22 February 2009

Socks, Cardigans, Dentists and Big Brothers

It's been a very busy few weeks, what with the mortgage offer coming in, being very busy with work, looking after my mum, baking, knitting and just trying to stay on top on things, I've totally forgotten to blog. I've also managed to miss a week on Project 52, which sucks immensely.

Hope you like the new look for the blog. It's to go with my new moniker, Ava Laine, which, in turn, is to go with my new lot of modelling for Donovan's Darlings, which launches at the beginning of April. Hopefully I'll be getting more involved.

I'm not in work tomorrow as I have the dentist. I'm tempted just to tell him to pull out the dammed tooth is as I don't really fancy paying £198 to try and keep it. Hopefully, I will spend the rest of the day baking and knitting and enjoying myself, like today. I baked muffins, which was definitely fun and made dinner, with yummy chocolate pudding as my big brother was here too.



And my knitting has been progressive. The clover leaf cardigan is really coming along; most of the back is done now and it's not even my commuter knitting project. That was Andy's socks but I've finished the first one and have other things planned that have deadlines so I've had to put them on hold. Plus I have another Socktopus parcel coming soon enough.





And then there's the house planning. Hopefully it'll be ours soon.

13 February 2009

Ill Again

I can feel the throat starting to tickle, the mouth drying up and the horrible feeling that my wisdom teeth are going funny again.  I want to be curled up in bed rather than sat here at work but I've got tomorrow for that, hopefully.  Just 6 more hours and then I can be on my way!  At least I have some free time to stare at yarn and plan my stash.  I've got a few designs lurking around in my head...possibly even venturing into socks (oh, the shock, horror).  If only there were more hours in the day to knit!
 
I've also been thinking about my career.  Yes, I know I've only had my current job for 4 months but I think I want to eventually train to be a clinical scientist specialising in haematology.  So I'm thinking about job moves for the future to get experience and would love to work for the blood donor service.

11 February 2009

Coming to London

I'm not sure how many of my London based friends read this blog but I might as well mention my visit here too.
 
Andy's band Pythia (http://www.pythiamusic.com) have a gig on Saturday 28th March at the Camden Underworld.  You're more than welcome to come to this; send me a message and I might be able to sort some kind of guestlist out.  We're then staying (somewhere) that night and going to see Kamelot and Dream Evil on Sunday evening.  This means, apart from the possible hangover, I have very little to do during the day on the Sunday and want to meet up with friends and quite possibly knit.  The only thing I definitely want to do as well is go to the Socktopus shop as I missed the opening.  Let me know if you're around and want to meet up.
 
Oh, and if you're ever up in Manchester, let me know!

09 February 2009

Knitting Meme

So, you need to mark with bold the things you have done, mark the ones you plan to do sometime in italics, and leave the rest.

Afghan
American/English knitting
Baby items
Bobbles
Buttonholes
Cable stitch patterns
Cardigan

Charity knitting
Combination knitting
Continental knitting
Cuffs/fingerless mits/arm-warmers
Darning
Designing knitted garments

Domino knitting
Drop stitch patterns
Dyeing spinning fibre
Dyeing with plant colours
Dyeing yarn
Entrelac

Fair Isle knitting
Free-form knitting
Fulling/felting
Garter stitch
Gloves
Graffiti knitting
Hair accessories
Hats: Cuff-up
Hats: Top-down
Holiday related knitting
Household items

I-cord
Intarsia
Jewellery

Kitchener stitch
Knitted flowers
Knitting a gift
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting and purling backwards

Knitting art
Knitting for a living
Knitting for pets
Knitting for preemies
Knitting in public
Knitting items for a wedding

Knitting on a loom
Knitting smocking
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting to make money
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with alpaca
Knitting with bamboo yarn

Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Knitting with beads
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with cashmere

Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with cotton

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting with dpns
Knitting with linen
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with silk

Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Knitting with wool

Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Lace patterns
Long Tail CO

Machine knitting
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Moebius band knitting
Norwegian knitting
Participate in an exchange
Participating in a KAL

Pillows
Publishing a knitting book
Purses/bags
Rug
Scarf
Shawl
Short rows
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Slip stitch patterns
Slippers
Socks: toe-up
Socks: top-down

Steeks
Stockinette stitch
Stuffed toys
Swatching
Sweater

Tassels
Teaching a child to knit
Teaching a male how to knit
Textured knitting
Thrummed knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Tubular CO
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting
Writing a pattern

07 February 2009

Snow, Cats and FOs

Well, our snow was pretty pathetic up here in Manchester! I was gutted to see how much everywhere else was getting as I couldn't even manage a day off to make a snowman here! My bus was actually early on Monday morning so proof that not all public transport systems go to pot when there's a couple of inches (and no, I'm not really getting at TFL. There was obviously loads more snow down in London and even less anticipation of that much snow). Here's a few photos of parks near me, my mum's plum tree and the cat going for a little walk out in the snow.






I've also been cooking more due to mum's arm (which is hopefully getting better but she's not got a hospital appointment for a few weeks) and I've been having fun making some different stuff. I make lovely enchilada's the other night and make pizza from scratch last weekend.



And I've still have plenty of knitting time! I've got two more finished objects to show off (that's 6 so far this year) and I've started on another couple. And I've got plans for things to make and try and design so that should keep me busy.

Firstly, I finished my Om Shanti bed socks, from the first Sock(topus) club parcel of the year. They're lovely and I enjoyed knitting them but I'm still unhappy with my attempts at the cast off suggested. But they're good bed socks in the sense that they're 1) squishy 2) very warm and 3) don't move on my feet!



They're made from Chameleon Colorworks Evolution in Peppermint Cheer, done toe up on my 2.75 and 3.25mm Knit Picks Options fixed circs, magic loop method. More info can be found on my Ravelry project page

For my next lot of commuter knitting, I cast on quelle erqsome's Masonic Lodge socks for Andy using the Matchmaker he bought in last Winter's JL sale! They're stripy as he thought he'd rather have matching socks.



I don't think I'm doing too bad for a few bus journey's worth of knitting.

Next up, was finishing my Swallowtail shawl. It's only taken me 6 weeks or so of off and on knitting and I'm very happy with it. It's currently blocking downstairs as I type.



And so I cast on the Lucky cardigan from Sitch n Bitch Nation. Bizarrely, I chose yarn in the Summer JL sale that's actually what it's "supposed" to be knit in. I'm kinda scared of the 4-ply yarn and the idea of seaming it all but I told myself that'll give me a chance to learn to seam properly so I can have a proper reason to avoid it! I'm about 25 rows into the back; I think this may be a long knit!

So, I'm off to bed, dragging myself away from knitting and Twitter and thinking about whether to watch Pushing Daisies before sleeping. I'm kinda hoping for another Dead Like Me reference. And if you've never seem either show, I definitely recommend them both. I also suggest you read Barack Obama's books. They are very well written and an interesting read.

My Cat Is Trying to Kill Me...

Is your cat plotting to kill you?

This does not surprise me!

01 February 2009

Twittering

So, I succumbed. I got a Twitter account. I'm still not sure why but if you want, you can follow me on there. Or let me know you're on there. I'm Perversia or you can click on the think on the right.

I'm sorry about the lack of updates but I've been super busy since my mum broke her shoulder. I've been knitting, of course and am a good way through the first Socktopus club package of the year. My Swallowtail is also getting there, although the rows are pretty long now so it takes forever! My Evangeline fingerless gloves are finished and I love them. They were such a quick knit and the Manos Silk Blend looks lovely with the cables. They do fall down a little but I can cope with that!



Lots of people may have seen my new profile pic around. It's from a shoot I did for a upcoming website and I had a lot of fun, although I did feel like death that day. For those of you who don't know, I have done a little bit of modelling before, although I stopped when I was doing my PGCE and decided that I would take it back up again but not go out of my way looking for work. Kate approached me and I'm bloody glad; I love playing dress up!





In other photography related news, I decided to join the Project 52 group on Flickr. The idea is to post one photo a week but I can't even just about manage that! It's fun though.

And the house is still stalled for now. We're waiting on the mortgage offer to see what work has to be done first and then we shall be conversing with solicitors. How fun!

Right, I'm off to try and have a productive day of ironing, even though I'd quite like to stay here in bed and knit. I suppose I can plan my next WIP. Stripy socks for Andy (Masonic lodge or a vintage rib?), some knee high socks for me or maybe something for Mantaj? ((but what!?!?) And maybe I should buy more jumper yarn!