Morning, everyone. It's kind of dull here at the moment but the clouds look quite high so it might end up pleasant. Yesterday was dull but dry with a bit of sun breaking through now and again so maybe today will be similar. I'll see what the Beeb weather page says in a little while.
Yesterday was, as almost always, really nice. After a pleasantly slow start to the day, I drove down to Tower Gardens to meet up with some people from out Slimming World group for a sociable walk. It was nothing heavy - while I wasn't the youngest there, nor was I the oldest and, when we chatted about it, we're most of us pretty much the same sort of age.
We strolled along the river into town, taking the same route as I took when I went to see the knife angel some weeks ago, if you remember. That's no longer there now. We stopped off at the café beside the lake (I say lake, it's more like a very big pond really) for refreshments - I had a very welcome coffee - and then strolled round the lake and back to the car park. It really was a stroll, perhaps a bit too slow for me, but that's absolutely fine, and it was a couple of hours in total which was just perfect.
I think David is planning to planning to make this an ongoing thing, possibly once a fortnight, if people are interested. I certainly will be and I think others will too.
Then I came home and got on with other homey sort of things before settling down with my knitting later on. I've finished that cardigan now and, despite earlier reservations about the pattern, it has all come together really well. Yes, there are a few mistakes, I know that, but they don't matter and you can't tell. It's very chunky, very snuggly and just exactly what I wanted which was something to put on when it gets a bit chilly, something to snuffle into of an evening.
Perhaps I could have kept to the smaller size but I did want it roomy so I don't regret undoing and reknitting. I'm still not totally sure about the pockets, or the way they work out on the hem, but they're certainly a bit different.
I took a few photos although it doesn't look particularly right on a hanger - it's too chunky and 'unshaped'. However, you can get the idea. The camera makes the stripes seem more pronounced than they really are, I think.
Before I start the next big project, I am using some of the spare yarn to make some wrist warmers - basically fingerless gloves. It's a nice pattern, grows quickly and will make nice little Christmas stocking filler type gifts - not that they'd go into stockings but you know what I mean.
Strictly was great - I am now having great difficulty deciding where my three votes should go. Do you watch, this - which is your favourite couple? Mine is Rose and Giovanni.
On to today and there's a blank page in my diary so I will carry on with the gentle clearing, tidying, planning, prepping, etc. Get myself set up for the coming week. Nice.
Take care, stay warm, dry and well. Happy Sunday to us all. xx
The cardigan is lovely, such warm glowing colours, the pockets are certainly unusual. Rose and Giovanni for me too, I am constantly amazed at how well she can dance and keep to the rhythm and be so synchronised with Gio, when she is deaf - just how does she do it?! And I love her feisty spirit, she's not cowed or overawed by Gio (who is most definitely an Alpha Italian male) at all. xxReplyDelete
Yes, she amazes me. It's such a great partnership and I love her spirit too.Delete
Gorgeous colours and looks very cosy.ReplyDelete
I've not voted yet this year but will do if Rose and Gio are ever at the bottom of the leader board!
Just looked at the Strictly spoiler to see who goes out.........I won't give it away but not surprising
I never like to look at the spoilers for the results so thanks - I will be very surprised if it's not one of two couples but, like you8, not saying now.Delete
And thanks, it is very cosy.
Your cardigan is lovely, Joy and I especially like your choice of yarn. It looks good and cosy, perfect for the cooler weather. XxReplyDelete
I chose the yarn before finding the pattern really. I always fall for yarn!Delete
The cardigan looks a lovely warm hug.ReplyDelete
I'm torn between three couples, Rose, John and AJ ...
That's exactly what it is, Annabeth - a warm hug.Delete
Those three should definitely be in the final but we know one bad week can be disastrous. I rather like Tom too, although that might partly be because I like Amy.
What a lovely cardigan you've made, I love it. I enjoyed Strictly last night and Rose is my favourite too ValxxReplyDelete
Everyone seems to like Rose and she's certainly a brilliant dancer, quite apart from any personality attraction.Delete
Thank you for the kind comment too.
beautiful cardi, Joy - can you say what the pattern is,please? It is certainly one that I'd like to tryDelete
Here is the link, Nicky. I thought it was one of the freebies I found but it isn't. It is a downloadable though, so instantly available. https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/p/down-home-knitting-pattern-by-kathryn-folkerthDelete
I don't watch Strictly so can't comment but I can say that I like your new cardigan. You'll be toasty warm wearing that.ReplyDelete
The walk with the SW group sounds like a nice social event as much as anything and even though it was a bit too slow a pace for you, it's still time outside moving your body rather than a seated activity at home. xx
Thanks - I'm so glad I stuck at it because it really is keeping me nice and warm of n evening.Delete
It is better to be out and about and it's nice to have social contact too.
How talented you are, Joy! I think the cardigan is so pretty and the colors you chose are among my very favorites. I hope you enjoy a lovely Sunday.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Debbie, that's so kind. I hope your Sunday has been good too.Delete
Your sweater is fabulous! I love it.ReplyDelete
Thanks you very much. It keeps me lovely and warm, for sure. xxDelete
Love the Jumper Joy it will keep you nice and warm this winterReplyDelete
It will, Diane - already is.Delete
Beautiful knitting Joy. I save strictly for mine and Bluebell’s early morning coffee viewing! I’ve just watched Rose now. She’s amazing but I’m rooting for AJ - she’s infectious and Kai is most pleasing on the eye hahaReplyDelete
To be honest, I'd be happy for any of three to win but I suspect the public vote will go for either John or Rose in the final. Could be wrong though.
I agree, Kai does come over very well and seems thoroughly pleasant.
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