Don't you find that when you return from a trip to the cut and thrust of daily life it can feel as though you have never been away? It has been all go this week at the wool face since I returned from my holiday late on Monday night. The sunny Iberian peninsula was just delightful but I do give thanks for having a job to which I am happy to return.
Now with autumn lurking around the corner, we begin to adjust our habits as the days become cooler and, if you're like me, relish the idea of seasonal pursuits such as making sloe gin and submitting to the seasonal urge to pick up your knitting needles and/or crochet hook. This summer's heatwave was a deterrent to even the most hard-core knitter but now the ideal conditions prevail.
I did take a number of projects with me on my train journeys to and from the Algarve. From London I traveled by Eurostar to Paris. Then by TGV down through France, including along the Atlantic coast as we meandered past Biarritz into Basque country. From Hendaye in the Pyranees I took a night train to Lisbon and the next day on to Faro where I met my husband who had flown in that morning. We continued the short train ride together to our destination at the eastern end of the Algarve. Now the burning question, I know, is how I got on with my knitting en route, having boasted before I left of the plethora of projects that I was taking with me. Well, I was very pleased to complete the top-down sleeve of an Isager sweater that I have been knitting for ages. I tried it on when I got to Tavira and found that it was too big! I had knitted it on 3.5 instad of 3mm needles. So I had to undo it and make it again. How humbling it is - and infuriating - to make such a basic error. Kntting a rather complicated sweater on small needles has taken a long time but with any luck you will be able to admire it in next week's newsletter.
Thanks to all of you who support OYS whether your knitting is seasonal or year-round. Do come and see us as we have lots of lovely new yarns arriving and patterns galore including many that are on sale.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting
Memo of our next meeting to Christmas Knit Club folk -
Wednesday 12th September 6-8pm
PS - we have a small number of customer knits pictures to include next week, so if you have aything to show off please do send us a picture!