Archive for the ‘Wool’ Category

Right, lets see if my computer decides to freeze on me mid post………last entry I’d managed to get most of it written when the PC decided to throw a wobbler and not do as it was told…..stupid machine!
Where was I??  Well last week I started Boxercise classes – goodness knows why I thought it would be a good idea…..but I signed up and went along and really enjoyed it.  Was hard work, but definitely worth it, was feeling the effects still on Saturday and the class was on Thursday! 

We also went for a walk around Ellon Ellon Circular Walk Information

It was a really lovely walk and so lovely as it’s the area my husband grew up in so he could tell me all about bits and pieces and point out where he used to go play etc.  The dogs certainly seemed to like it, and it was nice to spend time with my in-laws as they’d just come back from a week away in Spain. 

The Knitting Group at work is going well, we’ve got a good 8 or so people interested, and others coming up with fab ideas for charities and projects to look into.  We’ve got a good collection of hats and mittens to donate to the local maternity hospital, as well as some charities that accept handmade goods.  I’m really pleased with the contributions and the eager people wanting to join in. 
Can’t seem to get the pictures to upload at the moment……but we have some lovely hats in a variety of colours and patterns – everyone is desperate to create something different from the same pattern and to make their own stamp on the items – it’s touching to see the pride everyone takes in their work.

We seem to be having a heat wave here at the moment, its been in the 20ish degrees and slightly lower since Saturday – pretty unheard of here!  Usually we’ve got rain, grey skies and well gales! ahahaha up until a few months ago we had regular snow showers and weather chaos!  I know it won’t continue, but it’s lovely to see the sun again!

Must get some pictures uploaded when I can of all the lovely items we have to donate to the hospital and to charity.
Right, back to the finance lectures……..*yawn*

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I did it, I got accepted on to the Sponsorship Scheme at work and they’re going to pay for me to study to become a Chartered Managment Accountant!  Granted it will take a couple of years and a lot of hard work, but I’m so excited!  It’s like something has fallen in to place and things make sense, I know what I want to be when I grow up and I know how to get there now…..like the light has gone on and I can actually see.
Only snag with the accountancy gig is that it’s gonna seriously eat into my knitting time…..hmmmm not sure I like that idea!

Knitted another pair of handwarmers for myself in aran this time instead of DK, gives them a bit more bulk and they’re in a gorgeous deep purple colour – handy in the mornings for the drive to work, steering wheel is cold and a metal gear knob is just too much for my wee hands!
Didn’t help that up until the weekend we had masses of bloody snow, driving in it isn’t fun.  At least I can be proud that I managed it, not bad for someone who’s only been driving for a few months – go me!

Quite  chuffed that we’ve got more interest in the knitting group at work, couple more lassies were speaking to me today about it.  Have said to them that I will bring spare pins and yarn so they can have a bash at knitting.  Will have to dig out my knitting bible book too, that way they can flick through that for help as well as asking the other knitters in the group for help. 

Very disjointed ramblings today, head’s all over the place……attention wandering all over the place.
Think I need to sort through the masses of wool in my collection, been considering selling some on ebay etc because I know I won’t knit with it, or I only bought it because it’s pretty and it’s a shame for it to sit in a box and never get knitted with……..

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….you’re guarenteed to slip and fall on your arse, well if you’re me then it’s a dead cert!  Bloody snow and ice combined with a powerful dog do not make for a fun walk in the woods, much prefer walking the puppy, she doesn’t pull on her lead and she’s so light compared to the massive lump known as Hamish!

Working on a scarf at the moment with an interwoven sorta pattern to it, it looks really pretty, especially in Sirdar Crofter DK (Rambler Rose), mainly out of ends of wool from knitting hats,  Making it a narrow scarf, only 34 cast on, but it looks pretty.

Ran out of the chunky wool I was knitting a shawlette in, need to wait for more to arrive, it needs to hurry up!
Also trawling Ebay for knitting patterns, found some on Ravelry, but the ones I like are for Circ needles and I just can’t quite master the circs!  poop!

Was so proud on Tuesday, a dear friend passed an exam and is now a Chartered Management Accountant.  Fingers crossed I can get things sorted and start my CIMA soon and then I will be an Accountant too (here’s hoping!)

Need to find a memory card for the camera so I can get some pictures of the recent knits, 2 very pretty slouchy hats in Crofter DK, one in blues and one in pinks.  Wonder what I can knit next…..?! tee hee the list is endless, and I suppose I could start working on the knitted gifts to force on to people throughout the year!  mwhahahahahah

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Oppps it’s been a fair while hasn’t it?!  Been so busy with the new job I’ve been so terrible at keeping my knitting adventures updated.  Job is good, exhausting, but throughly enjoying it.  Learning new things all the time and taking on more challenges – which is good, keeps me busy, physically and mentally. 

Got a new member of the family….. meet Lily the puppy, she’s a Border Collie crossed with a Jack Russell.  Mad as anything but so loving and can cheer me up with one cocked headed look.

One of the lassies at work started up a knitting group, “knit and knatter” which has been a good giggle, nice to pop along and have a knit in the lunch hour and chat about nothing more than patterns, wool and craft in general.  

Got an amazing book with a Christmas gift voucher….
Can’t wait to knit a Nessie! 

Splurged on lots of wool over the past few months, can’t help it, there are so many lovely lovely wools out there and so many pretty things to knit! 
That reminds me, must photograph some of the recent random projects, if nothing else than for prosperity. 
Been knitting loads of random patches and squares for making a blanket – a project I’ve always wanted to do, and something to keep me busy.

Just started watching Revenge on E4…..can’t say I get it all that well, but sure it’s something to listen to whilst I knit.  Nowhere as good as The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother.

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Recently I’ve become addicted to Big Bang Theory and in particular Dr Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons), so much so that I just HAD to get a Sheldon for my desk at work!  Yes I know a grown woman should not be excited about this, but it’s just fantastic! tee hee

On a side note, as it’s payday…..it’s also shopping day!  Any suggestions of good wool shops out there?  Either leave me a comment on here or alternatively you can email me at tattoostars77@gmail.com

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Woohoo I’ve completed my first Christmas knit!!
It’s a lovely wee snowflake bonnet that I knitted from a pattern in Knit Now magazine 🙂 and I’m so pleased with it!  Just need to make another one in a slightly bigger size now………..

On a side note! My lovely husband bought me a slanket today so I can be wrapped up and warm and still knit – yay!!

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So cheery this morning when I found issue 13 of Knit Now on the door mat!  The free supplement with patterns for Christmas gifts is superb, I can’t wait to get knitting, though I need to go and buy more wool to do some of them.

Hamish and I took a lovely walk on the beach this afternoon, though it did get a bit windy for us, poor dog was being blown about!  Was funny to watch though.

Need to start knitting something now I think, might start on my Christmas gift list – wonder who’d like a scarf?! Tee hee……. Time to hit Ravelry methinks, see what pretty patterns there are on there that I can knit with the wool I have?!

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Since I’ve been put on Garden Leave from work I decided to fill my time wisely, so I’m catching up on old movies and knitting…..never a bad combination!  Following on from the previous post, I’ve been working away on the Preemie Bonnets…..rather proud of them, even if I say so myself tee hee

What do you think?  I even made a wee pair of mittens to go with one of the hats 🙂 

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The Woolly Brew: tiny hats update: We’ve got 35 hats for Ninewells in Dundee!

Been knitting away like mad recently after seeing this on The Woolly Brew’s website.  Its for a fabulous cause and a good way to clear out the wool stash!

It’s got me thinking about what other organisations out there would appreciate charitable knitted donations?  Worth having a look in the local area methinks!

On a side note, been working on a patchwork blanket with a difference.  Recently got hold of some samples of 200 knitted blocks for blankets, throws and afghans so been trying new techniques and seaming them together to make a funky blanket – it will always do for the dog or even in the caravan if it gets too chilly.

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The Woolly Brew……
Such an amazing wee wool shop I found in Pittenweem The Woolly Brew

I visited there (twice) last week when we were down in Fife for a break, such a fab wee boutique and the lassies that work there are so helpful and lovely to chat with.
There was the most lovely selection of Debblie Bliss & Rico wools and many many more.  It was so easy to spend lots of time pouring over the different yarns and different colours…….too many to pick from – hence the 2 visits I had to make (much to the husband’s dismay!)

Well worth a visit if you’re in the Fife area! 

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