Year of Projects Update – My 2nd Year – Week 36 and 37/52

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I missed last Sunday’s post, as we were away on the West Coast of Scotland for our 12th wedding anniversary.  More on that under ‘Other News’ below.  

Knitting

Grrrr!  I made a mistake on my brioche scarf and carefully tinked back a few rows and re-did it only to see the mistake is still there!!!    So now I think sod it, serves me right for stopping putting in safety lines.  I’ve put one in after the mistake line and I’m almost at the point of starting the cabled section so that will have regular safety lines in.  I think there’s only dishcloths that I’ve made without making a mistake!  So I have lost a bit on my knitting mojo.  The sea glass progress marker shows how little I have knit in the last 2 weeks.  Is it normal for brioche to be a bit squint?
 

Spinning

I did some baby camel and tussah silk spinning over the last 2 weeks.  My absolute favourite handspun and knit item I’ve made is my Easy Goes It shawl made with the previous batch of baby camel and silk from Coastal Colours.  I have worn it sooooo much and it is so soft, so snuggly, so warm and wearing really well.  I love it!  So when it eventually dies I need to ensure I’ve spun new yarn and knit a new shawl ready to take over.  I’m trying to spin pretty finely, so that when it is chain plied it isn’t too chunky a yarn.  
 

Weaving

I have warped my Rigid Heddle Sampleit loom ready for the Krokbragd Weaving workshop happening later today.  Yep it is going ahead, there’s only 11 of us in a massive hall so we can spread out well apart.  We take our own mugs anyway and the venue has plenty of handwashing facilities.

Other News

For our anniversary trip (last weekend) we stayed 3 nights at Down House in Diabaig, Torridon.  I’ve included in the collage a picture of the view from our bed (which is also the view from the dining table and sofa too).  There was lots of rain, no TV, I unplugged from social media and emails for 4 days and didn’t do any knitting!  We ate lots, played Monopoly over 3 evenings and enjoyed watching the clouds passing and the birds on the bird feeders; visiting some deer and spotting wild ones too and seeing lots of Highland coos (the furry cows with big horns).  It was a lovely weekend and we were so relieved to find 3 places to eat that were not only open but let us in with our dog (Lots of places are closed until Easter).  In case anyone is reading this who is visiting the area, the 3 places were The Torridon Inn, Loch Torridon Community Centre’s cafe and the Applecross Walled Garden Cafe.
 
My hat is coping really well with all the hood on/hood off action it is getting.  We had some snow later in the week but it melted before night time but the mountains in the distance are all snow capped and looking beautiful.
 
Yesterday it was a dry day and we managed a walk on Rosemarkie beach and had lunch outside in the sun.  8°C (46F) and sunny, it may not sound warm but was really pleasant.
12th Anniversary weekend
 
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10 comments

  1. Love the spinning. I was watching something (it may have been the grocery girls) that said their brioche was always slanted but a block put it right. Glad you had a lovely break.

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  2. Your view was lovely. I can see why you unplugged for several days. Why look at electronics when you have natures beauty to behold. I have often seen photos of your Highland coos, yet never knew what they were called. Thank you for the information. I always called them long haired long horns. LOL

    Your spinning looks so nice. It will be perfect for your next shawl. Having never done biroche, I can not give you any insight on what it is supposed to do. I do like the looks of yours though. It sounds quite tedious.

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  3. I love your spinning, and yay for getting your loom warped. Sorry about the brioche. I know from painful experience that tinking back brioche is hard! Your anniversary get away sounded idyllic.

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  4. Happy anniversary! Your trip sounded lovely except for the rain. My favorite this week is the spinning — so even and I love the colors. Nuts on the brioche but it’s the kind of little error probably nobody but you would ever notice. Have a great week!

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  5. We were unplugged last weekend, too, but it wasn’t by choice. Your weekend away looks and sounds wonderful. That view from your bed is amazing! I hope the memory of such a beautiful spot brightens many days ahead. Happy Anniversary, Liz!

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