Emily's the knitter, Clare's the spinner, and we both like cocktails!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009


A quick blog post from blighty.

We've been 'home' (more of that!) since 21st February, and yet - I haven't posted here. Sorry! It's been a long 7 weeks or so, with lots of catching up with people (and sleeping on their floors) and house hassle. We're in a nice little two up two down terrace in an area of Nottingham called Sherwood, chosen for it's lovely traditional butcher's shop, and the greengrocers, and the Textile Workshop, all just round the corner. The house is unfurnished, so we have more of our own stuff than we did in Sydney, but it still feels only approximate to being a home.

Anyway - I'm knitting like a dervish (do they knit or only spin?) Have just completed a pair of Mamluke socks from the same Nancy Bush Folk Socks book as Lyn is enjoying back in Redfern. Mine a re long-promised 40th birthday presents for Kate, and have been a speedy knit due to the 5ply yarn and 2.75mm dpns (I usually use 2.25mm for socks), as well as the stranded pattern - I kept having to get to the end of a shape in the pattern.mamluke sock 1

An easy knit, but fun, and a good break after the dratted hemp jacket (also a 40th present, this time for my brother, and completed almost on time, though needs a zip and grafting the underarms. I'm yet to see if he ever wears it!) Here's a bit of a pic from early in the knit:

JKD sleeve 1 with yarn

I had a fun trip to the Colinette millshop in Powys, Wales - Miss Fee, you'd have loved it!
Anyway, I shall stop now - I'd better keep things low and cool so I don't wear myself out, don't you think?
(Listening to Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side in a pub on a Wednesday lunchtime before going home to do some dyeing).


RooKnits said...

Nice sock, I do like a bit oof stranded knitting. Welcome Back! Hope you are settling in well... let me know if you are ever in the Birmingham vicinity!

LynS said...

Great to have you posting again. Love the Mamluks,and I'm reassured that you think they're 'easy'. I suspect our definitions of easy might vary a bit, but nevertheless I feel encouraged to add them to my mental sock list.

Wendy said...

Nice to see you back! Love the sock!

clarabelle said...

Hi Emily, nice to see you blogging again! Lordy, my daughter used to live in Sherwood (she now lives in Forest Fields) and both my other kids live in Nottingham too.

Fantastic socks, btw, and can't believe that any stranded knitting can be classed as 'easy'!!!

missfee said...

Sherwood - my grandmother's name was Sherwood - too cool.

Love the socks, pretty amazing looking - and a fast knit up, love a fast knit up - how satisfing is it to go up a needle size and speed through a project. Like dk to worsted.

I am beyond jealous at your visit to the millshop in Powys.

Glad to see you back in bloggingsphere again.

The jumper looks great too - I want to see more!!!!!

M-H said...

Lovely to see you posting again. The house sounds ideally placed! Are you working yet?

Lara said...

Welcome back to blogland :)

Any chance of some pics of your new neighborhood? To set the scene?

And will you be in Sydney in late June? Inigo needs another nasty medical test....