I’ve been busy doing a lot of that thing where you keep moving stuff about and eventually it ends up as a smaller pile of stuff. The marmalade came from this week’s intensive sessions of freezer tetris which was kicked off by me making pasties on Boxing Day. There doesn’t seem to be a logical connection between using up leftovers from the Christmas dinner and marmalade but if I hadn’t have done one I wouldn’t have needed to do the other. I ran out of flour after making the pasties so I went grocery shopping on Boxing Day and as well as the flour I came home with a boneless rolled turkey joint, a beef rib joint and a huge free range turkey. In future I may go shopping again on Boxing Day because it seems that the bigger the piece of meat, the bigger the discount after Christmas. I’ve spent all week moving things around in the freezer to make space for the turkey, I could get the rest of the meat in without a problem but the turkey would only fit in the one extra-deep drawer and that was already full. Fortunately my mother did have freezer space so the turkey had somewhere to live whilst I shuffled things about in my freezer. The three bags of frozen oranges took up as much space as a third of a turkey and were the thing that tipped the balance. Once the oranges were out the turkey could go in.
I’ve been doing a similar thing in the wool room, moving things about in the hope that when the music stops I’ll end up with less stuff than when I started. This bag made four hats before I put it away again. I would have carried on knitting if I could have found a circular needle in the right size but I’d had enough of fighting dpns after four hats. I remember now why it was that the last time I had a major hat session I stuck with a variant of Tychus – I knitted it on straight needles with a three needle cast off to finish. It would have been helpful if I’d thought about that before I packed the bag of random yarn away but then I probably wouldn’t have had time to finish my Christmas knitting so maybe it was for the best.
I decided very late in the day that the sock yarn blanket was going to be a present for my mother so I got that finished, dealt with all the ends, blocked it and wrapped it. I still had time so I started knitting a pair of socks for my son and as if that wasn’t enough, cast on a pair for my mother as well. I’ll come clean and say that I intended making two pairs for my son but I’d had enough after the first pair. His feet go on forever as you can see in comparison to the neat little 64 stitch sock that fits my mother’s foot. The coloured sock yarn pools and I thought it might be less objectionable if I knitted it in stripes and of course I’d get more socks out of the expensive yarn from the big name dyer if part of the sock was plain black. The result is a sock that still spirals horribly, as I knew it would because I’ve been down this road before. I don’t know why I keep on doing this to myself when I can have my sock yarn in whatever colour(s) I like and have it stripe nicely (or not at all) rather than flash randomly. All I have to do is wind a very long skein of plain white yarn and add water to some dye. I am done with buying sock yarn in two yard skeins because I know that it doesn’t knit into socks that I like to see. A pretty skein does not always make a pretty sock – I know this but I still buy pretty skeins even though I know that they are going to give me the same results as the last pretty skein. I am now officially over pretty skeins – I’m not buying another one.