I've 'umm-ed' and 'ahh-ed' about this post for several months, but it now feels like the right time to share it.
~ Each week, Knitters and Crocheters around the world join Ginny to share their love of crafting and reading by posting a picture of the project they are currently working on, along with their current read. My contribution is below. ~
Reading: Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie
I'm sure I've mentioned before that I am a Historian by training and that history books dominate my reading a lot of the time. My 'period' at University was the First World War, and Robert Massie's - about Russia's last Tsar Nicholas II and his wife - touches right upon this. I've mainly been reading this in bed at night and I'm right about halfway through at the moment. As I've read a lot around this period, it's providing quite repetitive for me and isn't quite what I expected. I'd recommend it for an outsider without knowledge of Imperial Russia though!
In the world of Knitters on Instagram, casting on a new pair of socks on Christmas Eve has become a bit of tradition thanks to Dani over at Little Bobbins. I admit I was quite behind the times, as 2016 was my first time participating and was precipitated by my sister feeling left out of my annual 'Christmas Socks' for Mum and I.
Appropriately enough, I managed to finish them on New Years Eve so this is my very last pair of 2016, in my very first post of 2017!
As the New Year approaches, I am sat in my favourite chair in the Living Room with a glass of prosecco and some nibbles. Next to me, are the pair of socks I cast on for my sister on Christmas Eve and which I am just about to finish. Whilst I won't be able to include this final item in time for midnight, I thought that I would post a round up of some of the projects I completed in 2016....
(If you would like to find out more about any of them, clicking on the links below the collages - working a row at a time, from left to right - will take you to the Ravelry project page.)
Each knitter, I believe, has a favourite project type - whether it be hats, shawls or something else. It should be pretty clear (understatement much?) by now, that I've got a slight obsession with knitting socks. At any one time, I've got at least two pairs in progress and to be quite honest, it's usually more than that. With a sock knitting addiction, there comes a desire to stash sock yarn in stockpile type fashion. Basically, I have a lot of sock yarn; scraps from completed pairs, mini skeins to make squares for my Mitred Sock Yarn Blanket and full skeins to knit fresh pairs with. I am never going to run out: weak as I am, I also buy more yarn all the time so my supply is quite endless.
Merry Christmas everyone! How has your day been?
I'm spending Christmas with my parents, who have my sister and her family over to stay as well. With two kids, aged 3 and 6 in the house, as you can probably imagine our day started pretty early...
Over the last few years it has become a bit of a tradition that, for each birthday, I knit my mother a pair of socks. I've always tried to do the same for Christmas too, but I didn't quite manage it last year. I'd like to think that these compensate for that!
I'm back and (finally) fully recovered from my long-awaited tonsillectomy.
Just in time too, because look what has arrived in time for Advent....