Oh dear, I find myself in a quandary. As you may know, I have done some test knitting for some notable designers. I have been trying lately to minimise the amount that I do, as it requires fast knitting – that means intensive knitting. This is bad for my hands and I have a feeling that I need to nurture them, treat them gently, and if I do I may be able to knit for years yet. If I overdo things now, I’m not so sure. Then there is the fact that I am trying very hard not to cast on new projects but to complete old ones, of which I still have many to tackle. And I want to spin! I have 1.4 kilos of North  Ron rovings awaiting me, not to mention the current stock of 8 fleeces…

Today I find myself more than flattered by the receipt of an email from one very special designer. She is changing her test knitting set up and reducing her large set of test knitters. She has asked me, if I will stay with her in the small group, as I am so very good at it. Yes. She actually said that.

Once the size of my head has reduced a little, I shall need to come to a sensible decision. It is hard to resist such flattery. It is also difficult to pass up early sight of (and free access to) some of the very best lace patterns around.

Oh, my.

Talk some sense into me, please.

I  have some Staffordshire Oatcakes brewing in the kitchen. This is a first for me, I have never seen or eaten one, but Mr L loves them. I have no idea if they will come out right though, having no guide to work from.

Today is for down time, I think. The workbench is clear and ready for stock-taking tomorrow. Who knows, I might find time to actually do some knitting today! One thing that I do want to do is to move some large projects into those lovely cotton bags that my new bedding came in.

The jury is still out on the bedding, BTW. I shall report back after another couple of nights’ trials – the last two nights have seen us wakeful for various reasons and were not a fair test at all.

Don’t forget – if there is anything you want to see us stocking from KnitPro, let  us know today or tomorrow.

3 Responses to “Quandary”

  1. Katie 9th December 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Stick to your original decision, the patterns will end up being public eventually, and if you like them, you can buy them and still knit them.

  2. LizH 10th December 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Stick to your guns with the test-knitting. I think the long-term health of your hands should be your priority.

    I come from North Staffordshire, and consider Staffordshire oatcakes with melted cheddar and crispy bacon to be the perfect treat for a cold day. They used to sell them at breaktime at school.

    I’ve never made them from scratch – you buy them in packets of 6 from pretty much any food shop in Stoke. They should be a bit thicker then normal pancakes. Hope they come out well.

    • SpinningGill 10th December 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Liz, the first time I had Staffordshire oatcakes was at your parents’ place. 🙂 Very nice they were too!

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