|Dad rescued the Minton encaustic tiles from a local Victorian monastery while it was being demolished in the early '70s - but that's another story|
The temperature has certainly dropped in these here parts this week and I'm resisting the temptation to turn the heating on until its absolutely necessary. This means adding extra layers, not only of clothing but bedding too. I've dusted off mine and Monkeychild's hot water bottles and have brought out the eiderdown for my side of the bed (Husband doesn't like to feel weighted down with extra bedding). I've noticed that blankets are now making an appearance in my local charity shops and yesterday brought this Brentford Nylons single blanket in the obligatory shade of pink for Monkeychild's bed; after a long, hot wash its come out like new. This, added to her duvet and the quilt that I made for her a while ago, should keep the chill out.
Luckily, we have open fires in the house (including the bathroom, but I've yet to light one in there) and our trusty woodburner, which warms the place up and is handy for drying clothes.
From the same charity shop that I brought the blanket from, I also brought this 1950s jug. I was quite surprised to see it on the shelf as its a Fiesta Ware jug originally made in America and although I've seen it in a pottery book, have never come across any actual Fiesta Ware before. Perhaps someone brought it back from the States as a present or as a memento of their visit.
On the knitting front, I've started to have a go at my first ever Fair Isle:
I thought I'd start on something simple, but I'm finding it difficult holding both yarns and although the stranding across the back looks okay to me, I don't know whether I'm doing it properly. The tension does seem to be okay though and I'll block it before sewing up, which should sort out any pulling. If the arm-warmers turn out fine, I'm thinking of knitting a pair in red and black for a friend's Christmas present.
I'm sending out a plea for help to end on!
After many warnings about not using felt tip pens on the only new piece of furniture Husband and I have ever brought together, a leather sofa, Monkeychild actually drew on the arm in said pens. After a swift smack on the offending hand and confiscation of pens, I attempted to use a damp cloth to clean the marks off, but to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas how I can remove the pen marks?