…and I have an exhusting, if not bad, couple of days!!
But the big thing is, I GOT home. The flight I was on from Bristol to Inverness was cancelled on Saturday and Monday, but went on Sunday. And the flight from Inverness to Kirkwall was almost the last which got out of Inverness before more heavy snow caused chaos. They have all the right stuff there to clear the runways, but when the snow is actually falling fast they can’t keep up.
After leaving in snow, having a journey in mainly clear skies over snow, I got back to snow in Kirkwall. But none here in the ‘Hope!! And over the past couple of days there has been more snow over most of Orkney – only South Ronaldsay has missed the showers…. There is still hard packed ice on the side roads, but where I am there is nothing – the wind and cold has dried up all the moisture…. (Takes me back to my Chemistry teaching days – water goes from solid to gas directly at about -5 C, and it has been below that…!!)
I have been working none-stop since I got back, but am not yet on top of things. I have dealt with most of the post and most of the emails, but not all. I have started my tax return (which has to be in by the end of January) but not finished it. I have, however, finished a tea cosy for my friend Ruth….
The story behind this goes as follows: One day back in the autumn, we were talking and she was saying that these days you can’t seem to get a proper tea cosy – one which will actually keep the tea hot. her partner Tony likes his tea stewed – but HOT!! I remembered a pattern I had in a pre-war booklet, and decided to make her one for Christmas.
The pattern called for 3 ply yarn, but I decided to use odds and ends of J&S 2 ply jumper weight (ie 4 ply/fingering). I picked out twice the weight it said, in colours which would not show the tea stains, and took it away with me to knit in Inverness before I left the country. However, I didn’t take quite enough wool, so I posted it home to myself, and in the past couple of days I have done the final bits, made a huge pom-pom to go on the top, and finally wrapped it in bright pink paper!! If you are going to do OTT, do it properly!!
The purple (the bottom strip) and teal (the brightest one) are colours which do not photograph well, but here it is. I don’t HAVE a teapot to use for modelling, but the right hand one is over a jug to show the handle:
And I will tell you about the tea towel it is modelled on another day….