Where do I begin…

The holidays were amazing, but I won’t go into details here as it is all over on the travel blog (or will be by this evening!). To summarise, we had lovely weather in Provence - completely abnormal temperatures of around 28 degrees for the first week! We went to the beach and Neil swam. I had some encouragement from him to follow French sunbathing traditions (ahem) but managed to resist ;-)

Italy can be summed up in two words: food and shoes :-D. I was very restrained and only bought four pairs.

Here is my favourite pair:


Note the low heels which were readily available in Venice where everyone walks two million miles per day up and down steps! The food was awesome and I ate lots of cool stuff like squid with ink sauce (yum) Neil ate lots of spaghetti carbonara - at least 75% of his meals.

On the knitting front, I finished the Blue Sky cardigan just before we went away. It was an epic journey however, and deserves its own post later today. I also finished a pair of socks for a commission but managed to send them off before remembering to take a photo *blushes* so here is a clue:


Since finishing the epic cardigan I allowed myself to start a new design which has been rattling around in my head for a while. I began it in Cathay but didn’t really enjoy the knitting - I have been forced to admit that I’m an animal fibre gal all the way. So I exchanged the Cathay for some purple Rialto and I’m lovin’ it! I have almost finished the first sleeve which means I must make a start on the body today. It is, however, the prospect of eight inches of close-set cables that is causing me to seek out alternative activities. Just think - if I were a size 0, how many less cables I’d have to knit!

On the writing front, I contacted the publishers this week having heard nothing back about the book propasal after four weeks. They protested innocence of having ever received anything from me… so I re-sent it, got confirmation from the secretary, and am now one month behind schedule. I have had good/bad news from Knitty - “Not this issue but maybe winter”. Which means I only have to wait another six months before I find out whether they like it (do you start to see a trend here). One of the bloggers I check in on regularly is a craft writer and often mentions (or writes at length on) the happy lot of writers in spending all their time waiting. I have decided that the solution is to put so many irons in the fire that I don’t have time to wonder about sleeping commissions.

Which brings me to the Fall Knitty submission date: June 15th (yes that one snuck up on me too - I must get a calendar). I’m thinking something small and quick …

This post is getting alarmingly long and I have travel stories to write and purple cables to wallow in. More later.

5 Responses to “Catching Up”
  1. cairi says:

    eeeep so nice!!!! they are so pretty

  2. Vikki says:

    Very pretty shoes :D Did you find a LYS in Venice? The only one I found was actually a lingerie shop but had lovely yarns too (I wasn’t a knitter at the time though).

  3. Badger says:

    Nice shoes! And there does seem to be a bit of a purple theme in your knitting I’m starting to notice…

  4. Heather says:

    Good luck with the submissions, and the purple cables! Looking forward to seeing it. It sounds like a lovely holiday.

  5. Kai says:

    Lovely, lovely shoes… and you were so restrained. :)

    Good luck with the Knitty June entry me dear…

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