Despite purchasing a pair of splendid summer shoes, summer has failed to turn up in our corner of the UK.
The upside is that the garden is wild and lush, a northeastern jungle. Unfortunately it is too wet to actually sit in it and enjoy the smell and sounds. We have to admire it through the window.
However, it does make for excellent knitting. At this time of year I am usually more inclined to sew or embroider, knitting in hot weather can be a little hard work. But this year the productivity rate is soaring.
These came along with me on our trip to London a couple of weeks ago. I dyed the yarn using Wilton’s food dye on a wonderful Saturday morning with Lucy at Woolaballoo. There is definitely a yellow and green theme to my wardrobe this [not quite] summer.
Unfortunately I forgot the stitch holder and the yarn shop I found only had large ones , too big for my socks. So I had little option but to put them aside and purchase a replacement yarn. I couldn’t spend the entire weekend without something to knit!
I discovered The Village Haberdashery was only a hop, skip and a jump from our Airbnb and I was persuaded to step back from the yellows and greens so plumped for this gorgeous colour combination, Almond Rocks from Knit the Bed.
Meanwhile back at home (too big for a weekend away project) The Boxy by Joji Locatelli is coming along well. The yarn is The Barber by Uschitita. I originally read the name as The Berber, which explained why I failed to find any examples of what it looked like knitted up!
However, I am feeling the urge for something a little more challenging. So I intend to finish the socks this weekend and start on The Roadside Beanie so I am ready for Shetland Wool Week. I think that will play along nicely with the Boxy, something to think about and something I can knit on autopilot. Perfect.
So maybe I got a bit too excited about the sunshine, but heck when you live in the north you celebrate every ray of golden sunlight as if it may be your last. So I apologise if I got a little over enthusiastic and feel free to blame me for the blanket of cloud that has settled over Durham (I take no responsibility for the cloud elsewhere).
Today I saw this photograph on Facebook
Stunning isn’t it. The earth cradled in a blanket of cloud.
I had a blog planned inspired by this. So off I tootled to find the original photograph to see if I could use it. Not only can it not be credited to anyone for certain, but it is apparently for certain fake. (Snopes believes it to have been created by Mike Kiev, but others believe it to be older and created by somebody else as yet unknown). At first I was rather sad, it was such a beautiful picture and gave me hope that perhaps there is hope for this poor old planet after all. For it to be fake ripped that out from under me.
But does it? Just because something isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be powerful, give hope, succor or security. My daughters wrote endless letters to Queen Mab (the head of the Tooth Fairies if weren’t aware of this awesome fact). This was because one day Queen Mab wrote a long letter to a recent tooth loser. After some days I was approached by a delegation of daughters concerned that there was something wrong with Queen Mab (Fairy Doctors to the rescue) as she had failed to reply to their last few letters. Thinking very quickly on my feet I pointed out that as nobody had lost a tooth recently Queen Mab would not have known to check for any letters and perhaps rather than hiding them under the stair basket (I don’t know either) they should put them somewhere easier for Queen Mab to find (even fairies need a bit of help) and also let me know so that I could alert Queen Mab to the arrival of a letter.
They turned out to be prolific letter writers. Poor Queen Mab spent a lot of time over a glass of wine practicing her curlicue writing and keeping the daughters up to date with goings on in her realm. Changes in her handwriting were poured over and discussions as to why her “H” wasn’t as curly on one letter compared to another only served to increase the need for a glass of wine during the writing of the next letter.
Their private correspondence with the Queen of the Fairies was a source of much pride and even now all grown up, they still remember them. And yes I did keep them all. Some things cannot be decluttered.
So if the picture above is a fake, so what. Enjoy the beauty if you find it beautiful, take comfort from the clouds cradling the earth and if you are sitting under a cloudy sky and bemoaning the departure of the sun complete with his hat, then think instead of a blanket wrapping the fragile earth.
Love Gillie x