I got more knitting than normal done this week because, yes, once again, I had tonsillitis. This time I didn't muck about with antibiotics (have not yet registered with a GP here anyway, as I'm due to have the tonsillectomy back in Lincoln and I didn't want my medical notes going walkabout before I'd had the op. Speaking from experience, it generally takes 6 months for medical notes to get between one GP and another when you transfer as they always get lost en route.) Instead I spent the week with my feet up, knitting and reading, eating ice cream, taking echinacea and drinking honey and lemon. Much more fun and also got rid of the tonsillitis much quicker than taking antibiotics ever has! I thought it might get lonely being ill at home on my own, but I actually rather enjoyed myself (weird or what?!). I had plenty of food in the new (ha!) freezer so didn't worry about cooking anything elaborate.
So, I started off the Lavender and Lace pattern from Simply Knitting (May, I think? issue). Maybe I should have started knitting summer clothes a little earlier than the first week of August? It never really crossed my mind until the new Rowan (autumn/winter!) stuff came out last week! The yarn I subbed with Patons 100% cotton 4ply which I bought in the Designs sale last year (see, I am using up stash!)
By Saturday I felt more alive and trundled off down the road to Sleaford for Knit Lincs at the Hub. The Hub people had moved the cafe around and made it a lot bigger, with armchair/settee things to sit on as well as the usual tables and chairs. So we made the most of the facilities. And the ample quantities of homemade cake.
On Sunday my entire family appeared for lunch (which fortunately Mum brought over from Lincoln as I'd emptied the freezer by this stage).
Noah decided to try out the bird bath.
This week I also finished reading "The Constant Princess" by Philippa Gregory. A fun and interesting read. It follows the life of Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, and looks at her earlier marriage to his older brother Arthur, and her subsequent marriage to him. The powerlessness of Tudor women really came across, she was just a pawn between her parents in Spain and the Tudor throne in England. Plus the lack of medical knowledge I found amazing, especially when it was compared to the vast knowledge from the East in the Muslim world. I suppose it was often the small details that made me really enjoy the book, as well as Katherine's efforts to get what she had felt she'd been born for - to be Queen of England.
I have changed my Librarything sub in the sidebar - it now lists all the books I've read since sometime in the Spring (that I could remember!), this includes books I own and books I got from the library. I'm going to attempt to remember to upload book reviews to their website as I finish books too.