Monday, June 23, 2008

And MORE Monkeys

No matter how many times I knit Monkey socks, I never seem to tire of them. This time I made no purl monkeys, and while I do like them, I prefer the original pattern. As my fourth pair of monkeys they won't be my last, and I'm still a long way off matching Gilraens epic stash of monkey FO's!!!!!!!!!!!
I've made a start on a pair of socks from sensational knitted socks which I bought a couple of years ago. I'm doing the garter rib socks, which are nice and quick, and looking pretty good in some opal rainforest butterfly yarn. It's the first time I've attempted anything from the book, and its really easy to follow. I'll be asking for the second book for christmas I think. The shetland shorty is almost done, just the bands to knit on and then a little finishing off, but tbh, it's easier doing socks on the days when I'm at work. I've been cycling to and from work recently, so 5 miles cycled 5 times a week, and I'm still finding it a little bit tiring. I'm trying to get out running a few times a week too, although only about six miles a week over three runs at the moment. Still no definate luck with finding a running place for the great north run later this year:-( The meningitis trust did have some places left so I've sent an application off, and just waiting to hear whether I was in time for one of their final places or not, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My sister and I are looking into doing a Marathon in May of next year around lake windermere, but I'll need to get a few formal runs in before then I think........
No word on the job front yet either, I'm hoping to hear something this week about an interview. AND, only 11 weeks until we go to benidorm on our jollies:-)

Friday, June 13, 2008

A little progress......

Thanks for all the comments about Tempest, I've worn it already, which is definately a good sign!!!!!!
I've been working on another sock yarn project since yesterday morning, thanks to the new Knitty being released this week. I've cast on for Shetland shorty in some "blue jeans" sock from The yarn yard, and its looking good so far. The ties took ages..........!!! Actually, I have about 50 yards less than the pattern suggests, so keeping everything crossed that I don't run out!

I've done a little more on the deep v tank aswell, not the two handed technique though as it hurts my fingers and wrists... perhaps I'm doing it wrong??? I'm shaping the neck anyhow, and almost up to the armholes.

I just found out that I don't have a place for the Great north run this year...... places being overbooked with the charity, I've emailed a few today to see if they have places left but no luck so far, so now considering that I might not get to do it afterall, which will be a shame, but I'll still be there cheering my sister on....!!!
I've applied for a new job today too!!!!!! I'm really excited, but worried that I will be dissappointed. I've just spoken to HR to make sure my application arrived (which it did) and they said there are a lot of applications for it:-( Its a monday to friday job, which I've been looking for for ages! I've done shifts for over ten years, worked eight christmas and new years in that time, and just really wanting something without all the unsocial hours. Its really difficult to commit to anything outside of work as you just can't guarantee that you won't be rostered to work. Keep your fingers crossed for me anyway, and I'll be needing a group hug if I don't get it!!! I hope I get shortlisted..............hmmmmmm.

And finally, just because I love her.............Terri:-)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Finished, from choosing yarn to wearing in 6 days!!!!! I'm really pleased with it, I like the colour, although I did have some trouble lining the stripes up in the small stripe section...... just due to the similarity in coolour I think.
I used almost 100g of the Main colour and doubt I would have had enough for the second size, despite the pattern suggesting I would iyswim.....
I like the buttons, and think they look fine, but they're too small to stop the cardi from popping open but I doubt I'll wear it closed anyway.
Now I just need to think about my Tour de france project:-)

Friday, June 06, 2008

As promised....

I said I would do the current meme thats doing the rounds.
here goes...

1.What was I doing ten years ago?
I was living in London, working in a nursing home after dropping out of my electronics degree at Brunel university.

2.What are the five things on my to do list today?
Firstly, I intend to spend most of the day knitting, I'll probably read for a couple of hours too, label some parcels for my sister to take to the post office later, and have a quick tidy around before DH gets home, thats only four things......... oh, off to the docs this evening too!

3.Snacks I enjoy
Peanut butter and banana on brown toast.......delicious!!!

4.Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Never feel guilty about yarn buying again!!! Leave work without a doubt, shop lots, pay off my families debts.... the normal stuff really:-) I would probably fund an animal shelter for abandoned dogs too.

5.Places I have lived
Scarborough, Blyth, Durham, Newcastle, Uxbridge

6. Jobs I have had
Paper round,Supermarket worker whilst I did my A levels, worked in burger king for one day when I was at university, Care assistant, staff nurse, ward sister....... any suggestions for a new job greatly appreciated;-)

7. People I'd like to know more about
Picitsh, Aknita, Mrs J,auntie Noo, and anyone else not already participating

I also did this little quiz, I like these, even though your result depends totally upon your current mood!!

Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)

Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.

Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men

You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.

I'm getting on well with Tempest, although I pondered over which yarns to use. In the end I went with the two pinky shades, the pinky/blue was quite dark once wound which put me off a little. The back is finished and I'm cracking on with the fronts, here it is so far

I've finished another monkey sock too, its not a great picture, but its very pretty. I've done the no purl version this time, with a plain foot.

I'm hoping to take part in the Tour de france knitalong, I sent my email request this morning so hopefully I'll be in!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

decisions decisions.......

I've been a little off colour for the past week and not really done much knitting other than a little bit on a pair of Monkeys. However, as the sun is shining today, I'm ready to pick up my sticks for something to match the weather:-) I've decided to have a go at Tempest and now just need to decide on a suitable coupling of yarns...... I thought I had decided which to use but when I went to retrieve said yarn from its hiding place, I saw lots of other possible combinations and now I can't decide which to use!!!!

I think all of the coloours here could match to the colour next to them.......????

Gilraen tagged me for a meme, I'll do it sometime this week when I've thought about my answers:-)