Something odd is happening to my weekends. I mentioned in my last Post that my weekdays were finally looking a bit more civilised with a good mix of activity and much needed down-time. The weekends, however, seem to be getting busier and busier. Instead of Friday night being a time to celebrate in preparation for a weekend of relaxation and restoration, it now consists of an early night so that I have the energy to get through the fun but busy weekend. Every week we hope for a quiet weekend but it just ends up being the opposite with sports, birthday parties, social events and farm chores. By Friday, both Saturday and Sunday as well as Saturday evenings are all booked up. All self-inflicted obviously as we could decline invitations every now and then. But then we'd miss out on fun things like dressing up as Kiss and Cyndi Lauper like we did on Saturday night. But seriously, I'm contemplating pencilling into the Calendar a weekend every 6 weeks or so where we do absolutely nothing and say no to everything. This would mean the kids would miss out on things like birthday parties and that doesn't seem fair at all. It's a bit extreme and goes against my normal 'go with the flow' attitude but I feel I need to keep the odd weekend sacred for quiet family time. Or do I just accept the new status of weekends and try to recover during the week? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Anyway, while I ponder how to fix a likely unfixable situation, let's talk about more important things like Downton Abbey. Sunday evenings have become my "Friday Night"as I can look forward to a more relaxing week ahead by comparison to the hectic weekend. Sunday evenings are spent watching Downton Abbey while the Pianoman is playing with his Band up in the shed. It's just me, my glass of wine and the knitting needles. The Pianoman doesn't understand why I love the show when I can't get through an episode without bawling my eyes out. Sometimes he walks in after his Band rehearsals and I need to 'workshop' some of the issues with him. I'm still recovering from last night's episode by the way. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who may not have seen episode 4 of Series 3 but it was a tear-jerker - mothers giving up their babies just kills me! Anyway, it's fair to say I'm slightly obsessed with Downton, so much so I just had to knit myself a Downton-inspired Cloche hat. Knitted while watching the show no less.
I finished it last night. It is the gorgeous Nola Cloche by Hillary Smith Callis and I am completely in love with it. I wasn't sure whether I could manage it so I just used some wool from my stash but I am going to make it again in something a little more decadent. It was my first time doing a cable, provisional cast-on, grafting and working in the round with 4 double-pointed needles so there was a lot to learn for such a wee little hat. However, the pattern is so well written that is was a fun, quick, easy knit and I love the vintage-y look of it. Details ravelled here.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and if anyone has any thoughts about how I can get my weekends back I'd love to hear.