Knitting and the Excellent Mary S Lovell

Hello,  how are you? Can’t believe another week has gone by just like that (clicks fingers). In some ways it’s a good thing cos the kids go back to school next week (fist pump and silent hooray) and I’ll get the house back into some sense of order. In other ways, it’s not good because life is going way too fast for my liking. I mean, it’s nearly Christmas for Christ’s sake! I hate to say it, but there’s already Christmas stuff in the shops. Sigh.

Anyway, in this week’s blog post we’re going to discuss how my extension is doing and why it’s driving me nuts; what I’ve been doing writing wise; and why I am back knitting.

Right, the extension. There was yet another delay of two-and-a-half weeks as we awaited the bespoke manufacture of some metal posts. These have now arrived and I’m hoping there will be no more delays and it can continue on now apace. The extension is driving me nuts not because of the noise or the builders (who are very nice), but the amount of mud my darling dogs love bringing into the house in their fur and paws. Bonya is quite a lady (despite her snoring and farting) and barely makes a mess, the other two, however, seem to bring in a tonne every time they go out. I don’t know how they do it, but I cleaned the carpets the other day with a carpet cleaner and it was a mess again within hours. Sigh.

I’ve been writing a fair bit again, working on the first edits of my current book for adults. Don’t know if it’s any good or not, but it feels good getting back into it. Haven’t done much the past couple of days due to being busy doing other things, but will be back at it tomorrow morning.

I’m back knitting because I’m planning to sell my knitted goods on Etsy. I’ve been thinking of doing something crafty for a while now and decided to just start it. Am currently working on some winter lap blankets and scarves.  Watch this space for more details of where you can find the shop. It takes me about a week to do a blanket and two days to do a scarf which is why the prices won’t be what you find in Primark. They are a lot of work and  I hope people will like them enough to buy them.

What else have I been doing? Well, I’ve already spoken about The Addams Family show at The King’s Theatre in  Glasgow in a previous post (which was excellent by the way), we haven’t been doing a lot over the last few days. Caught up with my friend AJ yesterday and her daughters. We went to Riverhill in Helensburgh for lunch, which was lovely.  We don’t see each other often enough, so it’s great when we can finally get a date in the diary for the meet-up.

Currently reading the biography  Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth by Mary S Lovell and loving it. I have Lovell’s biography of the Mitford Girls which is equally is good. She’s got a great way of telling the story so that you are caught up in it right from the start. I don’t know why she doesn’t write fiction too because she’s an excellent biography writer…she does it in almost a novel-ly way, if you know what I mean. Anyway,  I would heartily recommend both of these books to anyone who enjoys a good biography, especially about the amazing women in these books. They are fascinating. So glad I opted for this book following Laurie Lee’s autobiography. So happy with my reading choices lately.:-)

Right, that’s me for this week. Til next time!

Dawn xx

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