Saturday afternoon dilemma

It is a wet afternoon in Norfolk. The house is quiet, apart from the slosh of the dishwasher. And here’s the dilemma. It concerns choices.

Option 1 – a bloody great stack of ironing which, with something decent on Radio 4, wouldn’t be too bad I suppose. But just look at it! I have tried to capture in the photograph the hugeness and irksomeness of the task but I’m not certain I’ve done it full justice.


Option 2 – this is the triangular scarf thing I started a couple of months ago. The intention was to finish up lots of small amounts of Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumper weight. I began to run out of the brighter shades so I decided the left hand side would be intentionally dark. It has seen me through the whole of Bake Off, a full season of Gardener’s World (even the trips to arboretums and gravel gardens), Lady Chatterley and The Go Between. And now it’s finished – sort of. And I am bereft without knitting. There are a few ends to sew in. Then the edge to sort out, which is going to be crocheted, but I don’t really know what I’m doing with a crochet hook beyond cat blankets, so …



Option 3 – finish off this long top which so far I quite like. It is made up in some lovely soft cotton from Merchant and Mills using Vogue V1177 pattern that I found at The Knit and Stitch about four years ago. The picture on the envelope is not quite the look I’m going for. I shall be wearing it with sturdy leg coverings, some sort of liberty bodice and probably the aforementioned scarf. The task is a nice one though – sew on the buttons and slipstitch the hem. But you see I’m not being honest because …



Option 4 has just arrived in the post!


This is 800 grams of beautifully packaged Double Knitting wool from Blacker Yarns who are based in Cornwall. It is still wrapped in its grey tissue paper, tied with matching wool – I can’t bear to spoil it! It’s just the colour I wanted, a serviceable navy blue, and I’m sure nobody will notice if I put on an old film or boxed set and get started!



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6 responses to “Saturday afternoon dilemma

  1. Brilliant! This article really made me smile because as creative “makers” these are dilemma’s that we all have to face and I was intrigued what you would end up with, but I can’t say I am surprised it was beautiful new wool !!


  2. I’ve got so many things I want to get on with (+ a huge pile of the dreaded ironing!) that I’ve decided to have a sit down with the paper instead!


  3. Ladies its time to get the hooks for your washing line on which you hang shirts, t-shirts, knitwear, trousers, skirts’ in my case everything except underwear. The gadgets allow you to hang your washing wet and this has almost eliminated the ironing for me! Available from Lakeland Plastics!
    I have recorded but not yet watched this version of The Go Between, but the film with Julie Christie and Alan Bates is one of my all time favourites!!
    However I too spent time today on cleaning chores.
    Get knitting and enjoy!?


  4. Yes the old version is a great classic. I watched it recently because I discovered it was filmed up here in Norfolk. But the new one didn’t detract! Well worth watching. And by the way, I still haven’t done the ironing but there is another load out on the line – it’s all backing up!


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