Archive for the ‘musing’ Category

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Still here…

April 8, 2010

I’ve not forgotten about my blog at the moment, but this illness is making it hard to keep up with it, so I’m going to be on blogging hiatus for a while.

I won’t be away for long, I promise.

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Motionless but busy

March 17, 2010

I looked at the calendar earlier and realised its been quite a while since I said I would be back with regular posts, and here is the first one, even if it has been a while.

This foot problem and my M.E. have had me having to make myself have enforced rest periods, with my foot raised and its not always been conducive to anything interesting happening to tell you about, or much of anything happening. Its not as fun around here as it used to be and with the not doing much the only thing I have to show you at the moment is yarn related.

I’ve finished the surprise belated birthday present (no pictures till it arrives at the other end) and had a couple of days of feeling like I didn’t want to work on anything.

Since then, I’ve been having another spate of startitis and now I have more projects on the go than I can possibly work on, but I’m enjoying this slower pace of crafting and having different projects so I can fit it to the energy levels I have and in that vein its fitting into the “pacing” I am learning to deal with the M.E.

I’ve continued working on my half granny square shawl; or my Marbled Purple Comfort Shawl as I’ve taken to calling it; The colours of the Marble Chunky (Shade 15) are making a lovely mix on the shawl and its been getting lovely comments when people see me working on it. I finished it last night and I really like it. Its big soft and very comforting.

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I’ve started crocheting my leftovers of Countrystyle DK into a granny square. I think I’ll end up with a lap blanket out of them or a large cushion cover to go with the hexagon blanket, which I desperatly need to work on as I got so distracted by learning to crochet that I haven’t worked on it in weeks. No pictures of my hexagons as theres no progress to show!

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Crocheting the granny square projects I have started fits into the days when my energy levels allow me to be able to do something, but something thats more automatic than any project that needs more thought.

I’ve been working on my first ever proper swatch for a stocking project. I’ve got some purple acrylic 4ply:

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and am finally going to make my purplestockings! Thats right, I shall have the embelm of my blog 🙂

I’ve been learning about negative ease and proper gauge, and am finally understanding it properly. I’ve done a flat gauge even though the project is going to be knit in the round as I decided I wanted to see how different my gauge is in the flat compared to in the round. It differs by a stitch and a row so its a good thing I checked!

The flat gauge swatch that show the colour the best.

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I used the swatching directions from Knitty for the flat swatch and these from Ysolda for the “swatching in the round although not actually in the round” method. The pattern I was planning to use was going to be Very Tall Socks adjusted for my legs and 4ply yarn instead of DK; but I was pointed towards the Donna Keaton Elizabethan Stocking Formula via Vintage Stitch-O-Rama. I’ve got all my sums done and I hope to be able to cast on for them soon.

I’ve got some yarn wound for a pair of toe up socks, but its thicker than sock yarn I’d normally use, so I’m not sure what needles to use, especially as I’ve had suggestions ranging from 2.25 mm needles to 3.5mm needles. Very confusing.

To use up some yarn leftovers, I’m making some korknisse when I can get hold of wine corks:

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and I’ve had some leftovers of autumnal shades of yarn and I’ve got plans to make an autumnal leaf wreath to decorate my home with later in the year.

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Theres a whole mix including yarn d’amour gingercake, rowan scottish tweed, online 100, trekking xxl, and misc that I’ve been gifted, and they are going to make up into beautiful leaves. I’m still looking at patterns but I’ll hopefully show you some progress soon 🙂

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a fly by post

February 25, 2010

This week has been troublesome.Between pain and sleep issues and working on a secret present for my sister, I’ve not done much to show you.

I’ve not managed to work on my hexagon blanket, or sew my belt bag together, or worked on the granny squares. When I’ve felt like crafting I’ve been working on my sisters project somewhat obsessively and am currently stalled till I get more yarn for it.. Photos as soon as its been sent to her.

I’ll be back next week with photos of pretty things to show you though! 🙂

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A rare sight….

February 16, 2010

Take one yarnie with unkempt locks which hasn’t been trimmed, let alone cut in years:

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who has been struggling to manage her hair due illness and it just having got so very long. ( I hadn’t realised how wispy it had got!)

To this add a hairdresser who knows what she’s doing and my request that I can still put it up if I need to and for them to not make it look any thinner than it already is.

Normally my haircare consists of washing, conditioning, brushing and occasionally dyeing my hair so when people are talking about feathering and things my eyes start to glaze over as I don’t understand. I’ve been to the hairdressers maybe 3 times in my life, and my mum cut my hair when I was small.

And so I emerged from the hairdressers with the following:

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Shoulder length bob, longer in back than in front and with layers throughout. ( I can say layers now I actually know what it means…)

Normally I avoid my photo being on here, as for the most part I tend to hate photographs of myself, but I wanted to share how it looks.

So, what do you think?

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Monday Musings…

February 15, 2010

Ravelympics Project Update:

Its day 3 and I’m stalled already. The cotton content of the yarn is making my hands very sore, and I’m resting them yesterday and today. If, when I work on the bloomers tomorrow it has the same effect then I will do a different projects, like squares for a couple of ladies in the RAK’s groups comfort blankets.

The weather in my neck of the woods:

Cold, wet. Springlike. Theres occasional spots of sunshine pouring through the clouds. The snowdrops and daffodil bulbs are poking thier shoots above ground, and I’m starting to think about what to plant in my container garden this year.

Some of my simple pleasures:

Having a new cushion to help support my upper body and back while on the sofa.It doesn’t sound like much but it makes all the difference!

On my bedside table:

A pile of Ironman comic books, some knitting, my meds and painkillers and a bottle of water. Insomnia struck last week and its playing merry havoc with my system.

On my TV:

The Winter Olympics; well that is when I can actually find anything other than the “round up” shows or them focusing entirely on one event in the live coverage…Not everyone can stay up till 2am to watch the events, and you think they would feature more of it on the BBC1 or 2 channels during the day.

On my Mp3 Player:

Stephenie Pearl-McPhee’s Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting. I’ve been feeling vaguely rebellious by crocheting while listening to it 😉

On the menu for tonight:

I don’t know, but I’m craving chips…so probably something with chips.

On my To Do List:

  • Go to knitting group
  • Go back to the doctors to get the latest blood tests results.
  • Get my hair cut – I can’t deal with the management that waist length hair needs at the moment.
  • Start work on a couple of articles and a book review.
  • Work on my many unfinished projects…

Done from last weeks To Do List:

  • Work on the hexagon blanket. I’ve completed 3 more hexagons which means 4 colour rows of the blanket are complete. Unfortunatly, while reviewing the remaining yarn, I realised I am short on some of the colours.
  • Work on the Granny Squares. I completed the pink and black, made some purple and black and am now working on blue and black ones. I’m going to need more black!
  • Rest. Done as best I could.

New Recipe I’m thinking of trying next week:

Slow Cooked Sausages in Cider.

Looking forward to:

The weather being warmer!

Lesson learned the past few days:

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” A.A. Milne

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When I remember Musings….

February 9, 2010

I knew there was something I forgot to do yesterday!

The weather in my neck of the woods:

Cold. Snow was forcast but its looking like lovely blue skies out there, although that means there may be below freezing temperatures.

Some of my simple pleasures:

Having finally learnt to make a Granny Square. Yes, I may shut up about that eventually.

On my bedside table:

My Mp3 player with my Audio books on it; painkillers, and the Mercedes Lackey Mage Winds Trilogy.

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Not quite as soft and fluffy as The Last Herald Mage trilogy, but still comfort reading.

I need to get my hands on the 3 books that come after these; infact they follow on from them. They are the Mage Storm Trilogy.

As I mentioned last week I’m running out of books to read…again.

On my TV:

Anything thats on that takes my interest at the moment although I’m rather enjoying watching Monty Don on My Dream Farm. I’m just glad to see him fit and well and on TV again. I could listen to his voice all day.

On the menu for tonight:

Minted Lamb Burgers, vegetables and baked potatoes.

On my To Do List:

Work on the hexagon blanket.

Work on the Granny Squares.

Rest.

Done from last weeks To Do List:

I’ve completed a couple more hexagons for the blanket.

New Recipe I tried last week:

Pasta al’Arrabiata with Meatballs. Delicious and minimal chilli.

Looking forward to:

Ravelympics and working on my bloomers again.

Watching the winter olympics.

Lesson learned the past few days:

Ankles can plot against you. Seriously. My left ankle is in a bad mood with me.

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Monday Musings

February 1, 2010

I’m working on this being a more positive week than last week. My ankles slowly getting better but its still weak and very painful especially after turning it again this morning.

The weather in my neck of the woods:

Freezing cold. There is snow forecast for tomorrow. and we had a very hard frost on Saturday. There was snow up on the dales and the clouds look snowy grey althought theres nice patches of sunshine getting through.

Some of my simple pleasures:

Starting a new journal today. I started my older one last August and its been an absolute life line, and helped me stay sane, especially in the last few months with the M.E. diagnosis. Somewhere private to note down those hopes,dreams, fears and misgivings, to note the major events of the year and too provide me with an aide-memoire when my brain lets me down.

On my bedside table:

A tattered old fantasy book called Jeralyne about how elves don’t have it as easy as we think they do and what happens when their society is rocked by dark secrets coming out. I bought it about 10 years ago when I was having a terrible (shoplifters) and slow (3 customers all day slow) day at work and it comes out occasionally when I get the need to read it again.

That and I’m running out of books to read…again.

On my TV:

West Wing. Its like being surrounded by really smart friends…Apart from Josh. He’s sometimes a doofus.

On my Mp3 Player:

Ruby Blue, 3 Daft Monkeys, and Emilie Autumn. My regular playlist.

Am still lusting after Seth Lakeman though.

On the menu for tonight:

Sausage and Mash at the special request of the boy.

On my To Do List:

More work on the blanket. Till I work on my bloomers for the Ravelympics this is the main project around here.

Done from last weeks To Do List:
Finish my tax return. Done. Dusted. Submitted. Stress over for a bit longer.
More work on my blanket. I’ve completed a couple more hexagons and looked into best ways to block the yarn etc.
Finish my belt bag. All the pieces are knit and blocked and just need sewing together.

New Recipe I tried last week:

A jamie oliver recipe for pasta with crispy herbed breadcrumbs which didn’t turn out the way its described in the cookbook, but will give it a second try. the idea is to add crunch and flavour but it also added lemon juice to the pasta which made the breadcrumbs soggy.

New Recipe I’m thinking of trying next week:

Still planning to try making Pan Haggerty. Pan Haggerty from the Hairy Bikers new show and the sweetcorn fritters from the first show.

Looking forward to:

Knitting group tonight and civilised conversation and giggling with my ladies.

Lesson learned the past few days:

No one likes doing tax returns, but they are a necessary evil.