Monthly Archives: November 2007

Handmade Christmas

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I saw this on Laura’s blog and have taken the pledge along with many others

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We got our wireless router delivered and set up today. I had been planning on getting one for a while but the cost was an issue, I mentioned this to student support and they said I would be entitled to one from my disabled student allowance, to help me to work from my bed when my ME/CFS is bad. So I write this post from the warmth and comfort of my bed! Yay!!!!! It is going to make my uni work so much easier, as I can sit up here in the warm and still access the internet. The signal isn’t great, it can be quite weak sometimes, as we have foil insulation in our ceilings from when the house was built and had ceiling heating, but it still works fine for my purpose.

I was in Borders Cambridge earlier on today and lo and behold I saw 5 copies of IK magazine on their shelf. I don’t know if other Cambridge knitters are aware of this, but I certainly wasn’t. I has made my week, my fave knitting magazine available in a local book shop.

I am also very happy as I have just ordered tickets to see Dancing on Ice Tour in April. My Mum absolutely loves the program and I am going to take her for her birthday (end of march). Unfortunately it couldn’t be a surprise as I wanted check she would be ok getting to Wembley Arena as she isn’t good on crowded trains but she says she’ll just have to ‘face the fear’ or failing that my brother-in-law is taxi driver and mum only lives about 1 hour away from wembley, so we are sure he can do us deal.

On knitting news, I am making slow progress on the CPH sleeves, but knitting both at the same time is much easier than I expected. I have this urge to cast on a pair of socks using my Sock Hop yarn but can’t decided what pattern would work best. Any ideas? I was looking for something that would bring out the best in this gorgeous yarn, but don’t want to just knit plain stockinette.

The Think Pink make-up bags are coming on well; apart from a few ‘zipper’ issues, they are pretty easy to make. If anyone has any tips on sewing a zipper into a bag please let me know. All the instructions I could find in my books and on-line are for inserting zippers into skirts etc, things with at least one open end, whereas I am trying to put a zipper into item where both ends are closed. I think that makes sense, it does to me, but that doesn’t mean much!

I know this blog has been lacking in knitting/sewing photos recently but all going to plan I hope to get some WIPs photo’d tomorrow, for a WIP Wednesday update.

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Whilst reading The Cotton Patch blog I discovered a wonderful group trying to reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags being used and discarded.

Here is their web release:

Let’s do something positive to reduce the hideous number of plastic bags being used – 1 million are consumed per minute globally – of which hundreds of thousands end up in the oceans.

the idea is to get together with people in your local community, drink wine and make reusable cloth bags (from old duvet covers, curtains from charity shops etc) and hand them out to the unsuspecting public for free on specified dates outside different supermarkets.

meet new people, do something marvellous for the planet and beat other pods (groups) of baggers with your morsbag tally.

go to www.morsbags.com to be a part of a wonderful thing!

p.s. non-commercial/ non-profitable – just full of beneficial things for everyone, especially whales!

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I got our tickets, yay, next June we are off to Wembley Stadium to see the Foo’s again. I also managed to get to uni in time to complete my lab work.

Last night I did a fair bit of sewing and almost completed the first of the make-up bags for christmas presents from the Quilt Pink fabric. I just have to work out how to put the zipper in this weekend. I am really pleased with how it has come out so far. The pattern doesn’t include a lining but using the same idea as used in the Amy Butler pattern I have I managed to include a contrast lining. Not bad for a novice – adapting only the second project I have ever sewed.

The Central Park Hoodie is coming on leaps and bounds. I decided to knit both the sleeves at the same time, on one circular needle. Apart from a few tangles with the two balls of yarn it is going well. I still have a lot to do but I think this way will help to alleviate the tedium that is knitting the second sleeve.

I’m off to bed know as I started to get a back ache earlier today and its getting worse. I ahd a nice hot bath (and used the eye teabags gifted from Wendy – which were gorgeous) which helped for a while but it has come back. I am going to try not to take any pain meds until later so they are working when I want to go to sleep.

Happy Thanksgiving to any American readers out there!

when having a boyfriend who is 1/4 dutch can be good

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I am 100% English, my Dad has traced our family tree back to Lord Nelson, so I am unequivocally English. Last night’s football result was not good, but being fickle and always up for a summer of beer and football, we (me and Karl) now delve into the depths of his ancestry to find a team to support. Karl’s paternal grandfather in Dutch so next summer we will be sporting the bright orange shirt of the Netherlands.

I can’t believe I am up so early, well I can, the master of rock himself Dave Grohl is on Radio 1 announcing their HUGE gig next June at Wembley stadium, and I am anxiously waiting for 9am when tickets go on pre-sale. Am I wrong to miss a lecture and practical just to get tickets to see a band who I only saw less than 7 days ago?

Foo Fighters Gig

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We went the Foo Fighters on Saturday at O2 Arena (inside the old Millennium Dome) in London. Karl bought the tickets for my birthday.

Foo Fighters Gig, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

What can I say, it was A-MAZING! Definitely the best gig I’ve ever been to. The O2 arena was a bit of a nightmare to get to, but not as bad as I was expecting. I really like the venue, although it holds 20,000 it seemed smaller. The Foo’s played for over 2 hours and I loved every minute. Karl was getting a bit stressed at me as I couldn’t get comfy anywhere (the places we were standing for the support didn’t feel right) but eventually I was happy. The stage at the front extended out in a runway with the small circular stage at the end for the acoustic set. I somehow managed to get to the barrier just as the runway turned into the small stage. We had a really good view of both stages from there.
To the observant amongst you, yes that is Brian May (he of big hair and Queen fame). He was watching the gig, literally standing next me (just the other side of the barrier) and during the acoustic set him and Roger Taylor (he of less hair and Queen) played a song with the band – how awesome!
It was most definitely worth the money and can’t wait to see them again.
Although I felt pretty crap yesterday, after sleeping all day today I am feeling fine. I was expecting to be pretty ill and crap all week. I am hoping (finger’s crossed, touch wood etc) that just maybe my ME/CFS is getting a little bit better. The reason I was expecting to feel so bad is that I just can’t stand still at a gig, or just tap my foot. I have to dance/jump and generally rock. I know I shouldn’t as I pay for it for days later but its just me, I go to gigs and the jump around and enjoy myself. Always have done and no doubt always will.

In knitting news, I have now finished the back and both fronts of the Central Park Hoodie, but as you can imagine very little knitting was done this weekend. I hope to make up for it next weekend.
I’m off to bed as I have Uni tomorrow – I missed todays so had better go in for tomorrow.

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Found this on Knittin’ Mom and decided to play along, and waste some time at uni before lectures

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?

Karl, he is constantly doing stuff that make me giggle

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Sitting on a very crowded bus listening to my ipod and reading

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Queuing up in Starbucks for a coffee.

4. What happened to you in 2006?
I turned 30!

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
Can you print my assignment for me please?

6. How many beverages did you have today?
It’s only 0900 so not many, a glass of diet coke and I am half way through a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks.

7. What color is your hairbrush?
I don’t actually own one, I do have a black comb though

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
Coffee’s in Starbucks

9. Where were you last night?
At home, cutting out fabric for my bag and then watched Tru Calling on DVD

10. What color is your front door?
A very boring white

11. Where do you keep your change?
In my purse. Karl however has change all over the place.

12. What’s the weather like today?
Very cold, but clear, crisp and sunny aswell.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough

14. What excites you?
Yarn, fabric and mircobiology.

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Not at the moment, but it will need a trim very soon. I do however, need some highlights.

16. Are you over the age of 25?
Yes

17. Do you talk a lot?
I have been accused of that on more than one occasion.

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
Only if forced to by Karl.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
My brother-in-law is Steve does that count.

20. Do you make up your own words?
No, but i often forget words.

21. Are you a jealous person?
I can be sometimes

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
Alison, she’s married Karl’s cousin and me and Karl met at their wedding.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Karl, who else.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
Mum mobile

25. What does the last text message you received say?
No idea as I deleted my text memory last night

26. Do you chew on your straw?
No

27. Do you have curly hair?
Yes, but with the help of my beloved GHD‘s you’d never believe it

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
To hand my assignment in and then my lecture

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
No-one is particulary rude, everyone has they’re moment but no-one stands out. I really don’t like rude people and try to stay as far away from them as possible.

30. What was the last thing you ate?
A bowl of custard last night. I have a cinnamon danish in my bag for a bit later.

31. Will you get married in the future?
Probably, but not in the near future.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
I watched The Last King of Scotland last week and really enjoyed it.

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
I like all my friends, but I like like Karl obviously.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
Saturday, I had a kitchen free day yesterday – no cooking, no dishes.

35. Are you currently depressed?
No, I am feeling reasnoably optimistic and happy with life.

36. Did you cry today?
No, but it’s still early.

37. Why did you answer and post this?
Because I had nothing better to do for an hour whilst waiting for my lecture to start.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
Its way too early to think about tagging, if you wanna join in consider yourself tagged!