Knitting · lifestyle · Writing

Bye-bye summer 2019

I can't remember a year when the arrival of September has coincided so exactly with the arrival of autumnal days. Over the course of the weekend, the temperature here has suddenly dropped from highs of 30℃ to 20℃ and the sun that was scorching on the last day of August seems merely warm and pleasant… Continue reading Bye-bye summer 2019

Quote of the week

Quote of the Week – The Great Gatsby

"What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?" cried Daisy, "and the day after that, and the next thirty years?" "Don't be morbid," Jordan said. "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." I have just finished re-reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who… Continue reading Quote of the Week – The Great Gatsby

Fountain Pens · Kojak · Writing

Ink update/Crocker’s Pen

So it's time to update you on the inks in my fountain pens, now we are heading through October. Colour me satisfiedI finished up the Graf von Faber-Castell Violet Blue ink very soon after my previous update and inked up the Waterman Hemisphere Blue pen with a cartridge of Caran d'Ache Chromatics Ultraviolet. After that… Continue reading Ink update/Crocker’s Pen


Finished object – maroon sweater

I have finished my sweater! Although this is a distinctly autumn knit, I am counting it as the summer garment as far as my intentions for the year go (I was aiming to get one garment and three pairs of socks knitted in each of the four "seasons" this year and I'm running way behind).… Continue reading Finished object – maroon sweater

Lyrics · Quote of the week

Quote of the Week – Don McLean

From "Did You Know?" on Don McLean's marvellous 1974 album, Homeless Brother, an unashamedly romantic quote. Did you know that love can grow Any place that people go? And I can tell, from what I see, That you have found a place with me. The sun is high, the day is new, And I have… Continue reading Quote of the Week – Don McLean

Knitting · Uncategorized

Work in progress – Maroon sweater

A lot of my weekend was spent alternating between knitting and watching Kojak; perfect partners for the grim, grey, rainy days we had in Norfolk. Oh, I did chores too, plenty of chores. I washed and cleaned and shopped for groceries, because I am far from advocating a life where all one does is knit… Continue reading Work in progress – Maroon sweater


Last day of summer

Today really feels like the last day of summer to me, although surely it will not be the last hot, sunny day we have. This morning, in the heart of Norwich, with the sunlight dappling the trees near the historic Cow Tower, it seemed for all the world as if summer was turning back to… Continue reading Last day of summer


All quiet on the knitting front

Strangely, the change in seasons has not seen me doing the usual knitterly stuff - planning projects, buying yarn and gearing up for a winter of sweater knitting and wearing.  It is decidedly autumnal now, with lots of nut husks on my cycle route and a nip in the air in the mornings, but I… Continue reading All quiet on the knitting front