Poppy Progress: 04/09 Kick Off

STATUS: 15% knitted

Today was Cast-on day for the Shawl KAL. I was a little late in starting, due to a misguided attempt to get the WIP list reduced by one first. On the plus side, this did at least mean that I had a pair of straight needles available. This will speed up the early stages of the knitting considerably.

It’s tea-time now and I may report that the first chart is completed and two repeats of the main Icelandic Poppy Lace chart have been effected. There are seven of these in the pattern as writ. How many I do will depend on how closely the second ball of yarn matches to the first one. Also, I suspect, on how tedious it becomes.

For now the lace is not at all tedious. It looks pretty, especially in the semi-solid red yarn. Thoughts keep wandering to little black dresses…

City Varieties, Leeds
City Varieties, Leeds

The Kelpie is wonderful; very easy to knit with. The colour is named Paprika, but to me it is evocative of flea pit cinemas and theatres of faded grandeur. The tarnished and murky reds of grubby and threadbare red velveteen tip-up seats. That may sound terrible to you, but it has meaning for me and the colour makes me very happy indeed. Rich, with depth, but not bright. A comfortable red.

Cinemas with blue seats are just not the same. Why are they all blue now, when they were almost invariably red? (Though I once went to a cinema with gold velvet seats. Very plush.)

There won’t be much more knitting today;  I am told that tonight is for puzzling. We have been neglectful of the puzzles this week – neither of us have felt much enthusiasm for it – but brains now seem to be suitably fettled now.

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

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 28, 2020 at 12:31PM

La Cavalerie. We had been going to stay the night here, there’s both a cheese France Passion (we are in Roquefort country) and a CCP Aire. It’s a lovely little town. However with last night’s warning of tonight’s address from M. Macron… we are covering more ground in expectation of imminent travel restrictions. Just called… Continue reading October 28, 2020 at 12:31PM

October 28, 2020 at 11:19AM

Seeing some sensational autumn colours on this drive but finding it hard to capture what with all the bouncing, twisting and turning. Not to mention the crappy IG camera facility. #livereportingfromtheroad #france #autumn2020