Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Lost...the plot

I watched the final 2 episodes (for now) of Lost last night with Stripe my cat variously curled up on my lap, sitting next to me or attacking my feet.

I lost interest in Lost a while back but it seems to have got better recently with the introduction of the new characters.

While otherwise wasting 2 hours of my life I started the sleeve of my Cotton Tape jumper and half way through decided that I didn't want it to be a jumper after all but a short jacket thing.

I really like the stitch; it's so easy now I've got the hang of it. I think it will look quite good on as the holey design makes it less bulky than a solid knit would (so I might look less like a buxom folk singer in the finished article).

So I have now unpicked the front, pending a redesign.

It may go all horribly Pete Tong yet though.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Shiver Me Timbers.

Avast me hearties, 'Tis International Talk Like A Pirate Day today, so it be!

And if any of you scurvy dogs be thinking of not joining in, here be a joke to change ye mind:

"Why are pirates called pirates?

Because they arrrghh!"

Courtesy of my bookcrossing pal elhamisabel.

Perhaps I'll start knitting Skully from Stitch n Bitch but perhaps not.

But I've just found this hidden treasure...

My pirate skills don't stretch to html, I be only good at digging and looking through scopes.

Look ye at ye olde links on the right too.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Bolton Knitting Noras are go!

We had a most successful meeting of the aforesaid Knitting Noras at Caffe Nero on Sunday afternoon; including a younger knitter, Lisa's son.


Bev and I then went and paid homage to the new haberdashery department in Whittakers department store, tucked away on the second floor, next to the beds and near the ornaments.

I think they should move the dreary menswear from the ground floor and put yarn and card making things there instead; much more colourful and it would attract the Bolton crafters in in their droves.

We were also scoping out the area because we are hatching a cunning plan to stage a public event in Whittakers or Hobbycraft for National Knitting Week 14-21 October.

I am going to poll the members and see what they think.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Where's me jumper?

Oh there it is.

Decided to use the bargain Rowan Cotton Tape I bought in Ramsbottom to make a jumper with holes in.

I struggled with the stitch a bit but after 4 attempts I think I've got it right now.

I am trying to make it a bit longer and wider as I think it was designed for Twiggy.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Cat nip toys

I also finally finished the cat nip toys I started a while ago.

I intended to give these to my sister for her active kitties Bert and Bunty but she reports that they prefer bringing live mice and frogs in to playing with any toys they have been given.

So I am sending them to my friends Amanda and Paul who have been adopted by a fourteen year old chap called Woody, who has moved in from next door where he had to share the house with a big dog, several children and some builders.

I carried out extensive product testing with my cat Stripe. Unfortunately the photos do not reflect the catnip induced frenzy he got into; including rubbing his head on them and also trying a kamikaze style clamber onto the radiator to get them from the top of the bookcase.

You'll just have to take my word for it.

Summer poncho est fini...really

Yes, the wretched thing really is finished; nothing like waiting in for the gasman to concentrate the mind and make you finish off projects.

I think it looks lovely but am not sure how secure that fringing is.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I heart Home Bargains

After a tipoff by my good friend Linda, Bev and I went to Home Bargains on Wednesday in search of cheap yarn.

My goodness! I got a bag kit; which is 7 balls of yarn, some needles and instructions for only £2.99. I also got two other balls of yarn for only 49p each.