Still the same Roo, but actually not at all because it was FL who first called me Roo and he has gone now.
Ouf!It crashes over me in icy waves.
Official communications from banks and utility providers tell me to take my time - there is no rush to update account names. But there is. I just want to have it done so I don't receive envelopes with his name on them. Although that can be oddly comforting too - that means he is still here. He lives at the top of the hill, under the tree. I whisper goodbye every time I drive past.
This is supposed to be my fresh start, a new place to explore my creativity and find out who I am.
What have I been doing?
I have been spinning.
I finished a two-ply light fingering weight yarn using Fondant Fibre Fuzzlings in the colourway "Popsicle".
It is grey / blue merino with shots of neon pink, yellow and silver sparkle. It has spun up into a very smooth and fine wool, surprising me with its soft and fluffy edge.
I knew I wanted to knit it into a shawl and set to work straightaway to make myself an Ellipses by Romi Hill. I first saw this pattern made out of handspun on the Yarnivore Podcast by the wonderful Sadie and I knew I had to have it.
You start by making cords and tassels, one to attach to each corner at the end.
Then knit knit knit until you are done - perfect!
This is the soothing knit I need in my life right now.
I have not been doing any other knitting.
I abandoned the socks I began in the hospice - I came to loathe them.
I haven't yet cast on another pair.
I have not given up on my Vivid blanket - I keep a square-in-progress in my bag in case I get time to knit at lunchtime, now I am back at work. It just hasn't happened yet.
The Girl was here for half-term. She was a hive of creative industry, working hard on her sketchbook and pattern-cutting assignments for college. This inspired me to get out my sewing machine.
I drafted a raglan top, based on a 1970's pattern that was originally two sizes too big for me. Something went wrong with my drafting adjustments and despite sewing a test garment, I appear to have made a Star Trek uniform top that slithers upwards to form an unattractive funnel neck. However, I have a scarf in the same shade of magenta which covers up the danger zone. I wore it to work today and nobody was any the wiser - score!