Saturday, December 24

Just a short note to say Happy Holidays to everyone, hope you have a good time, and I'll probably post again in the new year.

Wednesday, December 7

Yes, I know, I suck at updating at the moment. I have been busy though, honest. I've had the last few days off work being busy n stuff.

On Saturday I was looking after the ever amusing and oh-so-gorgeous Chloe. We kicked leaves in the garden, drew pretty scribbles, stabbed holes in the paper with the pencil, watched cbeebies, went to Olney to see Dad (Shirley), found the biggest, muddiest puddle possible and jumped in it, getting mud all up her nice cream coat, and spent rather a lot of time jumping on furniture.



On Sunday Annette came over. I taught her how to knit socks in exchange for her teaching me how to use my Aunt's old sewing machine. I was quite amazed. I'd been using Mum's old machine for years for just random sewing but all I ever did was sew in a straight line pretty much, and now I know how to do so much more! The Plan is to make a quilt out of all my old band/gig tshirts that I never wear any more. It'll be interesting to see a) how long it takes me to actually walk down the road and buy the stuff I need from the Poppy Patch, b) how long it takes me to start it once I've got the stuff, and c) how long it takes me to actually finish it.

On Monday I went shopping in Milton Keynes with Sally. I now have all but 1 of my christmas presents brought, and that 1 is Sally's. I've no idea what to get her. We also paid a visit to Hotel Chocolat (which is where i got quite a lot of those last few presents bought). I got myself some praline hot chocolate marbles. I've managed to resist opening them so far...I may do that tonight.

Yesterday I made my way down to London to meet Vicky. We went to Madam Tussauds (we had a load of 2 for 1 vouchers for all the tourist stuff in London) which freaks me out because I keep expecting the models to start moving. We went through the Live chamber of horrors which has people jump out at you and scream and growl and make silence of the lambs type noises right in your face. It is really freaky, we screamed and giggled like 5 year olds all the way through it.

After recovering from that we made out way to lunch. We did happen to stop by a sweet shop in the Trocadero Center on the way though, and I now have a bowl of pure sugar rush and tooth rot sitting next to me.

Lunch was at a place called Ed's (i think), where we had mahoosive burgers, and the best milkshake ever. After that we walked over to Carnaby Street where I was dragged (honestly...dragged...she had to force me to go in) to the Converse shop, and I came out with some amazingly comfortable brown, fleece lined All Star's (I am going to blame Trudie for this because she put the idea of getting some All Star's into my head that morning!)



I think these may be the shoes that finally put my 6 year old Van's into retirement.

After the impulse shopping we went to the London Aquarium. We'd attempted to go a few months earlier but got there just after 5pm so were too late. Spent a couple of hours wondering around, and saw some incredibly weird, ugly, and amusing fish.

So yes, a very productive few days. Today I'm going to finish wrapping christmas/birthday presents and write Christmas cards, and tidy the mess I've made over the last few days for when Ma and Pa get home.

PS: Have you been to The Knit Tin Online Store yet, and spent lots of money? Knit Tins would make great christmas presents for those yet to be converted to the wonders of knitting!

Friday, December 2

I have Take That tickets!!!!!

Sunday, November 27

Back again

I thought I should do a proper update, considering it's been quite a while since I posted anything of any interest. Not that this post will be much different, but I do have knitting photos this time!

First off we have a not-very-good-photo of the Plaited Scarf from Debbie Bliss Home. Such a simple pattern, and so so nice. 3 balls of cashmerino superchunky (one of each colour) done in a 1x1 rib. It's so warm. Not as long as I'd usually make a scarf, but it's just the right lenght to tie up instead of loop through.



There'll be a proper, decent photo when it's daylight again.

I have also done 2 simple hats, one for me and one for my Dad. I made mine and then Dad wanted one, which was quite good because I'd bought 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton when I went to Loop with the Knitty ladies, and one hat = one skein. Simple 4x4 rib. There is a photo of Dad and I together wearing our hats but I had to use the flash so every single spot on my face shows up and no one wants to see that. So this one'll have to do.



I'm also half way through a pair of fuzzy feet. I finished cashmere sock number 1 only to realise that despite going up a couple of needle sizes for the cast off, it still came out too tight and I now have to undo it, which will be done probably when I'm off work for christmas and have stopped being in a bad mood with it. I've also finished a simple garter stitch scarf in rowan big tuft which my Mum asked me to knit for her then forgot about, so i'll be giving that to her for christmas. I also have a plan for gloves. I have some fingerless gloves with mitten flaps that I've had for a couple of years now. They're very good for typing and the like, but I still end up with frost bite on my thumb, and spraying de-icer in the morning isn't very easy with mittens. So, instead of knitting a whole new pair of gloves, I'm going to knit fingers for my gloves and sew them on. They'll probably be a different colour, but they'll be interesting, and warm!

And speaking of christmas, I only have 3 more presents to buy, and 2 of them are secret santa presents so will probably end up being chocolate.

In just over a week I'm off to London again to visit Vicky. I've booked the 5th, 6th and 7th off work. On the 5th I'm going to Milton Keynes with Sally. On the 7th I'm in London, and on the 8th I'll be present wrapping.

I'm still waiting for this arctic winter we're supposed to be having. I find it hard to believe it's going to happen when I look on the BBC website and it says it's going to be 11 degrees on Thursday this week!

Oh, and TAKE THAT ARE DOING ANOTHER TOUR! I was so excited I almost peed in my pants when I heard.

Wednesday, November 9

Most boring day ever?

Today, work went something like this...

6:20am Wake up, get dressed, wash, have breakfast, check internet.
7:09am: Sit in car waiting for it to de-mist, drive to work, sing along to Jamie Cullum.
7:34am: Arrive at work. Turn on computer, make coffee, wait for computer to start up (windows 95 y'know...we're SO technologically advanced at the DVLA that we don't even have an internet connection).
7:50am: Log on to VSS. Realise entire BF diary is done. Read book.
9:30am: Go to post room. Open post.
9:55am: Post is opened (post opening is usually an all day job), send out 1 letter, file 1 microfilm, shred 1 microfilm.
10:05am: Make more coffee, read book.
12:15pm: Lunch.
12:45pm: More coffee, read book.
1:30pm: Take some boxes down to the skip.
1:40pm: More coffee, read book.
3:30pm: Go home.

On the plus side, I have read half of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett in one day - I'm on the phones tomorrow and friday so I'll probably have finished it by saturday!

Last weekend I went over to Olney to The Knit Tin (online store is coming very soon, there's been technical problems!), got myself some Rowan big tuft to make my Mum a scarf, and 2 balls of Noro Kureyon for some more fuzzy feet (last years developed a rather large hole in the heel from wearing them 24/7). Then I came home and ordered 3 balls of Debbie Bliss cashmerino superchunky in 3 different shades of blue, to make the plaited scarf from the new Home book, and 6 balls of Debbie Bliss cotton DK in brown to make the humbug pillow. I really really like the new Home book - there are at least 6 things in it I want to make! The plaited scarf, the humbug pillow, the gloves, the felted tea cozy, the felted bag, 2 different pairs of cabled socks, a cabled bag...just great stuff! And with my Get Knitted order, i got another pen (which is great, because my other one is at work!) and a heart shaped lolly, which i am eating at this very moment.

On sunday I knit about 2 inches of the leg of cashmere sock number 1. I posted a photo of it on the tiny circs a few weeks ago, then when i started the heel realised i had WAY too many stitches, so ripped it all back and started again. I'm quite impressed, it took me weeks and weeks to get to the heel before and this time it took me 1 week to do the foot, 1 night to do the heel, and 1 day to get up to the ribbing. Ribbing shall be done this weekend because my index finger is slightly red.

Friday, November 4

Work has been mind numbingly dull at work this week - it's been so quiet. There has literally been nothing at all to do all week. There were 16 people off today, and a few only doing half a day...and from 2pm onwards I was sitting at my desk doodling on my mousemat. Though I shouldn't complain, this time next week we'll be rushed off our feet because letters go out tomorrow.

Nothing exciting's been happening. Tomorrow I'm going to the opticians (at last), I'll going and see Julie while I'm there as well. On sunday I'm going to the cinema with Nicolarse to see The Corpse Bride - can't wait! I <3 Tim Burton! I've also not seen Nicky in ages, so It'll be good to go out again.

But as my life is so amazingly boring at the moment, i shall come back when i have something more interesting to say.

Saturday, October 29

This entry will have lots of photos...

Photo time!

The holiday was fantastic, I had a brilliant time, and I really wish I was still there. I resisted the urge to phone work and tell them I wouldn't be in for another week/month/year/ever. So, because I'm better at the photo taking than the writing and explaining how amazingly wonderful this place is, I shall let the photos do most of the talking (all of them are clickable for bigger versions).



This is where we stayed. Well, to be precise we stayed in the one 3rd from the right - the one with the white towel over the balcony. Now lets put some perspective on that photo shall we? If I turned 180 degrees on the exact spot that photo was taken, this is what I saw...




The entire beach is like that, full of rock pools full of fish, shrimps, and crabs. You can spend an entire day walking around with a chicken leg on some fishing wire and watching everything come out and eat it. Now, if you go and stand on the roof, you get this kind of view at roughly 8:30 in the morning.



And these two, you have to click on to get a decent sized version...




There was one night when the clouds and the sea turned pink. These are true colours, no colour editing at all...



Now lets add some cuteness into all the views, this is Chloe. Everyone say "awww!"...



Now back to the views. about 20 minutes down the road from where we were is a small bay. Lovely sandy beach with the clearest warm(ish) water. On each side there's sand stone cliffs that are the most amazing shapes, with giant smooth curves in them...



We went there twice, on the first day there were loads of small pink jellyfish everywhere.



There were hundreds of fish as well, which swam all around you. Just a few steps out you could stand and hold a piece of bread in your hand, and hundreds of them would come and eat it.



So as well as going to the beach I had the best steak in the world, the best lamb in the world, and the best chicken in the world. I won't bore you all with hundreds of photos of Chloe!
So yes, basically a holiday that revolved around beaches and food - wonderful! I'm already planning going back next year for my birthday - this time for two weeks!

Friday, October 28

Soo...

I'm home. Don't really want to be, but I am. Photos will come tomorrow.

For now...who wants to own up to being the arse who tried to log into my blogger account whilst I was away? Hmm?

Thursday, October 20

It is 8:17pm...

...and I am going to bed. Because, my dear blog readers, I'm off to Spain tomorrow, and out flight leaves at the rediculous time of 7am. That means having to be at the airport at about 5am. That means leaving home about 4am. That means waking up about 3am. That means if I go to bed I'll get about 6 hours sleep, hurrah!

The knitting is packed (in the suitcase, not risking not being able to take it on the plane). The laptop is staying home, because I am laptop bag less. The camera battery is charged. The Ipod is updated and charged. I have not forgotten underwear or other essentials, like a hairbrush. I have de-fuzzed my legs. I will not forget the mouse for Dad's laptop (currently plugged into mine). I will not forget my sunglasses. Nor will I forget my passport.

Yes...sleep. See you all in a weeks time! And don't forget, The Knit Tin online store opens this friday! And they have Alchemy Yarns!

Wednesday, October 19

She's Back

Woo hoo, I can sit down again! I feel like i've not stopped all week, i'm absolutely shattered.

Last weekend was the Knitting and Stitching show, so my weekend was spent waking up at 6:30am both days and travelling to London. On saturday I was working on The Knit Tin stand. It was a lot of fun, a few Knitty folks turned up and said hello, which was very nice! Just a shame I didn't have time to go and spend all my money with them :) And a note to those who have been asking, The Knit Tin online store goes live this friday!
I also got to meet Kerrie, who is wonderful and fabulous and had a stall full of the worlds most gorgeous yarn.
I got home on saturday and a friend from Scotland had arrived. On sunday Me, Mum, Jill, and Annette got the coach to London again, for day 2 (for me) of yarn heaven. I managed to spend just a small amount...under £200 anyway!



Habu, Hipknits, Touch Yarns, a Debbie Bliis book, sock yarn from Get Knitted...lots of lovelyness! Also from Get Knitted, I got some really short cirular needles for knitting socks! Fantastic little things!



So much faster than using DPNs. I may have to get another pair or two, just because they're so great. No ladders either! (They're currently on sock number 1 of the cashmere hipknits sock yarn).

We got home on sunday and collapsed. Monday I was back to work, and realised I was on the 2 weeks from hell where we're on phones 4 days in a row, so on Monday I was in work from 7:30am to 5pm. Got home and went straight out again. We went to see Kinky Boots at the cinema. It was so weird seeing Earls Barton and Northampon in a film! If any of you go and see it, look out for the scenes with a church in the background. In a couple they're standing on a hill, and the church is behind some trees, in one it's a funeral and the church is in the background. That's just down the road from my house. That's the church I went to when I was in the bownies, and got told off for picking my nose. And the hill they stand on, that's on the rec, where I walk the neighbours dog. I used to run down that hill when I was a kid. After the cinema we went for Pizza, which was very tasty.
Tuesday was work again, came home and found the NTL man that had been fiddling with the utility box at the end of the drive when i got home had actually broken the internet connection. The neighbours came over for dinner, and i was antisocial and went to bed at half 9.

Today I worked again, Jill has gone on to her next stop, and the house seems quiet. Oh, and while all this has been going on, we've been having a new cupboard built under the stairs in the hallway!
But as of today, I have a week and two days off work! Tomorrow I'm washing and packing, and on Friday we're off to Spain!

Now, I'm going to go and fondle some more yarn :)

Sunday, October 9

Something very strange happened yesterday. I went to see Julie, and I didn't spend any money at all. Despite the new amazingly beautiful hand carved rosewood knitting needles she has in. Seriously, they're so amazing you wouldn't want to use them, you'd want to sit and look at them all day. And good news for those of you who have been asking...the online store will go live sometime in the next couple of weeks!

So next week is the Knitting and Stitching show, and I can hardly contain my excitement! It'll be lots of fun, and I shall come home very poor, but DAMN I can't wait!

Yestreday I managed to get my Mum to start knitting again :D She managed 3 scarves last year, and also managed to make the biggest mess ever of a skein of Colinette Silky Chic (I told her to wind it into a ball before she started...but noooo). So last night she started on another scarf in Colinette Isis. I told her she has to start knitting before next weekend, otherwise she'll buy more yarn and just end up not using it. I was amazed to find she has actually got her own secret mini stash! I was so proud of her when i pulled the bag out of the cupboard, haha.

Wednesday, October 5

More Strange Search Results

So the Weasles and Stotes search hits are quite common now...but today some poor sod somehow ended up here by searching for "photos of mariah carey and her yorkie". What. The. Fuck.

Today at work a man on the phone told me I sounded gorgeous...I still made him pay the penalty.

I ordered 2 photos frames for my new bathroom almost 2 months ago. After 3 emails and 2 phone calls i finally got a response from them, and they told me the frames have been discontinued. Why they couldn't have told me that a month ago I don't know. So, does anyone know where I can get some wooden A3 photo frames? Just plain raw wood, no funny details at all. Just 4 flat pieces of wood in a rectangle type shape with some glass in it, is that really too much to ask? BAH.

Saturday, October 1

Aah, weekends.

I like weekends, they involve doing very little. That's always a good thing. Y'know what else is good? Getting an unexpected tax rebate which means this months pay slip (my first full months wages since April!) was £400 more than I expected. I think the words I'm looking for are HELL YEAH. Y'know what that means? It means even more money to spend at the Knitting and Stitching show!

On the needles at the moment are the very slowly progressing cashmere socks, and 2 secret projects, which will be revealed...soon. But they're the reason the socks are going slowly. I shall say this though...20 rows of 126 stitch wide seed stitch almost drove me comepletely insane. Some people might be able to work out what one of the secret projects is from that statement!

And I made another Bubby Bear, this time in something debbie bliss, which i had left over from a hat.



This one...his legs are too short, and one is quite a bit shorter than the other. What is it with me and deformed toys? One day I might make one with correctly placed and proportioned body parts, now that would be funny.

Sunday, September 25

Promise to myself.

I will not buy any more yarn until the Knitting and Stitching show on the 15th and 16th of October.
I do not need more yarn. I have more yarn than I know what to do with (though I'll admit, a lot of it I do know what to do with). I have no more room for yarn. I will complete at least 2 projects before buying any more (one step at a time people!)
I will start a project with old yarn before starting anything with new yarn.

I will also not waste a whole day playing the sims again for at least a week. Hah.

Saturday, September 24

Say Hello To My Little Friend

Well, a 17" widescreen monitor aint exactly little, but let me introduce to to my new friend, his name is DangerousBeans.



Internet is working (though not the wireless, yet), McAfee, PSP9, Itunes and all other essentials installed. Everything working perfectly. Hell, even the in built speakers don't sound too bad! Now all I have to do is install the Sims2 and get my files from Dad's computer onto here. That may have to wait until he comes home though.
I was watching TV the other night, as you do. Just flicking through the channels thinking "damn, they really have some bollocks on TV these days", when i flicked on to BBC2 and there was a program about Venice. I only watched about half of it because the doorbell rang half way through, but now I really really want to go back. It's definalty in my top 3 of favourite places in the world ever. I love the fact that you can walk around for hours and hours and never get lost, because once you're back at the Grand Canal you know exactly where you are. I love the vaporetto, because it's so quick and so simple to use. I love everything about it, everywhere you go there's something new to see. 4 days there wasn't nearly enough.



So, who wants to come with me?

Today I'm off over to Olney (again), to go to The Knit Tin and pick up my laptop! After no doubt spending too long harrassing Julie, I shall come home and spend the rest of my weekend being a total g33k and trying to connect my laptop to the network, getting the wireless internet connection to work (Which my dad realised the other day shouldn't actually work at all. We have what he thought was a wireless transmitter in the study for the whole house, i always thought the signal was a bit crap because once you get more than a few meters away, it doesn't work. Turns out we just have a signal booster, and no transmitter at all.), and uploading various bits of software. Fun fun fun!

Wednesday, September 21

No Knitting Content At All

I shall warn you now, this entry will have pretty much no knitting content what so ever, because I've hardly done any since i last updated.

So last sunday was wonderfully marvelous and fantastic. I love going down to London to see my BME friends, and it had been far too long since I saw them! So I got to London and met up with Vicky and Anne in camden. The first stop was cold steel. Spent a while chatting and just hanging around, then i got my right conch pierced to match my left (and Ellie is truly wonderful, I've had my left conch for years now, and it was done here in Northampton. She managed to match the placement on the right one perfectly. If anyone in the UK is going to get pierced, go to Cold Steel! The cost of getting to London is SO worth it). Then we sat around and chatted a bit more, discussing how disgusting the hygene standards in the NHS are (both Anne and myself have recently had blood tests and both of us had nurses who didn't wear gloves).
After that we went to Wagamamas for lunch, which was very tasty. Then we headed for the Zoo. It was gay sunday, which meant 20% discount on entry if you had the voucher. There was a free cocktail somewhere as well but we were too excited about seeing the monkeys, bugs, penguins, meercats, and anteaters to get it. Plus we didn't actually get in the zoo until about 3:30pm, so only had a couple of hours. It was great fun, London Zoo is so much smaller than i remember it being when I was 5! After the Zoo we headed back to Camden. Vicky headed home and Anne and I went to the pub to meet Cherie. I couldn't stay long because I had a train to catch, and by this time it was about half 6. So it was a quick drink, and i headed back to the train station. I had to wait about half an hour for my train to actually get in to the station though, and I saw a girl i used to train at Kodak wondering around. I didn't talk to her though, because she's annoying. (I'm such a nice person!). So yes, that was my sunday. Next time I'm going to make them come up here and go to Woburn Safari Park.



I wish more weekends were like that.

Saturday, September 17

Gay Sunday!

So tomorrow I'm off to London (again) to see some of my wonderful BME friends, and I can't wait! The plan is lunch in camden, then 3 or 4 of us are off to London Zoo!. Checking out the website last night to see how much tickets were, I was noticed that tomorrow just happens to be Gay Sunday at the Zoo! 20% discount on tickets, access to a chill out lounge, and a free cocktail if you print off the voucher. There's even going to be a drag queen! So we're all going to be gayfortheday.
*Starts singing "I'm going to the zoo, zoo, zoo. How about you, you, you?"

The other day I started and finised the Bubby Bear pattern from the latest Knitty. He is so adorable. I couldn't quite get the picking up stitches to start the legs to work, so one leg looks like it may fall off any second, but I still love him.



I used 2 strands of Lorna's Laces sock yarn held together, left over from the socks. There are few things more frustrating than having to work on DPNs when you only have 1 or 2 stitches on each needle, but I persisted and I'm quite glad I did. As you can probably tell from the bottom of the feet I completely disregarded the grafting instruction because I couldn't be bothered to find out how to do it, and just pulled the ends in. You can just about see the dodginess of the right leg as well (or left leg, depending on how you look at it).
I think I'll be making more of these.

Also, big huge hugs to Pettie. Hope you're ok sweetie xxx.

Sunday, September 11

So I went to Olney yesterday and spent about 3 hours lurking at The Knit Tin. The scarf is now on display in the shop! I got a couple of balls of rowan big wool tuft which will be a present for someone so it shall not be mentioned here. I also got 2 balls of rowan ribbon twist which about 2 hours after getting home was turned into this...



I was quite amazed how far that yarn went. 12 stitches wide, just boring garter stitch, on 12mm needles and it's a good length scarf plus fringes. I was expecting something like a medium length scarf without fringes so I'm very impressed with it. I love projects that are that fast! This scarf will be going to the Knitting and Stitching show.

I started my cashmere socks this morning whilst watching last wednesdays Lost (I love that program!). No plans for the rest of the day. I'll probably end up watching a DVD or something and knitting a bit more, as well as the usual domestic type stuff like washing which is always left until last thing on a sunday, because I'm organised like that.

But now, considering it's almost half 12 and I'm still in my PJs, I suppose I should go and get dressed!

Saturday, September 10

It's finished! Told ya it would be. As usual i've ended up with one of those balls of yarn that isn't big enough to make anything with, but is too big to throw away. I thought that wouldn't happen this time because i'd already cut the fringes before i started the 3rd ball. But no. I thought the last 2 decrease sections would take more yarn than they did, because i'm sure the first 2 increase sections took more than that. Ah well. I guess it might be enough to make an Ipod case or something.



Pattern: Short Row Ribbed Scarf from Magknits.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Astrakahn (or however it's spelt), 3 balls.

Very nice pattern, very nice yarn. The first ball split once and had a couple of knots in it but the other two were just fine. Not easy to tink at all though! Once it's knit it doesn't want to be un-knit!

Now, i'm going to grab something to eat and head over to Olney.

Friday, September 9

Something very very strange happened last night. Something that happens very rarely, and sometimes has to be seen to be believed.
I actually went out. And socialised. And had FUN. And you know what's even scarier? I went on my own.
Every other thursday there's a Knit In at the (very nice) coffee shop opposite The Knit Tin in Olney. I have said to Julie a few times I'll go but I've either completely forgotten or had one of those irrational moments of paranoia and fear where I'm convinced I'm going to turn up and there's not going to be anyone else there or everyone's going to hate me...y'know...irrational freakouts. Like last year when I was going to go to the work christmas party and I spent all day feeling like I was going to throw up because I was scared of going to a place I've never been before on my own to meet up with people I hardly knew. Well, yes, total freak out and spending all night hiding in a corner (at home) followed that, and I never went.
So last night I suddenly realise OH, it's the 8th. Knit In night. I spent about half an hour debating whether or not to put my shoes on. Then another 10 minutes about whether or not to put all my stuff in my bag. then another 10 actually pushing myself out the door and into my car.
And then I got there and it was fun and good and everyone was nice and friendly and there was tasty coffee and CAKE. Very good cake.
So yes, now I've overcome that totally irrational fear I might go to a few more!
We'll ignore the fact I was so nervous that when I got there and started knitting I did almost a whole zig (or zag) on my scarf and forgot the increases at the begining of every row, so had to tink back and do it all again. Tinking is not easy with that yarn. But I fixed it, and drank some coffee, then stopped being so nervous and started doing it properly.

Talking of overcoming irrational fears. Answering the phones at work really isn't that bad. I've only had 2 people get pissy at me so far, and I get through that by pulling funny faces at the phone. Hell, last night I even phoned up Next instead of emailing them to tell them my statement was wrong. I'm good at this phone thing now.
So what irrational fear is next? Moths? Giant spiders inside my duvet cover?

So, the scarf. It's almost done. In fact, I only have 2 or 3 more repeats to do then I'm done, so it should be finished tonight. And tomorrow I shall take it to Julie to go in the shop. And find out what on earth she was on about when she said she wants us to wear aprons at the knitting and stitching show! (Should I just run away now?).

Photos coming soon, promise.

Sunday, September 4

I have a cold. It sucks. And the milk in my tea is off.

Yesterday I decided to wind up my skein of cashmere sock yarn into two balls so i could start on the socks. It took me all day. It was going quite well. I had the skein laid out on my lap and was winding from each end, so I ended up with 1 ball for each sock. It was going well, no knots or anything. (This is how I always wind skeins into balls, putting it over the back of a chair or something involves stuff like moving furniture and finding a chair the right size!) Then the doorbell rang and everything went wrong. I had to pick up the skein and move it, and in the process somehow completely buggered up the neatness and ended up with a giant knot in the middle that took me until 10:30pm to undo.

Today I'm going to watch crap on TV, knit, and complain to myself about the weather, because the parents are now away until Tuesday night and I have no one else to complain to.

Cough. Sniff. Bleurgh.

Thursday, September 1

First proper week of work is going well. I think I'll get the hang of things soon, though I'm not looking forward to answering the phones at all. Today was post opening and an "agency awareness seminar" which was only good because we got to use the coffee machine, had biscuits, and I stole a pen.

I've had a cold for the last couple of days. I went to bed at about 7pm last night and slept through what my Dad called the loudest thunderstorm he's ever heard...and my Dad doesn't exagerate. I'm gutted, I love thunderstorms. Hopefully we'll have more soon, what with the heat we've been having lately.

I went to see Julie last weekend, and got 3 balls of Debbie Bliss Astrakhan to make a scarf to go in the shop for a bit. I was going to do a seafoam stitch but that looked kinda crap, so now i'm doing the Magknits zig zag ribbed scarf which looks good. I also got an old issue of Rowan magazine (the one with Birch in, which I think I'm going to make with the kid mohair my SP4 sent me) and At Knits End which is great!

This weekend I plan to watch the 2 episodes of Lost I've got recorded, and knit a lot. Can't be bothered to go anywhere or do anything.

Friday, August 26

Bad Blogger

I've been a bad blogger, I know. This one's a proper update though, I promise! (Well, I'm going to waitrose in a minute, so I have until Ma gets home!)

First off, we have photos of the UKnitty London Meet, which was last weekend!



In photo one we have Charlotte, Kate and Carolyn (and I would link to blog, if i wasn't so lazy!). Photo two we have Rachel, and photo 3 we have Elizabeth. They're all wonderful!



This photo is stolen from Carolyn and taken by the Lady From Loop. We were all eager to get in and spend lots of money. Great shop. Great yarn. Great company. Great day! OOH, and Charlotte, Rachel and I went to a shop in covent garden called cyber candy, and i got TAB! I haven't had tab for years :D And cherry flavour jolly ranchers, which are now all gone *sob*. Fantastic shop, lots of strange forigen sweets!

The socks are finished! Lorna's Laces sock yarn (i think the colour is Watercolour), using the toe up sock pattern from Elann.com (again, too lazy to link).



And the mini Hipknits clapotis. It's scarf size, instead of giant size. Used slightly over 1 ball of hipknits silk in Swamp, and is loverly.



And now...I'm going to waitrose. What timing!

Tuesday, August 23

Best search hit ever! Oh yes. Someone has reached my blog by searching for "Twisted Mind Sex Boxes".

And one more Weasle hit since last time too.

AND I got my first comment spam! I'm so proud!

Friday, August 19

The Weasles Hit Count now stands at about 8. The more I mention Weasles, the more Weasles hits there are! Maybe I should attempt to mention Weasles at least once in every entry?

Can't wait for the yarn shopping expedition with Knitty Ladies tomorrow! I have a feeling I'll come back very poor. And I'll have to take a big bag with me! Thankfully I'll be getting paid at the end of the month instead of having to wait until I've worked a whole month, which is wonderful. I'm not sure what knitting i'm going to take with me, because I only have the ribbing left to do on Sock2, which will probably get finished tonight and the only other thing i have on the needles at the moment is the Hearten sweater, which is far too big to take with me. I guess that means I'll have to start a new project! I have a few balls of Koigu in the stash somewhere from the failed Charlotte's Web...I might make some odd socks out of that, just for fun.

Tuesday, August 16

Civil Servant

I started my new job today. I am now officially a civil servant, which means lots of money and lots of holiday, hurrah!
I should have started yesterday, but yesterday was also my aunts funeral, so they didn't seem to mind about me starting a day late. Thank You, You, and You for the good luck! It worked wonders :) I now have a magic piece of plastic that unlocks doors and lifts barriers, by just waving it in front of another magic piece of plastic. Today was catching up with what I missed out on yesterday, signing lots of pieces of paper, and trying to remember all the different forms for various different things that the DVLA do. The next two weeks will be training and no doubt signing even more pieces of paper.

I think I'm slowly starting to return to a normal (well, as normal as I get) level of sanity after an incredibly shit two weeks that I never even want to think about again at the moment. I'm very much looking forward to this weekend, meeting the lovely Knitty ladies for some SEX. (Stash enhancement expedition. Get your mind out the gutter.) And I have to go and visit Julie when I get paid, to snag me some of the new Rowan!

Now, I'm going to make tomorrows lunch, have a shower, and watch crap in TV whilst trying to finish the sock.

Saturday, August 13

It's amazing how many people have gotten to my page recently by searching for the word Weasles, even though I have only used the word once in this entire blog (that i'm aware of). Ok, so it's not an amazing amount (4, to be precise) but still...strange.

I finished my mini clapotis in HipKnits silk about a week ago. I've not really done much else though. Got passed the heel on my second sock (they're toe up) today, so they're almost a matching pair. I should be getting me some cashmere sock yarn soon too (another HipKnits wonder).

Other than that, the knitting world here is rather boring. I promise i'll bring you some exciting wonderful news soon. Now it seems to be getting colder (YAY!) no doubt the knitting will be more frequent. You never know, i might even finish that sweater i started months ago.

Wednesday, August 10

Tuesday, August 9

I still don't know what to say. Anything I write just seems stupid and pointless right now. We went to Norfolk on sunday. The sea air is good.

Friday, August 5

Y'know, it's a damn good job I don't have a credit card. Most American sites only accept visa or mastercard, and all I have is my switch card (which took long enough to sort out as it is, so I'm not getting a sodding visa/mastercard as well as the 4 cards i already have). I almost just spent £45 at Purl Soho. I blame Julie because she's the one that gave me the link! And the call of Latern Moon ebony needles, and Manos Del Uruguay, it was just too much. I can justify these kinds of things in my head, because the basket total says $76, and I think BLOODY HELL! Then I realise it's SO much cheaper in our English monies. See, justification. So I buy buy buy, and I fill in all the little boxes thinking "oooh...yarn", then it comes to How Would You Like To Pay? Mastercard? Nope. Visa? Nope. Discover? Huh? Well then sod off we don't want your money! So no Latern Moon or Manos Del Uruguay for Holly. I drooled slightly over the Lobster Pot Yarns cashmere as well, but not even I can justify £25 for 50g of yarn!

Other than perving over yarn pr0n, I have done pretty much a big sod all. I can't wait to start my new job, I'm going slightly crazy here with nothing to do! Mum won't let me do any more decorating, and I'm sick to death of cleaning and tidying, and we only have so many DVD's in the house that I can watch, and daytime TV lost it's novelty value about a month ago. I could always go over to Olney but we all know that means spending money! Money I should not be spending, because in two weeks time I'm off to Londinium to perv over even more yarn with these lovely ladies at Loop.
I may even be going to Belgium for a couple of days at the begining of next week with Ma and Pa, considering it's my last week of freedom. That's if we find anywhere to stay at such short notice. I like belgium. They do good chocolate.

Tuesday, August 2

Painting and Decorating

The bathroom is finished! Well, pretty much finished anyway. It's only taken about a week. It took four coats of white paint to cover the orange in the end. Four. Fucking. Coats. I am sick to death of the sight of white paint. However, the brown took a grand total of one coat. It was done in about an hour! Now all i have to do is clean off the tile grout whitener and wait for the new bits (towel rail + ring, bog brush, light pull, flush handle and loo roll holder) to arrive, choose a new rug, and print some photos to hang on the walls. It looks marvelous. Apart from the orange tiles. Orange is almost as bad as white paint at the moment. Unfortunately tiles are harder to get rid of, considering there's just one line of them around the bath. We're going to phone the tile man and see if we can replace just the orange ones.



I forgot to take before photos. But trust me, it is a vast improvement!

Not much else has been happening worth mentioning. Clapotis is about half way through, and i cast on my second lorna's laces sock last night. Now i suppose i should go and do something interesting so i have something to mention in my next entry.

Thursday, July 28

moron

I had the bright idea of decorating my bathroom yesterday. Now my back/legs/arms/eyebrows ache, and i still have to do another coat of white, and go out and choose/buy the paint for the top half of the walls.

And I've been tagged by the Knitted Terrorists (Have your homes been raided yet for having a name like that?)

id·i·o·syn·cra·sy
Pronunciation Key
n. pl. id·i·o·syn·cra·sies
A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.

Write down five of your own personal idiosyncracies. Then, if you wish, tag five people from your live gerbil or friendslist to do the same. (What the hell is a live gerbil? Is it like a live Hamster?)

1 - I hate long fingernails. As soon as my nails grow even slightly, i cut them off. They get in the way of typing and knitting and doing up trousers and stuff. I hate the feeling of having long nails, it creeps me out.

2 - I'm the only person in this house who can load the dishwasher properly. I always have to take everything out and re do it, so i can fit about 7 more things in.

3 - I like to tidy. A lot. I think it's annoying the parents because I keep tidying things up that they're using or want leaving out. Power tools in the kitchen is the most annoying.

4 - I hate going to places i've never been to before on my own. Even if someone i know is going to be there. I always think i'll get lost or turn up 2 hours early, or the person i'm meeting won't be there or something like that.

5 - I am never late. It is impossible for me to be late. Sometimes i'm on time. Most of the time I'm early. I one tried to turn up for work late because i knew i'd be sitting in my car in the middle of december at 7am waiting for someone with keys to the factory to turn up. So i left 10 minutes later than i usually do. I was still 5 minutes early.

Wednesday, July 27

It is 8:08am. I have been awake for exactly 37 minutes. Why was I awake at 7:32 on a wednesday? A day I have no plans for except knitting, watching crap on TV, and maybe decoratingthe bathroom. Oh, how I wish I knew. Waking up early isn't so painful when you have someone else to blame, but Mum and Dad left with Oli and Nick to go to the airport at something silly like 4am. So I couldn't even blame them. (I will, however, take a moment to once again mention how disgusting my brother is in the bathroom. Usually it's phlegm in the bath, or towels all over the floor. This time it was a pile of hair on the windowsil which he decided to ignore yesterday when cutting his hair. A pile of hair he has left for his darling sister to clean up, despite the number of times she said "Clean up the fucking hair! That's gross!". It's still there. Actually, come to think of it, he did the same thing before he went to Thailand, except that was in the sink so slightly easier to clean up.)
So I woke up at 7:32. With a sodding headache. And now I am bored already, a mere 43 minutes later. Hence the updating and the complaining and the not making sense.
It's raining as well. And I have to socialise tonight, because it's Sarah's birthday and I said I'd go over to Sally's. Ugh, I hate socialising.

So, to sum up. I'm tired. I have a headache. I hate my brother. It's raining. I'm antisocial.

Tuesday, July 26

Mmmmmmmsilk

I have finished the bag! I love the bag!



Pattern: Marina from 25 Bags To Knit
Yarn: HipKnits silk in Bluebells

The pattern pretty much sucked, what with the front being about 2cm smaller width and lengthwise than the back, resulting in some ferocious blocking. And there's mistakes in the pattern as well. But i am a genius so I can just ignore those and do it properly. Still, LOVE the bag. It will need lining, and maybe something to re-enforce the handles like card or plastic or something. Or i might just keep it as a pet and stroke it.

Yesterday I went to Olney with Sally and Sarah. We shopped, and drank tea, and shopped, and were distraught when we found out the chocolate shop is closing in August. But we made not one, but two trips to The Knit Tin so that made up for it. I got myself some brittany birch needles, and something for my SP which I will not mention because she knows who I am now! We also came home and made a mess in the kitchen. Chocolate cake! To make up for the fact that the chocolate shop was closed. Lots of singing along to Take That and Hanson. What? Don't look at me like that. I have fantastic taste in music, thankyouverymuch.

Talking of SP's, another huge thankyou to mine! I had another fantastic package yesterday morning! 4 balls of kid mohair in the most gorgeous green, which seems impossible to photograph for some reason, so i shall leave that to your imagination! Also some 5mm circular bamboo needles, and a Moomins book! Which brough back memories of sitting in the living room with Sally, Tom and *** at 4am, incredibly drunk and half asleep, watching the moomins and generally thinking "what the fuck?". And I still have no clue who she is. I suck at the detective thing!

Now I am jumping on the bandwagon, last night I cast on for the oh-so-famous Clapotis. I'm using my hipknits silk in Swamp, which you can see sticking out the top of the bag up there. It is not, however, a full size clapotis. It's a thinner one, more scarf like. So today I shall be knitting that, because I only managed to get to row 11 last night before realising i was about to fall asleep and would probably end up doing something drastically wrong. As well as that, today I will be tidying and cleaning and stuff, because Oli comes home tonight with his friend Nick, only to fly off to Finland tomorrow morning to work for a month in a hospital in a place called Oulu, which makes me laugh whenever I say it. Maybe he'll meet my SP! She lives in Finland, I know that much! No idea if she's anywhere near Oulu though. (Haha...Oulu).

Tuesday, July 19

Just a quick post with a couple of photos. I started on the cabled bag from "25 bags to knit" last night with my HipKnits silk in Blubell. I love the way this stuff knits up, it's just gorgeous. And this pattern is lovely too, so simple.



And The Sock. I was just stood in the garden trying to find the best way to take a photo of my own foot. I'm glad the neighbours didn't see, there is a slight possibility I would have looked like a complete and utter twat.

Wooyeah!

I got the job!


As of August 15th I will be working for the DVLA on a starting salary of £15k, with 6 weeks holiday plus 10 days public holiday a year.
I guess they did ignore the bumbling buffoon and were impressed by the training people who didn't speak english and the redesigning the shop website and the like.
HELL YEAH!!!!

Now i might go and buy that Mini that's for sale down the road.

Monday, July 18

Ferrets, Weasles, Stotes and Mice.

Today I went to work with Ma, as Dad is still deaf and stuff from the operation. I spent an hour an half talking to Julie at the knit tin (I do apologise, I have a habit of never shutting the hell up), because what with the dead car and the lack of money and stuff, I'd not been in for soooo long (too long). I didn't actually realise I was in there so long until I got back to the shop and Mum asked where the hell I'd been. I have acquired some metal 2.5mm DPNs, because when I'm knitting socks on bamboos it feels like they're always about to snap (and because metal ones make much better weapons, which is important in a knitting needle), and the "25 Bags To Knit" book. I think i shall be making The cabled bag out of some of my hip knits silk. I'll have to get something sexy to line it with too. Also, the chunky red beaded bag (I think it's called Cranberry) is absolutely gorgeous, and that is on The List as well.
There were more discoveries of people I've never spoken to mentioning my blog. Whoever you were, I'm glad you were so concerned about Mum and Dad chopping down the tree. I'm still distraught. Yesterday we had to go out and buy a giant umbrella to put in the table, because guess what? There's not enough shade in the garden any more. Much eye rolling and tutting on my part. After twenty whole years they still have yet to realised that I am always right.
Oh, and my yarn stash will be growing even more when I go down to help out at the Knitting and Stitching show in October. (I'll be there on the 15th. Ruth, you'll have to have Chloe's birthday party on the Sunday instead of the Saturday!) I really hope I get this job, otherwise I might come home in some serious debt!

Talking of the job, the post man is still torturing me. I know I've complained about late/lost deliveries in the past, but not bringing news of this job is just cruel. CRUEL I tell you.

Oh, and as I haven't actually mentioned anything even slightly related to anything I've been knitting in a fair while, Sock One is finished! There will be photos coming soon I'm sure, probably tomorrow. I started on Sock Two today, and a customer commented on how clever it was that I was knitting with four knitting needles. She really did seem quite impressed. Her husband commented "I didn't think anyone did things like that any more". The top from the rowan book (can't remember which one, that's how good I am) is coming along slowly. The back is done, and half the front is finished now. I'm about to devide the neck. I'm worried about length because I missed out about 10 rows on the back because I'm using a different needle size, so it may end up the front is an inch or so longer than the back. Then I'd be very pissed off, and probably put it somewhere and not talk to it for a while. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out anyway. Maybe one day I'll find a pattern that I'll actually follow properly, yarns and needles included. That would be amazing.

Sunday, July 17

Still no news on the job. I'm starting to get impatient now (though Mum's still more nervous about it than me). They said the end of the week as well...hopefully i'll hear something tomorrow.

Dad had his op on his ear on thursday. We thought he'd be coming home friday but we went to see him thursday night and they said he could come home! So i've been looking after him for the last couple of days. He beat me at scrabble yesterday by getting 39 points for "wept", and 35 points for "maze". I did get "septic" and "gory" though so i get the best word of the game award.

Last night we went to the Coach and Horses with the family for dinner. The reason I got a 4 door car...so Mum doesn't have to climb into the back when she's pissed! I love my new car, oh yes i do. She needs a name though. So far the most amusing suggestion i've had is Maud. But she's not a very Maud looking car. So everyone needs to suggest names for my car!

Town was fun, if incredibly hot. Northampton doesn't cope well with 31 degrees. I did shop though. 2 more books (even though i bought 3 the day before in MK), Big Fish on DVD (<3 Tim Burton!), and i'm sure there was something else but i can't remember what it was so it obviously wasn't that exciting, really.

Today I wanted to go to the Art In Action thing in Oxford. We went a couple of years ago and it was really good. My auntie reminded us about it the other day and we forgot again, but we were reminded again last night. Mum doesn't want to go though, so looks like i'll be waiting another year (when i'll probably forget about it...again).

Thursday, July 14

Bring Back Winter.

I do not like this weather. This is the kind of weather you're supposed to leave the country to get. Except in every other country in the world apart from England they have this wonder called air conditioning, which you only get in cars and big shopping centers here. I woke up at about 2am, all sweaty and gross. Couldn't get back to sleep again. So I gave in and opened my window (i hate sleeping with my window open...bugs get in). After about an hour i was just dropping off and then COO FUCKING COO. The FUCKING PIGEONS. We have the loudest pigeons in the world in our front garden. We also have 4 trees in our tiny front garden. Full of fucking pigeons. They like to sit as close to my window as they can and make as much noise as possible.
So. Not much sleep last night.

Now, i am going to get dressed because Sally just rang and we're going to Nothampton, just for the hell of it. Yay.

Tuesday, July 12

I just remembered i can quite easily upload photos to here without having to unplug things and the like, so i have photos of my packages from my wonderful SP!




So in there is some delicious coffee, some wonderful Naturwolle yarn which shall become a scarf that will no doubt be worn to death this winter (i miss winter), some adorable bear shaped point protectors for my DPNS, some cable needles and some rather strange sweets! I got 3 packages in 2 days! My postman says i'm keeping him in a job, lol.
Thank you to my wonderful SP! (Who is in Finland...but that's all i can work out! Noone on the coffeeshop has Finland listed as their location!)