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Saturday, July 08, 2006

I'm a stalker!

. . . . and I'm enjoying it!!

My lovely knitting forum friends have arranged a Secret Summer Santa, and we were all given the names of our spoilees last night. Trouble is, I am having so much fun stalking mine that I had actually forgotten I was supposed to be thinking of something to spoil them with!!! It is amazing what you can learn about someone with a bit of cunning internet surfing!!!

On another note - well, still knitting related. Badger's post last night was about colour, and she made some interesting points. It got me thinking. . . . as I commented on her blog, what influences your colour preferences. My influences I would say are nature. I love seasonal changes in colour, and the fact that no two colours clash in the natural world. I have recently been getting into some brighter colourways - May be my age (can't get away with black any more that's for sure!), or the fact that now that I am knitting more I get so much pleasure out of the intensity of the colours. Having said that my colours would usually have an earthy bias - I can't really see myself in Neon Pink!!

OH and I took the dog for a lovely walk in the rain yesterday - about half way round it stopped raining and as I had been wearing my Drizabone I took it off and we used it as a blanket while we stopped and admired the scenery. We were on a small grassy path, slightly uphill, with thick flowering brambles (blackberry) one side edging a wood, and bracken and brambles the other. As we were sitting there watching the butterflies chase each other (I have never noticed them do that before - birds, yes, but not butterflies) we looked at the grass that we were sitting on. - It wasn't grass!!! It was the most amazing collection of tiny, tiny, wild flowers, plants and grasses. Some deep buttercup yellow ones, some stunning bright purple ones that were almost alight with colour, and a few little pale blue ones. All amongst shades of green and brown clover, and little tiny ferns, and other things which I will never be able to identify. There was even a little beetley thing that was the most intense bronze - it had a real metallic sheen -he was a very handsome fellow.! I think the colours were all even better because of the rain, it had really brought a depth to them. We spent ages looking and oooohing and ahhhing!! - so much so that we nearly lost the dog... who got bored and went off to try to find something to chase! So there is my influence on colour!!

(Sorry about the quality of the photo, but only had my phone, and a photoless blog is boring!)

Thursday, July 06, 2006


My Kiri shawl is finished!!

The photo doesn't really do it justice, the colour is a lovely deep wine colour, and it's alpaca so it's sooo soft and lovely - not too hot, but cosy!!

There is a mistake at the top somewhere, but I wasn't going to tink 300 stitches! so where-ever it is it's going to stay!!

The new PC is still working, which is nothing short of a miracle. Over the weekend I will add all the old hard drives, and CD and DVD burners and see if it still works!!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Whooo _hooooo I'm a genius

Here I am sitting at my new PC - connected to the internet and everything!

It's a miracle!!

Now I haven't loaded any software or anything yet, other than Windoze, so no piccies, but if you could only see the floor around me - I have gutted two PC's to cobble this thing together - I have two PSU's, 4 old CD or DVD drives (2 of which I will re-use), another empty PC case, 2 motherboards, and countless PCI cards which I have no idea of the identity of. Empty boxes, celephane wrappers - more screws than Michael Douglas, and mountains of dust.. . . . . ..

But it's working and that's all I care about!!


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I may be gone some time.. . . . .

Last week the motherboard on my PC blew up - it was probably fed up with the hot weather, and the fact that I had been making it work!!! - Don't blame it really!

So, today I have purchased a new motherboard - an AMD 64 bit processor (about 63 bits more than me then!) and a new Power Supply cos mine was only little and I wouldn't want this lot to get all hot and bothered and got a video card thrown in 'cos this motherboard has something called pci express (wonder if that's like the gatwick express??). I will use my existing hard drive, memory, and cd/dvd drives. Have never built a PC from motherboard state before, but have done loads of repairs, and as I'm using bits of my old machine - I'm just thinking of this as a big repair - Hopefully that will calm the nerves. The nice man in the shop gave me a few pointers, so fingers crossed. Luckily I still have my laptop, so can get help off the internet too if I need it.

So this afternoon i'm going to get the books out and make sure I'm familiar with all the bits and pieces, then tomorrow I'm going to settle down in a dark, cool room and have a go. If you don't hear from me again, then assume something went wrong!!!!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Sorry but it's just tooooo hot!

I'm definitely not a "hot" person!!! - It's 30 deg and although there is thankfully a breeze today, I am fed up with being hot and sweaty (well it's just not feminine is it ;) ) Even the poor dog doesn't know what to do with herself. We have a hosepipe ban, so no paddling pool or sprinklers to run under - and it's too hot to knit!!

Roll on winter!!