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  • Thursday, February 03, 2005
    Oooh - bad Liz!

    I can't believe how long it has been since I posted - but it has been a real hard slog with the knitting this year and I haven't really had that much to say.  I finished the BIL's hat and got that sent off to him, although the first one that I did I made the mistake of sizing to fit me - and I have a Big Head.  Fortunately, so does the next door neighbour! S was rather surprised when he said jokingly that I'd have to knit him a hat only to be given one 5 min later!  Since then I have struggled with a poncho for my niece - lots of ripping time! - the yarn is ack-rylic and I have to say I'm not that excited by it.  Time for a new proj coming up I think - anyone got a KAL they can recommend?  Will have to check.

    I haven't been totally quiet on the crafting front - DH got me a scrapbooking set for Christmas, and I have done a few LOs which you can see here.  All  I need is a decent project and I'm sure that I'll rediscover the knitting motivation agaon!

    Promise it wont be so long next time ;)

    Posted at 11:22 pm by ljrn
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    Tuesday, January 04, 2005
    Happy New Year!

    Wow - is it January already? Before I start, on a serious note no sane person can feel anything other than profound shock about the disaster in Asia.  I had a friend in the region  - fortunately totally safe and unaffected as she was in a seperate part of the  country, but the truth still stands that an inconceivable number of people lost their lives.  Kinda puts life in perspective  -  inter board and blog flame wars and politics seem so irrelevant compared with what millions of people are now facing over in that part of the world. 

    The holiday season is been and gone - and once again it's that awkward period between the end of the festivities and the return of the kids to school to get Mum some free time AT LAST!!!  The gifts are all handed out with mainly good reports - though the BIL who got the DNA scarf didnt seem as over excited as I'd have hoped, particuarly as he works with DNA.  >:(.  What is even more irritating is that I had also included a voucher for a hat in the same wool that C made - I ran out of motivation in the last days before CHristmas and couldn't face starting a hat for him.  Still - once that is done I can relax and do some more fun knitting.  On a more positive note C loved her poncho and we have struggled to get her out of it.  It has been a dressing gown, a jumper and a coat, not to mention a blanket at bedtime!  I made a couple of single skein scarves using Patons Whisper and gave one to Cs teacher and one to the next door neighbour.  Both of those got rave reviews - the neighbour was given a jumper in a matching colour and the teacher apparently spontaneously wore the scarf all through the last day of term.  All in all - successful!  Christmas Day did bring a lovely moment from C - we knew full well that we would never get her off to sleep once she had woken, but made a deal with her that she could open her Santa pressies as long as she stayed out of our room until t he alarm  had gone off.  7.30am on the big day C got up and went to the toilet, then turned her light on.  We lay there expecting to hear the sound of  the opening of presents  - but nothing.  Eventually I gave  up and went in to find  her sat on the floor surrounded by unopened presents, sha king her head.  I asked her what was wrong and she said "I can't believe how lucky I am".  Made it all worthwhile!

    So - now all the festivities are over, what is next on the needles?  I keep eyeing up the2005 knit along page looking for inspiration - I'm tempted by Kiri, and by many of the scarvves in the Scarf Style book (though I think I had enough scarves in the run up to CHristmas) but one thought keeps coming back to me no matter how hard I push it away.  Perhaps as a trainee science teacher I should be thinking about this.  Daft idea, but it would make the kids sit up and take  notice!

    Posted at 12:17 am by ljrn
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    Saturday, December 25, 2004
    Happy Christmas!

    By the time I get this posted it will be the big day, so Happy Christmas to you all!  The cake is iced, the pressys wrapped, the cards delivered - we made it!

    Talking of pressies - here's a pic of C's poncho that I made her.  At last - no more nagging!  The pattern is here.  Noone tell her I have another skein of the purple and pink left.  Please!  I even finished the last king on the Jean Greenhowe nativity I have bneen knitting for the last three years.  So here, in all its splendour (though lacking the baby Jesus as it wasn't Xmas day when I took the pic) it is. 
    Gift knitting was briefly interrupted when DH and C contrived to lose her cat mask that she needed for her dance display.  DH though he might have thrown it away - DD swore it was in her room somewhere.  FOrtunately Sarah Bradberry's pattern for cat ears came to the rescue - and the mask was found at school three days after the performance.  AAARRRGGGHHH!

    Finally, too late for this Christmas but still worth knowing about, there are now some children's knitted books!  Featuring the planet Intarrsia (yes, really) details are at this website.  Somehow I think I might be spending again soon!

    Posted at 12:18 am by ljrn
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    Friday, December 17, 2004
    Christmas Questions

    Well - I'm emerging from the round of Nativities and gift knitting to show I'm still around.  Stealing this list from Lisa who stole it from Hello Lovely, who stole it from .....- well you know how it goes. 

    When is the best time to open presents?
    After breakfast Christmas morning.  Though I'm in a gift exchange at the moment that gives gifts for the 12 days before Christmas which is pretty cool.

    Have you been naughty or nice this year?

    Nice, of course ;)  (Hides cracks in halo)

    Real tree or imitation tree?

    Craving a real tree, putting up with a pretend one for now.

    Favorite Christmas cartoon character?

    The Grinch

    Did you ever write Santa a letter?

    You mean some people didn't?

    Buy any Christmas presents online?
    It's the only thing that has kept me sane this year.  Those that weren't bought on line were often inspired on line. 
    Save the ribbon and paper or rip right through it?
    Rip and Bin.
    Sharing Christmas with family this year?
    Outlaws for the big day, then with Dad and Sis between 27 and 30 Dec

    Ever ride in a one horse open sleigh?
    Two horse

    Ever roast a chestnut on an open fire?

    Favorite Christmas pie? Mince

    Favorite Christmas song?
    O little Town of Bethlehem

    People on your Christmas list; more or less than ten?

    Will you have a white Christmas this year?
    Unlikely, but I can always hope

    Do you believe in Santa Claus?
    If DD is around then of course - if not I believe in the principle of the thing

    Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
    DH of course

    Who gives the best gifts?
    DH, particularly if I get to chose

    Do you send Christmas cards?

    What color best represents Christmas?
    Red and gold

    Do you own any Christmas music?
    Loads of carols

    How many Christmas parties will you attend this year?2

    Does the postal worker get a gift this year?

    Giving a present to a pet?

    Your shopping?  Essentially done - I gotta make 2 lots of Snowman soup when DD finishes school next week.

    Posted at 12:11 am by ljrn

    Friday, December 03, 2004
    Picture time again.

    I know I haven't been around much, but I have been writing up from the teaching practice I did last month, and trying to come up with a few present ideas. 

    Jean Greenhowe has always been a favourite of mine - indeed it was her that got me back into knitting.  I had a go at a couple of her tree ornaments for a pressy for a friend who is also a knitter - and they were up to Jean's normal standards. I haven't done one of  her bigger projects for some time now - perhaps in the New Year?
    The latest of the scarves is already winging its way over the ocean for my secret pal, and I even designed my first bag using some Lion Brand Thick and Quick that my secret Pal, Sharon sent me.  Thanks Sharon!   It's a little difficult to see on the pic, but the clasp is made of icord with a large fan button that Sharon sent me to fasten it.

    Posted at 11:15 am by ljrn
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    Saturday, November 20, 2004
    I love teaching!

    Apologies for a totally OT moment here, but I have had such a fun time over the last month with my teaching practice I'm coming over all motivated!  It isn't the best school in the area by any means and some of the kids are definitely not to be recommended for those of a nervous disposition, but to really be part of a team was something I just didnt feel in the previous placement.  Plus a month really gave me chance to make a connection with some of the more reasonable kids and I feel I made a eral difference to some of them.  The memory  of leaving on the last day with a load of year 7s (11-12) leaning over the bannister singing the tune from the Great Escape is something that will stay with me for a long while!  I've also got some pretty interesting lessons to teach when I return in the summer term, so for now, dear reader, motivation is high.  (And when it dips I can return to this post and remember the good old days!)

    Of course in the recent weeks knitting time has  been somewhat curtailed, but there was no way I was going to stop.  Being right now an impoverished student I am going to try and make a lot of scarves and stuff for CHristmas presents and I posted some last time.  Since then I've added a scarf in  yellow/orange Bernat boa which may well go to my SKP in her last parcel and I have made a bag from some Lion Brand Chenille.  That takes some getting used to working with , though it did help when I followed advice to knot each end of the skein to try and stop shedding.  It's a change not to be felting a bag!  Somehow I have a feeling that there will have to be a poncho for C in the to do list fairly soon - she has tried all the standard nagging and is now trying a new approach by looking at the ultra cheap tacky ones in the shop and saying "I wish you could buy me one Mum, rather than having to wait for you to make me one!"  Boy does she know  how to work a guilt trip!

    Posted at 12:03 am by ljrn
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    Wednesday, November 03, 2004
    OK, OK, OK! You want pics?

    LOL - I finally got a couple of hours off from school - they are having a parents afternoon/evening so the school is shut this am so I got time to download some pics.  Sorry it has taken so long - there just arent enough hours in the day to do all I want to do, so here we go.

    The longest outstanding pic HAS to be the DNA scarf - not the best of pics for showing the pattern which really does show up a whole lot better.  I 'll try and improve on this later in the week.  Frida doesnt seem to  have been too badly affected by the problems I had with the pattern - here she is.  I really dont seem to be nailing it with the pictures to be honest this time - the texture IS there - it just doesnt want to cooperate.  Perhaps I'll finish off (she says keeping her fingers crossed) with the two scarves that came out of the holidfay in Somerset.  The first was made from some yarn I got from a secret pal exchange - Bernat Boa - I had some left over so I am working on a hat to go with this scarf.  The second was from some Berrocco Furz that Kerrie passed on to me - in case the poattern doesnt show it's done in a threexthree travelling rib and looks really luxurious.  How do I get over the fact that I want to keep them both????!!! 

    Ah well - fun time is over, perhaps I ought to go and see what makes the little darlings into what they are at school. 

    Posted at 11:17 am by ljrn
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    Saturday, October 23, 2004
    Sound familiar?

    I think that this might be familiar to one or two people who pop in here - I'm certainly not showing DH!  Dont want to give him ideas.....  I know that I have been promising photos for the last few weeks, but I just dont seem to have time to a) download and b) resize. The placement that  I am doing right now is taking all my time and energy, and as we are off on hols for the kids school hols tomorrow I thought I'd better pop in and make a quick post or two.  Holiday knitting - I'm not sure.  I see a lot of scarves in my future, particularly as I have just bought Scarf Style - whether that's what jumps into the bag as I leave - well you'll just have to wait and see.  I have made most of another Booga bag, but 6ft of I cord is not going to get me that motivted over the hols.  See you next week!

    Posted at 12:01 am by ljrn
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    Thursday, October 14, 2004
    Yardage problems

    Another FO!  Yes - I have finished Frida  - but the pics are still on the camera and the means to down load it is not around right now.  It's interesting looking at the comment that Vaxgirl left in the last message.  From what she has from the designer on her blog, it seems as though there might be a misprint in the instructions as Christina talks about the side panels being in reverse stocking stitch rather than garter stitch, though the instructions clearly talk about garterstitch on magknits as it is now.  Think I'll have to pass this to Kerrie, but if anyone is considering knitting Frida it seems like you have to use the reverse Stocking stitch rather than garter to stick to yarn requirements.  I know that it took me just over 8 skeins of Summer Tweed for my ponch.  WHile the neck is a lot larger than it needs to be it is overcomable with a bit of placement - I'll shopw you in the pic over the weekend. I'm sure that returning to reverse Stocking stitch will make the poncho doable in less yarn. 

    I know I keep promising pics of the DNA scarf, and they will come over the weekend.  But DH is sleeping where the downloading stuff is, it's gone 11pm and I've finished the first quarter of my school placement.  I love the school I'm at - the kids seem OK, though of course there are a fair share of bad apples, but the staff are sooo supportive.  I've  had more from them in a week than I ever had help at my previous school - so I'm gllad I moved.  A FO and a good week - what more could a gal ask for?

    Posted at 11:34 pm by ljrn
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    Sunday, October 10, 2004
    Stash enhancement

    After meeting Kerrie earlier in the week, I was lucky enough to help relieve her of some of her stash today - and it was very hard not to just take the whole box!  There was some really yummy yarn there - but I restrained myself and settled for some Rowan Kid soft and kid classic, some Berrocco Furz and some hand painted Schaeffer yarn.  C sat and stroked it all the way home while working her through the 2001 Kids Special Vogue saying - will you knit that for me?  I am going to have to quit the course just to be able to keep up with her to do list!  Thanks Kerrie - it's great to have another knitting buddy in the area! C played all the time with Kerrie's daughter - although there is 2 years in between them she had a great time - and wants to meet up with her again.  It's looking as though the stitch n bitch idea might actually have a chance of going ahead - apparently there is a prominent ebay vendor in the area as well.  Fingers crossed!

    Frida is virtually finished I'm pleased to report.  Although I love how it is turning out, I'm not convinced that it is going to look like the picture in magknits - we'll see.  The yarn I used was also way more than you would have thought - my gauge was right, but I ended up using just over 8 skeins of the Summer Tweed - way ahead of what the yardage would have suggested.  Hmmmmmmm  Never mind - I like it.  Perhaps I'll mail a pic to the designer and see if she can spot what I have done wrong. 

    Posted at 12:11 am by ljrn
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