Thursday, 26 July 2007

Denisetastic (long post)

I am not sure what a bride should be thinking about in the week before her wedding but for me the topic I default to is the same as usual - knitting.

While waiting for the pooch to make an appearance I did a little bit of browsing in accessorise and saw this.
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A make up bag, you might think. But no. Something completely different occurred to me. Because for some time there has been a problem knawing at my soul - that of what to do with the extra bits and pieces I have bought to supplement my denise-needle-love since pooch first bought them for me. I have got the pink extension kit, the two long cables, the 12 and 15mm ends as well as all the original bits and pieces. So when I saw this object the thing that immediately sprang into my mind was how similar in size the compartments are to denise needles.
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And sure enough I was right. So can you guess what happened next? Those of a frail disposition may wish to look away. I cut my denise box in half. I actually cut it up. It felt really wrong but just oh so good.
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So now I have all my denise bits together in one handy to carry bag. Hoorah! And it even has a pocket on the outside for the handy size conversion leaflet.
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I was introduced to the old song 'Life is just a bowl of cherries' via one of David Suchet's outings as Poirot in the 1980s. At the time it did strike me as slightly odd that there were two drunken women sitting on the steps of his flat singing at some early hour of the morning and as I have grown up it has really come home to me how extremely unlikely it was that Poirot would smile benevolently at them as he does in that episode. Wouldn't he instead run around shouting 'mon dieu' and complaining that his little grey cells couldn't function without uninterrupted speech? From all this you might be forgiven for thinking that I had been suffering with noisy neighbours again. But actually I've just been eating cherries.
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On the subject of agatha christie though, and since I seem determined to make this one of those really long blog posts, I was again reminded of miss marple's knitting today. I am a member of the miss marple group on ravelry and they have been discussing some of the things she knits. But there is one cardigan that geraldine mcthing wears in the new versions with an overlapping neck that I know would look awful on me but still covet. I was reminded of this when I saw the fall preview of Interweave Knits, which contains many many many things I want to wear. But the one that made me think of miss marple is tilted duster, although if she were knitting for herself I can see her much more in tangled yoke cardigan which I think is an absolutely stunning design.

So yes, here I am one week before my wedding. Um. Yep. I just can't wait for it to be over. One more week and then I get my life back and can take a break from everyone constantly asking me whether I've got it all sorted yet. I am now looking beyond the wedding which is why I decided to sign up for secret pal 11. I had thought of sitting this one out as I normally do alternate but I had such a good time with 10 I thought I might as well. Sign ups close on monday so hop over there quickly if you're interested. As I sit here typing this I am wearing the socks my pal from sp10 knitted me. They are just so lovely. Each time I get them out they make me so happy - never underestimate the power of the sock!

Monday, 23 July 2007

Manky rant

Am still at home with this wretched cold. Which is annoying as I am surrounded by stuff I need to do but would rather not. There is just so much going on at the moment, I'm feeling a bit wobbly.
  1. MBA - which I'm now very behind on the study for, I've missed the study day on sat because of this cold and I haven't started the essay half of the next assignment which is due in the day before the...
  2. Wedding - 10 days to go. I still need to finish my jewellery, make a ring cushion and decide what I'm doing with my hair. Before that there is the ...
  3. Hen do, which is on saturday. I still haven't managed to invite loads of people I wanted to come and I haven't contacted art4fun to tell them we're coming. They might be closed that day for all I know. And before that is...
  4. Tomorrow morning, which I'm not blogging about until something comes of it but is basically another source of stress for which I've done no research or preparation.
Pah.What would make far more sense would be to make a list of the immediate next actions a la GTD and then start doing some. At least then I'd be getting somewhere rather than just sitting around thinking about all the things I'm not doing.

I should also spend a bit of time focussing on positives so as not to get a visit from the black dog who has suddenly become a bit of a celeb with knitters. I have finished the two slum doctor blankets that I started months ago and which will go off tomorrow. I've also made good progress on the cherry blossom socks using the first SP yarn so it might just be that I have a matching pair one of these days. NOTE TO SELF: Stop doing both socks at once with magic loop. It may get rid os SSS but you don't enjoy it. One at a time is much better.
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