Archive for August, 2007

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shrug off Paris on.

August 22, 2007

I trashed the shrug. I tried it on after binding off the front. I’m afraid to say even with not so big chesticles it did not fit around my ampleness. I was sooooo fed up with the yarn itself. I disliked knitting with it and I was not going to rip it all out and start all over again.  My answer was rash and conclusive. I took it to a charity shop on the way to work this morning. Hoorah! its gone, never to return. I never ever have to knit another bobbly uneven yarn if I don’t want to. Now that it is shed I have room to complete other things and maybe even start something new.

Paris is on. I got some of the details through this morning. I need to book flights but I don’t know if I should or if I need the business travel agent to book it all. Most confusing as I never use this process normally as I don’t tend to amble far from home. The one good thing is, on looking up the flights, is they go on Sunday late and come back on Friday so I don’t really loose out much on the weekends. I could stay longer and invite family for a day to come to Disneyland but honestly its not worth it. Its more trouble to and cost and I’d rather go with my work head on so I can guarantee good service instead of thinking that family or friends are enjoyning themselves without me.

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if it starts that bad

August 21, 2007

it can only get better. Woke up with a cracking headache and swolen tum. It has improved as the day has gone on. I’m trying to keep my evenings to completing the long oustanding big fluffy shrug i’ve been knitting. I must get it finished before the end of summer so I have something snuggly to wear I can call my own handy work. Not quite sure how it will turn out though because its thoroughly freestyle.

I quite enjoy freestyle knitting, otherwise know as adhoc, on the fly and just random making shapes. somehow I’ve turned a straight bit of knitting in to a tube with a hole in the middle. Then added triangles under the arms to give leverage. Now I’ve added a circular cowel to the front so it meets up (hopefully). Now I have to finish the sleeves and add a few rows that are tighter so it can grip the arms. Its WAY too baggy at the moment.

In other news I’ve been put forward to go back to Paris again for work. Last year it was hard work but fun. I didn’t get to leave the campus area within the disneyland hotels. I’d love to go and see more of Paris this time but I still don’t want to go alone. I cant take anyone with me either so its still very much a business trip. The good point to all this is that those who work hard also get to play hard. Free food and some sections of the park closed up and only accessible to the staff who are on these specific Eurofirms courses in disney for an evening. They even put on a bit of a show with all the disney characters. Here’s a sneak peek at last years fun.


This time I know what I need to take with me so I’ll be better prepared, that is if I do go. Its all a bit short notice. Plus with mum and dad still to move house, Scott starting his new job… I’m a bit whats the word. Frazzled.

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weekends, oh how I wish they were longer.

August 20, 2007

Friday night was great. Very good fun and I love my brothers new house. It rambles. A huge barn with loads of small rooms and a couple of big big rooms. We forgot to take the camera so we have no visual evidence. Their lounge is so big it could echo. Their two normal sofas looked petite in the space. The twins absolutely adore the place. Outside there are 3 small gardens and a woods with a fire pit. Plus inside is a mezzanine, space for a table tennis table, an air hockey table and a football table too. All left behind as part of the house sale. We stayed in the Annex which was basic but livable. staying over was great fun because we stayed up until late and went out to look at the stars in the dark.

I cant remember ever seeing so many. Laying back on damp grass has never been so cool.

The kids were so cute running round the new place. We spent some time with them Saturday morning before we took a slow drive home. We watched some heroes and did some housework and thought about having a nap because I did not sleep well.

Sunday was a lovely homely day with a roast dinner and I even baked a cake. It was a bit stodgy because I’ve only got bread flour in, and I had no baking powder or anything to give it any lift. instead I tried with eggs and tonic water. I don’t know what possessed me but I believe that the bubbles in it may have helped. It turned out loads nicer than I expected. I put pineapple in the bottom to make it pineapple upside down cake. I made some soft toffee fudgey topping for it too. Mighty tasty.

We also finished the entire first series of Heroes. I loved it, every moment. I want more and I want it now. They have left so many things unanswered it becomes frustrating becase I NEED to know. Does Hiro save everyone? does Sylar blow up? gargh. *sigh* I’m even tempted to try and buy extra channels to make sure I can see it as soon as it comes out. I bet they make it US only.

Mum and Dad have a moving date of 29th of this month. I keep thinking everyone around me is changing, they’re all busy and I’m staying still but it has made me busy too. Trying to plan a trip to London but that looks like October time now. Apart from that all is good in the hood as some might say. I have Friday off and lots planned for next weekend too!

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tried on some more dresses

August 17, 2007

this lunch time and sent the pictures to mum and had a very good chat about them all. Most enjoyable and enlightening. Still even though I found a “nice” gown for £175 it was 100% polyester *shreeks* *shudders* I simply must have silk. I know that sounds a bit prissy but still, I can have silk because I can have it hand made for free, with love by someone I adore, appreciate and know will do a fantastic job. In fact I know nobody can do better.

Right I’ve got to go pack an over night bag. We’re off to spend the night at my brothers new house. I’ll tell you about his moving troubles another day. Somehow unless you buy new in the UK sellers are able to hide some of the worst things that could happen in a house and be able to get away with it because we cant prove they knew about it.

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drifting in to the land of nod.

August 16, 2007

the night before last I went up to bed before scotty whilst he was doing some paper work. I lay there under our best fake fur blanket which we use in the summer to add just a little more than a sheet. We know that this fur throw is Erasmus’s favourite. I had the best cat massage ever. He “puddied”* me for a good 20 minutes all down one side and in to my armpit. A very odd feeling but one that brought me great joy. His face is quite something when he gets in to mooshing up the blanket.

*also known as kneading dough baking cakes and lots of other things I cant remember.

I need to take some more photos of Erasmus. I just cant explain how friendly and playful and almost human he is without showing you images.

In other news I went out with a work friend yesterday for lunch, we went to a shop of a friend of hers to go and see if she had any corsets in stock. I’m investigating to see what style is best for my wedding dress. Anyhew there were none in stock and they were not stocking any more. I’ve found a corset style I’ve fallen in love with but I have to go down to London to get that. My friend L then said lets go to another dress shop. She took me to Pure on St Benedict’s and I tried on my 1st wedding dress. Actually I tried on about 5 in a very hot lunch time. The assistant was extremely helpful and I did say to my friend I bet she’d never thought she’d see me in my undies… I was surprised I just got on with it without embarrassment. Nothing I tried was anything I liked. There were some good ideas but I do know I’m on the right track getting a corset. Its what I need and what will look best on me.

I did manage to get one photo of me in a normal sleeveless dress but I am a tad reticent about putting it up on the web. I’ve had people ridicule me before on the net and I’m not about to give them a years worth of ammo all in one photo. If you would like to see me in a not so suitable but very pretty dress you can ask and i’ll mail it on. I was amazed that the shop let me take even one photo of a sale dress. I’d love to list the things wrong with it but I’m sure it will bore you rigid. I eventually left the shop in quite a daze wondering what would suit me and where to start.

I think I’ve decided. Next stop LONDON 😉

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things I missed

August 14, 2007

Some one took me up on the offer to swap arctic lace for a sock book. The lovely Beverly here in the UK did the swap. I’m very happy with the sock book she gave me: socks socks socks.

As I’ve not talked about it you may have guessed I did not make it to the works party. We went down the local, quaffed cider and fruit beers and staggered home. Saw friends and generally had a nice time.

I’ve been picking up a few links from around the webosphere:

singing science from Rogan who was an old friend from b3ta days. Entertaining, educational and just plain silly.
slacker cats from wendy knits If you ever want to know about knitting socks, this is your woman. I want to see this but I don’t think its coming to the UK any time soon.

I don’t get to the cinema often. I tend to go and see kids animation films but this summer I’ve not been tempted by any films. This will change when the golden compass comes out. I’ve read the books and enjoyed them, I’m sure they will do them justice. Just look at Iorek! I so want to hug him.

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knitting FRENZY!

August 12, 2007

I had way too much choice. Plus not enough knowledge to run up my own patterns. I keep trying to stick things together only to get frustrated.

Now finally I think I have cracked it. I have not only managed to get past the first hump of getting the patterns together I’ve managed to design my own with a lot of help from online resources.

Olgajazzy has some beautiful stuff and this is now integrated in to the ever changing pattern of my new half hexagon shawl. Olga has given hers away free and it is stunning in itself. Plus no where near as complicated as it looks. No triple stitches and a regular repeat.

That was the progress from a slight adaptation of the half hexagon spider lace shawl from Victorian Lace Today. Now I have fully charted out a transfer in all 3 sections in to the pattern above from Olgajazzy. Thank You Olga!

I’ve changed at least two repeat changes from the VLT design to get this the way I want. I’d like to give this away free, but I’m still not sure how it would be accepted as my own work. What do you knitters out there think?