Skyscrapers and String


Poppy time!

Hello everyone,

I hope you have lots of happy plans for the weekend! I am on the tail end of a massive hangover from Thursday night; my old boss left and he and I are known to egg each other on and I always end up very much worse from wear on wine which I don’t normally drink much of.

The leaving do was funny, such is the climate at the place where I work there were 8 people leaving from the same department on the same day.

Even though I rested up, and relied on many cups of sweet tea and chocolate for breakfast, I was fit for very little.

Thursday was super. knitting club gathered to show the poppies we have made for sale for Help For Heroes.

Here you can see just some of the poppies we’ve made this year:

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Here you can see one of the tiny crochet poppies, this year, small is definitely the vogue, all the tiny poppies have been snapped up.

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Last year Knitting Club made £860 for Help for Heroes, this year we plan to beat that total! We also get matched funding from our firm, so it does add up.

This week also has been fun on the knitting front, I’ve done the first few rows of my autumn poncho:

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It has taken me literally years to find suitable yarn. I am loving how it is turning out already!

Also, Amber spotted that “Cats” is back on in London at the Palladium which Jon has been very keen to go to (handily near Liberty and John Lewis for pre show wool browsing..) so that meant he and Amber spent Monday and Tuesday night searching for tickets online. We found three seats together in the good rows in February after about 7 hours of researching on the theatre booking page. Good luck with that one if you have a mind to go.

My brown Colinette mitts are finished, I managed to get these sweet cabled beauties off the needles yesterday, and sewn up during many episodes of TV, one good thing about a hangover lol!

I was delighted how two long mitts came off one tiny skein, I thought that was great value as they cost £2 each at Ally Pally. I think everyone who went to the show bought some of those, I would love to see what everyone does with their mini skeins! I’ll get some good pictures once we have daylight.

Last weekend I went to visit my Mum who is in a home as she has bad dementia. It was nice to see her. She was smiling and happy, and was pleased to see me.

What a terrifying place though. I was sitting there, Mum had a doll on her lap, and she was tending to it, people with slack faces were shuffling round like zombies and there was a constant backdrop of screaming.

Mum chattered constantly, she doesn’t make much sense, and now she is losing the ability to even use regular words, so the phrases would contain random syllables joined together.

Today is going to be exciting, I am meeting my friend Lesley and we’re heading for Loop. Lesley has this year become proficient in crochet and she requested we visit my favourite shop on earth to buy wool. Once I have finished writing I am going to try to sort mine as I swapped the money I paid for my friend Mary’s ticket to Ally Pally for some red heart shimmer yarn from Deramores. I think I have a bit too much wool now in fact. But it is beautiful!

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Wednesday Hump Day

Hello everyone!

I am in a very jolly mood today, I went back to work, things there are great fun, I got loads of stuff done and we had Knitting Club. You know I love Knitting Club and the manager at Costa loves us back, he gave us free cake, a nice ginger muffin, it was so yummy!

We sat knitting and laughing and chatting about the funny events in the world. I am making some socks for my lovely Auntie, Russ and Helen were crocheting squares, and we were all looking at our giant collection of preemie hats. We had 26 in the end, which is not bad as we were riding on the back of our huge poppy charity binge. Louise is taking the hats to the premature babies ward at the Royal London hospital on Friday, when she takes her Nipper for his one year check up.

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This morning, as I stood at the furthest bus stop, sweating and cursing myself for going back to work, a woman appeared with her three offspring in tow. The smallest one had a whistle, and was trying to play “Jingle Bells” over and over and over and over, using one screeching note. I glared repeatedly at the child and the mother to no avail, apparently no one cares anymore about how their children’s behaviour is appallingly irritating to strangers.

When I got home tonight and told Jon, he suggested I should have taken the whistle and stamped on it. I love him! Wouldn’t it be liberating to just do that!

My place of work is undergoing a lot of change. Some folk think not for the better, I am keen to see what transpires. It is very satisfying to feel happy in myself, and not in fear of change. I know that whatever happens I will be ok.

It’s two years yesterday since I lost my Grandad, and I do miss him still, however I’m ok, my grief no longer provides a cloud across my life. If I wake up in the night, it’s not guilt and regret, it’s just, “wow this bed is soft, I like it here”.

I have a very jolly day in front of me tomorrow, and then it’s the weekend! My pink cardigan is nearly finished. It is such thick aran weight yarn it knits up really quickly.

See, even my cat is relaxed, my germs are clearing, everything is fine. I hope things are good with you all too.

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Happy Weekend!

Hello everyone!

I hope your weekend has been good so far!

Jon is completely well and is in my good books. Long may it continue!

Yesterday he blocked two shawls for me, did loads of jobs round the house, then I went out for a swim. When I came home, dinner was ready!

At Knitting Club at work with our poppy knitting we raised just under £850 for Help for Heroes, which will be matched £ for £ by our employer. What was really touching was the thank you letter we got from our citizenship team, headed by an ex serviceman, whose words were truly heartwarming and humbling. We’ll definitely be making these again next year.

Not a bunch to sit on our laurels, we have dived into making premature baby hats. I have made 5 so far, and have a sixth on the needles. I have two from Mary and Sarah also in my bag as well!

One of my friends wrote a blog post recently about someone on Ravelry who had a huge number of WIP’s, ie unfinished knitting projects. I think the number quoted was about 250. I must confess, I am in progress on about 7 things, and plan to cast on another 7 small things. I also have some other large knitting projects I’ve started, blankets and the like, but I’m not bothered about when they get finished.

Here you can see some of my baby hats:

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These are great fun to knit!

Today has been super!

I had a long walk through the park, ordered some new net curtains, blocked a third shawl, it is supposed to be an Ishbel but it is a complete disaster! 18000 people have knitted this, I faithfully followed the pattern, but mine doesn’t look like vine leaves, it looks like some kind of anstract modernist piece. I hated knitting it!

It is dry and I’ll post some pictures tomorrow.

Here are the two nice shawls blocked yesterday:

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This cream one is for dear Katy, my hairdresser. She is such a beautiful, kind and smart person, she has been my rock these last few years. She always admires my knitting, so this is for her, I am next seeing her just before Christmas!

Here you can see my holiday shawl:

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I sewed up another pair of mitts, and wrapped them for my friend. I want some for myself!

Anyhow, I have heaps of knitting to get on with! Have a lovely evening! I’ll see you tomorrow!


Like A Shark!

Hello everyone!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! I had Friday off, and have tomorrow off as well, so my weekend is extended and ultra luxe!

Despite the dismal windy and squally winter weather, the clocks went back so we had a good lie in, and I was delighted to set off for Loop wearing my new hat and my even newer (finished this morning!) beaded gloves!

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I had a speedy journey, I was knitting a shawl, so the 4 long rows took me from Heathway to Monument in a jiffy, and it seemed in no time I had acquired my blackberry smoothie and was crossing Angel High Street into Camden Passage and into Loop for part two of the knitting outside the lines course with the fabulous Miss Juju Vail!

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The benefit of the two parter was that in the quiet of home, I could do the homework and sort out the stitch pattern properly. In class, with everyone chatting, there was no way I could “think in lace”. And I could then come back into class and make sense of the process, learn more, and get inspired by everybody else’s work! I learned a tremendous amount.

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Yet more excitement awaited in Loop, the owner Susan arranged a bring and buy sale in aid of “Medecins Sans Frontieres”, with wondrous cakes on sale plus heaps of yarny wonderment.

I went out to buy this to finish off my crochet bag:

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And I came back with this:

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I was like a shark in a frenzy. There were three tables, several baskets, there were odd skeins, packs of yarn, remains of balls, there was every kind of yarn you could think of. I was quickly furnished with a basket and it was rammed and my arms were full in very short measure.

There were so many knitting friends there today, it was a super turnout.

To give you a small idea of my plans, here is one skein of yarn with some oddments I had to hand:

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I’m not sure the photo even does the colour justice!

A big thank you to Fiona, for donating a lot of the wool I bought (such exquisite taste!), and to Juju and Susan. I had a brilliant day!


Midweek Knitting Update, Poppies and Disabilities

Hello all!

This week has been splendid so far! I wanted to share some of my exploits with you.

Yesterday we had the Steering Committee meeting for the employee network I belong to, that’s where I took the pictures you saw from the window whilst I was waiting. It was very exciting, our employee network is concerned with improving the lives of colleagues and customers with disabilities of all kinds. I am co chair of the work stream that engages with our members to find out what issues they are having at work, with the IT systems we all have to use, with the premises, anything really. I was looking forward to the meeting because my new proposals were up for discussion and the senior sponsors of our network were there and it was important for them to agree to support the new initiatives.

The meeting went well and I was delighted with how well received the proposals were. Today I got stuck in and like a little whirlwind I was emailing, making calls, having meetings, getting everyone’s input, allocating roles, you name it. It really is the most exciting thing you can do, it’s on the side of my desk which means I am committed to delivering everything I need to for my day job, plus this on top. I am not a plodder at work lol.

At lunchtime today we had knitting club. Cloey forgot her knitting so asked to do some of my crochet to get her craft fix. Whilst she was happily taking my Addi Turbo for a test hook, she asked me if I’d like to have some of her lemon tart. Result! Daljit showed some pictures of the amazing birthday cakes she had made recently. What a talented bunch! I helped Tamsyn with knitting increases, Sindhu showed us her proud progress on her first bit of knitting, Jo was working on her lace cardigan, Sarah had some lovely sparkly yarn she was making a cowl with, all round it was really jolly.

When I called club members to attention on a formal matter of knitting club business they all looked at me in surprise as we generally always just natter and knit. I outlined an idea for us to start making poppies to be sold for Help for Heroes on Remembrance Sunday. Our Firm matches any money you raise, £ for £. My idea was that we would advertise these poppies on the Intranet, thus boosting our profile and possibly attracting more members, and it would also be good to do something together for fun. I have offered prizes, a slap up cream tea for the member who made the most poppies, and another for the most beautiful poppy, which would be auctioned. Those present thought it would be fun, and I emailed details round to those who weren’t present also, just before I left for the day.

Tonight I went to the gym, the train was delayed, the usual route to the gym was blocked and I was running late, I was stressing and seriously tempted to just go home, then I also remembered I’d forgotten my locker key but I still went. Dedication. Lol.

I hope you’re all having a super week!