There is so much going on here that I don't quite know where to start. Our Development Application that was submitted to local Council 4 weeks ago is progressing, albeit slowly. We have been going backwards and forwards providing additional information as requested, some of which could have been sorted out in a 10 second phone call rather than wasting an extra week here and there waiting for requests to arrive by mail and then responding in a likewise official manner. But, as frustrating as it is, we are getting there and at the end of the day tough application processes are good because theoretically it means developments are of a high standard and that is what we are striving for.
We are now halfway through the "Advertisement Period", which means there is a little white A4 sign on our front fence advertising the development and allowing anyone to lodge an objection within a specified period. Eeek! There is one more week to go. I've been watching cars stop at the bottom of our driveway, people hopping out and looking and reading and taking the odd photo. Nerve racking stuff.
I've decided to indulge in some happy distractions to counteract the extra stress. Quite a few of my blog friends partake in Ginny's Yarn Along and I always enjoy seeing what they've been knitting and reading so thought I'd join the party too. It will be a great way to keep busy in the evenings, stay focussed and motivated to start and finish projects as well as hang out with some like-minded souls.
Inspired by the colours of our local beach with its array of purples, pinks and greys, I decided to knit up some mitered squares for a cushion with this absolutely gorgeous skein of Noro Kochoran. The pattern really accentuates the colours and the basic garter stitch was extremely satisfying, particularly when a new colour made it's way onto the needles. Except for the green - it's appearance really annoyed me and in hindsight I wish I'd just cut the green sections out. The other issue was that neither of the layouts looked any good to me - the green ruined the colour pallet and there was too much grey on one square. Look!
No, no, no, no.
Just when I thought I'd have to knit 4 more squares for the back and hope there might be a couple that could be swapped into the front for a more pleasing look, my daughter comes along and says "why don't you just make triangles with these and then form a square and then you won't have to knit any more or use fabric for the back?". She's a genius that one. It looks so much better, very Missoni-like. The green stripe still vexes me but I can live with that as most of the green is on the back.
And here is the finished cushion in situ. A pillow of beach-inspired squishy Angora loveliness just for me. My only after-thought is whether it needs a button in the middle to give it that button-tucked effect. Instagram friends were split on the decision, with one suggesting just a stitch-through so the centre-points wouldn't be affected. Any thoughts?
It's been a while since I read a proper book. My evening activities of blogging and crafting have taken up that space. In fact, I still have "The Snow Child" that I packed in my maternity bag 8 months ago sitting on my bedside table. It came highly recommended so I'm going to blame my sleep deprived baby brain for the fact that every time I pick that book up I need to re-read the first pages a few times before I finally get frustrated and put reading well and truly on the back burner. I really needed an easy read to get back into it so when I walked into the bookstore and saw David Sedaris's "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" up there on the shelf I knew this would be the book to bring me out of my reading hiatus. Sedaris is one of my favourite authors. I loved "Me talk pretty one day" and have it sitting on my shelf. His new book is a collection of essays or anecdotes from his life and travels. I finished it in 3 nights and can highly recommend it. I love his insights into social behaviour and had myself nodding along and laughing out loud as I flicked through the pages. Oh how I miss the depth of thinking that comes from reading a proper book!
Is anyone making or reading anything right now? I'm launching into Christopher Koch's new novel next but would love some new book recommendations to see me through the rest of the year.