It appears that a month without internet access is a very long time.
Thanks to my mother’s generous bridging finance (that damn tax refund is taking its time) I am today, exactly one month after my old laptop died, the extremely happy owner of a new laptop. The relief at being able to once again read my emails, news, visit Ravelry, Skype, pay bills and do all the things that we now take for granted in the virtual world is indescribable.
A week ago, I was very kindly gifted my daughter’s “old” android. Thank you, sweetie. 🙂 (I can afford to buy one, but there was a spare one going, so I thought I might as well not waste it!) So I have been getting used to the world of touch screens and all things ‘apps’. The older son has been a reasonably patient tutor in updating the old fogey into the “new way” of doing things. 😉
An android is still not suitable for Ravelry cruising or blog writing or suchlike, but at least I’ve been able to do essential things like get into my sadly neglected in box and find out how much to pay on my bills!
So… what has happened in this last month? A fair bit.
I have missed you all. A lot.
I am doing some terribly exciting secret squirrel knitting stuff that I will probably not be able to tell you about for a while, but when I can, I shall.
I also knitted a secret squirrel test knit for a certain person who is about to release a book – you shall see that too in due course! It is an absolutely incredible design, and I think I can be allowed to tell you now that the book release is so close, that having seen a preview of the designs in the book, I believe Audry has put together a collection of not only beautiful, but interesting to knit, playful to wear and very well written patterns. I expect The Book to be a winner!
I have been knitting a lot of lace shawl. I’m on to the edging now. It’s “meganormous” and I love, love, love it and am so proud of myself at being able to knit a lace shawl without stuffing it up. Will show you as soon as I get some pictures loaded on to my lovely new laptop. It’s a simple design, but one has to start somewhere. The yarn is a new alpaca/silk blend released by Flagstaff Alpacas. It complements the shawl very well.
I have a sock design that’s nearly finished.
We had an earthquake. Most of you will know about it. It was not fun, even though Wellington was extremely lucky not to have suffered serious damage or injury. The ground is still rattling. We’ve had over 1,300 aftershocks since the first one, although most of them are so slight you don’t notice them apart from wondering whether you’re living on a boat or on land (I might be overly sensitive, but that’s the way it feels to me!)
The thing about an earthquake (which I am sure those who went through the Christchurch quakes will sympathise with) is that it makes you jump at every loud noise afterwards, and every rumble or thud sets your heart racing and makes you tense for another “big one”.
Spring appears to have decided to arrive early. I probably say this every year, but I’d quite like the sun to not shine so brightly, and the trees to just go back to sleep again for a few more weeks, and the temperature to stop going up for a little bit longer please. It’s almost time to think about knitting that lacey summer cardigan or sweater I keep talking about but never get done. Maybe this year it will happen. 🙂
That’s about it in a nutshell.
It’s time to potter off and cook some supper and get the fire going for the evening.
I’ll be back soon with some pretty pictures of finished objects for you to see!!