Monday, March 27, 2006

a bit of spin

As I'm on a spinners blogring, thought I'd better do a bit of spinning. As a change from Freyalynn's fibre, thought I'd try spinning this Brillo pad black Wenslydale. Actually, it is quite soft until you touch this angora/merino blend. It's gonna be dyed after it's spun. Don't know what colour, but I've a feeling it'll depend on which Project Spectrum colour I need to knit at the time.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Get me outa here - part two

Blogger wouldn't let me post any more pics in the last post... as I was saying, look at this - If you peer at the left hand side of the picture as it faces you, the difference becomes quite clear. There's a definite grey tinge to the background colour. I don't like it. Not one little bit. So now I'm on the horns of a dilemma two knitting kneedles (I used my Brittanies for this, not a circular). Do I frog the other side and knit in the new skein, or not? Trouble is, both sleeves are gonna be decidely grey, too. Might look even odder it I don't redo that front :0(

Ho hum. Still, had a great time at the Country Living exhibition. Expected to be bored out of my mind, but once I discovered (1) the Colinette yarn (2) the free samples (alcoholic) things definitely took a turn for the better. Oh, and this time I managed not to leave the Patchwork Pate in the cafe for someone else to enjoy

Right. Off to practice the Timewarp. I. Can't. Wait. (Think I've said that before.....)

Get me outa here - I'm a vegetarian!

At least, I think that's what Mr Squirrel was yelling as he hurtled away from the bowl... Mr India decided to feed the birds. Mr India decided that the robins should get some 'stuff', too. Mr India decided that the dead 'stuff' wasn't good enough. Mr India bought the wiggly stuff. And put it in a bowl. And didn't tell me. And didn't tell the squirrels. Fortunately, I found out a tad earlier then the quirrels did. Fortuntately for Mr India.....

Q. What do you stock if you are at an exhibition, don't have much yarn, don't seem to be a natural yarn stockist.
A. Why, Colinette of course.
In my defence, I was forced to buy it because (a) It was PINK (Project Spectrum colour for March) (b) It was named after this girl. As you can see, I just had to buy some 'Isis'. It was all lonely. Honest.

On the (Project Spectrum theme, I have just finished a wee summer scarf. It's a bit of a cheat, really. Next month's colours are yellow and orange, so I'm bridging the gap between this month and next with this: Dontcha just love those hot summer colours. Here's hoping we get a bit of hot summer to go with it. I'm a bit naffed off on the Colinette front. I do realise that it's my own fault, but that doesn't help - does it ever? I'm nearly finished Robin which, if this page is the same as I copied (if you see what I mean) is the little T-shirt at the top of left of the page. Now, I was a bit sceptical when it said 2 skeins, so I bought 3. Did I check the dye lots? No. Does that make me a twerp? Yes. Take a look at this -

Saturday, March 25, 2006

It's just a step to the......

I'm gping to see this! I love it! I love it! I'm sooooooooooooo excited!!!!!

Well, it'll only be the 4th time

and this is the 2nd post - first one broke the links, for some freaky, time-warped reason.....

Monday, March 20, 2006

As I was saying yesterday

Here is my attempt to explain how to knit an Oxenburg scarf: if you click on the picture, a bit of editing should become clear. Now I have figured out how to add text to a picture, I need to work out how to get a bigger text box. One step at a time.

Third day without toothache - didn't think that was possible. Yeehah! I've also had my neck man womanhandled this evening, so hoping for a bit of an improvement there too. £27 and worth every penny, believe me. In my continued bid to improve my health, Mr India and I are going to go for a bit of a walk tonight - and it's longjohn weather, believe me. As longsuffering Mr I will confirm, I don't care how I look, as long as I'm warm.

Don't have any evidence but I have been doing a wee bit more spinning. THe first skein was a bit underplied for what I have in mind, so I'm happier with this result. My aim is to spin enough for a jumper. Might take some time due to other committments which keep getting in the way.

Did I tell you about the latest adventure? Due to start in a couple of weeks - India does Buddhism. Well, to be precise, India will be finding out a little bit more about Buddhism. Maybe it'll make me more of a laid back person. Just maybe

In the meantime, I'm off for a coffee - what do you take in yours?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

trip to America

Did I mention that I went the other morning? Took me about 5 minutes for the complete return journey, and when I returned I had Mountain Stream in my hot little hands. We take all this technology for granted but every now and again the 'simple' things in life take my breath away.

What hasn't been so simple has been trying to arrange a knitting night out with a few of my knitting friends. I suppose we do this about twice a year, but with all the busy schedules, it can take a while. Still, we might have found a date to suit all, so fingers crossed...

Not much knitting of late, except to say that I had totally forgotten that I had bought two balls of yarn to make my mum's hat. Suffice to say, it is now finished, just awaiting a label. Brier grows slowly but I am on the last front. I have been doing some of the seaming as I went, partly because I hate sewing, partly because I couldn't get my head around which bit'n'bobs I still have to do.

All the ill health has played havoc with my studying - behind on Post grad course, Gaelic and piano. Gaelic phone tutorial will probably be a bit grim tonight - better try to do a bit more work before then.
tioraidh an-drasta

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Let it snow!

'specially when I'm tucked up inside with nowhere to go. Take a little peek at this: I thought it was very brave of Mr India to venture out to top up the bird feeders, although I am sure that as he paused on the brink he was wishing I was back to 100%... I've a funny feeling he might be doing this more than once today.

Now, back to knitting, and what a great day for it. I decided to deviate slightly from Project Spectrum to knit a Mother's day present for, well, my mother, clearly. Now, I did pay attention to the fact that the Wool Cotton was 17m shorter than the Cashsoft, but I'd had wheens left over from Odessa Number 1, so I was sure I could just make it with one. Well, here's the evidence for all to see: And I was so determined not to buy any more yarn...I'll check the stash, but I'm not hopeful. And I was going to be a bit of a smart **** and put up the finished WIP as a pic in the sidebar. Pride cometh.... As per, this pic is not representative of the colour at all. Seems to me that the camera has real problems with the blue end of the spectrum. When I need a bit of time off from the pink knitting, I'm going to be doing a pale green Mountain Stream , inspired by a number of blogs I've seen it on of late.

On the health front -still very up and down. I'm trying to keep it all in perspective, but have been feeling a bit down about it lately, specially as things took a bit of a nosedive on Thursday. Still, things have improved a bit, hence the spot of knitting, but my balance is still causing me problems - it's really strange falling over when you know that you've had no intoxicants , the earth has not moved (!) and I know where my feet should be in relation to the ground and the rest of me...

And, finally, here's a pic of what cats do best on a snowy day

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Project Pink

3 pink party ring biscuits Mmm, don't they look good? I figured that as I am taking part in Project Spectrum I owe it to myself to get in the mood - and what better way than a buckey of good ol' pink Party Rings. I'd forgotten just how good they taste.

And what about the minor details? The actual Project for March? Well, as I am trying to work from stash I decided to whip up some WIPs and finish these two scarves - one in Alpaca Silk, the other consisting of that classsic KSH, with a jaunty slice of snot apple green thrown in for luck.  two pink scarves, one with a narrow regukar strip of apple green Brier continues to meander along, y'know, stuck in the same groove.

Health continues to be less than it could be - toothache a constant companion (waiting for it to settle - hah!as if!), another virus laying me low. Still, I managed to drag myself to work, all the time wondering why I feel so pressured to attend when I am genuinely ill... I feel about 5% better this evening than this morning, but still not up to my knitting meeting :(

Sunday, March 05, 2006

not enough knitting

That's what's been happening here. And it better stop. I can't even pinpoint why there has been a knitting drought, but I suspect the fact that I STILL HAVE TOOTHACHE has something to do with it. I breathed a sigh of relief when, suitably sedated, the wretched tooth was liberated. No pain - yipee. Not even from the extraction site. However, the pain has been sneaking back. Wonder what the sadist dentist will try next.... actually, I must not bad-mouth (!) my dentists (it's a bit of a team effort), since they are good about the whole terrified-me thing.

Did manage along to the knitting meet up today but discovered I was in knitting limbo. Despite the fact that I knat for 3 hours, the garter stitch cuff on the 'Brier' sleeve plain refused to grow. Not a sausage. Not an iota. Strange.

I'm off for some super-healthy food now, followed by a not-so-healthy vodka and Coke. Well, I don't want to give my body too much of a shock. In the meantime, here's my next knitalong. It's longterm, over a few months - the link in the sidebar will be coming soon (well, as soon as Mr India gets home and shows me what to do). I think that the first project is going to be a pink baby hat. I have several hats still to knit and this month's colours are red and pink - and I'm trying to participate without buying any more yarn. The yellow month may prove a problem. I love yellow, but not to knit with....much pondering coming up.

Tioraidh an-drasta