Saturday, June 25, 2011

A little time

It's been more than a little time since I last blogged, and it's been quite a long time since I had a little time. The lack of both blog posts and time go hand in hand!

The first half of this year has just been work, work, work. Back in February I worked out that my first available time for holiday would be the end of July/early August. I hadn't realised I'd only have about three weekends free too! This weekend is my first one not working since April - I'm not too sure what to do with myself...

I don't think I've done any stitching since January, the sewing machine hasn't been out of the cupboard since last autumn and the garden is a mess. The allotment is neglected and my seeds never got planted. It really has been a working 9 months - I've never taking on this much work all at once again. People keep telling me it's better to have too much work than be struggling, and I know they are right but it's not been fun! Martin and I had to work in shifts the other week as we needed the same computer. He worked til 2 am while I slept and I got up early and started work at 5 am!

I have been knitting. It's a real stress relief at the end of the day. Progress is slow, but here's my latest finish - Luciole.

Knitted in Wool Candy Eclair Silk Sock in Plum Cake

This is a pattern by Anne Hanson and you can find it here, together with the patterns for the Tudor Grace Scarf and Curling mitts I showed you way back in January.

Sarah is settling in nicely. I don't think she's ever going to be best friends with the other two, but she's a little cutie. Here she is in her new favorite spot - on the roof of the back porch. I wish she wouldn't lie so close to the edge - but that's a typical cat for you!

Lulu has been stealing Trevor's bed on top of the wardrobe in protest at the other cat in the office!

Well, I really am hoping to get back to blogging again now work is easing off. Fingers crossed! Thank you to anyone who's still reading and following me. I appreciate it!


  1. Nice to here again from you Nicki!
    And big congrats for the shawl, it's really beautiful!

  2. Great to see a blogpost from you. I love your knitting!!! And please, make the most of your valuable free time!

  3. Yes, it's better to have plenty of work but the old adage is "all work and no play..." ;) Hopefully you'll soon be working a more normal schedule!

    Your shawl is gorgeous! Love the color of it too (and I agree that it's a wonderful stress reliever!)

  4. Beautiful shawl - love the color and pattern!
    And cats are very cute :)

    Best wishes,

  5. Your shawl is gorgeous. I love the colour. Well done. Your cats are equally gorgeous.