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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

No longer a member of the WI

It has been a good run, I have done what I can, learnt what I can, made new friends and learnt how to bake, I think that is all in all a good learning curve and I will miss parts of it but I feel I have no time, my brain is full of kids, work, driving and roller derby and it's getting a little crammed in there so I just need to take a step back and look at what else I can improve on, whether it is getting a new lick of pain on the walls or a new sofa for the front room, this will by my time to sort it out.

Wish me luck.


This is just a quick update just to show off my one minute wonder. Someone asked if I could try doing a fuchsia from 100 flowers to knit and crochet byLesley Stanfield, I wasn't holding out for anything wonderful, in fact I was a little concerned that I had offered as I hadn't had the best of days and my success rate with the three items in the book had been shocking attempts, anyway I found the right coloured wool and off I went.

It must be a good day in the end, it turned out great :)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

How to : Slip Stitch

I'm hoping this is going to be one of many, I have ordered my phone tripod so as soon as that is here I will be one step closer to being able to conquer both the knitting and the crochet….and you might even be able to twist my arm to put up some latch hook!! On Y va!!!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Book Group - September 2013

whaaaa! I just realised that I have not done my update for book group, considering that this month is actually two books that I want to read - I do try to read books that I wouldn't normally read but it's just too hard, the last one, Gillespie and I by Jane Harris was diabolical and I only got to the first page before I put it down, which doesn't really bode well for others reading it, although they managed to get through it and there was a lively discussion, but as it always does since reading it, it did roll round to 50 Shades of Grey, which I seem to recollect that's what happened the time before that!!

the books were got from Sheffield Library which is always a good thing because we do need to support our libraries, even if they want you to have a separate ticket for your book group.

Anyway, we have two books, the first is Barak Obama, Dreams from my father, which is a biography and that is my favourite writing style. I am finding scintillating and can't seem to put it down, I am at chapter 14, so I'm way on track to finish before the next book group meeting. His writing seems very planned and well thought-out because you know there are going to be people who will analyze and pull it to bits but I think the book makes him even more presidential.

The other is Wife of the North by Judith O'Reilly. I have yet to read it, and have every intention of reading it, even en the blurb  thinks that the 'North' is Northumberland, or am I getting it confused with Northhampton?!

 And if you are so inclined, you can get your non-paper version by owning a
Kindle Fire get it here for the Kindle.
Dreams From My Father
Wife in the North

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Amazon, you did it again!

My current obsession, if you can call it that is wanting a Kindle Fire, this had been on my list of things to get, even before it was released in the UK, that was at least three years ago. And Amazon  are doing a special deal - from £129 going down to £99.


Feel free to click on here to get it for me ;)

Saturday, 7 September 2013

International Sock Swap 10

Well it's all over, the sock are done and posted off and for all the heartache that it caused, I am super proud of them
The whole package for the frugal swap, it included the socks, leftover wool,  (which I don't think I was supposed to do - I think it should of gone in the sock) the band, stitch markers that I made, a postcard and some eucalan 

They look good, don't they? They went to my Ravely partner, Klingele

And this package came all the way over the ocean from Candijean. It had socks which are so comfy it's untrue, stitch markers, card, postcard and a fridge magnet, it is a little bit of a sham that my phone camera is so rubbish, it doesn't do them justice.

I have signed up again much to the disgust of my husband, who thinks I must be totally off my rocker to even contemplate another timed sock project.

I would suggest this for everyone, I know it has pushed me to my limit of sock knitting, but it has been so much fun and it is nice to go out shopping for others :) . So if you fancy it, just pop over to International Sock Swap Now on #11 swap.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Socks...et chaussettes...and socks!

On my sock adventure, I have seen so many socks, mainly out of my skill set but gorgeous nonetheless, I have tried cuff down and everyone says "Wasn't the heel the hardest?", Well, actually No, doing the Kitchener stitch (grafting), to be quite honest, they really need to change the name of the stitch only because I think of him
Lord Kitchener, the king of Calypso

Or maybe him?

The Other Lord Kitchener.

Well you catch my drift but maybe they both made socks themselves - well it's plausible! 

So we are back to my sock plan for today. I still have two balls of Zig Zag just waiting to get made up into toe-up socks - and how ironic is this, they are stopped at the heel! Options to consider:
  • Pull them both out to the start of the heel and work row by row on each sock.
  • Get to a point where I know where I am on both socks, pull one out and get to the same point as the other sock.
  • Start it all again (quite reluctant to do this as I want them done) and do cuff down socks
  • Read the pattern again from beginning to end, see if it makes any more sense. (this one is a high possibility to do).
Ah, merde! :(
What do you think?

As a side point, I thought I would let you  know  my favourite designers for the moment, Wendy D Johnson, Ann Budd and even though I have got the book but not yet mastered the art of two at a time on circs,  Melissa Morgan-Oakes.

As a bonus, New Season of Hart of Dixie is back on Really @ 8pm on Mondays

Thank you, I'll see you later or maybe to practice more French à bientôt