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A belated update

I’ve disappeared recently, and sort of enjoyed it.  The last couple of months have been fairly busy in and out of work, and the weather has been nice, so I became anonymous for a while and chose not to worry about it.  I’ve made a conscious effort not to use social media so much, which is far less effort than I thought and quite refreshing!

As a consequence, I realised I never posted about these socks, which appeared in The Knitter issue 73. (It’s still available as a digital download here).  I love these, the yarn, the pattern, and how the photos came out.  There’s another pic somewhere of them being worn with brogues but I can’t find it.  The pattern is a fun repeat which is easily memorised, and I worked them in Eden Cottage Tempo in ‘Ice’, which I’ve sort of fallen in love with.

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In July I made a fleeting trip to Unwind Brighton with my colleague Becca, where we squidged a lot of yarn in the name of work and spent a fair bit on woolly yumminess. Brighton is an ex-hometown of mine so I was pleased to be back, and managed to catch up with some old friends while I was there.


Erika Knight and Arabella Harris at Unwind Brighton

We went on holiday (twice!) last month, to two different parts of Cornwall, did lots of walking, ping pong, surfing (mr), knitting (me) and taking in the sunshine.  I started this crazy rainbow jumper which I got addicted to and then quickly lost interest, and then made my first shawl, which has been fun, and made good bus knitting.IMG_3808


Addictive rainbow jumper knitting.  Not so fun now it’s cold and rainy.


My Saltwater Sandals tan lines, oops!

In this month’s mag, I wrote a feature on how to change yarn colours using photoshop, which is the process I used to figure out which order to work the crazy colours in the above picture.  It’s a simple method but it did give me a rough idea of what the piece might look like. 

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Now I seem to have reached a natural knitting break, which I’m sure will return soon.  I’ve been thinking about starting a vibrant yellow jumper, but then feel guilty when I remember the number of WIPs sitting in the basket in my living room.  The design bug has left me too, but I think this is something to do with the urge to come home from work and do nothing, which is actually quite lovely.


I have been doing a fair bit of reading though.  I’m not usually one to go on about books as I don’t really rate my review skills, however I did just finish this one which I will recommend.  If you are looking for something beautifully written to get totally lost in then this might just be it. 



We went on holiday to Sri Lanka over Christmas and New Year and I managed to not only completely stop knitting (it was too hot) but I don’t think I even talked about knitting or work either.  To those of you that don’t know me, or the office I work in, that may not seem like such a big deal, but the subject and the craft itself probably take up around 85% of my waking life. Youch!

I didn’t expect it to happen but it was actually really lovely.  I rediscovered books, lying in the sun doing nothing and did a lot of people watching as everything was just so different. Who would have thought that relaxing could be so enjoyable!

Here are a few holiday snaps in case you’re not jealous yet:


A baby water buffalo! I love this pic.  We went on a safari around Uda Walawe National Park and I couldn’t stop snapping away.  There are so many photos, just getting down to these few was tough!

Our paradise beach in Polhena – that’s our balcony looking over the sea on the top right.  We stayed here for 5 nights over Christmas and New Year.

Probably the best sunset I’ve ever seen, from the beach at Polhena

Coconuts!  We found this stand at a moment of dehydration, like it had just popped up just for us.  The guy who sold them to us took this picture of us – one of the first ones we have in the four years we’ve been together that we actually both like!

We stayed on an old tea estate called Samakanda, in the old tea planters cottage.  These tea pluckers were out every Wednesday collecting bags of tea leaves. Later we  went for a visit visit to the tea factory and saw the whole process from start to finish, which was really informative (and delicious!)

Monkeys at Rawana Falls!  We stopped here on the way up to Ella to look at the waterfall, but I was a little over-excited to see monkeys so tame.  I know it’s a bad thing, as they’re fed by the tourists and will start to rely on it, but it was still a novelty to see them with their corn on the cobs!

The train journey to Kandy – this is supposed to be one of the best train journeys in the world, and I took about 100 photos to prove it.  Crammed in like sardines, we were lucky to get a window seat, where I proceeded to snap for the entire 7 hours. Tea plantations, mountains, rivers, the views were amazing.

Dambulla Buddha Caves

Beautiful original batiks at Jayamali Batiks, Kandy.  I should have
asked him to pose with the one we bought!

Just before climbing Siguriya

Breakfast by the sea!

Three weeks after our return, life is very much back to normal.  Except of course the things I need to catch up on at work and the designs I need to actually start working on..  That will be another post!

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