Tuesday, 30 October 2007


Yesterday I read a post on another blog about knitters being sheep and knitting the same things, well, I am also a sheep as I have joined many, many knitters in blogland, sneezing!!! I have got a cold. I hope I didn't catch it in blogland!! No knitting yesterday or today, I just don't feel like it. I should have gone to work this evening but I didn't. Fortunately I was on office hours, not nursing hours so hopefully I'll go in tomorrow instead. I have spend the day reading posts and watching mindless T.V.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Baby news

I have found out that my nurse who has had her baby boy early has called him Adain and he weighed 5lb 7oz which is a very respectable weight for a 6 week prem baby. Unfortunately he is still in hospital as he isn't feeding on his own yet.

I've continued to knit my hat and I have received the yarn to knit the Oh! Bearded One's hat that he wants for Christmas. This will be my only Christmas knitting this year. I've ordered Lett-Lopi, I'm knitting a Peruvian style hat.

I ordered his yarn form Stash of Chester, I also got some Louise Harding Kimono Angora in their Autumn sale, only £1.99 per ball instead of £3.95. The shade is called 'Girly' no 12. I'm really looking forward to knitting this but I'm not starting it yet, as I've got things I want to finish first ie. my hat, my crocheted cardi which is hibernating at present and my crocheted shawl which is coming on, I keep doing a few rows.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Birthday meal

In the last post I forgot to tell you about my birthday meal.

We went to the Bells of Peover which is in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The Oh! Bearded One and I called in there for a drink after a walk we had done one Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. The Oh! Bearded One liked the look of the menu so we decided to try it for my birthday and my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations. The food was very enjoyable and it was lovely to spend time as a family.

The pub is very oldy worldy, it dates back to the mid 13th century so it is old! It is a stones' throw to the village parish church which has a picturesque church yard.

Show & tell

This post is a show and tell post. There's lots to look at.

Look at what my new friend, Liset, dyed for me, aren't the colours lovely? I am knitting a hat with from here. The yarn is 100% Blue faced Leicester, it is soft and lovely to knit with. Have a look at Liset's site, the colours she dyes are lovely.

This is what DD and SofM gave me for my birthday. The chocolates are dark ones (my favorites) from Thornton's. I am looking forward to starting them as I am a complete chocoholic. Ask the kids, they know I won't share! DD gave me one necklace & bracelet set and the other set was given to me by M (admin lady) at work.

The Oh! Bearded One gave me this. It is a Cuttlebug die cutter for my card making. I've had a practice with it but haven't used it yet for actual cardmaking. DD also gave me 2 embossing plates for it so hopefully in the next day or two I will use it for actual card making.

This is my finished Sirdar Peru Naturals cardigan. I love it!! The colourway is Pico, it is the medium size done on 6.5mm needles with no changes to the pattern. It fits like a glove.

A different view!

I've made some more cards for work as the ones I did a couple of weeks ago have sold and the rack is lokking bare again. I need to make loads more.

If you have a look at my Flickr photos you will see this in it's unfelted state, it's now finished. It's come out too small, probably because of my front loading washing machine, it was washed too long. I am currently knitting a Booga bag in Noro. When I felt this I am going to try the quick wash on my machine to see if that is better.

Look what I got - Free!!! It is Wendy Elegance wool rich (60%) 4ply. I've swatched for this but I'm not starting it yet as I need to finish other things and this will need some concentration to get it started.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007


Today is my birthday!!! (I haven't gone to bed yet from yesterday, blogging you know!)

Tell you all about it later.

Monday, 22 October 2007

New Friend!

Today I met up with my new friend, Liset. She contacted me through my blog as we live very near each other. The first time we met was in Northwich at Costa Coffee and this time I went to her house.

We had lunch and she also dyed me some yarn (photo to follow) which was so lovely of her!!!! She is soooooo kind!!!

I had great fun playing with her daughter and I even got some knitting in, on my Noro felted bag.

We are thinking about setting up a knitting group but at present we are just getting to know each other.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Half a century

Yesterday was my parents 50th Wedding Aniversary. They got married at St. Cuthbert's church, Firvale, Sheffield after Dad had been ill for nearly 2 years with TB in his shoulder (for a large percentage of that period he had been hospitalised with Mum visiting weekly) They were 22.
Dad has been plagued with illness most of his life, at 40 he developed Arthritis, he is a diabetic and has had 2 heart attacks and a heart bypass. He now also has osteo arthritis in his right hip and probably will need a hip replacement.
They are very quiet living people so there won't be any boozy parties late into the night. I & them went out for lunch yeaterday and then the family are going out for dinner on Tuesday as it is also my birthday.
I am an only child, as are Mum & Dad. Dad did have a sister but she was killed many years ago in a freak lightening accident. So when we go out on Tuesday there will be seven of us, them, me & and the Oh! Bearded One, DD & her boyfriend, Gromit and Son of Mine. We will have a good time as we all get on well, there are no family fall outs in this family, I pray it stays that way.

Thursday, 18 October 2007


I've been a very naughty girl today. I've sat on my bottom surrounded by a very mucky house and knitted but I've finished my Sirdar Peru cardigan (pics to follow). I am really pleased with it. I love the colour, the sleeves are just the right length and it fits well.

I am now going to sew up and finish the first baby cardi and I've started the second. I've not heard yet how heavy the baby was or what his name is I will report when I hear.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

New baby!

My nurse whose waters broke on Friday, has had her baby this evening! A boy! We don't know the weight yet and we think he is doing O.K as he is six weeks premature.

It's a good job I decided, on Friday night, to finish the little cardi I had started for her, I just need to sew the seams, do the bands and collar which won't take long once I get going.

The other nurse that is due in early December has now finished for Maternity leave so I need to grt her baby's cardi started.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Baby, baby

At work we have 3 nurses that are having babies. 2 of them are due end of November early December but as we well know babies will come when they decide to come. One of the girls' waters broke at 11pm last night. She is now in Leighton hospital in Crewe, playing the waiting game. If she doesn't go into labour over the weekend they are going to induce her on Monday.

I now have to get knitting to finish one of the little cardigans I started when I was on holiday in August. The back and both fronts are done and one of the sleeves is started. I am going to spend the next couple of hours knitting away on it before I go out to one of the other nurse's 25th Wedding Aniversary party. It's all happening!!!

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Oh! I forgot!!

I forgot to say in my last post, I got my invite to Ravelry yesterday. I am listed as 'Ailsa' if you want to look me up.

I have started to list my needles, projects etc. It is scary how many knitting needles I have and I still consider I don't have all I could do with, having discovered circular needles I want some more in different lengths and sizes.

I have put 3 projects on but there are more to go on.

I am not sure about Ravelry at the moment, it is very useful for the lists but I need to use the site more to get the most out of it.

I hate socks!!!!!

As I have had said before, I am trying to knit bedsocks for residents at work. I haven't found a specific bedsock pattern I like but I did find a sock pattern that is suitable so I tried it but I can't turn the heel. I am sure it is really quite simple really but I can't get it. The darn thing has been frogged after trying to get the heel right 4-5 times. I will not let it defeat me, I will have another go when I feel like it.

If anybody does come across a bedsock pattern that is different from the usual suspects on the internet please let me know.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Husbands & Ravelry

Last night when I was having a read of other blogs a thought struck me - how lucky many knitters are with their other halves. Aren't our partners are very tolerate of our passion for all things woolly? The Oh! Bearded One has lived with me knitting or cross stitching for over 25 years and I am more obsessed at present than I have been in a long time. It's all you lots' fault for waxing lyrical on your blogs about all things fibrey but I will forgive you as I love all things fibrey too!!

Our partners take us to yarny places, live along side our stashes, listen to us clacking needles, listen to us rave about yarn, patterns etc and watch bank accounts being rapidly depleted. Lets hear it for partners hip hip hooray!!!!

About that certain place that all bloggers are raving about, you know, you do!!! Ravelry!!!!! It is looking like I will get my invitation in the next few days as they seem to be inviting 1000 a day and I am about 2100 in line so watch this space!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Hands up!!

Hands up if you are blogging and doing something else at the same time. It is a well known fact that if you are woman you can multi-task so I bet you are blogging and doing something else at the same time. What are you doing? If it is rude I don't want to know!!! I am knitting a sock.
I am fascinated by knitting socks at present. You might remember these (above), they were my first attempt. They were knitted in Opal yarn from Angel yarns free pattern. They were knitted cuff down. Last night I cast on a toe up sock - Bluebell from issue 9 Knit Today, also in Opal sock yarn but I don't like it although Daughter Dear does!! I am hopeful that this pattern will be suitable to knit bed socks for some of my residents (they are needed where a resident has poor circulation). It is knitted in Rowan Calmer on 4mm DPs.
Tonight, after work, I nipped into Fibre & Clay in Knutsford (becoming one of my favorite places) and bought some Debbie Bliss Rialto which knits to a similar tension as Calmer. I've cast on with it and it so much nicer than the Opal sock yarn. I have an idea that a resident won't get a look in, Daughter Dear will have this pair, she rather likes the pattern and yarn.
I know, I know I'm casting on more than I am casting off but I promise I am working at other things as well, I have finished the back of my Sirdar Peru jacket and have started a sleeve and I'm half way up my Nero felted bag. With knowing you are out there wanting to know what is what I will be finishing some of these things, I promise!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Having a cuppa!!

I have been looking at tea cosy patterns because I want to take part in St John's Ambulance 'Have a Cuppa' campaign. I think St. John's does some good work, the Scout Association use them quite a lot for big events for their first aid cover.
The idea is to knit a tea cosy, sent it to St John's who will sell them to raise money, their initial target is for 5,000. Also on November 30th we are being encouraged to 'Have a cuppa' for them, to raise more money for them.
I think we are also going to try to do something at work, I need to take in details to our Activities Co-ordinator and see what we can put together.
Anyway, going back to the tea cosy knitting patterns. I can't decide which to do but I am enjoying trolling through the internet finding and looking at them. Once I have found one I suppose I have trouble choosing the yarn. All that searching in beautiful yarns shops. Life is so difficult isn't it?