Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Returned home on Sunday prepared for the journey involved. Car, train, bus(very slow and late for next leg), train, RUN, tube, train and finally car. I am not athletic in build or mind and the run was more a fast walk but I managed to get train to train in 15 Min's, across London. I did not, however, have time to get a cup of tea!
The extended journey was very useful for knitting as I did not have to feel guilty for leaving dusting, ironing or any other housework. So I got alot of this knit.
I am quite late into sock knitting so am behind the hoards of people who have already knit Jaywalkers, the wool is Posh Yarns Sock club October offering that I'm glad I saved for this as the pattern really brings out the colours. The yarn in skein form doesn't look to have quite so much variegation. Its also the first time I have done a Sl1, K1 heel flap which I am very impressed with.
Waiting for me when I got back was a parcel from both Posh Yarns and Hipknits and I was also in time for the Posh Yarn sale. Blissful evening once my dear husband had been dispatched to work.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I toned the colours down for the next picture but you can see the 2 socks I am knitting.
Finally my work stations, well when I say work, I do mean knitting. I have a choice! Can you see now why I had to have my lovely Chocolate Brown knitting bag. My excuse and I am sticking to it.
Enjoy whats left of the weekend.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
I was tempted to join the Sock a Month challenge but thought July and August might be a problem, so instead I have set my own target that I will only reveal if I get there, no fool me.
So should any of you yarn suppliers read any of this I adore your wools and promise they aren't just for show, I'm getting there!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
THE RULES:Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”
6 weird things about me, and it was difficult to think of 6!
1) I absolutely hate my neck being touched, why I don'y know but thankfully scarves aren't included in this. It really, really, really makes me squirm.
2) Mobile phones, I do possess one but if it rings I almost hide under seats to answer it.
3) I love seafood, apart from the legs! But prefer not to have it on pizzas or in other dishes because it tastes too much of the sea. You did ask.
4) Relating to the above I enjoy half a cow and chips every now and then but what I don't like is bones and god forbid what I'm eating looks anything like what it once was. Napkins have been put over fishes faces before now. Table lamps have been strategically placed when others were eating Snails.......why ever would you want to chew rubber?
6) My food habits appear to be the strangest part of me. I like Black Pudding and Mushy Peas although not usually on the same plate. This seems more strange now I live in the South. Another thing which I am told is very Yorkshire, although that was by the only other person who likes these combinations, is Bacon AND Marmalade sandwiches, Bacon AND Pickled Beetroot sandwiches, Cheese (tongue tingling cheddar) AND Jam (Raspberry) sandwiches. Finally my own combination of Toast with Marmite AND Raspberry jam, yes, on the same slice.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
So as predicted i have missed a couple of days blogging, work does interfere with life. I made the first of my Pilates classes on Thursday night in my M&S "Long" bargain joggers. The Long bit wasn't as much a problem as I feared being only 5'3", but I have now turned the hem up which will have to do until I see the expert in 3 weeks. At £5 I thought them a much better bet then £19.50, Yorkishire standards you understand.
I have finished my pair of Yarn Yard Pink Goth socks, I'm sure my 2 circular skills will improve and I have found some tips on alternative heel flap methods to counteract the holes that sometimes appear on pick up. So now I have cast on the second of my Posh Yarn socks but got distracted when I tidied my stash. So to reduce the volume I am quickly knitting up one of the the Schaeffer Elaine yarns I got at Harrogate into a zigzag scarf from Magknits. The yarn may be a bit too textured but I don't think its turning out too bad. Could well be the start of Christmas 2007 knits.
Finally, look what the postlasdy brought, hours of entertainment.
From the Yarn Yard, Top Left, Januarys charity yarn Bright Red. A delicious pink and soft green mix "Opal Fruits" and a set of Boye DPNS in glorious purple. Next the Posh Yarn January Sock club offering in icy purple, green, blue, pink and white. Then the OOW lot, again from Posh Yarn, 1 hank of aran in "Pines" a lambswool/angora/cashmere sock wool in a lovely pink mix and finally 2 hanks of lace in a soft sage. I am determined to try lace this year so that may well be the way some of my sock yarn goes aswell. Peeping through is the Mason Dixon book, I am sure some projects will spring from this.
Carrot and ginger soup for lunch and Goan Chicken Curry for dinner, started cooking these at 6 this morning. You will be pleased to know I am a morning person!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
So apart from working from home today I managed a few rows of my first attempt at socks on 2 circular needles. They have their moments but overall I think it is much quicker and easier to control than 4 double pointed pins. I started these socks, in Yarn Yard Goth Pink, on Boxing day along with a pair of Rib/Cable ones from a pattern sent out with the November Posh Yarn Sock Club yarn. The plain ones on circulars have been very quick but I think my Brittanys will remain for the time being for any patterned socks I try.
I was almost tempted to join the sockamonth knitalong but thought I wouldn't last the course, not that I haven't got enough wool. Working on the current production rate I may even knit more but I'm not holding my breath, I am sure socks may be overtaken by other projects during the year.
Finally, my knitting bag. As a bagaholic I knew that a lovely chocolate brown leather bag was just the thing for a sock knitter about town. Well any excuse for another bag, this one was from Boden last winter.
Contents include yarns already mentioned and some Cherry Tree Hill in Serengeti for the Monkey socks in Knitty, Bushcraft from the Yarn Yard and the dreaded moss stitch cushion cover that just gets moved from bag to bag.
Monday, January 01, 2007
1) losing weight
Now for the more realistic ones
2) Take more exercise - Pilates classes start 4th January.
3) Knitting wise: Knit some Lace and clear some of the sock yarn stash (one day I may admit to how much I have in stock!). A bit of mischief, encourage my very strict SIL to knit more than one thing at a time.
4) Learn to crochet - volunteer already secured.
5) Improve my cardmaking skills, the people I encouraged are better than me now.
6) Reduce my Christmas present list. Especially the biscuit buyers.
7) Make more time to enjoy friends.
8) Try to post more often on this blog.
9) Join a Knitalong and hopefully a swap.
I think realistically all but number 6 are attainable, I have such a guilty conscience and find it difficult to stand up for myself with family and friends. Suppose I should add be more assertive to the list.
What resolutions have you made?