Monday, October 27, 2008

Chocolate and Presents

I have been meaning to redecorate the hall and landing for some time now, and we have been living with tester pot patches all over the walls, but just couldn't decide on one we liked.

This weekend, Lily is in Iceland for 4 days on a school trip (having an amazing time) and so we decided to go for it and make a decision and decorate on Sunday. We stared at the patches for ages and still couldn't decide. Then we thought. Fuck it.....let's just decide on one and paint it and if we don't like it, we'll paint over it.

Well, as you know, chocolate is important in my life. How apt, then, when the colour we decided on is called Malt Chocolate!!!!!! It's a good omen. We painted the first wall. I loved it and Rob wasn't sure, so we kept going. We fell in and out of love with it a million times throughout the 6 hours it took to do 2 coats and now we are LOVING it!!!! Rob thinks it looks sophisticated. I think it looks clean...

See for yourself.

Funnily enough, it kind of goes with Breezy, which is really growing now.

I am loving this too. The pattern is a feather like effect

It's knitted from both sides and then joined in the middle. I shall stand next to my new walls in it and be co ordinating!!!

I haven''t showed you yet the lovely final package that I received from my SP.

How cool is all of that? Debbie Bliss is my most favourite, and that other yarn I have never seen before It is Araucania yarn, hand dyed in Chile. Isn't it beautiful? I think, just asking to be made into a neck warmer. She also sent me some knit picks tips and cords, my first ever!!!! Thank you so much, Pretty In Purple!!! And I love your purple theme for this package.

We have our exchange student, Emily, coming from New Jersey next Saturday for 2 weeks. Great excitement in our house about that at the moment!!!! I should clear up the house really! Lisa from First4Yarns tells me they are hoping my cascade 220 will come in this week, so I'm hoping to get started on my Babette (ravelry link) imminently!!!

Tomorrow I am making chocolate brownies for my Halloween themed weight watchers meetings this week!!!! They are delicious and only 2 points a square. I'll take a picture of them, let me know if you want the recipe!!!!

Hopefully I am a little more back to normal now and shall be back sooner rather than later as has become the norm!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Knitting and Stitching Show

Well we went....and we were a bit disappointed.

In the foyer, was a Hyperbolic Coral Reef. It was stunning. Ever changing, and beautiful.

My favourite bit of it was this green bit..

And an explanation

The graduate exhibitions were amazing but the shopping was rubbish. I went to get the cascade 220 for the Babette blanket, but there was about 5 skeins of dull colours. The lady on the Fun2Knit stand was downright rude and there were a load of crappy stands selling shoes, bags and wash cloths for cars. Don't even get me started on how many bead stalls there were there.

We managed to get some Colinette Jitterbug, an also some reels of chenille to make a Sophie Digson style scarf.

Oh well, I doubt I'll go again. I think we'll try Woolfest in Cumbria next June. Lily was wowed by the exhibitions and got alot of inspiration for her art work.

Here we are outside the show....notice the Ravelry bag!!!!

I have abandoned Mystery Stole 4. I don't like it and can't be bothered to put in the effort. I am waiting for yarn to arrive from First4Yarns to start the Babette, and in the meantime I'm ploughing on with Breezy. It's good mindless tv knitting!

Not much else to report. Lily is off to Iceland on Friday, and I am planning to redecorate the hallway and landing.

I'm starting to think about knitting for christmas, but also not sure I can take the pressure of it this year!!!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sorry for the temporary loss of service

I have lost the last few weeks of my life to weight watchers.

You know when you first start a new job, and you want to be the best you can be at it. Well, that's where I've been. I am having an absolute ball, I have to say. I love it.

It's working with people....which I love
It's about losing weight...which I know
It's about being creative....which I love
It's about not being stuck in an office
It's about doing it how I want to do it

What more could I want? It is the most perfect job for me!!!

Knitting wise, I have done some knitting. Clue 6 has just come out for MS4 and I am slogging away with clue 3. I've seen a couple of finished ones and I'm not sure I like it, which makes me wonder if I really want to carry on with it.

In the meantime, Breezy is coming along but is a bit of a monotonous knit.

I am off to the Knitting and Stitching show tomorrow and can't wait. I am planning to buy the cascade I need to knit Babette and anything else I can find!

My SP12 sent me my final package this week, and included, amongst many other fab things, some knit picks options. How cool is that? I shall photograph duly so you can all admire!

That's it for now. I shall take some pics tomorrow and show you the show.