Tuesday, 30 September 2008

wet wet day

Hi well it is wet once again here in scotland. I am now having to use my lightbox to help with SAD. It really helps thought about it for years but when my ultra fit g.p. admitted that she uses one even tho she goes out jogging etc every day I thought why not give it a try and yep it is good. I use it while knitting and it does help with seeing better too.

Well I have almost completed all my bits and pieces for my swap sporan. And I am so excited, just a wee bit of finishing up to do.

I am having a wee bit of a struggle with the dreaded M.E. at the moment but as usual it will be ok as long as I start to really listen to my poor body. So not as much charging around and also need to eat properly.

Nancy is due today (our new tandem frame) and also a lovely new yarn from a new supplier so excitement all round.

On a silly note I managed to lay on my Brittany 4mm needles and yep I snapped them doh dipstick I know.

I saw my lovely granddaughter yesterday and she is a wee minx. She is a stubborn wee monkey sometimes and giving her mum and dad a merry dance. Tantrums are the order of the day now. Oh I so remember it from Lindsay and Ann-marie, it seems like only yesterday which is worrying as it is over 25yrs and 23yrs argh I must be getting old!!

And policemen are getting younger, I know coz stan and Ellie are up this weekend and well he is so young looking and he does such a wonderful job. I am in awe of how all Lindsay's friends have grown up so quickly and doing such amazing things.

Well it is now time for a cuppa tea so I am off to sit down with my feet up and do some knitting

Take care of your selves and hugs from me to you all.

Monday, 22 September 2008

It is sunny

Hurray, it has eventually stopped raining. Oh doesn't it help so much. The weather is such an influence in our lives. Why I don't know as we can't change what happens. I try not to moan about it but after this summer anyone would have had enough of wet wet wetness.

Any way I was in contact with a pal this week and found that I was really missing seeing her. I have had almost daily contact thro texts, calls and emails for the last 5 years but today I really just wanted some of that human contact you only get face to face and hug to hug.

We do tend to take seeing our friends for granted and I am just happy to have such good friends. And at least they are able to be in contact thro all this technology. I still miss my hand held letters but it is nice to hear back much sooner and then at least your questions and answers tend not to cross in the post and you can have a wee bit less of a stilted conversation.

Now I know this should be a knitting blog so back to knitting things. Well this week I came across that familiar conundrum. I want to knit this and with my mighty stash I just don't have the correct yarn. Now the O.H. won't believe this and last night when I kept getting up from the sofa and pacing around in the middle of film we both wanted to watch he ended up saying what is the problem. Well I daren't tell him this so I said I was lost looking for something easy suitable for knitting in front of a film.... A wee smart lie I feel.

This week I have finished two bags and a small purse. All felted and I am only happy with one at the moment. I think now that I am able to sell my creations at a local gallery I will be much less happy with my things just because it will seem that someone is judging my work. Silly I know coz I knit for my pleasure. So I will have to look into how to kerb this negative reaction.

Must be time for my light box to become aired a bit more. How I love my light box. Without it I found it hard the first few winters up in Bonnie Scotland. How people further north cope with longer darker winters is beyond me. Perhaps if you are born to it, it is easier.

My swap items are going well. I am loving meeting more knitters who love Jamie and Claire as much as me... Hmmm brain having to work a lot tho.

I always start writing this hoping to be funny and witty but seem to find that it becomes a bit of a ramble so thank you for reading my ramble and one day you never know it maybe amusing....

Friday, 19 September 2008

getting more motivated

Well today is a really humbling day. I have met some really inspirational people today who just reminded me that life can be a bit harsh but the human spirit is strong. After this I decided to get myself motivated and I have sorted out some of those jobs I have managed to put off for what ever reasons. Wow does that feel good. I have now got a local outlet for some of my knitted goods. I am so impressed I just went in and actually got it sorted. The owner had asked to see some of them but I didn't really think she would want them...

So I know have a lovely gallery who is displaying some of my knitting along with that of my best friends too. So we are all feeling so clever....

I was walking my lovely Red today and saw a really beautiful pebble in the loch side. When I went down to the waters edge to pick it up. I stopped just to look and in the end decided it was better left there. Out of the water the colour would be different and who knows what may need it to hide them another time.

Gosh having read thro this I have realised what a perfect day it has been and I hope if anyone reading this has had a rotten day it will help them to remember nothing stays the same. The bad times change and so do the good times but if you remember nothing stays the same it really can be liberating.

Now on a lighter more flip note. Does anyone know where I put my favourite sloopy jumper? Yep I have tidied up and don't know where anything is any more.....doh...

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Wedding in Germany

Well what a lovely time we had in Bremen. We went to our bestman Jeremy's wedding he married Annette on Friday at 4pm at the cathedral in Bremen town centre. It was a lovely service and the bride and groom had a ball arriving by horse and carriage and leaving the same way. We spent a total of 5 days in the beautiful city and want to go back sometime to explore even more. The weather was very very warm with 28degrees at 4 on the day we arrived.

The trams are the most efficient and amazing way to get around and we had good fun travelling to and fro every day. Rob even went in his kilt to the wedding on the tram and lots of people were very interested in him !!!! I spent the trips knitting and must say it did seem to be something that they had not seen much before. No one smiled but many did stare. I had one wee man with his zimmer sit next to me and keep looking then laughing but he was probably noticing that I had lost one of my dpns. I only noticed when I stood up.

I have come back feeling very humble at how bad I am at languages and wishing I had tried harder in the past. I am determined to start lessons and think it may be spanish as I know a spanish friend and she would be a good help.

I managed to get a wee cold and cough when I got back here in wet Scotland, so I am sitting up only to knit and drink tea at the moment but once I have another nights sleep and maybe some hot toddies I am sure I will be fighting fit very soon.

I have finished my wee granddaughters socks and she is going to be able to wear them as welly socks to begin with but that is good as the wellies are a wee bit big.

I am at the moment about to cast on for my daughters socks. But I also want to start a wee project for my spoilee in my outlander swap. I won't say much more coz she may just read this blog...

I went to Oban yesterday with Jo and Ali and we had a lovely day. It was an official birthday day out for Ali. So we went to invereray and had a wee drink and piece of cake for mid morning. Once at Oban we then had to visit the Chocolate shop so a lovely couple of chocs each and another we drink. Then it was hit the wool shop. Wow did we love it at Whitemore and ? must look that up I can't remember now. doh. Used to call these episodes blonde moments but think they may now have to be classed as Senior moments. Anyway we had a lovely time. I got a hank for my spoilee and a wee card too. I am really enjoying getting organised for this outlander swap. For those of you who don't know it as outlander the first book was called Cross stitch over here. I was given one to read by Jo and well I was hooked. I now have read all the books printed to date and am eagerly waiting for the next one.

Well I am now feeling a bit tired so will stop for now. I will have to work out how to post pics sometime and then I can put more into this blog.

Monday, 8 September 2008

going curly

Hi well it is a couple of weeks since I last spoke on my blog. If i am honest it took me ages today to remember how to get into the writing area of the blog lol.

well as the title lets you know I have suddenly decided to go curly...I have kept my asymetric cut but it is now very very curly. I feel so glamourous. Now why did I do this well two reasons really. As those of you who know me personally will know lately the hot flushes have been really bad and when one comes on I am dreanched face, body and hair is plastered. I have a wedding this week in Bremen and I want to feel glamourous so curls were the only way to go. It will survive a drenching so I will still feel glamourous while seriptiously wiping my wet brow...

On the dog front we still miss Dave. We had a wee girl collie to come along for the weekend but although she was adorable she was not in the right home. She was only 16months old and so was much too busy for my old boy Red, and her to be brother Lenny. So with not a few tears she went back to her home last night.

I have had a busy time knitting this week I have finished wee Isobella's cardi, I have knitted my first item with beads, the wee necklace that is in the designer one skein book. It looks really good so will be doing that again. I finished the scarf from the same book too. This is for me and goes with my lovely fingerless gloves both of which will be coming with me to Bremen to Jeremy and Annette's wedding. You never know it may be a wee chilly in Germany. (yea right especially as it is so warm and dry here).

Well off now to see a pal before she goes off to Australia working and touring and doesn't know when she will be back.

I will learn how to post pics soon on my blog and when I get it right will post pics of my completed projects asap.