Archive for January, 2007

My Day

Posted by on Jan 31 2007 | Crafty things, General Ramblings

Today, I’ve been sick. I’ve been hit by the flu, and feel awful. It’s been a day of lemsip (hot lemon drink with paracetamol), knitting, and watching firefly.
I’m not good at being sick. I’d much rather be working.

Also, the trouble with knitting when sick is the following:

Spot the difference?

Yes, one is a pattern repeat longer than the other. It’s been ripped back now. Grrrr.

Update: Ripped back top of glove. Re-knit it. Forgot to decrease at the beginning of the ribbing. Need to rip back again. Putting the knitting away now.

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Secret Pal News!

Posted by on Jan 29 2007 | Swaps and Exchanges

Secret Pal 9 comes to an end this week, and I’m delighted to announce that my spoilee has received her final package, and now knows who I am.

I should hopefully be receiving a package from my spoiler sometime soon too, as the exchange is pretty much done, so when that arrives I’ll be sure to post it up here.

Anyway, I was spoiling Glenda over at Still Life With Books, and it was an absolute pleasure.

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Self Acceptance

Posted by on Jan 28 2007 | Crafty things, General Ramblings

After the christmas knitting, I decided that I should have fewer knitting projects on the go at any one time, so that I could really focus on them, instead of flitting between lots of projects and consequently taking longer over all of them. Fewer projects is more organised, more sensible.

I got it down to three projects, one being the ongoing mitred squares dog blanket that I really think is just going to keep on going on and on and on at the current rate of progress. It’s a good thing cooper (the dog) has a good warm coat (being a dog and all). Anyway, I don’t really count this as a project ‘on the needles’. It’s just something I do every now and then.

The second project is hiding in this bag and you can’t see, but it’s in there, attached to those needles:

The third project are a version of the Mosaic Mitts from Interweave’s Holiday Gifts edition:

These are ok. My gauge is really tight for some reason, and I’m finding them fiddly to knit. They’re turning out a wee bit small, which is fine for me with my tiny little girly hands, but if I make them again, which I probably will, it’ll be on bigger needles and I’ll use dpns rather than the magic loop.

This week I haven’t been knitting all that much, and I started to think about why. My hands have been itching to knit, but none of the projects have captured me. Starting the second mitt was an effort.

And then I realised.

I like having lots of different projects on the go. I like the variety. I know that working on lots of projects at once drives some people nuts but it suits me, and that’s ok.

With that in mind I cast on for a pair of socks, and I may cast on another project before I finish any of the other current ones.

Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush, in Lana Grossa Mega Boots Stretch.

Now, I have a small dilemma. The pattern says to cast on with the yarn doubled, and then knit with one strand. I followed that, but it’s quite thick and therefore a little bit frilly looking at the top. I think when it’s worn it’ll just add strength to the top, and allow the ribbing to stretch properly, but I am a tiny bit concerned visually. Do I carry on as is or rip back and just cast on with one strand of yarn?

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Peanut Butter Biscuits

Posted by on Jan 28 2007 | Delicious Things

As I was drinking a rather yummy coffee at home yesterday I had a craving for a biscuit to go with it.

No biscuits in the house.


Make some.

Peanut Butter Biscuits, from Delia Smith’s Book of Cakes, made with banana instead of egg, as I didn’t have any. I’m vegetarian but not vegan, so I do eat some animal products, including eggs in cakes, but eggs as eggs make me sick, and I don’t like them, so don’t have them in the house unless I’m baking a few things. I don’t really like buying them unless I’m going to use all of them, so I’m experimenting with banana as an egg substitute. Here it would have worked well, except I added a wee bit too much baking soda so the biscuits are a tiny bit crispy. For some reason they’re not as peanut buttery as I’d really like, and strangely the banana taste doesn’t come out. Nevertheless, they are biscuits, and are delicious with a nice hot cup of coffee.

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Posted by on Jan 28 2007 | Writing

“So. It’s been two months now Betty. How have you been?”

“Great thanks Doctor.”

“And how are the pills working out for you?

“Oh, I don’t need them any more. That electric shock treatment you showed me has been working a treat.”

“But you checked yourself out of the hospital after the first treatment. You were scheduled for five more sessions. That’s why we were trying the pills instead.”

“Oh I know Doctor, but I didn’t like the pills, so I thought I’d give the electric shocks another go, and I feel great now.”

“But you haven’t been back to the hospital.”

“Oh no Doctor, there’s no need for all that fuss. My Billy wired me up at home instead.”


Inspired by This picture taken by receivingend from Flickr.

Do not try this at home!
Very rushed and short this week, sorry. I wanted to get something up but just couldn’t settle to write. I can’t even claim credit for the idea, it’s based on a true conversation a lecturer of mine had with a patient.

Written for Flickr Fiction Friday. Other Flickr Fictioners who may have written about the same picture are: Donal,Elimare, Tadamack, Aquafortis, HeavySigh, Chris, Valsha, and Neil.

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