Hello again! Life is moving along at a clip here. We saw in the New Year with two friends of the Dafter’s, so it was in fact a party!
We all gathered around the tv to watch the countdown to midnight and the fireworks in Edinburgh. As is our tradition, we opened the front and back windows of the house to let the old year out and the new year in. (It’s really supposed to be doors, but Tilly wasn’t easily locateable just at that moment in time.)
We clinked our glasses of fizzy fruit juice, and all kissed each other, and then Michael made a small fireworks display for us in the back garden! On New Year’s Day, the Dafter decorated Michael’s trifle. Every year he makes a New Year’s trifle. Due to her having so many digestive problems, this year we had a dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian trifle. It was delicious!
We put Christmas away on Monday and Tuesday, and wrote our Christmas Wishes as we do every year, to stick inside the boxes. And Wednesday it was back to school! The Dafter was so happy to see her friends again. She managed to go for three and a half hours, which is really good going.
This morning Michael left very early to travel to England. The West Coast rail line has been out of action since floods knocked out a bridge near Carlisle, so he had a long bus journey. But these minor hardships are nothing compared to those faced by people whose homes have been ravaged. We have been watching clips of familiar places on Deeside such as Ballater, Tarland and Aboyne through our fingers, hardly daring to peek at the raging waters going past. Aberdeen airport has been closed this evening because part of the landing strip has collapsed.
The reason for his trip was, sadly, to attend the funeral of his young cousin who died at Christmastime, leaving his teenage son behind. As dreadful as the flooding is, it is no comparison to the devastation of a family who has lost a young father, son and brother. I was very glad that Michael was able to go today. As he was picking out which tie to wear last night (he opted for a navy blue Harris tweed tartan), he said, “I feel as if I’m going home”. “You are,” I said, “because you’re going to your family”.
In the meantime, I have finally begun a project that has been waiting in my cupboard for two years now: the Oregon cardigan (Autumn colourway) by Alice Starmore. I bought the kit with birthday money that my mother and father had given me and I’d saved up. It’s taken me a long time to swatch and prepare to knit – because I cannot match the gauge, I will have to make some adjustments. But I’m finally on my way, knitting the edging at the bottom. And I have my faithful helper:
This is my sixth Alice Starmore sweater. I’ve made two cabled sweaters, two colourwork jackets, and one colourwork pullover. The wool she sells for her kits is spun and dyed on the Isle of Lewis, and the colours really are gorgeous.
I have some other knitting to show you from before Christmas, but that can be for another post! I hope you are all having a very good start to the New Year.