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i made a crochet wire thing earlier this month, and it didn't work, it was supposed to be a beaded necklace, but wasn't heavy enough. so i thought i might make it into something else. so i think i might use it to embellish a bag. so i needed to buy some white fabric. i went to remnant kings and got almost a metre of sparkly organza for 91p, some bog standard curtain lining, which will be excellent for lining bags for £1. and some white fake linen for less than £2. and a big piece of white lycra for £4. it was priced at £7 something, which was half price, but it was a bit dirty, so I asked, and got it for £4. it will make fantastic knickers, or swimsuit lining, not quite sure what to use it for, it will stay in the stash for a while, I guess.

i want the house to myself to do the sewing though, i can't really work unless i'm on my own. don't want an audience.

never mind, i'm going spinning tomorrow.

i've uploaded a few pictures to flickr today, took ages, the wireless connection we have is so much crap. must try and lean how to fixc it.

and over the course of today, i have eaten 8 chocolates from a thorntons box. ooops.

i've done the first leg on my elijah, he needs to be done by about a week on wednesday.

speaking of a week on Wednesday, the parent council thing i was going to has been cancelled, so i will be able to go to knitting, two weeks in a row, hooray!

i have much more to say, but i have had 3 glasses of wine, and as a result, i need my bed more than i need to update LJ!

but i have remembered today that i really do enjoy my children. no more no less, i just enjoy them.

magazines!

Apr. 9th, 2008 11:34 pm
thereyougothen: (knitting)
yay! two magazines in the post today. new yarn forward, and a hank of seriously lime green laceweight. lucky i like lime green, i'm guessing not everyone does. i wonder if there will be a new thread on ravelry for swapping colours. or maybe they are all lime green. hmmm.

and the new let's knit or whatever it's called, the one that i forgot to cancel the subscription to. with free funky plastic knitting needles. straights, and very big. maybe i should try and figure out how to bend them and make me a bracelet like i've seen on etsy and stuff.

i tried to make a wire crochet necklace at the weekend. it didn't work. not enough weight on the beads. i'm going to try and cut it down to a bracelet, since it *is* pretty, and also becasue it's made in sterling silver wire and to waste that is criminal. will have to use wire cutters on it though, and then find a way to cover the raw edges.
thereyougothen: (crochet)

IMG_3481, originally uploaded by thereyougothen.

I've finished it! He and I both like it a lot. It won't fit for very long, but should get him through this winter, then it will be on to N next year.
It's a raglan, might even be the first one I've done, and I crocheted all the seams so they are on the outside.
I want him to go out and rake the beech leaves in the garden wearing it, so I can get a fantastic photo out of it too. Maybe if the sun is shining.
It needs a wash and soften with some conditioner. I want him to wear it and love it, and if it's still a little itchy he won't.

thereyougothen: (daisies)
yesterday I received this bunch of roses from my workmates. you know, the ones i'd hardly had a chance to get to know before disappearing into the sunset... had a visit from the BM today, which was very nice. people are missing me!



the postman delivered these this morning:




From Rosemary. They are lovely, and they really do fit very well. As you can see on my very grateful feet! Thanks!

**************

I made some things yesterday! (well, i have been making things all along, but these are things that i started *and* finished yesterday!)



dragonfly stitch markers, two made with 1mm silver plated wire, one with 0.6mm. this made me realise that 0.8mm would be better, and i eventually found some, and made 2 more.

and a bracelet:


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hey, i'm on a roll. i keep finishing things!  i just forget to mention them here as ravelry has taken over that part of my life...

the ripple bottom sweater that had to be ripped out and started again is done. and i'm really happy with it, and i am wearing it today!

it fits just like i wanted it to, right down to the fact that the sleeves are technically too short, but that's how i wanted them, to end at my wrist, and not to cover any part of my hands.

happy me.  and i do love my sweetheart neckline.  i will get better pics sometime, but too lazy today, that's just with the self timer propped up on the printer.

thereyougothen: (problem knitting)
So, I went back to work last thursday. did I mention that? it was good. i was glad to be there. even though I didn't accomplish all that much. last wednesday was my last hospital or otherwise appt until going into hospital, so it seemed a good thing to go back to work.

well, i have made a database, and started an electronic filing system. and that's what i was hired to do, so i guess i *did* accomplish stuff.

today i blinded the head teacher a bit more with my brilliance by showing her how to put the location of a document in its footer. and she then rushed off to teach the school secretary to do the same. and failed. and had to ask me to do it.

so i have done some grovelling to the secretary for coming in and having all these bright ideas that the HT immediately seizes upon and decides to "make it so". aargh. but that is why they hired me.

come janaury when I go back ("you will come back, won't you?") I will actually start to make changes that everyone will have to adhere to, like making the filing system ahem, well, compulsory. most people save stuff to their home directories, and well, that's not much use.

i can't make head or tail of who is in which group on the network, and i don't think that is something that can be changed at the school level, i believe we have to put in a change request to the maintainer (BT) and get them to do it. so I will have to make sure I have all the info ready so that I can say who goes in what group and who should have what permission all in one go. i believe we are charged for each and every change request...

as for other stuff... I'm coping, keep finding ways to laugh about it. my latest is that it gives us one more point on our "get Nicholas into Preston Street" effort.

The breast clinic gave me a supply of special band-aids to use, well, i was near to running out, so i managed to find some - they are very new and made of polyurethane i believe. £12 for a pack of 5. at that price I guess I was lucky to get as many as I did from the hospital. I had tried some of the other ones i had been given but they were awful. non-stick plasters are the way to go.

more and more people know now, but it's still hard to tell people. it's so much easier once people know. as long as they don't ignore it, or try and pretend it's not happening. i know that asking how i am is a loaded question right now, but go ahead and ask.

did i mention that i have finally been brave enough to look around the interwebs and see what it says? well, i have looked around to see what cancer research Uk and cancer bacup say. i'm very lucky that this isn't worse than it is. a mastectomy isn't the end of the world, and i don't have to have radiotherapy or chemo. so, i feel lucky. ish.

there has been much to cheer me today - walking TT to school and having a chat about playing tig in the playground, my sheer brilliance at work, coming home to discover the ball of yarn needed for TT's pullover had arrived courtesy of Liz (with a lovely little pincushion too, thanks, Liz!), being asked to do another story sack based on this and some of the other stained glass at cameron house, and a comment from [profile] natalie_tyy  telling me that positive is right.

my good mood was somewhat damped by having to hang around the not very inspiring crags sports centre while TT played club golf and trying to keep Nico from running down to speak to the persons loitering with bottles in brown paper bags. oh and avoiding all the dogshit at the same time. Next week we may just drop Thomas off and go somewhere else. TT had a great time though. even though it turns out it did actually start last week. the dates were wrong on the sheet i got, but i obviously should have known that. ho hum. we had fun last wednesday afternoon so i'm not exactly bothered that we missed it.

how did it get to be wednesday again already? i go into hospital 2 weeks today. but tonight i will be knitting and drinking wine at Oz bar.
thereyougothen: (problem knitting)
bugger/  knitware says it will need 350grams of yarn.  i have 300.

might try swatching a taller stitch.  but i like half trebles, that's the right stitch.  bah.
thereyougothen: (knitting)
yesterday was great. i mean, where else could i sit around for an afternoon, drink wine (and eventually coffee) and be with people who understand perfectly, without me having to elaborate, just how exciting it is to watch this:



turn into this:




then eventually this:

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Forgot about this, it's my dad's 70th birthday present. a cotton acrylic blanket in Armstrong Tartan. The chart came from the Australian Women's Weekly Book of "Easy Crochet Tartan Rugs". Yeah, ok, easy. But he didn't get it until 2 months *after* his birthday it took so damn long to make"!

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