Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Good heavens

I've written another blog post! Don't faint with the shock! I think blogging is taking a bit of a back seat at the moment, not only because of lack of time, but also things like Ravelry and Facebook, which also seem to take some of the purpose away from blogging. I'm finding them both mildly (!) addictive, but also less time-consuming than blogging.

And I have been doing exciting things, like getting a new job! I'm due to start it at the beginning of December so that means finding somewhere to live and saying goodbye to Knit Lincs, Guides, the village church and my reading group. I will be moving vaguely in the vicinity of here:

Yes, it's Windsor Castle, but no, I won't actually be living or working there! It's just sort of vaguely nearby and it seemed a bit better than finding a photo of Slough, which, for some reason, makes me think of slugs... And the whole area seems to be lacking in yarn shops. But, hopefully, I will be able to achieve my main ambition of the moment which involves being able to walk or cycle to work again! No more epic car journeys across the country (well, until I decide to go and check on my house that is!).

I've had a friend to stay for the weekend and we did some walking in Sherwood Forest (no sign of Robin Hood) and Clumber Park:

And I have been doing some knitting. Christmas stuff is well underway:

This is for Dylan, the Ship Ahoy jumper by Zoe Mellor, made with mainly Lang Yarns Merino, which is yummy and squishy and nice and not too-ridiculously-expensive. This lot was from Spin a Yarn in Bovey Tracey in Devon.

I added some extra fish on the back.

And baby bootees for a friend's baby. The yarn is some leftover Regia Stretch Colour 4ply, originally bought at Sew Creative in Cambridge.

And books. Well, I'm ploughing through Little Dorrit, which was for my last reading group meeting (last week) but I'm still only a third of the way through. I'm going for the long-term reading option, I think. And I still have a pile of books bought at Greenbelt to read, and I also know I haven't written a post about Greenbelt yet either. Oops...

Oh, and I went to see the Terracotta Warriors one day when I had a lunch meeting in London and a free afternoon. It's pretty cool, they have amazing faces, all with different expressions and hair styles! I just wish I knew more about the history of that part of the world, my knowledge is almost entirely limited to the Western world and I came away with an overwhelming impression of how little I know.


KnitYoga said...

Great news about the job and no more miles and miles of driving eating into your knitting time. Gorgeous pics of Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park and those widgets are great, aren't they! Must remember to make good use of them myself! The Ship Ahoy jumper is so cute and the extra fish at the back was a great idea!

Rosie said...

Congratulations on the new job! Slough always makes me think of that John Betjeman poem, which my father recited to me the first time we ever drove past slough ("Come friendly bombs and rain on Slough/It is so very changed now").

And tht Christmas knitting is stunning!

Queen of the froggers said...

I love the little sweater with the fish on the back. I hope all goes well with the new job too.

Piglottie said...

Congratulations on the new job and I wish you lots of peace and joy for your move. I love the Ship Ahoy jumper, so cute!

Good to hear you enjoyed the Terracotta Army. Fingers crossed I will get tickets for the day I want to visit.

Seahorse said...

Ship Ahoy looks great and the extra fish are a lovely touch!

We wil miss you here in Lincolnshire - hope you will be popping back now and again :)

maylin said...

I missed the Terracotta warriors when they were in Caen, sigh. Love the nautical jumper. Good luck ith the new job.

Mary Anne said...

Congratulations on the new job and new environment. Your christmas knitting is gorgeous and the sweater is so cute.

Jamie said...

Congratulations on the new job! I'm so happy that you've found something with a nicer commute.

The pictures are lovely and I love the little sweater. The fish are wonderful!

Sue H said...

Congrats on your new job, and on the move too I guess. I'm sure you'll find knitting supplies somewhere nearby.
My sister and B.I.L. saw the Terracotta Warriors in their actual residence as they now live and work in China teaching English to university students. They love living there, and their work hours are extremely reasonable.

acrylik said...

Congratulations on the new job, that's wonderful news. And being able to cycle or walk to work will be wonderful!

Love the little knits - so cute!

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