Archive for July, 2007

A Day Off

Posted by on Jul 24 2007 | Crafty things, Delicious Things

I took today off work. It’s been a hectic few weeks, and I didn’t think I’d be able to take a break before we go on holiday (18th August!), but I was able to at the last minute and took it took it took it.

So, what did I do with myself on this fine day? It really has been a fine day too – the first in about 6 weeks that it hasn’t rained on, not even a tiny little bit. Although, clouds have just come over, and there are almost 3 hours left in the day, so I shouldn’t really speak too soon. Ok, I swear, I just finished that sentence when it started. Yep, it’s raining.

Anyway. I had some housework to do, and then I was going to knit. Maybe even write something. It was going to be great.

So, you know, first I check my email and catch up on some blogs.

Then it happens.

I switch on the Xbox.

I spend the next two hours playing Zuma.

Zuma is a very simple and highly addictive game on Xbox live arcade. Essentially you shoot balls out of a frog’s mouth, and when you get more than two of the same colour they disappear.

I reckon I spent a good two hours today playing Zuma. That’s two hours I could have spent cleaning, knitting, writing, pulling the dead parsley out of the herb pot on the patio, doing a load of washing, I could have made dinner for later, etc etc etc.

Instead I spent two hours shooting balls out of a frog’s mouth.


Anyway, once I managed to find the willpower to switch the computer off I turned things around. Popped on some Johnny Cash, and before I knew it I had the place* vacuumed, todoed, dusted, the dishwasher emptied and re-filled, and a load of washing done.
*When I say ‘the place’ I don’t mean the whole apartment. Just one room. One room will do for now.

Then, time to relax.

Cheryl has very kindly leant me her spinning wheel while she’s back in the US for the summer, and it’s been sitting patiently, looking at me, occasionally sighing quietly when I walk past it. So, today was the day. (I had a little go yesterday too). Accompanied by the delicious Mighty Leaf African Nectar rooibus tea that Kathy sent me, I sat down to try my hand at spinning again.

First getting to grips with it again with some brown wool.

And then with some white. I did know what type this is, but I’ve forgotten.

I was definitely improving by the time I stopped.There are a good few overspun parts, but I’m quite pleased. I plan on plying the two together and they dyeing with kool aid.

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Posted by on Jul 22 2007 | Books

No discussion though, I have no desire to spoil it for anyone.

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Posted by on Jul 17 2007 | General Ramblings

So, my return to Flickr Fiction was clearly a little premature. I’m too zonked to think in the evenings at the moment, I can barely knit.

I can, however, knock up delicious smoothies to keep me healthy:

Mmmmm: Bananas, peaches, raspberries, orange juice, honey and greek yoghurt.

Yum yum yum.

A couple of months ago a cardigan popped into my brain and won’t leave. Given that I’ve never made a full sized cardigan or sweater type thing, I decided to set it aside until I’d finished at least one full garment knit from a pattern.

Yeah. Good plan that.

So, I was kicking about on Ravelry* and found a few adaptations of Stephanie Japel’s Minisweater (See here and here). Now, the adaptations aren’t what I have planned, but they gave me the idea.

So, you know, although I have the back of a vest waiting for the front, and most of a sleeve from the Retro Redux Shrug, I cast on for something new.

I’m following the pattern at the moment, we’ll have to wait and see how I get on from here.

In other exciting news – I won a draw over at Where Two Next?, Sharon and Cathal’s blog of their year living and travelling in New Zealand. It’s been great reading about their adventures and explorations, and I get to try my hands on some New Zealand wool!

*Sorry for those of you waiting, I’m not gloating. Honest.

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You mean this is partly a knitblog?

Posted by on Jul 12 2007 | Crafty things

Ok, so, what have I been knitting?
Well, while I don’t seem to have caught the knitting slump that’s been going around I have slowed down a bit, and have at times only been capable of knocking out the mobile phone socks:

Completed mobile phone sock 2, using yarn left over from my first pair of socks.

Mobile phone sock 3 in progress, using yarn left over from mum’s clapotis.


I’ve also been working away on the Jaywalkers, with one completed and another started at knitting group on Saturday. The first one looks a little boxy, but it fits so well, and is so comfortable that I can’t wait to get the pair done.


Then I accidentally bought Lace Style with an Amazon voucher I was given (Thanks Eli!), and started the Retro Redux Shrug. However, I stalled a couple of weeks ago, simply because the shaping relies on changing needle size as you work, and I needed the 6.5mm needles that were sat in the other room. What’s important to know here is that I live in an apartment. It’s not as though the needles I needed were off in the other wing of the house. They’re in my bedroom. I’m in that room a lot. And yet, somehow, that was enough to stall the project.

I’ve fetched the needles now, but we’ll see how we go.

Actually, I think part of my hesitation is the knowledge that I’m going to have to pick up stitches later on, and I’m not very good at doing that neatly. The pattern’s lovely though, and I really do want to get this finished so I can, you know, actually wear it. Ho hum.

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Important question of the day:

Posted by on Jul 11 2007 | General Ramblings

Snape: Good or evil?

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