Friday, December 30, 2005

Sirdar Scarves + more

Chain Mail is finished:

Red Firefly Chainmail
Red Firefly Chainmail

2x 25g Sirdar Firefly in red
20 stitches.
8mm needles
Garter stitch
Keep going until you finish all the yarn.

I love the effect but got very bored knitting it. However my MIL loves it so it was worth it.

Crocheted Curly Whirley:

Crocheted Curly Whirley Scarf
Crocheted Curly Whirley Scarf

1 x 100g Sirdar Wow in Mulberry - all used
2 x 50g Sirdar Funky Fur in Valentino - 9g left
2 x 50g Sirdar Denim Tweed in pink - 49g left

Firstly using a 9mm crochet hook I did a long chain in Sirdar Wow & then worked two Treble chains into each stitch. I learnt how to do this at the crochet workship run by the Knitting & Crochet Guild which I attended with Andrea whilst at the The Knitting & Stitching show. I then consulted Hello Mango & she gave me some crocheting advice which gave me to confidence to carry on.

Double stranding the Sirdar Funky Fur & Sirdar Denim Tweed & using a 7mm hook I repeated this for another row. Finally using the two yarns together again I did single trebles into each stitch.

This has been my first crochet project & kept me busy for two afternoons & evenings whilst watching TV - perfect post-Christmas crafting!

Crocheted Curly Whirley Scarf circle
Crocheted Curly Whirley Scarf circle

Best of all all 3 yarns used were stash inhabitants & have now left my cupboard! A friend of mine has been having a tough time recently & it'll be a hug from me to keep her warm.

Now a sneak preview of what I'm currently working on.

I'd also like to wish everybody a Happy New Year. I can't have a drink tonight to bring in the New Year as I'm on medication but the Champagne is on ice for tomorrow night!

BTW: I wrote a draft of this post yesterday with the yarn details etc but posted today on 31/12/5. However the date still says 30/12/5 & I can't find anyway of changing it - any ideas??? The time is also incorrect.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Snow Dogs





Blue & Annie
Blue & Annie

Public golf course at the end of our street
Public golf course at the end of our street

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas everyone

The presents are arranged under the tree, potatoes & carrots peeled & stored in cold water, house tidied to within an inch of its life & our huge fridge is bulging. We're ready for Christmas but had to resort to giving DD a spoon of medicine this evening as she confessed that there was no way she could go to sleep as she was just too excited but she was also desperate to go to sleep as it would speed up the delivery of presents! Oh to be 10 years old again, no hassles, stress or difficult decisions to make.

Antler Dogs
Antler Dogs

Plus a photo of my friends beautiful baby in Canada wearing her Daisy cardigan & ribbon tie booties from 50 Baby Bootees to Knit.

Baby in Daisy with Maggie the Airedale
Baby in Daisy with Maggie the Airedale

Isn't she beautiful!

Normal blogging may resume sometime in the New Year or whenever I feel like it.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

very sad day

After the mayhem of the Christmas food shop, I spent the afternoon at a funeral. One of DD's swimming coaches died recently. He was a fantastic guy & had time for every child in his squad, very patient & caring with a great sense of humour & fun.

He died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning aged 42. His daughter had turned 18 the day before he died & his son is 16. His wife was so strong during the funeral & held on tightly to her children. Both his parents were there - it must be awful to bury your child.

Hundred of people attended & the funeral was absolutely packed, the aisles full & more people stood outside. He had a Harley Davidson & loved his bike. The hearse had a biker escort as it travelled from his home to the Crematorium & it looked fantastic as they roared by.

My lasting memory of him was last Christmas when the kids had a fun session. He was in the pool with them playing water polo & had about 12 kids hanging on his back, neck & still went after the ball carrying them all. Striding through the water with a huddle of kids hanging off him - they all adored him.

Along with his wife, son & daughter he leaves Keith the cat & Mabel the dog.

Getting ready for Christmas

DH & I have finished work - Yipee!!! DD finished school yesterday & is hyper. The tree is up (last Sunday), cards have been posted & all I've got left to do is wrap presents which is happening tomorrow morning whilst both DH & DD are out.

I've hardly been knitting recently as I've been really busy & have a bit more to do before finishing the Chain Mail scarf in Sirdar Firefly but it won't take long.

We've just come back from a trip to the supermarket & I want to know why do people turn into complete idiots behind a trolley??? I'm fed up with having a trolley shooved against my butt whilst I was stuck behind someone else, pushing harder will not make me move if I've got nowhere to go. And to the woman who crushed 3 knuckles on my left hand as she rammed her trolley into a space far too small - your card is marked, I'll be looking out for you next year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

back on track...

Thanks everybody for your kinds words. I'm ok now but am sporting a wonderful bruise which is so striking that DH called me a Zebra last night! I had already promised a friend that I'd give her dog a wash & blow dry on Sunday so did it plus my two. I was standing all day so it wasn't too bad but by the time I got to work on Monday & had to sit at my desk all day - I was in agony. However I'm not going to take time off unless I'm really sick & painkillers are useful things.

The kids knitting club at school was fun tonight. Susoolu wasn't there tonight as she has a migrane - I hope you're feeling better soon. I had 5 kids including DD & they all had a great time. It was a race to finish their finger knitted scarves but all but one were finished & the one who wasn't is a friend of DD & is coming to our house on Thursday she can finish it then. After Christmas they'll be back on to two needles & I'm still trying to source some decent yarn in nice colours for them. If anybody has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

I've been watching recently how people come across my blog. Most are from other blogs or searches on a variety of search engines including Google. Search terms are normally knitting or Airedale related but there are a few others:

To the person who regularly visits by searching 'blueadt' I'd like to say hello and am wondering if I know you - if I do please let me know who you are.

However to the person in Canada who used the following search on Google:

lick my instep

Forget it - I definately don't want to know you. I can do many things but feet isn't one of them!

Saturday, December 10, 2005


I fell down the stairs this morning & am very sore. I had got up early to feed DD before taking her to an 8 a.m. training session & trying to be organised, carried a basket of washing downstairs with me to get the weekly wash marathon started.

DH was still in bed so I didn't put the light on. We haven't got any carpet on the stairs due to ongoing building works for the past 17 months & half the step is taken up by planks of wood (skirting board & archtrive). Carrying the basket in front of me I miscalculated & went flying.

My butt now sports a huge bruise & I admit to crying & nearly throwing up due to the pain.

So the Christmas tree hasn't been put up & neither have the outside lights. It hurts to walk, sit or lie on my back so I'll have to sleep on my side tonight.

With two weeks to go until Christmas my DD is gutted to be the only child in her class without a tree up

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

My Jaywalker

is back on track thanks to Cara - I suppose it was a bit brave/silly (delete as appropriate) to do a patterned sock as a second ever pair of handknitted socks but I will get there eventually.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Jaywalkers stalled...

After a mad panic on Friday when I decided that the Jaywalker sock wasn't going fit my size 7 (UK) foot, I have now decided that it will allowing that the pattern creates a very 'snug' sock (but where on the foot do you measure to get the 9" measurement????)

Jaywalker in Opal Rainforest Tiger
Jaywalker in Opal Rainforest Tiger

When this photo was taken last night I had just finished the heel flap & tonight whilst DD was swimming I turned the heel & picked up the stitches for the instep.

So far so good...

And then I hit a problem.

I'm knitting the sock on two 30cm addis & the pattern is written for dpns. After working row two of the pattern at the front of the sock repeating twice, I then picked 18 stitches along the heel flap & now I'm stuck.

The pattern reads:

"K12 from the heel needle. There are 21 sts on needles #2 & 3, 30 sts on #1 & #4.

Round 1: Work to 3 sts from end of needle #1, k2tog, k1. Work instep sts in established pattern (round 1 of zigzag pattern). K1, ssk at beginning of needle #4, work to end."

I've sat down with a piece of paper & still can't figure out how I transpose the pattern written for dpns into a pattern for two circs. I have the required 102 stitches & now need to decrease for the instep but can't work out where.

Can anybody who has knitted Jaywalkers on circs help me out????

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Finished objects & the Big Reveal continues...

Ages ago I knitted Daisy in Pattons 100% Cotton for a pregnant Airedale loving friend in Canada. The cardigan has been finished for a while but needed some flowers sewing on which means a delay as I don't like sewing. But finally I've kicked my butt into gear & it's finished:


The Entrelac Shawl which was intended for the same baby is however still unfinished I should have chosen this project more carefully as entrelac in 4 ply does NOT make good poolside knitting.

However I do have something else to go in the parcel:

Purple Velvet Ribbon Tie Bootees
Purple Velvet Ribbon Tie Bootees

Knitted in Jaeger Baby Merino & the pattern is from 50 Baby Bootees to Knit as is the pattern for these:

Regia Passion Textured-Cuff Booties
Regia Passion Textured-Cuff Booties

These were knitted in Regia 6 ply sent to me by my SP5. I had some bits left over as I had to buy another ball due to running out of yarn on my first pair of socks, so put them to good use. As I'm using left overs I couldn't get them to match but I think they look cute anyway. Typically the first one was knitted a while ago & the second today whilst sitting watching DD swim at a gala. During this same gala I also sent a text message to a certain person as today being December 4th was reveal day - I've been spoiling Lixie & I think she's enjoyed it