Sunday, 18 April 2010

Back to reality

Hello there - normal Sunday service has resumed! It's the end of the school holidays, and I can't believe that I'll be back at work tomorrow. It feels like an absolute age since I was last in school, and I have to admit that I'm not particularly looking forward to it! I missed the last week of term because I was in Toulouse, and had a supply teacher in my room, so I shall enter with some trepidation. You can never be sure if books will have been marked, or if your supply of card that you've been saving has been used all in one go!! I'm still not feeling 100%, as I came back from France with a chest infection. I had to resort to going to the doctor to get some antibiotics because I felt so rotten, but I finish them tomorrow, so fingers crossed the bugs will soon be gone!
Mr Josiekitten and I have spent the weekend in the garden. We've had two days of lovely warm spring sunshine here in Norfolk. Yesterday I gave the shed a fresh coat of woodstain, and revamped some wooden pots while Mr JK prepared the vegetable plot. Today the potatoes went in, along with garlic that'd been growing in modules for some time, and leeks. The tomatoes and cucumbers are in the greenhouse, and there are big plans to get more veggies planted during the week. We picked our first rhubarb and have just enjoyed rhubarb crumble and custard. Yummy! I sat outside crocheting this afternoon, and was amazed by the number of bees visiting the flowering currant bush. I can't wait for the summer!
Talking of crocheting, I'm about half way now on my Ripple scarf. I made sure that I sewed in the cast on tail so that I wouldn't make the same mistake again! I love the colour combination, and hope that I'll have it finished by next weekend so that I can get a little bit of wear out of it before the warmer weather really kicks in. Here's how it's looking now .......

An even smaller ripple WIP 001 (2)

and here's a closeup of the colour combinations. It reminds me of spring blossom I think.

An even smaller ripple WIP 004 (2)

My Monkey socks are half way there too. I didn't get anywhere near as much knitting done in France as I'd thought. The yarn is from Laughing Yaffle, and is lovely to knit with. Here is sock one - sock two will hopefully be cast on tonight so it can go into my school bag!

Les singes WIP

And here's a close up of all the gorgeous colours in the yarn. The colourway is called Carnival just in case you're tempted to buy some!

Les singes WIP (2)

I haven't got very far with the other scarf I took either. Despite the fact that it's all garter stitch, it's taking me longer than I thought, mainly because 2 out of every 4 rows are knitted on size 9mm needles, and I'm finding them pretty cumbersome to knit with! They feel ginormous after I've been knitting socks! Still, I shall persevere, because I like the effect it's mkaing. (Mr JK asked me why I was making a scarf full of holes!)

silk scarf WIP (1)

Well, that's all my knitting news caught up with I think, so I shall pootle off now and get that sock cast on. Have a good week!


snoopydog said...

Hello there! Looks like Mr J has been doing the same as Mr S! We have also had rhubarb(from the allotment) crumble and custard this evening. I love the Carnival yarn. It looks really good with the Monkey's pattern. Think I might need to cast my skein on!!! LOVE the scarf! The two yarns work really well together.
Hope tomorrow is better than you think......tomorrow WON'T be better than I think. Don't want to go back to school:( XX

melissa said...

oh i am just loving your ripple scarf! gorgeous!

Marie-Jolie said...

My goodness, I've missed visiting you here! I'm finally back online...gosh, it's taken an age!

Love the projects! I'm going to keep reading and find out how things went in France (and for the record, I didn't get much knitting done while I was there, either!).

Jenny said...

Hope you are settling back into the home and work routine, at least the weather is reasonable. Great socks though I do agree about the large needles, something so satisfying about knitting with 4ply.

Jane said...

Hi! Popped over from PTU. What a lovely scarf! And your pics of Toulouse are great.

Viknits said...

Ooooh the veggies sound wonderful! We have indoor veggies mostly - chillis, onions (in plastic troughs), and another variety of chillis (I don't even eat them!), and for planting out we're growing sunflowers and corn - yum!

Just read back through your France installments - brilliant reading and I LOVE your photos, it looks like you had a wonderful time! I particularly loved the dog on the snowmobile!

Oh and finally - I love your ripple scarf - it's very springy (as in the season! ha!), and I'm very tempted by the laughing yaffle carnival yarn (I know - I do my own, but I'm tempted by different yarns and colours that I don't do!).

Vik xx

knitting said...

what wonderful spring colors and fabulous knits!