Knitting, running, archaeology and bags

It’s a shawl thing…

Back again!

What is the shawl thing of the title? Well, along with socks I’ve developed an addiction to knitting shawls. Early in the year I joined the 11 Shawls for 2011 group on Ravelry and so far have completed seven shawls! The most recent one I have finished is Ishbel – please note that these are Ravelry links, you need to join to see the details but it is free.


Ishbel Shawl


I have done a bit of running, a 5K back in May for Race for Life. I didn’t run most of it but did manage to get round, hooray! It was a very hot afternoon, in a lovely location on the edge of Poole Harbour. I’ve also signed up for a 5k next month, for Diabetes UK. That’s because in July I learned that I have Diabetes, which was  a big shock at the time. Luckily I have a wonderful doctor and at the moment I don’t have to take any medication to control it. It helps to explain why I was so tired all the time, so it’s good to know.

I have done no archaeology since June, though I had planned to do a couple of weeks this month. That’s because I am still very tired, though improving slowly. So instead I visit sites and earlier this year had a very interesting tour around a site that used to be the goods yard next to St Pancras Station. Follow this link to read more about it and to see pictures.


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Things I have been Up To …

It’s that time of year again – digging season! I did a few days at Copped Hall, in Essex. We found a wall, and generally added to the confusion. It was good to be digging again, though tiring and I wasn’t able to do as much as I would like to. Here is a picture of the wall, such as it is. We were excavating around the foundations, not the bricks, looking for a robbing cut, a construction cut and evidence for the building sequence. Opinions differ on what we actually found …. It will take a while to resolve the site, if it is possible! The drawn plans are helpful to a certain point but don’t really help with the earlier house layout.

Aren't foundations lovely ...
No, it’s not the brick one

Aside from the digging I have been mostly knitting, and trying to run and failing. I just keep having low-level naggy things that prevent me from going out. Hopefully I’ll get better soon!

One of the knitting things I have been doing is watching video podcasts. Each podcast is very different, although all have mainly knitting/spinning/crochet content.  So far I’ve watched Round the Twist, The Knit Girlls, Complex Texture, Yarnivore and Twisted Strands. 

Well, it’s been a while since I started drafting this post, so I’ll put it up and follow shortly with a new one!

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