When I lived in London, the "evening class" options were unlimited other than by time and budget. Here? Hmmm... not so much. And although I would love to do an art or textiles course at the local college, it isn't terribly "local" when you already drive into the city from the Shire... and the college is a further drive out from the other end of town. Besides which, I like to be around for FL in the evenings. By the time I get home and cook, we only have an hour or two together before he is fast asleep.
|First Rainy Weekend Sock for a man's Christmas gift ;)|
This month's socks are probably my biggest challenge because they are a man-sized 72 stitches with cables and are worked toe-up, which is not my preferred style of knitting. But I am getting there. After a dreadful phase of mis-calculations and fluffy splitty unpicking around the heel-flap, I finally have a whole sock.
Can I finish the second within the month? I hope so!
|Flapping toe as man-sized sock|
But there remains a certain twitchiness, as if I expect to be handed a new timetable and a reading list to guide my thinking.
I could be vulnerable to joining a yarn club, if something tempting presents itself to me.
It is all very well setting myself unrealistic goals to knit all the patterns in a book (my solution: sell the book before I knit even one!) but it lacks a social element.
The really popular yarn clubs (American, mostly) have dozens of knitters all working on the same thing at the same time - that really appeals to me. Peer pressure and support.
Knitalongs are like that too - but I have never stuck to one of those either! Tell me what to do and I'll do it... but only if I like it! ;)
Somewhat off topic, and since we are all friends here, I want to consult you about my new lipstick. I'm just not sure about it. I was trying to update my "look".
It is Test by Illamasqua. It starts off this sort of Elastoplast / Germolene colour and then, get this, gets darker as it wears off!
There must be a darker pigment under all that... beigeness. Certainly I leave deep pink stains on my coffee cup (classy!) My concern is that it gives the impression that I have put foundation on my lips and that my own ruddy skin tone looks like an allergic rash next to it?
Ah, Roo, you are such a glamour-puss (not!)
And finally, this week's top ten money-saving tips?
1 - Take a packed lunch
2 - Make coffee instead of buying it from the cafe
3 - Make a star chart for every time you manage 1 or 2
4 - Send your children away for the good of their education (though note this is a temporary solution - just wait for the University fees!)
5 - After 4, downgrade your broadband allowance
6 - After 5, end your Lovefilm subscription
7 - Watch the electricity meter slow its spin and adjust monthly payments to suit
8 - Design your weekly menu around the Reduced stickers in M&S. A couple can eat like kings on £30 a week, I kid you not!
9 - Avoid a certain seductive independent French pattern company website
10 - Do not click links from said French pattern site to French fabric retailers... oops!
P.S. My Deer and Doe patterns arrived! That was just two days' delivery time - amazing!