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So we survived the backlash of Hurricane Ofelia which being honest for us up North (53.6°) it was just another day of autumn, although with all the Sahara sand in the air, mixed with the smoke and fire dust from Portugal made for interesting skies. It was as if the world was coming to an end, a little like in Flash Gordon, all we needed was Zarkov and it would have been complete. With the so-called storm came two claps of thunder, 17°c (very warm for us), a black sky turning red and 70mph winds. The red sky lasted for about 6 hours, then the sun came out and normality resumed.
WIP – Admirals Braid. I have finished the front of the sweater, and the middle 13 stitches for the neck braid are on a holding needle awaiting the completion of the rest of the garment in order to pick up stitches and do that. So the next part is the back, which, apart from doing the 3×3 ribbing on 7mm, is now standard stocking stitch on 8mm, and as you could imagine, boredom sets in quite fast just knitting a row and purling a row continuously. However, I am determined to get it finished soon as the cold weather will be starting soon, and zero on the thermometer will soon be here.
This morning we decided to go for a walk in the woods. If you have read my other posts on morning walks you will know that we have 22 miles of coast and approximately 5 square miles of pinewoods, so lots to explore. Today was no exception. We started off in a place that we knew, and all of a sudden were off the beaten track and into wooded areas that we had not been in before. Lots to see, and discover, including this rather charming little house right in the middle of the woods. I say charming, but who is to say that Leatherhead is not in there carving up bodies for his next Hallowe’en outfit? If it was not for the car on the drive I would have guessed at it being an abandoned house, but looking through the windows, from where I took the photo that is, I am not going to tempt fate and end up sewn into a mask or bodysuit, it looked lived in, just.
The walk off the beaten track ended up with us walking 4k, yes we did get lost, and only for GPS on my phone got us back to the car. Harper must have walked twice that distance, let’s face it, dogs just cannot walk in straight lines.
One great positive from the cold weather, I was able to wear my knitted socks, they were so warm and comfortable and I could have kept walking for hours. If you have not seen them in previous posts, these are the ones I wore today.
I won a £100 voucher on LoveKnitting.com back in April and decided that I would make myself a sweater for winter. I have lots of ones that I want to make but thought this Drops Admiral’s Braid would be my first one.
I cast on, then realised I was not sure what n edge stitch was, as I have never needed one, so a quick trot about the internet, and hey presto, I now which one of the many I need to use.
Then, starting the pattern rib I read M.1 as make one, as most people would, then when getting to the end of the repeats I was left with 19 stiches on my needle. I re-read the pattern and no, it seems wrong. I then thought that rather than the repeat from * to * 4 times (5 in total) I would remove one of the repeats and be left with 31 stitches. Looking again at the pattern I noticed that there was a little chart M.1 with 31 stitches. BINGO! I sussed it out, so frogged the lot and am about to start again.
I keep telling myself to read the whole pattern before starting, but my advice seems to fall on my deaf ears, and of course, I screw things up again. Will I ever learn?
Stay tuned for updates.