Last days of Christmas holiday

I had grands plans for this Christmas holiday. Lots of good food, family, friends, christmas decorations and all that stuff, of course. But I was also going to study for my next exam. I had also planned on some mending. Replacing a broken zipper, replacing the edge of a sleeve on my favourite dress. Darning some socks.

I did do the food and decorations and family and friends bit (not as much as planned, but some of it), but this awful cold drained me of most of my energy, which means that I haven’t studied at all except for about an hour and I haven’t mended a single thing.

Work starts on Tuesday again, and I thought I might do some studying now that I’m better (but still not well). But after careful consideration I’ve decided not to. I want to savour these last two days of the holidays and only do nice things. It might be stupid, and it means I will have to do a loy of studying in the evenings during the next two weeks (not to mention next weekend) and I might not do as well on the exam as I could have, but there it is.

So, I spent the morning blocking the finished pieces of my cardigan (I’m still working on the sleeves):

Blocking my red cardigan
Yes, the tree is still there!

And then I had lunch:

Lunch
Homemade bread, cheese and pickled onion sandwich pickle

Vincent tried to rip out the pins so I asked Laban to guard my knitting

Laban is guarding my knitting
Good kitty

Which turned out to be exhausting work.

...and it is exhausting work
Tired kitty

I’m gonna spend the rest of the day knitting.

That is all.

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Summer in the city

I’ve been neglecting this space for quite some time now, but I intend to change that. I haven’t really felt like blogging much lately, but I really think that’s about to change. I have been knitting quite a lot, though, and I have a couple of finished projects that I want to share with you. But not today.

go for a swim

I’m enjoying my summer vacation immensely and I wish it could last much longer that it will. But it’s not over yet! Yesterday we headed off to the other side of town to a place called Vinterviken (literally “winter bay”) on the outskirts of the city proper where there is a lovely garden café next to an alotment area.

sign
The garden café at Vinterviken

We enjoyed our lunch at the café along with some ale from the fairly new micro brewery Skebo Bruksbryggeri located in Skebobruk in the northern part of the province of Uppland.

ale
Triple Gold from Skebo Bruksbryggeri

Sometimes I wish I had a proper camera, these mobile images doesn’t do the garden justice.

in bloom

poppy

pods

summer flowers

close up

stems

yellow

golden

chard

purplish pink

blue

I brought my knitting along only to discover I hadn’t brought enough yarn!

not enough yarn
A bit annoying

Our timing couldn’t have been better, just when we’d finished our lunch it started to rain. We headed off for the underground. Luckily it wasn’t very heavy, and we the trees along the path sheltered us for the most part.

Rain
Rain on lake Trekanten

Reflections
Reflections

Brook
Small brook running down to the lake

path
Path along the lake

It was a lovely little excursion all in all. Later last night the rain came down quite heavily and we got quite a bit of thunder as well. Wonderful! We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening sorting out our spare room which is intended to be a place for me to sit and knit and sow but has increasingly become a place where we put all of that stuff we don’t know what to do with. We’re almost completely done now with the sorting and cleaning and it looks wonderful! I’m actually looking forward to the arrival of autumn, when I can sit there in my favourite chair with my knitting, a cup of tea and a cat on my lap listening to the radio or a podcast. But I’m not done with summer yet! I promise you that.

See you soon!