Monthly Archives: July 2007

Inspired & Sock Yarn

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I been wanting to start selling my hand-dyed sock yarn for a while now and have had a great idea for a theme for an etsy.com shop which I hope is original and attractive. It is still very much in the planning stages (I need to persuade my Mum to lend me a small amount of money to purchase some blank sock yarn) but all going well I hope to have some ‘trial’ skeins up for sale in a couple of weeks – weather dependent. I would, however, like some input from all sock knitters. I would like to know what your prefered fiber content is when purchasing sock yarn. Please take a second to fill out the poll, if you choose ‘other’ can u leave a comment stating the content. Thank You!

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cure for stress…

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…baking. Not exactly conducive with the diet but when i get stressed and can;t sit still long enough to knit i bake (or plan baking or both). I found what looks like a good recipe for a lowish fat chocolate banana cake and had the ingredients so off i went. I’ve also promised Karl a victoria sponge tomorrow and fairy cakes for us to take to work/uni on tuesday when one his colleague (who is also the technician who has been helping me with my lab work) is retiring.

I am less stressed now and have a semblance of inner calm now. I wasn’t going to rant at my mum when she phoned as she would only worry and stress and has been told to worry less by her GP but being a mum she could tell right away there was something bothering me (how do they do they do, is it some sort of ESP you get when you give birth?) and have admit after talking to her I felt much better.

I’m off now to cut into the chocolate banana cake, photos tomorrow (as long as Karl doesn’t get to it first)

rant!!

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I have just been turned down for incapacity benefit because I haven’t got enough NI contributions, i get that i haven’t worked in a while as i’ve been at Uni (trying to better myself so I can get a well paid job and support myself) but now that i’m not studying and can’t work a normal job because of my ME they  (the government) say i’m not entitled to incapacity benefit. The reason I haven’t paid any NI for the past year is because I have ME and have managed to surive without any help and didn’t want to claim incapacity benefit (or NI credit) for the sake it – I was trying to save governemnt moneu by not claiming things I didn’t truly need. How stupid of me, i must learn to be more selfish.  How i’m supposed to pay rent and feed myself is beyond me. I am told I can apply for income support but this is taking ages and i’m still not sureof the amount they will give me, if any. I am truley angry at the whole situation. My GP is has written me a medical certificate and understands that I can’t work a normal job. I say normal meaning a nine to five job – my condition means that i have periods where i have to rest and this can cause problems with an employer. I manage to get stuff done for deadlines but i need to be able to do the work in my own time taking regular rest periods – not work continuously all day.

Whilst talking with a friend who is on long term sick because she has SLE, who has recently had her benefits reduced, we wondered how people manage to claim benefits fraudulently when we (who are honestly in need of help and have both previously worked full-time for numerous years) are finding it so hard to get a little help with living expenses. I was also recently turned down for disability living allowance even though when my ME is bad (and at the time of applying I was in a bad way) i can’t even get down the stairs or cook myself a meal.  I don’t expect to be spoonfed money but during the summer vacation when I don’t receive a student loan payment a little help would be good and it’s not like the student loan goes along way (£4633 per year is hardly cause for excessive living and only just covers  the rent). I wouldn’t mind if i was sitting on my backside all day but I am trying to better myself by getting an education so I can be of some use to society as a whole (working in scientific research is never going to make me a millionaire but its what i enjoy). Right now i feel like giving up on the whole thing then at least then i may get more help – they take my student loan into consideration as my income which means I am not entitled to housing benefit, even over the summer when I have nil income.

is it me or is this just wrong! no wonder university admissions from working class families are in decline. I’m a mature student so my parents income doesn’t come into play (not that is would change things anyway) but there is no provision for mature students who are unable to work whilst studying. I can just about manage during term-time with my student loan but over the summer its impossible.

and to top off a really bad day the potatoes for the shepherds pie have boiled dry – karl had managed to save them though so atleast he gets to eat tonight.

Well, enough of my ranting i’m off to eat my dinner and knit, hoping it will induce some inner calm

Friday Feast

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Appetizer
Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.

My Noddy car

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?

8

Salad
Where would you rather be at this very moment?

Anywhere but here!

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new?

Earlier this week – how to make agar plates

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have dirty dishes but I haven’t washed up yet.

Hogwarts Sock Swap Socks

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Hogwarts Sock Swap Socks, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

I finally finished the socks for my pal! A bit late but hopefully she won’t mind. I made a bookmark from some of the left over yarn – i think its pretty cool!
I’ve made a reasonable start on my sockapalooza socks (third time lucky). My pal as pretty narrow feet so I had to make sure I found a pattern that was suitable, i finally opted for Unst from Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road. I’ve turned the heel and am liking it a lot. I will post photos once I’ve decreased the gusset and it looks like more than just some random yarn on cocktail sticks.

After completing my first of socks for summer of socks so quickly it then took me a while to get another fo, but this is pair two and pair three shouldn’t be too far behind.

I’ve been having issues with my ME over the past 10 days or so, and i’ve worked out that it flares up when my diet is bad, so after receiving a HUGE delivery of food (so much fresh fruit and veg my fridge is overflowing) i’m hoping to be back on track very soon. It is annoying me at the moment as it means that i can’t concentrate for long and it making HP slow progress. Whereas I would normally have it finished in a couple of days i’m only on chapter 10 at the moment. I’m wishing  I had bought the audio book as well and I could have listened when feeling tired and read when i could. Let’s hope the good food helps. So far it hasn’t as I cut my little finger pretty bad slicing red pepper earlier on – not so bad it needed stitches but still bad enough. I’m normally so careful and can’t remember the last time i cut myself chopping veg (if ever) but am i glad that I didn’t sharpen it before chopping or it could have been worse. It is making typing a nightmare though as i sort of touch type – i use all my fingers but not necessarily for the correct keys but it works for me. Thankfully, it doesn’t effect my knitting just the ability to wash up (Yay!)

For all those on Ravelry have you joined the Sock Knitters Anonymous group yet? They are having year long knitalong with contest etc worth checking out.

I’m not sure what to do next, read HP, listen to new Lime n Violet and knit or listen to my audiobook (The Rotter’s Club – great so far) and knit. Decisions, decisions.

Friday Feast

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Appetizer
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television?

This depends alot on the sport. Football (Soccer to all you in the US) and Formula 1 is a definete 9 or 10 but most other sports are pretty low.

Soup
If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick?

Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas

Salad
What is your favorite breakfast food?

Banana, yoghurt and honey smoothies (made by me!)

Main Course
Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00.

Knit of course.

Dessert
How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?

This one is dependent on my ME, I have peroids of just sleeping all the time (like the past 3 days) and peroids where I can’t sleep and it takes hours!

Mystery Stole 3

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Mystery Stole 3, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

I have just completed Clue 2. This is only my second attempt at proper lace so I am really pleased that I am managing to keep up. Clue 3 only came out yesterday so ‘m hoping to get that finished before clue 4 comes out next friday. I’m really enjoying the process and love the way the pattern is broken up into digestible pieces.
I have the second Ravenclaw sock to start tonight, but the pattern is so easy I should it have finished by the beginning of next week ready to post out before the deadline. I am falling behind in my Summer of Sock progress and this mainly due to the Mystery Stole.