Skip to main content

I'm back and it was great

We just got back from hiking in Wilson's Prom and it was great. When we left on Saturday morning in our hire car it was raining, and the whole way up it bucketed down. Once we started hiking the rain eased off, and the weather was reasonable kind to us, although very cold at night. I was pleased I had packed the sleeping bag I bought when bike touring in Canada ten years ago (!) it's rated to minus 18, and it kept me super warm. I was also pleased I made a really warm hat and mitts. They certainly did the job!

Because of the conditions we normally hike in, all our gear is three seasons, and the missing season is winter. This is the tent we bought earlier this year, and Leon's new pack. Mine is like that, but blue. Because I am super short, I didn't get a choice about the colour, but having a pack with customised straps makes the colour scheme just fine. (It's One Planet, made in Melbourne). I tried on so many packs before I found a comfortable one.

I'll spare you a step by step review of our trip. Suffice it to say we camped in beautiful spots,

hiked to the light house,

I knit some socks for my father in beautiful places - no photos of the actual socks, but some of the knitting:

Leon took some photos of Goats so I could finally close them off on Ravelry, but I realise I;m wearing them in every single photo. did I mention camping in the middle of winter is cold?

And, after four days , it was quite nice to come home and have a shower.


Popular posts from this blog

Why Kate Davies, why? (a rant)

Kate Davies is one of my very favourite designers. I have knit about 40 of her pattern over the years, and I generally like the way she writes her patterns. But sometimes she annoys the crap out of me. 

I'm putting the button band of Kildalton and once again, I have to work out the ratios for myself because the pattern just gives a number, and I cropped it. As I ranted last time, just giving a number makes everything more difficult than giving a ratio. Also, there is no selve-edge stitch, and the cable goes right up to the edge, which means that the stitches are picked up from a wavy edge. I thought that was odd while I was doing the knitting, but made the mistake of trusting the pattern.

All of that said, look how pretty those cables are. It's going to be a fabulous addition to my wardrobe - once I finish the button band and sleeves, so a little while to go yet, but putting aside my rant, it is a very enjoyable knit, and a well written pattern.

Unravelled Wednesday and Yarnalong - the one where it is sOctober

Ah sOctober, the funnest month of the year! I started some Mystic Spiral socks with the Richmond Knitters Christmas yarn last night. We are lucky enough to have Dani, from Half-baked Hand Dyed as a member of the Richmond Knitters. Knitting with her yarn is always a pleasure, and self striping is always so much fun. 

If you want to knot more about my sOctober plans, come back on Thursday, where I will fully expand on them for once Upon a Sock. In reading this week I finished Still Come Home by Katey Schultz.

It was a NetGalley review book, and as mentioned last week I was feeling a bit of trepidation, because I've had a bad run of review books. Well, this was fantastic. It was an modern American army book, but the story was told carefully and I really liked all the characters. The various points of view added depth and nuance to the book. It was definitely a winner. My full review can be found on Goodreads here. Then I startedForever is the Worst Long Time and that's all I have…

Unravelled Wednesday and Yarnalong too

What a week that was! I know we are all in the same boat (that boat being our own homes) it was my first week in lockdown, and it was not boring at all.
They decided to go ahead with our building renovations, the scaffolding is going up today. I'm not pleased about loosing my balcony for the next 2 months, but it's kind of exciting to have something happening. People arriving and leaving and making noise, some rythm and action my days. Anyway, it's happening, so I may as well make the most of it, right? 

I normally mediate on the balcony, so this morning I went into the building's courtyard. It's mainly a lightwell, but all but three plant pots have arrived in the last year, from where, I do not know. The only problem is that the windows on the left are straight into people's flats. I wouldn't work out or do anything that makes noise there, but it was a nice quiet place to sit and breathe.

In reading and knitting I am working on all the same things I was last …