Monday, 8 August 2016

Memorandum Monday

Aha! Sunny Monday: I'm going to make the most of you today. It's going to be a week of comings and goings here at High In The Sky. There'll be much doing of laundry, and counting of travel snacks, and - best of all - browsing for holiday magazines. For once I've been allowed a sneak peek of mine


strictly on a need-to-know basis only, which means the pages about Berlin have already been browsed. As it's a new magazine I found recently in Tesco, I'll make a memo. It's called Explore History: Travel Into the Past by Imagine Publishing and it's a sort of Rough Guide for museum collectors. Obviously it has my name on it; but if you're like me, and in the UK, look out for it and see what you think.

I have a second memo for this weekend



..knitting related, so not entirely new, to be sure, but let's call it an advancement. I've been talking about sock blockers for months now - you might have heard me at it - and I've been reading about the advantages of letting a dampened finished sock dry around a form so that it takes on its proper shape. But sock blockers aren't cheap! And every time I've hovered over the buy button I've pulled back. Eventually I did what I always do in the end: I thought about making some instead. I took the picture to my chief wire bender and then he did what he always does and said he'd think it over, which often takes some weeks but yields great results. By Friday night, though, I'd been holding onto July's Socks of the Month and my useful youtube videos for quite some time, so I urged action..


..he looked at this idea and this one and this before he started. I'm so pleased! Can't help loving a man who knows his way round a pair of wire cutters.

These socks are going to be my contribution to Winwick Mum's Yarndale Sock Line so I have to head off now and get them packaged up. They're a women's medium size, knitted in Wendy Roam Fusion 4 ply from the Broken Chocolate Bar Sock Recipe by Corrina Ferguson, from LoveKnitting. I hope someone finds them cosy and cheering.

So that's what's new round here. How about you? Anything you did for the first time? Anything you learned that you didn't know before? Maybe today's the day to make a memo. Because it's Monday. 

Last week Deb, Helena, EileenJane, Mitra, Mary-Lou, Ladkyis, Maggie and Krafty Karen shared what they had been up to. Go on, give 'em a wave! And have a good week!

I won't be here next Monday, but please memo on..I won't be long..

23 comments:

Lizzy Hill said...

FOUR ply? FOUR ply???!!!!!!! Wow. Double wow. Love the muted multi colour effect. Reminds me of a floor rug and towels we had as kids! And a new mag. Thriling, indeedy. Holidays are coming up quick, it seems. OH! And well done to your man. Handy to have around:):)!!!!

Lisa said...

I'll be over in the UK next weekend so I will keep my eyes open for your magazine pick.I'm really trying not to buy any anymore as I love to own them but never read them - but this looks like something I could very well actually read!!! Have fun and what beautiful socks - you are so talented

Winwick Mum said...

They are wonderful socks and will be very much appreciated by someone in need of some knitted love, so thank you very much! And you have sock blockers for all your future pairs of socks which is great! Hope you have a fantastic holiday xx

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Perfect! I love a man who can. Have a great week Sian. Enjoy anticipating your holiday.

debs14 said...

A bit of imagination and a pair of wire cutters - a winning combination! What lovely coloured socks, someone is going to be very happy with those.
Berlin is supposed to be a fascinating city to visit, I'm sure you're going to love it!

Melissa said...

That is some wonderful wire work, making that great photo a team effort! :) Enjoy!

Barbara Eads said...

The sock forms are adorable! I'd be hanging them on the wall when not is use! Yeah, you gotta' love a guy that can make exactly what you need.

KraftyKaren said...

The socks are wonderful, they certainly look cosy and well done to your DH making the shop forms for you - glad you didn't have to wait too long for them - round here that would have gone on a two year waiting list LOL!!

Have a great week and enjoy your travels x

Susanne said...

Love the colors and textures of the socks. And kudos to Mr. Wire Cutters!

Ali said...

Well done to the wire cutter/bender - they look great!! Have a great week x

Maggie said...

Imagine a walk in wardrobe with a section for all your socks on hangers! I can dream! Well done I am sure someone will really appreciate your pair. Enjoy your trip!

Melissa Smith said...

Oh, they are lovely! I love the colors!! I would be thrilled to have those cozy socks come wintertime here in Texas. Fabulous job.

alexandra s.m. said...

How clever!
Love your socks which take me right back to the Moors...
I wish I had heard about this magazine when I was in England. It sounds right up my alley ;)
Thanks Sian!

helena said...

beautiful socks - look like they are made for some hiking with all their moorland colours. Hope you are having a good week and enjoy your trip next week

Eileen T said...

I had a look for the magazine but couldn't find it so I'm going to ask in the library .... I may be lucky!

Ruth said...

Sock hangers? Genius!

Sandra said...

Ok, I don't have a clue how to knit socks. So why am I thinking I need those cute sock hangers lol

Karen said...

The socks and sock blocker photos are fabulous! I love the colors you chose for the socks, and kudos to the man with the wire! They look a bit like wire sculpture. Have a wonderful vacation; we'll be looking forward to hearing about it when you return.

Missus Wookie said...

what lovely colours. Berlin is one of Wookie's favourite cities after working there for a while.

Mitra Pratt said...

oh how lovely! So pretty those socks! Enjoy your holiday!

Jo said...

Those sock blockers look great, I'm going to get Paul to make some for me! I love the sound of that magazine, history and travel and a favourite combination of mine!

alexa said...

Having been present for at least part of the sock blocker discussion with you all in your lovely kitchen, what a delight to see how well they turned out! Just splendid! Please give him my congrats :). And your socks are not only beautiful but stunningly styled too.

Gail said...

Love those sock blockers! So nice to have someone so handy that could make them for you. Thinking about them makes me wonder what ever happened to my Mum's. Those socks look wonderful. You keep inspiring me to pull out the socks I've got on needles and finish them!

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