Thursday, December 27, 2007

Recent Round up

Just to let you all know this will be pictureless post because I dont have any pictures taken yet. Sorry! Ive been busy! Now onto the regularly schedualed program! :)
Ive got a couple things Id like to cover in this post so first of all lets start with my SP11 pal! :)
I got a BEAUTIFUL bag of Merino roving in Purple! now I am seriously going to have to pay attention to Martina when she shows me how to spin using my spindle! :) She also sent the cutest little christmas tree ornament and its a little red disk with a birdy on it going TWEET so sweet! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING Emily!!
And because I am ever so slow at posting things sometimes my pal who I got to spoil and get to know is/was Mary. I had a blast this round both Emily and Mary were great fun!
Then there was the birthday that was mine... Oh yeah baby! I turned 26 found 2 grey arm hairs (dont worry they are safe I dont like pulling arm hairs they hurt!!) I got gifts as well... Got books from a friend I got In Stitches and then from Mark I got Apples For Jam, Poems of Colour, Best of Lopi, and Scarf Style. I love my books and I love my BF hes the best when armed with a list of books that youve given him! hehehe..... And then I got a waterlily bath smelly set that does smell lovely. A pretty brown shirt and a necklace with matching braclet set. All very lovely. Mark made me dinner and did all the dishes that day so I just sat around relaxed and knit a quaint.
Then christmas eve we just had a nice relaxing day in slept late and took ages to finally get dressed I think it was nearly 4 before we realised what was going on thats how much of a great lazy day it was!
Christmas day we had another lie in, I think it was around 11 when we woke up. Relaxed for a bit then got ready and went over to his sisters house where we spent all day over there eating to much food and having a great time. Played a pub quiz, well two round of it actually. The first round Mark and his dad won and the second round Janice and I won by 6 points to Marks 1 point the first round! EAT THAT BUDDY! haha.. sorry I get all happy when I beat Mark at something becuase it doesnt happen very often! and after about 8 hours over there we finally came home to our nice quiet house were I was upset I had no cookies or pies left because they were all over his sisters house! Christmas pressies were a pair of Tigger slippers and a Tigger bathrobe from a friend, $60 from my uncle back home which will be cashed over and spent on some clothes, another bathrobe from Marks sister, Friday Night Knitting Club from his other sister, a calander with pictures from Australia from his sis in Oz, a really pretty green sleeveless turtleneck sweater from his parents, and a bread maker from him. (which he forgot to get bread flour for and I couldnt get any on the 26th as all the grocery stores were closed and had to wait until today *the 27th* to get some! But I got some bread being made in it right now)
Fear not boxing day (the 26th) came and we went back over to his sisters house where we ate more food! Yep I got to eat more cookies and I found my sweet tater pie and had a peice of that and brought some home when we finally did come home. We didnt stay as long over there yesterday so that meant we were home about 6pm.

Like I said I made a silk quaint and it turned out lovely. I then tried to make some silk fetchings but the first one turned out to be to small (thats what happens when you use everything different and dont account for it!) and then I ripped it out and made again adding one more repeat when I finished it and put it on I realised why I hate fingerless gloves and ripped it out as well. Thankfully I didnt cut the yarn or do the thumbs I only ever did the body of them. But still I took 2 days (because of course other things were going on in the mean time) so finally yesterday I ended up starting the Cinnabar Pullover from the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits magazine. And so far I am really happy with it. Past the back 3 1/4inch of linen stitch and working on the waste decreases now. Hopefully this one doesnt upset me. Ive gone slightly smaller then my chest becuase I want it close fitting. Hopefully it works out well and Ill have a new sweater not long after the first of the year! I miss making sweaters!! After all those scarves and socks I needed a sweater I think! Dont worry MS3 hasnt been forgotten I just wanted a sweater I need some new ones! :)
I will have some pictures of everything soon!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Knitting done! Baking to go!

Wow Ive just realised I got a fair bit to catch up on! So this post is going to be a bit of a picture frenzy!
First of all I finished the christmas knitting! WOO HOO!! VERY excited about that! :)
finished the last pair of socks 2 days ago look!
Then I also made some more christmas ornaments for the tree...
not exactly the best ones Ive ever seen the three I made for Martina came out MUCH better but I forgot to photo it.. thats alright it was a tree and it was dark green.
Ive started a new project you can see it hanging from the tree its the orange looking thing Im making a vest based on a pattern from Knitty but making mine in the round instead of bits and I aint steaking it! oh look I had to show off our tree again with all the little bags under it! those are the scarfs and socks but sadly all you see are the red bags. I promise you theres green ones in there!! and then theres a couple of green and red wrapped gifts and I still have to wrap whats in the silver bag becuase its for Marks nephew, the young one the older ones are all getting money... That way they can buy what they want/need.... And teh orange bag has a cookie tin and a cookie baking tray in it but I was to lazy to pull it out the way.. give me a break its still 8.30 in the morning! :) haah

Wednesdays I got into town and meet up with a lady named Martina for lunch and a knit! ITS GREAT! Well yesterday she brought me a bag full of goodies for xmas that I WAS NOT expecting!! LOOK WHAT I GOT!!
Homemade pickled onions (which Mark liked! And I forgot to tell him they were hot ones and he reminded me instead! HAHAHAH) and homemade Mincemeat! (no its not hamburger mince its fruit mince! I swear growing up I used to thing it was hamburger mince becuase I had never had it and was always to embarassed to ask anyone! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) and a little felted wallet...
And then I got this black box and in it was all this fiber!!! OMG!! Next year (that sounds so weird!!) Im taking my spindle with me I got last year and shes going to teach me to spin properly and not my pretend way! Whats all there is....
Manx thats been drum carded. The brown stuff still in box. Merino Tops that pretty turquoise one. Silk Cap the one front and center Iceland/cheviot mix the red white and blue on the end and Alpace the light brown on top.
I also got a candle and a bag that I forgot to picture. SORRY!!
But aint it all Great?!?!?! I couldnt believe it!! Thank you again Martina!! :) Your the best!!

I probably wont be back before christmas.. Ill try though!! today and tomorrow Im going to make loads and loads of cookies will be starting soon as I finish this post! I will be trying to make a skirt as well for xmas day. I got books coming tomorrow from Mark for my birthday on Sunday. I wont be opening them or looking at the invoice to find out which ones hes got. Ive given him a list and asked for a couple I spotted the list was marked on when I sat down here so I turned it over and am not looking no matter how badly I want to look!! HAAHHA I want it all to be a surprise!.....
So if I have time show pictures of the cookies I make, the books I get, and the skirt if I get time to do it! If not well...
Merry Christmas!!! Happy New Year!!! or Happy/Merry whatever it is you celebrate!!! May you have a wonderful time spent with family and friends and each one of you stay safe and merry!!!!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Hand made Bell!!!

I think I am just really slow... but thats alright too... because sometimes being slow means you get better deals right??
Like today I went into town becuase I am tired of seeing these beautiful handmade ornaments all over the net and I so I wanted to have my own!! So I went into town and I found COOKIE CUTTERS!! WOO HOO Not only that but they are half priced cookie cutters!! I got a bell a tree a star a candy can a gingerbread person and a wiggle circle. Im going to be making cookies next week so they will come in handy.. But they already came in handy today becuase LOOK!!!
My first ornament for this tree that Ive hand made! And how fitting its sitting in my hand... :) Okay so it looks craptastic because I cant seem to do very good stitching but you k now what Ill learn! Just like I learned to knit and use a sewing machine!
See already getting better! This is the other side...
Yes I went into town seen the cookie cutters bought those and bought some felt to make ornaments with and ended up just pressing the cookie cutter onto the felt to give me the outline and then cut it out and had a bell... who woulda thunk it!
But so very happy now to make some more!! I dont know WHAT I am going to make or how many becuase I still have knitting to do..
oh yeah and about knitting lets not brag about how well we are doing becuase before you know it youve screwed up got so angry with it and just ripped it back to the start but then take all night to cast it back on because you keep screwing that up too! Yes I got a good bit into the sock and somehow messed it up tried to fix it but it looked even WORSE so I just went IM MAD AT YOU SOCK! And ripped it out.. oops! I wont do that next time.. promise! But Ive finished the cuff only on the sock.. its oging to take a bit long then I thought.. but look ornaments.. hand made ornaments!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

chocolate sock 1 down 1 to go

I finished the first of the brown socks last night. Now I have started the second one and am knitting on it. I havent even finished the cuff yet.. Its been one of those days where I climbed back into bed and stayed nice and warm and slept! SHHH dont tell Mark! HAHAHA But still I am making some good time on the socks. I should finish the cuff before to long and get a good bit down the leg. Hopefully tomorrow finishing the leg and starting the heel. And then this weekend if I get time finishing the rest of the sock.. Oh how nice would that be to have them finished by the start of next week and then having a whole week to do what I want? Mainly try to knit on my MS3. I wanted to finish that for chrismtas and make myself an outfit but thats just not going to happen!
So I am going to get off of here now and go work on my second sock.
OH YEAH! I figured out the whole wrapping up of the scarfs. I just got 2 green and 2 red gift bags and dropped the scarfs into them and then stuck some white tissue paper on top and they look REALLY PRETTY sitting under the tree. I havent figured out if I will do the same with the socks or if I will just wrap them.... still thinking on it. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Want to see my melons?

Just wanted to start out with a little bit of christmas pretties.. I swear the plant itself doesnt look that horrible it was the flash that did it! But I went food shopping today seen those and HAD to bring them home!! :) this is the first time Ive had pointsettas in the house for the holiday season! WOO HOO! I might have to buy another one tomorrow to even up in front of the telly though becuase thats where Igot them.. we dont have a huge coffee table so they cant go on there and if I put em on the computer desk I wouldnt be able to see the monitor but I think they are ever so pretty down there!
Right this is what you all have been waiting for without even knowing it... Ive got pictures of my melons! NO NOT THOSE MELONS! GEESH! come on people!
THESE Melons!
on the table all stretched out just to show each one one their own.. and now some group shots! :)
The Purple The Beige, The Blue, The Redish
them again.. :) I just think they are so pretty trying to show them off loads!
From the top! :) and shh dont tell anyone you can see under the sofa and see thats where I store my knitting stuff.. Actually I gotta go put all that stuff away under there now Ive finished the scarfs... Its a good hideaway for the stuff Im working on at the moment. :)
But arent all my scarfs pretty?? I cant believe Ive finished them all in time and I am so happy!! 2 weekish a scarf!
I am nearly finished with the instep on the sock so making good time on that... actually kicking some booty on it! just need to finish it start the second one finish it and figure out how to wrap everything.. Thats going to be fun in its own right.. NOT! Because I dont want to just wrap them because they will be slightly floppy I want to do something pretty. :) I also want to make loads of cookies, not that anyone but me eats em. but I still want to make loads! We will see....
Alright gotta go knit me sock! :)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tis the season....

My melon is blocking.... You know what that sounds FUNNY! I dont know why but probably because when I think of a melon I think of someones head unless Im in hte mood for fruit then I think of a melon being a melon but then to say my melon is blocking I can only think of my head being on a block ready for the chop? HMMM! hahaha.. sorry....
Ive got pictures for you... just not of any melons, head wise, fruit wise, or even scarf wise! However I do have pictures of the last pair of socks (well the first of the pair) and of my christmas tree!!!

Its a chocolate brown. Really nice but a pain to photo! Of course its the Father and Son socks from Interweave knits. Its the last of the christmas knitting htat I have to do. Doing the heel now. Started these Saturday after I finished the scarf. :)


Our christmas tree... Bit simple but its ours and I like it!


Close up of our angel... Weve had here since we had the tree.. I want to buy a star for the top but I cant really get rid of her.. shes a fixing on the tree you know! :)


and a close up of our tree with some ornaments same as every year except this year I got some red and white stars to go on and a santa and rudolph as well. :) I wanted to knit some ornaments but that will have to wait until next year!

Anyways Ive put pictures up now. And hopefully after my melon is off the block... I mean finished blocking I will get brave enough to take them out and picture them somewhere.. Ive got a park not far from where I live but its waiting to have decent weather...

Right off to knit my heel!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Rambling on like a mad woman....

Ive got no pictures at the moment but I just wanted to update anyways. :)
Im onto the last border of my last melon scarf. Its coming along lovely. I would have had it done but yesterday we were out most of the evening driving down to High Wycombe and back. Ive never been down there!! I just liked going from town to town on the way back (we took the motor way down and back roads home) and looking at all the christmas lights!! :) But once we got home I spent the majority of the time laying on my side. Ive done something to my back and its ever so slightly sore. Feels alright for the moment but Ive not done much this morning. So hopefully I get the rest of the border knit today becuase I need to make a move on the last pair of socks if I want to finish in time!!!
On Wednesday night we went to an open house for the company Mark works mainly for and I got to see one of the houses hes wired all up. It was nice. I wouldnt want to live in it but I wouldnt mind visiting it now and again for the weekends. It was a very nice house and I was highly impressed by it. But for me it wasnt a home. Like I told my mom last night when I spoke to her I think thats becasue I am used to a certain style of house a very small house and this was a big open house, just not me glass every where as well... And lets not forget to mention the upstairs hallway/landing area on one side of it you looked over the railing and straight down to the bottom basement that was decked out with a home cinema and fitness room. OMG I DID NOT LIKE THAT!!! Mark told me to look over I couldnt even get NEAR the railing and he pretended he was going to give me a wee shove and I think I might have screamed slightly! HAAHHA But like I said the house itself was beautiful and I liked where it was at. It just wasnt for me... Ive always wanted one of those houses where you will run into the one you live with and there no hidding for each other.. :)
Last night after I got bored of laying on my side Mark pulled down my christmas tree and decorations so we sat up the tree... Its pretty! I love Christmas time and i love trees!! I even made him put on two candy canes (which I told him not to eat!) and two little stars... He laughed and said "I dont know why I am putting these on your going to move them tomorrow while Im working anyways". Hes a funny man he is.. but Ive not moved them and Im not going to move them... Ill eventually take a picture of our tree.. Its nothing special but its ours darn it! :) haha
Alright gotta get off of here... must go and knit! have a great day everyone and a lovely weekend!!