Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Life has been a bit chaotic....

Where does the time go? I'm already back to studying and just seem to have so little time.

I did finish my 2nd pair of socks and have cast on/started pair number 3. Am also knitting in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino - a set of mits/hat/scarve for JL for Xmas in a lush red. Today I also approached a firm about knitting for them from home- I'm going to give it a try out and see how it goes. It doesn't pay much but every little helps.

Still ploughing through The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman- I just don't get the time to read.

Am orgainising JL's Monday group - trying to get a hall for the winter - don't think meeting in the park would be so much fun in November. All these little things eat into my day/week.

So with all that plus running a home, looking after the animals etc - I seem to have life just whizzing past at the moment.

What a I need is a go-fer or perhaps a housekeeper/accountant/ a foot rubber and a dispenser of pain killers. JL is playing his piano thing and has it on repeat of his fav tune - I think this is the 15th repeat- where is the screwdriver or failing that a hammer might do the job.........
Even the dogs gone to bed, she can't stand it anymore - I wonder if she'd squeeze up and let me join her?

Perhaps next time I post it will be less manic- right I'm off to remove some batteries.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Wet n windy

It's a little blustery by the seaside today, as well as a little wet. The sea looks leaden and the sky is only one shade lighter.

I'm a little distracted at the moment, as I've just started my new course and the work load seems high already.

On the knitting front ... I finshed my socks, haven't yet cast on the next pair. Have been knitting Halloween surprises for JL - spiders, ghosts and pumkins.

Anyway, this was just a quickie, as it's lunchtime and I'm very hungry. So I'll buzz off for now and leave you with JL's current fav joke - why did the lobster blush......cos the sea weed.

Sunday, September 19, 2004


Well today is the day - 17 years ago we got married - (buckets ready, chaps) but it just gets better everyday. At the time I wondered what it would feel like to be married that long, would we still be in love, find each other attractive and fun to be with - and the answer is YES. We've actually been together 21 years - which is even more scary - in this day and age. lol

So we are going to enjoy a lazy, family day - with a family dinner - a bottle of fizz after JL goes to bed and some candlelight and soft music. ahhhhh

Unlike last night, at 2.00am someone started a *rave*? nearby - it went on all night and is still going on now - we didn't get a lot of sleep - hence the lazy day today - hopefully we'll find time for a little snooze ..zzzzzzz.zzzzzzz.zzzzzz.

One good point is that because ML was potting yesterday - see I actually had loads of time to knit and made huge progress with sock number 2 - turned the heel and shaped the gusset an 1/2 way down the foot - I'm hopefully going to finish it today, then I can start on pair 3 - I know I'm a sock addict - I can't help it - honest ... it's just got this hold over Homer and beer mmmmmmm opal sock yarn . All my other WIP are on hold whilst I'm in the grip of sock mania - though I must make an effort this week on my crochet jacket.

The other compulsion just starting again is soup making, I just love to make soup and to bake in the Autumn (fall), there's something special about creating a new soup. I really love this time of year, I'm already planning halloween and bonfire night - sad but true. I find this more exciting than Christmas.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Just checking in.

It's been kinda quiet round here....mainly home-edding and having kids to play etc.

I think part of this is also post project lethargy.... I just can't be asked - know what I mean.

I did finish my Opal sock number 1 & started number 2. Did a bit of secret clanger/pullover knitting.

Still awaiting my new yarn/needles from LYS - they're out of the colour I ordered and are waiting for it to come in.

What else? ....... got bought a large bottle of my fav perfume from ML (it's our 17th wedding anniversary on Sunday) - he's such a sweetie.

One of our tarantulas is about to go into moult, the cat is mewing for food and attacking my knitting bag yet again.

I think I need to spend some time with my fabric stash as I have been having patchwork cravings recently but am lacking in inspiration ... it's that lethargy gig again. Normally at this time of year I get 3 months off from study but have chosen to carry straight on, I think because my breaks only small I just can't get motivated to do anything much. I think a nice quiet weekend, a couple of nice long dog walks and my zing will be back (fingers-crossed).

Anyway that's it for now from a zingless. lack-lustre little ole me.

Monday, September 13, 2004


I've finished my project - all 6000 words, typed, proof read, bound and ready to go. I am so pleased that it is over and done with - whew what a weight off my mind.

I have time for a few days off now to relax before it all starts again - but it's my last year - so fingers crossed this time next year I'll have my degree - and be starting a gap year before either doing a 2nd degree or a MA - who knows.

I'm off now to put my feet up and relax - ahhhhhhhh - bliss.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

It's oh so quiet.............

It's Sunday and everybody has gone out except me, even the dogs are not woofing. This is so rare - I'll make the most of it and type up some more of my project in a minute.

Almost completed my sock - 2/3 of way down the toe shaping - prob a few more rows till I can graft - so that's for later this sarvo.

The next job is sock no 2. Also waiting for delivery from LYS (Tues - fingers-crossed) with new yarn and needles for my mitten project - if the pattern works out I'll make them for all my nephews/nieces - and there quite a few so should keep me busy for a while.

Anyway time to work now - I will finish that damn project!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2004

It's the weekend........

OK so it's the weekend......and I have a cold......pooh.

I was thinking (scary I know) about when I first started knitting as a kid and what I made. I remember going to the LYS and getting some bright lilac dk out of the bargain bin for 10p. I taught myself how to knit a triangle by casting on at each end of a row and made all my Sindy's and Barbie's garter stitch halter tops and matching mini skirts - in aforesaid lurid lilac. I can remember also being given skeins of yarn, needles and a doll clothes pattern for a birthday present - still got the pattern for a dolls poncho - all these things come around.

Yesterday I ordered some cash/merino and some addi turbo dpns - as I want to make J some mittens - found a cool pattern for hat, scarf & mittens - going to have to be bright red though or he won't wear them - these are my incentive to finish my project - I'm not allowed to cast on till I have.

Almost finished my sock - just the toe to do - hopefully get there today. Fingers crossed.

Well that's about it for now...............s'later.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

A very sleepy little dalmatian. My spotty baby. Posted by Hello

My first ever pair of socks. Posted by Hello

Rowan linen print again - it looks much better on - really good shaping. Posted by Hello

Rowan linen print - refresher. Posted by Hello

This is a very naughty ninja boy. Posted by Hello

My baby boy - he's growing up so fast. Posted by Hello

Recent project - first time it's OK to drop Posted by Hello

Quick check in.

Believe it or not I've been getting on with my course, this week. All things woollen have been neglected. I've finally written all 3 bits - just need to type and proof read - then post it!!

Am going to take some piccies later - so hopefully I'll be posting them soon ....... watch this space.

Oh gosh where has today gone........time for yoga....................byeeeeeeee.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

I did it!

Yep finally wrote the draft of my methodology proposal (2000 words), just the 1000 word evaluation to go (tomorrow), then just need to type, proof read and post and this part of my course is finally over - hurrah - can't wait.

It's very windy again today and very hot - my nose is now a bit like Rudolphs - took the dog for a blustery walk to the windmill today - J was in fear of his cap being blown out to sea. We could see a large yacht heading towards the marina - I didn't envy them as it looked choppy.

Had sock progress last night - just finishing the instep shaping - but its slow because I've got so much other stuff going on, but I'm getting there.
Anyway knitting time is approaching or maybe a couple of hours with a good book - ah decisions, decisions.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Always on a Monday

Why are there Mondays? Is it just me but I've always detested Monday. Just never can get my mojo together - I need to skip the day and wake up in Tuesday. I never seem to get anywhere or get anything done - the only up side is I spend so long chasing around that the day does whizz by - so that's something I suppose.

So I'm going now - be back on Tuesday when I officially start my week and by that time will be less flustered and hopefully more human.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Lazy Sunday

Went to a family party yesterday - ate much to much. Sat in the sun, watched the children playing, very relaxing.

I also found a lovely pattern for my 100% - peachy/pink cotton. The edging was a nightmare because you had to k4togtbl then k4tog - my hands were really aching after that!!

Just going to spend today, relaxing in the garden - making the most of the sunny weather - we're going to have a garden picnic and blow bubbles and chill. ML is going to stoke up the BBq for some toasted halloumi to go with our tea - we'll crack open a bottle of red and watch the sunset - all to the gentle clicking of my knitting needles. Sublime.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Have had a hectic day or so - yesterday was studying then J had O to play, whilst the Mums' had a good old chat - especially about the home-ed discussion on BBC Radio 4 - what is with these people and socialisation - bah - humbug.

Then I had to dash of to my yoga class with the wonderful and flexible I.

Also yesterday was an anniversary -21 yrs since ML proposed to me - we are so sweeeeeet.

Today I've dropped J off for a full days play at another friends - so I can study again. When I got home my last essay had been returned with my best ever mark - hurrah for me.

The only knitting has been a brief flirt with my sock yesterday pm and frogging a pink cotton fan and feather tunic which I decided that the yarn was just to heavy for the pattern. So now I have 10 balls of peachy/pink 100% cotton dk and I'm not sure what to knit with it - decisions are tough.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Another knitless day

Despite all my good intentions I haven't touched a ball of wool today, either to knit or unravel. My 7 yr old mini demon decided to give me hell today - and the day just spiraled out of control. I did manage to concoct an amazing raisin teabread for a friend who's coming to visit tomorrow - but that's about as creative as I got.

Perhaps tomorrow will be giant tangle ball day.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

I finished the draft of my lit review. Which was amazing as I spent time setting up this blog. It was double amazing because I was child sitting my 10yr nephew as well, who is a tad challenging.

Knitted a bit of my sock - opal magic yarn - it's like a painting unveiling before your eyes. Also found some jumpers that I need to recycle the wool from - so that's a job for later today - I'll keep you posted on how big a tangle I manage. A BIG ONE!

Just been reading today's posts on Knitty - they are such a friendly bunch.

Anyway the other job for today - is to now start my 2000 word methodology essay - hurrah ;0)

Well that's it for now.