Monthly Archives: July 2006

yet more new projects


I’m blaming the heat for the insanity of casting on yet more projects. I have decided to give Branching Out another try. I am using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino with 5.5mm bamboo needles and after one pattern repeat am quite pleased with the result. This is my first proper lace project and am hoping it will be a xmas pressie for my mum. When i have completed a few more repeats I will post picks.
I attempted Short Circuit last night but it didn’t seem to do the ‘curly wurly’ thing, i may not have been patient enough, and frogged it, but am def gonna try again later, probably making it slightly wider. The Booga Bag has yet to be cast on but no doubt will be in a few days as am feeling excited about felting. I will be using Noro Kureyon for it. The heat seems perfect weather as things dry so much quicker.

I finished Sophie really quickly and felted it just before we left for my parents, leaving it to dry whilst we were away. I am pleased with the result although i don’t think I blocked it as well as i could have in the rush to leave the house. It was also an experiment piece so I wasn’t expecting perfection. I like the stripe design I used and the two coloured handle.

The colours are much brighter, but indoor photos all dull down colour. I used Cascade 220 in 8885 (purple) and 8903 (green).

I did it!!


The Race for Life was on Sunday and although we were all geared up for scorching heat, someone was watching over us, as just before it started the sun went behind a cloud and didn’t re-emerge until we reached the 500m left mark.

Mum and me before the Race for Life

I walked the 5km with my mum. The route was lovely and took us around Verlamium Park, St Albans. There were a couple of nasty hills at the beginning but once we reached the 3km mark it was flat and took us around the lake.

We managed to complete the course in 1hr 11mins, which we were both really pleased with as we both have on-going health issues. I was expecting to complete in about 1hr 30 and Mum was expecting to take about 1hr 45. We were both hot and bothered after but felt great. It was defintely worth it and i will most definetly be doing it again next year – although i think i will sign up for the Cambridge race as it has no hills (they were not pleasant)

Mum and me after the race, complete with medals!!

There is a link to my sponsor page to the right of this post, it will except donations up until 6th August, and any sponsorship goes direct to Cancer Research UK.


Fave Colour Swap Questionnaire


Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors?
Pink and purple, i only have two

2. What crafts do you really enjoy?
Knitting is my main craft, but i also dabble in card-making and scrapbooking

3. What products do you really covet?
Lovely variagated sock yarn and anything that is nice.

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things?
I love reading, films, music and playing with my hamsters

5. Is there anything you collect?
Unfortunately i don’t collect anything

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol?
I am a Scorpio and the year of the dragon

7.What are your favorite…

lavender, ylangylang are beutifully relaxing but i also love the zing of citrus smells

…types of music and/or bands?
i like a variety of music. I love rock bands like chillis, green day , linikin’ park etc but also love chilled out stuff like jewel, beth orton and norah jones. I also like classical as it helps me study.

where to start…again i like all different types of books and am also open to suggestions of new authors…mainly because i have read all the books by the authors i like.

I love my little hamsters, they are the cutest but i can’t wait until we have a place big enough for a dog so i can have a West Highland White Terrier.

…places to shop?
whereever has a good bargain. I buy most of my yarn online.

Definetely Autumn (Fall), as i’m not crazy about the heat and i don’t paricularly like the cold either.

…yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies?
I love yarn that is a bit different, I like natural fibres and variagted yarn. I have just started to felt, so feltable yarn is high on my list at the moment.

…candies or goodies?
I have a sweet tooth and like anything aslong as it doesn’t contain dried fruit (e.g. sultantas, currants etc)

8. Do you have any wish lists?

9. Are you allergic to anything?
I can’t knit with mohair or angora as i am allergic to it. I am also allergic to cats and some dogs and i get very bad hayfever. I also have very senstive skin so have to be careful about what cosmetics and bath stuff i use.

10. Do you have any pets? What are they?
I have six hamsters.

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy.
As i said i have to be careful about bath stuff but i like candles. I also like to keep my nails nice and i have a big collection of nail varnish. I like to find new and exciting colours for my nails.

wilting in the heat!


It is official I was not born to appreciate the heat. I have managed to work how to feel slightly better but this involved lying still with fans blowing on me – not hugely productive. I have also suffered with the heat but never quite this bad or in this way. It feels as thought my entire body is made of lead. Apparently it something quite common in ME sufferers to be affected by extremes in temperature which sums me up I hate the cold to – but at least you can wrap up warm in nice handknitted woollies.
I have managed to complete the fan them flames scarf and will giving to my mum tomorrow so will get pics then. I have also abandoned the IHS as I didn’t like they swatch I did using the Cascade 220 or the Noro Kureyon so have reassigned these yarns to felted bags. I have cast on the Sophie using Cascade 220, and have designed an increasing width stripe for the body of the bag using green and purple, the two left over skeins of purple I will probably knit Wavy. Three of the six Noro Kureyon will used to make a Booga Bag and as yet I haven’t decided what to do with the rest, maybe and pencil case and minidisc case.
I am off to stay with parents from tomorrow until Sunday (the day of the 5km walk!!!) but will take many pics and hopefully have some more fo’s to show you.

meet the family pt2


Not sure what’s going on but it wouldn’t allow me to post anymore pics, so I will have do a pt2. OK, three more to go. These are the newest, they are about a year old and are quite a rare breed. They are Roborovski hamsters and have quite a bit in common with that elusive yarn you yearn for. We had heard of this breed but never seen any, when on a routine trip here, we discovered that they had some – three to be precise. Like the other dwarfs they are social creatures and can live in groups, so of course we just had to get all three. We didn’t need them, we had no room for them but we just didn’t know when we would be able to get some again – sound familiar!. They are cutest and the funniest. Unfortunately two of them decided to bully the other one and we had to separate them about 2 months ago.

Pinky and Perky now live in a very cool cage (which unfortunately I have no pics of at the mo) called Creepy Castle. They are VERY fast, hence the not so great photo, and slightly insane.

There little brother, now lives in a Fairground and is the timidest hamster we own. He is scared of his own shadow, but once he realises you are not going to hurt him he will happily run all over you.

Finally, a picture of Peppers cage, for some reason unknown to me it wouldn’t work in the first post.

meet the family


Today incorporated the mammoth task of cleaning out the ‘babies’ or to the initiated our hamsters. Whilst doing this I thought it was about time you met them. In total there are 6, and they live in 5 separate cages (two live together). All our hamster live in Rotastak cages except Pepper who has a traditional cage.
I suppose it makes sense to start with the oldest, who would be Bubble and Squeak. They are
Dwarf Winter White Russian
hamsters and are about 2.5 years old.

This is Bubbles cage, known as The Pink Palace, and the said hammie exiting her tube system. Do not be deceived by her cuteness she can be a little madame and a little slut – she likes only Karl and bites anyone else.

Squeak however lives in her Super Space Station and loves all. Originally they lived together but Bubble began to hurt Squeak so we removed her and they both happily live alone now.

The next hamster to come and live with us was Pepper (so called after Karl’s fave drink ‘Dr Pepper). He is a Syrian hamster and the most adorable thing on the planet. He has never bitten and loves everyone.

I’ve fallen in love (again)


I’ve just re-discovered the heavenly darjeeling tea. Whilst hunting in the cupboard I found an unopen packet, decided to have a cup and have re-discovered this wonderful liquid. I am afraid to say that I am a tea snob – I can not abide tea bags or ‘normal blended tea’. It has to be loose tea and either darjeeling or Ceylon. Now I have rediscovered the joys of tea I think I will pick up some red bush tea when I go out tomorrow. My problem is that everyone I know raves about the Redbushcompany, but they only produce tea bags. Whittards however do Rooibus(African for redbush)loose so I think I will try that.
On the knitting front I have finished one of the socks for my stepdad – the pattern isn’t to my liking although the sock turned out fine. I am going to wait a week or so before starting the next. Instead I have cast on using some Cherry Tree Hill Supersock from my stash, in Northern Lights. It is predominantly purple so fits in well with Project Spectrum. I am following the Ribbed Sock pattern, which I haven’t tried before so should be interesting. I will post pics when I have more than 3 rounds to show.