Saturday, November 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I have knitted with recycled materials - the aforementioned plastic bags and also video and audiotape. I hope to do more of this in the future.
Also, my stash is so enormous I am working through it and only knitting with yarn from my stash. This will taker me about 5 years to use up so I haven't bought any new yarn for about 6 months - this has had a lot to do with me being broke as well though!
I am also a member of my local Freecycle group and so try to stop household goods and other things going to landfill.
The other great thing about being involved in Freecycle is that I have made loads of new friends in the Bolton area; some of whom are quite creative types. Having lived in Bolton since 1989, I can safely say I have met the most interesting people within this last year through Freecycle.
I am also a keen bookcrosser, which means that I sometimes buy new books but those that I do buy I pass onto to others through bookcrossing. That's the theory anyway - I now have so many books in my house I can't see the floor in some rooms; at least I am saving money on carpet and floorcoverings...
If I can't pass books on or they are too old and battered to be read anymore, I recycle them through the wastepaper collection run through the local council.
It is "bin day" tommorrow so I have sorted out my plastic, tin and bottles ready to go into the green crate, which is collected every fortnight. I also have a bulging bag of wastepaper. (This is collected every week by a company called Paperchase, who raise money for Bolton Hospice I think).
I also demanded a huge green wheelie bin from the council when they came available. They were understandably reluctant as my house isn't big enough and posh enough to earrant a big bin all of my very own. They have been proved right, unfortunately - I only have a small back yard and an even smaller front garden but I still should be filling it to the brim every fortnight. However, usually I only manage a few pathetic onion and potato peelings which lie sadly at the bottom of the bin.
So I should try harder at that really.
I also help the environment by not driving a car - this is more because I am too poor to afford one and also most importantly, I am useless at driving! I have the attention span of a flea, get easily distracted by Lloyd Loom chairs outside shops and the like while driving with an instructor and cannot grasp the concept of clutch control. So I have never managed to pass a test.
I should be a green bike rider and pedal everywhere but I am useless at that as well. I do toy with the idea of buying an adult trike every so often and enjoy dreaming about cycling to the shops like Catweazle. In reality, I would probably show the same road sense demonstrated when driving and thus be a danger to small children, old people and animals of all description.
The other thing I do daily to help the environment is being a VEGAN. People try and make me feel guilty about the rainforests being burnt in order to grow soya but I take no notice - that soya is being grown for cattle feed, not my milk, so there. (I have no idea if this is true).
So I am a bit of a flawed eco-warrior really but I probably do more than most people, maybe.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Since then, I have finished another bag made from plastic bags which I have donated to my good friend Linda to show to her friend Pam who runs a health food shop in Manchester.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
1. What is/are your craft(s), & how long have you been doing it/them?
I am a knitter, using only non-animal fibres. My mum taught me when I was a nipper, I knitted until my early 20s, gave it up and started again with renewed enthusiasm about 5 years ago.
2. Are you a vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, veg-friendly or other?
I am a vegan (hence the non-animal fibres - I don't use silk either)
3. Is this your first swap, or have you done previous swaps before? What makes a swap enjoyable for you?
I have never been involved in a knitting related swap so I am intrigued. I have swapped books and things before though and enjoy the random / surprise element of it.
4. What is/are your favorite color(s)? Do you particularly dislike any color(s)?
I'm not a big fan of yellow (to wear) as it doesn't suit my pale and uninteresting skin tone but I like most bold colours (particularly red)
5. Do you have any allergies (such as pets, foods, fibers or cigarette smoke)?
I am lactose intolerent. (Hence the veganism). I used to be allergic to most animals but now I only start sneezing in the presence of rabbits.
6. Do you have any companion animals? If so, name(s) and type(s)?*
I share my house with a lovely ginger and white male cat called Stripe. He is very well behaved while I am knitting but likes to gnaw at the moving needles sometimes.
7. Do you collect anything?
Books, 1950s artefacts and yes, yarn. It's not an unmanageable mess, it is a carefully gathered and extensive collection.
8. Do you have a favorite vegan food, snack or dish? If no fav that's vegan (for those who aren't vegan), what's your favorite food? (Hopefully your pal can find a vegan version!)
Here in the UK we can buy a vegan non-dairy chocolate called Swiss Couverture. It is gorgeous and the most creamy tasting vegan chocolate I have ever tasted. Before becoming vegan, I researched it carefully and once I found out that I can still eat cake, chocolate and chips I was converted. I like most food but am not keen on stuff that is supposed to be good for you such as wheatgrass juice.
9. What are some of your favorite/least favorite tastes/flavors? (e.g. sweet, salty, chocolate, crunchy, smooth, tart, sour, spicy, thai, whatever - Help your pal get a feel for what kind of recipes you might like and/or never ever make.)
I will try anything!
10. What tools/supplies/accessories for your craft(s) are you wishing you had but don't? Also, what do you have TOO many of? (basically a wish and anti-wish list)
I would love some of those needles which glow in the dark - ideal for knitting in the cinema or a dark pub. I ditched most of my circular needles when I got a set of Denise interchangeable needles but would love some bamboo ones.
11. Are you on Ravelry? What's your handle?
I don't know what that is when it's at home with it's hat on so I guess I am not on it.
12. Is there anything else you would like your pal to know about you?
I'm a nice person!
13. What scents do you like/dislike?
I like most scents I think - don't have any strong feelings on this one.
14. Do you prefer fall or Halloween or some other Autumn theme?
Not bothered really. As an April baby I've always preferred Spring.
15. Just for fun - tell your favorite Halloween or Autumn related memory.
Playing conkers at school and discovering the delights of black peas when I moved to Greater Manchester.
This is so intriguing! I can't wait for this to get going.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
I really enjoyed the event (particularly the performance by the gorgeous band S R Gents and their equally lovely hats) and will definitely do it again.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I finished my Mash poncho on Friday, just in time to wear for the Chester Folk Festival.
It was a fun project, despite several false starts; the original version was too small and the knitting was too tight, then when I changed to 15mm needles it was too loopy.
I also kept dropping stitches so until I hit upon the wizard wheeze of using a smaller 6mm needle to pick them up I had to keep starting again.
The sewing up was a bit of a challenge too - took me ages to work it out. Here it is after I'd lashed it together:
And here is a detail of the stitch, with my chubby arm underneath it.
It is not as big as the one in the book but I am a lot wider then the willowy model so that might be why.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
But I have done a lot of knitting, your honour.
I finished the baby blankie for my friend Is whose little arrival is imminent now.
I do hope she likes it and more importantly, baby does too.
Roscoe was due on 15 April and hasn't popped out yet so we are all waiting with baited breath for news this week.
I also made a gorgeous (though I say it myself) skinny scarf for myself using the Lion Brand Fancy Fur yarn and Boye needles Bev bought for me in New York.
I really enjoyed knitting with it - there are little tufts of chenille (like tassels) that pop out on the right side of the knitting (with a bit of persuasion from my needles and fingers).
And there's still a ball left over to make a trim for a bag or something (should I be so inclined).
My other news is that my very own Bolton Knitting Noras were the featured knitting group of the month in the May edition of Simply Knitting.
Fame at last except the stupid twits got my name wrong though - Sarah Edwards indeed...
Monday, March 26, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
However, it all seems OK now - but I've forgotten what I was going to say now...
Oh yes, Rowan have a new yarn coming out (maybe it is out now) - Bamboo Tape.
I can't wait to get my hands on some and am awaiting delivery of the new Rowan magazine with baited breath.
I always appreciate the summer Rowan magazines more than the winter ones - all those lovely cottons rather than horrid itchy bulky wool.
I also got sent this link as a super Knitty fan: very amusing article on how a yarn stash should be viewed as a collection - now I know I can be proud of my random piles of acylics and cottons.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
The baby pirate jumper is coming along well; I've done the back and two sleeves and am a third of the way through the front.
I managed to miss a row out yesterday though so had to rip it out down to the first 2 and a half inches but all seems to be OK now.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
(Don't know how to make this work like a link like other clever people who blog)
It made me wish I lived in the US and particularly New York.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I also taught Isobel to knit - she's a natural!
As previously mentioned, she wants to knit a pregnancy poncho for herself - we had a look at my Viva Poncho book and she's decided on a drapy moss-stitch one.
We've adapted the pattern for Sanchez as it calls for 12.75 circular needles and these are nigh on impossible to get in the UK at short notice.
As baby is due in April, time is of the essence!
Is is using some woolmix double knit in a lovely heathery mauve colour. This is from my stash, donated by someone and was no use to me.
I left her casting on on Sunday morning with 6mm bamboo needles and with a sample of moss stitch I did on 5.5 needles.
I hoep that she will enjoy it and not get too frustrated. She has some local knitting friends who should be able to help if she gets stuck.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Thank goodness, as I am now heartily sick of the whole thing.
I also ordered 2 balls of Elle Pure Gold baby 4 ply in black from Art of Yarn (via Ebay).
This is for the pirate jumper I am planning for my friend Isobel's little one - I thought black baby wool might be hard to find but obviously there is a growing trend for goth babies.
I also have a sore joint on my left fore finger - I've obviously been overdoing the knitting recently!
I'll keep an eye on it.
Very amused that there was a woman knitting in the Big Brother's Big Mouth studio last night; she wasn't very good at it though and the knitting looked a bit small and uninspiring.