So, let me show case my latest creation, my second pair of socks knitted on 2 straight needles, made with contrast coloured toes and heels.
This pair is for DH for Valentine's Day. I've wrapped them up in brown parcel paper and made a cord to tie around it with the two colours of wool I used for the socks.
I put a little gold card inside that said something along the lines of my love was knitted into every stitch.
These socks do come out very large; I've been knitting the large child's size rather than the women's ones as the first sock I tried out was absolutely huge. I wear mine indoors over other socks to keep my feet warm when I'm sitting about, but even so I think I could probably get away with making the middle-sized child's ones and they'd still fit. I've only made them in cheap acrylic yarn so far, but they are lovely and cosy and the first pair have washed well. I think this ribbed version helps them keep their shape.
We have blue skies here for a few minutes after an absolutely horrible morning with driving rain and wind whistling about the house. I didn't make it to my slimming club. I had every intention of going, but I got just a little way down the road, could hardly walk against the wind so turned around and came back home. I know I've gained this week anyway, since I checked on my own scales, but today I'm back on track and hope to make up for the past couple of weeks when I've had trouble sticking to the plan. Going to DD2's for dinner last night and having fajitas and apple and blueberry pie with cream didn't help. I generally stick to fruit and soup the day before weigh in so all that food wasn't a good idea. It was yummy, though, and lovely to get an invite rather than me catering for everyone. Next Sunday we're going to DD3 and BF's new flat for a roast with all the trimmings; I'll definitely have to make up for that on the Monday before weigh day.
I'm trying to decide what craft project to do next. I mght try another of the sock patterns on the leaflet, although I do have to make a start on DS2's scrapbook now that we have a working printer. After looking at various scrapbooks online and trying to find a good deal I gave in and ordered this one since he's so into his music, and I'm just waiting for it to be delivered.
Of course, I'll be replacing the cute little girl with a suitable pic of DS. It was dearer than I intended, but for a 21st birthday gift for my baby boy it was worth paying out a bit more to get something just right for him.
Dinner tonight is a healthy quorn fillet and seafood stir fry with fragrant Thai rice. I found the small pack of seafood when I cleaned the freezer; the quorn fillets (also from the freezer) will be sliced and used instead of chicken; the fresh stir fry veg was 79p from Aldi; the rice is from my stockpile, as are the soy sauce, ginger and chilli I'll use for flavour.
The only other news I have is DH has an interview on Thursday for a permanent lecturing post at the college where he's been supply teaching for the past 4 months. It would be lovely if he got it for the job security and so I wouldn't have to save money when he is working to cover the holiday periods. He'll also get sick pay if he's ill and can start paying into a pension scheme again. If he doesn't get it he'll still probably stay on there as a supply teacher, and if not he's had a couple of teaching agencies contact him lately about long-term contracts. But...fingers crossed for the permanent job, especially as he'd much rather teach at the college than have to go back to a school.
That's about it today. Hope all is well with you and yours, and you get to see just a tiny bit of blue sky today.