Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Why shouldn't you get into the Christmas spirit in the bedroom (oh, stop giggling in the back there)? Mum made me up some wonderful Christmas pillow cases, including these natty owls. If you look closely, the brown on the owls? It's in a knit pattern! Perfect.

Alas, Lola has the pox. I discovered this a few days ago. I have been doing much research, but apparently you just wait it out and keep an eye on the pox victims. So far, she seems fine. In fact, the other evening, she became an escapee and flew onto the coop roof (say that quickly five times). She eventually decided to go back inside through the little window you can see there - possibly having realised that Wee Davie was waiting below with his ball.

Wee Davie has become obsessed with playing ball. Whenever you step outside, the ball magically rolls to your feet. If you don't kick it immediately, he puts his little paw up on it and tells you to kick it... just in case you've forgotten the deal. Yesterday Mum and I were hula hooping in the back yard and mid-hula, a ball would land at our feet and the hoop would clatter to the ground. Oh, okay, the hoop did spend more time on the ground than around our waists, but it was fun! (Yes, I did get inspired by Ysolda's efforts in snowy Edinburgh, so when I saw a hoop - while buying a soccer ball for the pup - I couldn't resist trying it out.)

We went shopping for Christmas food. Mum thought I was joking when I said I didn't really care as long as I had cereal!

Actually, I didn't buy all this yesterday... just the Cookie Bitez. One of the oddest things about going gluten free is that you develop random, ridiculous cravings for food you never ate when you could eat everything. Lately, I've been craving silly, childish cereal. Fortunately, they've started releasing gluten-free options and... I've gone a little nutty.

More sensibly, there is finally more progress on the Netherfield sock. Watch this space. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a brilliant, incredible Christmas (or holiday of some sort)!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's Getting To Be A Lot Like Christmas

While I was trying to come up with clever things to say about glass slippers and magic mirrors, Christmas snuck up on me.

Christmas, of course, in part means there's lots of Christmas Specials on television - specials from To the Manor Born and One Foot in the Grave, for example. These are excellent knitting programmes. So I whipped off the second Strider sock and they're done and they're beautiful! I've already mentioned the details on the blog (they're also here on Ravelry), but... wow. I love this pattern! There's a couple of little errors in the pattern (also noted on Ravelry), but once you get the gist of the pattern, they're dead easy to spot. Unfortunately, photography just doesn't do them justice. They're three-dimensional socks. They must be seen in all three dimensions. So, thank you again BKFF, who is currently, I believe, bopping around Wellington!

And today, more sock inspiration... although I am trying to promise myself to finish off my Netherfield socks, particularly now that I've successfully finished this toe-up pair (yes, I've been knitting the Netherfield socks since I was sitting in the sun at Lyme Park patiently waiting for Mr Darcy to come out of the lake in his wet shirt... it never happened, which I think jinxed the socks). Aside from that digression... who doesn't love a new Cookie A. book? The photography is to die for! So are Lissajous, now handily available in the book. And I also picked up cards from one of my favourite Etsy artists, The Mincing Mockingbird, because there were finally cards of the print, Moments When My Eyes Go Vacant. I seriously love the print.

Since it's Christmas, there have been treats, like little tiny macaroons (the passionfruit ones are best!), and SFX Magazine's Doctor Who issue.

So, I guess it's time to finish up now and get a little more written about the cat's boots so that I can enjoy a guilt-free Christmas. I'll leave you with merry wishes and a little pup who has also found things to like about Christmas.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Taking a Writer's Block Break

It's not really writer's block. It's more 'I'm tired of revising this article and while I know perfectly well what I have to do, I can't quite make myself just tap away until it's done' block. So I've been doing lots of useful things, filling out paperwork, updating a bibliography, wrapping a few presents, doing a load of laundry...

But it still isn't getting the revisions finished.

On the bright side, a parcel arrived today, travelling far from snowy places.

I love a parcel that is wrapped with care! We used to have a fabric store that would wrap the fabric in printed brown paper and string and I never wanted to open the parcel afterward. Strangely, one of the sales assistants told us most people preferred their purchases in a paper bag. They didn't like waiting the extra minute or two. I could never understand that. One of the reasons I love shopping through Etsy is that many of the sellers are amazing in terms of how they package up your purchases. But before I lose myself in this parcel-obsessed-tangent, inside today's parcel...

Who doesn't need more project bags?

This also made me giggle. But then, so do Bendigo Woollen Mills' big balls of yarn. I am twelve.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

With no knitting

I admit it. I've been a bad knitter. I'm working on my second socks and I just broke the tip of the needle on my new Charm Wrap. Everything knitting related is going very slow.

But more cheerfully, my new favourite earrings arrived.

Okay, how many people have clicked and realised what they reference? Need a clue? Seek out the source. I think they're pretty cunnin'.

Then Vintage Purl was a just a bit inconsiderate and went and named a lace yarn "Kingdom of Aragon". As if that wasn't going to be finding its way into my stash...

Beautiful, isn't it?

The silly season has, of course, inspired more than a little silliness around here. After a chat to one of my BKFFs, this... ah... happened...

Me: It's a screwdriver.
Wee Davie: It's sonic.
Me: Yeah, I know.

Wee Davie: Allons-y!

Well, a little silliness is a good thing.