Oswestry was a fairly last minute decision. And it worked out so well. The weather was gorgeously hot and sunny. We had picnics in the park, a walk around Oswestry, we visited Chirk Castle, lots of pubs and ate far too much. On the way home we stopped off in Rhuddlan and visited the castle - you can't beat a Welsh castle.
|Embroidery Exhibition at Chirk Castle|
|The Fox Inn, Oswestry|
Today, I am taking it easy, watching the cricket (third test match against Sri Lanka), watching some cycling (Criterium de Dauphine) and catching up with my knitting. You know you're ill when you don't even feel like knitting!
I've been knitting an aran cardigan (in this heat!) to use up some yarn that Grace had leftover from a hat she made. I started it on the 1st June and by the end of the 2nd I had completed the back and two fronts. I was fairly optimistic that I would get it finished within five days, but sadly I had to eat and sleep, so not quite possible. I didn't take it to Oswestry with me, so I have only just picked it back up today. I just have the sleeve head on the last sleeve to do - not sure I have any suitable buttons, but apart from that it will be finished this afternoon.
For my car journey to Oswestry knitting, I frogged a shawl I made a while ago and started knitting up a scarf with the yarn. The yarn is Sirdar Crofter in lovely pinks, purples, cream and grey, so in theory some of my favourite colours. Sadly every time I knit it up, I'm never happy with the finished article. Prior to being a shawl, this yarn was a sweater - it has been multi- frogged. This is its last chance to please me.
|Scarf is knit on the bias|
In our house, we are all ready and waiting for the football tomorrow. The European Championships kick off tomorrow evening and then after that there'll be at least two matches a day for a considerable time. There will of course be lots of other sport that we will need to fit in, the US Open golf championship is on next week, there's a Formula 1 Grand Prix race this weekend and the Tour de France cycling race starts at the beginning of July - whew, that's a lot of knitting time!
For the duration of the Euorpean Championship, I have decided to knit socks - I'm hoping for a minimum of five pairs. I have three unused quantities of sock yarn, plus I would like to use some older leftovers. Each pair will involve a technique that I haven't tried yet - can't wait to cast on and get started.
I'm not going to just knit socks though. I would also like to start a new cardigan - Fair Isle - yes please. Look at those pretty colours.
So that's the plan for the next month or so. Will you be watching the football? Who will you be supporting? I will be cheering on Wales (Land of my fathers!).