04 February 2015
A couple of years ago I decided I would learn to knit socks. I decided, perhaps a little inadvisably, that I would knit socks for Christmas presents, five pairs in fact. One of the pairs was for my husband so all the socks were knitted in 'secret', my husband was self employed at the time and the attempt at secret knitting coincided with a slackening off of his work. I was constantly looking for opportunities to get out of the house and knit! After that mammoth session I knit a pair for my mum for her birthday and three pairs of babies socks in the early part of the following year and nothing since. I have really wanted to cast a pair on for a while but without the pressure of a deadline! Last year my brother had a nasty cycling accident which has left him housebound with cold feet so I am knitting him a pair of socks as a surprise and to keep his feet warm. I am loving this pattern, complicated enough to keep my interest but not so complicated that I have to keep frogging my knitting. This is sock number one which was cast on a while ago now (just after the accident) but slowly it grows.
Whilst my knitting has kept me interested reading hasn't of late. I have gotten myself into a bit of a rut by reading a book last month which was disappointing. I had been wanting to read it for some time and was looking forward to it but nothing I tried seemed quite right. I happened upon a book in the library which somehow came off the shelf into my hand. It has a beautiful cover and is quite a weight, not reasons to choose a book I know but they added to the appeal. It is a self published book based in the area I grew up in, so it came home with me and I am loving it. It is set in the early 1700s in Hertfordshire and concerns the events leading up to and the trial of an old woman Jane Wenham who some claimed was a witch. The novel is based on real events and is proving to be a most interesting read.
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