So are you taking part in the Ravellenics on Ravelry during this year's Winter Olympics from Sochi? I finished up my mink and cashmere sweater during the training sessions in January. I was aiming to knit another jumper over the Games, but common sense has prevailed and I have decided to focus on my WIPs instead. Once they have been whittled down a bit, then I will cast on for something new. I am knitting very informally for three teams - Knitspot, ThreeBagsFull and Fluff-n-Stuff. Nothing too competitive here. I am glad of the chance to focus a little on those unfinished projects. It is so easy to become distracted by bright, shiny, new things!!
I have finished a cowl, knit as a birthday gift for a friend, using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn. It's a knitspot pattern and I decided to make a chunkier version rather than the fingering weight recommended in the pattern. I love the combination of colours and may well knit one for myself at a later date as I have enough of the same colours of yarn in my stash.
I am also working on a pair of socks and a baby cardigan and will hopefully have some completed knits to share with you next time. I blew the dust off my spinning wheel as well - it has been far too long since I last did some spinning. I am finishing off the braid of Stinger (50% BFL and 50% Ramie) that I started way back last October!
We had visitors over from Germany last weekend. Luckily the weather was kind to us and we were able to get out and about. We visited Pensthorpe, a nature and wildlife garden. It was beautiful in the sunshine.
They have a breeding programme for red squirrels there, it was great to be able to see them so close.
Of course, I had to try out the tea room!! Mr JK and I thoroughly enjoyed our broccoli and Stilton soup, and I just managed to make room for a piece of ginger and orange cake. Very nice it was too!
Afterwards, we headed up to the north Norfolk coast and walked along the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea.
After a house full last weekend, we have been enjoying the peace and quiet this week. I have been delighted to notice the days getting longer and I have actually arrived home from work not needing full headlights on! Woo hoo! Spring is definitely in the air. These pretty snowdrops were barely out a week ago. Now look at them! Before long, the daffodils will be in flower too. Flo is impatient for the warmer weather as she loves to sit on the bench in the garden between Mr JK and me as we have a cup of tea! It's half term in a week, so perhaps we will manage it then. See you soon. xxx