Friday, August 31, 2007

New Arrivals

I am a self confessed Bagaholic, these may not be fashion but they ultimately help a good cause. And are much smarter than carrier bags, without the advertising! Well I think so anyway.
From here.

Major Catastrophe

My Hairdryer is deceased.

Will have to stay indoors and knit.......shame.

A finished item, the Moebius cowl in Posh Yarns Sophia 4ply. I have made this deeper than the previous ones I've knit but the yarn is so soft it is disguised well. It is very loosely based on the pattern.

Should have cleaned the mirror first!

Next the start of something new, Broadripple socks in Yarn Yard Merino, this colourway was one of the Merino club offerings. I am using my Knitpicks DPNS, didn't think I'd be a convert to metal but they will save me alot of stress not to mention the Brittany's that I keep breaking. I also invested in the Options as Get Knitted had them as well.....who could resist.

Finally, yes, I have been watching Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes and have loved every programme but won't be looking for too many Eels to cook. We have invested in this, love our local bookshop Sussex Stationers.

New Hairdryer permitting we may venture to the Isle of Wight tomorrow, we are on the cancellation list! Or Oxford has been mentioned.......but then again we may find ourselves in Cambridge or on the Thames in London. Who knows!

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Not much knitting but alot of recommendations

What a relaxing weekend.

This will either interest or bore you. Little bit of knitting news at the end.

We ate here, excellent.

Ate this and this and this.

Can recommend these

Marks and Spencer Pecorino, not cheese.

McGuigan Traminer Riesling, we don't refuse any of their wines except Chardonnay but that's a personal thing.

A couple of our favourite English, we are lucky enough to live near a few vineyards down here and try to drink English when we can because the Whites and Roses are equally as good as any other countries offerings.

Three Choirs Rose.

Chapel Down Bacchus

No we aren't alcoholics, just sociable!

Phew, back to knitting.

SomePosh Yarn Sophia 4ply in Woodpecker and a Moebius Cowl for me.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Debbie Bliss concerns

This has just arrived, despite leaving Get Knitted on the 8th.

Apart from not needing anymore yarn this is drawing me to it. BUT and there are huge buts here. I can do cables, very neat cables, very TIGHT cables. Therefore any cabled item I have knit on a large scale usually fits a teenager, not me. Debbie Bliss has also seen fit to make the largest size not very large so I can compensate for this.

However since my last cable fiasco I have had both my Carpal Tunnels released, do you think this may help or was it probably the cabling that caused it, that and clearing a scrubland that is now our garden!

I'll keep studying it and knitting socks. I do like a challenge.

This is my last ramblings of the week, we have a Yorkie invasion tonight, and the rest of the week will be spent sipping some Red, White or perhaps Rose liquid as well as eating too much.
Have a nice weekend one and all.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Flapjack Fiasco

Or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Firstly, The Good, I live in hope. Flapjack part 2.

The Bad. Posh Yarn Helena in Crisp and Amazon. I do hope I didn't snaffle either from you kind people who take the time to comment on my ramblings.
The Ugly. I'm told it makes nice cereal, from someone who requires alot of sugar!
My fears were realised, didn't help that a certain person used a spoon to lever the pieces out........ Added: This IS Sundays Flapjack (sorry, I always assume peoples minds work like mine).

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Out of the Cupboard

In time for 18:00 unfortunately!

This is what comes of your cookery books being at the bottom of these for 3 months.
Nigella's Flapjack, I hope it comes out of the pan OK.
Damp Lemon and Almond Cake, has to go into hiding for 2 days to make it damp!
Watched Harry Potter last night, which will help the non readers of the household when we eventually see the Order of the Phoenix. Will keep you posted on the others, I think The Last King of Scotland will take a bit of concentrating.

Saturday, August 18, 2007


Last weekends produce included Green and Blacks Courgette and Chocolate Loaf. Nigella's Moist Dense Chocolate Loaf and her delicious Brownies with the addition of Macadamia nuts and Cranberries. Pride and Prejudice was brilliant, even without Colin Firth, just the right amount of tears. Isn't that the sign of a good film?

This weekends activities, at least the interesting ones involve the following.

Viewing at least one of these. I have very varied tastes!

Studying this.

And hopefully finishing the second of these.

Friday, August 17, 2007

YPF - Confession time!

So when I say I'm on a stashalong, I obviously don't understand the theory behind it!
Posh Emily - Shadow
Posh Emily - Majestic

Posh Sophia 4ply - Copse

Posh Sophia 4ply - Woodpecker. This is much more vibrant than the picture shows.

Posh Lucia Sock club for August - Dunes
I am going back in my cupboard on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

To brighten your day

Nasturtium Socks.

Posh Yarn Emily Kerpow! What a colour.
Cornish Scallops Socks, the start of. This is linked on the side panel of Jane's blog
Posh Yarn Lucia Serendipity. I liked in the skein then in the cake and now as a sock, that's the sign of a good yarn.

And as this seems popular at the moment. I appear to be in good company.

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Your in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff - 14

Ravenclaw - 11

Slytherin - 9

Gryffindor - 8

Saturday, August 11, 2007

What does your weekend hold?

05:30 Saturday - very dewy outside, still and beautiful.

Our decorating is complete, only 5 months! So I should be doing exciting things like dusting BUT I will be spending most of today in the company of some good authors. Nigella and Green and Blacks.

With some top ingredients, Divine Dark Chocolate. Yes it will all be used.

And this, no prizes but guess if you like.

Then, I shall be curling up with this and a glass of something. Not corporation pop.

And continuing with the knitting of this lovely.

Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wollmeise Yarn

This is some loveliness I managed to sneak in before my stashalong, although it wasn't delivered til after it started.

Lace in Tiefer See. 1740 yards 300g and 27 Euros. Destined to be a Shoalwater shawl.

Sample set of approx 40 mini skeins. 21 Euros. All individually labelled.

Absolutely gorgeous yarn and service you couldn't fault in any way.

All from Wollmeise

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Resolutions revisited

So we are over halfway through the year and I thought it time to review these.

1) losing weight - I'm sure on the hottest days this may have happened, just not measurable!

Now for the more realistic ones

2) Take more exercise - Pilates classes start 4th January. - Summer break but I have been going religiously and happen to quite like Pilates. Much more sensible than Aerobics!

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. - Can't have everything. I have knit lace, my lovely SIL with the very bad back has admitted to having more than 1 project on the go, xx. Sock yarn stash, I now realise how unrealistic that was.

4) Learn to crochet - volunteer already secured. - When we find the time and it involves aforementioned SIL.

5) Improve my card making skills, the people I encouraged are better than me now. - Knitting has taken over although I do send handmade cards to the ones who appreciate then, rather like knitting.

6) Reduce my Christmas present list. Especially the biscuit buyers. - Biggest success although not in the nicest circumstances, least said.

7) Make more time to enjoy friends. - The good ones are always there for you

8) Try to post more often on this blog. - I've done better than I expected, probably bored a few of you and let my husband know more than is good for him. Have made a few "blog" friends though which made it worth the effort. I am always surprised by the power of the Internet.

9) Join a Knitalong and hopefully a swap. - 2 knitalongs and 1 swap.

Overall not bad for someone who doesn't usually do resolutions.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sock it to me - July 2007

Finally, 3 pairs.

Jaywalkers in Regia Bamboo

Colinette Jitterbug label pattern, colour Velvet Bilberry.
Diamond Lace Socks in Hobbledehoy Merino.

Friday, August 03, 2007

We tried

Went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night.

30 minutes of adverts.

People eating their dinner in the cinema, what makes them do it? Can you tell I'm not impressed.

Approximately 1 hour of the film before the POWER was good what we saw!

On the knitting front I have been a bit flighty.

Mystery Stole3 to the end of clue4.

Knit 2 Together Luxe Neckwarmer in Hipknits Chunky Cashmere. Very, Very fast knit even in 70 degree heat!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I had to have it!

From here.

Its just me......does that have you worried?