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Whoa there time!

May 12, 2011

Apparently I’ve not updated since oohh the start of the year.

That deserves a big fat APOLOGY. Sorry.

I had a birthday and so did Scotty, I’ve been knitting, and gardening and we’ve even had a couple of home based holidays too. Everything is fine, I’ve just got an idea up my sleeve that I don’t want to let out, and it may include a redesign here, or a move of this to somewhere else. Not entirely sure I’m ready for a move and shakeup.

Thing is, I know I’ve done the same job for 10 and a bit years now. I do still love it but I do want a side job, without the extra hours of work. I want to write knitting patterns but I also don’t want it to be a chore. Therefore when I do get down time I’m not likely to be spending it face in to a computer working. This is hindering the chance to move in to another world of side employment.

The Kindle cosy I made for a friend has gone down well. It is loved. The pattern is now half written and I’ve got testers waiting for me. I’m a mere 4 ends and 3 buttons away from completing a swingy cardigan for a friend’s wedding. I’ve started some new lace too, following someone elses pattern.

O and J are wonderful as ever. They are enjoying most evenings in the garden, letting them out staves off the cabin fever.
how much longer? The masked ninja

and I’m loving my little garden too. I would like to have chickens but its entirely not possible in our small garden in the city.
Our little garden

Please click through the image to Flickr, I’ve labeled every pot so you can see what we’re growing this year. I’ve figured out I don’t want to do brassicas. They are a pain in the Brassica. BUT Spuds work well, the raspberry just keeps getting bigger and fruits for most of the summer. There is nothing more calming than walking in to that back yard after a days work and just checking over progress. Love it.

So at least you know we’re all ok and doing fine. I’m still planning in the back of my head, and hopefully some day I’ll be a knit designer. Although don’t hold your breath at it becoming a full time income earner. I really doubt that will ever happen.

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Happy New Year!

January 4, 2011

and its time for the resolutions.

My aims this year are to blog more… to knit and blog about it more, take more photos and try to get out and enjoy stuff. I’d like to lose weight, write some more knitting patterns for sale, have a really big holiday and spend more time with my family.

I want to avoid talking about work on here. Things are good at work. I want to keep it that way and sometimes shouting about what is wrong is what I want to do but it would not be productive.

Scotty and I really did become hermits over the christmas break. We did get a few things done but nothing amazing. Lots of sitting around eating chocolates and knitting/playing computer games.

The scritching  Lord UpLook

Both Otis and Jasper have loved having us around and having today back at work it was a real wrench leaving them. They did not look too happy about it either. The boys got a new water fountain for christmas and it works perfectly. The last one started leaking over the floor. One treat we got for ourselves was a new HD freesat recorder, now we can watch telly when we want and what we want.

We did nothing special for new year, and on new years day I woke up with a trapped nerve in my shoulder. Thankfully my wonderful husband has magical hands and has managed to rub my back, back in to place and after some more well-earned rest and a tub of tiger balm I’m mostly fixed.

my new brolly

I got a fabulous brolly for christmas from Scotty. I also got perfume, a knitting book, Toy story and Coraline blue ray. The latest Professor Layton game for the DS. The cats got a new water fountain and Scotty got Fallout new Vegas. Over all a wonderful christmas although very quiet and only saw the family once.

On to wooly things: I got 3 lots of wool. I’ve failed to add them to Ravelry yet so no pictures just yet. What I want to do is a little roundup of achievements in knitting for 2010. I suppose that is just a whole new post!

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Keeping busy and happy

January 4, 2011

Oh bums. I really did mean to get all this done during my extensive christmas holidays. I did have to work the gap between christmas and new year but all these are last years updates I missed. Be prepared for a rather lengthy post.

Our family all gathered together at my brother’s house for the annual visit to the fireworks and bonfire near his village for bonfire night. I didn’t take my camera but Scotty did:
ooooh!
met Iorweth which is AM’s new addition to the family. I’ve got one thing to say about that. Well baked that woman. I’ve seen him several times since and he just gets more and more lovely.

He is thoroughly adorable and amazingly cute. AM is amazing too, and has taken to motherhood naturally as if she always had a brood of 20 running around.

I took two days off work for Mums birthday. I used that time to visit my friend Mary, which was much more fun that sitting around moping because I miss my mum. I stopped past my Grans’ house because Gran was only 15 miles out of my way. The visit was really appreciated.

Mary was wonderful and looked after me during my visit. She tried on her wedding dress and we ate cake and went shopping. All within our means though. I think I wore her out. It was just lovely to visit and talk weddings.

Our family took a walk around Sherringham park just after mums birthday. It was lovely to go back. Somewhere I will always love to walk. I tried to get action shots of Shumba bouncing about but I failed to set my camera properly.

visit to London for work x2, once to see the new company that I will hopefully be working for come June. Another trip to do some testing on some new asset management software. Both very worthwhile trips. One thing that was not work related is I saw the security guards from Paris. (well not Paris exactly but the trip I took *cough* years back) It was lovely to catch up with old friends.

We attended Scotty’s work christmas party:
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we did not get drunk, however we did sneak past the queue for taxi’s at the station and managed to get home in good time. Scotty’s friend Russell stayed over and kept our cats warm in the spare bed.

Then the whole christmas and getting ready for it caught up with us. I managed to knit one hat and one pair of mittens for christmas presents. That is all. I hope to blog about them some other time because I don’t have suitable pictures now, and they are particularly fabulous even if I do say so myself. They were well received.

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Holiday catchup.

December 1, 2010

I had a holiday two weeks back. I was so busy trying to knit a new jumper and having a good time I failed to write anything here.

The jumper was the write off I mentioned in the last post. The rest of the holiday was fabulous. We mostly stayed home with some day trips out.

We went to that london for the day and didn’t take the cameras. It rained constantly but we enjoyed going to the national gallery and hamleys. Great day, with lots of stop offs at coffee shops to dry off. I managed to get a small toy for AM who at the time was very close to due date, and only bought a couple of DVD’s to bring home. Oh and we went out for dinner at pingpong dimsum restaurant. Thoroughly amazing food and well worth searching out.

We caught up with friends and went to Colchester Zoo. We met up with M4tt and K4tie and No4h. No4h finally got his hand made blanket wich went very well with his pram.
Noah
The day was cold but dry and great fun. Lots of great animals and stomping about the zoo. No4h was fantastic and not a single grumble all day.
Noah and Katie

There are more pictures of No4h and all the animals we saw on flickr

Finally at the end of our week off I was called by my brother to go out for Sushi with the kids. Adorable as always Tom and Izzy love the sushi restaurant and were very well-behaved considering they’re 4 and sitting in a restaurant.
Tommy Izzy

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Howdy!

November 15, 2010

er… no excuses, no reasons. I just got tired of blogging. I’m hoping the urge has returned.
This weekend was lazy but I have started knitting a new hat for my dad’s friend Beate. (said like “bee arr tar” and I remember by thinking of Bea Arthur). This will hopefully be her christmas present. I’ve not tackled stranded colour knitting before but the pattern is Selbu Moderne, look it up, its fab.

I’m also back to shake my fist at the jumper/sweater knitting curse. I’m going to beat you. You’re not the lord of me and never will be. I’m attempting the 2nd jumper with the same wool, my last attempts got to the armpit and failed due to the knitting pattern (garland v-neck pullover) being less than correctly descriptive in size conversion.
Now I’m attempting Corona again but in a size that will hopefully fit and in nice wool instead of cheap nasty stuff. Shame the Araucania Nature Wool Solids bright blue shades are leaking on to my fingers. If you can get on ravelry (login only) You’ll see from my frogging pool I’ve made 5 attempts at completing a jumper type thing for myself, all failures. I want to prove that I can beat this.

The cats got a new cat tree, courtesy of me sending off my old mobile for Argos vouchers. They approve of the new facilities. I’m trying to amass a small arsenal of cat videos taken on either my new iPhone or new canon camera…. we’ll see.

The problem with blogging now is that, although I can type in my lunch break, I can’t attach my flickr photos because they’ve been blocked at work. I’m in no position to ask for special treatment so, I can point you at flickr but can’t attach the images here. So you’re welcome to go to my flickr, or just stay here picture less for now.

Next update, our holiday two weeks ago… and probably a little catchup on stuffs I’ve missed. Hopefully!

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and the silence is lifted.

September 20, 2010

Right.

Now I’ve completed the office image project I can come up from the vicious cycle of taking photos, trying out photos, being denied, and going out to take more photos again. We did try for broads pictures but they were not to be. Between me and my lovely husband we now have 11 images gracing the walls of the PWC Norwich office. 4 in reception, 7 in the meeting rooms. If you ever find yourself near the office, send me a note and I’ll give you a guided tour. I’m rather pleased with them all. There is only 1 shot that is not my favourite. I may not have been physically paid for this, but I did get a whole set of copies of the images when they printed the wrong size. at £18 per print A1 size and all 11 of them, I think it works out quite fair.

Now this one, Cow Tower is my absolute favourite because this is very close to where the lovely Scotty proposed to me. Aw… Click on the image to show some of the other items in the office. Not quite all of them but enough to give you the idea of what I was up to for so long.

On to the subject of knitting.

Last weekend (not the one just gone, the one before) we went over my sisters for her birthday, her daughter’s birthday and my sister’s wedding anniversary. If you’re going to celebrate it may as well be several items at once. It makes for a much more fun event. I finished their projects and handed them over. The lovely ‘B’ played model for me.

B loved her Dragon Wings. So named because she’s really in to her dragony things right now. I love the flame colours too, partly due to a mistake in re-skeining done by the Kauni suppliers a knot made this rainbow run back through the same colours before moving on.

Still just right for a little wii playing.

Then B kindly tried on her mums’ beaded shawl. A re-design of Annis from Knitty plus some yarn I’ve lost the ball band from but I know I bought it at Alexandra Palace last year. My sister truly loved it and said she needs to go out now, somewhere special to wear it.

I also got the chance to catch up on some other items I forgot to photograph properly before:

B’s Mitts and my sisters Addamas Shawl. Now my ravelry is completely up to date with as many images as I can find of all finished objects.

I finished a man size pair of socks last night for my friend Andy who played drums at our wedding. Its only taken me 2 years to do them. HA! I’m no fast knitter but these were mind bending. I’ll do them on another post.

Over all we’re well. We had an office summer ball on Friday night and everyone was suited or gowned to perfection. Took my camera there too, but you wont be seeing them photos cos we want to sell them to the people we took pictures of so we can make some more money for charity.

I know I’ve missed a lot for the past few months a few bullets may suffice:

– we’ve picked a metric ton of elderberries which are stored in the freezer, along with some sloes, some sour cherries and finally some black currants too. All frozen and ready to be made in to something stunning.

– Made elderberry cordial again, we have made 2l and stored the rest of the berries to make more this winter. I do believe its a real cold killer. Get out there quick if you want berries, they seem to be finishing now. I found Whittlingham lane to be HEAVING with them.

– won the raffle at the ball, we got £20 of cinema city vouchers. Woohoo! Got to wait until there’s something we really want to see.

– Bought a new bit for my spinning wheel. I now have a jumbo flyer… which means I should be able to spin FAT wool. I finished off the last of the silk merino mix spinning yesterday so I could dismantle and rebuild my wheel. Now it looks a bit Frankenstein due to some being varnished and some not. I’m tempted to take it all apart and sand it all back, but that will be a very big job. I just want to spin with it NOW.

– ok I’m bored now and can’t remember all the great things. Still just happy to be well, loved and working.

Oh Otis says Meowrl, Jasper says Meeew. Both little furry hell bringers, one using the front doormat as a fresh litter tray and the other making chew toys out of all the finest apple cables he can find. I despair, but then look at them and melt. Aw. little buggers.

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refurbishment

July 27, 2010

Our Norwich office that I work in has been undergoing a rather large refurbishment. I’ve kept quiet about it because frankly it’s absolutely none of the blogs business. Still there has been a side line that is something I must note down for my own satisfaction and to prove that I am loved and appreciated.

I do know that I am loved and appreciated but sometimes it takes just a little more than just knowing it to be truly smug and happy that I’ve achieved something. During the topsy-turvy stage of it all the designer came in and asked if there was anyone who could do some photos to be put up in the reception area. I of course volunteered like an eager crocodile about to snap someones arm off. Scotty and I went out walking one Saturday and failed due to bad lighting but the next day we went back out and got some decent shots. I took a range of photos, mostly just architecture, processed them and placed them in for viewing by the “management”.
I have since heard back that yes they want 4 of my photos!

I just cant wait to see what they look like in A1 framed format hung on the walls. All rather exciting, and not expected at all.

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I aten’t dead

July 26, 2010

I’m just rubbish at blogging. I’ve knitted a shawl for my sister in-law, but I can’t show you that. I’m knitting a shawl for my sister and I can’t show you that either cos she does come here. I did publish my knitting pattern a little bit early but so far have sold 4. This is amazing, I never thought I could sell knitting patterns.
I am going to Knit Nation on Friday and hope to have a great day out. Now if only I can find where I lost those past 2 months I’ll let you know.

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what can you do? and animals.

May 12, 2010

hair is being used to suck up the oil spill in the gulf of mexico.

Now this may seem like telling you stuff you already know, but I have asked for all the sheep from brays cottage to have their fleeces donated, except Marcus. I am truly aware of that amount of fleece would be too much work for me. I can’t do much, I could do with a hair cut but I love my hair long and can’t bear to part with it. I just hope we can do something to help. I’ll be discussing how to get those fleeces there with the owners as soon as I can.

On to our lovely fluff balls, I would save the fluff from them but they’re too busy spreading it about my house and garden. I’ve had to pull our new rug out of the hall way because Otis decided it was more comfortable to poo and wipe on the rug than use the litter tray.

Otis sitting on the garden table.

Infiltrator! 

“Take the camera out of my face Lady or I make with the rug decoration”

Jasper guarding the fresh grass. Jasper has his moments too, his worst habit is using one of our speakers in the lounge as a scratching post. He gets squirted with water for that trick.
Admiral Jasper

“Moi? Je suis innocent! just look in to my eyes!”

These were both taken with the wide-angle lens which Scotty was so good to buy just before upgrading his camera to a lovely cannon with full sensor. Which meant this lens was not really much use. I adore this wide-angle lens and what it does to animals. So much in fact not only did I get pictures of our cats and my sisters dog, Scotty and I went to the Country game and farm show at the Norfolk showground.

1 wide angle lens, lots of animals

As you can see dogs were entirely welcome. Plus there was sheep shearing, wonky donkeys and some very lovely alpaca which I cooed over and stroked.

After that show day we went to my sisters and help her re-arrange her kitchen to have new flooring installed. It coincided with my nephews 13th birthday and my brother in laws birthday too. Of course my now teenager nephew was glued to his new gaming computer but was super happy when we didn’t get him a present but left money in his card so he can get new games.

Last weekend we went over my brother’s house to help him move. He’s having a “grand designs style” complete make over of his house. He’s moved in to a 2 bed bungalow in the village close to the house whilst his is ripped apart and re-constructed. He’s mad I tells you, but clever too. It will be well worth it. After moving around a lot of stuff we gave in and came home to rest. I’m glad I’m not moving or re-doing anything major in our house.

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the forks what? Oh now that is not good.

February 11, 2010

Scotty came home last week and parked his bike in the hall way as usual.
Thing is the next morning, things were not right. He dumped his bike and walked to work because of this:

appalling photos at the moment cos I really cannot be bothered to sort out the big camera when its still dark most of the day. Still after finding the forks sheared through, not even on a weld line, I took scotty back to Halfords that evening where he purchased the bike. It was around 15 days out of warranty. Luckily because its a chris bordman bike they were super helpful and agreed to replace like for like under the warranty. Then we stood there and asked if we could hire a bike from them because this is the only way Scotty gets to work. Stuart the very helpful assistant wheeled out a mountain bike and said “sorry its nothing special, will this do whilst your bike is being repaired?” Over joyed, we said yes, any old wheels will be fine, and he let us borrow the bike for free for the duration of the fix. Hoorah! GREAT service, GREAT staff, and Halfords Norwich get our best personal service of the year award so far.

Oh and I finished the rug:

rug!

Not quite as big as I wanted but it is lovely and warm under foot whilst getting our snowy boots on and orf.  New things on the needles are a silk drop stitch scarf with the silk which was dyed with natural indigo bought from Alexandra Palace. Think Clapotis with a pattern in non dropped columns: elan pattern here. Oh and a mitten which I’m having to do one at a time for a work colleague. The request was manly but bright colours.
This and lasagna were yesterdays achievements. We will not di... on Twitpic

And I think I’m fully up to date with most of the exciting things… I’m still rather disappointed the snow keeps turning to sheet ice and I’ve not been able to make a snow creature of any form this winter. Still looks like with more snow coming I may still get my chance.