Yarn, ships and park life

My hook is still moss stitching away, gradually adding more sections to the third strip of my blanket. I’m not sure about you, but I finding I seem to be inadvertently taking part in a slow crafting movement. This may, or may not exist, but it’s definitely a thing in my house. I honestly goggle at all the ‘It’s finished!’ posts on Instagram some days. I wonder if they’re not telling us that it’s just been a case of darning a few ends, or sewing up a seam, on a pile of long ago started makes? Whatever. I do not feel any compunction at all to compete, but I do enjoy looking at all the makes.

The strip’s a bit further on now, as you’ll see at the end, but I like this photo showing my snuggly Tilted Squares Blanket in use.On Friday afternoon I went to the Members’ Preview Day of the V&A’s new exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style. The picture above shows part of one of the rooms where you’re meant to feel as if you’re on deck. The floor is wooden, there are some examples of chairs and a bell-boy’s uniform (to be a totally immersive experience I would have loved a G&T brought to me while I led on an actual recliner!) The whole of the wall is a projected film of the ocean, moving waves, the sound of sea-gulls and nothing as far as the eye can see; oh apart from a movement on the right. Gradually a steam powered liner comes into view and hey! It’s racing along besides us. There were many oohs and ahhs from people, then the inevitable selfies. It’s fun. Afterwards walking through Hyde Park, back to Oxford Street to meet a friend for dinner, I saw so many lovely snowdrops. They are so delicate and as the RHS state are a very, very welcome assurance that the bright days of spring are on their way. Many crows…And this cheeky pigeon, who only moved at the last moment as I inched closer and closer.What an unexpectedly agricultural scene! There was a huge fairground set up in the park over Christmas, called Winter Wonderland (otherwise known as ‘be aware and hold on to your purse, while gaping at the exorbitant prices’.) So I imagine this is the process of flattening and fertilising the area before it’s re-turfed.An eye-catching memorial for Remembrance Sunday leftover from November, while we were wandering around Witney market on Saturday. I like the mixture of felt and yarn. It looks good still. Often yarn bombing looks bedraggled and dirty quite quickly. Now I’ve only got 3 more teeth left to knit of my Hitchhiker, so hurray! Nearly done (again) and then I can start something else. Recently I’ve decided that having one crochet and one knitted thing on the go is good. I don’t really want any more than that at one time. It’s handy to have a choice, especially for knit night when it’s chatty and I need to concentrate. Something you can do without lots of looking is good too, as it’s not well lit in the pub at this time of year. Have I said all that recently in another post? Sorry if I’m repeating myself.

And in a nutshell, at the moment I’m watching: Feud, a BBC drama series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, reading: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, listening to: Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon and tonight I’m cooking aubergine biryani.

What about you? What are you watching, reading, listening to and cooking? I’m genuinely nosy interested.

12 thoughts on “Yarn, ships and park life

  1. I learn so many awesome things from you ‘civilised’ bunch – like Feud, thanks! And a stroll through Hyde Park – you lucky old fish, you.
    I also like having one knit and one crochet thing on the go. I have started knitting a swing jacket for a friend’s “new” granddaughter in German, but she’s already 6 months old. She’ll probably be about to graduate from university by the time it gets finished….

  2. Watching: Feud and A House through Time
    Listening: Homefront on iplayer
    Reading: Running Wild – Michael Morpurgo
    Cooking: Veg broth – aubergine biryani sounds delicious, but I need to deal with the size of my bum 😉

    I’ve socks, garter stitch blanket and some crochet hexagons on the go, and I’m patiently waiting for my snowdrops to do something xxx

    • My friend was talking about the House programme yesterday, sounds fascinating.
      The biryani is low fat and veg based, shouldn’t affect your ahem weight! Tee hee. The broth sounds nice for a grey cold day though!
      Thanks for playing along, it always makes me grin when people do. I like the sound of all.

  3. Listening to Radio 4 programme about Sylvia Pankhurst and her involvement with Ethopia – fascinating.
    Knitting a waistcoat from squares using “domino knitting” technique.
    Watched (cinema) “Three billboards from Ebbing” – great film, three main actors are brilliant.
    Reading “Elinor Oliphant is Completey Fine” – a gentle, perceptive tale.

  4. What are you watching, reading, listening to and cooking?

    The news, “Light a Penny Candle” by Maeve Binchy, the news and the guys are bringing home KFC Chicken! :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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