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I have been working on my blankie recently, a few squares, here, a few squares there.
My goal is to do that during the year, and then get an advent calendar and knit two squares a day for those 21 days and then I'll be done and I won't know what to do with myself! Look how neatly it fits in my Porter Bin.

I was struggling a bit, because I mainly knit in boring colours, and I gave away and used up most of my pretty leftovers. And then Moorecat brought some leftovers in. Look how pretty they are, and how nice they are going to look in the blanket.

In more news of my lovely, lovely friends, Louisa found 7 grams of red yarn so I wouldn't run our, Sonia found a perfect match for my somewhat secret test knitting. While I'm now thinking i won't need Sonia's, she has lent me the skein so I  don't have to worry about running out. 

Hopefully I will have finished the thing by Monday, and I can return her yarn untouched. I feel so grateful for having friends who understand…
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Unexpected

I had given up on finding my Stasis socks, drafted a blog post about moving on and started my next project - a hat to match the Stasis Jumper and lost socks. I was trying to be all zen about it, but I think of myself as someone who doesn't loose things, so as well as the lost socks, there was the challenge to my self image, and the bizarre mystery of the situation. 

On Saturday I went to the jumper draw, and there thy were:

They had gotten caught up with the almost identically shaded grey jumper that was also in my bag on Wednesday night, and I'd put them away together! Oh the relief to have that mystery solved. Oh the joy to be able to be matchty, matchy when hiking in Scotland.

Nothing to see here, with a side serving of hysteria and confusion

I made a pair of socks to match my Stasis. I finished them on Tuesday, and left them on the arm of the couch. On Wednesday, I put them in my handbag and took them to the pub, because I was going to ask Skip to take photos for me. I forgot, until we were leaving, and then it was dark and we couldn't be bothered. The socks never left my bag: but I also don't remember seeing them in bag at any point in the evening. 
This morning I wondered where the socks were, but we leave the house 15 minutes after the alarm goes off, so it was a pretty cursory look. I rang the pub at noon, and they said they hadn't seen them, although the guy definitly didn't look. When I got home tonight, I looked everywhere I can think off - and my house is a bit minimalist, there isn't a lot of anywhere for a pair of socks to hide. Leon rang the pub again, and this time they definitly looked. They even looked more and rang him back. 

So where are they?

That's the mystery. They could conceivable…

Its (not actually) Monday. What are you reading?

Last week I was reading The Sultans Wife by Jane Johnson, and, 20 percent in I confidently stated that it was good. Well, I've now read 90% of the book, and I can say that I have rarely been so disappointed by a book. 
The main female character Alys Swann has absolutely no personality. None. She is entirely passive and boring and I don't care what happens to her. I'm nearly finished and I think I just reached a big reveal, but I'm not sure that I did, and I know that I don't care. All the characters are stereotypes, the plot is odd, there are presumptions made throughout - I still don't understand who "the renegade Hamza" is. One thing I've learnt, again and again and again is that slavery is bad. So, if you're on the fence about slavery, read this book. Otherwise read Jane Johnson's Court of Lions, a book that was an absolute pleasure to read.

I am linking up with 'it's Monday, what are you reading?", over at The Book Date.

Random January

Frequently with my knitting I am focused to the point of obsession. I "have" to get things finished by some arbitrary deadline. I know exactly what I am knitting next, and I have probably already wound the yarn and put it with the needles.

Not this January though. I'm knitting a pair of socks to match my Stasis jumper

I'm going to try to finish my somewhat secret test knitting, but I need to find some more of the contrast colour. I'll probably knit the first pattern from Kate Davies' new club  - which is a hat, that has a similar motif to Stasis. The first week has been announced as three accessories, so I'm really hoping for mittens and a cowl. If not, I might have to put something together myself. After that, who knows, I'm sure it will come together.

I'm also still preparing the yarn for What the Fade. I finished plying the yarn and as soon as I finish writing this I am going to skein is off the wheel. Then I just need to get to the dye shop to …

Stasis jumper - done

I finished Stasis on New Years Eve, blocked it on New Years day and here we are:

There was something very satisfying about starting it at the begging of my Christmas break and finishing it at the end. I did have 5 days at the cricket, which provided a lot of knitting in public time. Kris came for three of the days, and knit socks. I only had 2 reactions to the knitting - some guy turned around and said to us "It makes me so happy that you are knitting at the cricket." He went on like that for a bit, and we just stared at him, with nothing to say. And then we moved seats. I don't care if i make some random guy happy or not. That's not my job.

On the last day a woman turned around and commented that what I was knitting was pretty. Which it is. And thank you for noticing my skills and talents, and commenting on it in a way that is not creepy and entitled.

I think my favourite was when I tried it on, and this guy photobombed the picture:

I used my current favourite cast on f…