*Own up if you misspent your youth/university education and you know where that one comes from.
I am on holiday. Again. It's that time of year where everyone remembers that (a) they still have holiday to take and (b) holiday is far too valuable to waste - and so I skipped out of the office at 12.25 today and dashed for the 12.33 train home. It's amazing - did you know that during the week it gets light, and there's this really big shiny yellow ball in the sky that's pretty, and the sky is pale blue rather than black and twinkly - me, I was quite taken aback by it all.
It was only a week ago that I went back to work and now I'm off for almost a week and I'm adding to the again again feeling with the knitting. I'm turning the heel on my second Neighbourhood Tunnels sock and I've been having a little bit of garter stitch therapy:
A Blue Jay Baby Surprise.
I haven't sewn it up yet and I would like you all to pause for a moment and consider the amount of yarn I have left to sew up with:
In fact the last five stitches of the cast off is ever so slightly fudged because of a yarn shortage. Smaller needles and I would have got away with it but I think the sock yarn leftovers stash has come to the rescue:
The yarn is Colinette Cadenza in Blue Jay and it took2 skeins. This yarn is a dream to have running through your fingers (I said it was therapy) and it works really well in garter stitch - fluffy and squooshy and superwash, perfect for a baby.
The baby to be is due at the beginning of April and its parents are waiting to find out whether it's a boy or a girl so the buttons will stay off until we find out - I realised I was safe with the blue when we saw them recently and discovered that all of their baby equipment (car seat, buggy etc) is blue!
What I love about this pattern is that it doesn't take too much yarn so you can quite happily buy some really nice special yarn without breaking the bank (and wanting to rip and re-knit it when they grow out of it in a week!)
So.... 5 days holiday and a forecast of rain, lots of rain and sleet - time to crack out the cheesy films (White Christmas anyone?) and clear a sofa space.