Before I begin today I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has offered us support and advice over the last couple of days. I am happy and grateful to be able to report that we have, for the time being, heating and hot water. I'm no nearer to making a decision on what to do but I really do appreciate you taking the time to leave comments and messages x
In the meantime, life goes on and there seems to be nothing more natural than knitting when you're cold so there's been plenty of that over the last week.
A box of new yarn arrived for the shop this week and at first I was a little bit wary about the colours - they didn't seem to match the shade cards I'd seen when ordering and so I thought I'd better cast on and knit something with it to see whether I actually liked it before recommending people buy it.
Puelo is 100% llama wool, hand dyed yarn in a DK weight. I chose shade 1961 which knit up into the most lovely variegated rainbows. I found that not only was I thrilled with the colours but that it feels so luxuriously soft. I didn't associate softness with llamas but I'm genuinely pleasantly surprised.
I knitted my rainbow cowl all over the place (and was even brave enough to attempt a new knitting group - which turned out to be wonderful!) and everywhere I went people would comment on the lovely colours, reach out to touch it and gush over the texture of it!
Cowls seem to have been all the rage this autumn/winter season and I have to admit that I was sceptical about them. I don't like the idea of the ones that are tight around your neck (hello panic attacks) but I'm also not that keen on the cowls that are worn long and loose however I do like the ones that wrap round and round so that they can be adjusted.
I found A Grey Loop pattern on Ravelry that seemed to be popular but on closer inspection of other people's notes (the original pattern is not very well written) I ended up knitting this adaptation from History Weaver which was simple to knit and follow - completely clear, just how I like it.
The cowl was done in a few days and I love everything about it!
Bad mobile phone photo, sorry...
Due to the fact that I've spent most of this week with a stress headache I haven't done much reading but I did make a start on The Half-life of Hannah which seems to be one of those mindless stories you can dip into when you need to escape. It was on the free digital reads page a couple of weeks ago but it's showing as £0.20 today (that page is so useful if you have a Kindle).
If the Puelo llama wool interests you then checkout the shop for more colours (I have my eye on those blues and greens!) and the JANUARYSALE coupon code still gets you an extra 10% off all items until the end of the month.
As always, I'm joining in with Yarn Along.
What are you knitting and or reading this week?