Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cambridge, and some knitting

It probably seems like we've been zooming around the country a bit. We haven't really, it's more that it's taking me a while to update the blog so it looks like we're travelling around in a short space of time!
Last weekend we went to Cambridge to visit some friends of the OH's. It's somewhere I've visited many many times before, but we went to two places I hadn't been to before.

The first was the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences. We dropped in here on the way to somewhere else, but had enough time to have a look at some very groovy dinosaurs, including an Ichthysaur found in Lyme Regis, as I read about in that novel earlier in the year! There was also a display about Mary Anning, as featured in the same novel.
This is a model of the skeleton of an Iguanodon.

The icythyosaur on display.

A display case about Mary Anning.

 And a giant deer, which became extinct about 10000 years ago and is presumably a friend of the one we saw at Warwick Museum in June?

After that we ventured on to wander round the University Botanic Gardens. We bumped into Caught Knitting en route to the Botanic Gardens, who looked very surprised to see me wandering around in Cambridge!

I think I liked the glasshouses best, especially the bananas!

 I started up a craft group at work this week, which seems to have gone well - 17 people interested, which meant we didn't fit in the room I'd planned to hold it in! I've also done some knitting that I can actually blog about. I started off a pair of slipper socks for my nephew's birthday in December. I'm using the blue variegated King Cole superwash DK 100% wool I got in York, on 3mm needles, so had to do a tension swatch.

 I'm pleased with the way the fabric worked out - nice and thick and squooshy, which should be good for slipper socks. So I cast on a pair of garter rib socks for him last night. The pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks, which I've used before and enjoyed as it goes quite quickly and is extremely easy to remember.


Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a good time. The botanic gardens are pretty! And the socks definitely look squooshy!

Mary Anne said...

Another lovely tour which I quite enjoyed. It was interesting to read the bio on Mary Anning.

Well done with the craft group at work! 17 new knitters is amazing. Is it difficult to teach that many people all at once?

Love the sock pattern and the yarn colourway.

Rosie said...

I thought I was hallucinating when I saw you. I'd just left the Botanic Gardens (my favourite place in the whole of Cambridge), where I'd been having lots of fun trying out my new camera.

Anonymous said...

I do always end up reading Romans! I don't know what it is I like about it so much--I guess because it's so thought-provoking for me.

I'll have to look more into Job because right now, I'm just not liking it very much!