My returning to posting would have been more effective had I waited until after Steven and I got back from a week’s holiday in Devon staying in a cottage with no internet access or even phone reception!
The cottage was the Priest’s House — the same Landmark Trust property that we spent a week in after our wedding and you can see lots more pictures of it on my gallery page.
It was lovely going back. We had so many happy memories from last time that just walking in through the front door made us happy.
I knitted a sock while we were there — the lichen ribbed sock from Knitting Vintage Socks in good old Regia 4-ply. I discovered whilst packing to go away that, while Steven has a vast pile of woolly socks (some hand-knit, some not), I have almost none. The lesson, of course, is that if you want woolly socks to wear in Devon in November you have to start knitting them before you get there. Since London is currently feeling even colder than Devon did, I’m sure I’ll cast on for the second one very soon.
One of our favourite things to do in Exeter is to walk down to the quayside to browse the antique, craft and gift shops. This time I spotted this pretty vintage knitting needle gauge. The text says that it is THE “PEACOCK” KNITTING PIN GAUGE but I haven’t been able to find anything else out about it yet. I might have been heard to claim that this would be a useful tool and not just a pretty thing to own but, since the sizes on the gauge are all imperial and I haven’t yet memorised the conversions from imperial to metric, that might not have been strictly true. I must at least clean the fingerprints off it!
We had planned to re-visit the Eden Project on this trip but unfortunately it was closed due to flooding. We did take a trip into Cornwall however and spent part of the afternoon exploring Tintagel, legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The medieval ruins were interesting but the real highlights of the day were the rainbows. If you look closely at the picture below (or click through to Flickr for the full-size version) you can even see the secondary bow.
Now that we’re home, posting should resume on a more regular schedule!