I’ve got a cold and feeling very sorry for myself. I haven’t had many colds at all since moving to France and this is my first one for 5 years so I am making the most of it. I am managing some incredibly loud sneezing fits, going through boxes of tissues as if I had been watching ‘The Notebook’ (again), professing not to be able to taste anything so may as well not bother to cook (but ‘perhaps could just eat something if you’re doing it anyway’), ensuring everybody notices that the slightest exertion is making me short of breath, appear to be covered in an attractive red rash which always happens if I’m a bit poorly and generally wafting about the place no use to man nor beast.
I’m doing as little as possible. I think these two have the right idea although nobody would want to be that close to me at the moment so I might have to drape myself decoratively somewhere solo.
Did you have a pull-along dog when you were a child? I did – I think – and if I didn’t, I should have – and I’ve always fancied buying a vintage one for nostalgia’s sake. Hard to see one that isn’t ripped, isn’t a donkey and isn’t an absolute fortune though so, when I saw Northfield Primitives’ Shop on Etsy I just had to go for one of her gorgeous dogs. Handcrafted in Yorkshire, Sarah makes her animals on her old Singer treadle machine.This one (my one!) is made with hand-coloured mohair, has a rusty bell and vintage meccano wheels, I am in love.
Something else I bought on Etsy recently was this little pincushion ring from Lifepieces. I have bought gazillions of her gorgeous pincushions for myself and as gifts and they are beautifully made – so much so, I can hardly bear to stick pins in them but, when I saw this one, I had to have it. Look! That little owl is a pin – can you bear it?
Is it practical? I’m not sure. Is it gorgeous? Well, obviously. Redressing the balance after my rant about re-sellers on Etsy recently – these sorts of shops remind me how it is still possible to find beautiful, hand made items from skilled artisans on the site when you really look.
Anyway, having no energy to do my usual housework chores (!) I have forged ahead with my new addiction.
I know it looks like I’m knitting a pair of sunglasses or a bikini top for a two year old but I am, in fact, knitting a pair – yes, you heard right – a pair of socks. At one time. On one long circular needle. From the toes up. And…… drumroll…… I appear to be matching the stripes at the same time. A bit ambitious for only my second pair of socks I know – considering the first were in nice chunky wool too and very fast to knit – but I know that I will be prone to ‘Second Sock Syndrome’, a medical condition discovered by scientists studying the lifestyles and habits of sock knitters whereby, in layman’s terms, you finish one sock and then can’t be arsed to do the second one. Not wanting to suffer from this – especially on top of a cold – I decided to go down the toe up, two at one time route and, with the help of the internet and some incredibly helpful people who selflessly write out reams of instructions and take loads of close up photos (or video themselves) for no apparent personal gain, I am on my way.
Honourable mentions for such tutorials go out to Knit Purl Hunter for ‘Judy’s Magic Cast On’ here
Liat Gat for Magic Loop Knitting here
and Heidi Bears for knitting two socks at one time on one circular needle here