Sunday, 28 December 2008
I, being the pampered princess that I am got oodles of gifts. Some of them are so cool I will share their wonderfulness with you in a future post. Think kitch!
I did promise a knit related post before Xmas but time slipped away from me. So I shall get on with it now and show you the two Christmas knitty gifts I managed to get done this year.
First, is a little knitted panda for J (my bro's fiancee). I knew she liked pandas and I wanted to show her I regarded her as part of the family by taking the time to make her a handmade gift (as well as her Xmas pressies from me and the Mister). She seemed really pleased.
Looks like Panda's gone to a good home.
It was knitted from a Jean Greenhowe pattern.
The second Xmas knit was for my mum who had been harping on at me for ages to knit her something (but possibly never imagining I ever would actually get round to it!). My mum is a support worker at an Agricultural college so 'wellie socks' seemed just the thing.
It was also my first attempt at cable so my mum was quite proud to be the receiptant of this successful knit venture. The pattern is called 'Rugged Rambler' and was printed in 'Simply Knitting' magazine. It was surprisingly easy and knitted on 2 needles with a discreet seam.
I will start my xmas knitting earlier next year!
Okay..enough for now, I need my bed! Be back soon xxx
Monday, 22 December 2008
Expect a knit related post with pictures before Xmas.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
I have stayed in my pj's all day..lying around the house being all pathetic and sorry for myself. My dog Patch, is the perfect companion for times such as this..any excuse to snuggle under blankets all day and he's there. We cuddled up and watched 'Summer Magic', one of my many feel-good DVDs that only seem to get viewed on 'pyjama days'. I say we but Patch lost interest soon after the opening titles (he only likes the movies with talking animals).
This particular Disney musical tells the story of the Bostonian widow Mrs.Carey and her children who have lost their family fortune and must move to the country (without their servants..gasp!). The ever optimistic daughter is played by Haley Mills and Burl Ives stars as the kindly Postmaster. My favourite scene of this movie is when the young Carey boy finds a caterpillar and Burl Ives sings 'Ugly Bug Ball'. It's all very goody goody and sickly sweet....very much escapism.
Note to self for tomorrow: Shower!!
Saturday, 6 December 2008
The Mister has had a cold (no not man-flu..he's much too industrious to look for an excuse to slack off!) but I am still snot free. However, my crappy lungs hate the cold air and so I have barely ventured over the doorstep!
Preparations for the festivities have begun in our house..the decorations are up, Christmas cards posted, presents wrapped. Now we just have to decide what we are having to eat on the 25th..Gavin is mulling over thoughts of poultry with a marmalade glaze. Cooking is his department though I'm quite happy with a box of Ferrero Rocher!!
Knit-wise I am thrilled to report that in this months Simply Knitting magazine has published a pattern (by knit designer Alan Dart) for 'Sackboy' the wooly hero of PS3's 'Little Big Planet'. It requires Sidar Click chunky...gonna have to buy me some. A project for early 2009?
Okay, I am away to continue my lazyitis and sup numerous cups of tea whilst watching mind numbing TV.
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
The Playstation 3 has been set up in the livingroom ready for a round of Singstar so a good sing song will be enjoyed by all (hopefully). We were wise enough to warn the neighbours just incase they mistook our dulcet tones for cats being slowly strangled!
I have had a few half pints of Belhaven Best..'half pint for a half pint' such as myself! Having a tipple is a rare occurrence for me these days..my alcohol tolerance is not what it was in my younger days, getting up in the mornings is hard enough with having a hang-over to deal with!
Well I must get back to the 'party'!
Friday, 28 November 2008
We browsed around Bournemouth taking a walk along the beachfront past the brightly coloured beach huts and kids playing in the sand. We strolled through the Lower Gardens where we stopped for an ice cream (it was July..there was sun!!) and a ride on the tethered hot air balloon 'The Bournemouth Eye'.
Now I'm a scared of heights but I didn't want to miss out on this opportunity..and after we were in the air I managed to chill out just long enough to enjoy the view.
(does that look like a happy face to you?)
The main reason for our trip was a visit to Monkeyworld after watching the TV series 'Monkey Business'(which is filmed there) for many years with great interest.
Monkey World is an ape and monkey santuary set up in 1987 by the late Jim Cronin.
It was originally intended to provide a home for abused chimpanzees used by Spanish beach photographers, but is now home to many different species of primates.
Gavin had bought me an adoption pack for my favourite chimp Charlie as I'd followed his particular story closely on the show and it was great to see him at the park. Charlie’s history was traumatic. Formally a photographers prop, when he first arrived he was a drug addict, had a broken jaw, cataracts, and only four teeth. Often described by one of the keepers as 'the mad uncle' of his group, he is clearly at ease in his present setting but obviously at times still emotionally scarred by his past.
While we were at the park I was lucky enough to bump into Jim Cronin himself and he was very chatty and stopped for a photo.
Sadly he died of liver cancer in March 2007 but his wife continues to carry on the work of Monkeyworld.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
Unfortunately I can't take long haul journeys due to crappy lungs (my oxygen levels plummet!) so the hour flight between Edinburgh and Amsterdam has always been very convenient travel for me. We have stayed in a few great hotels, revisiting one a few times (possibly because of the massive breakfasts). We even took Gavin's mum across once for her first ever trip abroad and she was most enlightened by her walk through the Red Light District!
Sunday, 23 November 2008
I realise this is not the best photo but it was taken through the window and well at that time of morning I wasn't quite compus mentis.
12 hours later it's almost all away!
It is still very cold however with temperatures at around 0C. If only I had taken the time to knit myself more woolly garments! Ah well, maybe I can get cracking with the Harry Potter socks soon.
For TV addicts like myself there is a really interesting 6 part series on the BBC tonight called 'Survivors'.
'Britain is in the grip of a deadly flu virus, now spreading worldwide. When people die in their millions, a handful of survivors struggle to stay alive.'
Those intrigued but outwith the U.K look at BBC i-player
I am close to running out of steam with my daily blog postings as part of NaBloPoMo. I know many fellow bloggers have already ducked out but a few of us are still hanging in there. I'm a stubborn wee sod so I won't give in. Any words of encouragement will be most appreciated..yes I am whoring for comments!
Saturday, 22 November 2008
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Thursday, 20 November 2008
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Tuesday, 18 November 2008
I went along to 'tots' (a parent and toddler group held in their local church hall). It was a mass free for all..kids running riot everywhere but having the time of their lives. I spent a little time myself in the toy kitchen assisting my little pal to make 'cups of tea' and 'toast for daddy'. We all retreated to the cafe with milk and snacks for the kids and an opportunity for mums to share dreams of 'a day off'.
It's nice to get out for the day but ..ahhh it's ever so lovely to be home too.
Today would also have been my Grandad's 81st birthday but he died far too early at the age of 58 in 1986. Love you and miss you still xx
Monday, 17 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Im a cynic..I pooh-pooh these shows..yet I continue to tune in..it's an illness, it must be.
Note to self: GET A LIFE!!
On a Sunday I like to write a to-do list for the week ahead. I'm a sucker for lists and I probably spend more time forming them than I do completing my intended tasks!!
This week is an easy week..I have a few letters to write, a friend to visit, Christmas cards to buy and a start to make on Xmas shopping for my Mister.
Then there's the 20 Teddies For Tragedy I said I'd complete! Ho hum.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
I was woken this morning at 11am by my Mister, with a cup of tea (one of the reasons I love him). He had already been out, taken the bus to the town centre and done some shopping before coming back to rouse me from my slumber. This is where we differ greatly, he gets up and gets on with what needs to be done whilst I'm still wiping the sleep out my eyes.
I just can't seem to get going at all at the moment.
I'm just trying to stay warm and get enthused in knitting but even that's an effort. Maybe I need a break away from knitting the teddies for a bit (although I was hoping to do 20 but have only completed 5..with a good few more needing sewn up).
I am trying to knit socks as an Xmas gift, adapting the 2 needles kids sock pattern on Zibibbo's blog to fit an adult. I didn't have any suitable colours in chunky wool left so I am knitting 2 strands of double knitting (worsted) together to make thicker socks. I will post a pic later on if they come together as intended.
I opened my cupboard today that holds my stash and it all came tumbling out on top of me. Ahh well time for a clear out I think...grrr. I did find this lovely yarn I forgot I had..Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in the shade Redwood Forest. It was sent to me by my lovely swap partner a few months back and I was saving it to knit something for myself. I love the autumnal colours but unsure what to knit...any suggestions knitters out there?
Sunday, 9 November 2008
On a lighter note, the 9th of November marks a momentous day in history for me. 17 years ago in 1991 I attended my first concert. I can't believe it was that long ago.. I remember it so well
I went with around a dozen or so high school mates to see James at Edinburgh Playhouse. They were my favourite band at the time and they remain so today. I recall that we bought our tickets so far in advance that I had notes like '203 days til James gig' scrawled on my wall. The anticipation!
We were in the fifth row of the venue..so near yet so far away from the lead singer Tim Booth who I idolised completely. The concert was amazing everything I'd hoped and more. When they did their hit of the time 'Sit Down' the crowd went wild. I think I cried with sheer joy..I was 16!!
I bought a souvenir t-shirt with 'James:Edinburgh 1991' emblazoned on the back. It was about 4 sizes too big for me so it was never really wearable as such. It hangs in the wardrobe of my old bedroom at my mum's house to this day.
Since then I have been to see James only twice but on both occasions was lucky enough to meet the group and the very lovely Mr.Tim Booth. When they broke up in 2001 I was distraught. They reformed however in 2007 and I hope that I will get the chance to see them perform again in the not too distant future. (Photo: Tim Booth 2008)
Saturday, 8 November 2008
I am back knitting Teddies For Tragedy once again for my knit group Loving Hands. They will then collected up and sent on to a relevant charitable cause. This batch's intended destination is an orphanage in Kenya. It warms me to think each child will have their own personal possession..a teddy for them to love, a teddy that may comfort them and make them smile.
I have teddy carcases awaiting stuffing on almost every available surface of the front bedroom in which I sit. If you check out this photo you will notice a cheeky little dog under there somewhere!
I am aiming to do 20 of these little critters this time round. Fellow blogger Liz said she was going for a target of 30 teddies this time round (how you getting on, Liz?).
As I have mentioned in a previous post these teddies are a simple knit and roll quickly off the needles. So, all you knitters out there? I urge you..get your odd bits of yarn out and .............KNIT SOME BEARS!