Thursday, January 19, 2006

Beth Makes An Appearance

It's kind of been one of those weeks. You know the two steps forward and one back sort.....I'll explain. Knitting first of course.

Laura has a left front. And an arm. She would have had a right front cept there are no flippin instructions for the buttonholes anywhere on the pattern. If you have Big It Up, you can see for yourself. Ooh I was cross. I'm hoping to hear from Rowan before the other sleeve is done.....

The Cotton Rope Marakesh bag is all done apart from the lining. The pattern was a bit ambiguous and I ended up frogging a few rows so I could work the top bit where the cords come out properly but got there in the end. BUT while trying to thread the end of the cords through a handmade toggle managed to put a large Chibi needle right through my finger - and out again!!! Yes, it was very sore and bled a lot.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the next evening while in the bath I noticed one of the holes was pale green. Very odd I thought. What can that be? Eventually DH sussed it was the plastic from the Chibi case!!! Once I removed said plastic from finger it started to feel much better and is now healing quite nicely. Well it would really wouldn't it?

I have yet another FO all completed! This is Beth and she is lush. She came out much better than I hoped and I wore her all day today and she proved very popular. She was really easy to sew up too. Hurrah!!! The shaping was all done 3 sts in and this really made a difference so will probably do that again. I've done the shaping 1 or 2 sts in before but found it made the sewing up harder rather than easier. But 3 sts in seems to be the thing to do. Sorry about the missing head but husband was not doing his job too well as photographer. Will try and get a better one. Photo not husband!

And another FO - this time a cute swan washcloth. See, I do make things for my husband :)

I'm still without a car. It's been in the garage for over a week now. They've obviously tried to re-repair the repair but it's not happening and I won't accept any more shoddy work so they're replacing the whole panel. Again....I should hear more at the end of the week. By which time the nasty rash from the Monster Munch episode should be starting to settle down. More about that further down. Anyone that suffers allergies or intolerances will understanding exactly what I'm talking about.......

MEME: Seven times Seven

Annarella tagged me other day and I like this one so I'm playing:

Seven Things to Do Before I Die:

1. Visit Tibet
2. Visit Australia
3. Visit Russia (my dad is Russian!)
4. Learn Spanish
5. Make Fletcher from the Noro Iro my DH bought me
6. Be given an eternity ring - in due time of course
7. Move to Cornwall and live by the sea

Seven Things I Cannot Do:

1. Keep quiet when angry. It just makes the explosion to come far worse!
2. Eat meat or fish. Well I wouldn't, being a vegetarian for many years.
3. Use any toiletries or household cleaning products containing chemicals or additives. I'm allergic to practically everything so make many toiletries myself using aromatherapy or buy natural and organic products. One whiff of a chemical and I can suffer an asthma attack - and any high street toiletry product will do evil things to my eczema.
4. Bear anyone smoking anywhere near me. My DH is just the same too.
5. Throw anything away that can be recycled. I live at that recycling depot...
6. Eat anything with lactose, yeast or eggs more than once a week without suffering severe pain and other nasty things that trust me you do not want to know the details about.....
7. Eat junk food. It's organic home made food please thank you very much. I make all my own soups, pasta sauces, curries etc which are all organic and very tasty. Otherwise the crap in most junk food does nasty things to my body. Every now and again I forget this then get reminded. Like the other day when I ate my DHs Monster Munch and was rewarded with a bright red itchy full body rash. Which will take about a week to go. Allergy/food intolerance sufferers will know all about that one...

Seven Things That Attract Me to Blogging:

1. Making internet friends from all around the world
2. Showing off all my lovely projects
3. Sharing patterns and links I've found
4. Being able to post pictures of my menagerie and know people enjoy them
5. Learning from other people
6. Being able to show friends you no longer see as much what you're up to
7. Getting lovely comments

Seven Things I Say Most Often:

1. **** ***!
2. Thunder GET DOWN
3. Yeah right
4. Stop that
5. Yes, yes, yes, whatever
6. I love you
7. You're so cute

Seven Books That I Love:

1. Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters - Jane Crowfoot
2. Tully - Paullina Simons
3. Flashpoint - Lynn S Hightower
4. Last Minute Knitted Gifts - Joelle Hoverson
5. Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
6. 25 Bags to Knit - Emma King
7. My Rowan books of course

Seven Movies That I Watch Over and Over Again:

1. Badlands
2. True Romance
3. The Transporter
4. Gone In 60 Seconds
5. Ong Bak
6. Kickboxer
7. Layer Cake

Seven People I Want To Join In Too

1. Chris
2. Rebekah
3. Mandella
4. UKnitty
5. Mary
6. Fred
7. ???

No pressure of course. Just if you want to.


Chris said...

Hee hee - one of the things I say most is "Get off the table!" so I could definitely relate to "Thunder get down!"

Beth looks fabulous!! Sounds like you're getting scads of knitting done. And that Chibi story just makes me shudder every time I think of it. Ow ow ow. Those things are big.

Rebekah said...

The sweater is great! And the meme sounds like fun, I"ll play along MOnday.

Cairo The Boxer said...

Aw very good! Mommy is a Spanish teacher and she believes everyone should learn a second language. Mommy is teaching me commands in Spanish too. We can learn together. Woof woof. P.S. Love the sweater!

Annarella said...

Congrats on Beth - it's ace, and it suits a lot!

Have a great weekend xxx

Chris said...

Hiya - Hope you don't mind, but I posted about your Chibi incident... I hope you're healing up nicely!!

I'm drafting my sevens - sounds like a perfect thing for some day during the week when work wipes me out. :)

mrspao said...

Ouch! Poor you with the Chibi!

knit only but also said...

Hi - really like your blog and your knitting. We have a rabbit too - so one of the things I say often is "Well, pick it up or it'll get eaten". Your rabbit is VERY cute.

Mandella said...

Ouch! I'm cringing about the Chibi incident. Plus I'm working on my list.

Anonymous said...

I see its only taken you a month to sew Beth up. Poor thing...