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.
-::- 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.
-::- 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!