Sunday snoozing


I spent yesterday afternoon in a happy warm daze; spreadeagled on my pretty blue quilt and endless cushions in the dappled sunshine, relaxed but conscious that this, this is an English summer – however fleeting.
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Our roses are now in full bloom, and, rather overladen with buds, have pulled away from the wall of the house to create a natural arbour across the lawn.
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I’ll have to do something about it soon, and it was in serious need of a good prune but for the moment we’re just enjoying the flowers, the butterflies and the bees.

Did you know that bumblebees have different coloured tails? I had no idea until we saw a poster at Hill Top, and now I have to check out all the bees I see. The ones in our garden have all been white tailed bumblebees so far, but there are quite common red ones and buff ones and ones that are brown all over.

I semi-intentionally planted our garden for butterflies because I think that they are beautiful and at the moment it seems to be paying off – the hebes are a mass of bees, cabbage whites and peacocks and a friend’s buddleia was covered with close to 20 butterflies on Saturday afternoon; a good 10 plus Peacocks

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A Tortoiseshell that I couldn’t get close to, and this Painted Lady that posed for a brief second.
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We went to a wedding on Friday where butterflies were the main theme (pink and lilac ones)
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The weather was perfect, the bride and groom were radiant,
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and most happily perched on the top of their cake (with just a few jokes about the marzipan groom’s vibrant orange hair from the best men).
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In all of this general summer laziness I have been knitting. I finished H’s hot socks on Tuesday and couldn’t decide on which socks to cast on next, so I cast on for two pairs:

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This is the start of a pair of Cookie A’s Kai-Mei socks, from her book Sock Innovation in my handspun sock yarn that started out life as fibre from Freyalynn at Wonderwool.

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And this is the start of a pair of stripy Noro socks – a skein of Kureyon Sock (95 I think), 2.25mm needles, 68 stitches and a colour change every five rows.

They are addictive knitting – as of Saturday afternoon the Kureyon sock looked like this:

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And as the sun started to float down towards the horizon on Sunday afternoon, I was lying flat out on the quilt finishing A Far Cry by Emma Smith (another great Persephone find) whilst wearing two socks:

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Hmm – maybe no-one will notice?

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  • Rachel 21/08/2009 at 5:12 am

    Looks like a great place to rest on your blue quilt out in the sun! Loving your socks…both are ones I want to do in the very near future…the noro striped sock and while I can’t remember the name of it, the blue is my favorite from Cookie’s book! Looking forward to seeing a pair in both!