Betty Jean is two weeks old! And I have just reached the bust shaping. So that means I am halfway up the body and "just" have the upper half (with all the colourwork) and two sleeves to knit. Bargain!
I have also just started the second ball of main- coloured yarn. I have two more - is that enough? This could be crucial because there is an awful rumour that AlbaYarn may not be around for much longer, as the spinner is in administration. I have a terrible urge to drive to The Wool Shed and buy up every ball in sight, in every colour, I love this yarn so much. Don't panic, don't panic!
In sewing news, my mind is off and running towards the next few projects. My Croft Mill order arrived and I have been pre-washing everything, just to have it ready to sew.
One casualty so far - some polka-dot cotton jersey was stretched out of alignment by the wind on the washing line and I am having a helluva time getting it to lie flat so I can cut a Pendrell blouse.
I am also slightly disturbed by the "painted on with tippex" look of the dots. They look like they are going to crack like the print on a cheap t-shirt.It is entirely possible that this project is doomed, doomed I tell ye!
I am simultaneously planning swooping great sail-legged trousers and drapey shell tops. Not to wear together. Oh - and I have no pattern for the shell-tops, so I don't know what I am playing at, other than keeping Etsy in business. Scruffybadger is once again to blame for... oops... I mean the inspiration behind, my idea to make drapey cowl neck tops. I really ought to get my box of patterns out and use what I have.
And in the midst of all this feverish stitchy planning, the sun is shining and I have a terrible feeling of guilt that I ought to be out digging the herb garden, because the farm labourer doesn't have the time. Yes... but neither do I, unless I give up sewing and knitting!
However... deep breaths... the slow cooker continues to buy me extra "spare" time. This weekend we had a very successful Pork Vindaloo, a Mixed Vegetable Curry, and Caribbean Chicken and Pumpkin curry, all from Slow Cooking Curry and Spice Dishes.