It came as a bit of a shock to me to see that I actually hadn't written down any of the posts that have been swirling in my mind for the last couple of weeks. I blame it on the heat, of course. The fires of course have been and still are dreadful. The damage is mind boggling and they still go on. DIL was to go camping in early new year with children in a group which goes every year to Kangaroo Valley. RFS suggested they go home. That area is untouched but I can understand RFS concerns for lots of tents and children.
I have started the second sock and am partway down the leg. I'm not really happy with it because the pattern does not show, but I'll persevere having done one sock. My feet will appreciate the sock, not the pattern. Hopefully I'll learn from this and be more selective for both yarn and pattern next time.
I've seen some attractive patterns called after some of the characters in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. That would be different. I'm sure my youngest son would appreciate some, but his foot is very wide and he takes a size 14 shoe. Handknit socks for him don't have much appeal to me.
I realised I hadn't heard the cleaner for several minutes and checked. This mess had been the right hand yoke from the Low Tide jacket/vest I had started. I had put the yarn in a tall jug because it kept bouncing all over the floor. The knitting had been resting out of harm's way on the top of the jug. I think the cleaner bumped the jug and the knitting fell. It took over 20 minutes to untangle from both sets of brushes and a further 30 minutes to actually rip the knitting back and re-wind the yarn. I wasn't going to pitch it. It didn't seem to have picked up any dirt and it is the 50/50 merino/silk which Knitabulous used to sell till she could obtain no more.
The garter stitch at top is 3.25 mm needles and the body is 3.5 mm. I like the feel of the fabric but am not looking forward to knitting the length of the vest which is quite long, in stocking stitch at that gauge.
Colours are a bit dark. It's mid afternoon but the cloud cover is heavy. My brother on the North Shore had a good storm yesterday, as did my sister who is housesitting on Central Coast. We have just had cloud here.
Yesterday in the heat I had Miss 12 and her brother,7, here with DIL, the wife of eldest son. She had been world's best auntie to them since last weekend. The kids needed a break and some pampering after the dramas of the last couple of months and she really enjoys children. They've been a bit spoilt but she's also had them out swimming, eating Chinese dumplings etc and generally having a good time. My son picks them up tonight as this is his weekend for them. We knew it would be hot so I made sure I had rolls, salad etc. I found I had a bottle of the Cascade raspberry cordial in the pantry so got that out. Shut blinds and windows and turned fan on.
They were here most of the day till the late afternoon. They arrived early needing breakfast as they had already been at the beach for a couple of hours early in the morning. She brought that with her. They played around and were quite good considering the temperature. It was bearable inside but Mum's begonia suffered despite lots of water. I think I should have put an umbrella over it.