Saturday, 16 July 2016

July Update

I rearranged the furniture in my craft room and moved my armchair away from the window, as the weather is really chilly now and it's much cosier this way, especially in the evenings.

The past couple of weeks have been really busy at work and as I have been very tired in the evenings, I have not spent as much time in my craft room as usual and have not done very much in the way of knitting, either. I have been going to bed early most nights, which has given me the opportunity to catch up with my reading.

After I'd finished my second Mr Greenjeans cardigan I knitted a couple of Irish Hiking Cowls and am now busy working on a pair of socks for my husband. At the moment I am not planning any large projects, so  once the socks are finished, I'll probably use up some of my stash by knitting smaller items.

This jar contains several balls of leftover sock yarn and I have been tempted to start knitting squares for a blanket, but am not sure whether I really want to embark on a long term project at this stage. I found a pattern for such a blanket on Ravelry; I've printed it out and filed it and every so often I look at it and say to myself " Should I or shouldn't I?"

Two weeks ago I went out to dinner with my work colleagues; we went to an Indian restaurant and had a very pleasant evening. I had mango chicken which was cooked in a mild but spicy sauce, as well as some garlic naan bread, which I enjoyed very much.

About four weeks ago I went to the cinema and saw Me Before You, the film based on the novel by Jojo Moyes . As I was keen to read the book before seeing the film, I requested it from my local library, only to find that there were literally hundreds of other people waiting to read it, so I went to a bookshop and bought myself a copy. It's a really sad story, but I found it so compelling that I just couldn't put it down and then went on to buy the sequel, After You, which I also enjoyed very much.

I have also been to the cinema to see Love and Friendship, which is based on Jane Austen's novella, Lady Susan. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, which was very amusing and would love to buy the DVD when it is available in stores or online.

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