Thursday, 29 March 2012

It was another sunny day in WWEland

The boys awoke with the sun streaming through the window.
WWE wrestlers in bed at a youth hostel
"Smell my armpit!" shouted Undertaker. John Cena did and seemed to go back to sleep again.

The yoga group decided to make the most of the sunshine and started their stretches outside.
WWE Morning Meditation
CM Punk noticed his foot appeared to be pointing the wrong way. But he was a straight edge superstar so it was cool. They changed to do the greeting-the-sun routine.
WWE wrestlers doing push ups
Then they broke up into smaller groups to relax.
WWE Undertaker and Kane Having a Chat
Once he had him alone Kane said to Undertaker "Dude. That whole armpit thing this morning was not good." Undertaker just stuck out his tongue in reply. Meanwhile Triple H hugged a daisy.
WWE's HHH Hugs a Daisy
Not many people know this but HHH stands for "Hunter Hugs Herbs". Then it was time for wrestling practice. Shaun Michaels decided to go one on one with some purple cotton.
WWE's Sean Michaels Fights the Purple Cotton Yarn
He was losing but the Heartbreak Kid didn't want to give up. Then Mr Kennedy challenged him to a Cone Match.
WWE's Sean Michaels and Mr Kennedy in a Cone Match
But Mr Wrestlemania didn't like the sound of that so he threw him off the cone and into some rare breed chunky wool.
WWE's HHH takes a tumble into Purple Yarn

Once they'd finished their workouts it was storytime. As the oldest, Shaun Michaels made himself comfortable on top of a hand knitted kauni cardigan and began to tell the story...
WWE's Shaun Michaels
"Once upon a time, John Cena went to visit an alpaca farm..."
WWE's John Cena with the Male Alpaca
"...while his friends Shaun Michaels and and Triple H played in some fleece."
Shaun Michaels at Wingham Woolworks
HHH relaxes at Wingham Woolworks
"I wonder how much I weigh?" said Shaun. "If only I could climb onto those scales I'd know." "Why don't you climb up that monkey puzzle tree and jump onto the scales from above?" suggested Triple H. (He wasn't called the cerebral assassin for nothing). So Shaun climbed up...
Shaun Michaels at Wingham Woolworks
...and jumped down on to the scales.
Shaun Michaels at Wingham Woolworks
"I don't weigh anything!" he cried. "Ha ha!" said Triple H from his rosebush.
HHH hugs a tree
And that was the end of the story. "Have you and Triple H always been friends?" the younger wrestlers asked Shaun. "Friends forever!" he replied.
Victory for HHH and Shaun Michaels at Wingham Woolworks

(This is the first of two stories being published in the run up to Wrestlemania at the weekend. Did I say "Wrestlemania"? I meant WRESTLEMANIA!!!!!)

Sunday, 25 March 2012

A Pun on Sweeney Todd

I can't think of one. But suffice to say I went to see it in the West End last night. Who knew Imelda Staunton could sing? It was very good and the staging was as entertaining as the singing.

It'a been a slow week craftwise chez byrne. I've been catching up after SkipNorth and things are pretty busy at work as well. Then the parents and sister plus fiance came to stay both nights this weekend in my one bed flat. Cue spatial thinking along quantum levels to ensure we all fitted in. On Thursday when I should have been cleaning the bathroom I was distracted by this on Pinterest.

Of course it didn't quite work out that way. I left mine the second time for about half an hour and the yarn was dyed up to about 1cm in. So I skeined it and then chucked it back in the dye pot with a load of emerald and aquamarine. Then I forgot about it and let it boil way too high for too long and this is the result.
I'll make some vanilla socks to see what happens.

When I got back from SkipNorth I finished and blocked the 3/4 Hap Shawl.
3/4 Hap Shawl Blocking
It's not as big as the photo on the pattern suggests unless she is maybe moomin sized. That would explain it actually. I do adore a ripple stitch and am very pleased with the colours on this. And the texture.
Ripple knitting in orange and purple

In its place I have cast on the Camber Cardigan in Rowan 4-ply soft on 2.5mm needles. Yes, this is going to take quite some time to complete.
I love the yoke although having almost finished it I'm not crazy about the instructions. I've ended up winging it on the edge panels as I can't see how the chart relates to them and if there isn't a knit row and purl row missing between rows 32 and 33 the pattern was rewritten after the model was knitted.

The next week is going to be very busy with a work event in Sheffield. But then it is the weekend and what is special about this weekend?
Wrestlemania 23
Yeah. It's Wrestlemania on Sunday. I am     *so*     *freaking*     *excited*. I have a WWE photo special planned. If that doesn't make you keep coming back to this blog then nothing will.
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