March 29, 2007

Without no seams just needlework:) and rotten Tesco:(

Love that Simon and Garfunkel song:) Here we have the 2 hats I made from Noro
kureyon, own pattern on 4 needles, hence no seams:))
I wanted to play around with a simple pull on hat but wasn't sure what. Lots of ripping but here we have the finished pics. One with eyelets then seed and rib. Other just eyelets.
And just because 2 pics Mr Mog took in the forest yesterday, doesn't it look wonderful?
I'm feeling grumpy today. I ordered a printer/scanner from Tesco Monday with standard 24hour delivery. Didn't expect til Wednesday for sure because it was after noon Monday. As of now Thursday teatime not here, lots of phone calls later maybe next week, maybe not as I had the termerity to order during a busy time. No mention on the website and no bothered when I ring. They keep saying they will ring back but don't
Wouldn't you know it that I need printer?
Ah well let the pictures of the forest soothe the troubled mind:)

Knitters Treat Exchange questionnaire

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What's your favourite type of yarn? Mohair, merino, or??

2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? Acrylic and cotton

3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Smell the yarn and drool
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? I crochet a little, I make elemental dolls

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? Yarn Forward, Knit Today

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting only for me thanks
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? Shawls, hats, bags, throws mainly

8. Are you allergic to anything? Smoke, cucumber and fish:)

9. What do you like to* smell of?
(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)Frankincense, patchouli, karma from lush. I'm an old hippy

10. What's your favourite way to relax? Reading and knitting with a glass of wine and some dark chocolate

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? Italian cafe for me

12. What do you come out with? Great coffee and eatables

13. Where do you go next? the park

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? Just that I love the thrill of the unknown in these exchanges:)

March 27, 2007

Updates and replies, Thank yous ,needles, Glastonbury and Paul Mitchell

As you can tell by the title bits and bobs in this post:)Thanks for the lovely comments on my finished items:) I think I've done around 12 shawls this year so far? Plus maybe 10 calorimetry, other hats, fingerless gloves and not sure what else:) They help on long pain filled days to pass the time. Also on the nights I can't sleep.
My needle request Marianne? I don't mind what they are made of but need 6 and 7mm if possible. Although someone mentioned you can get small length circular needles also which would help if they do that size in them.
BTW any US readers, is Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner cheap over there? I know its a US company and pricey here in UK but what is it like there? Wondering if its worth my purchasing and having mailed over. I tried some at my friends while down for the funeral and my hair felt wonderful and so many people said how well it looked. A real boost for a fed up moggie:))
I received a beautiful card and yarn samples from Maylin today. Thanks Maylin I love the card. Also from a friend down in Lancashire a brilliant book Magical needlework by Dorothy Morrison. Some great stuff in it and I'm looking forward to trying some. Thanks Andrea for this:)
We are going to Glastonbury for a couple of days next week, so I need to find out if there are any yarn shops or things going on in the area. Must say I'm looking forward to full moon on the tor:)

March 25, 2007

Calorimetry, hat and shawl, plea for longer DPs

these are the finished calorimetrys . Also a hat I made on DPs:) Yes you heard that right DPs:)) No pattern just see what happened. I do however desperately need a source of longer DPs, size 6 and 7mm. Sock needles I have are way too short for chunky wool hats. Yarn in hat is mix of colinette chenille(Isis??) and a mohair unnamed. Calorimetry are Noro blues and red ones are Mountain colors bearfoot yarn.
Finally shawl is some boucle from ebay and pattern is garter with increases by YO at edges. Phew think thats me up to date.

British summer time starts today.

Officially spring is here and british summer time started today. Spring forward, fall back as my nan used to say.
I'm home(obviously). The funeral went very well, the church was packed and the crematorium. Afterwards at the buffet a chance to catch up with family I haven't seen in over 35 years in some cases. There was such a feeling of celebration alongside the sadness. Everyone had good things to say about my uncle. He was well loved. There were even workmates from 40 plus years ago that had seen it in the paper and come to pay their respects. I'm not going to go into how I feel, suffice it to say I miss him.
It was strange meeting up with folks though. I had several comments on the lines of you were a little blonde haired girl(I'm now very red) Even though those relatives had seen me since that is there picture of me and its lovely:)
I have no photos of my family, long long story, but one of my mums cousins has boxes apparently of me as a baby and little girl, of my mum, my nan and my great nan, uncles aunts etc. He is looking some out for me and copying them so the mog will have a family in photos.
The same evening we had a party to celebrate my youngest grandsons 9th birthday and that was a delight. Mr Mog had made him a board to run cars on by special request. I'm posting some pics here so you can see what I mean. His face was a picture when he got it. His other request was for nanny(me) to make him up a stocking with lots of little things which I did and some of those little things included cars:)
Also uploading a picture of the lovely rose bowl my daughter sent me for mother's day. Finally the yellow shawl is finished:).
Currently on the needles and awaiting photos 4 calorimetry.

March 17, 2007

more yarn pron

I can't get the hang of which way the pictures show but you'll get the idea I hope:) In no particular order. Beginning of a shawl in opal sock yarn and yellow mohair. It is now finished:) This is my March moon shawl for the hospice, something to reflect Ostara and Spring Equinox. The start of spring in the colours.White boucle mohair for dying,Wonderful, wonderful mountain colors yarn mohair and moggie colours for sure:))After advice from various sources I decided not to buy blocking wires. I went to the market and purchased some metal rods,(welding?) and 2 metres of stainless steel wire plus a play mat from ELC. Et voila blocking solutions:) the dark purply yarn with stitch markers are from Andrea in exchange for the hipknits.
Thanks Andrea haven't had time to email everyone yet with all thats going on.
Mountain color yarn in blues for a hat.Phew think that is it for now. Off to decide what to knit next

more shawls, yarn pron etc

firstly 2 shawls both from the chevron shawl pattern of
Made with different mohairs. Very thick very warm and ideal for windy days like today.
secondly a new stitch book I picked up from charity shop just 50p:) together with some random mohair mix yarns.
more in next post

Sadness but relief

This morning my dear uncle passed away. As you know it has been expected for a while now but still when it happens it remains a shock. It was his birthday week last Friday, just 69. Today is the 35th anniversary of my nans death(his mum). I am so relieved all his pain is over. It has been a heartbreaking week. Now there is still the funeral to get through for us all. He was a great person to know and treated me as one of his children, more than my own dad did sadly. I have such lovely memories of him, his thoughtfulness when I was in and out of hospital as a child, the times he and my other uncle were my only visitors. Simple stuff but memories to store.
I've another post with finished stuff, yarn etc but this post was his
Go in peace I miss you

March 11, 2007

Blogging break, illness and stuff

I'll be offline a couple of days, my uncle is fading fast and I need to be there. I'm going for a couple of days but not sure if it will be longer. Back soon as I can. P, not sure how to contact you the Messent book gone sorry.

March 04, 2007

Finished objects, yarn pron

I finished the ocean waves stole and the cotton chevron shawl, both patterns from Jill at I've also started one in the fearless fibers wild raspberry I won from knitspot, mixed with rowan kid silk haze in silver grey. Think this looks great together. The finished ones are firstly the mohair stole is fyberspates mohair from Jen. The chevron shawl is cotton hand dyed, not sure what purchased from someone in US?? Must try and get Mr Mog to take a bigger picture:)
The new book looks very good Nancie Wiseman shawls scarves etc. Some good ones I may try?
The yarn, the chunky was from a local charity shop for 20p, unbelieveable as it is so soft and interesting almost like dreads.
Knitpicks sock yarn was from someones destash but not me:( Anyone want to trade??
Phew think that is all:))

lunar eclipse,

I have a few pictures for you today so this will be a little long.
As always I never know what order blogger will put them on so here goes:-
this first post has our photos from last nights incredible lunar eclipse. Did you see it? Wasn't it fantastic and so so magical as the colour changed. The sky was a mass of stars and they really brightened as the moon changed.
We have a little digi camera so not in the professional stakes by any means but Mr Mog did well nevertheless.
The energies during the drumming evening were heightened by the lunar eclipse, no doubt about it

March 03, 2007

are you ready for the lunar eclipse?

There is a lunar eclipse tonight from around 9.30pm UK time to after midnight I think. It is supposed to be spectacular and according to the weather forecast the skies will be clear. I'm looking out the window now 7.10pm and the moon is shining through the trees over the castle. Big and full, silvery light. I'll be watching, will you? We have our full moon drumming this evening also . It should be very powerful

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