Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A sniff of spring


Well, it might only be three degrees here today, but at last we have seen the sun! My house is full of hyacinths, and I cannot get enough of that heady smell.


This little gem finally broke me out of my book hangover. It's L J Ross' first novel, and while the writing maybe needs a bit more editing, and there are places in which she directly contradicts herself, the plot is absolutely cracking. This author has mastered the Agatha Christie skill of misdirection and suspense. I think I will have to download her second book too! I downloaded Holy Island on a whim because it came up on offer over Christmas, and because it's based in a location I love: the island of Lindesfarne. 


I'm following it up with something completely different. I love the Yarn Harlot, don't you? She speaks to my soul! I've also discovered a new podcast which I am binge-listening to. Sprogcast is about pregnancy, birth and beyond, and features some of the most exciting people currently operating in the field. I'm addicted.


I am about half way up the hood of Sausages' red hoodie, and he has suddenly requested that the pompom be white. We'll see. I bought extra red in order to match. I'll knit up the pair for Bob while we think about it.


I also dragged this beauty out of hibernation this week, as part of my plan to finish it and its sister this year. It seems a bit small and cramped, but the gauge and yardage looks right, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when it finally makes it to blocking. I love love love the lace patterns on this shawl. I can't wait to actually wear it.


Don't forget to pop over to the Yarn Along to see what everyone else is working on. I have recently joined Goodreads, and if you'd like to see what I'm reading you can find me there as Wailliewaillie too!

Take care

E

16 comments:

  1. I just love hyacinths. I like the brown and blue you are using in that shawl! Free Range Knitter was a fun book.

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    1. Thank you, they're an interesting pairing

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  2. I love your arrow shawl!! gorgeous and I hope you finish it :)

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    1. Thank you, me too! Knitting 4 ply lace while hanging out with an adventurous toddler is no joke!

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  3. the brown and blue shawl is so pretty together. The idea of sweet smelling flowers sounds wonderful! I can't wait for Spring.

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  4. Looking forward to seeing how your arrow shawl turns out! Love the blue and brown together.

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  5. Hyacinths are amazing aren't they, they perfume the whole room. It's nice to find (and support) and new writer isn't it. I've read a few Yarn Harlot books, always enjoyable.

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    1. Mm yes the scent has filled the whole house!

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  6. Both projects look wonderful! I love the colors!

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  7. hyacinths might just be the most amazing flower on earth!! i adore the fragrance and the fact that they can be planted outdoors, after they fade indoors!!!

    your knitting looks amazing...a little bit of knitting spring cleaning!!!!!

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    1. Mm yes I'll be planting these by my front door I think

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  8. I could read Yarn Harlot all day, every day. Makes me chuckle out loud. xoxo Andrea @ This Knitted Life

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    1. Yes, not to be read in public for that reason! Always lifts my mood.

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