I have new socks on today. I had forgotten just how good a new pair of hand-knitted socks feel. These are the ones that I knitted for Hunter Hammersen’s book, The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. (Rav link). That’s the actual pair that can be seen in the book. Made by me. Yeah.

Anyway, they are gorgeous, fit perfectly and feel wonderful. They are also the penultimate pair from my stash of ready to wear socks. It is high time that I replenished my box as my sock drawer is stuffed full of socks in need of darning.

Try not to look too closely at the grafting

So, with a flourish of excellent timing, I packed my sock knitting in the van in readiness for this weekend’s trip to the big island. My WiP box has two pairs, half made. One sock for him and one for me and one each in progress. I thought mayhap they might both be completed by the time that we come home again.

Well, as it happens, three nights on Orkney has turned into two weeks away and we are off to Shetland on Sunday night. Now, there’s a surprise. It certainly took us by surprise when we decided at tea time today that we might go. But ferries are now booked and extra clothes have been stashed in the van, along with an extra ball of sock yarn to keep me busy on the 8 hour journeys.

We have not visited Shetland before. I think we will enjoy it, though it sounds as though it will be busy – the sleeping accommodation on the boat was pretty much all booked up, including the reclining seats. We apparently are sleeping in the cinema, “where it is nice and dark.”

We have done no planning and no research. We shall simply wing it and find sites as we go.

See you when we get back. Anybody want to run a book on exactly how much sock knitting will get done? I do hope that there will be photographs to share. Maybe even ones of Orcas, perhaps. Who knows.

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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 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

We just met our first Spanish self service fuel, there has always been an attendant whenever we have fueled up on previous visits. The machine took the card, asked which pump (!?), what fuel, and how much. It chucked the ticket out, said something in Spanish, and then failed to provide any diesel. We are… Continue reading October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

October 21, 2020 at 10:55AM

Time to go. Pastures new tonight, another revisit tomorrow. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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