Knitting · Norwich

It doesn’t have to be stellar

Stellar progress is always lovely if you can achieve it, but good, solid, plain old progress will get you there in the end. I’m halfway up the first sleeve of the Heather Sweater and this week I’m setting myself the goal of doing at least 45 minutes of work on it each day. I think I was a little shy of 45 minutes yesterday, but I did a couple of the pattern repeats so I was pleased enough with that. I had forgotten, until I started on this part of the garment, just how wide the band of lace is on the sleeves. I had quite convinced myself that it was just a narrow band, a single set of the diamond stitch.

For unknown reasons, I got a little muddled when I picked this up last night and had to undo the previous two rows to get back into the swing of things. I may have forgotten to do a Yarn Over, or dropped it when purling back, and so ended up slightly out on my stitch count. All easily fixed and forward momentum regained.

I am on the cusp of subscribing to a knitting magazine because, with all of the vintage knitting I’ve been doing this year, I feel I’m getting out of touch. Although I rarely knit up the patterns from magazines, I do like to drink in the general vibes and also just to read the articles and see the advertisements. The only stumbling block is which magazine to subscribe to. I see the cool kids gravitate towards exotic titles like Amirisu (a Japanese publication), Laine (Nordic knits and lifestyle), and PomPom Quarterly (from the UK), but from what I can see these aren’t quite the magazines for me. Nor is the very standard fayre that you can pick up in the supermarket; I want something in between the two extremes. I know that I am going to end up subscribing to The Knitter again, but I do wish there was something just a step up from it, a little edgier, a little cooler, but not too trendy. Many of the options that have come up when I’ve searched for magazine suggestions have been general crafting publications which include knitting along with associated activities, but I’m only really interested in the knitting. It’s good when knitting publications include information about spinning, crochet, etc, but primarily I’m there for the knitting content.

Well, I’m going to leave you because I need to do some exercise in order that I can then indulge in chipolatas and mash followed by the last two chocolate buns for my dinner. But I wanted to include this photo of Norwich Cathedral which I took walking home with my grandson yesterday afternoon. He pointed out how odd it was to see it bathed in sunlight, almost as if lit from below, whilst the sky was so dark. This, of course, is all down to the position of the sun in the sky at this time of year, but a beautiful effect and a reminder of how truly imposing these grand old buildings are.

2 thoughts on “It doesn’t have to be stellar

  1. Beautiful photo. When I was at work and used to go past the Cathedral almost every day it was often differently lit to everything around it, even on dull, cloudy or wet days the light fell differently on it. Now I know that’s about how tall it is, what it’s built of and similar logical reasons, but it’s always been the thing that makes me wonder about a God pointing me in a direction. It’s in a loving, friendly way and for that reason I love our Cathedral. For me it doesn’t work with other buildings, but as we’ve gone to Bury St Edmunds more often I think the Cathedral there could have a similar feeling. Hey, we’re all a bit odd in some way!!

  2. I think, setting aside the possibility of divine intervention, that those Norman builders had a fine grasp of location and sited the Cathedral and the Castle Keep where they would best display their magnificence. Instill a sense of awe in the peasants (that’s you and me, by the way). You can’t tell from the photo, but there were two men working right at the very tip of the cathedral spire. Rather them than me!

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