Although it's been quiet on the blog front, I have been busy knitting this week. Last Sunday I went to Lorainne's and witnessed the Eighth Wonder of the World, which is her Stock and Stash. She has some amazing yarns and I felt completely overwhelmed. I just didn't know where to start looking and scratched the surface when I opened a couple of yarn boxes. I bought two skeins of sock yarn, which was actually very restrained. I didn't stay knitting long because I had to go for a Sunday dinner for the German teachers, who are here at the moment.
Work has been hectic because of the return leg of the Exchange, but so far so good. I feel exhausted because there has been a lot of socialising (including a meal for fourteen here), early mornings and organising trips. I enjoyed my trip to the town hall and bowling. Bowling was brilliant because I could knit between turns.
On Wednesday I went to Lucy's and knitted and chatted for the evening with her, t'other Lucy and Mara. It was a nice evening and we had lovely food. At both Lucy's and Lorainne's I had the use of their ball winders and swifts. These are fantastic gadgets and speed up winding wool into balls. They then make your yarn look really pretty. Caroline has offered to lend me one of hers and I cannot wait! All my yarn is going to be wound and ready for action.
Some quick photographs:
These are finished Christmas socks for my Auntie:
You can tell the yarn is my hand-dyed stuff because the socks are different. The right sock is much darker. I think it's a quirk of the yarn.
These are socks I am knitting for my Great Aunt, but as she had a fall this week they are going to be sent as soon as they are finished; she needs cheering up and I think she deserves an early Christmas present. Granby just wouldn't leave me alone this morning. He was being all cute and cuddly whilst I was trying to take photos.
I love the colours in this yarn, and it is beautifully soft, but I don't like the way it has knitted into spirals. The way the yarn is on the heel flap is how I would have preferred it throughout.