Friday, June 29, 2007
I never anticipated the hugely different tensions, or the inability to knit until piece measured 4". I've had 'squares' that were 5" wide, and some were 3". Some were a mere 3" tall and others were 6". One poor lady didn't dare own up to an inability to knit - she started with 25 stitches, and before long had 48 stitches! The Deputy Head had a blister after just 3 rows!
It has involved some serious jiggling about to get it looking like this! Then the border... oh that border went on forever! But it was so worth it. Kathryn loved it, Bump tried it on, and we all said farewell to our Knitting Club Leader.
Things will not be the same without you Kathryn. How will I manage to get C to finish a row, G to loosen her tension, A to stop tormenting her sister, B to calm down; will H ever return to finish his monkey, who will be the next victim to be tied up with finger knitting....? Am I going to go loopy? Er, loopier?
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Their Church has just had its Flower Festival where lots of ladies make an arrangement based on a common theme. And this amazing piece of work is my mum's. She's never been trained in flower arranging, but has just picked it up over the years. I wish I had been able to see it in person (dad took the photo), because it looks pretty impressive to me even on this teeny weeny scale. The flowers are beautiful but for me the best bit of this is the crisp white cloth. The edging you see has been crocheted - I will try and get a close up of it one day. But for now you'll just have to admire it from a distance. It was bought from an antiques fair a while ago - neither of us know how to use the Dreaded Hook Thing.
Oh and incase you saw their house up for sale a fortnight ago here on this blog, well you're too late to buy! They accepted an offer today, have placed an offer on another house and have got the removal firm coming in next week to give them a quote. Not hanging around are they?!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Now I spent so long on this infernal machine yesterday that I got practically nothing done on The Cake. So I'm off now to see if I can at least get a few tins lined before tea time. Both children have got friends round for tea, so it's already very noisy.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ooh, what have I done now? The picture's gone all small. I've pressed the wrong button somewhere again. Not for the first time do I wish I understood this machine a bit better!
And look here, I've got double spaces again. How? Why?
So Dee wants me to make a shawl with the yarn she sent, and we have opted for Forest Canopy. This is my first big venture into lace and so far I'm not impressed! This pathetically small sample is the result of a whole evening's knitting - it is attempt number 3, or was it 4? And even this one had to be frogged. I have made so many mistakes I'm feeling pretty useless. I think I need mindless knitting, not this complicated yarn over type. Give me fair isle or intarsia any day! But I will not be beaten. I will work this out. I will. I will. I will. I won't. (Said in my best Mrs Doyle accent.)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
If anyone else out there is gluten-intolerant, let me know and I'll give you a recipe. The secret is in the mixture of flours! Now does anyone out there know the secret of making 24 hours last for 36?
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I loved the room where we had our lunch. It was decorated as if you were in a pond, as in at the bottom of the pond. This newly hatched dragon fly was just above my head - the picture doesn't do him justice, as he was actually about 3 foot long. There were frogs on the walls as well as snails, fish and frogspawn hanging from the ceiling. There was even a huge (and I mean really Huge) heron's head coming out from one of the walls, eating a fish.
Now you know those blogger surveys you can get, has anybody done the 'what yarn are you' one? I'd be interested to hear what you are. Both Dee and I are apparently dishcloth cotton. How wrong can that be?! I'll try and find a link, but don't any of you hold out any hope for it working...
...no sorry, can't do it! But go to Sharon's blog and it's there on the side.
Monday, June 18, 2007
So there it is, you can't see the cables let alone all the complicated stitch patterns, so I feel it has to be frogged. There's so much there might even be enough for a pair of socks one day too, unless mum wants to make a mega-huge shawl. Or maybe even 2 shawls. Any other ideas?
Oh and when I said I like summer rain, I really didn't mean all the time, so please can you make it stop now. Pretty please? Especially for tomorrow as we have our class trip. Thank-you.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Would you just look at this sky - taken yesterday afternoon. Blimey o'Reilly, there was some rain that came down from this cloud. We were OK but some parts of the country had flooding. We are very low-lying here in the Fens, but thanks to a clever Dutch man a few hundred years ago the dikes take care of a lot of the water. We have had so much rain in May and June and not a drop was shed in April.
Regarding weather, I am very English. When it's hot, I want it to be cold so I can wear my thick woolly jumpers, and when it's cold, I want it to be hot so I can wear a t-shirt. It is rarely ever right. At 41, I am already a grumpy old woman!
But I love rain in the summer. I love splashing in puddles, with or without wellies. I love walking in the rain with a brolly, listening to the drops on the tight fabric. I love watching the streams of water coursing down the road, pouring down the drainpipes, cleaning the dust and dirt from the sun-baked ground. And I always sing Chris de Burgh's 'Summer Rain' as I'm watching it. Very badly!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I love Nicky's books. I feel I can be informal and call her that rather than Mrs Epstein as she spoke to me once. Kathryn and I went to the Knitting and Stitching exhibition at Alexandra Palace and she was there signing books. Didn't buy any then - spent all money on yarn - but Nicky (there I go again!) admired my scarf. How kind, I thought, that this lady is admiring my clothes. It wasn't until we left the stand that Kathryn told me who it was. I had no idea she was a famous VIP, didn't recognise her. But I will next time Nicky, promise. I will be suitably awestruck in the presence of such greatness, I will creep and grovel and might even buy a book from you. Providing there's room left on the shelf of course!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
This yarn is gorgeous - I never thought anything so fine and light could be so warm. But that's cashmere for you I suppose! (I'm only joking mum - if I had a hundred cashmere shawls, I'd gladly give you every one... well perhaps 99...)
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
It's that 'starting things' problem again though isn't it? I must get very easily bored. But no, I don't, I never get bored. Ever. There's far too much to do. Perhaps that's where my problem lies. I have too much to do. Advice to self - slow down, take things easy. Yeah, yeah, yeah, as if!
Kathryn (I think you ought to get yourself a blog - Warren would be in his element designing for that!) has lent me the most recent copies of Simply Knitting, and amongst them is quite the most hideous knitted thingy ever - a sort of wrap around, low neck strappy waistcoat affair. Just horrid! Does anyone actually knit things like that? What's the most hideous thing you've ever made? Are you even going to admit to it? Mine was a cardigan using the now discontinued Colinette Chrysalis. I ended up frogging it. And I never frog. It really was so bad it was embarrassing!