Sunday, 28 September 2008
I am tiiiiiiiired. I've been learning Gaelic in Broadford with Daibhidh Grannd and teachers.
The course was organised by Cli Gaelic and was a 6 day intensive using the Ulpan method (that's the lovely Daibhidh in the photo in the link). It was just fantastic, really effective and such fun! We covered 24 units of the 216 which lead to fluency, and we were guinea pigs for the next round of trainee tutors. One of the tutors is hoping and intending to start classes locally so we can continue with the learning. I really hope it comes off as I so want to consolidate how much I've learned this week. The week was hectic and exhausting - I'd come home and walk the dogs and fall into bed as early as possible! Well worth the experience, though, and so much fun.
Oh how can I answer that?! Something from Noro, I think, because I've never tried it. Or Colinette Point 5 which I just love, in the brightest colours!
If you were told you could never knit again, what would be the last thing
Oh! What a thought! Oh dear, something very very large, I think, so I could knit it for as long as possible. Perhaps a freeform coat or wall hanging.
In a given year, how many times do you buy yarn?
Not as often as I'd like. Perhaps half a dozen.
And what is your favorite place to buy yarn from? A festival? A shop? Online? Dish your favorite places!!
I wish I did have a good local yarn shop in the area. There is a small gift shop that sells some nice yarns at very nice prices(!). I love Shilasdair, in Waternish on Skye. If I had a shop that had lots of different types, so I could handle and compare, that would be my favourite.
Lastly, with Fall in full swing in many areas, what is the one thing you
look forward to most?
The demise of the midgie! At last I've been able to walk the dogs without having to smother myself in Skin so Soft.
Cool days, I love the cool weather.
Crisp bright winter days.
Snuggling up by the fire while the weather roars outside.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
The appropriately purple and green theme continues and can you see what she's done? She's replaced my broken bamboo dpns!! And with better quality ones, too!
And look! There are some Kool Aid powders to dye yarn! Yippee!! I can't wait to give it a try, just need to get some undyed yarn now.
There's a lovely wee wooden star necklace - how thoughtful is that?! I wore it all week. (Took it off for a bath the other morning and am wondering where I put it...)
And will you please look at the lollipops?! What can I say?! Here's a close-up of the green one. Isn't that a lovely touch? Stars, purple, green...!
That's a really lovely woven bag in the middle, in my colours, of course, purple and green! How amazing. This is perfect for keeping my circular needles in!
But what blew me away and brought me to tears was the information about the bag on the little ticket that came with it:
I just thought this was so considerate and thoughtful (is there a difference between those two virtues, I wonder...!), and tied in so appropriately with my work at Rag Tag n Textile.
(Talking of which, it's been nothing but admin since I got back from having the flu and too much of it! I've not had a chance to do anything creative there since July. This coming week I'm taking part in an intensive Gaelic course on Skye so won't be getting down to anything creative in RTT til October!! Not that they really need me, the co-ordinators and the textile operatives are producing some fabulous stuff now. The website should go live soon...!)
Back to my SP. I have been so touched and amazed and delighted with the fantastic gifts from my SP. I know others have had bad experiences in the past but SP has been nothing but great for me!
Thank you, my dear Secret Pal, for all your wonderful gifts. I feel very spoiled indeed! It's been a total joy.
Monday, 15 September 2008
Aren't these so cute?! I really really should be in bed but I had to take the time to put these up! I knitted up most of the black ones last night (leaving the sewing up til daylight), completed all the sewing up and stuffing (gosh, I hate sewing up!) and knitted and completed the 2nd yellow one today. A busy week ahead so I'm not sure I'll manage to get any more done. I'd partly knitted a 3rd black one but ran out of yarn! Need to pick some up from RTT tomorrow.
I swear the one on the right looks like Jazz when she's feeling sheepish!
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
In the meantime, I've already completed one of Jean Greenhowe's Rascals, in black with a blue collar. They are really cute and I'd like to do a pile of them for the Lab Rescue fundraiser. I do hope I'm going to have enough time. I'm back at work now and the week's going to be full. Photo to come (I left the wee rascal at work by mistake!).