I love days when I can just potter around...days when I have no commitments and I can idly move from one activity to the other. Of course, there were many things I could and probably should have been doing, such as supermarketing, cleaning, or preparing my tax return, but I've chosen to do none of these.
Over the last few days I've had an urge to make another small shawl (I'm absolutely refusing to use the ugly word 'shawlette'). I wear my small Ishbel frequently. It's a wonderful buffer against the rather severe air-conditioning of my office and just enough decoration for plain clothes. So I've been looking at patterns on Ravelry and weighing my options. Initially I thought I wanted to make something silky and light, but (predictably) I found I was attracted to simpler, slightly heavier shawls. Eventually I decided on LaLa's Simple Shawl, significantly influenced by Mustaa Villaa's recent adaptation. I went searching through my store of yarn, and the choice was again predictable. I rediscovered a skein of Kauni - a Danish yarn with the same slightly prickly texture of Shetland yarns. I love the fabric these yarns produce and I find the slight prickliness is offset by the way scarves made from these yarns fall and cling to your clothes when you wear them.
So, I pottered around to assemble pattern, yarn and needles and cast on to begin knitting the small shawl. The yarn's in a wonderfully retro combination of blue and brown.
By mid-morning I pottered off to have coffee with some of my neighbours at the local French patisserie.
There is a standing arrangement that anyone who is around about mid-morning on Saturday can meet at Gwen's for coffee and pastries. A great way to catch up with neighbours and the local gossip. 'Gwen's' is more formally the St Germain Patisserie (corner of Rosehill and Boundary Streets in Redfern if you're interested) and has a great range of traditional French cakes and pastries, cooked on the premises.
Later, I pottered off to All Buttons Great and Small at Newtown for buttons for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan that I hope to finish this weekend.
This beautiful shop has such an extensive range of buttons - you can potter around within the shop and continuously discover new and beguiling buttons. Eventually I bought some metal buttons whose finish echoes variations on rust - perfect for the brown tweedy fabric of the cardi.
And then I pottered to SSK at Barmuda in Newtown for more coffee, more knitting on my shawl, and more idle conversation - this time with fellow knitters. I always love the light in the upstairs room at the cafe in which SSK meets. It has a mellow quality that suits the pleasures of knitting.
I'm now home - pottering with this blog post while waiting for my pot of osso bucco to cook slowly. A perfect day.
PS In re-reading this I've realised it sounds like advertisements for my favourite shops. On reflection, I don't mind if it does. These places give me a great deal of pleasure.