March 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm (Uncategorized)
I have finally got around to blocking three shawls today. They’re all green and I finished them all ages ago. It was also a chance to try out the Unicorn Fibre Wash and Fibre Rinse that I got for Christmas.
The major thing though was that I finally used the blocking wires that I bought from Heirloom Knitting in 2005.
Photos of shawls to come soon. Next thing on the blocking list are a jumper and a cardie/jacket that have been sat waiting for the pieces to be blocked for best part of a year. Then I just have to seam them and do button bands and that sort of thing.
March 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm (Knitting, Life, Spinning)
“Life, don’t talk to me about life” – Marvin the paranoid android from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
The depression is still winning for the most part although I have a new psychiatrist and a recent treatment change – dropping Seroplex and adding Zoloft- may lead to a small improvement. I hae done very little spinning and knitting recently although I have started picking up old projects and finishing them, well, not quite finishing them because the pair of socks still has one toe that needs grafting. Some of these projects were started before Eluned was born! One of the problems is inadequate light in the evenings. I really need to get a tall lamp. Instead I wear a ‘head lamp’ and pretend I’m a miner just like my Grampa Jesse (although my lamp has LEDs).
The girls are doing well. I went to see Meleri in Bangor at the end of January and attended the annual Stage Crew reunion as well. It was really good to see everybody. I still miss Meleri a lot but I know she’s in the right place. Rhianwen and Eluned really miss her too, especially Ellie. We use Skype a lot to keep in touch.
I have a new problem. It was triggered by Mum buying me a really good puzzle book for Christmas. Just my thing except I’ve worked my way through it and now I’ve picked up my old Sudoku books and am doing Sudoku obsessively, several times a day.
Since Nanny Peggy died, there has been a redistribution of various items. We have ended up with two green leather sofas in the living room which means that the aubergine sofabed has been moved up to the
attic craft room. This means that we will be able to accommodate guests more easily once the craft room is organised. But organising the craft room, well that may take a while. I have lost all motivation where not that long ago this would have been a task I relished. To the point that Mum and Jim had to put together the Ikea Expedit shelving that I bought. I used to love putting Ikea furniture together
I have been reading a lot, especially on my Kindle. I read about 3 books a week. I get quite a few books through Amazon.fr’s daily offer for English e-books, usually around €0.99. This has enabled me to read new authors that I have been wanting to try for sometime without spending too much, at least initially. This has meant that I’ve read all of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books, pretty much by buying the next one as soon as I finished the current one. Other authors I’ve enjoyed very much are John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow who I’ve seen mentioned often but never got around to reading before. There are lots of other new authors I’ve enjoyed but my memory is poor and I forget their names and even the names of the books.
February 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm (Uncategorized)
To be precise, I want to knit almost everything from Contemporary Irish Knits (Ravelry link) by Carol Feller. I recentlytreated myself to this, it’s the first knitting book I’ve bought for ages and the first knitting pattern book (as opposed to a technique book or something by the Yarn Harlot) for a very long time.
I love pretty much every pattern in the book but the one that really jumps out at me is Killybegs. I want to knit it now. Except that I have another half dozen jumpers that I also want to knit now and at least three in progress.
I’m also spending more time spinning than knitting at the moment so that’s another distraction. I have a huge pile of socks that need darning, a few socks in progress to finish and a hoodie for Rhianwen. We won’t talk about the few lace projects I’ve got on the go somewhere. I also need to wetfinish a few skeins of handspun and block a scarflette I knit for Nanny Peggy.
Something I have actually acheived is that I have filled a newly purchased bookcase in the craft room with fibrecraft books. I have a smaller bookcase that I intend to fill with sewing/quilting and other misc craft books. Of course, the entire craft room still needs organising…
January 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm (Life)
I’ve abandoned the old Typepad blog, I decided to stop paying for a blog service that I rarely used. This will be a fresh start for me. I’m going to stop posting life updates and just post whatever I feel like when the mood takes me. I’ve written so many blog posts in my head that haven’t got posted because I’ve felt that I have to post a life update first. I hope that this leads to more frequent posting but who knows…
I finally got disability benefits at the start of December, this included a years worth of back payments to cover the period since my application was received by the CAF (Caisse Allocations Familiales). The benefits will make life easier in many ways, Eluned is going to crêche fulltime, I hope to be able to get a cleaner for a couple of hours a week and the backpayment has paid for a new (to us) car.
The new car is great. It’s a 2004 Renault GrandScenic, it has lots of fancy features like aircon, cruise control, a keycard and pushbutton start, six speed gearbox, GPS and two extra fold down seats in the boot. It’s also LHD which makes driving easier. Meleri reports that there’s a little more room for her in her spot between the two car seats and for long journeys we anticipate that she will use one of the fold down seats. It will also be useful to have the extra seats when people come to visit from the UK.
It has been some months since I have done any spinning and I have also done very little knitting recently. I did knit a hat from handspun for Jim (my Mum’s new partner) for Christmas and I am currently knitting something for my grandmother as a belated Christmas present. Again, it’s from handpsun as I am making a concerted effort to actually use my handspun yarns instead of letting them sit in a box.I do have a few projects that are either finished and need blocking or need blocking before working on button bands. I need to get the craft room sorted and a table put together before I can do any blocking though.
That’s it for now I think. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I post again.