04 December 2013
I thought I was going to be sharing exactly the same picture as last week but I have made progress especially on the knitting. I am on the second of this green pair which I am hoping will be off the needles by the end of the week, then I will have three left to make one pair and a half. These are all the biggest sizes so no surprise they have been left till last, at a week a slipper I will just get them finished in time......I hope. I shared pictures of the finished baby knits.
I did eventually find a solution to my sole quandary. I had hoped to be able to buy a second hand wool jumper, felt it and use that for the sole. The jumper I bought felted a little but not enough to be able to cut it up, my eldest is now enjoying wearing it so it has not gone to waste! My other thought was some sock stop which I had seen in my local craft store a few weeks ago. As is always the case when you go back to buy something, because you needed to think about it, it had sold out. In the end I visited a haberdashers near to my mums whilst I was done visiting and bought some felt, enough to make soles for all eight pairs I will make, I hope it is durable enough. I needed something quickly otherwise I would have had to drive back home with two pairs of slippers, sort out the sole and then post them back.
I finished the wonderful book by Ben Law it had chapters on how he started off living in his wood and the observations he made over time, the surrounding lands and how they have been used and managed, his learning about the different types of trees, their uses, how to manage them and the skills needed and building his first house in the woods which was featured in the programme Grand Designs. His connection with nature and his descriptions of the interesting skills we have lost make this a wonderful book to read.
I am now reading something completely different. A book I was given as a present a few years ago, The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse. I have read a couple of books by this author and really enjoyed them, they sparked an interest in reading more about that period in history. I am already about half way through the book and am really enjoying it, it is a compelling story hard to put down....
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