I rather like this idea of having a natter with some knitting thrown in. Please join in, I will feel very silly nattering to myself.
A rather wonderful thing happened on Wednesday. It turned out it wasn’t my birthday, that is still firmly in October. But the wonderful Claire had decided that my unbirthday was this week and I received a simply marvellous present. Sometimes you receive a gift that is just so perfect it takes your breath away. This one did bring a tear to my eye. It’s so pretty.
This is a needle case, with pretty quilting, and cross stitch and made in my absolute favourite colour and inside
some hand beaded stitch markers. Oh MY! Thank you so much. I love it.
Meantime do any of you have this sort of conversation. Mr E bellowing from downstairs ” What are you doing Cath?” He calls me Cath and that is not my name, but he’s never cottoned onto that one. Beside the point. My reply “Looking up a grave in the Anfield cemetery in Liverpool”. Perfectly natural thing to do. Or later that day ” Cath, what are you doing?” Reply ” Knitting cat’s eyes !” Silly man.
Bagpusses eyes to be precise. Right now he is a cat of many parts. Soon to be united with legs, ears and whiskers.
Meantime the knitting pattern that the Gremlin in the computer ordered has arrived.
with yarn for the one at the top. Personally I am not at all surprised that the Gremlin choose this one. I suppose I could help out with the knitting, but not until I have done the jumper which is next in the queue.
So, what are you up too this weekend? I hope it involves some knitting or sewing or something you love doing with people you care about.
Hurrah for Bloggers.
Many thanks for all the help you gave me last week regarding the problem of keeping track of a 17 stitch repeat pattern on a row of 170 stitches. The answer was stitch markers. I marked the end of each 17 stitch repeat, did the next block of 17 and then checked that there were still 17 stitches and the right 17 stitches. And now look – that part of the mermaids tail is complete. The pattern is Sirdar number 4708 and it can be bought Here
Thank you also for the reassurance about the book I was reading which was full of weird people. I returned the book and my friend said Yes they are all weird. She then went onto recommend some short stories by the same author, “Although all the characters are weird in them too” moments pause ” Very Weird”. I am pleased I was honest, and the story was well written.
And for the recommendation of Ibuprofen Gel, for my sore thumb/hand/wrist, which I am now using. I suspect that it is some sort of repetitive strain injury caused by an over enthusiasm for all things yarn.
Onto this week’s book from my bedside heap. Think Forest Gump meets chocolate. The main character drank an elixir of life and is alive for 500 years. He is then present at all things chocolate. Last night I reached page 199 and then dreamed of chocolate. I kid you not. Chocolates on the book are REAL, not artificial, and were a gift, and won’t be around for much longer!
Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along
Drum Roll please. No really DRUM ROLL. Here it is finally finished, – the white cable cardigan. It may only be a 24″ chest, but believe me it was not easy.
Who would ever have thought that 12 rows of pattern could be so hard to remember. I certainly couldn’t remember them. I had to watch what I was doing row by row and stitch by stitch. I should feel a sense of achievement but all I feel is relief. I set out to improve my knitting skills last year and learn new stuff. Have a challenge. Mmm. Well Sirdar pattern 1477 was certainly all of that. Have a look at the back.
I completed it last night with the addition of 6 buttons which I think I bought last year from a vintage fair. They are sweet little cats I think.
Or maybe bears. I was not certain if they were too pink. But as I am trying not to spend money on new bits and bobs but to use things I already have, I went with them. Actually I think the bit of colour breaks up the white quite nicely.
And I have made great progress on my fun jumper.
I just have the front bands to do , sew up and add buttons. Should get that done tonight or maybe tomorrow. The book is the Y in my read through the alphabet challenge. Couldn’t find an X author in the library but have requested one from another branch. This book is a load of tosh!
Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along
Knitting wise I have nearly finished the little cardigan for Miss F, just the button band to do, then seams to join and ends to sew in. Next time you see this there will be buttons on the front too, and something else on the needles. The pattern is Sirdar 1894, which can be obtained here.
Two books on the go. The first is my bedtime reading, The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, its the third in a series set in Barcelona, but only the second I have read. A mystery story with books at their centre. The other is my day time reading when I have a slot of time in which I can concentrate properly to the words on the page. My Great Grandfather was Clerk to the Governors ( ie legal adviser on the Poor Law) of the Pickering workhouse and I was interested to read some first hand accounts of life in the Workhouse seen from the viewpoint of residents, staff, political thinkers, and workhouse inspectors. If anyone had a relative with connections to a workhouse in whatever capacity I can recommend this book as highly readable.
One of my challenges to myself this year has been to read some non fiction and some people have recommended me some good books they have enjoyed. I have now written myself a list to take to the Library to keep my eyes open for. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions, and in the meantime if you have any good recommendations for non fiction I would love to hear them.
Joining with Ginny for some Yarn Alongs