Saturday, 31 March 2007
Saturday, 24 March 2007
On a fibre footnote my copy of Yorkshire Lace arrived this morning. Its awesome and a little bit daunting. The yarn for my first project also arrived -an ebay bargain! Rowanspun 4 ply tweed in 'sludge', which I think will make a great winter wrap if my skills are up to it. Sludge is greeny, browny....tweedy...... sludge colour! It was a potential sweater but its a bit fine in retrospect, 3mm needles would be needed! My beautiful gifted Cherry Hill lace yarn will be kept until my lace knitting is proven to be worthy of it!
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Les Arcs Snow Forecast I was checking out the forecast for Les Arcs & thought I might post it here. It was definitely spring in Nidderdale this afternoon but its winter again tonight. We do not care! The Rayburn is well again & all are cosy. A new 'steam generator' iron - a ***** expensive bit of kit to do the ****** ironing is awaiting collection at Comet tomorrow. I was seduced by the 'cut ironing time by 70%' comments & I do know people who have one & support the view ( and they have 3 boys!). I have opted for a mid range option. For the price of the most expensive ones I would want the ironing done for me!
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
The yarn is an Opal sock yarn, just a quick knit in stocking stitch with a heart worked into it in kind of an embossed pattern (from my new book!)The colours in the yarn are great, real blackberries and cream......
I still have not decided about my 'big project', hopefully 'Victorian Lace Knitting Today' will be here soon.
As a geographer I had to have a map for my blogs & I (and my students) have been fascinated to see the little red dots spread across the globe as folk read the blogs.My A level students were especially interested to see links to 'Geography Room' and 'Geographylost'on geography teachers blogs in other countries. Yet again, the power of the blog!
The weather in Yorkshire continues to be characterised by arctic blasts.
The Metcheck map showing the position of the jet stream explains why! These upper atmosphere winds are pulling down the polar air over Britain & the rest of Europe.
Sunday, 18 March 2007
The inspiration to buy it came from the very many references to it that I have found in lots of the blogs that I lurk around though! I have decided that I need another larger project as well as a steady stream of socks. I am also studying my copy of ' Knitting without Tears' because I do need a sweater & I HATE sewing up knitting!
A meteorological note: Its snowing on and off up here in North Yorkshire, the wind is out of the west & is very strong!
A domestic note: The engineer has replaced the 'bit' on the Rayburn and .....its still tripping out! ...... and the iron has died!!!!! When will it stop? The washer seems to be OK though!!!! fingers crossed!!!!
Oh, and Auntie loved her socks!
Thursday, 15 March 2007
Aunties socks are finished! Picture to follow, they are nearly dry after blocking! They are only a day late & I think they are OK. I think Auntie will be happy with them. They certainly fit the Amish belief that a flaw should be stitched into work, as a perfect project is an insult to god, as only god is capable of perfection (Think that's right)!
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Friday, 9 March 2007
Auntie's socks are making slow progress but I should be able to finish the second one this weekend & get them washed & blocked and in the post by Tuesday. I managed a photo but it was difficult to capture the colour & the pattern. Its also tricky to photo your own foot without growing thick ankles!
Sunday, 4 March 2007
We had our first 'Sunday Roast' since the 15th January when the Rayburn went on the blink! Its still not 100% fixed -needs a part, but as long as you catch it tripping off, its usable. The washer packed up yesterday & I had to go to the launderette. Put these words in the correct order ... pours, rain, it, never, but, it ......!!!!!! and a few expletives!!!!!! Son & heir had never visited such a place in his 17 years (good Uni training I suppose!) but helped out -mainly running backwards & forwards to the nearby petrol station for MORE change. Its certainly not a cheap 'do'! Hopefully the engineer can be summoned tomorrow. At least its under warranty!
On a broader 'blogging front' - my 'teaching blogs' are going great guns & earning mentions in the tightly knit virtual circle of geography teachers that lurk on the net. Two of my sixth form students have set up blogs for students/teachers in their other subjects too. All started by me beginning to lurk in and out of knitting blogs last summer...... makes you think! The power of the knitting/ crafting world......!!!!