Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I haven't weighed it yet, and it is currently drying off, weighted down with the very technical device of a tin of chopped toms. It's approx 169m and 16wpi. I love the way the colours merged even more as I plied it (navajo) - now I just need to spin the rest of it......
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday I went with some other ladies to another knitters house for an afternoon tea party in her garden, complete with 'retro' food on sticks, which was lovely. So nice to sit out, with good company and knit. The time flew by. (And I think she was so lucky with the weather - compared to the rest of the weekend).
The flowers are from M - aren't they lovely. I do so love to be given flowers for no reason.
I made a little progress on my 'Tilly' scarf (pattern in 'A Fine Fleece' by Lisa Lloyd). I am using Manos silk blend and a 3.75mm needle. I love to knit cables and this one is interesting enough that I don't get bored and also doesn't fry my noodle.
I also finished the left front on the 'Flutter Sleeve Cardigan' and knit up about 4" of the KSH stole I making from 'Victorian Lace Today'.
Not the best picture but the bobbin is getting fatter and fatter - I hope to add to this later today but M's purchase of a Nintendo Wii over the weekend may put paid to that as I am already addicted to playing tennis on Wii Sports - my arm aches to prove it!
I've had complaints about not warning of upcoming spider pictures so for the wossey ;-) amongst you...
BEWARE SPIDER PICTURE BELOW!!!!!!! Is that better?
Our wee baby spider Marmite moulted over the weekend. In the picture (which is a bit blurry - sorry) you can see his shed body, upside down next to him. The new body is much darker on the abdomen and legs,and very velvety looking, his head is a goldy beige colour. He had double in size. He is the first of our spiders to moult completely out in the open - it was amazing to watch.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This is the shy but friendly Miss Kitty, she is the size of a 6 month old kitten but is actually 3 years old. She spent most of the evening under a table but seemed to like M, she gave his hand a severe washing.
One of their two original kitties - this is the tiggerish Mr Boy, he is soooooo slinky. Rosie his sister was AWOL.
And of course this gallery would not be complete without a bit of border love - here's the Rubster.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I always miss my Da, it would be his 71st birthday later this week - it is so long now since we lost him - but in August the pain often feels as real as it did when he first died. I get a little sadness here and there, it passes and I learn from it. But the one thing that always sticks in my head when I feel like this, is the messiness in families, or at least in my extended family. My MIL's death just over a year ago, tore M's family assunder and they are now splintered and at this time it feels it is beyond repair. Messy, messy business. Why do we have to bicker, fester, pick at the scabs of past behaviour? Why is it so hard to let it go and move on and past the hurt?
They say time is great healer (who are they?). Whoever they are, they lie!
Tomorrow will be better. Today I am sad. Yesterday still festers in my head.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
lympic socks 001
Originally uploaded by loobles2002
Literally just fresh off the grafting needle, one half of the socks I'm making for M as part of the Ravelympics 2008 Sockput event.
Plain Ole Vanilla Socks - UK mens size 8, 3.5mm dpns. The yarn is from Posh Yarns, it's Helena and the colourway is Crow. The yarn is so soft to the foot.
Next, cast on for sock number 2.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
The event is WIP (work in progress - for non-knitters) Wrestling.
Started this in July 2008 finished 9th August 2008 @ 6.30pm GMT.
Boteh Scarf - pattern by Kathy Merrick available as a download from Interweave. Crocheted on a 4mm hook using two skeins of Koigu. I reduced the repeats by 2 because I was getting low on yarn and needed to make sure I had enough for the edging and because I didn't want it over long. I lightly steam blocked it - it needed it. I liked the pattern enough that I'd make it again 'tis pretty.
I have cast on for the Sockput event and 30% into a pair of socks for M, I have one other item listed for WIP Wrestling - my February Lady Sweater - that may be a tad optimistic of me, but hey you don't know till you try.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
It has taken 2 weeks of slog. Problem one was the underlay had never been replaced so it had perished and stuck to the Marley tiles, it was also riddled with damp and black mold. It was a job and a half just to remove the underlay, treat the Marley tiles, which were so brittle they started to break, so we ended up with levelling the floor before laying the new one. The damp had spread into the furniture so we treated all the walls too, just in case. Then we had to paint out the murals (previous decor was the inside of a spaceship, all gunmetal grey, silver and black). Finally we could start the new painting - this Monday, gloss paint and start building all the new furniture Tuesday - 5 pieces of new stuff. Yesterday we had to go out, but finished the furniture and then started the mammoth task of sorting through all the crap, old broken toys etc. We finished that off today (took me from 10am to 5pm - with an hour for lunch). Finally we put back the shelves, put in the new TV etc, put back the clock and et voila. All that is left is new dressings for the windows, at the moment I've washed and pressed the old ones until I decide what to do, and to get some new bedding. Cost so far £450 approx. A job well jobbed, but I am soooooo happy to be finished.
Next to do, our bathroom, bedroom, hall and stairs and lastly our sitting room - not much then!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Originally uploaded by loobles2002
Finally finished these this morning - left the grafting overnight. I don't know why, this is a wonderful pattern, quite simple and I whizzed through sock 1 but sock number I stuffed up so many times, I think it's my distracted mind, not the pattern.
I am pleased with them, I do like the Vera colourway and Lorna's Laces remains my favourite sock yarn to date.
I now, at this minute, have only 1 pair of socks on the needles, plain ole vanilla ones. I wonder if I will be in the same position by lunchtime today?
Originally uploaded by loobles2002
Although this week I haven't had a chance to spin, I thought I'd show my progress so far with Merino/silk mix bought at the Rare Breeds Show the other week. I think is so pretty - it has the colours of a stormy winter sea about it, when the rough waves churn the water to all the shades of jade and deep green and the sky is leaden.