Eight inches later

I have finally got past the 2" obstruction on this Christmas knitting project, so big sighs of relief all-round. It took a lot of getting to this point, but it finally feels like the garment is going to happen. Most importantly, it is now a piece of knitting that I feel inclined to pick up…

Serendipitously early

I have been ridiculously premature in choosing my Word of the Year for 2022. My soul has suddenly hit fast-forward and decided to shine a torch on Christmas when it should be narrowing its beam to illuminate the coming month. Thus the far-distant change of year has been occupying my mind, which I'll admit is…

Those autumn vibes

Oh, yes, I'm feeling those autumn vibes now. The ink, the paper, the pen, the knitting, all illuminated with late-evening lamplight, and the glorious lyrics of Roy Wood underpinning it all. This is Mr Wood's "Way Beyond the Rain" from his 1979 solo album "On The Road Again" - a US-only release which I've only…

Filo-nanigans

I've had a week away from the blog to focus on the training for my new job role, and now it is time to get back on the blogging horse. I have been certain for most of the year that a return to work, especially work outside the home, would see me wanting a more…

New pen day

It’s new pen day! Well, technically speaking it was new pen day on Tuesday, and I’ve had the pen in my possession - packed away so as to not tempt fate - since July 13th. However, this is its first official outing, so it counts as new pen day in my books. This latest addition…

Retrograde

If I were to write horoscopes, I’d fill them with real-world advice. “As Mercury opposes Saturn, be wary spillage when you open ink bottles.” “With Pluto in your fourth house, you will unpick many more stitches than you knit.” “50% of planets are retrograde now; you will be incapable of anything more advanced than reading…