Monday, 12 December 2011

Still here....

Although the  laptop issues are back!
The laptop was replaced, and then the new-to-us one turned out to have a faulty graphics card, and then the old one was kind of fixed by a friend but he installed a new OS which doesn't seem to have loaded all the features so I can't edit photos now until I get some editing software. Still having problems with the power  supply to the laptop too so seriously going to have to find a replacement soon.....
And even worse than all of that - I've lost all my bookmarks! All the lovely blogs I was following through bookmarks, all gone. I can't remember the names of them so I'm hoping that I will come across them again very soon. I follow quite a few on blogger but some I bookmarked instead, probably because I wasn't logged in when I first came across them and then never got round to clicking that button. Well that'll teach me......

In the meantime I have done a little knitting. I'm so glad I started late October as I am running out of time now and the days are filled with lots of crafting of a different kind, take a peek at the other blog if you want to know more! I finally finished this little set for the littlest girlie after a mini rant at the mittens that wouldn't turn out right:

Do you see the lovely scarf too, the one that I blogged about in the last post? Well of course you don't because I was knitting away and started to think how the girlie never keeps her scarves on properly, and that they always come sliding down out of her coat. So in a stroke of genius I decided to turn it into a simple cowl. No sliding off her neck, and I could cast off just over halfway through the length rather than carrying on for at least another 70cms! All worked in three shades of Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran, the cowl is a garter stitch loop in blocks of colour, the mittens are cobbled from a pattern found on Ravelry which I still can't decide whether I read wrongly/misunderstood, or it was written wrongly? The hat is the Pixie helmet from the Autumn 2009 issue of Living Crafts magazine, with a big fluffy bobble on top and cute fat plaits on each side. Overkill? - nah, it looked great when I sneaked it on her whilst she slept.....
Woohoo, another set done, just two more hat/gloves/scarf sets to go. And to finish big little boys scarf, the one in the DK rib..... And a pair of gloves for biggest girlie ..... And there's a little sewing to be done yet too..........

I hope you're all on target for a stress free handcrafted Christmas.


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Yarn along

I have knitted up a few things in the late nights but it's getting so close to the gifting time now that I am resorting to super quick knits. So for the littlest girlie I have gone back to the elf cap, only resized using aran weight yarn and 5mm needles. All good and now the matching scarf is on the needles. Garter stitch all the way with this one, firstly because Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran looks so good in garter stitch, and secondly because it is quick and mindless and can be done whilst nursing the girlie, reading stories, making plans...... you get the picture ;)
I really wanted this to be the picture to share, look at those amazing deep colours:
But in reality this is what it looks like:

Still gorgeous colours though don't you think?

Reading, well it's fairly obvious - the christmas books are out. Old books found in the charity shops, when children wanted things like rocking horses, dolls and jack in the boxes, not a video game or mobile phone in sight......

Looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to in Ginny's yarn along once again.

And a big thank you to all who read, I noticed I passed the 10,000 page views mark whist I was away. Not a lot by some standards, but amazing to me. Thanks to everyone for reading and following.


Monday, 5 December 2011

Short not sweet.

My laptop is dying.
It takes forever to download the photos from the camera, editing them is near impossible, it can't cope at all with more than one page open. 
So I offer my apologies. 
I have things to share, knits I've made, a pattern for a cool cowl to put out there, but I can't do any of that. 
I am keeping up with my family blog as I need that record for the littlies and myself to remember happy December days, but that alone is an all evening job. I start uploading photos then potter off to do dishes, come back and write a little, upload a photo to the blog, do a few lot of rows of knitting whilst waiting, upload another, make a drink, upload another, walk the dog, you get the picture (boo - pun not intended!!).
So there we are, why I'm not here. 
Or anywhere else. 
I try to catch up on blogs, but it takes several minutes for each to load. 
And leaving comments, well, there's no chance of that.
Do you remember the days of dial-up? Well this is slower, far slower.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel - the man is negotiating prices on a replacement laptop as I type. So in the next few days, as one big guy once said - I'll be back! 


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Plain old lazy - but you'll love it.

I've been at work all day, missd a train connection, shivered on a platform, saw a poor little toddler at my group bump his head so badly he had a bright blue egg within seconds, I have a toothache, and the beginnings of a cold. I think a break from the knitting pressure is due. So today I thought I'd share with you something that has just had me snorting my lemon and ginger tea all over myself:

Yes, you probably follow the blog, and yes, you probably snorted too, but just in case you don't, take a look.

See - genius. I especially love rule 1 :)

And I finished the cowl. More tomorrow, maybe?