just like their blogs, only better cos you get to see the knitting for real and talk to them over a cup of tea!
The other excitement of the week was this parcel:
A muffin parcel from Frances! Thank you Frances!
My SP has been in touch and sent me emails and blog comments. This is so cool and exciting. I'm being like a small child again (those that know me would say "as usual")
Bye bye for now, next week is another mad week with loads of driving, although at least I get to sleep at home every night this time.