Friday, January 12, 2007

Out of my life...

A clear desk makes me happy! I finally wrapped up the book on Tuesday afternoon (literally and metaphorically) and it was collected by the publisher. I have since had some good feedback about all the work I put in, so I am delighted not only that it is not on my desk any more but that what I have done has been appreciated (a rare quality these days).

Since then I have done a bit of knitting, including starting Beau, which I am making for Paul (the photo doesn't show up the yarn well, but it has lovely green and purple flecks, which are very pretty):

and how could I resist the lure of Koigu in Stash (answer: I couldn't!) as a reward for finishing my work project:

I had started a cardigan for Ellen for her birthday in the lovely yarn Nic gave me, but have decided not to pressurise myself into doing it, particularly as Ellen has also been so difficult the past couple of weeks that I don't feel inclined to knit for her at the moment! Her best friend at school left just before Christmas and I feel that she is reacting to that but I also think that she cannot use that as an excuse for general bad behaviour! I will make her a scarf but that is all I can manage at the moment!

I am feeling a bit Januaryish, not helped by the weather and the dark mornings which make you feel like you are getting up in the middle of the night. Still, it is not as bad here as it is in Finland, where daylight is in short supply. Like Lene, I keep telling myself that it is getting lighter by a few minutes each day, but I still don't feel that it is making a difference in the mornings, when I am trying to prise the children out of bed! My general gloom has not been helped by taking antibiotics all week for unidentifiable abdominal pain, which I hope will clear up soon, as it has been going on for a couple of weeks now.

Tomorrow I am starting to teach some girls knitting as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, so am quite excited about that, and am looking forward to the challenge over the coming weeks.


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