Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Dark Side !!!

I have finally got to grips with Crochet - I think:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Calming Socks are done : )

The Regia Landscape socks are actually completed, but my camera is still under a dust sheet somewhere so these are the best I can do for now:

I also cant seem to rotate the bottom photo!!! Anyway - knitting these socks of an evening kept me calm as my house was filled with plasterdust and workmen. I cast the second sock off straight after the plasterers had finished. Great timing LOL
I am now making a cardigan-type-jacket-thing for me out of Purple Cascade 220 - photos when I unearth the camera.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Its Over : )

The plasterers finished today, the building work is done!!! I have new walls, doorways, doors, woodwork, ceilings and floors. I NEVER want to go through this again!!!!!

Next week is dedicated to cleaning up - the plaster dust gets everywhere (groan)

PS I am really a very happy bunny now that my house is back together again and I am looking at wallpaper and colour charts over the weekend - whooppee

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fibre & Spinning

First the Fibre - 2 x 100g of yummy squishyness from Babylonglegs

This is called 'Leo the Lion' and is 100g Falkland top

And this one is called 'Just Peachey' and is 100g Corriedale. I love the way that Babylonglegs uses such intense, saturated colours - no pastels with this lady!!!

And below is my current spinning. It is 100% Alpaca in 'Blue Moon' from the lovely Spindlefrog. I have just over 100g and have so far spun about 55g of it. It will be laceweight when I have plied it, I think.

I am using a 45g bottom whorl spindle and the scrunchie is to keep my cop of spun yarn neat when I stop spinning for the day. It also stops me from making a long thin cop as my spindle seems to spin better and faster with slow, wide cop. I suppose it isnt a 'proper' spinning tool but it works for me and looks pretty too : )

Friday, March 13, 2009

In Praise of Daleks : )

I knitted these squishy Daleks for my son last year. The pattern is called Extermiknit but doesnt seems to be available any longer on the web : (

I used a yarn called Drops Cotton Viscose from Scandinavian Knitting Designs. They have a UK shop, and the yarn had a lovely metallic sheen - just right for Daleks.

I did a Spinning workshop last Wednesday night at Coventry Knitwits and it was great fun. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I introduced a few people to Spindle spinning - including a senior gentleman who is a regular at the pub where we meet : ) The group meets up every Wednesday night at 7pm-9pm for general knattering, knitting, crochet and sometimes a bit of patchwork or spinning too and there is a workshop each month as well.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bricks & Mortar - but only just

Our original job for the plasterers was to just skim the ceilings and make good the new wall, doorways and fireplace. So much for the plan. As my Grandma would say 'God Moves in Mysterious Ways'

The plasterers were delayed by a week so I thought I would strip the remaining paper off the walls to make it easier when we decorate after the plasterers have been. Unfortunately, as I pulled some wallpaper off, the plaster came with it. Not just little bits, but whole chunks. I stopped what I was doing and went into the lounge to tell DH. I heard an almighty CRASH and a whole square meter of plaster fell off in the hall.

I quickly called the plasterer who came over and did that sucking noise thingy between his teeth. The whole lot had to come off in the hall, stairs, landing and lounge.

Three days and a skip full of plaster later, this is what we had left on our walls:

And below is a photo of the Killer RSJ we uncovered. The whole of our bedroom wall and most of the loft is bearing on this RSJ and it was only balanced on half a brick!!! The steel bar you can see is a wallplate that DH has now put in to secure the wall. We wouldnt have know of this dangerous RSJ if the plasterers hadnt been late and I hadnt started removeing wallpaper.
God works mysteriously alright!!

I have blisters on my hands from the Kango electric chisel and some of my fingertips feel numb, but DH and I got the plaster off and the repairs done in time. The plasterers arrived this Monday and are doing a sterling job. More photos to follow : )

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Progress and socks

We now have a doorway:

And we have a wall and another doorway:

And a fireplace:

And the sock is coming on nicely too : )

Must go - I have a hallway to remove the plaster from before Friday. The fun never ends here LOL

Monday, March 2, 2009

If All Else Fails........

The plasterer rang up at 9pm last night to tell us he was NOT starting today......he is starting NEXT Monday as he is still finishing off the previous job!!!! This is the second delay so far and I walked around for a while muttering curses and foul imprecations until I felt better LOL

Then I followed the advice of a very sensible friend who told me....If All Else Fails - make a cup of tea, find a comfy corner to hide in for a while, and cast on a new sock with yarn which makes you happy.

20 rows and one cup of tea later, calm has been restored!!

Aren't friends great : )