And today being Sunday, we're all having a nice quiet day knitting. Monkee Maker you have taught her well, look at that pretty mitred square she's done for Oliver's blanket. A perfect 4" square. Good work Vera, now she's off to play with Bartholomew, as he's been getting a tad restless!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tucking in to the Minstrels - I offered her fresh bananas , but no, like all intelligent females, she opted for the chocolates instead. And as to the Stella? No thank-you very much, this lady is all about class, er sorry - Class. It must be something to do with arriving in the post with the Posh Yarn. She took one look at the champagne and instantly went for that instead. Note that Bartholomew is reaching out for chocolate too. She's proving a very considerate nanny, as she only let him have one - mustn't rot those baby teeth now must we?
Now just how lucky am I? Thank-you so much Monkee Maker, she is wonderful and is fitting right in here. When I go back to work this afternoon, I dread to think the escapades she'll be getting up to. Might even have to take her in to school one day, I could do with an extra pair of hands...
And enclosed with the package is a square made of knit to go on Oliver's Blanket. Many, many thanks. With all this goodness happening, I can only think that I'll be in a good mood for the rest of the day. Or at least until I get back to school!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Hope you're all knitting me a square by now. Come on, I need to start sewing them together! If you know my home address, please send them here, but if not, use the address on the side bar.
I've had a bad day today (a very shitty one in fact if you get my drift Kerrie) so I won't dwell on it. Going to cook tea now. Take care all and get those needles clicking - 4" is really quite small...
Monday, September 24, 2007
Just in case anyone apart from Minxxy wondered, there are 26 stitches and I used 3.75mm needles. Oh and I used Posh Yarn's Emily - a very lovely yarn to knit with if you've not yet tried it - it was a little bit left over from 'Bump's Blanket'. The address to send squares to is over there (I'm pointing, can you see?) along with any raffle ticket money. We're going to try and sort something else out regarding money so you don't have to just send cash, but I'm slow at things like this, so please bear with me for now.
We're all a bit excited over here at the Stash Basket today, we'll shortly be having a new addition to the fold. Vera . Bartholomew can hardly contain himself! Alfie is a bit worried about the impact a monkey will have on his offspring, while Blossom just raised her eyes patiently to the ceiling and started looking for Banana Cake recipes!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Just in case you don't trust me though, I pulled another random name out of the hat (actually it was a glass dish) - so Daisie if you send me your address, I can put prize number 2 in an envelope (no Daisie, I am not sending you my FCS, you need to finish yours!)
And you all know how I love clever knitting don't you? Well this little bag is cleverness itself. Shadow knitting. I love it, but blimey, it was a bit of a nightmare remembering how and when and where. I made this ages ago, pretty don't you think? (No Monkee Maker, this is not in the shoe box. This is mine. All mine.)
Has anybody out there bought the new Kaffe Fassett book? Or the new one from Martin Storey? If so, let me know what you think, I'm wondering whether to treat myself as a blog birthday present. Or should I just stick with the wild and wacky needles from Harmony? Will they be available at Ally Pally, or do I sweet talk Clara into posting me some over here?
Decisions, decisions. I'm too tired to be decisive tonight, someone else please choose for me.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I hate ironing. I hate ironing so very much that the only way I can bear to do it is by saying 'iron 5 things, knit a row' so the latest square for Lizard Ridge was very soon nearly complete. And no of course I don't just stick with one row! I try to be very strong willed though.
Following the mammoth wash up after Sunday Lunch, I decided to have a few moments with Tipsy on the settee. You can't see, but behind the big orange bag is a basket full of yarn and behind that is a blue bag with another half-finished project in. And on the table is a little wooden bowl filled with oddments of Posh and Hipknits sock yarn.
So after bath time for youngest son, it was bed time - he does his reading book and practices spellings while I knit. No monkey made of knit, but a furry friend instead. And then it was back downstairs to do more Tipsy.
It looks like I've done loads of knitting, but I haven't really. I'm very slow. Oh the chocolate cake was finally collected next day with a great many apologies!
As to the grand prize draw for the goodies, I'll be doing it later on tonight, so come back tomorrow to find out if you've won. (And Monkee Maker, don't hold your breath on this one, the sack of stunt monkees still hasn't arrived...)
OK, I thought you'd have enough photos with the above, but here's progress of Tipsy - first sleeve done, second only just cast on! Happy now Clara!!!
Friday, September 14, 2007
So here it is. I'm officially 100 Blog Posts Old today. My husband has just said 'what are you on about?' He doesn't understand about the blog. In fact he doesn't understand very much about me, but happily he now just accepts me and gets on with life! He long since gave up asking questions.
So it appears that I have to organise a Give Away. Why? It's my birthday, you lot should all be sending me presents, not the other way round. Ah well, so be it. Only thing is, I don't know what to give away. My husband springs to mind, but you're all very sane people, you wouldn't want him. Besides, he wouldn't fit in the post box. No, it will have to be something else. Maybe even more than one something else.
Maybe something from the Stash Basket.
Maybe something to eat (bear in mind that the cakes really wouldn't survive in the post...)
Perhaps something to read.
Or something to sew.
Or maybe, just maybe, something of all the above.
Just leave me a comment between now and sometime next week (shall we say Tuesday?) and I'll put your name in the hat.
Oh by the way, I'm glad you all liked yesterday's chocolate cake. Despite calling me to arrange for collection, the recipient forgot to come and pick it up. So it's still in the kitchen. Waiting. Sad and lonely. Might go and have a slice now. Mrs Forgetful wouldn't mind would she?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
My diet is going very badly. Is it any wonder? There are cake trimmings to be had and bowls to lick. Toblerones are half price in Sainsbury's and I'm a greedy pig. Life is just not fair.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
These are for mum and dad as a new home present. I know, I know. Strange new home present, especially for dad, but there is a reason. Mum has been really worried about the move, so I made these in case she got 'cold feet', but if she really did get cold feet, I made them so that she could wear the socks rather than making dad suffer with her icy tootsies.
Glad to see you're making as much sense as ever Michaela. But I'm just so excited. Now these are done, I can pick up Tipsy again. Yippee! Or as my American friend Clara said, 'Happy Happy Happy Dance'.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This last one is proving a real labour of love. A friend started knitting a Guernsey for her grandson, she got stuck with the neck gussets and asked me to help. The 'help' has turned into a full scale finishing off. It's a hopeless pattern with very minimal instructions (to cut down on printing costs I presume) on how to do the blessed gussets, on neck and underarms. The wool is 'pure wool' but is so scratchy, I can't imagine the grandson will ever want to wear it. Which is a shame as it's been beautifully knitted by Granny. I'll take a picture when I've finished sewing it up.
But all is not doom and gloom. Some lovely new yarn has arrived today from Kerrie via Marianne. it's the all new 'Coast' and is wonderful - can't wait to start knitting with it, but for the moment, it will just be stroked a lot! Yet more sock yarn, and I'm not really a great sock knitter, but this just has to be my favourite yarn weight. The Stash Basket is over-flowing with the stuff.
Perhaps I'm getting ready for a de-stash. And on the subject of that, according to the post thingy on the side, this will be Post Number 97, yet on the Dashboard, it will be number 100. Who do I believe? Think I'll go with 97, gives me more time to organise a give-away!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I've had such fun all day being invisible. At first the boys didn't quite understand the game, but once I explained, they got the general idea. 'Mum's just having one of her funny turns, if we go along with it all, maybe she'll make us a nice cake and not chuck it on the floor this time'. (In case you're wondering, the disaster that was yesterday's blackberry cake all went in the bin - I once worked in a pub kitchen for a few days and saw the chef scoop up some poor soul's lunch from the floor and send it out to be eaten. Anything on the floor? Straight in the bin!)
So as a treat, I decided to make a raspberry tart (pate sucree base, creme patissiere filling, fresh raspberries on top and apricot glaze). And you know what? It tasted rather good. Even extremely fussy youngest son ate it.