Up Knit Creek

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Not my fault...

...this time anyway! The computer went a bit wrong, as in wouldn't load Windows. Didn't matter which option I selected, I just kept getting the same message "We are sorry for any inconvenience (Inconvenience!!!) but Windows failed to initialise properly blah blah blah". We just kept going round and round, round and round, round and round until I was about ready to chuck the stupid thing out of the window. Sanity prevailed and the nice techie guy Alex came over and sorted it out. Computer has now spent the rest of the week on the naughty step until it apologises for its unacceptable behaviour.

So, there has been knitting (since I couldn't get on Ravelry or Facebook, or any of the other procrastinators I regularly use) and I am now on sock #15 of 16 of the MSP*! Yay! Go me!
To make up for lost time, I also had to do a spot of online purchasing, namely undyed sock yarn and nice shiny new needles from Knit 'n' Caboodle. I was very impressed with their service - I ordered at about 11.00pm on Wednesday night and received the parcel on Friday morning, beautifully wrapped in purple tissue, with a free cable needle and a couple of sewing-up needles included. Excellent.

On Saturday, I went to Lewes Town Hall for the bi-annual show/exhibition of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. There was, as expected, much delicious booty to be had. My purchases included some Blue-faced Leicester fleece (I've wanted some for ages and thought I ought to have some as I am originally from Leicester), some BFL/Nylon undyed laceweight yarn (1200 metres for £5.80), both from DT Crafts; a copy (finally) of Barbara G Walker's "Treasury of Knitting Patterns" and some rather lovely dyed merino/silk rovings from P & M Woolcraft; and lastly some very very fine cashmere singles yarn in a deep red which I intend to ply into approx DK weight - if I can extract the wheel from its thick pall of dust, that is.

This morning, I have transformed the undyed yarn into a riot of colour - well, I've splashed the dyes around and some of it landed on the yarn - so the bathroom now has big drippy skeins hanging from the shower screen, a lovely blue laceweight, a "sunset" colour and "autumn" colour for the sock yarn. Photos eventually, when it's all dry.

There is an upside to the computer misbehaving - I seem to have been quite a bit more productive than usual. There's a lesson to be learned there, somewhere...

*MSP = mammoth sock project (still!)

Sunday, October 07, 2007


The MSP* continues, 5 pairs down, 2 and a bit to go.
The other project that I have been working on has been put on hold for reasons that I'm not going into here; suffice it to say that if people give me their word, I expect them to keep it.

I have been spending far too much time on Ravelry which is huge fun but a terrible distraction from actual knitting.
Lucy dragged me away from the computer yesterday in order to visit Kingston University which is somewhere that she is considering for next year, "A" level results permitting.
We went on the train (less than 2 hours, which is good) so I was able to indulge in some train-knitting which I haven't done for ages. We were quite impressed with the university, the facilities seem good and the staff were all knowledgeable and friendly. Other plus points included student accommodation which is bigger and better than Lucy has at home, very tasty biscuits during the "meet and greet" part, close proximity to London and beer that is only £1.50 per pint in the student bar on Saturdays.
We also looked around Kingston town centre and were quite impressed with the wide variety of shops and cafes etc. The riverside setting makes for a very pleasant place to spend time so I would not be unhappy if Lucy eventually decides to go to Uni there.

We are also due to visit Middlesex Uni in about three weeks, so no decision will be made until then. Sadly, no knitting will take place on that journey as I will be driving :(

Today, Simon and I went to the South of England showground for an Autumn Show and Game Fair. We saw some very cute bunnies and even cuter guinea pigs ( I love guinea pigs but don't think Her Royal Mollieness would approve if I brought one home with me). We ate far too much and saw more pairs of patterned wellies in one day than I thought possible. I also finally bought a pair of pale pink ankle boots which I have lusted after for years, ever since seeing some at Heathrow Airport seconds before our flight was called. I would post a picture but that would mean getting up off my fat a**e, finding the camera etc, etc, it's easier to find one on the web:

Not a brilliant pic but you get the general idea

So there you have it, not particularly exciting, not really very fibrey or knittingy (unless you count the quick visit to John Lewis Kingston's yarn dept) but a little true-to-life glimpse into my world.

* Mammoth Sock Project