Well, February starts as January left off - grey, freezing, often wet, very muddy underfoot. Saturday brought sleet / rain, a good excuse to get all outside errands done quickly, and get back inside the warm. Highlight of the day was a treat to myself from Christmas money, a new smartphone (Google Pixel 4a). Though I'll miss my Nexus 4, it's getting quite slow now and hasn't been supported / updated for some years. Mine's actually got a small crack across the corner of the screen, I don't remember when it happened but it still works. Undecided whether to keep it as a mini tablet or to recycle it. It can't go anywhere just yet though, I've the tedious task of transferring all my passwords to a new app as the old app seems to be unsupported.
I've been pondering my lack of energy to start a new project lately, and have come to the conclusion that whilst it's all very well knitting from unloved stash and making items for others, after a while the need for personal gratification from knitting something nice for oneself becomes more pressing. I mean, I've machine-knitted all the parts for a black chenille jumper, and can't bring myself to sew it up - that's not like me! I've resolved to knit any further jumpers like that by knitting the sleeves downwards on the machine, thus neatly avoiding the dreaded setting-in bit. So on Saturday I knitted up some black poodle yarn, into a simple scarf and two slightly oversized hats - another cone down! Then I doodled about on the passap. Sunday I made a start on a cardigan for myself - a lovely charcoal yarn with multi-coloured slubs. I only hope there's enough yarn - I seem to recall I originally knitted some of it into part of a skirt, which I couldn't then unpick (it may have been thrown away). It may end up having short sleeves, if so. We shall see.
The more I play with the passap, the more fun I have with it. Here's a selection of recent swatches. The larger red and white one in the middle has a solid red background, and the smaller one on the left has a vertically striped background. The rather plain peach one on the left is interlock, the one on the far right is a slip stitch pattern which would make a cosy jacket, and on the top left I even had a go at a four colour pattern from the book.
I've had some ups and downs lately - as reported previously, a close colleague is leaving us in a few weeks, and another is moving away, the advantage of continued WFH meaning geographical proximity isn't a big deal anymore. I've had days when all I can do after work and dinner is flop in front of the tv, where I feel like all we're doing is waiting for death (how overly dramatic!). But I keep on, because I must. Better times will come, I'm sure, and for now I mustn't lose hope. The signs of spring are all around, despite the freezing temperatures.
Current mood: awake