Making winter in Wales
I do tend to get quite easily bored though and so I love learning to do something I have never done before. Knitting in the round is a current favourite and this neckwarmer pleases me a lot.
It comes from a lovely book called "Weekend Knitting" by Melanie Falick which was also the source of an easy fingerless gloves pattern. It is just full of things you want to have a go at. This is made in brioche stitch which uses two different colours of wool.
So it is entirely reversible. I must admit I had to start it, pull it back after a few rows and start again five times so you can tell I am not the most expert knitter around! But when I had finally got the pattern, the neckwarmer grew quite quickly and the magic of the stitch really pleased me.
Since I finished it I seem to have worn it pretty much every time I have been outside. The double strand of wool makes it incredibly cosy and unlike scarves, my other big love in winter, it doesn't dangle into the chicken feed or get caught up in the greenhouse door. Now I have found a pattern for a Moebius scarf and am itching to have a go at that but I need some new needles first!
There is something so rhythmic and almost meditational in knitting or crochet and the right pattern needs enough of your mind to be absorbing but leaves you with enough left over to be able to talk if you want to. Unlike a really good book which I fall into like going down a hole and which makes me totally antisocial until I have finished it, or machine sewing which takes you away from people and away from the fire, knitting is companionable. I know that when spring comes I will be up and away outside and all my knitting will be packed away until winter comes again but I rather like the seasonality of it. It is all part of the rhythm of my life.
The last of the damson gin is bottled too and the damsons stoned ready to be made into a chocolate, apple and damson betty. I am hoping that as the damsons have been sitting in sugar and gin for a couple of months they will help to produce a boozy sophisticated take on a family favourite pudding when our children start arriving for the Christmas holiday in a couple of days time.
And then there is the damson gin. I am thinking that it would be OK to taste a small glass, just to make sure that it is up to scratch before offering it to others. That's fair, do you think?