It’s changed since I last came through
I do like an airport with free wifi
The last few weeks have been crazy busy, but at last there’s nothing more to do and I’m all packed and waiting for the taxi to pick me up.
I’m sitting here with Macros on my lap, making sure I know how to touch type since he won’t let me see the keyboard (and actually not even half of the screen at times). He’s a tad unhappy that the bags are out, but he’s met and likes the person who will be staying here to look after him and make sure no burglars come visiting.
Now starts 11 flights, 4 bus journeys, 2 train journeys and 2 boat trips just to get from A back to A again – with lots of fun stops in between, of course.
With everything I’ve had to do, I haven’t had much chance to catch up on my blog reading, though I have tried to keep on top of reading most of the blogs of my readers here. Who knows when I’ll be popping in next. Maybe I’ll check in when I have wifi along the way. But you’ll have photo and blog post overload from me when I get back.
So in the mean time, everyone have a great few weeks and I’ll “see” you soon.
We are now done to just 17 days before I fly out. Eek! So much to do. Which is also why my coming back to blog land hasn’t been too successful. But in amongst all the stuff I have to do (and too often ignore), I have managed to get a few other things done. And by done I mean not finished but at least worked on.
First, remember a while ago that I was asking about colours for a knitting project and showed all of those different sets of greens, blues, purples and reds? Well I picked my colours, ordered them and started work. I got the main part done very quickly and then it sat around for weeks waiting for me to do the steeks. For those not in the know, steeks are where you cut your knitting. Yep, I hate the sound of that too. Just the thought freaked me out. You do reinforce the stitches first and it’s all supposed to hold so that you can cut your knitting and all is still good in the world. And it works too, I’ve seen it. Unless of course you’re me. Then it doesn’t. I know have the bottom part of a colour work bag knit and cut ready to sew and the cut edge has started to undo. Crap! This is now put in the junk pile for trying again when I get a brain injury and think I can do it.
While avoiding trying those steeks (obviously should have avoided longer), I tried my hand at some design work. There was a competition at my local craft shop during British Wool Week last week to design an accessory. I got an idea of twiggy branches leading to leaves (possibly increasing in size). It looks ok. I’ll probably finish it eventually, but it’s in time out at the moment because I didn’t get to finish it before the comp (just submitted it half done) and I don’t have time to do any more until after my holiday.
Not the best pic as it was taken tonight with the flash, but hopefully it’s clear enough for you to see where I’m going with it.
And speaking of things that have to wait until after my holiday. I found some very cool fabric in that same craft shop the other week and just had to have it. It’s destined for a skirt. I’m going to have so much fun wearing that to work
Given I haven’t been online much, I hadn’t seen anything about this new Tula Pink line until I saw these guys and just had to have them. They make me smile and really, how often can we say that about our clothes. Well, ok, all the time if you’re me and by clothes you mean lingerie – I have a weakness
I’ve got a work dinner tomorrow night and a presentation to do before Friday but hopefully by the weekend I’ll finally get a chance to finish up the baby blanket I had planned to do last weekend. Or was it the one before? Especially as the little heifer (10lbs!) was born yesterday.
Ok. So obviously I fell down a rabbit hole. I had no intention for going offline as long as I did. My absence wasn’t just from blogland. I haven’t been on facebook and rarely checking emails too. I have slowly started coming back again and trying to read blogs I’ve missed. Bear with me, it may take me a while to get to yours.
So, what have I been up to? You know, I have no idea. It really doesn’t feel like it should have been this long since I’ve been online based on what I have (or rather haven’t) done.
I’ve been finalising things for my trip – pretty much all done now. I’ve been failing to break in my hiking boots – oops. Been knitting a little – have a baby blanket to show you after I do the last bit of finishing tomorrow and have been working on a gift that I might give you a sneak peek on. I’ve been spending time with friends, and some being a hermit. There’s been lots of work and a bit of stress. And of course, you can’t be me and get this close to a big holiday without throwing in a bit of sickness.
And tonight was a fun trip to the vets with Macros. He’s gone completely inactive so his claws have grown too long again. A call to the vet today to register him and that conversation should have tipped me off. I told them that as he’s 18 and stays home all the time without any interaction with other animals, I don’t vaccinate him anymore. A trip to the vets distresses him so I think why take him unnecessarily. That was met with the comment: well if he’s never been to the vet there’s no point me taking a medical history. Hmm. Next came the actual trip. He’s only ever been in a carrier once and that was when he flew to the UK. He had a basket but that got left behind in Cardiff so I took him on my lap on a towel. Well, that was met with disapproval. Really, he wasn’t the only one out of a carrier at the vets in Oz, I didn’t think it was such a big deal. And finally, he did his semi-usual protest pee on the towel and me on the way. According to the receptionists (thinking they were talking quietly enough so I couldn’t hear), that was because he wasn’t in a carrier and I was an irresponsible pet owner. Despite the vet himself being quite nice, I think I might try the other vet in town next time. I can’t say I’ve met such judgmental vet receptionists before. Or is this the norm and I’ve just been spoiled?
I’m hoping to read another 3 or 4 blogs this weekend, then one a day next wee. Looking forward to catching up and seeing what you’ve all been up to. Hope life has been treating you all well.
He is done. And gifted. Here are the shots from his photos shoot yesterday morning.
I love how he turned out. The OCD colour placement paid off.
A friend at work is due to leave on maternity leave in a couple of weeks. I hadn’t given her anything yet so when I saw this very cute hippo on ravelry, I decided I should make it for her.
She doesn’t know if she’s having a boy or girl, but that doesn’t matter because I don’t do the whole blue for boys, pink for girls thing. I picked up a dark and light purple, and a dark and light teal. With some cream for the background. The pattern says to use sock yarn, but I’d been eyeing up this shiny DK cotton for a while now wanting an excuse to use the pretty colours, so that’s what I got, and just went up a hook size or two.
The pattern also says to make all the coloured motifs then start to assemble them using your join colour. Well, I started to do that, and that’s when the OCD kicked in. I’ve always believed that all scientists have a touch of OCD, and I’m no exception. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), that OCD doesn’t spill over into my housekeeping skills. Anyway, my OCD made me realise that I couldn’t make all the motifs first as I would need to pay attention to colour placement on the hippo. But I’ve got to say that in this case, my OCD payed off. I really like his blue and purple stripes.
Since I’m often not one to follow instructions, I also decided to stuff the body before moving on to the neck and head. And boy am I glad I did. It doesn’t look like stuffing it from the nose would be all that easy to do. I’m really happy with how he’s turning out and how quickly he’s coming together, especially as it’s been a while since I crocheted.
And now on to the housekeeping…
Thanks for using the poll from my last post. Looks like everyone is managing to comment ok, except Laura. So I’ll leave Sweet Captcha installed, as it seems to be doing a decent job of blocking troublemakers like Laura But since I quite like Laura’s brand of trouble, I’ve created a door for her. So Laura, here are your instructions (you may have tried this already and it wasn’t working – I fixed a bug in Sweet Captcha’s code this morning so now it will): log in with the username and password I emailed you the other day. Now you can comment without being asked to answer the puzzle.
A couple of weeks ago (ok, maybe longer, I’ve been busy) Laura mentioned she couldn’t comment on my blog now that I’ve installed Sweet Captcha for the comments. So I just want to check if anyone else has been having problems or if it was some weird anti-Laura glitch. If you could vote below, it’ll let me see if I need to turn it off or just open a Laura-sized door. Ta.
Regular programming will return this weekend. I’m busy working on a hippo
Well, yesterday was Fibre East. The plan was to go with cash and leave my cards at home (which I didn’t) so that I wouldn’t blow the budget (which I did).
First up there were a couple of bargains, which really shouldn’t count towards my total as they were ridiculously cheap. There was a stall selling 100g of pure spun silk in 60/2 or 30/2 weight for silly prices. Of course I bought 200g of the thinnest for an heirloom shawl. That’s 6000m of spun silk for less than you would normally expect to pay for half that.
Then there was the baby alpaca for half price. Beautifully soft and just crying to be made into a jumper.
So, if you ignore those two purchases, I really wasn’t all that bad and only missed my budget by £30
I bought some gorgeous green/blue yarn for a top. This photo doesn’t do it justice at all. It practically jumped off the wall wanting to come home with me. There were only two skeins left, or I would’ve bought 3.
The main reason I wanted to go to the show was to check out Skein Queen as I never catch her updates. By the time we made it around to her stall there wasn’t much left (which was probably a good thing) but I did get a chance to touch the different bases in person to decide which I would or would’t want to order online in the future. And I did pick up a couple of skeins of a merino/silk.
Then I saw Knitting Goddess from across the room. Oh my. I picked up a couple of grey/purple yarn to make a scrummy top.
Then I saw her “Same Difference” yarn. Oh wow, how quirky and what a brilliant idea. You get a skein split in two. Each is dyed in the same two colours with each skein being the reverse of the other as to the dominant colour.
Can you say funky not quite matching socks? So very me So of course, I had to get two colourways
Of course, the day wasn’t all about buying yarn. Mostly but not entirely. It was a fun day with friends where I could blame them for yarn I’d bought, or convince one that she really needed to buy those skeins. There was a picnic lunch and drooling over a beautiful angora rabbit (I may have reverted to childhood and started saying “I want an angora bunny!”). All in all a great little road trip. If by road trip you think of an hour drive each way and most of the time spent shopping and laughing.
Macros woke me up at 2.20am today. This isn’t all that rare, however today I just couldn’t get back to sleep. So, what to do when suffering insomnia.
Well. First spend 1.5 hours trying to get back to sleep. When that fails and you’re finally ready to give up, turn on the light and read a trashy novel in the hopes that it will help you get back to sleep. When that fails, start surfing the web looking for a yarn shop to visit in that big trip later this year – I now know I’ll be going here in December. So glad they have a shop in Dunedin since I’m not going to any of their other towns. I plan to bring back a stack of possum blend yarn since I do so love the knitted garments Granny gave me over the last few years. Plus, I can pay in NZ what I would be paying in pounds/euros.
Finally, at 5am, admit that you should just get up and start the day. Begin by taking a long shower. Get dressed, feed the cat, unload and load the dishwasher, vacuum half the house, then decide that having to get through a long day on almost no sleep is bad enough, you really shouldn’t punish yourself further by doing chores.
So time for breakfast. Decide that maybe this time you won’t have your normal insomnia breakfast of blueberry pancakes. Instead, finally bake that batch of muesli bars you’ve had the ingredients sitting on the bench for for the last month. Or two. (They’re in the oven now). And have a bowl of fresh watermelon left over from the weekend’s margaritas to tide you over until they’ve finished baking (60 min is a looong time!).
Decide to finally get around to installing Sweet Captcha for blog commenting so you can turn off Akismet. Briefly contemplate doing other blog housekeeping as you really should think about changing themes or finally finish setting up the right hand panel that’s been waiting, oh, 3 years or so. Then decide that you really couldn’t be bothered.
Think about sitting reading blogs because you’re way behind on your reading again. Then realise that reading the computer screen while writing this post is making you sleepy and it’s too late to go back to bed. Even if you’ll be able to sleep. So blog reading will have to wait until tomorrow morning, after a decent night’s sleep (one hopes).
Realise that the muesli bar still has 20 minutes in the oven and while you’re not hungry, you really need some sustenance and a way to stay awake, given that you don’t drink coffee. So pick up the last two pieces of dark chocolate toblerone that you were scarfing down yesterday.
And think maybe you’ll just sit and knit until it’s time to go to work. That’s not too tiring. Maybe you can get through the day. And try again tomorrow.
PS. About Sweet Captcha (no annoying deformed letters for me). If you’re on the computer with a proper mouse or touch pad, drag and drop. If you’re on a touch screen device, just tap on the right image. Works on my ipad, so hopefully will work for whatever device you’re using
I’ve been plotting up another project. A knitting one. I need to pick 6 – 10 colours in addition to a background colour. Think flowers and butterflies and vines. Narrowing down colours is tricky though. Do I want to go with bold colours, a wide range of colours, a narrower wedge of the colour spectrum, cool colours, warm colours, autumny colours. So many decisions to make. And the number of colours to choose from doesn’t help.
I mean, look at all these blues
and purples, wines, reds
and brighter reds to autumn reds
Even the background choice is hard. At first I thought grey. But have only narrowed it down to three greys. Then again, depending on the type of colour scheme I go with for the foreground, perhaps a more natural colour background would be better. Especially if I decided on an autumn look project.
So, if it were something you were making for yourself. What sort of colour scheme would you lean towards. I’d be interested to see if you have an easier job narrowing it down than I am. Plus, maybe your preferences will help me pick mine