Well, I was on holiday for three weeks: yes indeedio, three whole weeks. (That was why I had to late-night sew: my summer clothes had mysteriously shrunk while in winter storage...) Himself and I took our 1979 VW camper to Norway and toddled gently around the Western Fjords, an expedition made significantly easier by the power steering fitted just before we left. Camper owners of the world, I thoroughly recommend the Litesteer system, even if you aren't planning on negotiating narrow, twisting roads that sport little in the way of crash barriers and a great deal in the way of vertiginous drops. And while there wasn't much traffic on the roads, a fair percentage of what there was was large and oncoming at surprisingly high speeds in the middle of a single-track road. Himself and I have an arrangement whereby I drive and he cooks, so 2000+ miles of lorry-dodging later, I have nerves of steel.
The fjord scenery is spectacular and the camping sites splendiferous; indeed, several of the shower rooms had underfloor heating, making them more luxurious than our bathroom at home... (Which reminds me of a postcard I once bought in Alabama that defined a US Southerner as someone whose standard of living improved when they went camping: I live in South London...) So, despite the novel experience of becoming overly excited about dual carriageways, and rather more snow than I had anticipated in May, we had an excellent holiday.
|Lots of truly magnificent scenery...|
|Camper motored perfectly throughout...|
|Himself up to his ears in snow... (and looking rather dishevelled around the midriff, sorry about that...)|
|An end-of-the-world campsite, just us and a few oddities with the world whizzing by overhead: good showers here...|
|Uplifting view from the camper at a more isolated campsite...|
|We rented campsite cabins a couple of times; groovalicious curtains...|
|Found a yarn shop in Florø in the far west of the fjords...|
|I missed Elvis, but was mollified by a bulldog show judged by this wonderously bulldoggish English chap...|
I took some lace-weight yarn (my fave at the moment), a circular needle and a crochet hook on holiday with the intention of experimenting. Having spent so much time making for books recently, it was very lovely to be doing something with no deadline. It's quite definitely a WIP, and I'm not convinced...
|The start of something... not sure what...|
|But I like the way the knitting and the crochet work together...|
|Fab fish courtesy of Sarah, china-hunter extraordinaire...|
|Where's the kissy princess? How did I end up like this?|
I hugely enjoyed doing some sewing for myself and am determined to do more (plus, three weeks of holiday have made A-line pinafores a logistical necessity: I think my behind is attempting world domination all by itself...) and a trip to Fabrics Galore (one of my very favourite shops, and now – so excitingly – with an online store) elicited this...
A pinafore with a plain red bodice and a long skirt made in this? Scarlet, I blame any dipping of my toes into the waters of Goth-dom on you...
And in other news, Lefty is doing well in the US Open.
|The lovely Lefty, -3 at the end of day one.|