Hello, dear Blog — yes, I am still here. Alive and kicking. Still trying to figure out what is wrong with my WordPress setup. Sigh. Since Nevilley drew my attention to the RSS problem, I am thinking that we should forget Category listings and turn Permalnks back on — at least for now. I shall continue to seek a proper solution.

Mr L has deserted us once again. This theoretically means more blog time but in practice generally leads to such a chaotic absence of schedule that I completely forget to report in. This is me, trying to be conscientous, and attempting to produce a Monday Muse for you…

Today, I offer you… Lankakamero! (am I the only one who hears that to this tune?) Lankakamero means Yarn Closet in Finnish and is the internet home of Päivi, who designs some lovely things. One of her loveliest things is the Vernal Equinox shawl (blog posts) (Ravelry pattern page), which I love and have planned to knit for some time. I have a cone of Colourmart yarn just waiting to be cast on and indeed have lined up a Ravelry project page in readiness for the current Colourmart Lovers Autumn event. This is maybe not to be…

…for only yesterday I found myself catching up with new patterns at Ravelry. I noticed in the New and Popular panel, a pattern that I was not familiar with… and I took a look. I was immediately smitten with the 22 Leaves Shawlette mystery KAL. There were photographs of shawls where Clue 2 had been completed and that was enough to send me hunting for yarn. (I chose a Colourmart yarn, of course, might as well kill two birds with the single stone.) I cast on yesterday afternoon and while I was knitting, Clues 3 and 4 came out.

The KAL is being conducted via the blog. Päivi asks knitters to post photographs of completed clues under the appropriate post, and when 22 people have completed the latest clue, the next one is released. I have now completed all four clues and heaved a sigh of relief after a valiant effort but… there are already 10 comments, so it looks as though Clue 5 will not be far away!

Clues 1 to 4

I am left in a quandary: I already have my Bridgewater in production for the Colourmart event and I have also promised to  knit an Aestlight… The Aestlight is for a local KAL — some friends wish to learn lace knitting and thereby produce a small triangle shawl. Aestlight is the pattern that they chose. This will be my fifth! There is no doubt that it is an excellent pattern to learn some fundamentals on, but I was hoping that they might select Traveling Woman, or another pattern that I have not yet knit. Anyway, the die is cast and now that 22 Leaves is up to date, I have selected some yarn (yes, Colourmart!) and will spend some time tonight whipping an Aestlight into being so that it is there to be used as a teaching aid.

The thing is… I was supposed to be using this week on my own to turn a hebbie fleece into a pile of 3ply yarn. Things, as usual, have gan’ agley.

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Bare Naked

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We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 18, 2020 at 01:22PM

On our way again. Not far to go and no check in until 2pm so a late and lazy start to our day. I have been watching eagles. Not sure what we are going to be doing for the next few days. We want to take Nell to a vet and the outcome of that… Continue reading October 18, 2020 at 01:22PM

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