Friday, 6 June 2008

Some knitting

Firstly don't panic, after this short knitting interlude your usual random posts will continue.

Written while sitting school waiting for the end of the day! I have made that most basic of knitting errors and only bought 1 project along to walk on, and I have finished it. The leaf motif blanket in lilac is done. Well the knitting bit is, I still have to join the m of edging to the blanket…

(this is the darker version, for some reason I have no photos of the completed lilac one)

If you are the sort of person who likes watching the progress bars in the side (are there any of you out there?) you’ll have noticed that since I finished my Nutkin socks I have not made any more progress on anything.

This is not to say I have not been busy knitting, on the contrary, I have knitted possibly my coolest thing yet, and they’re for a swap, so are going to someone else, so you can’t see them. I had the feeling I was going to like this project though so I bought double of the most lovely softest 100% Alpaca ever. When my swap partner gets hers, I’ll cast on some for me, and you will be able to see exactly what they are.

I’m going home for a weekend to see my poor parents who have been very neglected recently, only problem is what knitting to take, I need something that I can knit while talking, which means simple. All my projects at the moment are far too complicated, so I need to start a new one, but that means winding another skein in to a ball… and I’m going out tonight to celebrate teaching my last ever lesson for this academic year. I’m teaching climbing tomorrow morning, and then going over to my parents, so when is this ball going to be wound. As a guide it takes about an hour for me to wind a ball by hand.

Fix it Friday is m.i.a this week, I have no ideas, none, zip, nada. Anyone want to share any good sites, good recipes, good ideas with me?

Edited to add that if you're interested in knitting I can't recommend that you join Ravelry highly enough. It's where I get all my patterns from, find out how to fix mistakes, learn new techniques, and drool over gorgeous yarns! If you're on there or do join then I'm hilltopkatie on there, feel free to add me as a friend.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

My first ever proper meme!

I'm so proud, this is the first meme in which I've actually been tagged in!

This one came via Laura at Domestic Blissless who I met via Ravelry in the teachers who knit group because we are both trainee (though not for much longer) secondary science teachers. Speaking of teaching I have one lesson left to teach, and it can't come to soon. I feel as if my professional development has ground to a halt, I'm ready to be let loose on the kids for real. Ask me again about this opinion at the end of September, I'm sure I will have changed my mind!

Anyway, where was I? It's been that kind of day, I ended up trying to sing our goodbye song at the start of Rainbows tonight... maybe it was wishful thinking? Speaking of Rainbows I am ready to strangle 2 of my parents. If you get handed a letter about an event and it has a deadline for it's return to book your daughters place, and you want her to go on the event, then you return it by the deadline. You do not appear 2 weeks before the event as I am handing out information about said eventand wonder why your daughter doesn't have the information... Luckily for them I was in a kind mood, so smiled sweetly and said I'd email the organiser and see if there were places left.

Ahh yes, I was meant to be doing a meme, anyway, here we go.

'The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then go to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.'

1. What was I doing ten years ago?
In 1998 I would still have been at school, I would have been the grand old age of 12... By my reckoning this means I was just finishing Year 8, so was just about to leave Middle School and go up to High School. My local area had a funny education system where there were 3 schools instead of the more usual 2 in Britain. You went to first school from age 5-9, middle school from age 9-13, and high school from age 13-16 or 18 if you stayed on in the 6th form. As for any more detail than that, I'm a bit clueless, can you honestly remember what you did age 12, I think it might have been the summer I went to Canada, but I may be wrong (Mum?)

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
Write more of my final ever essay (done!)
Go to Rainbows and not strangle any of them (done)
Get the letter signed to change the signatories on the Rainbow bank account (done)
Make sure I rescue the tea from the oven before it burns (also done successfully mid way through writing this)
Knit some more on my swap for the climbers group on ravelry and also shower (this one is looking doubtful)

3. Snacks I enjoy:
Crsips, nuts, ice cream

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Give most of it away, really honestly, I'd probably buy my Mum the house on the pembrokeshire coast she has always wanted, make sure my family and friends were sorted out, invest enough to keep me comfortable and then donate it to Guiding, Mountain Rescue and various other charities.

5. Places I've lived:
A town in North Staffordshire, and a city in Yorkshire. You're not getting any more detail than that folks!

6. People I want to know more about:
I'm going to pick the people whose blog I've commented on today as part of NaComLeavMo.

1) Katt
2) Love, Hope and Faith
3) Resplendent Quetzal
4) Surviving Single Motherhood
5) Nervous breakdowns are highly underated
6)The only constant is change

Monday, 2 June 2008


I love June, it's my favourite month. All the trees are now green, things are starting to flower, and the whole summer is ahead of us. British Strawberries have just started to arrive in shops, and while they're not the same as homegrown ones after a winter f apples and oranges they taste like liquid nectar.
Somehow despite a weekend at home relaxing before going back to school I managed not to update, and even worse forgot to go commenting on Sunday (I think!). Looks like I'm on double dose today!
School today was slow, I'd just got in to holiday mode this weekend and came back to school today. I'm now exhausted, to tired to think about trawling through holiday photos and write about my trip to Thailand. That post will come I promise!