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DSC00049-::- Hand knitted socks to keep my feet warm and toasty. They are comfy to wear, great fun to knit (as well as quite addictive) and the variety is sheer endless.

Right now I’m knitting the delightfully named Miss Wonderly socks in Malabrigo sock yarn. The design is named after the pseudonym used by the character Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. The lace pattern on the front of the sock has a lovely vintage feel. It also keeps the knitting interesting.

The socks in the second picture are basic socks with a picot edge which I made earlier using Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball sock yarn.

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-::- A decent brew. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but there is nothing as reviving or relaxing as a nice cup of tea. Tea rhythms my day. It is the perfect accompaniment to knitting and reading and goes well with biscuits, chocolate, toast and Marmite, a good chat. My preferred brew is Yorkshire Gold tea, which is full-bodied with a rich, malty flavour. Put the kettle on.

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-::- I read all of Agatha Christie’s books as an adolescent. Recently I found myself revisiting her work, usually to remediate a spot of reader’s block or simply when in need of a genteel and cosy murder mystery. And whilst now I read them differently, with more attention to the construction and the plotting, it’s still a pleasurable experience the second time round. Currently I’m re-reading Murder on the Orient Express. Inspired by the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and almost entirely set on the glamorous international train, it is a definite masterpiece of cunning.

For those interested in Mrs Christie’s work and life, I can highly recommend the beautifully illustrated Agatha Christie at Home by Hilary Macaskill, as well as Jared Cade’s Agatha Christie and the Missing Eleven Days, which focusses on the notorious episode in her life when Agatha Christie staged her own disappearance and how that went horribly wrong.


-::- Happy music. The other day, driving back from my physiotherapy session (NOT my favourite moment of the week) I caught this piece of music on the radio. An instant mood lifter. Enjoy!

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  1. We had a dreary, rainy day here in Chicago, and I thought of doing a very similar post! (Ended up sewing all day though.) I had on my warm, hand-knit socks, drank some tea and worked on my quilt.

    I also love Agatha Christie. I believe I’ve read all her books at least twice. Every ten years or so, I read them again – one of the rare cases when it’s nice to have a poor memory. They are always fresh!

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