Today has gone very well. Last night, I knitted together, in pairs, the last 16 stitches of my hat. I was, until the last few rows, undecided as to whether to sew it up or to unravel the whole thing and start again. It isn’t perfect, to say the least. However, once I’d done, I encouraged myself to finish the job. After a good night’s sleep.
And so, this morning, that is what I did. I had a cheery online chat with Badgerdaddy and then I did a bit of work and then I got on with it. I’d had a bit of difficulty in deciding when to start reducing the rows, as it was not easy to count – evidently, I should have used a marker. It seemed about right and, more vitally, I judged that the wool I had left wouldn’t stretch much further, so I was glad when I put the unmade-up hat against my head and found it wasn’t a bad fit. Once finished, there actually was some wool left over, so I added a few rows to the scarf, which I’d providently (not providentially, it was deliberate) left on the needle against the opportunity to lengthen it and then finished that off too.
Later, I cycled into town wearing both hat and scarf. This means I have resoundingly carried out one of my NY resolutions, which was to knit and wear something. I’m still working on the music one and haven’t started on the others, but it’s only mid-February so there’s plenty of time.
But before that, I discovered that the post had arrived. And in it was a pair of most splendid walking poles, which were a gift from the company, or at any rate its PR people. I’m quite embarrassed about this, as I’m not exactly a target customer, but at the same time my good friend who arranged the gift was entirely truthful, as was I in my letter of thanks. It’s only fair to give them a plug – the Vango Walker is what I have and although they haven’t yet been used for more than striding around the house, they seem well designed and made (isn’t telescopic always a pleasure?) and there’s a little compass in the top, which is such a nice touch. I love gadgets and they just might have found themselves a new customer. Next time, a paying one.
Then I had my hair cut, which is always a pleasure.
Ro, who still has a cold, roasted himself by the fire tonight. His arm is quite red. I’ve been up to find my après sun stuff, which I didn’t need at all last summer.
Tonight, Al and Dilly are at the Bee Club meeting, the first of the year. The Sage (who blotted his copybook on consecutive days, oh dear oh dear) is babysitting, but I expect I’ll take over from him later.
Oh, there is one thing that has annoyed me. I bought a bar of Green & Black’s cherry chocolate a while ago, and we’ve been eating it in the past week or so. Now, G&B chocolate isn’t quite what it was, since it was bought out by a major brand (Cadbury’s, I think, but am open to correction) – for one thing, they’ve added milk to their plain chocolate, and what’s all that about? But anyway, what I like about this particular chocolate is the delish sour cherries. So, when I was in the Little Green Shop this afternoon, I bought a small pack of sour cherries, thinking that I could nibble on a few of those and bypass the chocolate. But when I got them home I read the label and found that they have added vegetable oil and sugar. What’s the point of that, then? Is it because they are American and everything is high fat/high sugar in America? Surely not. Anyway, I ate a couple. They are too sweet and slightly oily. I’ll probably hide them at the back of the cupboard for a couple of years and then throw them out. Not at all nice, and disappointing. Why call them sour if the sourness has been eliminated?