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Sunday, December 31, 2006

The end of 2006!!!!

Another year done!!

Well here we are at New Year’s Eve already! Hasn’t that gone fast!!!!!

So I thought today I’d tidy up a few loose ends on the blog and spend some time thinking about last year and getting ready for next!!!!

So, firstly a piccie of the finished Josephine as DSis is now its proud owner, and I can show it in public!












It is knitted using two strands of Cascade Eco, colour 9012 Chocolate twist on US 11 Boye interchangeable needles. The pattern is from knitty.com and can be found here. It was easy to knit, and I am really pleased with the finished article, as, I believe, is DSis!!!!!

I am also now making Rogue out of the rest of the yarn (only a single strand this time) – which will also be for DSis, as the yarn was bought for her Christmas gift, so it seems only fair. She has expressed a preference for a sleeveless version though, so I am currently working out a way of finishing of the armholes. I am thinking maybe a thin twisted cable border grafted/knitted on.

My first two projects in 2007 will be a pair of Opal socks from Sensational Knitted Socks. (A slip stitch rib body), which coincidentally will (hopefully) be my entry for January for the Sockamonth challenge at my forum home!!! I am also intending to knit Fetching in an alpaca mix, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages, but as I’m typing this and can’t move my fingers due to cold, am thinking sooner is better than later! So a nice small start to the New Year!
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So, plans for next year??? – Well true to form I don’t have any! – Will just play it by ear, and take it as it comes! Equally unsurprisingly I don’t have any New Year resolutions either – though I may try to think of some before the night’s out! I’d like to sort out my garden a bit, as it has become very neglected in the last couple of years. Mainly due to spring all but disappearing here in the deep South of England, and us moving from frost to heat wave in a matter of days. Consequently I move from “Doesn’t need it yet” to “Too hot to move” in the same space of time!!! This year I’d like to get over that minor hiccup!!!! Along that same vein, I’d like to get back to growing veg! I don’t know why it is that I managed to grow more when I was working than I do now I’m at home all the time, (I’m thinking laziness plays quite a factor here!), but again, I’d like to get around to giving myself a good talking to and sorting that out! That’ll do for plans, I wouldn’t want to scare myself!!!!


I have spent some time looking back over my blog from the last year! I have truly enjoyed writing it, and I hope you have enjoyed popping over to see what I’m up to! It’s a fabulous reference for weather, achievements and photos of the pooch!!! And I think I will enjoy looking back over it myself for many years to come! Without wanting to sound like an Oscar nominee, I’d just like to thank my blog and forum friends for encouraging me to try blogging, and also for the new things I have had a go at this year thanks to all your enabling encouragement. I have knitted my first lace shawl, my first sweaters in the round (YAY, I love them!) and made cheese!!! I feel honoured to be part of such a great support network and can’t wait to find out what you have in store for me next year!!!!!!

So all that remains is to wish a Happy, Healthy and Knitterly New Year, to each and every one of you and all your loved ones. I hope 2007 brings everything you wish for .

Saturday, December 30, 2006

AND THE CHARITY TOTAL IS. . . . . . . . .

For my comment for charity post (see here) . . . . Drum Roll please. . . . . . . .

£42 from me, and £38 for M&D. A Total of £80 !!!!

Mine is higher because I pledged £5 for a special story from my sister and I wouldn't want to pledge that on behalf of my lovely parents (though I am sure they will match it!!!!!!!!!)

I am making the donation online on Wednesday. M&D have disappeared on hols for a short while so they will make theirs on their return.

I'd just like to say a very, very big thank you to everyone who commented. I have just read through them (again!) to count them, and some of them have truly brought tears to my eyes. I feel very privaledged to have such special blog friends. Thank you all for helping me do this for Christmas!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

All done for another year!

Well that went quickly didn't it??



The family congregated at DSis's house in Bonny Scotland for Christmas this year, as it was the first year that DNphw had an inkling of what was going on!! - I arrived there on Christmas Eve, just in time for a haggis supper - yumm!!!



DNphw told me he had been a good boy, and that Santa would bring him a train, then he found out that I had brought the Polar Express DVD with me (my Christmas Eve tradition!!), and we hardly heard another peep out of him.!!! DSis read him to bed with "T'was the night before Christmas" and off he toddled, sleepy and excited, having left out his stocking for Santa, and also stockings for Grandma, Grandad and Auntie Noo!!!! (How lucky are we??)



He allowed us a lay in until nearly 9am the next morning - what an angel!!!! as his M&D had kept him upstairs in their room, and hadn't mentioned the CH word!!! We all went down together and his little face when he saw presents in his stocking was a picture. To be honest we needn't have bought anything other than the Gordon Engine for his train track (Gordon being one of Thomas' friends apparently!) as that was all he wanted, and it didn't leave his hands for two days!!!!!



Christmas was all lovely, and a normal over-indulging, tv watching, toy playing time was had by all. My cousin and her DP visited on Boxing Day, which was great as I hadn't seen her since March, and her DP brought my DNphw a sledge - well that won him some brownie points it must be said!!!!! (Especially as he proceeded to pull DNphw around the house on it!)




I must have been good too, as Santa brought me lots of goodies. . . . The lovely messenger bag has "Noo" felted onto it, which I thought was very clever! and the watch strap is hand made by DM. The complete book of Aunts is great, and the smoochie cushion was a god-send on the train journey home! I did also receive a large number of thermal underwear items, but they are already all in the wash (well let's face it I was in Scotland!!) OH and I have also been very lucky and received a two night away break mid -Jan in the Forest of Dean. Can't wait for that!! (It should also be said the OH has decided what my present is to be, but it is not practical to get it before we go away on the break, more on that when they arrive!)

It was all fabulous, but do you know the memory that keeps coming back to me as I think back on all the fun. . . ?? On my last day DSis and I took DNphw to the beach for a walk before I was subjected to 10 hours on a train (!) It was drizzling with rain, so the beach was empty and we played chase, and drew train tracks in the sand, and then for some reason (and with a well deserved reference to our DGM) we both broke into song (mostly from musicals!) and danced around on the sand doing heel kick's and being mad!!! - Our final rendition was "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner". . . . . . . and when we had finished a little voice called

"Again, again, the London Bus" !!! Words were duly changed and we continued to dance on the sand . . . . . . . .

Such is the stuff of lifelong memories!!!!!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas from Newland's Corner

Well, we have not been walking too much this week. . . a) because it has been really foggy (and having a white-ish dog who runs off into the fog doesn't bode well for my state of nerves at this time of the year!) and b) because I have been a little busy putting finishing touches to "stuff". But today OH and I decided that we should get her out as she is going in kennels tomorrow for a couple of days while I visit my sister. So off we went, headlights on, and wrapped up to the gills!


Well, blow me down with a feather, when we got there the sun was out, and Christmas had surely come early. . . . . . .

(this first picture is worth clicking on to get the bigger version, as it is quite weird how the ice has settled on only one side of the branches!)







They are not the best photos in the world as they were only taken on my phone - amazingly it didn't occur to me to take a camera for a walk on a day when I can't see the end of my garden!!!!! But I think they convey how totally stunning the scene was, and how my darling OH and I just had to keep stopping to look in awe at the majesty and beauty that is nature.

I think these photos lead well into me wishing each and every one of you a wonderful holiday, filled with Love, Laughter and Peace.

I'll be back after Christmas!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Silvia, which is quite good because I don't have much to blog about this close to Christmas!!!!!


THE RULES:Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

I would say I'm not a very weird person, (although others would disagree) so this may take some time!

1 ) I love the rain!!!
2 ) If I don't fall asleep quickly when I go to bed, I change my position to lying flat on my belly with one hand cupping each hip bone. . . . . . I then wake up about 2 hours later with my back set and unable to move!!!!!
3 ) I love trad jazz (some would think that isn't weird, but as the average audience age at a gig appears to be about 95 , I can only deduce that it for someone at the tender age of 38, it is!)
4) Despite loving to laugh, I don't like a single comedy programme on TV!
5) I love to walk the dog, but I hate exercise! (you can tell I'm finding this hard now!)
6 ) I love eating wild game, and am happy to pluck, gutt, cook, eat - but could never have shot/killed it in the first place!!


OK I have to tag, 6 people to complete this meme!. . . . . (don't do it if you don't want to, I don't like these things to end up like chain letters!!!)

I choose:-
Terri:- Because she is quite new to blogging and I don't think she has been tagged yet.
Piglottie:- Because she doesn't strike me as weird so I want to know if I'm right or wrong.
Philo:- Because if anyone can come up with weird stuff, he can!!!!
Bex:- (sorry but the rest of you can't have link to that blog 'cos it's a private one, but I want to know if she knows she's as weird as I think she is!)
Yarnaddict: Because I wonder if any of your Norwegian ways could be construed as weird! (in the nicest possible way of course!), don't know if you'll get a chance to do this before you go home for Christmas, but at least you'll have plenty of time to think about it!

(I only had to tag 6, but if Helen and Diane fancy it then I'd like to know how weird you are too!!!)

(ETA: No-one noticed yesterday that I can't count to 6!! - Only 5 people tagged, so Helen - you're it too!!!!)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Perfectamundo!


Well, what can I say? The Panto was FAB!!!!
I haven't been to a pantomime since I was a very, very small girl, and it must be said that I was a little sceptical. I thought it would all be a bit "too" much!!! But as "The Fonz" was appearing I decided it was worth the risk, as you just don't get the oppotunity to see someone like that very often!
We went to the matinee because timing wise it worked better for us - There were loads of school trips in, so again I had a bit of an "Oh No" moment! - But I have to say I haven't laughed so hard in a long long time. Both OH and I had proper belly ache in the interval from laughing too much. The children made it special too - there was an awful lot of boo-ing, hissing and out and out screaming going on!! Henry Winkler was awesome! It was great to see someone with so much personality on the stage and although "The Fonz" was only another character for him, it was fun to see little bits of him come out througout the show - little sayings or movements, (or the infamous hip swivel!). It was COOL!!!! (And if anyone out there is as much of a sucker for accents as I am, then this man's voice is gorgeous!!!!) It must also be said that Bobby Davro did a sterling job of keeping the audience entertained. He played Smee, and obviously as a seasoned panto pro, his job was the in-filling when the sets were being changed, - songs, dance, jokes, and plenty of nonsense (including a variation on the Twelve days of Christmas and Supersoakers!!!). He did an excellent job of keeping the momentum up. Peter Pan was played by a young lady who is apparently on CBeebies - I hadn't heard of her, but she did really really well, as did the rest of the cast. They all worked really, really hard, and to say that they only had a 2 hour break before they had to do it all again. . . . . . .
I have to say that although I was a little sceptical, I would certainly make Panto a Christmas tradition in this house. Fabuloso!!!!


Monday, December 11, 2006

Seeing Double!



Spot's half brother came to play today !!! (It should be noted that this is the closest they have ever been to each other by choice!!! - Spot likes her own space!!!!!) We've had a lovely day together! - The weather this morning was atrocious, I would say raining cats and dogs but that would be silly! - but it was raining very very heavily!!! - Then at lunch time it stopped - it didn't get sunny or anything, but it did stop raining, so we took the opportunity to get out and exercise the hounds!!!! We had a ball! It was very wet and muddy, and they were a little over excited to say the least, but it was really beautiful out there! - I know it sounds silly, it was grey and cloudy and the mud was ankle deep, but it was really, really lovely! There are quite a few silver birch up at Newlands Corner where we walk, and they are obviously all leafless and wintry at the moment. Well it seemed like each and every branch and twig had a little raindrop hanging off the end, it was like they had decorated themselves with their very own christmas lights!!!!! - Magical!!!! I really wish I had thought to take the camera (well let's face it you wouldn't really on a day like today would you!), but you will just have to imagine it! Nature's own Oxford Street!!!!!!
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I have just noticed that this is my 100th post - Wow!!!! - Thanks to all who read my blog, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Not much happening at Noo's House!

I don't usually blog for the sake of it, but I know certain people get testy if they don't read a new post every now and again, so here we are!

It's the most beautiful Sunday morning here, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and there's (still) a thick frost on the lawn! The little birdies are clambering over my feeder - it looks like a scene from Snow White!!!!!

Obviously things are gaining momentum towards Christmas. I have a tree up, and will decorate it today - although I'm really liking it naked!! - it's a real tree ( my enviro friendly side loses out on this battle of conscience) and it's beautiful! It smells divine - my whole living room has taken on a nordic whiff!!!!!! (which makes a pleasant change from "Eau de Springer" !!)

On Wednesday I am taking OH to a panto for his Chrissie present! (he doesn't know but I doubt he'll read this so I think I'm safe!) We're going to the one in Wimbledon, Peter Pan, with none other than "The Fonz" as Captain Hook! - I'm very excited (am I supposed to be excited over his present -?? oh well!!) It should be good for a laugh, and you can't pass up the opportunity of seeing someone so great in a panto!!!!

So that about gets you up to date, hope you are all enjoying your journey towards Christmas. . . . I am !!!!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I Have Cheese!! (Possibly!)



Apparently I have to wait for a rind to form and then paint it in melted lard - I assume to stop it going mouldy! - I obviously can't taste it to see if it's any good, 'cos that'd ruin the rind, so just keeping fingers crossed and hoping it'll be OK!

Edited to add:- I should have put the link up for the instructions in case anyone else fancied having a go:- MrsL's Masterclasses

Friday, December 01, 2006

Just as well I don't have children

You have to be kidding Mum. . . . . . . .
What this side????? . . . . . .

Aww come on I feel silly. . . . . . .

Ooooops dropped it!!!!!. . .


. . . . . otherwise I would be imprisoned for humiliating them at all available opportunities!


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Make a house a home!

You know sometimes how you just have to spend some time remembering why you love your home and enjoying menial tasks that make it more special? Well, yesterday was one of those days.!! I bought some beeswax from eBay, melted it and added some linseed oil to make a wonderful polish for my wooden doors! It was really hard work, but so worthwhile! and therepeutic in a way! - My house smells divine now - all warm and waxy!!!, a bit like our school used to smell just before the summer holidays when we all had to wax our wooden desks before moving classrooms! Only trouble is that now I need to do the rest (I only managed 2 in about 3 hours!)


Meanwhile, I was also making cheese!! - No photos cos it's busy setting at the moment! but it was fun, and another thing helped me enjoy my home and that thing of creating something "real".


Finally, I couldn't not put up another photo of Spot - she obviously had a hard day too (or do you think she had nicked my beer while I wasn't looking!??) - She is fast asleep and snoring!!!

Friday, November 24, 2006

My WIP's are back

I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to Jacquie who runs the bloggers' paradise forum, for sorting out my code and getting my progress bars back. For some reason they worked in the old blogger, but since upgrading to Beta, they had disappeared. Apparently all to do with a document.write statement - Yeah Whatever!! (Might as well be double dutch to me) But Jacquie you're a star for sorting it out and I'm eternally grateful!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

2 Bargains!

Dsis's Josephine is coming along well. The body and both sleeves are done, just need to attach sleeves to body, and do the collar (the collar is HUGE, so that could take a while) But to spur me on I've purchased my next two projects.



Thoroughly co-erced by the fellow members of the crafty forum to join two (yep two) knit-a-longs, I have at least managed to get the yarn for them at a decent price!


The green for the cable sweater in the picture was a purchase from a fellow forum member who was re-locating her stash (to other people's houses!) in order to make room for more!!!! It's Bergere de France Berlaine. 100% wool and apparently unshrinkable!!!! (can be machine washed and tumble dried - not that I have a drier but it's nice to know) - Very useful when you have a dirty dog!!!!


The rose is for Rogue, and is 25% wool, 75% acrylic. OK I wouldn't normally buy acrylic, but it was only £10 from eBay, and again, at least it will wash in the machine!

So that's me set for the foreseeable! Now I just have to find a few hours to do it in!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Vets Get Scanning

Quick plug for a worthwhile petition here:

www.vetsgetscanning.co.uk


It's been set up by Bruce Forsyth to get vets to scan all dogs as a matter of course, for microchips. As the scheme stands at the moment it's not a lot of use unless you just lose your dog! If it's stolen, the microchip is never likely to be scanned so it doesn't help! - This petition aims to help the situation. There is also a downloadable car sticker!

Sessions

Flicking around on the TV late last night (as I have a habit of doing when I can't find something to watch) I found Paul Simon on BBC Sessions. Well I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Paul Simon, having spent a whole heap of my youth singing along to all the Simon and Garfunkel albums, and consquently to both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as solo artists. I was pleased to hear him sing some of his older (and in my humble opinion, far superior) songs, and even more pleased to realise that I still know every word to sing along!!! Ahh don't you just love a bit of nostalgia!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

New Title Font Colour

. . . . . and all because I spell in English!!!


(is that better MrsI??!!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ARGHHH Upgrades!

I have finally upgraded to Blogger Beta - and I now have to re-learn all the html that I learnt before 'cos it's all different now!

We have upgraded from templates to layouts (no idea what the difference is except they're harder to work out!) and we now have widgets! - I thought a widget was a little plastic doo-hickey in a can of beer that made it fizz like draught, but apparently now it's also a geek-term!!! - And I don't think I really understand them!

Still, for the moment the blog is complete and legible, and it looks quite nice! My old template no longer allowed me to put a photo in the header - which I liked. So I changed to one of the new layouts, which was in a really atrocious colour scheme, but did allow the header photo. I have finally sorted all the colours out so they're quite similar to the old ones. But if anyone finds anything out of place then do let me know!

I'd like to say a HUGE thanks for all the comments on my 11 Nov post so far, At this point there's about £60 for the Everyman charity (a few more comments than that but some have posted twice to get the Christmas message in and double the contribution!) But don't stop yet - You can keep commenting right up until Christmas Eve! I know some people made a huge effort to comment - Aknita finally logged into blogger, and a few other people came out of the woodwork! - Have to say that so far, my biggest surprise is Eric the Lurker (I mean that in the nicest way!) I didn't know I really had any lurkers but thank you soooo much for revealing yourself for this very worthy cause, and I do hope you continue to lurk, and that you enjoy what you read here! Needless to say my blogroll is growing daily as I am finding new blog pals through this, I am trying to get round to thank you all, but please forgive me if I don't get to you. I am grateful and am really loving the comments! Some of the Christmas ones are very inventive and I am already singing carols in my head as these comments start off that non-stop brain jukebox that we all have.

As an added bonus and a favour to me, I'd love it if all you lovely ladies that commented would send one man from your life over to that Everyman website. Raising money is only one part of the issue, Raising Awareness is the other. . . . and you never know,. . . . between us we may save one life and wouldn't that be amazing?!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Postscript to yesterday's comment for charity

My Lovely M & D want to add their support to my comment for charity post below, so they will donate an extra £1 for anyone who adds a Christmas message to their comment. It can be anything Christmassy (is that a word?), your wishlist, a joke, a wish, prayer, poem or song. . . anything you can think of to get the festive season underway. Please comment on the post below though or I won't be able to keep count - anyone who has already commented - if you add a Christmas message below the extra £1 will be contributed!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Comment for Charity

OK everyone, it's getting on to Christmas time, and time to think of presents, cards, cold nights, warm fires. . . . . you know the kind of thing.

So in order to warm my heart I am looking to get as many comments on my blog as possible.

To this end for every comment I receive on this post I will donate £1 to the Everyman cancer charity. I think the most comments I've ever got is around 20, so I'd love to beat that. Err I should add only one comment per person allowed! (I will also add that just in case this gets out of hand I will make a max amount of £100 - although if your comment is over the 100 and it's super special I might make an exception at my own discretion!!!!)

Go on tell me what you think - Click the link below that says how many comments I have so far, and make it one more. . . . you know you want to. You don't need to have a blogger account, you can comment either under "Other" by leaving your name and/or website or as Anonymous, but anonymous would be sad because I wouldn't know who to thank for making me skint for such a worthy cause!!!

Comments need to be received by 24th December, and donation will be made after Christmas.

**See post above for 12 November to see how you can make your comment worth £2 !!!**

p.s. Terri has made a good comment already - for all you knitters out there The Yarn Yard's November charity yarn is also for Everyman - see here. Have to say I have succumbed to a couple of skeins of that too!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Apologies

. . . . to anyone who subscribes to my feed using bloglines and was informed yesterday of 27 new items to read!!! - Then logged in and found NONE!!!! I was messing around with my template trying to get all posts on one page, along with comments, to backup my blog, and make a pdf of it to send to my DGM. She doesn't have a computer but everyone keeps telling her about my blog (at a tender 86 years old, she must wonder what the world has come to - blog isn't a very helpful word really is it?!) Anyway, the deed is done and normal service will be resumed soon!!!! (Assuming I can get my template back to normal!!!!)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Strictly Finished!!!

Whilst watching some celebrities and sports personalities ballroom dance last night, I finished off some knitting!

I don't normally post piccies of me on here (as you know) but the photos are taken, and I really can't be bothered to edit them, and can't see myself getting stalked on the basis of these!!!!!!

So, First up is the Apocalypse Hoodie, as previously mentioned here It's still a V-neck and not a cardigan as the pattern, but I love it and it's just perfect for a house-sweater! - I made the sleeves a bit short on purpose so they don't get in the way on the odd occassion I do wash-up!! I also made it longer, and put a short 2x2 rib on the bottom to stop it curling up and keep my back warm!

Not the best photo of the Noro cardigan, but will do for now. (I'm still wearing the hoodie underneath as it's too darn cold to be undressing!!!) I need to get a zip for it and am not sure what colour to choose, one of the darker ones I think. Anyway it's wonderful and warm and I love it!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Lovely Day

I haven't seen much of OH lately as he's been working far too hard. So, yesterday we decided to take a day to ourselves and go to Hayling Island for a long walk along the beach.

As luck would have it the tide was in our favour and was out when we got there. (Didn't take any photos, but see my post here, for more of the same) We took the dog too, who was surprisingly well behaved and just ran around like a mad thing sploshing in the puddles and chasing seagulls! and actually coming back when she was called, (maybe she remembers what happened last time ) The weather was fabulous. The sun was shining and warm, and although we both had sweaters and coats on , we could actually have managed with one or the other:- there was no wind or chill to the air at all. At Hayling Island, when the tide goes out, there are acres of sand banks to walk on, little channels of water remain the only sign that the sea had been there only an hour or two before. The sun sits on the water all day, and it is glorious! We walked, we chatted, and OH identified all the geese, gulls, and ducks, as is his way!! - We saw a hawk of some sort too (just slightly too far away for OH to be 100% on identifications!)

Today the weather, again, is awesome. The sun is shining, there is a little of last night's frost left on the lawn. The little garden birds are queuing up to use the nut feeder, and Spot is asleep under the radiator. What a perfect weekend!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Today's Walk

(You can click these to get them bigger - I hope!) Quality not amazing as only taken on a phone 'cos I was silly and forgot my camera - but was a beautiful day that needs to be savoured!

Drive to Newlands Corner - past this lovely Autumn Exhibition! (the trees, not the car!!!)

Out of the car and along the first pathway. . .


to this lovely bit of bracken to play on

. . . . and fetch things from.. . . .

. . . . . and admire

. . . . . . twice. . . . . .

Then along more overgrown paths with fairy tales to tell. . .

. . . . . 'til it begins to get lighter. . .

. . . . . and a bit more open. . . . .

. . . . and then you can see all my kingdom. . .

. . . . . in all its glory. . . . .

. . .. . as far as your eyes can see. . . .

. . . . So we sit for a minute and enjoy!!!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

What a great Philosophy!

MY PHILOSOPHY OF HOUSECLEANING!

I don't do windows because . I love birds and don't want one to run into a clean window and get hurt.

I don't wax floors because . I am terrified a guest will slip and get hurt then I'll feel terrible ( plus they may sue me.)

I don't mind the dust bunnies because They are very good company, I have named most of them, and they agree with everything I say.

I don't disturb cobwebs because .. I want every creature to have a home of their own.

I don't Spring Clean because .. I love all the seasons and don't want the others to get jealous.

I don't pull weeds in the garden because . I don't want to get in God's way, HE is an excellent designer!

I don't put things away because .. My husband will never be able to find them again.

I don't do gourmet meals when I entertain because . I don't want my guests to stress out over what to make when they invite me over for dinner.

I don't iron because... I choose to believe them when they say "Permanent Press".

I don't stress much on anything because: "A type" personalities die young and I want to stick around and become a wrinkled up crusty ol' woman!! (Actually I'm doing pretty well in that category.)

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I found this on a new forum, "Creative Living for the 21st Century" (Green living, self sufficiency and all other lovely things) and they found it on here: http://www.highlonesomeranch.com/LivingWithoutElectricity.html I just think it's perfect!!!!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Photoless Blogging is boring!

Everything is for Christmas!!!!!!! So I can't put up any photos!

Josephine is coming along nicely, if a little slowly!, The yarn is wonderful to knit with and I'm going to have trouble giving the finished article away!!!

A few other bits are jogging along too, but none can be photographed, and my blog is in danger of getting boring! So taking the lead from others in my blogging community, I am posting a photo of my stash!!



Now, it's not very big by some standards (naming no names and pointing no fingers) and there is a good reason for this (other than my personal economical status which does have quite a large bearing on matters!):-

When I was a miniature noo, DM owned a yarn and fabric shop, and my DSis and I spent the holidays of our formative years sitting in aforementioned shop. Luckily for me, I had learnt to knit and quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately for DSis, she didn't!!!!! (But she could read a book in 2 hours!) So here was I, aged 8 - 12 with a whole shop full of yarn around me!!!!! So DM had to make some rules (otherwise she'd have been bankrupt!) The rules were that I could pretty much have anything I wanted yarn wise, but was never allowed a new lot until the previous garment had been finished. It was a good plan and worked well. And to be honest has stood me in good stead as an adult!

Consequently my stash is pretty small. The gorgeous rose chenille is the only long term resident and that is because it was bought at Ally Pally last year with no particular project in mind. The colour is gorgeous, so I couldn't bare to part with it, but I loathe knitting with it!! and I still haven't really found a good pattern for it (I've tried a few and given up within a few inches) . Other than that I have a few balls of sock yarn which I purchased from eBay for a song (shop was closing!!), and my alpaca from this year's ally pally, which will make some fingerless mitts. 4 Skeins of recycled sari silk, which I bought from India - also from eBay and equally cheap, and glorious!! and two balls of DB Cashmerino which I got on an odd ball swap. I do have a couple of other odds and sodds that are bits left over from old projects where I bought too much, but I didn't think they'd count!! - I must parcel them up for charity!

So there you have it, my stashette in all it's glory! - Come on then girls, show me yours!!!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Oooops

Have corrected the link to the second new forum, apparently I can't spell!!!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Update on sizes in Yarnforward

Being of the "fried egg" variety of women, I barely ever look at sizes in magazines! - Which is wrong of me, especially if I am writing about it as a bit of a mini review! - It just doesn't occur to me, and for that I apologise!

So, to rectify the problem, I would like to say that the range of sizes in Yarnforward seems good!! The first pattern knits up to actual garment size of 32", 42" and 52", but there are some notes which say that because of the way the lace is constructed and the bias nature of the fabric, it has a lot of stretch and will therefore fit a wide range of sizes.

The second pattern has a huge size range - x-small - 5X (28" - 62") - that should cover most people!!!

Next pattern is socks so not really relevant (although only one size - woman's medium)

Cardi pattern finished sizes from 36" - 47.75" (Wonder if my tension would ever be good enough to end up with an odd 3/4" on a size?)

Men's Cardi garment size 40.5" - 54.5"

shawl pattern - not relevant

Cropped cardi - 32 " - 46"

I am thinking that the range of sizes is dependent on the original designer? I do seem to remember reading somewhere that next issues model is a realistic size 16, so I do think Kerrie has size in mind!!

Hope that helps a bit

Monday, October 23, 2006

Yarnforward Magazine

I got my copy of Yarnforward on Saturday, and have to say I am really impressed. The articles are nicely written and interesting, and the patterns are good. Various styles so most should find one that they will like. None of the patterns are taken from existing publications, (which is a definite bonus) and all patterns are given with three recommended yarns in three budget categories - Cheap/Middle of the Road/ and Whhoooo Hoooo I'm going to pull in this! (OK those are not what they are called, but this is my blog and I wanna have some fun!!

I'm defintely going to make the cover pattern - "Ariel" and am thinking of maybe getting some cashmere plied up for it - unless I find something else! (Can't think about it yet, must get on with Christmas knitting!)

All in all, I think Kerrie's done an amazing job, and I'm really looking forward to the next issue out in January!

New Forums, Old friends.

For the knitters amongst you, I have added two new forum links to my "Knitting Links" sidebar. Both are still quite young, but friendly and fun.

It's raining today, which is fine! - I managed to walk Spot this morning before the rain started and we had a long, long walk! But why is it that tempers get so frayed in the rain?? I live on a junction, where we have a big set of traffic lights. Now it seems that no-one can possibly wait for another turn of the lights - if their light is green then they are going, no matter if there is no-where for them to go except block everyone else.. . . . . . and then everyone around loses their tempers and sit with their hands on their hooters, not only stressing themselves out, but also everyone around them, including the residents!!!

See all those lovely cars and vans at the top, they are turning right straight into a traffic jam. The lights facing us are about to turn green, and the cars that want to go straight across can't - so they just sit with their hands on their hooters!!!! (Are you getting the idea that I'm fed up with it!) Now we all make mistakes, and I can understand the odd person turning right and not really paying attention to the fact that they aren't goint to be going anywhere. I also know that it is possible that they could end up sitting at their lights all night because we also have the same situation with the cars coming from the right of the picture straight across, (you can't see them, but they're there!!) But this happens every single evening, from around 4:30 to about 6pm, and it drives me nuts!!! - I have contacted the council who say the problem is further up the road to the left (excuse my french, but "No Sh*t, Sherlock !!!") and so there is nothing they can do !!! GRRRRRR!!!

So to ease my nerves and before I hit the beer, here is a beautiful photo taken just above said junction, now why do people not just look up and "breathe" !!!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Do you know what it is yet?

Don't be putting the answers in the comments please!! 'cos this is a Christmas pressie, but just for fun:-


It's been a quiet, lovely week. A bit of knitting, and a lot of walking. The weather has been perfect for dog walking! - Rain at night has meant that Spot has been in her element following scents and getting wet and muddy! and I have loved it too. The autumn colours over where I walk are stunning this year! The bracken has just started to turn brown, and the trees are beginning to take on that golden autumn colour! The night rain is bringing the colours alive, and by the time I walk at around 10:30 - 11am the whole countryside looks and smells amazing! - I actually think it is addictive! The temperature is still really warm for the time of year (I believe around 3deg above average - although feels warmer!) and I am chuffed at saving money as there is no need for heating yet!!!

Met the family for a pub lunch on Tuesday including dear sister and nephew, which was lovely. We were also joined by one of DSis's school friends and her husband and two children! - Now I am older than DSis by 4 years, and to see her with a grown up house and child is weird enough, but I have got used to it! BUT to see her school friends and hear them talk about their houses, and see their children is just plain daft!!! - They are still 13 year olds to me - at best!!!! It was so lovely to see them all though, we had a lovely afternoon with the children playing in the pub garden!

When I woke up this morning it was raining like mad - but as I have sat here and filled you all in on the week's goings on, the sun has emerged and the sky is blue - I will get a walk in after all!!!! - Though should probably get dressed first eh?!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Beautiful Autumn

I really hope everyone in the UK has had as amazing a day as we've had here! It's been perfect with sunny skies and that very slight chill in the air that keeps you sane! I spent this morning cutting the grass - whilst wearing my MP3 player. If the neighbour saw me dancing around with a dirty great big lawnmower she'll know I've finally flipped.

I also changed the bed sheets - not that that is such a fantastic thing to blog about, but don't you just love when you know you'll be going to bed in clean fresh laundry, that was dried out in the garden, and is now on the bed with all the windows open. When I snuggle down tonight I know it'll smell heavenly and I'll be off to sleep in an angel's whisper! zzzzzzz

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Booty

So this is what Mum made us to carry!!! - Not at all embarrassing (apologies to Tess as this is probably a huge copyright infringement - but also free advertising so hope we're forgiven!) _ I had visions of angel wings in tinsel or a big banner saying "Angels here", and the crowds parting as they let the freaks through!! - But no this was it, and it was not only lovely, but also useful!

. . . . . . to carry this in! - I didn't buy much as I'm pretty skint just at the moment, but it was a great "feeling" day and I couldn't resist the Catalina Alpaca/silk (well actually that was a little pressie from Mum) to make some autumn fingerless mitts in! There was actually a lot of alpaca and other natural fibre there, which was great to see, and I came home armed with a marked up programme of web addresses and "who had what"!!

The Monkey Buttons bag, is a pattern for a patchwork bag, which I liked the look of! I've never done any patchwork or quilting, and have often thought of it as one of those old age crafts!!! (Says me the proud owner of a spinning wheel!) But you can't knock it 'til you've tried it! So I will!

Thanks for all your lovely comments on poor Spot. She is much better now - in fact was better in time for dinner (there's a surprise - not!)

Today should be hoovering day, and other houseworky type stuff - but I fancy spinning up some of that dyed fleece, and there's no point hoovering before I do that . . . . . . . . . is there??!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ally Pally tomorrow

Well, it seems to have come around very quickly! - Mum and I are off to Alexandra Palace tomorrow for the knitting and stitching show.

She has announced on the angel yarns forum that we will be carrying something obvious to identify ourselves to fellow angels. Unfortunately I don't know what it is but if you see two people carrying something weird - it's probably us!!! (Or if you see a 38 year old walking along sulking like a 5 year old at being made to carry something embarrassing by her mother - this is equally likely to be us!)

I am sitting here in my dark conservatory at the moment writing this, listening to Sarah Mclachlan, (actually this cd)who's amazing, haunting voice always seems to come into its own as the evenings draw in!!! ahhhh I love Autumn!!! - Spot and I have been for a fabulous walk this evening. Cut a little short unfortunately by her cutting her tongue (actually that's a regular occurence - it hangs out so far when she gets panty!) but today it was bad and she bled all over herself - down her chest and all over her front paws! She really looked like she'd been in a fight! - Now my little girl is not one for washing - she will come in from a walk, wet, muddy, and covered in all sorts and just curl up and go to sleep! - Today, she hasn't stopped washing her own blood off herself since she walked through the door - go figure!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Does anyone have good fish recipes?

Tonight I'm making cheat's fish pie. 2 smoked mackeral fillets, mashed with cooked leeks and some creme fraiche, topped with mashed potato & sweet potato, and popped in the oven for 20 mins. It's lovely!

BUT. . . . .

It's really one of my only "oily" fish recipes! So does anyone out there have a good dinner recipe for oily fish!!! (I'm trying to up my omega 3 intake as my brain needs all the help it can get!)

Come on. . . . don't be shy!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

If you could see me now!!!

You'd soooo laugh!!

Here I am - all alone - cooking a full roast dinner, and dancing my heart out to the soundtrack from "Ray"!! The dog is sat in the middle of the room, looking at me like I've finally lost the plot, and I'm just dancing round her!!

You don't have to be mad to live here - but it sure helps!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Today's Caption



"Mum, if I sit here in this flower bed in the sun and the rain - will I grow taller?"

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Hmmmmm

...... to be honest not much to say!

I have been knitting a few little Christmas bits to get them out of the way. The Noro cardigan is almost finished - just need to seam the sides and then do the dreaded zip. Have decided to look round ally pally next week for wool for sister's cardi, but failing that, I think it will be the Cascade Eco, which although hand wash, has a lot of other good credentials!!!! Hoping to find a UK stockist as p&p from USA is almost as much as the wool is costing :eek: !

Other than that life here is trecking on as per normal. Bit of housework, bit of gardening, bit of dog walking (actually not enough of that lately as the weather has been torrential rain for a week, and much as I don't mind getting wet I'd rather not get soaked every single day!).

And that has pretty much been that!!!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

More fleece, different mordant

So here is the same dye but with a copper sulphate mordant:-


(Again you can click to get a better photo). I'm amazed at the difference in colour, I have to be honest and say that I prefer yesterday's offerings, but this is lovely in it's subtlety (spelling?) The colour has come out a little more even, probably due to me having remembered to pre-soak the fleece (I was not built to do things that need thinking about in advance! so this fleece soaked whilst the first lot was dyed yesterday!)

Finally a plea to any knitters out there. Dear Sister has fallen in love with Josephine and so I'd like to make it for her for Christmas (it's not a surprise so no probs putting it here!) Now the yarn is 9sts on 10mm needles (actually knitted to 10.5sts on 7.5mm needles but presumably that's to keep it a bit firmer and stop too much bagging) But I'm having the devil's own job finding anything to make it in that doesn't cost the earth.

It needs 1.2kg or 1200m of yarn. So any ideas anyone?????

. . . . . . . Or does anyone know of a similar pattern in a yarn that's more readily available (practically and economically!!!!) Someone has made one in Cascade Eco Wool which I could probably get hold of with a bit of airmail postage(!) but that tension is a fair way out so I'm not sure how she managed to get it to work, or whether she just used the pattern as a starting block and designed it from there herself?! If the world was a perfect place I'd find a superwash wool or merino that knitted to the tension - but I don't think the world's that perfect!!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Can't wait 'til tomorrow


. . . . . . . . . To show you my lovely fleece!!!!

Only one photo cos the camera batteries went flat. The colours don't show up as lovely as they are IRL. But it gives you a clue. (especially if you click on it and get the bigger version) Please excuse the green netting - it's what I wrapped it in to do an impersonation of a salad spinner - you had to be there!!! LOL

Beginning to dye

(Hope no-one reads that as beginning to die - I could get all sorts of weird comments)


I decided to have a fleece weekend this weekend, and wanted to play with some natural dyes. I've never used them before and have loads of fleece that I got rather over exuberant about last year, so have started with a mordant of Chrome something or other ..ate, (my chemistry teacher would be so proud of me)! follwed by a dye of brazilwood.

It's all still in the boiler thing "doing it" as the water hasn't cooled yet, but here is a photo progress. . . . .
Fleece in mordant of Chrome something.









Fleece in dye of brazilwood. This was taken a few hours ago, and the water has got a lot darker since, but the fleece is a stunning rose colour. Will try to take piccies tomorrow or soon of fleece.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Dear Sister

It has been brought to our attention that you are unhappy with the lack of postings on the blog entitled Noo's Knits and Other Bits. We would comment as follows:-


  • At least I have a blog!

  • As I live down south and have loads more good weather than you, I have to spend more time outside doing nice things, like gardening in the sunshine and walking in the sunshine and knitting in the sun, and spinning in the sun, and drinking tea in the sun, and falling asleep in the sun (!) See, this is today:-






(was that a tiny bit cruel?)


  • I do update more often than some people who shall remain nameless (see last entry for art and design amongst the garden mulch for further details) (Only kidding Unc! just trying to keep the heat off)

We trust that this clarifies the current position, however should you continue to have issues with our blogging regimen. . . . . . . TOUGH!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

What kind of needles are you?







What kind of knitting needles are you?




You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!
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Ha Ha interchangeable just about says it all - and as it happens I've just bought a row counter on eBay - well actually I got one of those hand tally counters that big burly bouncers have on door of night clubs that I am far to old to go to, but it does that same thing for half the price of a knitting row counter!!!

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