Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Saturday, 26 April 2008
I have been beavering away on secret projects so there are no crochet photos today. After Sunday my blog will be awash with them! Today however I am taking advantage of the sun and washing everything in sight as well as hoovering etc. I should clean the windows as well but I don't think my energy levels are running that high. I will see how I feel after walking the dog. The upstairs is done but as any visitors don't usually see the upstairs I had better make a start on the downstairs.
Gone are the days when a good weekly clean would suffice. Pre dog and pre retirement the house used to behave itself and stay reasonably clean all week. Now I am home and a dog owner those days are gone. I hoover daily and the amount of hair and dirt in the bag shock me on a daily basis. Where does it all come from. Do the dirt fairies come and sprinkle bags of dirt as I sleep? My washer never stops. I wash suite throws and cushions on an almost daily basis. I use as much washing powder now as I used to when we were a family and I had my motor biking son living here.
Off to peg out the bedding now. Buster loves to help me with this as you can see from the photo ! I love to see clean sheets blowing on the line. Takes me back to my nappy washing days. Say what you like but there is nothing like the feeling of a line of snow white nappies blowing in the breeze to make you feel maternal. My nappies were threadbare by the time he was trained but still snowy white! Boiled to death. He never had a sore bottom once though despite them not being washed in all this special washing powder for babies malarkey. I had a twin tub washer in those days and they were rinsed and rinsed so no soap left in them. They came out almost bone dry from the super fast spinner.
Sometimes I wish I still had a twin tub. It was great for things that only needed a swish and not a full wash. Took minutes to wash things - washer filled in moments with hot hot water from the tap. Great for hand washing also. A big drum full of water is much better for a sweater than a piddly little sink. Now washing may be automatic but it takes forever (not to mention how much electricity it uses) to wash a few smalls. I still wash a lot of things by hand especially in the summer.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
It is supposed to be a slouch beret and my tension is spot on to the pattern but it looks huge to me. I do hope that Nikki likes it and it looks OK when she wears it. This is what it is supposed to look like.
The weather has been very fluky today. I pegged out all the washing on the line and set off in sunshine to walk the dog. I had only been out for five minutes when the heavens opened and it not only rained - it hail stoned on me and I got very wet as I was only dressed in a fleece without a hood.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
I shall bear in mind the wedding dresses if I ever marry for a second time but I hope the groom will give me a lot of time as they are crocheted in 2ply! As the would be groom is still a figment of my imagination then I certainly have got years to do it in.
I found the pattern that I was looking for - a cravat pattern scribbled on a piece of paper by an elderly lady about 30yrs ago so watch this blog as it may be appearing anytime soon. I rarely throw patterns away as Vicky can testify having seen a fraction of them when she visited and can usually unearth something somewhere from my stash to suit most occasions. Nothing changes much and with a little tweaking they can look bang up to date. Some patterns are so old they have come right back into style.
I did a little more crochet on Anna's soakers last night and they are an extremely strange shape. The bottom is more of a shelf shape but maybe they will look better on Anna than off! I certainly hope so otherwise they will go rippppppp anytime soon.
I am off to walk Buster. I have waited in vain for the rain to stop so I will have to don my waterproofs and wellies and brave the rain. He wants a walk no matter what the weather is doing. I am so not looking forward to this bit!
My niece has just texted me to say she is wearing her Doris Chan Tall Latte today and has received a compliment whilst shopping in Manchester. It does fit well though and is really flattering so I can see myself making more from the book even though it wasn't the best of experiences.
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
In the end I enlisted the help of my local MP Ivan Lewis and met Warren Flood who listened with great empathy to my problems and was instrumental with his letter writing and phone calls on behalf of the MP to the hospital in re-instating me to the waiting list.
So it is with great sadness that I learned from the local newspaper today that he died suddenly, aged only 42, whilst coming round from back surgery at Fairfield Hospital. My friend asked me am I not more scared now but I have to think positive. I have a great surgeon and a different hospital not that I am suggesting that the hospital was in any way to blame. The inquest will decide that.
Sad loss to the community Warren was such a caring lovely man
Yesterday was just like a normal Thursday. Water aerobics in the morning and dog walk after lunch. On that way up the hill on my way home I could see my neighbour Carol flapping down the road like the Pied Piper of Hamlin shepherding her kids and a few others that she collects from school shouting get Buster in the house quick there is a mad Rottweiler on the loose.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
my niece's last visit she had expressed a desire for a scarf that was lacy and done in circles linked together.
I am quite pleased with the effect and how much scarf I managed to make with so little wool. I crocheted a fringe out of chain as I knew there was not enough for a fringed one, I hope that she won't mind that it's not the circle one that she liked. I will maybe try that pattern out again in finer wool next time. I still have to use the part 100 gram ball left from my other niece's cardigan but think perhaps a knitted beanie would be more her style.
I went to the Salford Arms knitting club last night. We had a half hour delay in getting there as there appeared to have been a bad accident further up the main road. Lots of flashing lights and ambulances flying about. I hope that no one was seriously injured. Our visit was therefore quite a short one but I did manage to start the second Tiger sock and do a few rounds. The lady who knits with strips of plastic bags was there and she had a couple of finished ones with her. I might have a go one day as they make really strong bags for shopping and it's such a good way of recycling supermarket bags into something useful. She was making another bag out of brightly differently coloured bags for a beach bag. She said that she put one up for raffle and raised £50+ pounds for charity. Good idea. Another of the members has almost finished a knitted dalek. It is for a gift for an avid Dr Who fan and it looks really good now she has almost finished it. One of the guys from the bar came to us with his camera phone to take a photo of the dalek as he was so intrigued with it.
Today I started the crochet shawl destined for my sister in law. I made her one with a slightly different edging than the pattern for Christmas in black and she loved it so much that she hinted that she would like one in a different colour. I chose cream as that's another good all round go with most things colour. My sister in law has conservative tastes and would never wear a strong colour like I would choose. I will decide on the edging when I get to the end although the one on the pattern has a sort of collar effect and I doubt that she would like that. One reason I changed it last time. Her birthday is the 23rd so it's all sytems a go. Midnight oil will be burned.
I still have to finish Anna's soakers and Nikki's hat before the next Knitting Noras Knit Out - whew - mush mush Jan get those hooks a flashing!
I had a good night's sleep again last night so hopefully the bad dreams and wakefulness have gone away for the time being. Poor sleep affects my mood and energy levels for the rest of the day. Hopefully I will be able to get some more shawl crocheted today in between dog walks.
I just read the Panopticon (see link at the side) and I was rolling about laughing. If you have never read Franklin's blog then please just take a look at it just once - he is such a funny guy (as well as being a good knitter) I love Dolores the sheep (and Harry) and am a member of the Ravelry group named in her honour.