Saturday, 16 February 2008

Finished and started

I started these 2-needle socks at the beginning of december last year and last night finally finished the second one.
The problem's been so long since I started them that I can't find the first one. It's annoying as they've come out really well and are nice and snug so I really want to wear them! Will have to search.

My swap partner for the Ravelry Discworld Swap have come to a gentlewoman's agreement about not looking at each others blogs until we've exchanged parcels so I can reveal these:
The picture doesn't do them justice. I'm using the leftover red from my cherry blossom socks and some plain white and then around the ankle in purple it says "I aten't dead". Discworld fans will know that this is one of Granny's characteristics and as she is my partner's favourite charactor it seemed fitting. I'm also planning a few other bits and pieces which should be fun - I'm even going to have a go at dyeing some sock yarn for her.

In fact 20 skeins of undyed trekking arrived from Get Knitted this morning. I haven't gone mad, it's mostly for the SkipNorth workshops but there are a few extra skeins for your truly to play with. I'm doing the dyeing workshop and made up some samples last weekend.
I've been knitting them up so people can see what different techniques leads to. Am very excited about it already - started compiling a shopping list in my head of all te things I want to get hold of.

So what else is going on...well Pooch and I had a lovely valentines day. Went out for dinner and he got me a copy of the SnB book the Happy Hooker which was a nice surprise. I bought 2 dozen krispy kremes and took them to work and people were amazed. It's weird because at IOP cakes and doughnuts were pretty normal whereas there it seems like they only come out on extremely special occasions at the LI. I managed to consume 2, including one of the special heart shaped ones. It's the chocolate dreamcakes that are my ultimate luxury doughnut though. Oooo, so good!

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Mousetrap for the love mouse

Pooch's dislike of me is well documented. However I hadn't realised that he had taken to actively leaving traps around the house in order to hasten my downfall. This manifested itself particularly well when I got home on friday night, alone, and started fixing my own dinner as he had told me to earlier that day. I looked in the fridge and there were chicken kievs. So I cooked a chicken kiev and ate it. Sounds straight forward? Oh no. Because little did I know that Pooch was leaving out of date and potentially rotting food in the fridge in order to trap me with. To hasten understanding I should mention that Pooch is the cook and keeper of the kitchen in our house.

His true genius didn't manifest itself until saturday lunchtime. He'd gone out in the morning on the pretence of doing some computer stuff, which I now realise was to ensure he had an alibi and was safely out of the house when things kicked off. This left me at home alone to commence the being sick and associated goings on that come with eating chicken kievs 4 days out of date. When he came back he had, for the first time in aeons, bought me some nice chocolates. See exhibit A.


Now bear in mind that he knows I can not resist such things so when he offered me one 'to make me feel better' I ate it and 5 mins later was very very sick again. You see what he did there? Cunning. You wouldn't think it to look at him but he is. Here he is off guard sniggering at my suffering. He thinks I don't know.


Anyway, putting aside my own personal misfortune I have managed to make 1.5 premature baby cardis for SkipNorth. I particularly like this one:


Look at those lovely buttons!

This is the second about half done. I am thinking little sunflower or daisy buttons for this one. It's so sad how small they are.


I went to see the Terracotta Warrior exhibition at the British Museum last week and it was pretty amazing. There were only about a dozen of the actuals there but the layout was very impressive and detailed. A shame it was so crowded but that's just one of those things I guess. It put me nicely in the mood for all the chinese new year type things that are going on. The V&A have a website tie in so you can see what animal you are (from your birth year) and then customise an icon of it. This is me:


You can do your own here.
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