Monday, 28 December 2009
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Thankfully my brothers Fiance's Christmas socks were completed last night before they arrived today to exchange gifts..phew!
Here they are (right)
Friday, 4 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Well, I didn't manage to complete NaBloPoMo this time around having only written 24 posts throughout November (you had to write 30 posts in 30 days) but I'm not too bothered. I will endevour to choose a month in 2010 and do it then (just to appease myself).
December started with a pleasant surprise as I made Letter of The Month in the latest issue of Simply Knitting magazine. It's the first time I've written in so was a complete shock to get printed. My letter was about the Pudsey bear I'd knitted (and a photo) from a pattern printed in their previous issue. I have won £30 of vouchers for online shop Serenity Knitting. As you can imagine I am chuffed to bits.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Some members of my Knit Club are currently knitting hats for the Sailors Society
The Sailors' Society is an inter-denominational charity which replaces isolation with belonging amongst seafarers throughout the world. Through a network of Port Chaplains and Seafarers’ Centres, operating in 30 countries in almost 100 Ports, the Society aims to enhance and enrich the lives of the 1.2million seafarers who often lead dangerous and lonely lives at sea, many miles from home. The Port Chaplains visit thousands of ships every year, directly addressing the needs of seafarers - irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality.
The Mister's mum has been using this pattern from a vintage knitting booklet (lent by my mum) for some time and has produced loads of these woolly heid-warmers. I thought it was time I gave it a go. Quick and easy....and very stretchy.
This pattern is worked using 2 strands of Double Knitting wool together.
Using 2 different colours gives a great marl effect.
Using 6mm needles (old size 4).
Cast on 68 sts
Work in K2, P2 rib for 10 inches, ending on wrong side row
Next Row: K2 tog, P2 tog to end…(34 sts)
Next Row: K1, P1 to end
Next Row: *K3 tog, P1, rep from * to last 2 sts, K1, P1
Next Row: K1, P1 to end
Next Row: *K3 tog, P1 rep from * to last 2 sts, K1, P1
Next Row: * K1, P3 tog, rep from *to last 2 sts, K1, P1 (6sts)
Break off yarn thread through remaining stitches, draw up and fasten off securely.
Using a flat stitch, join seam.
Gavin wasn't quite so keen to model however!
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
We went to children's play centre 'Jumping Jacks' for lunch. Its a soft play place with indoor climbing frames and pools of colourful plastic balls. Little did I know when I entered the building that minutes later I too would be in amongst it all (hence the exhaustion!). It's times like this when you realise just how unfit you are...and how much stamina the little ones posess!
After lunch (most of which seemed to end up on the floor courtasy of Master L) we made our way back to my place where the kids proceeded to feed treats to Patch until he was almost fit to burst. Patch loves when little ones come to visit as there's always lots of carpet crumbs (saves me hoovering at least!).
Soon it was time for my guests to bid farewell..later their mum said they both slept in the car all the way home. I was kind of in need of a nap myself.
I had knitted them both hats but forgot to take pictures. Thankfully they both fitted well.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Why make a list? I have no idea it's just some small compulsion I have to do. In the time I take to compile said list I could have completed at least one of my tasks .
Anyway, that is why I am not going to waste too much of my valueable/worthless time writing todays blog post. I'm going to try and just crack on. These are some of the interesting/mind numbingly boring things I wish to achieve today.
- Hem my jeans (they are gathering dust, they've been waiting so long)
- Write letters to penpals (always a pleasure when I have peace and quiet)
- Renew my house insurance
- Walk Patch
- Place order online for clothes in November sale.
- Get gift ideas for Mister's xmas (he's hardest to buy for..has everything!!)
- Make sure courier booked for knit group donations to Project Peru
- Write todays blog post ( yeah, yeah..I'm getting there)
That's just some..I don't want you to nod off with complete boredom. Best get on..!
Monday, 16 November 2009
It really bothers me the excuses that some people give for not giving blood:
- I'm too busy (it only takes an hour of your life 3 times a year!)
- I'm on medication (most medications do not affect blood donations..as long as you say)
- I'm scared of needles (it's ONE needle!)
Admittedly there are people who are unable to donate for instance if like myself you have had a blood tranfusion in the Uk since 1980. If you are unsure whether you are eligible or not it's worth asking..you really can save a life.
In the 1980's I was fortunate enough to receive blood tranfusions after all of my spinal surgeries and again in 2000 following a road traffic accident.
Just think about it.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Okay..I'd better give my square eyes a rest and get off to bed. What's your must-see Tv?
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I have just finished reading a really lovely novel
which in part tells the story of one man's fight to survive during the Great War in 1917. After escaping from a POW camp in Siberia the character Moritz Daniecki travels over 3,000 miles on foot to find the girl whos love gave him the will to survive.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Fave Snack Of The Day: Cadbury's Caramel..dreamy with a hot cup of tea..yum!
Monday, 9 November 2009
Other money raising matters. My Knit Camp 2010 fund is ever increasing and now stands at..... ...coming along nicely! Think of all the lovely yarn I buy. Only another 152 to go! The registration for the workshop classes isn't until January..I have no idea what I want to sign up for yet. I'm hoping there are some classes on perfecting the basics, maybe cable or intarsia.
Other Stuff: I was recently sent (by a lovely lady on Ravelry) the Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket pattern..looking forward to making a start on that soon.
Fave Snack Of The Day: Not strictly a snack but feel I have to mention the delicious dinner Gavin cooked tonight (to be fair he always cooks..I burn toast!). Red Thai curry..yum!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
If you are unaware of the sheer joy that is Take That..let me summerise as quickly as I can.
- Boyband from Manchester formed in 1990..uber cheese.
- String of hits..25 million record sales
- Fanbase as crazy as Bealtlemania.
- Member Robbie Williams quits in 1995...band break up 1996.
- Reform as a 'manband' in 2005 (without Williams).
- Massive success once again with 'grown up' tunes.
Saturday, 7 November 2009
The first card was from Karen, who I have known since we shared a student flat together in Edinburgh....13yrs ago!! She is a Fifer like me but has travelled and worked all over the world. A few years ago she married and settled in San Francisco. Her hubby joined the U.S Army and they have just received their first official posting...to Hawaii! Her Facebook page is full of glorious photos of sunsoaked beaches. Looks like the knitted scarf I gave her when we last met up (before the posting) won't be getting much of an airing!!
The second postcard is from Cecelia, a really funny lady and fellow knitter who I got to know through the international knitting site that is Ravelry. We have been exchanging letters for over a year now and I look forward to perhaps meeting her in person one day. Cecelia lives in New York but grew up in Hawaii and was back visiting family and friends.
Hawaii seems like a dream to me...beyond paradise.
I grew up watching Elvis movies and I remember Hawaii featured in a few of them..my favourite being 'Girls! Girls! Girls!'. It was also the setting for the movie for 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' which featured Russell Brand in speedos quite heavily..not altogether unpleasant on the eye.
Fave Snack Of The Day: Gavin gave me one of his Empire biscuits..nice chap.
Friday, 6 November 2009
- November Rain - Guns & Roses
- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - B.J Thomas
- Purple Rain - Prince
- Singing In The Rain - Gene Kelly
- Sunshine On A Rainy Day - Zoe
- Rain Or Shine - Five Star
- Naked In The Rain - Blue Pearl
- It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
- Rain - Madonna
Got any others?
Other Stuff: I am totally appaulled by Sky1 (tv channel). Tonight is 'Michael Jackson' night which is fair enough ,but at 10pm there is a 'live seance' show. 'Spiritual medium' Derek Acorah is going to try and converse with MJ from beyond the grave. I don't want to be accused of slander but Mr.Acorah is a joke. He used to appear on 'Most Haunted' and 'speak' with ghosts in haunted houses. The shows producers claimed he knew no previous history of the locations but I'm sure all the alleged ghosts would be listed for all to see in the visitors guidebook. As for Micheal Jackson millions of us (fans or not) have been bombarded by Wacko Jacko stories over the years so what is Mr.Acorah going to reveal that will convice us MJ is really conversing. Watch it to find out? Not a chance!
More importantly.. Fave Snack Of The Day..Gavin just presented me with more French Fancies..he's a keeper (or should I say 'feeder'?)
Thursday, 5 November 2009
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
I really envy those who are clever enough to knit lace patterned ones (like Alex).
So whilst the mood took me I decided to cast on another pair using the Opal Harry Potter yarn I bought some time ago. It's a variated wool in hues of blue, green and even a bit of dark red. I tried taking a photo but the colours came out all wrong.
I made another kitch purchase today..do you want to see?
I've always wanted a cake stand..for girlie afternoon teas. Now I just need to make some cucumber sandwiches and keep the cake supply topped up (oh the hardship!). It may even inspire me to bake some scones...but I very much doubt, safer buying some..lol.
The cake stand has a similar design to the Jessie Tait Midwinter tea set I got from my Nana before she died. It's in my mums attic...time to retrieve it I think.
Other News: I can't believe Channel 4 have made a drama reconstructing Gary Glitter's 'child porn' court case.
Fave Snack Of The Day: The Halloween limited edition French Fancies (as seen on cakestand)
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I have hardly been out the door lately as its been cold and wet. I'm kind of over obsessing about not catching a cold as it inevitably turns into a chest infection for me which is no fun at all. Swine flu cases are few in this area but there have been some fatalities..another reason I'm semi-hibernating. 20,000 people in Scotland have contracted Swine flu..with no sign of a decrease in figures yet.
Some people may say 'if you're going to get something, you'll get it no matter what precautions you take'...which is fair enough. Like I said..I'm probably over-obsessing but with only 26% lung capacity even a common cold is a full on drama.
Still staying in has its good points too...lots of knitting, tea drinking, lying in bed curled up with the dog, catch up TV, wearing cosy handknitted socks, reading Crime novels, writing letters and thinking of making soup (I haven't got round to actually making it yet).
Happy Halloween for tomorrow folks.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Meet Pudsey Bear..for those of you who may not recognise this sunny coloured chap he is the mascot for 'Children In Need' charity telethon here in the UK. The pattern was in the latest issue of Simply Knitting magazine and is by Alan Dart. My Pudsey stands at 7 inches tall and I've plenty of yellow yarn left so he may well get some friends.
Children In Need day is on Friday 20th November and this year marks its 30th anniversay. Last year the telethon raised over £20million.