Wednesday, 28 November 2007

What's that?

I am 'days off' from work at present (you may have guessed from the day trip to Harrogate) but I had to go into work for some training and for a meeting. Afterwards I decided to go to the Trafford Centre (it's only 20 mins from work down the M56/M60 if the timing is right, to miss the traffic).

Anyway, I started my shopping trip with a coffee in Starbucks. I sat and wrote a Christmas present list, once I had done that I whipped out a sock on my new, very cute needle. Within ear shot and eye line of me was a little boy of about 3 with his Mum and another lady. He was in his buggy. He started saying in a loud voice and pointing at me at the same time 'Mum, Mum, what's that, what's that? Mum was talking so didn't answer at first, when she did answer, her 'reply was ' I don't know'.

I had to chuckle to myself - A) because of the little boy asking, the fact that he was so obserant and B) I felt it is a sign of the times that young women don't recognise knitting when they see it.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Knitting & Stitching show x 2

We went to the Knitting & Stitching show yesterday and really enjoyed ourselves. There were 3 halls of stalls and exhibitions which was a crafters' dream and Harrogate looked so beautiful at night with the Christmas lights all lit up.

I was slightly disappointed that there weren't more knitting stalls but never the less the stalls that were there were good. There was Hipknits, Web of Wool, Pava yarns and Knit 'n' Caboodle and several other stalls whose yarns weren't really what I wanted at present.

Knit 'n' Caboodle did especially well out of me. I bought 4-5 balls of sock yarn and the cutest little 28cm circular needle for knitting socks with. I love this needle so much I have plans to order some more on line in different sizes.

From Hipknits I bought 2 lovely skeins of yarn which I will photograph and show you some other time.

DD and Cellostitcher bought lots of thready and fabricy goodness for the type of work they do - see their blogs for their work. They both want me to have a go at the sort of things they do which I would love to do when we have time to get together so they can give me some ideas.

We decided next year we would like to go up to Harrogate on the Saturday, do some Christmas shopping, stay overnight and then do the show on the Sunday. I really like that idea and I hope it comes off. I also plan to go to Woolfest and I am hoping Cellostitcher will go with me.

Today my friend, Lizet, came round for coffee and a bit of lunch. It was nice to see her and her daughter as I haven't seen her for a couple of weeks.

Tonight I've been cardmaking like mad as we have a bit of a Christmas fair at work on Saturday and I am starting to sell the Christmas cards from then.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Scouter's meeting

I went to a Scout Leaders meeting tonight. This a meeting of all the leaders in my Scout group, where we discuss plans for the future, equipment purchases, programmes etc. I took me knitting.

I don't think I will be converting my Cub leader to knitting any time soon, she looked at me as if i was growing horns. She has known me a while but I don't think she knew I knitted so she found it strange to see me knit and even stranger that I was knitting socks1 Her comment was 'it's easier to buy them'. My assistant Beaver leader knows I knit and her comment was ' you always knit socks at this time of year', she saw my first effort last year. I will haveto take my knitting more often so they all get used to it, my Cub leader might even see the purpose of it.

To all you Americans - Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a lovely day!

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Knitting & Stitching show

Next weekend is the Knitting & Stitching show in Harrogate. I am going on the Sunday with DD and Cellostitcher. I am really looking forward to it, I have never been to this particular show. Cellostitcher goes every year.

I am hoping to buy some sock wool and a portable light for my bedside table as I do a lot of knitting in bed, our current lights are not really bright enough so I struggle. I have found as I have got older I can't focus on fine detail in dim light, even with my glasses on, which is why I don't cross stitch by electric light anymore.

I'm told there isn't much in the way of paper products so I won't be buying much for my card making but you never know what I may find that I am able to use. If there are some lovely fabrics I may be tempted by those. I used to be a good dress maker, I even took a CSE in it at school and got a grade 1. I haven't made anything in fabric to wear for a very long time. These days my sewing machine tends to get used to make curtains, blinds and to take up the Oh! Bearded One's trousers and jeans ( he has short legs!)

Thank you

I am afraid I haven't got a memory like an elephant as my work colleagues will testify, my boss calls me colander girl (I'm no calender girl either). Now, where is this all going? Oh yes!! I've forgotten why America celebrate Thanksgiving. All the American bloggers are gearing up to this celebration and I am really looking forward to reading what a good time they are having, it's like being in America by proxy. Please could someone remind me.

I love this bloggy thing. I love seeing photos of places I'll never visit and things I'll never see. I am being educated whilst having fun, it's great. I know I've said this before,thank you for writing your bloggs, sharing your lives, your dreams, your triumphs and your disasters, thank you. Please keep going.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Bedsocks!

I have been knitting this week.

I have finished the first baby cardigan except for buttons and the next one is started, the back is complete and one of the fronts is started.

At the weekend I had a play on Ebay and won a old Sirdar pattern for bedsocks (if you keep up with me, you will know I want to knit bedsocks for some of my residents). Yesterday I received the pattern in the post. On this pattern there are 2 different types of bed socks and a pair of bedroom slippers. The bedroom slippers would be really useful for a resident who is chair bound, very frail and would be better with something really soft on their feet (some residents lose the ability to keep ordinary shoes and slippers on their feet).

Yesterday I started one of the bedsocks with Rowan Calmer (previously bought for socks for DD but couldn't master pattern). It knitted up a dream but I don't have enough of that yarn so it was frogged until further yarn supplies are acquired but at least I have now found a workable pattern.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Crochet, cards & baby news



Have you knitted with this yarn? Did you like it?

It is Sirdar Snowflake DK, it is made in chunky too.

I hate it. It is tight on the needles, it has no stretch.

The pattern asked for size 3mm to make the small snowmen (see below) but the yarn was so tight, the stitches wouldn't slide on the needles at all.



I was trying to knit these with it but I gave up as a bad job but I might have another go with different size. It won't matter, they will just come out a bigger size.









As you will be aware I have been card making for work like mad. I am going to have to make more baby cards this week. This afternoon, when I went into work, I didn't even get one baby card on the stand before it had been bought.

Here are some examples

A baby card, using my Cuttlebug and peel offs.







A birthday card, using punches, scrapbook papers, brads, peel offs and ribbon.
















Another birthday card using decoupage and scrapbook paper.















As you will also be aware not a lot of knitting has been going on in this house but some crochet has.

This is my version of a prayer shawl. The stitch is taken from a little crochet cardi I'm doing which is currently hibernating. It is being done in Sirdar Denim DK, shade 0645

This shawl is going to be for me but I have got my eye on some other yarn to use for others that I will give away.





This is a close up of the stitch I'm using.











Other news - the nurse that had a baby and has pneumonia, is now on a ward so is getting better slowly. The baby is still un-named. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Another baby!

The other nurse that was pregnant, has had a baby boy by Ceasaren section yesterday. The baby is fine but Mum is poorly, she has pneumonia. She is a known Asthmatic so the operation must have affected her chest. Please pray for her. She had a really bad time after a miscarriage some time ago and was very worried right through this pregnancy so I hope she is well very quickly so she can enjoy her new baby boy.

I've done very little knitting, just a few rows on a baby cardigan (now both babies are born I must hurry up and get them finished). I have done more crochet, on my shawl, it is coming on well, I've done about a third of it now. I have also made cards, quite a few in fact, for work.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Happy Caturday


Happy Caturday!


No knitting, just a cat!!

Friday, 2 November 2007

No sneezing but no knitting either

I am now just about over my cold, I am just left with catarrh which is usual fo me. Thank you, fellow bloggers, for your kind comments.

Still no knitting but I've been card making, no pics, as soon as I've made them they have gone into work and are being sold. I am really pleased that they are selling but I am having a hard job keeping up with demand and keeping a good selection on the card stand. I am also itching to make some Christmas cards but before I do, I want to make sure there are enough ordinary cards to last until after Christmas.

Last night and tonight I have done a few rows of my crocheted shawl, does that count as knitting?