Monday, 23 February 2009

count your blessings

no pictures
no waffling

please follow the link - and if possible send even just one lightweight item, maybe some wool, maybe some toiletries, maybe something as simple as string

reading the list of items desperately needed brings home exactly how much people have lost in the australian fires - everything

i have a problem with donating via major charities such as the red cross, for my own reasons - but if i know that every penny will go where it is needed, then yes, in whatever small way i can help, i will

thats all

Sunday, 22 February 2009

going back to work ...

i am pleased with my little self today
this is the handpsun i have just plied, its the most even i have managed so far (despite my lovely wheel playing silly buggers repeatedly), its a bit thinner than double knit, so if i really concentrated i might be able to spin / ply around fingering weight / heavy lace weight

you can see how pleased gibbs is too, with his cheeky little grin and his twinkly eyes - ahhh jethro, you warm the cockles of my heart, you silver fox you

these were the 2 bobbins i had spun over the last wek or two, much better than my last lot (this is maybe my 5th go at spinning), no serious thick / thin differences in this lot - i am not kidding myself its brilliant, but i am very happy with it so far
my aim is to spin enough to be able to knit myself a grey shawl, and as theres still a bag and a half left to spin up i should have plenty

hand spun, hand knit shawl in natural greys - not bad!

this is 'choke', from noro silk garden - very easy to kniw, the dragon scale stitch definition isnt brilliant but its ok - had to do a bit of jiggling about with the noro, as i love the pinks \& purples but LOATHE the orangey browns, so joined at the back neck to hide those colours
i think this will be heading to work with me tomorrow

where did the holiday go??

FINISHED! twilight mitts of heavenly goodness, i love these - one or two stitches in the wrong places but i love them to bits

and finally - if i knit myself a tank top (to wear over a black shirt, i can picture it in my head) would i end up looking like father dougal??

Thursday, 19 February 2009

spring, almost

ok, so the piccies on here have loaded themselves back to front - not literally, but as in this should have been the last one - never mind

i know better than to try and move them about anymore, that way madness lies ...

this is a little cuff i made a while ago, mrs beetons (ravelry) - ridiculously easy to make, very fast - pretty ridiculous on too, but i love them - totally silly and a bit of frippery (great peeking out from a long sleeved black top)

playing about with my camera - i still dont know what the hell is meant to do what - i tend to experiement and scribble notes down if a certain setting seems to work - i quite liked these ones of a lamp in my living room

i will invest in a better camera at some point, and lessons - thats the biggy, this camera is lovely but i know i dont even begin to make the most of it out of sheer ignorance
i would book onto some nightclass now, but this silly chronic fatigue / ME thingy knocks that for six, a nightclass would kill me just at the moment

talking of which, i feel a kip on the settee coming on ...

ah, this is more like what was meant to follow the title - my garden is tiny
not one of those tardis type gardens that are always in 'container gardening for small gardens' books, that are usually the size of 17 of mine put together, with decking and seating and a pond and a pergola and enough grass to keep 5 gardeners in business
no, my garden is TINY, no grass, just 2 squares outside the house (and as its a back to back terraced house, thats it, no other garden space at all)
my old garden was heaps bigger, 3 sides to it, lovely, and backed onto open land and old trees - but this little space keeps me sane in the summer, i spend a hell of a lot of time sitting out in it
i tidied all of my many pots the other day (its mild, dark, cloudy and wet but mild, its a start), and loved seeing how many bulbs are poking their way through - daffs, tulips, bluebells and goodness knows what else i shoved in there last year
last summer everything looked gorgeous, very cheap bulbs mainly, from good old wilko, so i bought loads more and shoved those in too
i need to find a good online plant supplier, and to get to a garden centre again - i miss having one really handy, its 2 bus rides to get to a homebase, and much much further to get to somewhere bigger like b&q
being a teenager in a small country market town was dull as can be, but being able to get to all the shops easily was a huge bonus!
ah well
last remaining pansy that survived the snow and ice - i love you

Monday, 16 February 2009


a time of rest and play ... sleep, knit, read - and repeat, heavenly
half term, one week off for good behaviour, although i am in work tomorrow for the day to do some 'very important' (actually it is, very) paperwork - apart from that, meeting friends, knitting, meeting friends AND knitting, having lunch, roaming book shops, looking at things for knitty swaps, looking at things for spinning swaps, seeing my mum, and dying my hair - perfect week off, all being well

the above picture is one of my latest 'must knit's, but in as dark a grey or black as possible and without the collar
i think with a black long sleeve top and a quirky skirt & boots it could be quite nice

for some reason i am reminiscing about this lovely book a lot lately - my mum rang me the other week after reading some article where the writer had mentioned this book and how much he loved it as a boy - i had 2 that i can remember, and loved them - pookie, a little bunny with wings - i had a pookie teddy at some point, with chubby legs dressed in blue trousers, i cant remember him having wings though, maybe i chewed them off
tis perfectly possible
but once you start down memory lane its never ending - i was a happy happy child, and there are so many wonderful memories, mainly around my nan and gag, my much loved and missed grandparents
happy days

ah pookie, where are you

this - sylvi - has gone in the bin
was never 100% sure that i would actually wear something chunky and bright pink, and should have stuck to me instincts, and at the least knit it in charcoal
or ignored it
small people who aint sylphlike shouldnt bloody bother with chunky cables

i loved knitting it, and blocked the back yesterday / over night - it was so small i had to stretch the hell out of it and soak it and stretch it some more, so when i took it off the pins it looked like lace, not nice ... so rather than keep trying i have binned it
if i ever go back to it, it will be with different wook in a better, as in more 'me', colour

meantime, theres a gorgeous, long, flarey cabled coat in inspired to knit, so i am ordering than from amazon and will give that one a go
in charcoal
not pink

and finally - did these at work with the kids before christmas, and i like them now they are up on display - took me all afternoon to put this little lot up, and i suspect one or two will have tumbled over the hols - i forgot to add the mountain of blutack i had planned to sneak under the canvas

i loved covering such a big board with bubblegum pink, it refelcted across the corridor - am adding some to a display in my own room next, to annoy the lads ;-)

Monday, 2 February 2009

catching up - and wrapping up

just another thing i have made recently - i m atking part in the knit a sweater a month group on ravelry, this was my first one - i really like it! so far i have not worn it, it needs blocking again as its a tiny bit tight across the back - plus its been too cold for a little cropped cardi!

(its the gothic lace pattern, on ravelry - free)

i am currently working on sylvi (the big pink cabled jacket on the previous post), and a cropped dusty pink cardi (yes, another unsuitable - for - winter item), haight from the most recent norah gaughan booklet

playing with my camera this morning - we were supposed to be going on a training day, a morning of phone calls - when we finally tried to set off, first the taxi couldnt get to my road, never mind my house (and i certainly dont live in the middle of a field!), then we had a pretty scary drive before my boss rang and told us to go home

so i had a day off, which was lovely - but ironically all the work i could have done with catching up on - is on my table at work

so playing with my camera, trying to get a really sharp close up of my tulips

i love both piccies, but they are not as sharp as i would have liked - trial and error - i have no idea what i am meant to do with all the settings, and simply point, fiddle, and click ....

my house, turn to the left .... (the red brick wall in the foreground is mine) ...

... and turn to the right - at about 10am this morning
we dont tend to get snow like this very often, it came down in huge flakes all morning, and on & off this afternoon - i hate the snow, but this took me right back to being a little girl again, real old fashioned snow - i bet a lot of young children had a great time in it today!
lots more due this afternoon and overnight, no idea if we will all make it into work tomorrow - its a pretty long journey for some of us, and all our kids are taxied in
(a day at home again will be very welcome, but a tad frustrating when i have so much to do at work!)
keep warm all x

Sunday, 1 February 2009

long time no see .....

it has been a very long time since I wrote on here - not that anyone will have noticed of course, but hey, I am back, sort of ...

A mixture of illness (ME / chronic fatigue), doing zilch in my 'free' time so that I can manage to keep working - and work being barking fooking mad (chairs & tables being thrown sort of mad), plus lethargy plus reading like a mad woman = very little time to blog on here.

BUT in the meantime - spinning, knitting up a storm, reading constantly and finially managing to gather the impetus to sit and WRITE (1,343 words of utter shite = the best selling novel that will make my fortune and enable me to buy that elusive little home by the sea with NO neighbours)... dream on.
But yes, I have written a bit, utter rubbish but it is a start.

And this is some of my ongoing knitting from recent weeks / days : sylvi, which I love but am taking a break from after finishing the back, was sick of the sight of the blessed thing.

the wool was from fleabay, discontinued, ridiculously cheap, and its lovely, really nice to knit with - both sleeves are done, and the back minus the flowers, and i have started a front before boredom set in.

I spun this scarf, the first amount I have managed to spin that could be used for soemthing to actually wear, it is plied with silver thread and silver beads, and I really like it - it's having its first outing tomorrow.

I can't remember what roving it was, but I THINK it might have been swaledale, I will have to check on my ravelry pages.
Whatever it was, I liked spinning it and managed to keep it fairly fine most of the time, definitely a huge improvement on my previous motley efforts.
And finally, the baby herself - my beautiful wheel ...