Monthly Archives: November 2009

Night time drink

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If like me you like to have a hot milky drink in the evening then you may like my bedtime drink. It is apparently a version of a chai latte but I started to make it as an alternate to cocoa (minus the tea) without realising. Once I discovered recipes for chai latte’s I tried adding some tea to my recipe and haven’t looked back. I use soy milk (alpro soy light) but any milk of your choice should work fine, it is also worth mentioning that I use a pretty large mug (larger than normal mug) so you may need to adjust accordingly. (I will try to remember to measure capacity of my mug tomorrow).

Ingredients

1 teaspoon loose tea
1/2 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves
1 cardamom pod
1 teaspoon sweetner

Place a mug full of milk into a saucepan.
Add dried ingredients
Heat, stirring or whisking occasionally
Strain into manual milk frother, froth, pour into mug and sprinkle with either cinnamon, nutmeg or choc.

Can easily be drunk without frothing or can be frothed in any other manner.

In other news, I have cast on a sweater with my handspun (I have already completed the first sleeve) and love the rustic look of the knitted fabric. To mask any inconsistencies between skeins I am alternating every other row.

I am still having pain issues with my hip but have to sit and wait for my appointment for the hospital. I’m not confident of being seen this side of Xmas, which is going to make a miserable Xmas. 😦

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One Row Handspun Scarf

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My creation, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Handspun from Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino in Stand by Me. 2ply fingering weight, used approximately 100g from 200g bump.
Mods: Pattern is written for aran/worsted weight yarn, so I used 3.25mm needles instead of 5mm written, I also increased the number of stitches but can’t remember by how many off hand. I kind of played it by ear as I knew i had plenty of yarn to play with.

I love this scarf, it turned exactly as I wanted. I had bought a new autumn jacket and didn’t have a scarf that would look right with it. I wanted something simple and practical that I could wear on a day to day basis. The scarf is soft, smooshy and warm but not bulky. I have already cast on some mittens in with the leftover yarn, in fact I have finished one and am 1/3rd through the second.

Friday Fill-In

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1. The last band I saw live was Foo Fighters (wembley stadium).
2. What I look forward to most on Christmas is spending time with family, (if you don’t celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is started but not complete yet.
4. Thoughts of my final year degree project fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear high heels and not be in pain.
6. Bagpipes remind me of new years eve.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include spinning and Sunday, I want to do both!

photos were taken…

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but the new USB cable I purchased doesn’t seem to like my mac or vice versa as when I plugged it in up came an error message about USB drawing too much power – will try it in Karl’s PC tomorrow.

I was planning on showing off a new FO – One Row Handspun Scarf in my handspun from Crown Mountain Farms (Stand By Me) and a new wip – podster gloves cast on this evening in the remaining yarn. Oh well, just hope they will be worth the wait.

I finished listening to Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton last night and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It is a lot shorter than most of the audiobooks I buy, but still an good cosy mystery and I can definitely see me buying more in the series. Tonight I will start listening to Cure of Souls by Phil Rickman, I have listened to the previous books in this series and love them. A great mix of old-fashioned murder mystery with new age/spiritual overtones. The only problem is that for some strange reason the next two books (numbers 6 & 7) aren’t available on audible but book 8 is, something that really confuses me. Why not have the entire series instead of random books from a series?
Hopefully I will bring photos tomorrow – fingers crossed!

Hip Hip….

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Hooray?

well the hip part is right. I started feeling the niggling pain back in hip a couple of days ago and it has gradually got worse, so back to the GP I limped. I have been referred back to Addenbrookes Hospital, this time to the Orthopaedic team as after examination (and pain) my GP managed to make hip clunk, that’s right no ‘clicking’ joints for me but deep seated clunking ones. That said is is pretty certain it isn’t actually a problem with the bone(s) as my x-ray a few weeks ago was clear but more likely a soft tissue/cartilage problem. I was prescribed more painkillers (Co-Dydramol) and have to wait to hear from Addenbrookes. I’m glad that the issue is being investigated but in the mean time I am in pain and when not in pain (after taking pain meds) am either drowsy/dopey or asleep so still not able to sit at a desk an concentrate on my work. I have also got to delay my meeting at uni about my project as have to rest my hip for another 2-3 days, which means no walking to bus stop/around campus etc. The real bummer though is no spinning 😦 so I won’t be able to get my sweater yarn plied up for a while. This will however leave an opening for a new sweater project as I am so very close to finishing the Trellis & Lace pullover. I am undecided about what to cast-on but the options are:

Stranded/Colourwork

Kauni cardigan in Kauni EP
Little Birds by Ysolda in Drops Alpaca
Freya Sweater by Courtney Kelley in Drops Alpaca
Enid Cardigan in Drops Alpaca

Sweaters/Pullovers

Layered Skater’s Top by Veronik Avery in Rowan Cotton Glace
Owls by Kate Davies in Zitron Loft Classic (Burgundy)

Cardigans/Jackets

Nonpareil by Berroco in Rowanspun Aran (from frogged Wicked which is way to big now)
Miss BB by Chic Knits in Rowanspun Aran

Tomorrow I hope to frog the Wicked which is hugely to big now and soak/wash the skeins ready for swatching, and start swatching for he stuff I have the yarn and patterns for. I will probably decide to cast on for 2 projects – one mindless knitting (little or no cable/colourwork) and one with either cables or colourwork throughout.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

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Today was a perfect autumnal Sunday. It started with a nice lie-in (with no guilt as all the housework was done on Saturday), followed by a breakfast and coffee. I then spent most of the day spinning and finished off watching season 4 of Supernatural. We had beef stew and dumplings cooked in the slow cooker for dinner and then started watching season4 of Bones.
Spinning was fantastic, I hadn’t spent that long in front of the wheel for ages and forgot just how relaxing it is. I started by finishing of last bobbin of singles for my sweater yarn (hopefully I can get it plied this week) and then started spinning the roving in the picture – scrumptious (merino/silk) from Fyberspates. I had never spun anything with silk in before and it took a little getting used to. I am spinning it on the second for fastest ratio on my wheel and it is spinning up like a dream, and nice and fine. The two braids whilst no identical are fraternal twins and I plan to ply the them together, so one ply will be lighter and more green than the other darker more blue one. If I could find mt camera cable I would post photos of the singles on the bobbin. They have so much shine and lustre, and the dark blue/purple is reminiscent of the colour of ink from a biro when it leaks out of the top.

People always remark that knitting/spinning is relaxing and calming, and I do find it is, which is why I can see alot of fibre play happening our house over the next few weeks – Karl is going to try and quit smoking. He has an appointment with the nurse at our GP clinic tomorrow to discuss the best plan for him, but has being trying to cut down this weekend and decided to ‘make do’ with the baccy he had rather than buy some more. this meant that come early afternoon he ran out. Even after a few hours without a cigarette he started to become short tempered, but i managed to hold my tongue and not retaliate to anything I would normally, especially as I was mindful that I am suffering from PMS at the moment. I swear if it wasn’t DVD boxsets keeping us occupied there may have been bloodshed. 😉 I am actually really proud of him for even trying as he has been smoking for over 10 years. If anyone has any advice about quitting smoking or supporting someone trying to quit it would be gratefully received.
In other news my hip has started to hurt again, not as bad as before but it is definitely the same pain in the same place. If it gets worse again then I will go back to my GP and see if anyone has any idea what it causing it. So far I just have a list of things that it isn’t. Iit is nearly 28 days since the pain started last time, so I am waiting to see if it follows the same pattern as before, over the next 5-6days, (getting gradually worse then going away for 21days) in which case it may be gynae related as fits my cycle. (TMI? sorry)
Tomorrow I plan to scour the house in search of my camera cable and if I can’t find it then i think I’ll just buy a replacement from Tesco when I go to pick up dinner, as I really need update my stash and projects page on Ravelry.

Sleeve Island

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I had decided to finish up some wips this month and pulled out my alpaca trellis and vine pullover which was so close to being an FO, only needing it’s second sleeve. For the past few days I have been frantically knitting away without really paying any attention to the sleeve, only the pattern. Earlier tonight I compared the first finished sleeve with my now almost finished second sleeve to see when I needed to start the lace and cable cuff – ooops! The second sleeve was a good 2 inches longer than it’s finished mate and that is without the cuff. A quick glance at the pattern revealed my mistake, I had been decreasing every 16 rounds (as for smallest size) not every 8 as per the size I am knitting. A quick visit to the frog pond and I am now back on track and should still finish the sleeve by the beginning of next week.
Anyone who follows me on twitter will notice i posted about being stuck on sleeve island, I now know why it felt like the sleeve was taking forever..
In other news did anyone see Ali & Brian’s amazing Vienese waltz tonight. I will admit that it bought tears to my eyes it was so beautiful.
Better get back to this sleeve.