Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cambridge - the return trip

After last week's incredibly dull conference trip to Cambridge it was nice to return yesterday for a more relaxed visit to meet some of OH's friends. We wandered along the Backs and watched the punts going past on the Cam.

The friends came equipped with small children, which also necessitated a trip to the park to play. Both the OH and I got dragged into playing on the train (as we had real train tickets from our journey to use) but I very cunningly managed to avoid being photographed on the train, unlike him:

Slightly ironically, we came across a "real" steam train when we returned to Kings Cross that evening!

I also found time in Cambridge to disappear briefly into Sew Creative (their website still has loads of stuff about sewing machines and virtually nothing about yarn on it!) and emerged with four balls of Sirdar Crofter DK to make a tank top for Noah's birthday. Since when did I become old enough to have an almost-five-year-old nephew?!

Knitting has been progressing reasonably well. My train knitting at the moment is the Sunday Swing socks from Knitty. This is the first one:

I'm loving the Lorna's Laces sock yarn and my Knit Picks DPNs.

and I've finished both the fronts of Narvik and am now on with the back. This seems to go SO quickly as it's on 7mm needles!

Reading wise, I've just finished "Bones in the belfry" by Suzette Hill, which someone at work lent me. This is a completely crazy book, featuring the Rev. Francis Oughterard who accidentally strangled one of his parishioners in the previous book. This one follows him as he attempts to cover his tracks, involving hiding two paintings for the person who provided him with an alibi for the murder. A large chunk of the action is narrated by Oughterard himself, but sections are by his dog, Bouncer, and his cat, Maurice. It's very funny but I'm not sure if I'd classify it as a mystery or a crime novel, more as totally insane.


Nic said...

It looks like you had fun in Cambridge and OH on the train ;)
My Gran has just finished knitting some jumpers for Jack and Lou out of that crofter yarn. It knits up really well and is so soft.

Mary deB said...

I spent many hours in that playground a few years ago! How nice to see the train is still as functional as it ever was.

acrylik said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time away. Love the steam train pic!

All your knits are looking lovely, especially those socks, love the colour!

Linda said...

Lovely Narvik pieces. I like steam trains, the pictuure is great!

dreamcatcher said...

Must have been the Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross!

Love the yarn you got at iKnit and the Crofter.

The cauli in the next post is a Romanesco, we got one in a veg box once too. They are white-fleshed "inside" and DH says very tasty too (I can't abide brassicas, they taste baaad to me!)