One of the nicest things about having been on leave for nearly a month (yes, it’s coming to an end, but not just yet) is that I’ve done an awful lot of knitting out and about. We’ve had periods of hermit-life, and more than a little gadding about.
Let’s be clear. Gadding about, for us, involves many hours spent sitting together in cafes and pubs. Lest anyone should get images of crowded pubs on a Friday night with me jostling for space to get a few rows completed, banish those thoughts. We’re talking quiet afternoons before the rowdy punters arrive. That’s my kind of pub outing.
And when we’re not in pubs (one can’t live on beer alone) we’re in cafes.
Side note: I remember many years ago watching a couple sit together in a restaurant reading books. I thought it was incredibly odd and wondered if they had nothing to talk about. Many years later and over a decade of being in a relationship I realise that actually sitting together in silence, both engaged in your own pursuit is actually really nice. Invariably, I’ll be knitting and Sean will be on his iPhone or iPad, or reading a book and we sip coffee (him) and tea (me) and may well not speak for some time, except in passing. It’s lovely!
I’m reminded of that scene from When Harry Met Sally when they both agree how wonderful it is to sit and not have to speak. When life is full of so many moments where speaking is unavoidable, comfortable silence is an absolute treasure and a place I’m altogether happy to retreat into just about any time.
While out and about with my needles, I’ve taken to snapping pictures of what I’m working on. It’s a nice visual record of how I’ve spent my idle time in cafes and pubs while on leave. There’s no need to show you every photo because often it’s the same project, just a different table on a different day.
This is my current not-socks project. Knotty Gloves. They’ve had a bit of a troubled life so far. I’ll write about them later. This photo was taken in the Braidwood Royal Mail Hotel a couple of weeks ago. I love how even though the pattern is on the ipad, it’s not immediately obvious from the photo.
Next, it’s my current easy knitting project. The Wool Peddler’s Shawl, from Folk Shawls, made from Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.
I’m not sure where I took this. We were having coffee somewhere a few days ago. I think it might have been out in Bungendore.
Finally, today, I was working on my Icarus shawl, which has been a little neglected. But I worked on her for a little while today and got back into a groove.
I think when I go back to work (Sean goes back this week) I’m going to really miss our hours spent being quiet in public. I think my knitting output is going to suffer, too.