We went to Balmedie beach at the weekend. The photo is strangely dark. It was actually a bright grey winter's day. It was odd to leave a windswept inland farm and come to the coast and find it calm. This place is famous for its sand-dunes, down which the kids jumped and rolled and cartwheeled - yippee!
Then home to my library books. A Persephone novel by Dorothy Whipple. I reserved this using the library's online catalogue after reading about Persephone Press at the Yarnstorm blog. Can you judge a book by its cover? It's a beautiful colour! I could collect these just for their aesthetic value.
And forward-planning. More pre-ordered library books, this time about natural dye-ing. I have this idea that I will grow my own dye plants, and do some natural-sock-dye-ing. Slightly ambitious. First stop the rabbits from eating the seedlings - even supposing I can get them to germinate - and keep them alive for the three years it takes madder to develop chunky roots? Hmmm. Fascinating reading though.
And the results of Friday's mini-shopping spree: two skeins of Claudia Handpaint merino in "Ingrid's Blues" - a lovely blend of blues / golds / browns. Not as tightly-spun as Piece of Beauty or Socks that Rock: it is more like Cherry Tree Hill. I hesitated over "Chocolate Cherry", but managed to be "good". There was such a friendly little personalised note in the parcel, I will definitely be going back to Cnyttanpatterns again! It makes such a difference to have a real communication with a yarn shop, instead of getting the feeling they might as well be selling you something really boring like... oh I don't know, loo roll. (Ha! I bet you are all going to tell me there is a whole art to selling toilet paper, or why would there be such an advert war on tv?!)
You can also see the scarf pattern under the yarn. I was attracted by the description: "The fluid design of the Lead or Follow Lace Scarf is a wonderful study in the behavior of lace knitting when yarn overs are placed in various positions relative to the compensating decrease. "
Ha, ha, ha! * hollow laughter* - this sounds like my Cinderella stockings! I have to tell you it was a difficult weekend for Cinders. I gritted my teeth and ripped.... 5 lace repeats were undone. Gulp. But the good news is - it was worth it! Instead of having this uneasy feeling that all was not right with my leg shaping and its relationship to the lace pattern, I am now feeling rather pleased with myself - the decreases now form a zigzag of eyelets down the back stocking like a fancy seam - oh yeah, baby! I have almost caught up on what I ripped back, and I am buzzing with the excitement!
P.S. OMG! Have you seen the Puss in Boots winners over at Purlescence?! Gobsmackingly amazing!