Friday, February 22, 2008

just keep knitting......

The 2 x 2 ribbing of Juno is coming along, I really want to wear this cardi when I go home in a weeks time, so far I have done the fronts and back and about 1/4 of a sleeve, think I will make it?

I do of course want it to match a skirt and t-shirt that are not yet made, the skirt in fact is still a little idea bouncing around in my head and am not sure how I will go about it. Of course this is not really a problem is it??

I am enjoying being away from home, except for the lack of sewing machines and bits and bobs, like a ruler and a niddy-noddy, well I can't pack everything, I only have a little car and it was full of boys and dog!

The dog who lives in the house has abandonment issues, so I have been trying not to leave her for too long, so far she has eaten a plant and sicked it up on the doormat. Emptied the bin as I stupidly forgot the child lock on the cupboard one night AND stole and ate 1lb of cheddar that a boy left on the table......cheddar is a rarity and a much loved treat, so she was in the bad books that day.
Not sure if she shared it with Jonah or not, he wasn't telling, apparently she had cheese breath and he didn't but I wasn't getting that close.

I don't have any photos of current wips, I have washed and dried my december Party Dress fibre and boy is it bright, next up some lovely green batts for someones birthday.

I will leave you with some photos of parcels that arrived recently, this came from Amelia in exchange for a skein of yarn the same as the one she lost.
Gorgeous stuff, the lip gloss is particularly yummy and the bath thing smells divine.

This is from Jacqueline in exchange for swapping dye lots of some other yarn,

this was my thank you and its just my colour, there was also a box of amazing truffles but they didn't make it into the photo as I had to hide them, they were of the non-sharing variety! Thank you both very much.
I'm off to get back to the dogs and the knitting, more soon......

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


It is indeed the february "ski" holiday, two whole weeks of children home from school.
We are currently hiding out at a friends house, a few kilometres up "the hill", it has a fab view over the city and is very calm and peaceful. This is in part due to the fact its a big sprawly kind of house and when the kids disappear, you can't hear a thing, bliss. So I have been spinning, knitting and catching up with some british telly. Now considering I haven't seen UK soaps since 2002, what on earth is going on in Emmerdale?
It is the house where the dogs think the sofa belongs to them, so yesterday I did spend quite a bit of time sandwiched between a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Labrador, it was a bit chilly, so I think they were just trying to keep me warm. Of course as soon as I moved they just spread out a bit, cheeky dogs....
I finally started knitting Juno from Rowan 40, I bought the yarn for this, Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran in a lovely blue colour, on a shopping trip at Libertys with Yvonne. It is knitting up pretty fast, though the yarn is a bit hard on my hands, I am hoping it will be better when washed.
I finished spinning up my december fibre from Amy, it is very bright and will make some more very loud socks. No pics though. More soon......

Friday, February 08, 2008


Thank you all for your well wishes from the last sick post, I forgot last post, sorry and now we have been hit by yet another virus, I am sure the air filters at Dh's work, where it is supposed to be a "clean room" are knacked.
He catches everything going at work, then is sick all weekend and contaminates the rest of us. I tried so hard not to catch it, extra vitamins, echinacea, willpower, all to no avail.
Jordan managed to get better to go in to sit his mock exams, though he did stress himself enough to have a few nosebleeds throughout the day, lovely.

So apart from the lying around I have managed a little knitting, I finished this,

to match these shoes.

You might remember that I went off to dye some roving, seen in this post and then spun it here, well it ended up like this.

These are a gift for someone who will appreciate their subtle colour.

I am having to re-do a couple of christmas presents as the lovely Royal Mail lost a parcel I posted in the new year. I posted the parcel from Scotland as I thought the problems of lost parcels might be La Postes fault but it seems not, all the parcels I posted from France arrived safe and sound, I still have some parcels outstanding from a UK company but that is another fight.
So the problem now is, do I re-do the same thing or do I do something different, I think I might need some Ravelry-ing for some inspiration.

I have also managed a little more on my Marie Antoinette socks but I really need to concentrate, which I was not really capable of for most of the week, I hope to get round to finishing up this one this week. I do need to cast on some mindless socks and I MUST finish the other halfs boring black jumper.....sometime soon.

I have some thank yous and photos to post for some mail I have received but I have to get it all together, so thats next.

Friday, February 01, 2008

B is for........

bum, bottom, behind (you) and boobs!

I was very late with the letter A and as this month has been panto all the way, B just had to be this.
Jordan was a great sport with his costume and discovered that having a huge bum and boobs, really got in the way.
Though did make a comfy seat when relaxing between scenes!

The panto was fabulous, everyone worked so hard and the kids had a fabulous time, after they had overcome the nerves.

So after all the panto nonsense, sewing bizarre things, I managed a little knitting and finished these delicato mittens from Knitspot.

and this, and am never, never knitting another shawl in black mohair, yuk, it wasn't for me or I would have never finished it!

I started these Marie Antoinette socks, which I think are soo soo pretty and of course will be mine.....

I got this months fibre from Amy and ordered a little more as I love the colour.

This little skein of handspun is for a swap organised with the french spinning forum, I am very worried as my swap partner is an expert spinner, I hope she likes it, I knitted my first washcloth and sent some soap from here and of course chocolate to make up for the beginner spinning.

For some reason I can't add any links, either blogger is playing up or someone has kindly updated something on my computer, I do love it when the tech guy thinks he is doing me a favour....sheesh! Ooops, all fixed, sorry dear it was blogger not you...

Now here is a worrying thing, after the panto one day someone asked me if I had made Jordans costumes and would I be interested in doing a dress for her mother, now looking at these costumes, do you think it shows my work off to its best?
Or do you think she wants her mum to look like a Pantomime Dame????

Off to do some clearing up and organising, my house looks like you could stir it with a stick and I have 12 people coming for dinner tomorrow.
Have a fun weekend, happy knitting......