Thursday, April 29, 2010
I do. And today I did.
Remember the above and the below - from 'Subversive Cross Stitch' by Julie Jackson. I did these a couple of years back.
I am now covered in lint, bits of floss and managed to stick a needle into my left index finger.
I like it though. It is very me.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
September 09. We had Bog-bog about two months so he was about 16 weeks old.
Happy 1st birthday Fergus aka Bogeyman aka Bog-bog.
(top photo courtesy of Mrs Z. Percy)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Tomorrow will be the exception - as it's Bog-bogs 1st birthday.
So here's an extra one for today....can you guess what film - who knows there might be a prize -oooooooo!
'To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.'
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Today I finally finished the bottom lace edging of the Pine Tree Palatine Scarf from the 'Gossamer Webs Design Collection' by Galina Khmeleva for Interweave.
The edging calls for 23 repeats - leading to 23 teeth (points). I have taken my time with this because I so did NOT want to mess up.
I was feeling trepidation about the next stage, probably another factor on taking my time with the edging. Although I had knit up the sample in the beginning of the book, I knew after that much edging if I fuffed up it would be heartbreaking.
Today I bit the bullet.....
I've got a few more plan garter stitch, centre panel, rows before the main body of the lace starts. I ordered a new magnifying ruler with a red marker line today, the charts are small and I have over 700 rows at 181 centre panel stitches to go.....I think I may need that ruler. Also will be placing a suicide line!!!
This may take me some time to finish but hey that's the bonus of lace weight it lasts forever.
Friday, April 23, 2010
100% BFL from here. Two ply pinky-green or greeny-pink barber pole plied.
Needs a soak and a beating. But I think it is very pretty. It's about 4ply weight so destined to be socks. Maybe ploofy indoor slipper socks for next winter.
You ask me what since we must part
You shall bring back to me.
Bring back a pure and faithful heart
As true as mine to thee.
You talk of gems from foreign lands,
Of treasures, spoil, and prize.
Ah love! I shall not search your hands
But look into your eyes.
Juliana Horartia Ewing (1841-85).
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Do not talk of their love,
Deirdrie, Iseult, Heloise,
In the fragrant gardens of heaven
Are silent, or speak if at all
Of fragile inconsequent things.
And a woman I used to know
Who loved one man from her youth,
Against the strength of the fates
Fighting in somber pride
Never spoke of this thing,
But hearing his name by chance,
A light would pass over her face.
Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
For my pleasing eye or face,
Nor for any outward part,
No, nor for a constant heart:
For these may fail or turn to ill,
So thou and I shall sever:
Keep, therefore, a true woman's eye,
And love me still but know not why -
So hast though the same reason still
To doat upon me ever!
Anon circa 1600.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
to throw you off
like a heavy coat.
Sometimes I have said
you would not let me
breathe or move.
But now that I am free
to choose light clothes
or none at all
I feel the cold
and all the time I think
how warm it used to be.
Vicki Feaver (1943-)
Could have called that poem - the grass is always greener or you never know what you have till it's gone.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Oh never weep for love that's dead
Since love is seldom true
But changes his fashion from blue to red,
From brightest red to blue,
And love was born to an early death
And is so seldom true.
Then harbour no smile on your bonny face
To win the deepest sigh.
The fairest words on truest lips
Pass on and surely die,
And you will stand alone, my dear
When wintry winds draw nigh.
Sweet, never weep for what cannot be,
For this God has not given.
If the merest dream of love were true
Then, sweet we should be in heaven,
And this is only earth, my dear,
Where true love is not given.
Elizabeth Siddal (1834-62).
or my personal favourite with the theme of love and death.....
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rossetti (1830-94).
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I tread in this room
wary of space
that between us flows
you know me
as fish knows fish in tide -
no more you know
I could mark you through to the bone -
so gently I walk
around the space
soft as silk
Frances Horovitz (1938-83).
Saturday, April 17, 2010
'Twas only last June month I mind that we
Was thinkin' the toss and the call in the breast of the lover
So everlastin' as the sea.
Heer's the same little fishes that sputter and swim,
Wi' the moon's old glim on the grey, wet sand;
An' him no more to me nor me to him
Than the wind goin' over my hand.
Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I also spent a two hour chunk of yesterday tinking back 1028 sts of a lace stole because I dropped, in a millisecond of distraction, one, yes one, yo which ran back about 8 rows and couldn't be recovered other than by tinking or ripping. I managed it but that will teach to fly without a suicide line won't it? I haven't knit on it again yet because after that I just needed to walk away from it, but today I'll make back the 8.5 rows I lost and will hopefully finish chart A.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
All photo's have been taken by M Lainchbury and the copyright for them is his.
It's been quiet. I was ill last week. Nothing specific like a cold just so many aches and pains - my rhinitus is really bad so my face was sore and all puffy under my eyes and I felt really down. Am a lot better this week but not still 100% more like 75% and climbing.
I've finished the clown barf socks but all other knitting has been the slow inching through lace - I love it but it is slow.
Lots of spinning - wheel and spindle.
Have read two Miss Read's 'Changes at Fairacre' and 'Farewell to Fairacre'. I have to be in the right mood for these books and when I am, I love them. I have one left to read - 'A Peaceful Retirement' but may also dig out some old ones of the Thrush Green series and read them again if my mood stays in the same place.
J and I are reading 'Red Dog' by Louis de Bernieres as we finished 'Through a Glass Darkly'. He seems to be enjoying but maybe that is because Tally-ho, the red dog, passes so much gas.......boy thing.
Don't have a lot planned - M will book his time off for our summer holiday later this week - hurrah. But the rest of this week is given over to pottering about, doing stuff in the garden, walking the dogs and just getting back to 100%.
Monday, April 12, 2010
St Peter's Church in Preston Park. I thought this was beautiful.
Lovely peaceful little church - full of local history and interesting features. Well worth a visit. They ask for a voluntary donation to help them keep the place running. It is so lovely and well cared for we were more than happy to put our hands in our pockets.
A little more information can be found here St Peter's Church, Preston Park, Brighton. or here or even on the news page
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Reggia Sock Yarn. 2.75mm dpns. Plain ole vanilla socks with an afterthought heel. Long slow knit because plain socks are for knit night, car journeys and odd moments where I can't concentrate.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
One of my favourites is the church (which is now open thanks to a local conservation group and their hard work) and the graveyard. I have happy childhood memories of feeding the squirrels there with a friend and her Gran - in those days squirrels were still cute, not pesky vermin as they are seen now. I don't care, I like squirrels.
There are things of a more unpleasant nature from the past.
I've always liked graveyards and old churches - strange for an Atheist but it's to do with the age of the places and the peace and quiet.
We took some lovely pictures of the church and Manor gardens but I'll save them for another post.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
or if you prefer a condensed version....
The Children, Schools and Families Bill is set to complete its remaining stages in the Lords. The government has dropped several of the key measures from the bill owing to opposition demands, including: guarantees of one to one tuition for children who fall behind, mandatory sex education for those over 15 and a new registration system for home-educated children. Historically the government is forced to make concessions to opposition parties during the so-called "wash-up" period to ensure that its legislation is passed before Parliament breaks up for the general election. The provisions that remain in the bill are concerned with special education needs pupils, excluded pupils and allow greater access to the media in Family Court proceedings. "
I cannot tell you how much sleep I have lost over this issue. It feels like the last year has been one consultation/petition etc after another. I really feel like a massive weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have fought so hard and who have helped us - without people like them my despair at times would have been absolute.
It is so nice to know that we can continue to educate our child in a way that works for him.
Monday, April 05, 2010
embossed leaves 001
Originally uploaded by loobles2002
Here they are the Embossed Leaves all done and dusted. Took 10 days in total and although I made a few adjustments to the pattern, mainly the toe, I like them alot.
I love the way Pie's yarn has knitted up, the colours work very well.
Now onto kit number 4.....wonder which one is next?
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Pattern: - Pine Tree Palantine Scarf - The Gossamer Web Design Collection.
Yarn: - Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Peppermint.
Needle: - 2.5mm Addi Lace Circs.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Anyway, enough of her trumpt-up-ness, on to more important matters. I have founded a clan, with the help of my colleague down under, the only decent Border I know...Alnwick Bog. We are now associates in the 'Bog-bog Digger Clan' and are jointly making a tunnel from England to Australia which should meet in the middle somewhere. I have heard that they have some of the best bugs in the world....far more interesting than this weeks sample which included more monkey-pees, an earwig and some sort of elusive flying thing that I sniffed up my hooter before I got a good look at it.
More news will follow, Clifford my pet worm is foreman of the works and I am hopeful that I can post pictures of the excavation so far very soon. Until next time - dig deep, dig faster and try not to snort too many bugs!
Border Terriers need blue fings to enable 'azure contemplation' and to experience the joys of the erratic bounce of fings of blueness. Our daily joy levels require it as much as our tummies need many biscuits. Blue fings to parade in front of our pink monkeys and to be held in our mouths while we trample them. Blue fings to zug them awake with in the mornings. Blue fings for all Border Terriers the world over. Blue fing followers rejoice and spread the word of the wondrous fing that is blue.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
I have already started to spin it up.
I haven't used my Ashford Traveller for so long that it needed a little TLC before I started to spin but an hour later I'd spun the above. Interesting how the colours work. I can't decide yet how I'll ply it, think I'll see how it all spins up.
I also chose this lovely merino plait. Very typical colours for me but as I've been playing with a lot of different colours outside of my comfort zone I decided to pick one that put me back in to that very same zone. This is destined to become sock yarn I think.
Finally below is some BFL. I still have a thing for pink and green together. It's colour scheme I return to time and time again. This is also destined to be sock yarn.
I love all the colours and they arrived beautifully packaged with a little stitch marker too.
Marianne's shop is well worth a little peruse as she has lovely fibres and colours.
For those of you who celebrate it......Happy Easter.