These slipper sock things are a Christmas present for one of my colleagues. They were easier to make than I expected. The pattern is Non-Felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura. I made the cuff bits slightly longer than the pattern suggested, so hopefully they’ll be warm enough. Fortunately she keeps spare shoes in the office so I was able to surreptitiously find out her shoe size, which happens to be the same as mine.
I finally finished the very green scarf I was making. It took a while, and even now it’s probably not as long as it should be. I stopped making it partially to save some wool so I could make the other half of a pair of green gloves I started ages ago, and partly because I was just fed up of knitting the same thing for so long! I know, no staying power! Anyway, here is the scarf:
I’m planning to give it to my mum as a late birthday present. Fortunately, she likes green! At the moment, I’m knitting a rose to make into a brooch to pin to the scarf, so it can be worn as a sort of shawl – mainly because it’s not really long enough to wrap around very much. I hope you can see the pattern. I think it looks a bit like leaves and caterpillars – hence its name (well, that and because it is very green).
There are more blissful photos on this week’s PhotoHunt page.
Sarah tagged me to do this meme, but I’m afraid I’m not very green at all!
What’s the Bible verse/passage that best describes the way you think the world should be?
I don’t know if this counts, as it’s not a description of particular circumstances in the same way that Sarah’s chosen passage (Acts 2:42-47) was, but never mind.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the LORD has annointed me
to preach good news to the poor,
He has sent me to bind-up the broken hearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour
and the day of vengence of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and to provide for those who grieve in Zion -
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
(Isaiah 61:1-3, New International Version)
If I could choose another one, which also doesn’t quite fit the bill as the answer to the question, it would be this one (sorry, I know I’m cheating already):
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
(Colossians 3: 12-14, New International Version)
When was the last time you rode a bicycle?
In 2001/2, not sure when, around the courtyardy bit in front of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It was my friend’s bike and I just rode it to see whether or not I could still ride one, as I hadn’t ridden a bike for about 8 years before that.
Have you ever written to an MP or other ‘powers that be’ about a green issue? If so, what was it? If you do this often, what was the last one?
I can’t remember whether I have or not. I used to do Superbadger, but alas I stopped writing to people. I’m not really sure why. I was probably feeling defeatist at the time. Bad Bookmouse.
What’s your favourite green product?
Recycled toilet paper!
What’s your favourite source of ‘green’ clothing?
Erm. I don’t think I have any green clothing. If I did, it would probably be charity shops. I don’t buy many new clothes. Does that help?
What’s your most unusual green handy hint?
I don’t think I’m green enough to give anyone green handy hints! If I don’t drink all my water I let the plants drink it instead of pouring it down the sink. Erm. We reuse all the Chinese take-away boxes, of which we have far, far too many. I have a compost bin. That’s about it, I’m afraid. I don’t have a car. I always felt virtuous about this, until I did a survey once about carbon or something and realised the fact that I don’t drive doesn’t really make that much difference to how environmentally friendly or not I am. Alas.
If you would like to do this meme, please do!