I won't bore you with the story of how surprised and delighted I am that this parcel has finally arrived, since the order was placed and shipped in August... Suffice to say that the delivery was not made on the appointed day but had been attempted on Christmas Eve by which time I was far away in the bosom of my family. However, they had the presence of mind to leave it at my local post office which meant that I could pick it up myself on Saturday - hurrah! Let's not delay any longer - what's inside?
Notwithstanding the excitement around the final arrival of the parcel, knitting has been happening. I have finished the Komi Mittens. I love these mittens and was terribly disappointed when we didn't have any snow last week to give me a chance to debut them. Here they are sitting in what would appear to be my favourite shrub although to be fair, in the winter garden there isn't a great deal of choice!
Mitten love hasn't managed to completely dislodge sock knitting from my affections. Here is the first Tarra Bulga sock. I am quite pleased with it although the stitch pattern appears to bias a little. I hope that when I block them (did I tell you I had new sock blockers?),that they will straighten out a bit.
Coming back to work after a lovely restful break has been a real shock to the system. Even though the pattern in the Tarra Bulga socks is easy to memorise, I have been so tired on my journey home that half asleep I have been knitting random stitches so have had to put them to one side temporarily and do something Really Simple. Enter my latest Yarn Yard Fibre Club hand spun. I divided the skein in half and am knitting some absolutely plain toe up socks so that I use up every crumb of the yarn. It is also an excuse to debut my Really Long Blockers. The yarn is a little uneven in places and the striping is somewhat irregular but they are turning into some lovely soft socks, much less harsh than my previous, rather over spun socks - so there's progress. The colours remind me of a lavender farm that I once passed with the vibrant rows of lavender interspersed with paths and grassy borders so they have become my Lavender Farm socks. They are so simple and soothing but engaging that I managed to get through this evening's journey without nodding off.
I'm wondering how high I can make them...