Monday, 23 January 2017

Memos, Mail, Me: Love a Pug

Ah, Monday: just the two of us, then? Christmas is finally ready to go back into the attic here at High In The Sky and the house is quiet. Our last guest left on Saturday, when Uncle Dave headed back to the States.  

...and he took his Christmas cardigan with him, bargain buttons and all

We're never quite sure when we'll see him again, so Dave time means abandoning as much of everyday life as I can so that I have space to sit and talk. We always have a lot of catching up to do. He divides his break, usually, between here and the House of Little E, so, of course, not only does he have his own news to share: he can arrive with a whole new clutch of Little E stories too. Time for a quick one? 

Little E loves animals, of all kinds, though he has his favourites, including one particular breed of dog. He owns a sweater with a picture of this dog on the front; and I found him a similarly adorned Christmas card. Which was A Good Thing given that on Uncle Dave's first morning there, Little E appeared in his room after a good night's sleep. 

"Good sleep?" Uncle Dave asked.

"Ah, lovely," replied Little E  with the satisfied sigh of a well rested man. "Because there is always a pug in my dreams."

Wait: I'm losing my focus, aren't I? This is Monday! It's memo day, it's mail day, what's new with you? day. And I do have some pleasant post to share. Though, I'll admit it, it's only truly excellent if you are into yarn (not a yarn, I've done that already). When I posted on instagram this picture of my new knitting project

The pattern is the Crofthoose yoke by Ella Gordon, on Ravelry

I asked for colour suggestions for the houses because I had ordered the main blue but nothing for the motif. At the end of last week I finally got round to choosing and my parcel arrived on Saturday


The satisfying thing about these little 25g balls is that at a couple of pounds each, I can play about with more colours than I need and use the leftovers for socks. I'm already thinking that it would be fun to make a different coloured sweater for each season. 

So that's my mail: how about you? How was your weekend? Care to share? We'd love to hear. Make a memo, open that envelope, post about your post! And here's an idea (with very grateful thanks to Theresa, who pointed me in the right direction): if you are low on mail, how about taking part in International Correspondence Writing Month in February? It's worth thinking about..

Have a good week! 

Deb, Ruth, Helena, Eileen, Alexa, Jane, Mary-Lou, Alexandra, Melissa, Krafty Karen, Maggie, Karen, Mitra, Theresa were are Mondayers last week. Go on, give 'em a wave!

19 comments:

alexa said...

What beautiful wools! They're going to make for some very stylish houses on the yoke of your jumper. Glad to hear you've had a lovely time with Uncle Dave, and little E deserves a talk show all of his own :). Happy Monday-ing!

Patio Postcards said...

a lovely yarn about a tale of a pug love & oh what a lovely lot of yarn. Uncle Dave's cardigan is really quite stylist. Happy week ahead.

Julie Kirk said...

Lovely colours - and I love the buttons on Unlcle Dave's cardigan, very nostalgic. They remind me of a much loved great uncle who was a big man, but so gentle and had the voice of Bing Crosby ... ahhh, that's a nice thought. Anyway ...

... happy new week to you. x

Theresa said...

Lovely colours, and 25g balls of yarn - marvelous! A pug lover eh? On our Boxing Day walk our conversation turned to what dog we will get when we get back to England. For years it has been between a Scottie and a Bassett Hound. Back home and son decided to google dog breeds, and when his eyes landed on a Pug he was smitten!! Unfortunately for him, the adults - not so much!! Time will tell! Thanks for the mention re: InCoWriMo. I'm gathering materials to make cards and other mailable art this week. Happy Knitting! Theresa

Ruth said...

Uncle Dave looks lovely in his fabulous new cardigan (what we can see of him!) ... very university lecturery (I just made that last word up, didn't I?)
Can you share a few more details of Little E's dream, please?

Barbara Eads said...

First off, I'm impressed that you finished that sweater for your brother---it's great! I love the new colors for your next sweater. I'm joining your for your new meme! I think it's a great idea!

Jane said...

what a smart jumper, you do knit things up quickly. I'm looking forward to seeing that new jumper finished by next week!

Melissa said...

Such lovely yarn packages you received - have FUN!!

Sounds like the Dave time was good all around this year. His cardigan turned out fabulous, bargain buttons and all!

alexandra s.m. said...

It is always so nice reading what you have been up to Sian...
Love the cardigan and the buttons!
Great colors for that new project of yours, cannot wait to see more...
xx

Jennifer Shaw said...

I think that yarn in the mail would be the best kind of mail to receive ever! I always enjoy a Little E. story. Pugs are so cute! Beautiful sweater that you made for your brother and looking forward to seeing the new creation. I've been knitting baby blankets as of late. No baby to give them to but knitting them up anyway. ;)

Susan said...

You've chosen such a lovely collection of yarn and what a sweet story from Little E!

Mitra Pratt said...

so nice to have a pug in your dreams...you go Little E!

KraftyKaren said...

Look forward to seeing the new jumper when it is finished - the pattern looks very lovely. And Uncle Dave's cardigan along with the bargain buttons looks lovely too - not surprised he is taking it back with him. And thank you for the Little E story.

Hope you have a great week ahead!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Nice that you had a good Dave time. Love his cardi! Love the blue colour for the house jumper.....& love that Li'l E loves pugs. HOping your man is right back to normal, too. Haven't heard him mentioned, so presume he is:):) I AM going to do the mail Monday thing.....when I get my life sorted!!!

Cheri said...

And this lovely Tuesday finds me once again playing catch-up and forming the best of intentions to participate... I never get tired of Little E stories - he is such a character!

Jo said...

That mail looks gorgeous and I can't wait to see the finished sweater! You did a great job with Uncle Dave's cardigan and it's great to hear about Little E :)

Karen said...

Your selection of colors is wonderful, and I'll be looking forward to seeing the finished sweater!

Maggie said...

I thought of you the other day on our travels. We called into a NZ knitwear shop and they had some lovely wool just waiting to be knitted! No good me buying any! I only appreciated the bargains in this shop when I saw the prices elsewhere.

Sandra said...

Gorgeous colours ... That's going to look lovely

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