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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow on snow

It has snowed.  And snowed.  And snowed some more.

And the ice has come down on the river from Canada.  The first year we lived here I thought the river had frozen over, but apparently not.

I am taking a couple of days off work.  I should be doing all sorts of admin (we're trying to sell a flat and buy a house at the moment), but instead I have made berry crumble.  Perfect for a day like today.

 And you've got to love a diet that allows for treats like this, even if it is on the knitted knickers side of worthy puddings (think oat flakes, sugar substitute and wholemeal flour), but it tastes delicious.

And I've been learning chain stitch from Granny Squares 101 here .  I bought the loveliest wool in Purl Soho last weekend.  And the woman there actually pretended to believe me when I told her with a straight face that I was going to make granny squares.  She was kind enough not to point out my ignorance when I asked for a crochet hook and she had to guide me through the sizings.

So, now I am the proud owner of five skeins (if that the right word) of Cascade Yarns 220 100% Peruvian Highland wool and a size H hook with a rather fetching brown and cream handle.  I would tell you what weight the wool is (4 ply? 8 ply?) but I'm not sure and don't know how to read the label.  You begin to see the level I'm at...

BUT, I am learning.  And today, I have learned how to make a slip knot, and practiced my chain stitch a gazillion times.  It's a start. (Where I got the pink wool from is a story for another day.)

And I've loved winding the wool.  It's quite trance-inducing.  And I found the perfect skein-holder for it.

And at the end of it, you end up with this.  

A snowball!


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