Mar. 31st, 2009 11:11 am
thereyougothen: (knitting)
A sock FO! Look!

Actually two socks FO's if we're being pernickety, but I only took a picture of one.

The yarn was a get well gift from [ profile] land_girl , although I did the toes with a purple I serendipitously had in my stash, because it matched the purple in the main yarn so perfectly.

Used the basic top down recipe in the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns (also something I have becasue of [ profile] land_girl , since she recommended it! I reinforced the heel flaps with regular sewing thread.

And just becasue this is a sock post, here's the progress so far on the toe-up crocheted version, in Tofutsies, see those nice stripes?

thereyougothen: (knitting)
i knew that i had screwed up the increases on the february sweater. but today, i really looked at them, and of the 4 sets of increases, only one is done right. the increases shift on all the other three.

so, do I frog it? or do I carry on and just keep it as a wear around the house cardi?

I'm three balls in, in the middle of the last increase row.  and the first mistake is on about the 10th ridge. that's way back in the middle of the first ball.

i've not even finished the yoke yet, so there's a lot of knitting left to do. it doesn't help that the cable on my needles separated today and i spent ages picking the stitches all back up.  aaargh.

maybe I should do something else instead..
thereyougothen: (crochet)
w00t! I have found my chequebook! Well, I knew all along where the chequebook for the joint account was, but I was hesitating about taking it when really, it's all about the me, me, me, when it's yarn. But I have found my own account chequebook, and even better? The first paycheck since September has been deposited! so extra w00t! I really think I should spend that hard earned cash (as opposed to the child benefit which has been all that was going in for months!) on some soft squishy lovely yarn.

where am I going to put it, you ask? Well, you know, if we're moving, we'll need some soft stuff to pad out the china and crystal, won't we?

I'm travelling on the scottish fibres bus, along with spinningfishwife and [ profile] mogiebear  and other people who I will probably know when I get there. i'm ordering a taxi for 7.10 tomorrow morning to get me to the bus. I thought it was a bit much to ask Bil and the boys to gft up and take me!

in other news, I got an email from web of wool yesterday saying that my order had been shipped. i must have placed the order two months ago, and emailed them a month ago asking them when it would arrive. no response. anyway, supposedly it's on its way now. i was planning on using the yarn to make a present for M, my friend's au pair who has been so much help to us this year, both directly, and by looking after Barbara. no time now, as she leaves next week, so I guess I'll make her a bracelet. and the yarn will just *have* to go in the stash. regia silk DK sock yarn. yum.

I made a copy of my most popular on ravelry bracelet for TT's teacher. I hope she likes it.

is anyone else having trouble with links using LJ's rich text editor in firefox 3? it's driving me nuts, keeps changing http links to javascript ones. might as well go back to typing in the html myself if it keeps it up.
thereyougothen: (Bill & boys)
Bill emailed ESO HR in Santiago yesterday to ask what the hell is going on.  Now, whether this is just inter-agency bickering or not I don't know, but Santiago said that it was being held up by NRAO.  Now, that begins to NOT sound plausible, since NRAO have managed to get him an offer for the other job.  Unless they really want him to take the Charlottesville job and think making him wait for the CHile job offer will fix that...

We talked a little last night, and the Charlottesville job is a definite no-go.  He would be away arounf half the time - we're not going to live like that for 2 or 3 years.  That's why we all want to be in Chile together, he'll still be away a significant amoun tof time, but it will rarely be more than 8 days at a time.

He's just heard from another Brit who's just gone out on ESO terms and condiditons, and it sounds as though NRAO's might be better if you have kids in school.  Aargh.  If NRAO allow you to name your home country for home leave type benefits, then it might be fine, and it migfht also make it easier to transfer to Charlottesville a few years down the road, if that's what BIll wants to do.

But we just sit here trying to imagine what things will say, becasue we don't have the damn pieces of paper.  I suppose that since the two agencies are trying to make sure their offers are near identical, and one of the agencies has just offered him another job, the liklihood is that their second job offer will be the same grade and salary as the first - right?  So maybe we already know the salary.  But who knows about the allowances.  We know what they are with ESO, but not with NRAO.

Oh this is so tedious.

As is trying to get through on either the phone or the website to book tickets for Richard Dawkins at the book festival.

Oh and, my Regia Bamboo socks?  They are very pretty, but unfortunately there are a bit hard on the feet.  And they've been washed a few times, I don't think they are going to soften up anymore.  They are fine inside my fluffy lined rocket dogs, but not in my everyday shoes.  damn.  can't wear fluffy lined shoes in the "summer".  I use inverted commas, becasue well, you call this summer?  Anyway, the socks are so uncomfortable that I'm going to have to change them before I walk up to gt Thomas, then down to get Nico.  The car is in the shop, getting its brakes sorted so that we can tow the trailer tent with confidence!

And I still can't get through to the book fest box office.  But I really want to do something with my morning that doesn't involve being sat here at the computer, so I'm going to have to tkae a chance on them selling out, and walk away for a while.
thereyougothen: (knitting)
well, i don't know if anyone else I know is going, but in my current spirit of getting the most out of life... I have bought myself a ticket for the I KNit Day & the Yarn Harlot in London on 6 September.

i suppose I could go there and back in one day. or if there are others going maybe stay overnight.

anyway, I have some time to plan, I guess, but I figured I'd buy the ticket now before it sells out.

if you're going, and if you'll be overnighitng in london, let me know?
thereyougothen: (Default)
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.
thereyougothen: (broken yarn winder)
it's either going to be a vest, or I suppose a "gilet" if i'm being posh. i should frog it and start over, shouldn't i? the gauge is way too loose on these needles. it's just that i've done sooo much of it.

i should frog it and drop at least a mm on the needles. the i will have enough yarn for sleeves as well. and it might fit the baby before she's 3.


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: (knitting)
went to the new stitch & bitch at Borders bookstore tonight, it was nice, most of the people there already knew each other, but they were very welcoming. but Rosemary came too, and that was nice. she also noticed that the new vogue knitting was on the shelf, so i have some home with that, armed with the shaping in lace tutorial in it, i hope to feel ready for the henley perfected in last autumn's interweave knits.

came home and had a nice tea with Bill, just the two of us, which was really nice.

i've updated the city knitty website, with lots of knitting meetup type details. if anyone knows anything i've missed, let me know
thereyougothen: (problem knitting)
this actually frightened me quite a lot. a mild bug caught from one of my kids has knocked me down really quite spectacularly. after sailing through and all that. this was scary, and a bit of a wake up call.

thereyougothen: (knitting)
i will be getting dropped off at double dutch on sunday afternoon and the rest of my family is going to see horton hears a hoo. i will probably be too tired to make my own way home, so i will be trapped there until collected.

who is going to keep me company?
thereyougothen: (Default)
god how i hate every third wednesday. i'm sat here drinking as much water and orange juice as i cn force down, in the hope that being well hydrated will mean nice easy veins. or even vein, we only need one. i have my lorazepam to take just as we leave the house.

mum will stay with me and bill will take the boys off to play for a couple of hours then come back and get us. we might go out to lunch after, since I am always very hungry after the large steroid dose.

blah. looking forward to the end of this.

don't anyone remind me that the herceptin means a needle every three weeks too. i'd like to forget about that for a little longer.

i'm on to the gusset increases on the toe up sock now, so there's something interesting to do while i wait.
thereyougothen: (problem knitting)
but it's not.

i had pre-chemo bloods this morning, which is usually a monday thing, but yesterday was a holiday. a different nurse today and it was a bit tougher than usual. 3 needles. oh dear. i hope tomorrow is better. the 2nd needle went in and she got some blood, but then it stopped and there was nothing coming out so she had to try again, luckily it worked.

i'm to take a lorazepam tomorrow morning before going, as well as relaxing me, it might relax my veins as well. and i will try and drink a litre or so of orange juice or water.

anyway, i'd hoped to get out to lvingston in time to meet up with the mcarthur glen knitters, but we didn't get there until almost noon. oh well. still, had quite a successful shopping spree. a new teapot! and some fun stuff from the paper mill shop. i have become quite addicted to making things that involve rubber stamping.

and... drum roll.... the rowan country pullover is finished! all the ends sewn in and everything! there were eleventy million ends becasue the yarn kept shredding, but it's done. i still wish i'd used smaller needles for the waist ribbing, but i don't dislike it enough to redo it.

what next? a lighter sweater for me, or Elijah, for one of the teachers' babies? Elijah in dark orange jaeger matchmaker DK. sound good?
thereyougothen: (knitting)
well, i started my first toe up socks yreaterday, used the magic cast on from knitty as recommended by [ profile] eastofedin - it was easy. much easier on two circs than dpns, i think. i'm doing the "feet first" pattern from the current simply knitting. so not only my first toe up socks, my first socks that aren't plain vanilla knit knit knit knit. this means that i am purling in the round. by my own choice.

i have two circs again, my mum arrived yesterday with all the stuff i'd ordered from knitpicks. extra cables and needle tips, my cable needles, and a bag yarn too. the swish superwash is as soft as you can imagine, i keep stroking it. i have a lot of yarn to knit up. hmmm.

i made myself start the second sleeve on the big pullover today before i allowed myself any sock knitting. so the first 4 rows are done. i still don't know how to sew the underarm seams, no one answered my plea!

back to the sock. after a trip to costco. my mum's here after all!
thereyougothen: (knitting)
went to knitting today. it was nice. i went hatless. i think i may have tried to pretend that it wasn't a very big deal. but actually it was. that's the first time i've been out in public without a hat since i think mid-december.

i have made much progress on TT's 2nd sock. i'm 25 rows from the toe shaping. he'll be very pleased to have them finished.

the boys are beside themselves with excitement about my mum coming. i don't remember ever being so excited about seeing my grandparents. i must make sure my mum realises how much her grandsons appreciate her!

i started a shopping bag, finally using up what's left of what I will now know as my suffragist kitchen cotton, thanks to [profile] hfnuala  . Green, white & violet (plus a couple other colours that don't matter for the purposes of this exercise).

worked out which stitch patterns to use if I want to make the top in the bergere de france ad in Let's KNit. i tried to find a pattern, but couldn't, and from what i can see, even if there is a pattern, it will only be in french, so i'll probably manage to do it just as "easily" on my own. if i'm lucky, the very nice Sirdar Luxury Soft Cotton 4 Ply from Wye Sue's destash that [profile] eastofedin  brought me back from skipnorth will do the trick for this pattern. if i can find a picture online, i'll link to it.

now that thanks to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee I know about the Terrible (in a good way) Knitters of Dent I can imagine looking upon my married name in a better light.

what else?

my mum arrives tuesday. Barbara goes home for a two week holiday the same day.

i didn't start swatching for TT's next pullover.

i have three baby projects to do. i have no idea what. one is for a friend having another baby. the other two are for teachers, each of the boys has a pregnant teacher. each of the boys assumes that i will make something for the baby. how could I not, in the circumstances?

cardigans? blankets? should i attempt my first knitted toy?

too tired to think further about it now. good night.
thereyougothen: (knitting)
we went to Gullane for a sticky bun and a run on the beach this afternoon.

i participated in the sticky bun having, but not in the running on the beach.

in fact, i sat in the car, knitting a sock, listening to the Yarn Harlot on CD talking about knitting socks, while admiring the view.

i can recommend it as an afternoon activity.


the spell check on firefox is now including "mostly" in its suggestions for every single word. very odd.

it's my brother's birthday. i didn't manage to phone him today. must do better tomorrow.
thereyougothen: (Default)
we had a purple pork casserole for tea. becasue i needed to use the beetroot that came last week, and was still shaming me in the fridge drawer.

it was really nice, a bit labour intensive since i did lots of frying off of ingredients before puttng it in the oven, but it was worth it. really earthy flavour from the beetroot and the pork was very tender. main ingredients were pork, beetroot, onions, horseradish and a half jar of cranberry sauce.

and i had a play with the spinning wheel today and coincidentally, the roving in the bag i found was in shades of purple.

i think there's a bit of purple in TT's sock, and that's what i'm going to concentrate on now.

i'm trying to talk Bill into trimming off my long(er) hair. i have enough of a head covering now that i'd rather it was all the same length. he's supposed to take pictures too. so we can remember this. not sure why i want to, but i think i do.

but what i really need right now is cake. and there isn't any.

knitting is on sunday this weekend - who is going?
thereyougothen: (problem knitting)
oh dear. i woke up angry this morning.

i went to bed angry last night. i wanted to murder the cat, and Bill? well, let's just say that i think he has completely lost his sense of humour. it's certainly nothing to do my MY sense of humour.

and N? he's wondering where his nice mummy went I think.

so. i took a deep breath, had some poached eggs on toast. a nice hot shower. and started to knit TT's second sock.

I think i will be ok. but i won't be straying far from the sofa today. i'm tired. and it's cold in here.

at least the sun has come back out. weird this morning, looked out the bedroom window, which i suppose is basically southish facing at pouring rain. went into the bathroom, which is more or less west facing, and it was brilliant sunshine. i do love Edinburgh in the spring.

i don't love the medical menopause.


Mar. 11th, 2008 02:44 pm
thereyougothen: (problem knitting)
i have very nearly finished (well, i will in a week, and that's nearly for me) the warmest sweater i will ever have knit in my life. i am now getting hot flushes.

thanks chemo.


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