Tuesday, 11 December 2012
the slide down to Christmas
The day went off fairly well although my poor son was a total bundle of nerves about DIL's reaction. I really hoped she had more sense than to be the drama queen at such a gathering, and thank goodness I was right. This photo is a similar property up the river. Clearer view by clicking on any image.
Friend and I found it with less trouble than we had anticipated. We turned into the gateway and were impressed. Some of the few houses there are cramped but this was ideal. It's directly on the river and is an older style house set on five acres of well maintained park like area. Lots of sheds etc. The house is old and has been added to in bits but is quite comfortable. Lots of seats to watch the birds, sit in the sun/shade, watch the river, relax under a huge old tree. This is taken with zoom across the river.
Among gifts from my sister was this book, Stitch London. She bought it in an old bookshop in Windsor which was closing down and paid very little for it. The critter leaning against the book came from a kit in the book and was called Cooey the London pigeon. The yarn was acrylic, so the wings won't block but flip at the ends, a bit like a 70's hairstyle. All sorts of different pieces in it, although I doubt how many I will make.
What I will make is Hawthorne in some Lana Gatto 10 ply merino. The pattern was a Christmas gift from a member of a Ravelry group and am looking forward to it. It's from Twist Collective and I like many of their designs. It is knitted from lace edge back, decreasing and using short rows to curve the shawl.