Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Busy week

Spare time has been a little short around here. I had planned to post last week but various things got in the way.

I've got a stitching finish to share - A bunny's fill by Shepherds bush. I finished this last week.

I've been knitting a bit too - I finished my Lorna's laces Black watch socks (picture to follow) and I've nearly finish other sock which will complete a pair. I have bought a few balls of sock wool on ebay also so I'd better get knitting. The new issue of Knitty is online and I've seen quite a few thing on that I would like to knit. Knitty is where the fingerless glove pattern came from. Stupid blogger won't let this poor safari user post a clickable link but knitty can be found at www.knitty.com

This past week has gone by in a flash. I worked Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. I met my sister for breakfast on Thursday morning. When I got back home, my slight toothache got much worse and my gum had swollen so I had to go to the dentist. I've got an abscess which needed antibiotics and I need to go back for a long appointment at the start of October to have a root canal. Not looking forward to that. By the time I got home, I had been up for 24 hours so I crashed out of the sofa and woke up 7 hours later.
Friday morning, my boss woke me up with a phone call at 9am to ask if I could change my shifts from Monday/Tuesday to Saturday/Sunday because someone at work had a family bereavement. I agreed, mainly because I was half asleep. After working all day Saturday/Sunday, I slept most of the day yesterday and tried to catch up with housework.

Tomorrow, I'm back to work for one day only and then I'm off until the 12th of October !!. I leave this Monday for the USA. I've got a few more things to get and most of my packing to do but for now its time for bed.

Monday, September 11, 2006

2 weeks to go...

I can't quite believe it but there's only two weeks to go until I fly to the USA. For those who asked in comments, I'm going to Park city in Utah to attend the 2006 Shepherd's bush retreat. I'm also going to visit the Shepherd's bush shop in Ogden. Its a short trip - only a week and pretty packed. Luckily I've got a week off when I come back to recover.

I received a lovely exchange package this morning as part of the SBEBB redwork exchange. It came from the lovely Satomi in Japan and she stitches beautifully. I've put it on my bookcase in the hall with most of my other exchanges. Blogger isn't being very helpful with photographs today so the picture comes via webshots.

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by pjmckuk

I''ve got to go now as I've got work tonight and need to get ready.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Bad blogger

I've been a bit remiss in blogging over the past few weeks in the that I haven't blogged at all. I haven't really felt like it - work has been crazy/busy since I went back after my time off and I really couldn't think of anything exciting to say. Most of the stitching I did last month was exchange things that I couldn't share either.

This week I've been feeling a bit more motivated. My trip to the US is just over 3 weeks away and I'm starting to get a bit more excited about it. September onwards always leads to more stitching for me. I seem to have more time and inspiration too. After I come back from the USA, its only a few weeks to the hobbycrafts show in Glasgow and then at the end of November, its Harrogate, which is so great to go to. The other plus of Harrogate is that I get to see friends also and spend time in Yorkshire, which is the only other area of the UK that I would happily live in.

Anyway on the stitching. I finished Portrait of Lauren in blue last night. I know a lot of stitchers weren't that keen on this design when it came out but I loved it straight away. She's stitched on 28ct SMF blue moon linen.

Its been a good weekend all round. Yesterday I made a long awaited visit to K1 yarns in the West end of Glasgow. Its a ver small shop but the yarns they stock are ones that you can't any where else around here.

This is what I bought.

There's some hand dyed opal. 4 balls of oh soft and lovely Orkney angora and 2 balls of Alpaca cloud. I also got the new Vogue knitting, Knit simple and knitscene magazines. They had Colinette which I now really want some of. Before this time next year I want to have made some cardigans or jumpers. At the moment, its mostly socks and scarves that I've been making. I've been afraid to start something bigger in case I get bored. I got some Rowan Yorkshire tweed in a sale a few months back to knit the Sunrise circle cardigan from Interweave knits. So far I've got the courage up to wind one hank into a ball and knit a tension square but no further. Its like when I was a beginning stitcher andwas afraid to try something new.