Saturday, January 24, 2009

Still here, still knitting!

OMG, January is just flying past! I can't believe it will be February this time next week, and my little baby will soon be 17, and out on the roads driving!! WATCH OUT!!!!!

As I was warned, January working for Weight Watchers is truly manic, and it certainly has been. Running three groups a week has meant kiss goodbye to three days a week, as all the paperwork is doubled and the preparation time is trebled!! I still love it, though, but I'll be glad when it calms down again!

Of course my house has gone to rack and ruin, we are all wearing unironed clothes and I have managed but a speck of knitting. I joined the Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket Club and have done 4 of the 5 squares for this month. I'm not LOVING them yet, and they are in Roman cotton glace, which isn't in my top 10 yarns, but I'm giving it a chance.

I also finished my neckwarmer. I literally loved it so much I cast off and put it around my neck, loose ends and all. It is beautiful and the Malabrigo Silky is just heaven, thank you Stacey!!!

I have also done a little sewing. I had a cool idea for a quilt, and have cut some of the pieces out today.

I'll try and take some photos of all my projects so at least you can all know what I'm talking about!

Lily is at a party tonight, so Rob and I plan to go over to Cambridge and have a wander til we find somewhere nice to eat.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Have You Ever..........

I saw this over on Robin's blog and thought it looked like a fun thing to play along with!

The things I've done are in bold.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (well guitar hero with Rob and Lily in my lounge)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (indoor)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

How funny! There are some I'd like to someone's life, publish a book, and some I just wouldn't....kill and eat an animal, visit a concentration camp.

Do'll be surprised!!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Dreaming of Sylvi....

I accidentally found this on Ravelry, and now I'm smitten. Isn't it beautiful? It's knitted in chunky, so if anyone has a suggestion of how to make it on the cheap, I'd love to hear. I'm on an economy drive this year as I'm off to look at new kitchens this afternoon and I will need to cut back on the knitting front in order to pay for it. Having said that, I have joined the Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket club 2009. You get the yarn and the pattern sent to you each month and, I think, about 4 squares to knit per month. Well,I thought, I love Debbie Abrahams and I love knitting blankets, so it's a good combination for me. Expensive, though, but I'm ignoring that bit.

I have started on a cowl in the lovely Malabrigo silky that Stacey sent me last year, and am hoping to have a FO this weekend!!!!!

I'll leave you with a picture of our new year's day walk. That's my baby in the red jumper........

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Pinch, punch, first day of the month....

My mum always said this to us on the 1st day, and did give us a big pinch too!!!

Happy 2009 to you all. I hope that everything you wish for and want to achieve this year will happen for you and that it will be a happy and healthy year too.

I am planning to review last year's resolutions and make some more, so watch this space. So far 2009 has not been a great year for activity within my brain, but I'm hoping that will improve with time.....let's certainly hope so!!

We had a great night last night with my sister and brother in law and went on a lovely walk with a load of friends today, ending up in the village pub for cheesy chips (fries to you lot across the sea!) and tonight we lit a fire and I have at long last found some time to do some knitting!!!!

2009 is pretty perfect for me so far. Long may it last for us all! x