Since returning from my holiday, I have felt increasing clarity of purpose.
I finished my test knit for Susanne Sommer, a brioche and garter stitch shawl. The pattern should be published this weekend.
Did I mention that I love it? :)
It is super-squooshy with drape and bounce, in my favourite elongated triangle shape.
I used my precious skein of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles, bought from Stephen and Penelope at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, for colour A (in Potluck 7, a OOAK skein of cream and speckles); Rusty Ferret Wink (in Verdigris, green and sparkley) yarn from my trip to Fluph in Dundee to learn how to brioche for colour B; and Atomic City sock yarn (in the colour Syringia, a lovely lilac), which was a gift from Mary in TN for colour C.
Last weekend, I painted the ugly brown doors in the hallway a clean and simple white. Of course, now the surrounding paintwork looks yellow and chipped in contrast - no surprise since it must be 30 plus years since it was painted.
I will get to that after I refresh the walls - I am thinking "Caribbean Dawn": a light watermelon / coral sort of a colour - warm and welcoming.
While painting, I have been blasting my beats: Grimes' "Art Angels" is my soundtrack for the Summer of 16.
Welcome to REALiTi!
Call me a heathen, but I have grown to love blasting my music in the car while driving through the empty country roads.
I used to be embarrassed hearing FL pull up outside the house with opera gushing from his open sunroof, but now it is me disturbing the birds!
He would be horrified by my musical preferences. How strange to be able to express my own simple love of dance music.
This year a sheep festival, next year... who knows?!
There is something summery about my current audiobook too.
I am listening to The Girls by Emma Cline.
I looked at the hardback in a Blackpool bookshop.
It fell open at the sex scene, of course. Sigh.
But it's not really that sort of book.
It has been criticised / praised for the poetic measure of its language and I am really enjoying the sudden surprising turns of phrase.
Mostly it is a novel about being a confused teenage girl, one long hot summer. I listen to it while I knit, and while I walk the dog.
It is pretty much the perfect companion on both sunrise and sunset strolls.
I have three pairs of socks on the go, in various states of progress.
And I am doing 5% a day on my Talisman Shawl.
Next in the queue is the Amulet Shawl, which will be my first adventure in beading - woo hoo!