started reading this last week. I got to page 70 something and still had no idea what it was about, might as well have been reading it in Danish, totally impenetrable. I complained to Mr FF last night that I was getting nowhere with it and wise old engineer he said 'life's too short to read a book you are not enjoying'. True. So today its gone into the charity bag and I'll find another in the bookcase that I'm trying so hard to empty.
I decided to step out of the knitting comfort zone of socks scarves etc and tackle this. Its the patchwork aran jacket from Debbie Bliss's Family Knits. The patterns is in double knit cotton but I'm attempting it using British Breeds Yarn's Swaledale Aran, worsted spun in Yorkshire from 100% pure new British wool, that is pleasingly hairy and slightly oily. I've adjusted the needle size and its working fine, except that I'm not sure if my 10 x 100g balls will be enough and whether I'll be able to get more of the same shade, the wool isn't dyed but sheep come in varying shades, I know that. I intend to get a bit further with the back. decide how I feel about the cardy and then speak to the manufacturers if I want to continue.
Its quite a complicated design, the clue is in the name, switching round the various patterns which have different number of rows, so it requires great concentration and is not the thing to tackle whilst watching anything demanding on tv. When I take a break from the aran I don't know what to do with my hands so to retain my sanity I've also cast on a pair of plain socks.Then there's the rule of not bring more stuff into the house, sadly that will go out of the window when my parcel arrives. Yesterday I was at a Boden party in the village, it was so much fun. You got to see and try on the clothes before you decided, whilst enjoying good coffee and cake, there was discount on the catalogue price and the first 30 customers got a free gift, a pretty scarf. I went looking for a new swimming costumer but ordered a dress, two tops and a bag, all in bright colours and slightly different to my normal style which is good I think. Pam was with me and we seemed to select several identical items so now I need to find a new friend for the summer or we'll be going out looking like twins.
All the rules are out of the window, who said old folk don't like change, well me actually.