Sunday, April 13

Bout time?

I think it's about time I actually made a post on my poor neglected blog don't you? *Sorry bloggie* Life has been a little crazy lately. I'm settled into my job as being a call centre lackey, it's dull but I guess there are far worse jobs in life.. It's nice to be doing the normal thing of going out to work for a living. Hopefully I'll be able to find a better job at some point but everything else is a little crazy right now so I'm not even looking yet.
Chris and I decided to start casually looking at houses to buy having agreed that it was time to actually get ourselves on the property ladder no matter how painful it might be. Then two weeks later we were sorting out a mortgage having had an offer accepted.. I'm still not quite sure how it happened so fast. Anyhoo every day I get home to find another pile of forms to fill out and send back or another list of people I need to call. At the moment it seems endless but at least we are the end of the chain. I haven't even begun to think about the huge task of packing yet.. I'm sure we still have a couple of boxes still not unpacked from when we moved here last summer. I'm going to need gardening tips too as although it's a small garden it's been vandalised by the rabbit who currently lives in there.
I haven't been up to as much knitting as I would have liked lately, being shouted at by upset people who failed their driving test all day sometimes just makes me want to blow stuff up in World of Warcraft rather than knit on an evening!
Lastly can anyone who reads this send some positive thinking to my Uncle who was recently diagnosed with cancer, it may look bleak but keep on fighting Bill!

Friday, August 31

A labor of Love

It's not often I will present someone with my entire knitting pattern/book collection and say 'pick something and I'll knit it for you!'. However I had neglected to get my sister a birthday present from lack of inspiration so I decided she could pick what I was to knit her instead.. Out of all the fabulous patterns I have available to me, hundreds of which I would happily knit myself she picked out a mere three which were to her taste. She expects me to knit all three at some point I think which is unlikely to happen but I hastily bought the yarn for project number 1.. the poncho.






This poncho, from the book 'Complete guide to Knitting and Crochet, A useful guide to knitting &crochet - featuring simple and fun projects'







If you have ever tried to knit anything on 20mm needles you will understand my pain and why this is a labor of love. They are clunky, plastic!, uncomfortable and they make you feel like you've just learned to knit all over again because they are so awkward. Plus I personally think that poncho's are a bit naff and this one in particular looks.. well I'll let you use your own imaginations. Anyway, what the lady wants.. the lady gets and she wanted this one in purple so here we have it, my WIP.

It's very quick to knit up when I can bring myself to touch those god awful needles but I've discovered a couple of errors in the pattern. Most importantly the yarn requirements seem to have been way off and I think I'm going to need two extra balls. Overall I'm not impressed with the pattern, it's the first thing I've knit from this book so I'm hoping I wont find similar mistakes throughout.

Wednesday, August 15

Lace Edge Cardy

An Fo! I can finally show you as it has been passed onto it's new owner, the adorable little Isabella. This is the Lace Edge Cardigan from Simply Baby (Debbie Bliss) knitted up in Baby Cashmerino. I enjoyed doing the lace edging as it was the first time Ive put an edging on anything. It looks really cute all put together and finished up and it looked even cuter on Isabella!

Close up of the lace edging

Ive added a tiny portion of stash and projects to ravelry so far.. its just such a huge task! It's worth it in the end though!

Tuesday, August 14

Ravelry

Finally I'm in! It's all very exciting and I love all the features it contains. Add me as a friend, my name is KnitWitEm, looking forward to seeing you in there!
Ive added a few older projects to my collection on there but I still need to photograph my stash.. boy is that going to be a mammoth task!

Wednesday, July 11

Another Year Older

I turned 23 last Friday and I had the rather wonderful surprise of receiving these goodies from Cathy who was my KTE treatee! Such a nice thought of her to want to send me something and such a perfect day for it to arrive! I adore the clever things she can do with glass and she very kindly made something just for me. Go visit her online Etsy shop, you wont be disappointed!


Chris is off work this week having a little holiday so we went out to the beach on Monday to take advantage of the warm weather. He took me for a walk along the cliffs over by Marsden rock and to my surprise he got down on one knee and popped the question! To which I of course said Yes! So I'm engaged.. it feels very surreal. After our walk along the cliffs I dragged my new fiance into town where we trawled the jewellers in search of the perfect ring. I did find it but unfortunately it needs to be re-sized to fit my chubby finger :( So I cant show it off for another two weeks!

Monday, July 2

And now for the haul..

Well we didn't have the glorious weather we had hoped for but luckily Woolfest wasn't a complete wash-out. I didn't stay for the full weekend as planned but that didn't stop me shopping till I dropped on the Friday. So I present you with my Woolfest haul 2007!

First up is a natural dye starter kit from DT Craft and Design. The kit contains everything I need to get me started with my own yarn dyeing, something Ive been wanting to try for a while.

Of course the kit was lacking one vital thing.. un-dyed yarn! Good job I was surrounded by plenty of stalls to buy some at. So on a lengthy visit to UK Alpaca's stall I picked this yarn up.

While I was there I found it incredibly difficult to resist the lure of this Baby Alpaca roving.. its so soft you would think it was silk. It truly is incredibly soft stuff!


I also picked up a few of the lesser common shades of Koolaid to have a play with (also from DT Craft and Design).

A visit to the Button Lady or as she referred to it 'the ooh ahh stand' was next on the cards. I have no idea what I will use these buttons for but I loved them and I don't have a button stash to speak of so I figured it was about time I started one!


This yarn was a bit of an impulse buy, it's Chris's favorite colour so I instantly thought I could use it to make him something. Its also a blend of baby alpaca and cotton so its a very nice texture.
Last but by no means least is the token raw fleece, I cant go to a place like Woolfest and not come back with a fleece! This time I picked out a steely grey Alpaca fleece from UK Alpaca (have you noticed a theme yet?).


So that's it, my Woolfest haul. Roll on Woolfest 2008!

Wednesday, June 27

Off to Woolfest!

Its been a really hectic few weeks, we moved flat which was stressful but I love the new place. Then en-route to Ikea to pick up some odds and ends I had a small car accident. A lady had stopped at some traffic lights despite the fact they were green and the very wet road combined with the fact I was travelling downhill meant I skidded into her rear..
Her car is fine.. My car took the long walk to the scrapyard *sob*. It was mostly bodywork damage but the car wasn't worth the cost of the repairs. So after a manic weekend and a loan from my grandad I picked up a new little car. Its a lovely little car and I'll be taking it on it's very first jaunt over to WOOLFEST!

I'm heading over there with fellow Newcastle based knitbloggers tomorrow afternoon and we're staying at the Graysonside Campsite. So if you too are staying there and I know there are a few out there, stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, June 5

Quick Update

We've found a flat to move to! Just waiting for checks to go through before we can get the keys. Now I just have to pack everything up.. ergh! The new flat is much bigger.. more space for wool!
Thankyou for all the kind comments regarding the landlord issues, we finally managed to get through to the landlord and have things pretty much sorted. The old landlord claims he had his solicitor put down in writing that we were to remain tenants.. so im not sure where the communication breakdown happened but someone definately dropped the ball. Anyhow, he is returning to us the bond plus the extra rent that went out to him before we knew the property had been sold. Meanwhile we keep fobbing off the new landlords until we have the money back and the keys to the new place.. Squatters rights!

In amongst this I havent done much knitting, im afraid the blog will most likely become very neglected for a few weeks while we sort things ready to move.. then actually move.. then unpack.

Friday, May 18

Im having a bad week


Emily Hart --

[noun]:

A person who falls into an outhouse and dies



'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com


That kind of sums it up really doesnt it..

Last week Chris and I were all excited because a regrading system at the university meant he was getting a payrise. The regrading has been rejected by the academics and is now under negotiation once more. This may mean he doesnt get any more money after all.

A while back our landlord informed us that he was selling our flat but that he would ensure we could remain tenants. We had two seperate people come and visit to measure up the flat for various reasons.. neither of which were very helpful about informing us what was going on in this sale. Earlier in the week I was sat in the flat when I heard a key rattling around in the lock on my front door. I was a little perplexed and assumed it was Chris home early from work for some reason and was having trouble with his keys. So I went to the door and found a strange man trying to let himself into my flat. Further more this man seemed totally shocked to see me on the other side of the door. His company had bought the flat and had not been told there were tenants already in it (thankyou mr landlord). In fact someone had been around earlier in the day and had put up a to-let sign outside! The old landlord has our deposit and isnt returning any calls or answering his mobile or responding to voice messages we are leaving. There is a whole load of faff to sort out with the new landlords and we're left feeling very lost and clueless. Its left us with a stronger desire to get the hell out of this place so we're starting to look elsewhere for places to rent closer to Chris's work.


With all this carry on I have neglected blogging and I have been meaning to post a pic of the lovely goodies my Knitters Treat Exchange pal sent me. It was lovely to receive this , thankyou so much! The chocs didnt last long at all but I still have some of the maple candy, its so sweet I think i'd be very ill if I tried to eat it all at once. The homemade stitch markers are gorgeous and I love your choice of yarn.

Izzy preferred the box that it all came in.. (I promise she went in there all one her own I didn't force her to sit in a box for the sake of a cute picture) All my cats seem to like sitting in boxes despite us owning three comfy kitty beds tailor made for them.


Sorry for the lack of knitting posts lately, I haven't been doing huge amounts of knitting this week so I dont really have anything exciting to blog about. Perhaps by next week I will have some finished socks to show you, i'm happily trucking away at them and am midway down the foot on sock number two.

Friday, April 27

What if your pets kept diaries..

I received this in an email and simply had to share it with the world as it's hilarious. Enjoy!

Excerpts from a Dog's Diary

6:00am - At last! I Go Pee! My favorite thing!
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
6:00 pm - They're home! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!



Excerpts from a Cat's Diary

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...