Archive for October, 2009


Adieu and Farewell, Socktoberfest

October 31, 2009


Socktoberfest ends today and mine didn’t particularly work out the way I had planned.

I did get the fellas socks done and they took up most of the month, and with illness I didn’t progress on any other sock projects till this last day of Socktoberfest; I finally figured out the Turkish Cast On! That tiny thing in the picture is the start of my first ever toe up sock!

I’ll keep you updated with its progress 🙂


Foody Friday

October 30, 2009


I had planned to tell you about the lovely sounding recipe I was going to try out this week in the slow cooker and it all went horribly horribly wrong.

I also haven’t baked sultana oatmeal cookies even though I still really want some.

So, to make up for my lack of culinary exploits this week I have a picture to show you. She’s from the wonderful “Good Food Shop” in York.

Isn’t she fun?!


Hexagon woes

October 28, 2009

I’ve just had a better look at my hexagons and around 70% of them aren’t true hexagons, so my evening will be spend taking all the tacking out to start again. 😦


WISPy Wednesday

October 28, 2009

Well, I wish I had a cacophany of things to show you but I don’t.

So far this week I’ve knitted the grand total of 1 hexagon for my blanket – its magenta (which is more purple than magenta) for anyone who is interested. I won’t bore you with yet another picture of a knitted hexagon.

My energy levels are still horribly low and I only got that knitted because now I’ve knitted 50 of them I pretty much have it memorized.

I’ve done very little crafty since my WISPless entry last week.In addition to the knitted hexagon I’ve also tacked a dozen patchwork hexagons. I was going to make a cushion but I may make a patchwork teacozy inspired by the one in this post over at HenHouse…(Yes, I am addicted to this blog…she makes me smile). I also discovered half my home made hexagon papers aren’t true hexagons…I’m gonna have to suck it up and buy a hexagon template aren’t I?

Instead of knitting I’ve been dreaming about the things I’d like to knit and sew and am currently daydreaming about cotton flannel fabric that doesn’t come in baby appropriate colours and is available on this side of the Atlantic, and learning to knit fairisle/colourwork.

I’m also dreaming of having a decent button box again with suitable contents. I have lots of shirt buttons, and a couple of nice ones, but I am feeling I lack buttons at the moment..and I need something to keep them in.

Today I have managed to organise the slow cooker for tea and will tell you about that on Friday.

I am trying to remain cheerful, I promise!

Work has begun on the defeating of the laundry mountain however, and I hope to have it sorted out soon. Plus its probably time to swap out the summer clothes for winter ones…Or at least think about it. Thats proactive, right?!


Monday Musings

October 26, 2009

I am officially sick and tired of being ill….indeed, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired…(sorry, couldn’t resist).I’m plodding along, doing my best to keep my spirits up and trying not to get too down and disheartened. It can’t carry on all winter, right? I’m slowly getting my knitting drive back although I am still so muggy headed that concentrating for any amount of time is hard. I’m working on different things in little spurts when I feel up to it.

I am getting really fed up. I managed 3 whole hours at work last week; I missed my birthday treat (Tickets to see my favourite band 3 Daft Monkeys live), I missed the New York Sisterhood inaugural meeting and Victoria sponge competition and I missed the trip to the Keithley and Worth Valley Beer Festival on Saturday which had been a whole year in the planning.

Which is just making me feel even more fed up and disappointed.

The weather in my neck of the woods:

Damp and grey mainly, although there was some fleeting moments of sunshine yesterday.

One of my simple pleasures:
Two today.

Those fleeting moments when you first wake up when you are ill when you don’t feel terrible.
Finding the will to knit again after being knitted out/just too sick to concentrate enough.

On my bedside table:
Deciding White Crow was physically a bit heavy at the moment, the Fella found me a copy of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book in our local charity shop.
I love Neil Gaiman’s books. He has an odd but beautiful mind only comparable to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. The Fella found me a hardback copy for very little and immediately the cover illustration by Chris Riddell caught my attention. He does wonderful pen, ink and wash style illustrations – the sort I wish I could do. There’s a gallery of the books illustrations at the books website.


Also on my bedside table amongst all the accoutrements of being ill is my Mercedes Lackey Last Herald Mage trilogy.


My friends Thene and Jess  introduced me to this “exploding pink fluff” while I was at university. They call it that because, well, it is. I love Lackeys writing, shes like a huge literary duvet that envelops you and makes the world go away for a while.

On my TV:

West Wing DVDs. My “go to” comfort viewing along with Mrs Marple (Joan Hickson of course) and Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett).

On the menu for tonight:

Whatever is in the freezer/cupboard/fridge/shop across the road that the Fella can be convinced to cook.

On my To Do List:
Carry on making myself and my friend Keep Warm sets for the winter; hat neck-warmer and mitts.
Get some of the laundry mountain sorted out.
Getting better dammit!

Done from last weeks To Do List:
Getting through the week (Tada!) All the impending busyness got completly swept aside by the advancing army of congestion and pain in my system.
Making sure the fella had a nice birthday; Mission accomplished! Presents were given and there was videos rented and general being nice to the fella around coughing, sneezing, sniffling, and napping.

New Recipe I tried last week:
None at all. Cooking relied on tins, packets and ready meals due to lack of energy.

New Recipe I’m trying this week:
I’ll see if I feel up to actually cooking this coming week.

In the craft basket:

Whatever I feel up to working on to be honest.

Looking forward to:

Having clean clothes, feeling well again and getting to

Favorite photo from last week:

This one from Little Cotton Rabbits:

knitttedhegglehogs and acornsI love hedgehogs and I love all things autumnal, and it bought a smile to my face this week.

Favourite blog post from the last week:

I followed some of the suggestions on Greed (Googles RSS feed aggragator) so have been reading several new blogs this week. I may tell you about some of them next week…but my favourite one so far is HenHouse.

You must go and read this one and this one on her recent holiday to Yorkshire and all the wonders they found here; oh and admire her outfit!

Lesson learned the past few days:

That he really did love his birthday socks, in part because even though they drove me round the bend, I did my best to finish them for his birthday.



Comfort – Foody Friday

October 23, 2009

There’s been very little cooking in the flat this last week. I’m still to get over whatever this virus is although its currently taking the symptoms of a stinking cough and cold so cooking has relied on tins, packets and preprepared foods.

If I felt up to cooking, I would be comfort eating, but even heating up a tin of soup seems to be hard work at the moment.

Last Sunday, between naps, I was reading an article on the Telegraph website about comfort foods. It was reporting that an academic study has been conducted to produce a “comfort food” formula. Apparently three of the best comfort foods are sausage and mash, beans on toast and macaroni cheese and there is actually theory behind this.

Apparently some foods have neuropsychological effects relating to smell, appearance and taste that they recorded and then worked out this formula from. They found that dishes with simple ingredients and uniform colour got better responses. I can see this theory having some validity.

The Fella is a fan of beans on toast and poached eggs on toast, scrambled eggs, bacon butties and crumpets as his comfort foods.
I’m more in the camp of macaroni cheese but my macaroni cheese isn’t that simple. The sauce made from scratch with wholemeal flour, herbs and mature cheddar. I use tricolour fusilli instead of macaroni and I add bacon pieces and carrots to the pasta. Its delicious, but I don’t think they would get good results from the comfort formula with it!

My sisters Lamb Lasagne is another comfort food (lamb mince instead of beef, spinach lasagne sheets, and homemade tomato and wholemeal white sauces) as is my mums bread and butter pudding (wholemeal bread, sultanas and demerara sugar).

Why are so many of these things homemade? Because my mum was on exclusion diets for ezcema and so certain things were cut out of the diet of the whole family and then there was the mad cow disease scare and we stopped eating beef hence lamb mince instead of beef in lasagne etc.

Other of my favourite comfort foods include porridge, museli and half dried chewy banana chips. Though I’m still obsessing about chewy sultana oatmeal cookies…and probably will be until I’m well enough to bake!

So, what’s your comfort food(s)?


WISPless Wednesday

October 21, 2009

No knitting to tell you about today. I’ll have worked on something by next week to tell you about.

Its the Fellas birthday today so other than working on his socks I’ve done little to no knitting or sewing or anything much.

I’ve been ill again; that or I just hadn’t really got better and then caught something else. Either way I’ve been ill for nearly 6 weeks now so am understandably a little fed up.

I’m sure I’ll feel better soon. It can’t carry on much longer, right?

Anyway, I’ll get pictures of his socks to show you soon, and do some knitting, and see when I feel up to baking some cookies…am still obsessing about raisin oatmeal cookies!