Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Yes! Finally finished my gloves. Why did they take me 2 months? Cos I hate knitting fingers on pesky, pokey little glove needles.
Opal Lupin yarn from the Harry Potter series. Knitted on 2.5mm dpns. Pattern free from Sue Morgan - Adult Gloves.
Would I make a 2nd pair? Nope.
Still finding my way round my new wheel. It feels so different to the Traveller, more positive and responsive in the treadling. The above is test spinning trying different tensions and just generally getting a feel for it.
Still spinning on the Traveller too. This is Jo's lovely fibre I got at the knitting Safari - spinning up a dream, such wonderful colours. It feels odd moving from one wheel to the other.
I didn't get anywhere as much knitting done over the holidays as I planned - I seemed to spend a lot of time sleeping. I think it is related to the release of almost 18 months of tension whilst dealing with M's Mum's estate - which was finally settled just before Xmas. We actually got written confirmation of this yesterday - I almost cried, the relief was immense - what must it feel like for M and his siblings if it made me feel that way. I am so happy to be starting 2009 without that hanging over our heads, we can finally have some closure on this loss.
M's birthday tomorrow - he's got the day off work - it's nice to have an extra day together.
No resolutions - never keep em. Am looking forward to our little weekend away in a couple of weeks, just M and I. J is going to have a spoiling from Grandma - she always cooks all his favourite foods and lets him stay up late, so he'll have a whale of a time.
Happy New Year to anyone who reads this drivel and celebrates the New Year!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are an Ingrid!
You are an Ingrid -- "I am unique"
Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
- * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
- * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
- * Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
- * Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!
What I Like About Being an Ingrid
- * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
- * my ability to establish warm connections with people
- * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
- * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
- * being unique and being seen as unique by others
- * having aesthetic sensibilities
- * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me
What's Hard About Being an Ingrid
- * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
- * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved
- * feeling guilty when I disappoint people
- * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
- * expecting too much from myself and life
- * fearing being abandoned
- * obsessing over resentments
- * longing for what I don't have
Ingrids as Children Often
- * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
- * are very sensitive
- * feel that they don't fit in
- * believe they are missing something that other people have
- * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
- * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
- * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)
Ingrids as Parents
- * help their children become who they really are
- * support their children's creativity and originality
- * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
- * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
- * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed
Seriously we had a good festive time. J got what he'd been hankering after - Lego, money, Scalextric and many other good things. M and I don't normally bother with presents but this year M filled my day with gifts and surprises - I think he was trying to banish the Ebenezer that had manifested throughout December. I got M and joint Xmas and b/day gift - music based - so he's a happy bunny.
Now if I can just persuade them that the tree needs to come down asap, I can get back to being a non-Ebenezer grouch!
Got lots of things to prepare for M's birthday on New Years Eve - so am looking forward to that now.
Hope everyone (who partakes) had a lovely holiday time and Santa came up trumps for you all!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Streets roaring with their human flood; the crowd
That fills bright rooms with billowing sounds and faces,
Like foreign music, overshrill and loud.
There is the loneliness of one who stands
Fronting the waste under the cold sea light,
A wisp of flesh against the endless sands,
Like a lost gull in solitary flight.
Single is all up-rising and down lying;
Struggle or fear or silence none may share;
Each is alone in bearing and in dying;
Conquest is uncompanioned as despair.
Yet I have known no loneliness like this,
Locked in your arms and bent beneath your kiss.
Babette Deutsch (b. 1895)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Originally uploaded by loobles2002
Finally I finished something. My knitting mojo has been sadly lacking of late.
This pattern comes Winter 08 Knitty (www.knitty.com) and is by Megan Marshall. I used stash RYC in wool/silk DK (left over from my 'Hey Teach'. It took 2 balls - so 100g. It's a nice knit - I found the amount of k3tog killed my hands and using a short circ made my wrists ache, so it was a slower knit than I first thought.
I made the larger/sloppy size,missing 1 pattern repeat as it looked huge.
It is now blocking away on a large plate. I am very interested to see if I like it on.....watch this space.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Both came from the wonderful Sockotpus http://www.socktopus.co.uk/ her parcels always are beautifully wrapped and arrive with a wonderful speediness.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
M has laid half of the new floor in the bedroom, but again the builders who originally built this extension have conspired to make progress slow - they nailed the floor down, so it has basically had to be totally relaid and screwed into place before we could even start to lay the wood flooring. What has been done looks amazing though and M swears he will work into the night to finish it - he is fed up too. We have a little glossing left to finish and then it is just tidying and decluttering, putting together my desk, varnishing my chair and putting up a couple of shelves. We are on the bedroom home straight.
Very little knitting I'm afraid. I finished one Mona sock (tis pretty in Skinny Sock, Neapolitan) and one Plain Ole Vanilla in Opal, Tonks - which I adore. I hope to find some knitting time today but it is unlikely.
Hopefully my next post will have pictures and be more jolly - can't be a happy bunny all the time.
Friday, November 28, 2008
This is Tiny 7 days on from his moult (his/her - still not 100% certain on sex - so will use 'his' for now). He is still pumping up and is stretching out here. From the tip of my middle finger to the centre of my wrist is about 7" and he is longer than that! There are no obvious male spider signs but he could still be a juvenile. I have rescued his moult and if I can spray and stretch it I'll have peak inside to see if I can see female reproductive signs - but it is touch and go if the moult will show them....just have to wait and see if he moults again. He isn't ready to eat yet, probably will be another week before his fangs are up to it, so for now he is just quietly getting used to his new self and looking magnificent.
As for the others - Boris is now officially Doris, she moulted a while back and stayed the same and at her age (around 5 or 6) she is female. Humbug is male and frail but still hanging on in there, the males get so skinny when they mature but he's still eating and tramping about his tank. Marmite is little, busy and I think he'll moult soon as his abdomen looks like it's ready to pop!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I hate it - love the finished product, despise the journey to get there.
Walls and ceiling done. New blinds - being fixed as I type. Next stop - ripping up the carpet, glossing the skirting and door frames, then fitting the wood floor in the bedroom and upstairs hall/landing, then dismantling my old desk and building my new one, varnishing my wood chair and the final job will be fitting the new light and purchasing some fripperies (love that word). Hopefully the floor will go in next weekend and by the end of the following week the whole thing will be done, if not before.
M and I slept - very badly - in the lounge last night. He was so determined to get us back into our bed tonight he started painting before he went to work and got straight back to it when he got in. Now, I hear you cry - "Why did you not paint whilst he was out?" For the very good reason that I am 'so' crap at it he would have had to redo anything I went near and with dark brown, pale beige and a turquoise/jade/blue/green - wonky would scream at you at every colour meet up.
I did cook dinner and keep the dogs/kid/cat out of his hair. I also restored and maintained order to the rest of house.
I know we have the hall and stairs to go (fairly simple job - fingers crossed) but after that M and I will be all decorated out!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Lack of time due to decorating etc am in the throes of it right now *sigh* just waiting to get 2nd coat on ceiling finished so walls can commence in full.
Progress no further if you don't like big hairy spiders!!!!
Tiny, the Salmon Pink Bird Eater moulted yesterday. Still not sure if it's juvenile still - no sign of maleness but it may still be too young and he/she is not surrendering the moulted skin (it's in the foreground, you can see the fangs that were shed along with the skin.) The hair is much darker than on previous moults and the salmon pink hairs are longer and brighter. He/she is still plumping up so the new size is difficult to gauge - so I'll just go with 'BIG' possibly double what it was previously.
Back to the grind!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Lastly, I needed something pretty to spin last night, eye catching, soft and lovely to spin - what better then Jo's rainbow merino that I got at the Safari (I think I mentioned her etsy shop to the ladies at least 4 times - hopefully the unusual name will stick!!!) I loved this merino, spins beautifully and the colours are amazing.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
That or one of the goes a bit dappy and pulls her long face - hence the nickname 'Lou-Lou Long Face'.
Now here's something tasty indeed. A gift from the bubbly glittrgirl www.glittyknittykitty.co.uk . She gifted this lovely Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca Lace Weight in Winterberry when she came to visit us last weekend. It smells of her perfume oil (very nice) and is so soft and fine and needs to become something light and lacy and wonderful - I am resisting balling it up and knitting on it right now - 'tis so very lovely!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I don't do 'weepies'. I don't cry at the drop of a hat, never have and never especially over sad films/books. But since becoming a Mum I cry at anything!
I cry over the 'Cancer Research' ads, the 'NSPCC' ones - and I'm a campaigner for them! I cry over sad images on the news, I cry over films and last night I wept over the Channel 4 programme about the witch children in Nigeria.
Why am I now at 41 so emotional? It is so unlike me. Weird.
I feel the lump in my throat, my eyes well up and the tears stream down my face and I can't stop them. I hope it doesn't worsen as I age - I can visualise myself weeping buckets over labels on soup cans in Tesco at the age of 60 if this carries on!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Some squooshy yarn for you to admire.
'Dream in color' Classy Worsted Weight Yarn (4oz's) in 'Chinatown Apple' - like it? Want it?
Then buy a raffle ticket at 'The Knitting Safari' on Saturday and it could be yours to take home and fondle.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
As well as this I am decluttering the bedroom, prior to decorating and organising a fire work do for the kidlets and M tomorrow. Plus all my normal everyday stuff, helping J with math, walking the dogs, cooking (my turn for a change), cleaning, doing the laundry .....ahhh the list is endless. Did I sleep well - you bloody bet I did!
As for the waffle - here it is;
Boris moulted and is now for certain 'Doris'.
Knitting hours so far this week = 0.
Reading hours so far this week = 15 mins.
Yoga etc so far this week = 2 hours.
Time spent running about like a headless chook = way too much.
Plus my annual sadness that it was 17 years ago tonight, around this very time, that I last saw my Da alive and he didn't know who I was or that I was even there. I miss him. Leukemia is a bitch. Ma bought an extra special 'big' firework to let off tomorrow - Da loved fireworks and we try and do this every year - plus M & J love it too.
Hopefully my next post will be positive, jolly and full of cheer.............
Don't hold your breath!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Today I plan to rest and hopefully start my very busy week tomorrow with recharged batteries.
Friday, October 31, 2008
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Well here is some lovely, lovely stuff to feed your fetish on!
Spunky Eclectic's Skinny Socks - superwash Merino in Neopolitan.
'Tis prettty no?
It's being knit into socks right now and the way the colours are working - even though I'm only on the rib cuff - is truely wonderful.