Back home again, and Cornwall is turning distinctly chilly again. Could we have a sprinkling of snow this week? Please...I need the boost that a dusting of white would bring.
I'm feeling drained and exhausted after many miles in the car in the space of a few days, and the emotion of gathering with my family for my Uncle's funeral. He died so suddenly and unexpectedly - a blessing for him, but for my Aunt and cousins, an enormous shock and loss. And inevitably it reminded me of my Mum. But it is perhaps fortunate that we are a large family - the support that brings is so comforting. It is lovely to gather together, but I hope next time will be a happier occasion.
So home to face the dreaded tax return and accounts, something I have a habit of leaving to the very last minute, thus setting myself up for a stressful January. I can remember in days gone by when I lived in London I'd get a letter from my accountant in about June asking for my accounts so that 'we can proceed in a timely manner.....'. It never worked, and every year I say I'll do it differently.... and so far, haven't. So at precisely 8.13pm last night my return was filed, with only hours until the deadline. I need deadlines - being a terrible procrastinator, a deadline will always spur me into action. So now I can relax, feet up, and contemplate knitting socks. Except my head is full of cold and my throat sore, and I'm feeling a bit pathetic.
One of the positives about my unexpected trip was the chance to photograph my version of the purl scarf which I knitted for my niece, together with the boyfriend hat I knitted for my nephew Ben (with much trauma and dropped stitches and rows unravelling in front of my eyes).
I love this scarf, and am tempted to knit one for myself. The addition of the kidsilk haze makes it very soft, and adds a beautiful sheen.
And this is the hat. My very first hat. Knit with Mission Falls 1824 wool in Ink. It's lovely and soft and also machine washable which must be a bonus. I love the decreases and the symmetry. It was worth blocking, too - it helped even out the stitches and gave it a better shape.
And if you want to see a gorgeous stripey version, it's here.