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No time for a real post – I’ll post after my weekend with the girls. But for now, here’s something for you all to think about:

– knitagirl x

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I’ve done 10 hours over time this week (two per day), and my brain and body has decided they’ve had enough and so are refusing to work. So instead of a long intelligent post about what I’ve been upto and my ideas for products to sell in Lucy’s shop, I am just going to post some pictures that I took yesterday afternoon. Enjoy or whatever…

 My garden.

My garden. Its approx. 150ft long, but the back bit behind the blue summerhouse goes really wide behind the neighbour’s garden. That’s where Dad’s vegetable patch is, and its where I want to build my studio. Say hello to Simba in the bottom right corner.

The trees on the left by the hedge are apple. There’s three cookers and then further up there’s two eaters. So guess who’s been eating apple pie, apple strudel, apples crumble, apple cake, baked apples, apple tart, apple sauce….you name an apple recipe and I bet that at some point over the past couple of weeks, we’ve eaten it. They’re yummy…and still growing…

apples

We’ve also made lots of these:

Toffe Apples

Yummy yummy toffee apples. We’ve eaten some and also wrapped some up and given them to neighbours and friends.

Someone obviously forgot to tell the plants in my garden that its autumn (nearly winter), cos all of a sudden some of them have decided to flower:

yellow beauty

…and…

Pink things *lol*

…and…

Rose

Very pretty, but I have a feeling that they won’t last long as its getting colder and more wintery by the day.

And lastly…this is what my dad does when he gets bored:

Decking...

He builds steps. (We’re not allowed to call it decking in case the horrible people from the council planning committee (sp?) turn up and tell us we needed to have planning permission, as its over 2 metres high. Poooey to them I say! At least now when we open the french windows we don’t face a 5ft drop to get out haha…)

And this is what Simba does when he gets bored:

BIG HOLE!

He digs very big holes under Mum’s roses. Its about 2ft wide and a foot deep. Naughty boy! I did wonder why he kept appearing in the house with muddy paws over the weekend – now I know why!

One last picture. Of one of my orchids that sit on the kitchen window sill:

Orchid

It’s actually a sort of deep purple’ish colour, but the sun was shining through it yesterday and making it a very pretty translucent purpley-pink colour instead.

I’m going to sleep now. I need it so bad. Take pity on me hehe….

Until whenever.

– knitagirl

 KNITTING! Done by me. That’s right – this lazy cow has finally got off her backside and done some actual knitting. Well, technically I didn’t get off my backside. I settled down on it in my armchair, and knitted. Look:

Knitting

Its from the pattern that I posted a while back by Wendy. Nice and easy for my first attempt at knitting a piece of clothing for myself. And so far, its going well. I have been getting a bit confused when reading the pattern, but I’ve managed to muddle my way through alright. Just the right hand side to do and then the sleeves and I’ll be done. Oh and the collar/button edging…but thats all. It should be done by the end of the week. Honestly, this Pampas yarn knits up so quickly, its fantastic. I’ve just got to remember how to block knitting without a steam press now. Any tips?

Last week I decided to treat myself to some books off Amazon. I’ve always wanted to try spinning, so I’ve brought some books that will hopefully help me get started with the basic hand spinning using a drop spindle. There were quite a few to choose from, so I did what any sensible (and broke) person does, and brought the ones that were on offer:

Spinning Books. 

Its all very exciting. I have plenty of wool fibre that I can practise with to get started. The colour book is a bit adanced for the kind of spinning that I’ll be doing to begin with – a lot of it is shown using a drum carder (I think that’s what its called), which is like £300 to buy, so I think I’ll be leaving that to I’m a bit better haha. The other two books give a good history of spinning, and showcase the different ways that hand spinning can be done. The ‘Spin It’ book is good, because a lot of the instructions are shown using illustrations, which are relatively easy to follow. Anyways, it all looks fairly straightforward, so I shall let you know how I get on.

I also treated myself to two books by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (otherwise known as The Yarn Harlot).
Yarn Harlot Books

They’re great. I’ve been reading her blog for about a year now, and she’s a very funny knitter. Her stories about hiding her yarn stash in odd places around the house (in the empty space behind the peddles on her piano for example) are hilarious, and comforting to me. I now know that I’m not the only one who hides the yarn that I’ve just *had* to buy from my family. They are definitely worth reading, especially ‘At Knit’s End – Meditations for Women who Knit too Much’. Go buy them now. And that’s an order.

So what else have I been upto? Well…working. And working. And guess what? More working. I’m looking for a second job at the moment, so I can earn/save more money for travelling. I’m beginning to plan what I want to do, and when/how. I’m sort of nervous and excited. Nervous, because at the moment, it looks like I’ll be doing it all by myself. But excited because its been my dream for like forever to travel further than a car can take me. I’ve also been driving, well learning to drive. It’s going ok – I still make silly mistakes, but I’m getting better. I’m hopefully going to take my test at the end of November, but it all depends on how my driving goes and what the waiting list is like for tests. I was meant to book my test on Monday, but I’ve decided to leave it a bit longer so I can build my confidence up more. I can’t wait until I do finally pass though…I’ll just have so much more freedom. Well, I will if I can get used to driving my mum’s car. Its got the stiffest (sp?) clutch ever and the gears, well to change them, you have to literally yank the stick into place. Its tempting to use some of my savings to buy a car more suited to me, but that means giving up on part of my travels. Its all very difficult to decide grrr… 

I better go. Think I’ve babbled on enough for now. Go check out The Yarn Harlot’s blog.

Until whenever.

– knitagirl