Archive for November, 2007


I’ve been busy

November 29, 2007

work is busy, home is fine, but between cooking and doing the washing and sorting things out I get about an hours sit down knit time of an evening. Apart from that I have very little to report.

Scotty came home from work with a nasty cold last night. He has stayed home today, and he did look watery and ill. I brought him a cup of tea this morning. I just hope he rests up enough to go back tomorrow because he’s got a works party on Saturday and has hired a costume. I’ve taken my best dress to the dry cleaners for pick up tomorrow morning for the same party. I also took my two best coats, both pure wool which needed a good clean. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything dry cleaned before this.

Last night I cooked up a storm to make him feel better. It ended up everything healthy thrown in a pan which worked better than I hoped. I named it Clares quorn and veg coconut Korma with Quinoa and cous cous.  I went past our local veggie shop on the way home and everything in dinner was fresh and good for us. Just what poor Scotty needed. All I can think of today would be snuggling up my two men (Scotty and Erasmus) under a blanket or two with hot tea and toast and generally pampering them both. everyone with me now, aw… You can see it now can’t you. Snuggled up bundles to squish and stroke.


felting is fun

November 25, 2007

if not a tad stabby.

This is my first proper creation. I’m happy with it for a first test. I’ve made a few more sheets and pieces of felt but they were not worth photographing. I have most of the tools I need but lacking in one or two items which means I cant make exactly what I want yet. This was firstly a wet felt then cut up and dry needle felted together.

Thems the needles. Yes I have stabbed myself a few times but nothing that stung for more than a moment.

As you can see I managed to get a photo of a sock in progress. I’m liking this pattern. I’ve made these tighter than the last socks because the orange ones fall off my feet now after a few washes.

Cos I’m doing two at at the same time on two needles, both socks are this big, I will never suffer from second sock, and I always know where I made the increases and decreases so a lot less counting goes on. It makes socks JOYOUS to knit, especially when you see how far you’ve got and then remember thats BOTH of them not just one.



November 25, 2007

lovely fiber came through the post via etsy today. I am in love with its smooshyness. I bought this:

and this:

Thanks to Fiberspace for the images. I’m very happy with my purchases. The colours are very accurate.

Then I popped to the knitting shop this morning on the off chance that they had got in the needles I asked for. They did. I now have 2 metal addi lace 2.5mm circulars and also 2 wood 3mm circulars. I also had all the luck because Norfolk Yarn also had felting needles and some super wonderful sock yarn I could not leave behind, a semi solid lipstick red

This afternoon and this evening have been knitting heaven with new needles. So very smooth, so very easy. stitches are falling off my needles. The peacock socks are already at the gusset. I really need to get some photos. Tomorrow I hope to start felting some of that stuff up there. I’m tempted to learn spinning but I’m scared of taking on another craft just yet. Felting comes first.


today is a good day

November 22, 2007

a full nights kip and I’m all refreshed. Everything feels like the sun is shining, and I cant seem to stop smiling. I think my emotions are over compensating but I’m not going to complain.

I’ve got the confirmation through from Dragon Hall for hire of the venue for our wedding. Total cost of hire for 1 day: £2,115.00. Now we need to pay the deposit, organize caterers and start on the rest.

HOPEFULLY there are some things we want to cut on costs because I don’t really see the point on spending my entire savings and more on one day. The hall does not need decoration. It is beautiful in its self. My aim is to cut on entertainment by having some friends do music(if they would be so very kind). I will be using a designated bar but that is only £200. I’d like to use one of the designated caterers too.

Mum is covering the dress and Dad with Mum are fronting a grand for that and other clothing for brides maids and champagne. I want to make my own flowers but I need to run some tests on that first. They have to be special if hand made instead of real. Finally because we have some good friends who are flickrites we will hopefully completely avoid paying for a photographer.

🙂 I’m lost in a little world of getting married and for now its great. I’ve been looking at where we can get to by flying from Norwich for our honey moon. It can get complicated because we can transfer at Schiphol.

I even found out there are 6 of us getting married next year in our office. Are we all loved up? you betcha.

PS. while I remember, an Erasmus update. The vet says he’s incredibly impressed by rassies progress. He is suffering a little pain but he has some anti-inflamatory pain killers now instead of aspirin. Within 5 minute from getting back from the vets he was stomping and purring all over me.


not so much fun but games

November 21, 2007

The other day I ordered some games for the wii online from GAME. I cant fault the actual delivery of the items. They turned up yesterday morning nice and early. Thing is I’ve still not recieved any of the email. I checked my cpanel account online at home and it was not that causing the issue. I’m sure my account with jiva does not expire until september 2008. There is No reason at all why the emails have not turned up. Mighty odd.

Anyway we got Simpsons, Lego Star Wars and Marrio Galaxy. We’ve tried the first two and they are fab. I can see Scotty haveing lots to do whilst I work normal days over christmas. Plus it means lots of warm cosy nights in for the both of us.
I’ve been knitting at that sock (two at once so that should be socks). I am at the point of gusset increase. Things are looking good. I really should take some photos. Which reminds me, photos are up for mums birthday party, go take a look.

Sorry if this seems a little short and stabby, I’ve had a REALLY rough nights sleep. I woke up several times and then from about 4am onwards I had to get up because my nose was stuffed. Got back in to bed around 4.30 and lay awake. I may have drifted in and out but I did sweat buckets, get cold, get hot, listen to snoring, hear cars and birds. I was not resting properly. Come the alarm going off for Scotty I was a mess. He said its not that bad so I burst in to tears. Mainly because right then I was with head ache, tired and completely unable to relax properly it was that bad in my head. He tried to comfort me but saying the things that would wind me up the most instead of just hugging me, not his fault, just mine for being completely erational where sleep is concerned. So yeah up at 6 and no more sleep. I’m never ever good after lack of sleep. I can sleep for England and Europe. Being deprived of what I consider my one major requirement will make me a complete emotional wreck today. Then there’s the vets tonight so I had to come in early to work. Plus the builders were prompt at 7am and started the cement mixer at 7.15.

Please, if you’ve read this today try not pick on me. Give me a gentle stroke and say “aw have a cookie and a cup of tea” and walk away slowly before I cry or scream. You have been warned.


the not so regular update

November 19, 2007

several things to cover. I’ll try and remember them all

Erasmus appears to be mostly better but as of Thursday last week we noticed an odd bare patch on his leg. We also wondered why he had several hairballs in the two days leading up to finding this patch. We’ve tried to deal with it ourselves. He’s not taking his aspirin properly and I’m getting a tad frustrated with spending most of my evening saying: ” Erasmus, please stop. NO.” and then distracting him with something else. It works quite well and when we added a touch of olive oil to his food it calmed down and he appeared to stop licking as much. I guess his leg is hot tingly and itchy but now I have booked a fresh vets appointment on Wednesday. I’ve requested an early at work and hopefully we can get him back on track.

Mums birthday was yesterday. The shock that she’s 60 and now a fully paid up bus pass owner has not slowed her down. The entire clan met on Sunday at a pub for lunch. When I say entire clan I mean it. All the in-laws and great grandparents for the youngest. 4 generations in one room and 19 people all told. The food was ok but a bit pub standard. It tasted nice but it was not exciting. Mum looked so very very happy and everyone enjoyed themselves. Most of everyone went back to my brothers house but I’m afraid Scotty and I disappeared to be lost in Tescos getting the weekly shop before it shut. Not something I’d recommend. I’m yet to go late night shopping and I think I may need to next time, save making me want to stab people in the eyes who cant handle a trolley. Another thing that struck me is I’m almost exactly half my mothers age now. I was born when she was 30. I’m dreading hitting 30 because I don’t wanna grow up 😉 I dread to think how she feels about 60, although I’ve got a feeling she’s handling it well and requesting a good dose of senility to ease the passing. Why not? I’d use any excuse to have all day retired like mum and dad have. I know its not my time yet. I have photos from the pub, I’ll upload them soon. It was fantastic to see both of my grans as they live a long way away I very rarely get to see them and feel guilty for not visiting more often.

I have missing email. I bought some stuff from game and the email never turned up to confirm. I just know my re-director for jiva has gone all squiffy and I cant fix it at work. Only at home. DAMN DAMN. I just hope I can find my password etc to get it all sorted out. Hopefully the new games will arrive tomorrow and fit through my letter box other wise I’m going to have to get to the post office before it shuts.

The builders are starting earlier and earlier due to the daylight being lacking. This morning was getting here at 7am and setting off the cement mixer at 7.15. Well you may call me lazy but I don’t need to get up until 7.30. I called the council to find out the law that they stick to and instead they logged a case with the noise abatement team. As the guys who are working on the house next to ours built our house too I’m a bit ill at ease making a complaint, but its my beauty sleep god damn it and I needs it. Having to wake up early on a Monday morning because of the noise is just not cricket. I’d like to see how they would feel if I woke them up 30 minutes early most week days.

I feel moany after all that. Sorry.


children in need

November 16, 2007

its been a factor most of the week at work. We get to dress down today and each day an office team has prepared foods for elevenses and a trolley has come round with the foods for all to enjoy, and pay for. It has been a great way to make money for charity. I must admit it turned out to be team after team trying to out do each other with better and better cakes and savories.

One of my colleagues passed my desk and I waxed lyrical about one of the cakes, saying “this children in need cake is fab!” he replied “did it take many children in need to make it?” I was tempted to say 3 finely ground but left it.

I created veggie sausage rolls that even though I made over 20 all went very quickly. I used tescos veggie linconshire sausages from the freezer section in a bag and some ready rolled pastry. Lots of people commented that they were tasty and almost impossible to tell that they were veggie sausages.

Because of all this mass catering we had bangers and mash the other night and I made too much mash. Then we had steamed veg the next night with veggie Kiev’s and I purposefully made too much of that too. That meant that last night we had bubble and squeak. I think its the food of the gods, amazing for left overs and the cheesy bits make it super tasty. We nearly finished off the summer chutney with it!

I’m not too happy with the way my new socks are turning out, I branched out again on a personal pattern up the foot and I think I messed it up a bit, increasing and decreasing every round instead of every other round making a chevron that was a bit too steep. I see a frog on the horizon. Luckily its the weekend and hopefully I can bury my head in the knitting and get back to where I want to be with it. I so want more socks but I’m not a fast knitter. It took 2 weeks to make the last pair. I’d love to do it quicker, but they were a very very basic design.

Anyway back to some data entry for me at work, just picking up extra odd jobs on the side to fill up my time sheet.


Oh alright then

November 13, 2007

you can have a proper post. I just need to get typing.

So Friday night was spent at home instead of going to see Lee Scratch Perry which I’m slightly gutted about but hey, cant win them all and finding out on Thursday night left us too late to get tickets. Next best thing to being there is here.

Saturday we packed up for a night at my brothers for his house warming party come birthday party for his wife. There were many old friends attending and even though we have 8 years between me and him I had a fair few years where his friends were my friends too when I moved to Norwich alone at 18.

I bought some booze over and Scotty spent nearly the entire evening by the fire in the woods. He helped start the fire and as the night went on ALL of the attending men took turns in tending the fire. Almost the entire evening was spent by the fire until around midnight when the remaining people who were sleeping over all went for a game of table football. All drinkers had a fair skin full and a fun night was had by all. All the photos I took turned out a bit rubbish so I’ve not bothered putting any up yet. Paul and Becky (brother and wife) had spent a lot of time in their garden cutting down all the rubbish and thinning out their very over grown garden. EVERYTHING burnable was burned.

Sunday was spent recovering, and I was mean enough to mention to all the others that I could spend it on the sofa relaxing whilst they all had small children to attend to. Sometimes I’m quite happy not to have kids, especially with a hang over.

Monday was back at work. Le sigh, its good at the moment though because I feel refreshed by the holiday.

I finished a quick knitted head band of which I’m yet to take a photo, and I’ve started a new pair of socks. The lace work has gone in to hibernation as I’ve lost what row I’m on and in the dark evenings its nigh on impossible to complete. Overall we’re happy, Erasmus is well and all is good at Erasmavillas. (stoopid name for our house)

big love all.


we made a yarn swift :D

November 9, 2007

I found these instructions online.

After we bought some wood and the right tools it took a couple of evenings to get together. We used what we had at home like some small black plastic tubing which held together some old metal drawer frames. We used the cylindrical metal too.

Over all I’m AMAZED at how well it works. Just set it up and turn the ball winder hand and it all goes by itself.

Tuesday morning I went shopping and got some sand paper to neaten it all up. I think we pottered about the house getting the washing done for the rest of the day.

I’ve updated all my Ravelry stuff and its 90% up to date now. I’m only missing one yarn photo and updates on my latest completed mini project. My ears were getting cold. I’ll tell more another day.

Wednesday we went to Dragon Hall with mum and dad. Parents approval of our wedding venue has been met and an invoice will be in the post to us soon with full costs for 1 full day usage of the venue. We had lunch out at the rush cutters on the river and it was lovely.

Thursday we nipped over to the UEA and visited the Sainsburys art gallery. That was fun. Photos to come soon. Scotty already has his up if you follow the link to your bottom right on this page. Also popped past PC world and got a few little ipoddy bits like a sleeve and a new radio tuner as the last one broke in the car.

I’m loving all this bimbling about and I’m amazed at how time can just disappear with out achieving anything. I can spend WAY too much time on the net checking things before actually getting anything done at all. Take today (Friday) for example. I’ve managed to shower and sew in some ends. That is all. I suppose its best to enjoy wasting time whilst I have the chance to. Although I can feel the sheer tension from Scotty feeling that he’s wasted a day not leaving the house. I’m just going to have to go and cheer him up. 🙂 maybe after cleaning the kitchen and cooking a frabulous dinner and knitting and many other things….oh the lists are endless, in a good way.


I’m on holiday

November 7, 2007

which means I’ve avoided blogging too, instead doing fun things like going out.

Saturday we met up with the family and went to a great fireworks event. It was lovely to see the whole clan together enjoying the out doors. There were lots of photos taken.

Also spotted some strange light UFO’s when taking photos. Click on the image to see the whole set.

I gave mum her new hat and she LOVES it. YAY! I tried taking photos of her and she did not like the result so instead I replaced her with marge simpson.

sometimes I just cant resist a quick and dirty photo shop.

Monday we went shopping in town and bought some wood and dowel and a chisel and drill bits. We decided to make a yarn swift so that I could ball all my skeins of wool. I can confirm it works but you’ll have to wait until my next holiday post for images. Scotty and I stopped at wagon mamma’s for lunch and wandered home to play with power tools.

Monday afternoon Erasmus took a trip to the vet to be told he is doing very very well now. He needs to take medicine for another month and will have to have aspirin every 3 days for the rest of his life. I’ll have to find another way of giving it to him because squirting in his mouth is not working. He’s used up one of his 9 lives now.