Tuesday, September 27

Poor Molly!

Just got back from the vets and the vet decided not to spay her today. Molly had a cut on one of her paws which turned rather nasty over the weekend. The vet took her temp and it was higher than it should be. So poor little molly after having to suffer the indignity of having her temperature taken was then pumped full of antibiotics and told to come back on thursday. Bless her at least she hasn't learned to fight back with the vet like scooter does! He's a nightmare!

P.s. Kitty Pi bed has been through one wash but needs another to be fully felted up so pictures shall be following very soon!

Friday, September 23

Tagged again!

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same.

'There were times throughout that i started thinking... do i like it, is the ribbing too thick?'

Not sure what the purpose of ths meme is but there you go thats my sentence!

Now... who to tag?
Well if anyone feels the urge to fill in this meme, feel free because i think most people who want to have done so by now.

Onto knitting news: Molly has been testing out her new cat bed before its completion to see if im doing an ok job!
Naughty molly!

I have to indulge the poor thing as im feeling rather guilty. She is booked in for her big operation on tuesday! Poor little thing, i feel awful but the cats protection made me sign something to say i'd have her neutered by the end of this month. I know its for the best but she still so small... Scooter was probably at a similar age when he was done and i remember how much i worried about him.
Well she shall been spoilt silly upon her return!

Hopefully she will also have a fully felted cosy catbed to curl up in when she gets back too as im working the last few rows now.

Wednesday, September 21

My first baby project is finished!

I really enjoyed knitting this jumper, i think it has added appeal because you know someone extremely cute will be wearing it! I did make a slight hash of the hood though. The pattern calls for you to knit the hood on from the front piece (slightly confusing!) but seemingly when the pattern called for me to cast on x stitches for the hood i must have mis-counted and cast on way too many! How this happened i really don't know im normally meticulous about counting and re-counting stitches! Unless anyone had a similar problem with the pattern and it was a mis-print? Doubtful i think.. i must have been tired at the time (any excuse eh?) The pattern for the jumper came from 'simply knitting issue one' but is also in one of debbie bliss's books. I loved knitting with the cashmerino it was just so soft!

The little bunny toy also shown here was an added extra to send with the jumper. Cute aint he? The pattern came from Jean greenhowes 'knitted animals' pattern book. I remember my gran knitting jean greenhowe dolls years ago for jumble sales i always thought they looked so complicated but the patterns are well written and are very simple.
Ages ago i made the little penguin from the same book for chris as a jokey present. His hat and scarf are knitted up in sunderland FC colours, which he rather likes. Maybe i'll take a pic of him to stick in my FO list.. something i keep forgetting to do. It looks like i never finish anything!

Wednesday, September 14

SP6 Questionaire

Apologies to my secret pal for not getting this up sooner!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
Oh how i wish i could be a yarn snob but sadly i cant afford to splash out on the best yarn all the time! I generally prefer to get a mix rather than 100% acrylic though.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Im trying to get into spinning! im too poor to afford a wheel but im considering investing in a drop spindle. I tried teaching myself to crochet once but got intensly frustrated with it as i was so slow and clumsy, i felt like it would be so much faster to just knit. Perhaps i'll persevere with it.. one day!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I have sensitive skin so i have had allergic reacions to some skin products in the past. Plus i dont like smoke.

4. How long have you been knitting?
About 1yr and half maybe.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Wish List

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I like natural scents and aromatherapy and so i love lavender and rose but also citrus too.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Do knitters love yarn? Hell yeah!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Nothing really

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
i like the kaiser cheifs, scissor sisters, Greenday, Feeder, Franz Ferdinand and the levellers to name a few.. im fairly versatile in my tastes. Yes i can play MP3's!

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Generally anything blue except pastels i hate pastel shades. I love vibrant blues greens and purples.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my boyfriend, i have no kids but two lovely cats (Molly and Scooter)

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
yikes! is it bad that i dont have any? Well i love my archaeology and there are some excavations i'd love to be part of! I guess it would be my dream to be part of a major dig in a nice hot country! But not too hot cos from experience that just kills you when your digging!

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I like chunkier yarns, perhaps thats my impatient side showing through!I love colinette point five. Im also starting to appreciate cotton in a completely new way.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Im really not sure about eyelash yarns and funky fur yarns... they scare me.. no-one should wear items made from these!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I dont really have a specific knitting obsession really. Knitting is my obsession!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I dont think i've knitted enough variety of items to decide! I do like small projects like scarves because i like doing them for other people as pressies.

17. What are you knitting right now?
I have just finished my first babies jumper and a little teddy. I also have the cosy shawl from knitty and some opal socks on-going.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
i do have one which my mum gave me, it is a hand knit one which was bought in the 70's though i rarely wear it.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I think i prefer circulars but i do use both as i dont have a full set of circulars.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Anything but plastic! though i do have a whole box of plastics which were my grans i generally prefer metal or bamboo needles. I dont have any bamboo circulars though, i would like to try them out.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Ive made a few half-hearted attempts in the past and am now in the middle of some using proper sock yarn. However they are so fiddly i dont think i will knit them very often!

22. How did you learn to knit?
my mum taught me when i was younger then i re-taught myself a year ago.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
A couple of months.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
I love cats, animated or not.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
One of the best holidays i had was my study tour as part of my degree during which i travelled around Greece and Crete looking at archaeological sites. It was amazing and i'd absolutely love to do the same thing again in Egypt.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Except wool? no.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
'Simply Knitting' and i sometimes buy 'Knitting'

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
They ones i'd like are in my wish list. Basically i'd love a good book about lace knitting and a good book about aran knitting!Both techniques i am yet to explore and would really love to!

Knitting progress and presents galore!

Thankyou to everyone who left comments regarding my question in my last post, perhaps one day i will have my very own spinning wheel but for now i think i will give a drop spindle a go. One question though, top whirl or bottom whirl - whats the difference? which do i get?
Also a big thankyou to all those who have sent me Random acts of kindness! Ive had several e-cards, a gift voucher, notecards and yesterday; an oragami crane! Thankyou so much you have been very kind! Your kindness has spurred me into preparing some little gifties of my own to treat others with.
Anyway onto the knitting! Ive been making steady progress with the babies hooded jumper as you can see (in its pre blocked state).

The front looks a little strange as the hood is knit continuously from the front and then joined so at the moment it looks like a giant collar. Im about ten row from finishing the last sleeve so it should get blocked tonight. I'll be sure to post a picture of it after it is made up.

Secret pal Five has come to a close and with it I received my final parcel from my pal! Thankyou very much Andrea! I must admit, i had guessed your identity correctly. I am in the habit of re-using padded envelopes and when your first package arrived i pulled my address label off to reuse it and found that you had done the same thing. So i found out your name and where you came from, giving me a pretty good idea of who you were. I didnt want to say anything in case i was completely wrong! Thankyou so much for spoiling me so well! For everyone else here are the contents of that last parcel.

Even the kitties got a present! Molly loves the toys and scooter pretends to be too mature for toys but he still shows some interest from time to time. The ball is absolutely perfect, we have loads of small balls which they love to play with but they inevitably get lost under the sofa! This ball is big enough not to do that which is great.
The tape measure is exactly what i needed too, i only have a long dress makers tape which when i take it with me i get it tangled round everything. The tape measure you gave me is perfect for carrying round! (how did you know??)