Thursday, 31 July 2008
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?
Anywhere comfortable! My living room couch is the usual place. I also like to sit and knit at RTT where there's good company too! I would love to sit outside in the garden but it's rarely the right kind of weather here - either too hot (my garden is very sheltered) or too windy or too cloudy and midge-ridden!
What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
Well, there's a hint in the last reply... good company for a bit of craic! or a good film on tv (preferably Hollywood's golden age - Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis or Katherine Hepburn!) or a decent 2 hour episode of a decent whodunnit like Inspector Morse! Plus a pot of good tea and a nice biccie!
Friday, 25 July 2008
Look - my Secret Pal even has her very own SP address labels (address disguised again!). What a clever cookie!
Even the girls were excited too!Here's the reason why - the first thing I pulled out of the parcel was a packet of doggy jumbo dental sticks! What a lovely lovely thoughtful thing for my SP to do. Thank you SP!!
I thought - what's that smell?? Oh, it's peppermint! Breath freshner doggy sticks! Great! Just what they need (if you get my drift)! They were a bit dubious at first, as if they too were thinking, "What's that smell?" but they then ran away into the garden with them!
Jet "got tore in" (as we say) straight away:
Jazz was a bit more unsure and sniffed it for a while at first:
Back inside, I unpacked the rest of my goodies and here they all are, some still unwrapped:
I am gobsmacked! What a lot of stuff. Look at the gorgeous colours of the yarns!! The first thing I pulled out after the doggy sticks was the lime green Tofutsies!
A set of five handmade (by my SP) stitch markers, in a yummy lime green! They are positively edible! How perfect!
A little butterfly candle! So here's the whole stash, unwrapped (including my big toe):
I forgot to say I'd opened the card - that's it on the left, from my very own Special Pal. :-) But WAIT - I found something else I'd put to one side!
It's the cutest thing! A Fergie the Frog Kritter Craft Case!
"Fergie the Frog can store your favorite [US spelling of course!] sewing, quilting and crafting tools..." This is just perfect for me as I'm always looking for needles and things that I've put down somewhere. It's already housing my lovely new stitch markers.
So here now is the total parcel contents:What a truly wonderful generous present. What a thrill! I really am so touched and grateful.
Friday, 18 July 2008
They are really lovely girls, even if not always as obedient as I'd like! I'm working on it and have now got Jazz returning the stick so I can throw it again. That feels like quite an achievement, I must say, having never trained a dog before. Jet being more affectionate is a lovely development - I had felt she was a bit distant and perhaps not happily accepting me as top dog but clearly she was simply in pain!
Here's another of them in the water:
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
I'm a bit shocked that so much of the pattern has been replaced and that the corrections also have errors. Am I naive to think that VK is the best thing?? I've always loved the magazine and have some from the 80s, when I was last into knitting in such a big way. I collect them for inspiration and for techniques. But if the techniques in the patterns aren't right...?!
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?Well, I don't really take holidays on a regular basis, never really could afford to. I now live in one of the best holiday destinations in the world -today at one of the beaches on Skye (where the sea colours were tropical - above) I even remarked to my daughter, "And we're not even on holiday!" So I don't (again!) have an answer to this question.
Monday, 7 July 2008
Now I just need to find the time to do it. My new girls are going to take up quite a bit more of my time. :-)
So let me introduce to you... Jet and Jazz, mother and daughter, aged 10 and 8 respectively:
This is a photo taken (as you can see from the date) at their previous owners, which I've included cos it's a closeup. Here's a photo of us with my grandson in sunny (for a while!) Glencoe yesterday:
Saturday, 5 July 2008
1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
Oh this isn't any easier to answer! I would love to try some Noro though I'm not sure which one, Silk Garden, maybe? It's the one that has a long colour change. There are just so many beautiful yarns out there, the vast majority of which I've only seen on the internet... I just love all the variegated ones in delicious colours in delicious yarn mixes. I cannot answer this question!!
2) What yarn do you never want to be without?**
Ooh, I'm not much help, I can't answer this one either. Variegated sock yarn, I think... I think!
Friday, 4 July 2008
I'm feeling really disappointed tonight as I'd hoped to get to meet a couple of dogs this weekend who are needing rehoming. It was through a specific site and I first enquired on Monday night but it wasn't til tonight that I managed to get through to the owners. They have someone else who's interested and coming to meet the dogs this weekend. They didn't let the site owners know this, which is naughty, as the site owners put only one person at a time in touch with the owners to avoid - huh - disappointment.
I am soooo disappointed that someone has got in there before me. As soon as I saw the dogs on the site, I said to myself, "There they are," ie MY dogs. I've been trying to stay realistic and not get my hopes up but this pair were just perfect for me. I don't want to say too much about them, in order not to identify them... *big big sigh*
Knitting-wise, I'm getting along with the Lace Shrug and my armwarmers are on hold until I have the brain power to tackle the creation of the pattern again!
Meanwhile, I'm soaking up Big Brother!! How sad am I?!