Too much knitting time

Yes. I never believed it could come to this, but i have too much knitting time: i'm on a sick leave. I've got a bursitis, which means i have too muck liquid in the bursa of my right knee. A bursa is just a sack with fluid; it's job is to keep movements painless. I rather think i got my bursitis from too much exercise; my doctor told me one could also get it from gardening or cleaning up too much. not bloody likely.

So, i've been on sick leave the whole of last week and will be until Thursday this week. And what have i been doing? knitting and reading, plus a tiny bit of sewing-related actions. I've finished a scarf, and i've knit more than half of a cabled cardigan. I've also read some but funnily i seem to have no readable books in my 30+ shelve metres of books.

The sewing activity relates to this pattern:

It's from Hot Patterns, their Plain & Simple Superfantastic Shirt. I've cut the pattern and i've also cut my muslin, which i almost never do. The joke is that i'm making my muslin from a nice white cotton batiste. If it fits, i've got myself a shirt.

I really love the style of the shirt, BUT. It has dropped shoulders (only a tiny bit dropped, but still) and it is quite roomy fit with a pleat in front. These features are such i usually shy away from, being wide shouldered with a considerable bust. Well, well. I'll see. I can always deem the shirt (or blouse, as HP lists it) as home-wear. I'm making the collared version.

Along with this, i bought a few other HP patterns couple of months ago, but this is the first i'm actually making. if it works, i'm buying more patterns trying the other ones i've already purchased.


Summer is turning into autumn

Since returning to the city from my vacation, i've been able to eat my own tomatoes. granted, i can count the tomatoes eaten by my fingers, but all of them have tasted really good.  (Thank you father for the plant!) There are still quite a few waiting to ripen and i'm becoming to be afraid they won't have sufficient time to do it.

The summer is ending, you can smell it. And the nights and the mornings have a new bright crispiness to them. I fear my poor green tomatoes will get frostbite instead of red cheeks. Still, the summer was so glorious that i'm welcoming the change. i always feel especially alive during the autumn.

i spent the weekend at my father's. Pikku-Hukka hunted down and killed a pair of striped socks and brought them to me at 3.50 am on Sunday morning. clever little cat. now she is fast asleep in her own wooden bowl, formarly known as my fruit bowl.


summer holiday is over

My four weeks of summer holiday are in the past. they passed all too quickly.

However, little kitty-cat's holiday has continued for the past week, so she has had five weeks of being pampered at my mother's. I'll try to get her to come home this weekend. She won't be happy with a two-room + kitchen apartment after two-storey detached surrounded with own forests-plus-lawn-as-playground. Not to mention my mother's patience with walking her around outside. (Pikku-Hukka is not allowed outside alone.)

During the blessed four weeks I travelled to Budapest and UK, stayed with my mother and father, saw friends and family, ate well, drank well, laughed a lot and really, really enjoyed the untypically sunny & hot weather. I also knit some, read some and sewed none. I'd love the warm weather to continue, but really, after such a summer I can also look forward to the autumn - and wool knitting.