It’s funny how the instant your yarn gets packed away…
All yarn appears to be the most desirable, most beautiful thing you have ever seen.
I miss them already.
I’ve spent the day packing and cleaning, and am now allowing myself the luxury of a few minutes of knitting and chatting before I have to get on with cooking some supper!
Last week, I started a shawl. It is to be a gift that is to go with someone leaving the country on the 4th April – nothing like a deadline to focus one’s attention! I’ve been working almost solidly on it, and am very pleased that I have only got two charts to go before I finish! I might make the deadline yet!
The pattern is the High Country Crescent by Mary-Anne Mace. I am knitting it in Spinning A Yarn Silk Merino Luxury, (a 4-ply/fingering yarn) in a gorgeous gold called Winter Sweet. I see they have a similar colourway called “Gold” in the shop at the moment! Must click away very quickly…. no, I do not need more yarn!!
I bought two skeins at the time, specifically with the intention of making a shawl. So happy to have found the perfect match of pattern and yarn!
Mary-Anne has kindly offered one free copy of this pattern to readers – I’ll announce details for the draw when I have finished the shawl, which should be in my next blog post.
Speaking of draws, the boy helped me pick a winner from the bowl the other night, and Sally H has won the skein of Silvereye from Circus Tonic Handmade! Sally and I have already been in touch about the skein, and it is on its way to her as I write. Congratulations again, Sally! Thank you to everyone who entered the draw. I really enjoyed reading all your comments about the flowers and your favourite colourways!
Oh yes, I almost forgot! Why is baking soda my new best friend? Well, I discovered today, that it is hands-down, the Best Cleaning Agent Ever. Ever!!! You know those hard to reach spots that one always avoids cleaning/forgets to clean? The top of the fridge… the top of the rangehood… the top of that high cupboard in the kitchen that wasn’t clean when you moved in and is all yucky and greasy and dusty, and you’ve avoided going near it because you don’t have to? That one?
Well, I had one of those shameful areas of doom. You have to climb up on the bench to even see it, because it is that high up, but I decided that I couldn’t leave it for the next tenant like that, even though I did inherit it in that condition. I had previously tried to clean it, but it was so bad that nothing would shift the layers of grime and grease except to use a scraper, and even then it wasn’t totally clean. The time had come to do something about it. After gritting my teeth and wiping at it with a cloth, and finding that nothing was shifting (as before), I had the brainwave to use baking soda. All you do is sprinkle a good tablespoon on to the surface, and wipe with a damp cloth. It is like magic – all that grease and dust lifts off immediately with no fuss! I have never used anything so effective! Truly, it was one of those ‘Hallelujah!’ moments.
I cannot help myself, I’m so proud of that lovely clean surface that I have to show you! I won’t show you the before photo. It was not pretty.
If you have one of those horrible areas of doom in a high place in your kitchen somewhere, go and try it – you’ll be so happy you did. With baking soda by my side, I will never fear another greasy surface ever again! 😀 The great thing too is that baking soda is very gentle on the hands. Despite spending several hours wiping down the ceiling, walls and cupboards in the kitchen today, my hands still feel good!
Tomorrow is another day of more cleaning and packing, but the schedule is moving along well and I’m feeling (reasonably) relaxed that next Friday will be a good moving day. I’m packing up early because I have to work from Tuesday to Thursday, and there will not be time to do much else on those days.
Wishing you a great start to the Easter break (if you have it where you are), and lots of happy knitting time!