Monthly Archives: September 2007

Friday Feast


Feeling slightly better, the doctor came out to see me and gave me a dose of prednisolone and a script for another 5 days worth and a course of antibiotics. Just watched Miss Potter and knit lots on my Sock It To Me Sock. Popped down to pick up the ipod and thought I’d give you all a Friday Feast. Plus upstairs is really warm so I’m cooling off downstairs for a while.

How are you today?

Ill – see previous post

Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis.

Eastenders, Casualty & Holby City

These are 3 shows that I’ve been watching for as long as I can remember, or since they began (Holby City). Long live the BBC!

What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?

In 1988 (i think) we had some bad winds/hurricane. It wasn’t the infamous 1987 hurricane but either the year after or to years after. I was at secondary school and we were in a lesson on the third floor of the three story block. This block over looked the science block (only 2 storeys high). I remember a guy in our class shouting ‘Miss the roof is blowing of the science block!’ We all looked out of the window a huge piece of roofing flew at us and up over the top of the building we were in. We were all sent home and I can remember that the younger ones our bus (this included me) needed help getting from the buildings to buses by the older kids as the wind was so strong.

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If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be?

That’s a hard one! There are a lot of places I want to visit as I’ve not traveled much, but top of my list is Canada.

What do you usually wear to sleep?

PJ bottoms with a vest top, and when its really cold socks as well!


I have so much great stuff to share with you but I am still feeling ill, in fact i’m feeling worse. I was ok for a couple of days then things went bad again. In the good days I finished the main part of the Deep V Argyle Vest and have cut most of the steeks. I am really pleased with this, and all going well it will be down in time for Ally Pally.

I have a great parcel to share with you, including some fab socks, from my Sock It To Me Swap Pal, and I have almost finished my Pals socks.

Pictures and details to follow.

Back to School


(no knitting content feel free to skip!)

Well University anyway.

Its going to be strange as I am part-time now so only doing 60 credits rather than 120 credits a year. This equates to 2 modules a semester rather than 4. I am enrolled on Human Pathology and Microbial Pathogenicity this semester. I am really looking forward to these as I like pathology and love microbiology and the lecturers for these modules are both really really nice as well.

I spend today making sure I had everything sorted for Monday’s lecture only to discover that the digital voice recorder I bought last year (pre-MacBook) isn’t compatible with my MacBook. I can still use it but have to listen direct from the recorder and can’t edit the gaps (i have a habit of putting it on the lecturers desk at the beginning of a lecture and forgetting to pause it during the coffee break). I like to record my lectures and store them on my computer with my notes to help with revision etc. I should be able to get a mac compatible one through uni as part of my disabled student allowance (DSA). When I had my original assessment they did ask if I wanted a voice recorder and I said that I already had one, little did I know that it wouldn’t work with a mac. I had a choice of a mac or pc laptop and asked for mac as I had been using my friends and really like it, plus I wanted something smaller than the 15″ laptops that were being given as the pc laptops.

I mananged to arrange a chair as well, so no more numb bums and aching shoulders and neck for me soon! I tried quite a few in the DSA office and the most comfortable was a Hoganasmobler 382. I nearly fell over when I received my copy of the quote, who knew comfort would be so expensive. I have a really really hollow back and found the lumbar air support on this one fanstastic for it. My LEA have agreed to it so I’m just awaiting delivery now. I’m also awaiting delivery of a wireless router thing – the thing which means I can use the wireless internet facility. I tried to get one through our internet provider but they wanted stupid amounts of money for it, so I spoke to uni and they said that as I needed to be able to work from my bed (for when my ME is bad) it would be part of my allowance. I suppose this means my over the bed table (which has been used a knitting table all summer) needs to be re-assigned to its proper duty.

I’m on a strict yarn diet now, as I have just priced up the books for one of my modules and it is £60 if i get 2 or £90 if I get all 3, i will probably just get the 2 as I won’t need them next semester whereas the books for the micro module will be useful for my micro specialism module next semester and for my dissertation the year after.

and to those of you that won yarn, I am so sorry for not having gotten around to posting it yet, the 2hr blood pressure test really drained me, it is so difficult to sleep with that thing on. It only goes off every 1hr during the night (as opposed to 30mins during the day) but its still a pain, and trying to get comfy with a cuff on your arm attached to a large ipod shaped monitor by rubbing tubing is just impossible. I promise to get in the post by the end of the week (unless your Rosie, in which case I’ll drop into your work sometime this week)

I’m off to think of an interesting joint or bone disease to write 1500 words about in the next 6 weeks.

Fridays Feast


What is your favorite type of art?

Anything involving fibre. I also LOVE movies and considered a good movie a piece of art.

When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it?

I can’t remember, but it would have been last time I saw my parents. They never let me and Karl pay for anything when we go out.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you?

This varies on the time of the month but I fluctuate between 6-7 and 10
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Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails?

about 30 mins

To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat?

20-23 depending on how I am feeling. My ME/CFS can make me feel the cold so I often turn it up for a while and then down

Yarn Bar Update


Yarn Bar Update, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

Just a quickie to let you know I’ve updated The Yarn Bar.
There is a special charity yarn and roving available in aid of Lupus Charity, I am offering this is association with Fairie Knits who is raising money. Please visit her blog for more info.

I have to go to London tomorrow to get a 24hr blood pressure monitor fitted and was looking forward to some yarn shopping but is appears most of the yarn shops are closed on Mondays. Instead I’m going to the new Liz Earle shop (which is just down the road from the hospital anyway) to treat myself to something.

For those of you who won yarn I will be posting on Tuesday, sorry about the delay but I have been exhausted over the weekend. I even went a whole day without knitting.

and the winner is….


  There are three winners to announce
1st prize – the names chosen for our Chinese hamsters
2nd prize – the names I really really wanted them to be called but Karl wasn’t so keen, but as I loved the names so much I’m giving a prize
3rd prize – random prize draw winner

1st prize goes to Adee and the hamsters are now called

Itchy & Scratchy

Karl is a HUGE Simpson’s fan, well done!

2nd prize goes to Rosie for suggesting Bam & Boo
I loved this idea, as it has the oriental theme as well as a knitting theme. I’ve knit with a bamboo blend once but the yarn was so so soft.

3rd prize (drawn from my notions case, I was going to use a hamster ball but they were in the cupboard and all my dyeing was in the way) goes to Sophie.

Hamster Drawing, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

I will e-mail you all in turn to let you know what of the the prizes is still available. 1st place gets 1st choice etc.

well done to everyone, we’ve had great fun looking at your suggestions!

wip wednesday


wip wednesday, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

After completing the Clementine Shawlette I have 3 three things on my needles. I know only 2 are pictured but I don’t have a photo of the third and its upstairs and I ‘ve just finished dyeing roving, have dinner to make and I want watch the footie (read as: can’t be assed to take photo right now)
The Sweet Pea socks are half done. They are really great knit i’ve just been lacking the sock mojo lately. They are for my Sock It To Me swap pal, so I had better get a move on.
The Deep V Argyle Vest in just divine! Love the pattern, love the yarn, love the colours. I’m actually further along than this now. I have the waist decreases done and am about to start on the on the bust increases and in a few rounds time I have to place the neck steek stitches.

We have decided on a winner for the Hamsters names, and will awarding a second prize also (this is a a name I really really liked but Karl wasn’t so keen on). We will be doing the draw for the random winner later tonight. I’ll try to post winners later tonight if not I promise they will be posted tomorrow.

1hr and 31mins…


Clementine Shawlette, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

…is how long it took me to kitchener the Clementine Shawlette halves together. I can be so precise, not because I timed myself (i may be a geek but i’m not that bad) but because I started kitchenering when Pirates of the Carribbean – Dead Man’s Chest began and I checked the timer on the DVD when I finished.

All I have to do now is block it. Great i thought I’ll soak it today, until I remembered I had lent my Eucalan to my mum and not got it back yet. In the UK Eucalan, along with other no-rinse woolwashes, are a rarity. I was searching the internet for a UK stockist of Eucalan, my present bottle was a gift, only to find this. I would be interested in hearing from any UK people who have used it. It looks similar to Eucualan but much cheaper (well, same price but bigger bottle) and as there is a Lakeland in Cambridge it is easily accessible. As I have a couple of weeks until the wedding for which the shawl is needed I will postpone blocking until I can get to the city and buy some.

I plan on having a dyeing day tomorrow, so expect a shop update soon. I need to get the woolwash to soak the dyed yarn in to, so the update won’t be until next week.

random meme


Found here

1. Three films you rented recently?

We’ve been on a bit of a renting drought recently so can only think of two:

Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny we watched this night and it was better than I thought. I’m not a great fan of comedies but this made me laugh and to top it of Dave was in it as the Devil. We love Dave in this house. I got tickets to see the Foos from Karl for my birthday.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest – I know we must have been the only people not to have seen this already but we watched this night too. Loved it! It made the 90mins of grafting the two clementine shawl halves together so much more bearable.

House Season 1: We got Seasons 1 and 2 from Tesco’s last week for £18 each, so although not strictly a rented dvd it is something we have been watching a lot of.

2. Are you into any crafts other than knitting?

I am trying to learn to spin on a drop spindle. I’m sort of getting it just need practice, oh and the time to practice. I also dye yarn and roving. Other than that no other crafts.

3. Any New Stash or Notions Acquisitions?

I got some Sabraset dyes the other day from prochem. I got the two Spinning in Colour kits (minus the book as I already have it). I plan on having a go with them soon. I need to make a khaki colour so fingers crossed. I also ordered some more blank supersock (75% wool 25% nylon) sock yarn for dyeing this week.

4. What Are You Listening To?

Audiobook – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I am loving this! I am only just getting to the end of part 1, there is another 3 parts to go. The whole unabridged version is about 40 hours long. I get my books from audible as it is great value.

Music – right now I am listening to the Foo Fighters.

5. Name Five Things On Your Knitting Wishlist?

I am seriously coveting the new Knitpicks Harmony Wooden needles, both the options set and the DPN set. I’ve heard rumours that they will be available in the UK by the end of the year. Fingers crossed

I can’t wait to see the Socks That Rock Raven Series. It comes out just after my birthday so I’m asking family for money for my birthday, so I can get some (or all maybe!)

I’m looking for a nice knitting bag, something that I can use as a handbag but keep a medium sized project in too. I love the Lexi Barnes bags, but being in the UK it means getting them from US. I do like the Jordana Paige Satchel and the Namaste Jetsetterbag.

The new Cat Bordi book is also high my wishlist – so many great reviews! It looks really interesting but once again something else not yet available in the UK or at least not that I can find.

Sock Yarn – any and all. I’m not fussy!