This is a bag which pao gifted me which was made by Di of Clementine’s Shoes all the way from Australia.
This bag was gifted to me by Sarah. It has received so many compliments!
I hosted an unwanted present swap party last Friday – an amusing and fun evening. Fiona had brought this little box she had had since childhood that she didn’t want any more and I eagerly claimed it – two cats, yarn and a woman knitting socks!! 🙂
On my way to Birmingham, I have to go past Paul, a very nice French bakery who make excellent pistachio macaroons.
I had to go to a meeting in Birmingham yesterday which is a long way (7+ hours round trip) to go in a day so I was allowed to go on Sunday night and stay over which bizarrely was a lot cheaper. I didn’t see huge amounts of Birmingham as I didn’t arrive until 3.30 but I did get to see more than I did last year.
I stumbled upon Birmingham Cathedral and spent many happy minutes in contemplative silence yesterday morning.
They were created by Burne-Jones, a famous Pre-Raphaelite artist which I’m rather fond of.
It was nice to meet up with Bethan and Lorna on Sunday night and get stared at at length for knitting in a pub. I was having such a nice time knitting with them I forgot to get staring women to take a photo.
This is the Adriana wrapover cardigan in Jaeger Siena. I don’t know exactly why this has languished for so long (since August 2007!) even but I’m guessing I got scared off by the crochet on the front. I think I’ll start looking at this again in the spring when lighter knits will be needed again.
We had a lovely swap party on Friday and I got rid of almost all of my unwanted Christmas gifts which was brilliant and received some lovely gifts in return including a little box that was perfect for me but more on that another day as I am getting ready to go and see Bethan later and really ought to sort my train knitting out. The cats were extremely well-behaved and didn’t throw up on the carpet so cat treats all round.
This lovely bag was made by my Knitter’s Coffee Swap 3 partner Knittymama herself. Knitter’s Coffee Swap 4 has just opened for signups yesterday – I wonder if I managed to get a spot this time round?
The project is a cardigan made from Kidsilk Aura a thicker sibling of Kid
CrackSilk Haze. pao gifted me the yarn instead of an Easter egg last year. I managed to get a bit done watching The Sopranos but I think we only watched half of the series and stopped for a less violent alternative as a break! I think it is time to watch the classic episode where Paulie and Christopher get lost in the woods so I can reacquaint myself with this pattern again.
I thought it was time to come clean about my WIPs. I will often start something then get discouraged and put it down and knit a few socks, lose my way and forget where I am again. I also have nice collection of bags which my knitting projects reside in…
This is the Cheshire Cat Stole and it is being knit in Sundara’s lovely silk Eggplant over Spice. I remember picking this up in the summer and feeling a bit lost and putting it down again. If I can work out where the lifeline went through, it might be worth me pulling it out and reknitting that bit so I can gain my equilibrium again. I remember the pattern took a bit of getting used to so maybe one for when I’m on holiday.
Anyway, just quickly dipping in and out over the next couple of days. I am hosting a little party on Friday night (must be slightly mad to host a party on Friday after a busy week at work … NOTE TO CATS: No being sick on the carpet on Friday daytime or any wrecking shenanigans otherwise the cat treats are being severely rationed)
the “Aha” moment.
I took the day off to escort my maiden auntie H to hospital in London to find out more about cochleal transplants and subsequently made a load of interesting discoveries about pao at the same time. The primary one being that pao has to communicate with people all day long now and the effort of trying to listen and understand is what is making him so tired that he falls asleep in the chair every evening when he gets home from work each night.
Sometimes we’ll be listening to a song on the radio or on a CD and I’ll ask him to turn it over because the words are sad or offensive and he will ask me what the words are. Anyway, he is doing well and apparently the circles look likes circles and not triangles. His eye was just too sore today so he didn’t go into work but George is definitely on the mend. Thanks for the messages – he appreciates them.
Even though the hospital we went to was directly opposite the Houses of Parliament, I didn’t manage to take a single photo as I was on tenterhooks looking after Auntie H. In such a busy hospital, if I’d let go she might have been carried off by the crowd never to be seen again. I will be going to stay overnight in London when she has the op later this year so hopefully I’ll be able to book into a nearby hotel and get some good shots then. pao and I will have a lot of work to do in the meantime, organising our spare room so she is able to live in it for about a month or so. There are some gorgeous fairytale panels so I’m going to go back in search of them when I can.
Time to fall into bed with my glass of chocolate (Hersheys syrup for the win) milk and Ophelia to cuddle. Acting as translator for mostly deaf and somewhat blind person and the audiologists plus steering and cajoling and notetaking and listening are very tiring activities indeed.