A bit of colour! Or quite a lot of colour. Why do things by halves?
My natural inclination in knitting is for fairly muted colours - natural colours quite often, but now and then a bit of zing is a good thing. I finally got round to blocking the mad stripey thing - the pattern is Lone Arnsted's Lifelines, though when I started it she hadn't written the pattern out fully, just included notes on what she'd done on her Ravelry project page.
It's essentially an elongated stripey Baktus-type scarf. I finished it
ages ago and although it's stocking stitch and didn't need much in the
way of blocking, I'd managed to create a few uneven bits when I was
knitting it (gripping the needles to tightly when watching Scandinavian
dramas perhaps?) so it was worth blocking a bit. It's meant to curl in on itself quite a bit (more insulating!) so I wasn't trying to flatten it, just even it out.
I can't get a decent picture of me wearing it though. Modelling's not my forte.. Neither is taking selfies! However I have been wearing it a lot - it's warm and the very essence of cheerfulness.
I've got to show you a picture of my kitchen windowsill too - hyacinths, carnations and daffodils and a bit of sunshine make it a happy scene.
I finally got round to trying something new - I'd admired Andamento's Christmas window stars and fancied some window suns to cheer up the dining-room window. I got hold of some kite paper and found that I'm not completely clueless when it comes to following paper-folding diagrams, which is nice. Though I'll admit to a little head-scratching at times, it was very straightforward really.
Note how well this one matches my cheery new tablecloth! The kids weren't
keen when I replaced the old red spotty tablecloth (which was
ripped and sad-looking) with the yellow spotty one but they seem to have
to come round. It's undeniably and relentlessly cheery. It's probably
worth mentioning that I haven't had a hangover this millennium (after Mikey
Chung's party, Dundee, 1996, was the last one in fact). Possibly if I were to suffer a hangover this tablecloth might be just a Bit Much.
And there's my star/sun hanging up:
I thought the paler yellow looked a bit like a daffodil so I tried a yellow and white star too, which I think looks distinctly daffodilish.
Compare and contrast? We had a bit of snow yesterday and today so I'm pleased I've got bright things hanging in the window.
To finish the yellow theme, I tried a new lemony recipe tonight. Bizarrely enough it was reading an Ann Cleeves (crime novelist) book that got me looking for recipes. One of her characters was making a Mediterranean lemon chicken dish and I was so distracted by the thought that I lost track of the mystery for a bit. I had a look on the BBC Good Food website which is always a fun place to browse recipes and found a Lemon and Oregano Chicken traybake which looked lovely, so I had a go this evening (no pictures because food photography is not one of my strengths). I used chicken breasts rather than thighs and omitted the bacon, but added a bit of garlic, mostly because My Beloved likes it. It was really delicious - winter one-pot comfort food combined with summery citrus. I'll probably use chicken thighs next time as it was very slightly too dry. Oh, and I got back to the mystery!