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…of a yarn that knits up as 20 stitches/24 rows per 4 inches (10cms) in stockinette stitch? I want to knit this, but the yarn they use is only available in America argh! So any ideas? It needs to soft and hard wearing, machine washable would be a plus but not a necessity. Help!

 – knitagirl


…I might have possibly visited the Stitch and Creative Crafts show in Manchester yesterday. And I might have possibly spent some money. But its all good because I found the best named book EVER! Are you ready? Really ready? Its called ‘DomiKNITrix‘..hahaha…how much does that title say ‘this book needs to belong to Mel’ to you?! Well it does now haha. I’ll post some scans of the patterns in it tomorrow, along with a book review ‘Mel style’.

Until then, a little Neighbourhood Watch Warning for you people out there – when you hear your neighbour’s house alarm go off, go investigate what’s happening and perhaps call the Police. Because we heard our neighbour’s  alarm go off at about 5 pm’ish, and just thought nothing of it, as it goes off a fair bit. Well, the carpenter is there now cutting wood for the smashed window where they were broken into. So look after your neighbours, and don’t just assume the alarm is going off for no reason. This is the end of Mel’s Public Service Announcement for today.

– knitagirl

Would someone like to buy me this? I have a craving to knit this, so does anyone have some spare pennies that they’d like to spend on little ol’ me? Please? With a cherry on top? x

Have I spelt ‘weird’ right? I always spell it this way, but according to my dad, its actually spelt ‘wierd’, following the old ‘i before e, except after c’ rule. I have no idea – I prefer the way the word looks when its spelt ‘weird’. Anyways, enough about spelling, I’ve been tagged by the lovely Wendy to list six weird things about me. Now some people would say that there isn’t just six weird things about me, there’s enough to fill up an entire book. But as I like to think of myself as special and unique, not weird, I’m going to have trouble thinking of some things. So feel free to leave some comments listing everything that you think is weird and wonderful about me hehe…

1. I have a huuuuuuuuge obsession with the Japanese Sanrio character, Hello Kitty. For those of you who haven’t heard of her, go here and enjoy the pinkness and cuteness of it all. I don’t know where or when it all began, but it did and now my bedroom is a shrine to all things HK. For christmas my parents gave me HK bedding and curtains, which are totally awesome (such an American phrase eugh!), and I got lots of HK things for my car (steering wheel cover, seat cover, seatbelt pads, organiser, phone holder). I even managed to get something about her into my dissertation for my degree. See I told you I was obsessed. If I have time (well, if I can be bothered to do it really), I shall photograph my HK collection and post it in my next blog.

2. I love the smell of frying mushrooms, but can’t stand to look at them, let alone eat them. Don’t ask – I did tell you I was weird. The smell is just yummy, but eugh, they look like shrivelled-up, slimey slugs. Mum keeps trying to sneak them into my food, but I have mushroom radar, I can spot a tiny piece of mushroom from a hundred paces.

3. I can sing the entire Welsh national anthem, but don’t have a clue what the English one is past ‘God Save Our Gracious Queen…’ This one might have something to do with the fact that I grew up in Wales. We used to sing it every Friday morning in assembly in my primary school. I loved it, its full of gorgeously sounding phrases like, “Gwlad, Gwlad, pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad” (Wales! Wales! fav’rite land of Wales!). It sounds so much better in Welsh of course. And the tune is fab, full of power and passion. I just love it. Makes me miss Wales everytime I hear it.


4. I’m 22 but I don’t drink. Alcohol that is. Of course I drink water etc. Its my own choice as well. I just got to the point about three years ago, where I could drink a silly amount of booze, and not feel drunk. But I still got the hangover the next morning, which sucked. So that was it, I decided to stop drinking. Occasionally I’ll have one drink on a night out, but thats once in a blue moon. Its great now, because I can remember everything that happens on a night out and use it to bribe my friends. I mean tease them. Tease them, of course, I would never bribe a friend with the fact that she kissed a totally yucky man last night. Of course I wouldn’t, that would be cruel and mean, and fun…So yes, I am a 22 year-old female who doesn’t drink.

5. I can’t sit with my feet on the floor, they have to be up and resting on a box, table etc. I don’t know why I have to do this, but I do. It makes my feet more comfortable and stops my ankles feeling twitchy. Until recently I thought I was weird with my joints. I get a strange restless feeling in my ankles and wrists occasionally, where they feel like they need to be constantly moving to get rid of the sensation. But apparently I am not alone, there is a recognised condition called (wait for it…) ‘Restless Legs Syndrome’. How straight to the point can you get? And just in case you don’t believe me, look. I used to annoy the hell out of my mates at uni, because I would constantly have my feet resting on my desk, or their desk, or their chairs. Its not my fault really. I just like to be comfortable, and if anyone else has this, they’ll know just how annoying and irritating the sensation is.

6. I like the smell of coins. The older, the better. I think this is just a throwback to when I used to get up on a Saturday morning, have breakfast, and then go into my parents’ room and sit and count the change in my Dad’s change tin. It was just an old cigar tin, but every night he would empty his trouser pockets of all his loose change and dump it in there. Then come Saturday, I would practise my maths skills by counting it all up into little piles of 1p’s, 2p’s, 5p’s etc. By the time I was finished, my hands would smell of the coins and I loved it. Such a freak, I know.

Phew, I managed it. 6 weird things about yours truly. Now hopeully my work computer won’t throw a wobbley when I try to post this and lose everything I’ve typed. Fingers cross’d.


P.S – Just remembered, I tag Lucy. Think everyone else has already been tagged apart from her, so there you go.