Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Works in Progress

Two nights down, one to go, and as usual when I get home am I tired? No, I'm flipping well not, I have taken DS to school and stopped at the bakers for a danish pastry which has now mysteriously vanished, and I thought, as today is my actual bloggiversary I'd share some WIPS. And yes, I know, one thing at a time, I said, but WISPS aside, this is what I am working on at present.

First of all a mad rush to knit a FCS for my dear friend Yvonne's birthday. I thought I had until the 15th for this, but she is going away and the last time I will see her is this coming Monday. I started yesterday afternoon, and have six more repeats to go which allows for three extra repeats. Time for speedy knitting I think. I am using some of Chrissy's yarn which I bought at Woolfest last year.

This is as far as I got with the Debbie Bliss Ribbed Cardigan and I am dithering regarding size. The back measures 10" as it is, I know the tension says 4x4 when slightly stretched, the thing is how slight is slightly?

And the Sirdar Jacket 8976 is coming along nicely. I started last Thursday, and have finished both sleeves too.

I like the stitch definition very much.

And finally, a bit of fun. I found this last night, and wasn't in the least bit surprised to find that even my brain can't make it's mind up!!!!!!!!!!!!

You Are 50%Left Brained, 50% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Mystery of the Disappearing Comments

Sounds a bit Enid Blyton doesn't it?

I received an email this morning to tell me a comment needed to be moderated on my blog - but it wasn't my blog at all that the comment was for, it was for another blog altogether.

I have subsequently discoved that two comments haven't arrived here, so I have disabled comment moderation.

If anyone else has commented, it's probably gone forever - so if you have, and you're wondering where it is, please do so again. IYSWIM :lol:

Friday, February 22, 2008

Here it is!

Well here it is, the bloggiversary Forest Canopy. Humungously difficult to photograph accurately the first two photos are the most accurate colour-wise.

Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl
Yarn: Dream in Colour Smooshy
Shade: Dusky Aurora
Needles: Size Six Aeros

There are three extra pattern repeats, and it is my very favourite one so far and how I am going to parcel it up next week for the lucky winner I shall never know! Perhaps I shall have to enter the draw myself :-)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Very Special Place

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that I have a photo of a "very special place" in my sidebar. It's been there since I started my blog, and it remains very special. It's the Sofitel Taba Heights, on Egypt's Red Sea coast, and it's my favourite place ever. Quiet, peaceful, undeveloped and surrounded by history, I will never tire of visiting Taba Heights.

Taba Heights is a small development of five hotels and nearby golf course. From the jetty, if you look straight ahead of you, you see Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Turn to face the hotel again, you see not only Egypt, but Israel too. It's situated in the Sinai region of Egypt, and last year we visited Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and St Catherine's Monastry, home to the Burning Bush.

This year, we turned to more ancient wonders. But firstly, who couldn't fail to relax here? And, I ask you, what better colour for a hotel than pink?!

The first three days were spent basking in temperatures of up to 25C, sipping Daiquiris and Gin Fizzes. Mr A and I also walked a lot, typically before breakfast as we continued to wake at 7:00. It was 5km to the marina and back, so I put in plenty of practice for the Race for Life.

On the fourth day we went on a day trip to Cairo. This involved going back to Taba Airport and flying to Cairo. We flew in a little 50 seat plane called a Dash 7 and the flight took just under an hour. Then on to our coach and our excellent guide for the day to the madness that is Cairo.

Cairo is home to some 20 million souls. It appears to have a permanent rush hour, the roads are chos. It's a mix of new, old, rich, poor, people living in unfinished buildings - conditions unheard of here. It's noisy, smelly, vibrant, colourful and alive and I found it fascinating. This is our first view of Cairo through the window of the coach.

The view from the Citadel. There is a haze of smog over Cairo, but you can, if you click on the photo, make out the pyramids in the distance.

This is the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Kufu, and it is this pyramid in particular, as opposed to "the pyramids" in general, thet is the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. Our guide was at pains to tell us that it was built by salaried workers and not by slaves at all. I am keeping an open mind! Isn't it magnificent.

This is the second pyramid, slightly smaller. We had a bit of fun with perspective here!

A word of warning though. They tell you on the coach to beware of hawkers, pickpockets, Bedouin, offers of camel rides and offers of free photos with camels. They don't however warn you about the tourist police! We are probably on "wanted" posters all over Cairo for refusing to pay them - "surely you don't expect us to pay a policeman for taking a photograph?" was my shocked response to a request for money! Seemingly they did, and we beat a hasty retreat!

Isn't the Sphynx amazing too. His beard is in the British Museum - well it shouldn't be in my opinion, it should be here here it belongs. According to our guide book both the Turks and the French took pot shots at the Sphynx which is why he lost his nose and beard. Our Guide however, said that Napoleon was a man of culture and would never allow such a thing!

And finally, isn't it sad! The only outlet that isn't here is Burger King. Fortunately, you can't quite see this from the pyramids, but Giza is gtting ever closer to this once vast expanse of desert.

From here, on to a papyrus manufacturers. Fascinating stuff.

And then, a late lunch on a riverboat resturant on the Nile. Introducing "Joy's Boys"!

Finally, a visit to the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Sadly, no photos to show you, but we came full circle and saw the death mask of Tutankhamun and so many wonderful things. There are some 120,000 in the museum, to see each one would take three months!

Then back for another couple of days of doing very little!

And here I am on our patio, gtting on with my FCS. I have three more repeats to do, hopefully it will make an appearance here at the weekend.
Here I am at the top of the pink tower.

And here's the view from the tower. I will never tire of this view!

The view of the hotel from the jetty.

And finally, here I am with my lovely boys on our last night.

Our daughter was unable to come with us, originally she and her boyfriend were coming with us but she had presentation to do at University. I missed her so much. She got an A- for her presentation - I am so pleased for her. She is now in her third year, and she is going to be a wonderful nurse.

So, there we have it, I am back from holiday relaxed and rejuvinated. Now it's back to reality, with a night shift tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday and a pile of ironing that doesn't bear thinking about! And thank you all so far this month. £20 worth of comments - brilliant!

Monday, February 4, 2008


Here I am again, shamelessly blogging away to relieve you all of your virtual 50p's! This is Kolsva from Noro Revisited by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. I am so pleased with it. I bought the yarn in July 2006 when I visited a "cake day" at Angel Yarns and it lay forgotten for months until Pictish knitted hers and I was reminded I had the yarn too.

The pattern - well it's more "guidelines" than pattern as Captain Barbosa would say - was a test of skill and ingenuity in parts, especially the sleeve shapings, but well worth the effort. It's also a very quick knit too.

I though it was time for a modelled photo - even though I had worked a night shift the night before it was taken and had had about four hours sleep. And if you click the photo you can see the lovely earrings I had for Christmas from an equally lovely cyber friend.

Yarn: Noro Kochoran #14
Needles: 6mm Millwards
Size: large to fit 40"

Thanks again for all your comments so far this month, I am very appreciative of you all.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Awards and Dishcloths!

What can I say? A staggering 18 posts so far in very short order, thank you all very much. More of the same please!!!!!!!!!

It's been dishcloth swap time this month on CTNY. Earlier this week I received this lovely dishcloth from the equally lovely Linz along wth a dear little ladybird - what else! - and a miniature Forest Canopy which is so delicate. Recently I received a little teddy from Linz wearing it's own hand-made scarf, which I nearly lost to mum when I showed it to her. Linz is looking for another teddy, and the little FCS is for that so that mum can have her own. Isn't that lovely? The cloth is a Colinette one, Banyan in # Popsicle.

Here is the dishcloth that I sent to my partner Hanne - along with some chocolate, and some sugar mice for her two little boys. I can show you now because she received it yesterday. Posted in the UK Tuesday, it arrived in Finland on Friday I think is pretty good!

It's this pattern which I've used couple of times now, and it was made using Rowan Handknit Cotton. I have made three of these so far this month, one for Mr A and one for someone else! Mr A is very pleased with both of his new dishcloths and says thank you to Linz Too btw! It's his birthday tomorrow - shall I give him a night off washing up do you think?

And now then, to awards. I love blogs and blogland, there are some wonderful people out here, and every now and then you get a lovely surprise when you visit. Gilraen's Knits is one of my favourite places to visit - a real riot of colour, inspirational socks, and yarn pron Friday which is lways a treat.

Gilraen gave me an award the other day which is now safely in my sidebar - the You Make my Day Award. Not quite what Clint Eastwood had in mind I don't think!!!!!!!! I was thrilled to receive it Gilraen, thank you very much.

In true blogland style I have to now award this award to other bloggers. Most of the bloggy people who come to mind appear to have had one already, so I am going to start by sharing this one with two newcomers to Blogland, Sandra and Pictish. They are both members of CTNY and have always made my day with their wonderful knitting. Sandra has been an inspiration in other ways recently, and let me tell you a Pictish yarn sale is worth camping out all night for. So there we are, two new bloggers who make my day! Why not visit Sandra's Place and Pictish Yarns for yourselves?

And finally, an award for the Ladybird at Linz's Knitting Spot who always makes my day!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Bloggiversary and Race For Life - Competition Time!

You may have noticed the little widget in my sidebar. Wednesday July 2nd will see me taking part in this year's Race for Life at Malvern. Don't let the word "race" fool you though, I shall be walking as sadly running is now beyond me - where to start, dropped foot, sciatica, dodgy hip, alas I couldn't run for the bus these days but happily the lovely people at Race for Life encourage walkers too, so I can still take part.

February is my bloggiversay month. I really can't believe I have been blogging for a year. I love my little blog, even though it was sadly neglected in the run up to Christmas.

I have decided to have a little competition to help me celebrate this auspicious occasion. So as well as the obligatory prize draw, I have decided to donate 50p for every comment made this month. At the end of February I will count up all the comments and add one gift aided donation to Race for Life via my widget on behalf of you all. This month for example I have had 23 comments on my blog which would see me donating £11:50. I hope to double, treble or even better this, so I'm going to try to make my blog as interesting as possible.

I know from my counter that I have visitors - so may I ask that if you are someone who just pops in and looks from time to time, can you also leave a comment for me. It won't cost you anything, but you will be making a difference, and a comment will give you automatic entry to my prize draw.

The prize will be a Forest Canopy shawl. I have some smooshy yarn from Socktopus I make no apologies for this - I need some holiday knitting and this will fit the bill perfectly. And for the draw purposes, it will be one entry per comment, so if, for example, you make 7 comments you will have seven chances.

So come on folks - help me to start off my fundraising, it won't cost you a penny and you will be making a real difference.