Monthly Archives: December 2007


Can you believe we just got back from doing the perishable xmas shop at Tesco’s and it was pretty busy! We left the house at 1210am, arriving at Tesco shortly after (it is only a short walk away) and found cars in the car park and people already shopping. Tesco opened today at 0001am and there must have people waiting outside to get in. We decided to go at this ungodly hour because a) its just down the road b) we are so not morning people, so going at around 7-8ish was out of the question and we didn’t want to leave it until the afternoon.

Whilst waiting for Tesco to open this evening I manage to get Karl’s mum’s bag finished and block my mum’s scarf. I just need to wrap them tomorrow and all the presents are done. So all that is left is planning the christmas dinner. For me, cooking a roast dinner is planned with military precision. I start by deciding what time we will eat, them work back to see what time I need to put the meat in. I then write a timed schedule telling me at what time I need to do each thing. As things are done they are ticked off. Karl has always laughed at this but it worked for my mum (and dad) and work for me.

For those interested this is what we will be eating in christmas day

Breakfast: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel with Bucks Fizz (made with sparkling wine as I couldn’t afford champagne)


Roast Turkey (basted with sage butter) with sausagemeat, sage & onion stuffing

Pigs in blankets

Honey roast parsnips & carrots

Roast potatoes (roasted in goose fat)

Brussell sprouts with pancetta in a sage butter

Bread sauce



Cheese and biscuits

Sausage Rolls

We have a tradition in our house that the hamsters get a Christmas dinner too, we give them a raw sprout, a small piece of carrot and a small piece of turkey.

You can now call me insane as all of the above delights will be made by me, no ready made stuff in this house (except the puff pastry I may be mad but no certifiable) and just in case you were unsure of my festive madness I have my family coming over on boxing day so will be making coleslaw, potato salad, houmus, more sausage rolls and cooking a honey glazed ham for them, as well a making some mulled wine for me and my mum. Every year I say I am going to cook less and buy more ready made but I just can’t do it – I love cooking (someone remind of this when I’m swearing in the kitchen over the next 72hours) and much prefer to make my own.

I see my festive cooking plans rather like those of a knitter who decides to knit presents for everyone only 10 days before christmas.  I occasionally bite off more than I can chew. A couple of years ago I made all this and cakes too, but my stepdad was diagnosed with diabetes this year so have cut out the cakes and stuff. There are plenty of chocolates and sweets about it people want, and I know my mum is bringing some sweet bits with her. For those of you wondering where the mince pies, christmas pud and christmas cake are, well, both me and Karl detest dried fruit, so these things are absent from our celebration.

I probably won’t be posting again before christmas, so have a good one everybody and be prepared for lots of photos of christmas food and christmas pressies after boxing day.



I found this on Piglottie’s blog and thought I’d play along

Favourite Yarn

I’ve recently finished knitting a Clapotis with Malabrigo worsted and love every minute of it. So Malabrigo has to be my fave worsted/sweater yarn but as far as sock yarn goes I love the Wollmeise – the colours are just amazing!

Favourite Needles

At the moment I love my brittanty birch dpns, but I have the intechangable and dpn set of Knitpicks Harmonies for Xmas so accept they will be my fave very soon.

Favourite New Pattern

I love the Cobblestone sweater from IK Autumn, which I will be starting in earnest as soon as mt CPH is finished. I also love Spring Things shaw by Susan Lawrence (not exactly new but was released this year I think).

Favourite Project

Really enjoyed the Clapotis and can see more of these being made. I’m also really enjoying the CPH.

Favourite Knitting Blog

My top 3 would have to be Wendy Knits, I’m knitting as fast as I can and of course Yarn Harlot.

Favourite New Technique

I did my first stranded colourowrk this year and really enjoy it. I really want to do some more.

Favourite Knitting Website

Has to be Ravelry – no contest!

Favourite Knitting Book

This is a difficult one as I don’t have many but I do like The Best of Interweave Knits, there are a lot of projects in there that are on my wishlist for next year including Cambridge Jacket (for Karl), Icarus Shawl and Lite Lopi Pullover.

Favourite Knitting Spot

Sitting in bed listening to a good audiobook or knitting podcast.

Favourite Knitting Partner

I tend to knit alone, but I do like to listen to podcasts and my fave is Lime n Violet. So they would be my fave knitting partners.

Geocaching, FO’s & WIPS


I’ve recently heard about this and after some research (how wonderful the internet can be) have become interested in having a go. I was wondering if anyone out there already does this, or knows someone who does. I have planted the seed into parents head that seems like something they would like, in the hope we could go on a trip over the new year when I am visiting them – my stepdad already has a GPS, whereas I will have to wait to get one.

if anyone is unsure of what geocaching is, simply put, its like a treasure hunt with GPS. The best place if found for info is here

I completed my clapotis (just need to block it) and have started on a christmas scarf for my mum. Mums’ bag is finished, as are the make-u bags, and Karl’s mum’s bag is half done. I’ve been feeling under the weather with a chest infection this past week, and despite antibiotics don’t seem to be feeling any better. I know I am not getting better because a) I can’t concentrate to sew b) I can’t concentrate to knit and c) I don’t seem to care that I can’t do these things. I’m not sure whether the chest infection has gotten worse (even though the symptons seem to have calmed down), a have a virus on top of the chest infection, or the chest infection has flared up my ME. As much as I hate to admit it, I think its the latter, as the coughing, sore chest etc has subsided and now I just feel fatigued, achey and basically crap. I have to go back to the doctors as I have missed assignment deadlines due to being ill, and need another week to get them done but right now, my head feels like its filled with cotton wool.

Enough of the whinging, I just registered for a new swap, Mmmmm…Hot Cocoa. Sign ups opened today and stay open until 31st Dec or until 100 participants register.

Top 10 Stash Project Knitalong


Here is my list for the Top 10 Stash Projects Knitalong:

1. RPMs : Crown Mountain Farm – Beat Goes On

2. Bird Foot : OnLine – Black and Lanna Grossa Meillenweit Fun

3.  Brompton : Rowanspun DK

4. Carolina: Socks That Rock Lightweight – Little Bunny Foo Foo

5. Yarn Harlot’s One Row Homespun Scarf : Clapotis : Malabrigo – Dusty Olive Finished Dec 07

6. Spring Things Shawl : Jagger Zephyrspun – Elderberry

7. Wisp Ice Queen : Malabrigo – Olive

8. Beret : Twilley’s Freedom Spirit – Earth

9. Tank : Twilley’s Freedom Spirit – Earth finished Jan 08

10. FrankenMitts : Cascade 220 Heathers (brown and green)

Monkeys, McFly and Mail


I received my Monkey Sock Swap 3 parcel at the end of last week but held of blogging until I got some batteries for my camera – which I’ve still forgotten to get, so will blog about it now and take photos when i get the batteries (hopefully tomorrow.) I received a gorgeous pair of variegated brown monkeys socks (not sure what they were made of but it is oh so soft) They are my now my favourite socks!!!!! I was also sent the Thelonious pattern with 2 skeins of Louet Gems in a lovely bright green. A really cute monkey tape measure and large tote bag with embroidery monkeys on it. Travelling along with all these goodies was ‘Dangles’ the softest and cutest cuddly monkey. He is made from a lovely soft fleece. Although his tag says he is called Dangles we have had to rename him as one of our hamsters is called Dangles. Karl already has a cuddly monkey called George, so I have called my monkey Harry!

I have been away for the past 48 hours staying at my friends house as we went off to Wembley last night to see McFly. They were awesome – I know they are not as ‘cool’ as the Foos but I believe everyone is allowed a guilty pleasure and they are mine. Apart from the really really bad organisation whilst queing outside it was a great night – my ears are still ringing so it must have been good!!

When I got home this afternoon I had 2 parcels. One from Get Knitted with some Amy Butler fabric to make Emma her christmas present, so yarn for my Winter Coffee Swap pal and some Malabrigo worsted for me!!!! Since I opened I’ve the two skeins wrapped around my neck – so soft. I also had a parcel from U-Handbag containing an Amy Butler Pattern and some metal bag notions for my laptop bag (which I plan to start over the weekend) . We have also received discs 3,4 & 5 of Season 2 of Bones from Amazon rental. This weekend is going to require so much self-control and willpower. All I will want to do is sew, knit and watch Bones when in fact what I HAVE to do is right a presentation, an essay and make a poster.

I still have two place for Pay It Forward left if anyone is interested.

Pay It Forward


I have been aware if this idea for a while but have never been in a position to participate, but now I am. I think it is a wonderful idea and am amazed at how popular it is. I signed up through Stariel.

So for those of you unsure of the details, here is the description taken from the Pay It Forward group on Raverly. (You don’t have to be on Ravelry to participate though!)

Let me tell you about it, these are the instructions: “It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based on the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

I will now Pay It Forward to you THREE, I wonder who you will be?! Please, be a PIF! You will enjoy it just as much as we do!”

And, remember…you have 6 months to get your gifts done! Come on, you know you would love to be one of my angels. Then, one day, but you don’t know when….you will get a gift that I have made especially for YOU!

Please remember, you don’t have to knit or crochet to participate, anyone who can make a nice handmade gift is welcome to join 🙂

I think right now is a great time to sign up, being the season of goodwill etc. and you do have six months to make your gifts.