Saturday, June 30, 2007

Roll up for the mystery tour!!!!!!!

I've always loved the Beatles! Lots of times I'll have a thought and it leads me to sing some half related song for the rest of the day. Today, its the Beatles magical mystery tour, I've been humming it for the past couple of hours, and can only think that I thought of it because of the mystery stole??!! Strange I know, but the song was dragged from the back of my brain by some illogical connection LOL!!!! So heres what I've done so far! I've finished the first chart in clue one for the Mystery stole, and I think it looks great so far! My picture isn't the best, but pale grey is a nightmare to try and photograph!!!!!! So 50 rows done so far, another 50 to do before the next clue is posted on Friday:-)

I've almost finished the cardi I'm making for jasmine too, just a couple inches left to do on the hood, and then the sewing up to do! I even found a matching zip, so that saves me buying one and waiting impatiently for its arrival:-)
I'm heading towards 100 posts now too, I think this is number 90, so will get my thinking cap on for a little prize giving as seems traditional with knitting bloggers:-)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

House stitch markers

The deadline is fast approaching for the harry potter sock swap, my beads arrived today for the compulsory stitchmarkers which must go in the parcel, I have the compulsory needles too, and now just need to finish sock number two, maybe add a few little extras, and the package will be off to the states and to my gyffindor pal!!!
I'm really excited to receive my own pair of special socks through the post too, I shall be wearing them as I read the new book on the 21st July.

My beads have arrived for the mystery stole 3 too, and I'm hoping to start swatching tomorrow evening after work. DH is off to london for a works do, so I'll have total peace and quiet:-) Oh, and my new addi lace needles to try out too.....Happy days!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lacy Days!!!!!!!

I seem to be developing something of a lace yarn fetish, despite having only made the Forest canopy shawl so far, and that wasn't even in lace weight yarn!!!!!!!! I joined up to participate in the Mystery stole 3 Knitalong and trying to stick to the recommended colours to match the theme of the stole, I ordered this gorgoeus Grey Yarn from Natalie of The Yarn Yard, the bluey yarn I have seen in progress pictures of for a Print o the waves stole, and the colours go so well with the pattern, that I had to have a skein of that too *roll*

I managed to convince myself that I didn't really have any lace weight in stash that I could use, but when I've had a little rummage, I do have a few skeins of laceweight yarn hiding in my stash afterall.........

Not loads though, but I just seem to want to buy more laceweight, without having knit any of my existing stash up! I have a few balls of ksh too, but thats not for lace work, its for a nice top if I ever get round to making it:-)
ANd just to continue with the lace theme, I made a start on Montego bay form the Current IW mag! Its a really simple pattern, and I love the way iots turning out so far, apart from the wonkiness at the bottom, I'm not quite sure how I managed that, but hopefully a little blocking will resolve that for me! The yarn is handmaiden seasilk, which I used for my fcs, and I really enjoy to knit with:-)

Terri is much better now, her nose isn't quite as scabby, although she does look a little funny with bald patches dotted about her snout LOL, bless her!!! And thankfully, the little puddles have dried up too:-)
Talking of puddles, what on earth is with the weather:-O) Poor Blue and Piglottie are having an awful time with flooding in their local area:-( Thankfully not too much damage to their own homes, but still, it must be really frightening seeing the water rise and worry whether it will start to seep through your front door:-( The weather has been bad here too, but nothing like as bad as elsewhere, we've had bursts of torrential rain, rather than the constant downpour, so we've been lucky! I'm hopoing the weather will brighten up by the end of the week. I had planned to visit Alnwick gardens at the weekend with my sister and two nieces, but if the weather continues as is, I doubt we'll be going anywhere:-(
My first harry potter swap sock is done, I just need to crack on with the second one straightaway so that I can sign up for the next round of swaps:-) I have ordered the beads to make the stitchmarkers for my pal, and hoping they will arrive tomorrow! I know what I'll be doing on my days off at the weekend:-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

It's a Dogs life!!!!!!!

Poor Terri, although over the worst of it now, has had a bit of a poo time over the last week:-( Last sunday she got nettle stung all over her nose, and little blebs on her nose, soon turned into rather large bleeding, pussy, lumps!!!!!! Her eye was even swollen shut, poor little love! After a visit to the vets and a prescription for doggy steroids, the lumps settled down really quickly, thankfully, but with a rather unpleasant side effect!!!!!!! Doggy incontinence:-O( Apparently its common in dogs, even on only short term courses of steroids, just hoping it settles down as soon as the tablets are finished! I think her nose will be scarred actually, cos its almost like craters on her face where she's scratched:-( But at least she's on the mend, maybe not with her former looks intact, but mummy still loves her:-)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

All the colours of the rainbow!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, maybe not quite ALL the colours, but thats what this yarn makes me think of:-)
I'm making a hoodie for Jasmine, inspired by the cph, can you see the cabling down the edge?? I'm making the pattern up as I go along but it seems to be working out ok!!! So far..........LOL!!!! I decided to stick with Raglan sleeves, because I just think they're the easiest to get right, same number of rows and all that Jazz anyway, so keep fingers crossed!
I was searching the net last night for buttons, but because its hard to judge colours acurately on the monitor, I've decided to buy a zip for this instead, hopefully I'll find a nice metal one with a fancy zipper upper and downerer thingy..........You with me???? NO?? Nevermind!!!!!!
I bought the yarn from this seller, based in germany, and although the auctions are all in german, and I don't speak any, I managed to order with a little help from my friends!!! Jo has A LOT to answer for;-) But at about £5 for 500g, I was always going to find it hard to resist wasn't I!!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Socks, silk, and socks!!!!

I know its been a week since I posted, but apart from having nothing much to report, seeing Jasmines face everyday when I turned on my computer really made me smile:-)
The training is coming along ok, although I haven't been running in the past week as much as I would like and so I must try harder this week or I will fall behind with my training plan!!!!!!!
I've done a bit more knitting on the sock swap socks for my harry potter pal, who is in gryffindor, here they are so far, looking good even if I do say so myself:-)Just need to get a move on as I really want to post them by the end of June to allow for delivery to the states, I'd hate for them to arrive late!!!!

I started the Unbiased bag from knitty with the banana silk that I got in the secret santa swap. I really like the yarn, and the pattern knits up speedily and is very simple, so I may make another one of these with some sari silk that I have in my stash:-)

I've been doing a second pair of socks too! Rib and cable socks from IW fall 05, and I'm using Lucy Neatby yarn in "Blue vesuvius"! This is the first time I've knitted with the Celestial merino and its lovely and soft! Good job I have another lot in my stash:-)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Let me introduce.....

My niece, Jasmine!!!
Jasmine is 6, and has autism, and for that reason, my sister and I are running the great North run this year, for her! Jasmine was diagnosed with autism when she was 2, and since that time, has benefitted greatly from visits to an autistic charity local to us in Morpeth, called the Toby Henderson Trust. They've provided supportive therapy sessions for jasmine, and have been on hand for advice whenever my sister and her husband have needed it, so we decided it would be nice to try and give something back to them, to say thankyou for there help with Jasmines needs.
Over the next four months, in the run up to the race, I will be auctioning a few items to raise a little money on the Crafty threads and Yarns forum, and would be grateful for any support, remembering that support isn't just in the form of money, but in words of encouragement when training gets tough, and the goal seems beyond my reach!!!!!!!
I've been training for a couple of months , but the hard train begins now I ran 5km this morning in just under 40 minutes, which I was pleased with, but realise I have a long way to go if I am to manage to sustain that effort over 13 miles
Wish me luck

Friday, June 08, 2007

Banana bag!!!

I've spent the past couple of days, looking through stash and WIPS!!! Exciting stuff eh! I've rescued Katy, which is a db pattern from the bottom of my wip bag, and hopefully I will have it finished shortly! Its in cotton angora, which is lovely to knit with, so I'm enjoying that at the moment!!! Do you ever look back through WIP's and wonder why they were abandoned midway?? I was thinking about this as I restarted work on Katy. I like the pattern, I love the yarn, yet I've left it languishing for months.................MMMmmmmmmmm. I think its because I have too much choice of what to make next, that I can never quite manage to wait till next, and rather cast on yet another wip instead. My problem is coming up with a way to stop doing this! I've so many lovely things partly done, that even though I knit A LOT, It's a while since I finished anything. SO...........I'm going to finish Katy before I cast on for another garment!!!!!!! And even as I type, I know that I won't stick to it *roll*!!!!!!! Enough recriminations for now, I think I may cast on for Unbiased this afternoon with the banana silk from my secret santa swap:-) well, its not a garment.......... a girl needs to accessorise;-)
Piccies as soon as I get cracking!!!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Is this me???

You Are An ENTJ

The Executive

You are a natural leader - with confidence and strength that inspires others.
Driven to succeed, you are always looking for ways to gain, power, knowledge, and expertise.
Sometimes you aren't the most considerate person, especially to those who are a bit slow.
You are not easily intimidated - and you have a commanding, awe-inspiring presence.

In love, you hold high standards... for yourself, for your relationship, and for your significant other.
While it's easy for you to impress others, it's hard for you to find someone who impresses you.

At work, you are organized and good at delegating. You understand how to achieve goals.
You would make a great CEO, entrepreneur, or consultant.

How you see yourself: Rational, calm, and objective

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Inflexible, controlling, and overbearing