I promised myself that when I had finished Hitchhiker I could cast on this:
And this is how far I’ve got:
I’ve also had to frog and restart my secret crochet project because I’d done it wrong – argh!
And in real life, as well as work and the all-consuming by-election, the school where I’m Chair of Governors has Ofsted today & tomorrow…… (For those of you not in the UK, this is the national school inspection service.). The school is given notice they are coming the day before! I had missed my mock interview with the school’s improvement partner last week when I was ill, but luckily he was free yesterday evening, when he gave me a coached interview. I was so pleased I had done that work as I felt so much more prepared when I was interviewed today. Although governors are unpaid volunteers, the quality of governance is a significant part of the Ofsted inspection. Since the last inspection the Ofsted criteria have changed; under the previous criteria we were Good and had the system not changed, I believe this time could have expected Excellent. However it has changed, the bar has been significantly raised and while Outstanding would be wonderful, Good would also be ok! (For the curious, the other categories are Requires Improvement and Inadequate.) Tomorrow’s meetings in London are cancelled; I am due to be in school for feedback at 4pm.
Last week, feeling poorly and not much like knitting, I found myself browsing the Deramores site. Other online stores do exist of course, but I found myself there because of the Scheepjes CAL, which I blogged about here. (I may have led other bloggers astray on this one……)
Resisting more yarn, I browsed the Sirdar patterns. I’ve mentioned before that I really like them because, in my experience, they’re really well tech edited, they’re true to size and they provide the level of knitting challenge I want in a garment. My nine year old niece is now an adult size 10 (We’re a tall family), 30 inch chest: too big for children’s patterns, just too small for others. So I picked this which I thought would be fun to knit:
And of course, while I’m there, and it’s 4 patterns for £10, I had to choose some more! These three all coincidentally come in LARGE sizes, so who knows I might make one for myself (or buy the wool and give it to my Mum!).
Crochet jumper for my tall, glam sister:
A useful cardy:
A pretty lace cardy. I’m busting to knit this one! I like the short version best.
Another one for the Christmas box!
The problem with being unwell is you don’t really actually get anything done. In a normal way if four days off work staying at home were in the offing I would plan a lot of things, including plenty of knitting. And while I did cast off the frill on the Mille Colori shawl, I haven’t actually done very much in the way of knitting or crochet.
Last night I played around with the Adriafil Knitcol I bought a week or so ago to see if I could fashion a little cardigan for D’s granddaughter. I’m fine with the pattern but I’m not crazy about the way the yarn pools so I’ve frogged it.
This is my craft pile that was awaiting me this morning!
And when the post came, I received my newest copy of Inside Crochet and a 16 episode box set of Campion. I never watched them when they came out 25 years ago, but recently I have been reading Margery Allingham’s Campion novels in chronological order and I just love them. I’m a big fan of the women mystery writers who we’re writing between the wars. I think Allingham may just be my favourite. Anyway on Thursday I discovered that 8 of the novels had been made into 16 hour long episodes (2 episodes per book) starring Peter Davison. I bought it on Amazon and it arrived this morning! I knew what I’d be doing today!
I also made myself a promise I’d finish Hitchhiker today. And if I do, I get to cast on this cardigan for my Mum! The yarn is Sirdar Ella.
So I’ve been watching Campion and working on Hitchhiker!
I just finished casting off! At the end I had about 1600 stitches on the frill so it’s taken quite a while. Luckily this doesn’t need blocking:it’s the right shape, it’s large enough and if I say so myself, it’s gorgeous!
Are any of you lovely people going to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace this year? More specifically on Saturday 11th? I’m going this year with my Mum and friend Sam and I wondered if any of my blogging friends happened to be going at the same time whether we could meet for a coffee?