.....it's snowing again .... and again ...... and again. This was this morning's depth check
and this was the scary view from Malcolm's study window - snow sliding off the roof
But enough snow for the moment, let's have some knitting instead! I couldn't show you these mitts before, as I knitted them for a swap with my bloggy friend Lynne. She had admired the mitts that I knitted recently and had asked about the pattern, as she wanted to knit a pair for her daughter. However, when she said that she wasn't sure if her knitting skills were up to it, I offered to knit them for her. That was soon organised into a swap and she is going to crochet a mat for me.
Of course, I didn't just knit a pair for Lynne's daughter, but a pair for Lynne as well
I also popped a couple of extra things in the box (this is now a well-travelled box, as Meg sent my birthday present from Italy in it, and it has now gone to Germany!)
I have almost finished my first sock
I just have a few more rows of rib to do. I think I prefer this toe-up method ...... no dreaded kitchener stitch to finish to toe, and no picking up stitches from the heel flap
I have had another day in the studio - I don't know when I last did so much sewing! I have done some more quilting on Alison's panda cushion
I have almost finished the Christmas cushions - I found a fat quarter to use for the binding .....
.... and fabric from a sample curtain (I get them from a shop in Hawick) to use for the back
I watched a dvd this afternoon while I handstitched the binding on the back
And now, back to the snow. Malcolm made a start to clearing the drive this morning - as you can see, there was rather a lot of snow on it! Fortunately our neighbour Billy the farmer (brother of Jim the farmer who gave me the apples and plums) arrived with his tractor and moved a lot of the snow for him.
These horses had been turned out of their stable for the morning and were enjoying the freedom ......
....... even when the snow started (yet) again
Don't worry, they hadn't been abandoned in the field .... the owner, her children and dogs were all having fun too
I have taken lots of snowy photos, but I can't compete with this one taken by my Roving Reporter (aka Stuart!!). He was unable to get to work, so this afternoon he walked along to the Falkirk Wheel, and took this from the canal bank above the Wheel. You can see that the canal is frozen! In the distance, the Ochil hills are covered in snow - remember you can click on the photo to enlarge it.
Looking on the bright side of this enforced staying at home - I haven't been out since Saturday, so I haven't spent any money!! I have also been very strong and haven't succumbed to all these wonderful deals on Amazon for things I neither want nor need!!