My head is too muddled to cope with intriguing plots or complex patterns but I can find calm in the rhythm of the needles slipping in and out, the looping of wool, pulling the stitch off the needle then beginning the whole process all over again. Remembering my grandmother, little nanny Boardman chanting as she taught me to knit: "in, over, out, through...off..."
So the sock drawer will soon be full. I use the "Quickie Socks" pattern adapted from one in this book, over and over again. Just a simple plain rib, not even the off-set-rib of the pattern. I make them a little longer than the it suggests for toasty snuggly, slipping through the house socks.
I have little time for reading so I'm selective. Still learning about the trials and tribulations this man endured to be known as 'Africa's first freedom fighter'. And have at last picked up Nigel Slater's 'eat' that I got for Christmas and actually started reading it. And it is readable. The name says it all, non fussy fast good food. The recipes are written in the way that I'd jot one down on the back of an envelope for a friend. They are listed under the following headings:
- In the hand
- In a bowl
- In the frying pan
- On the grill
- On the hob
- Little stews
- In the oven
- Under a crust
- In a wok
- On a plate
Simple...those headings say it all. But of course there's a healthy serving of his wit at the beginning of each chapter as he reminisces about his first frying pan, or favourite soup or how he sometimes uses shop bought pastry. I love it...even the book is lovely, backed in tactile woven mustard fabric. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but I think it's going to get very well used this year. I'll let you know how I get on...
...I wonder who taught you to knit?