Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Debbie Bliss cabled jacket

The back of the jacket is complete, and it used a lot less yarn than I thought it would - I've probably got enough yarn to make two jackets! Apart from the errors in the pattern, it was an ok knit. I don't usually work by charting it out as I prefer written instructions, but I would suggest that anyone coming up to the decreases should chart it as it can be complicated. I have knit this using addi turbo circulars and would recommend them as its a very heavy jacket and would be far too heavy on straights.
I have to say, I lurrve Cashmerino Superchunky, what a pleasure to knit with. In fact, all of Debbie Bliss' cashmere yarns are to die for.

I wore River today... I think I'm gonna make another one, I just love it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

How was work today, Darling?

How was your first day in the office? Were you busy? What were the people like? Were they friendly?

Erm, Cocky LS didn't want me to work in the office, he would rather me work from home. *OK scratching my head wondering why* Is it my face he doesn't like the look of? Is it my voice he doesn't like the sound of? Maybe he thinks I'll be too pushy or demanding in the office? Maybe, just maybe, out of sight, out of mind, don't need to pay me. Hmmm.

So, my first day in the office actually turned out to be my first day as a working mum in my lounge. TV off! PC on! Telephone calls to and fro. And, I actually think I had a very productive day. I'm meeting a couple of people tomorrow and hoping to get them to publish an article about one of the products... wish me luck!!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Debbie Bliss ribbed cardigan

Pattern: "Ribbon Edged Cardigan" from Special Knits by Debbie Bliss.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, peach, 2 skeins.
Needle: 3.25mm

I love knitting children's clothes because they are so cute and quick to knit. This one in particular was a very simple and quick knit. I love the ribbed pattern, simple but pretty.

The baby cashmerino was just a dream to knit up with. I will definately be using this yarn again. Its soft, doesn't pile, doesn't split and feels very cosy. I'm not sure how it washes up though.

Friday, September 23, 2005

The River affair is over

River has been completed. It actually turned out to be a very easy and quick knit. And, I'm very proud to announce that I can knit lace. *round of applause*. Thank you all for your kind words of advice and help along the way.

As you know Hubby is taking me to Venice at the end of the month. One of the most romantic places in the World. That's my hubby alright! I'll be taking River with me for a photoshoot, so I'm sorry to say that you'll have to wait another couple of weeks for photos.

As from Monday, I will be a working mum. I've had one week whilst the Bubela has been in school until 3pm and boy, have I been lost. What do you do with you day? Monday, I roamed between the lounge and the fridge all day. Tuesday, I thought no way, not again. So I went out for coffee!! Wednesday I decided to keep well away from anything to do with food so I took myself off to the library only to find that it was closed all day on a Wednesday. At least I had somewhere to go on Thursday. Today, Friday, coffee morning again!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Something new on my needles

My affair continues with River. I'm so excited to wear it. I was kind of hoping that I would get it done for my trip to Venice at the end of the month. However, something has been distracting me *hanging my face in shame*... this Debbie Bliss Jacket.

I've casted on for this Cable Jacket in a deep purple Cashmerino SuperChunky, its gorgeous to work with and the colour is beautiful. Here's a preview.

There are a couple of errors in the pattern, so be sure to check the Debbie Bliss website before casting on.

Monday, September 12, 2005

An Affair to Remember...

This certainly is my very own affair to remember. I finally "get" River.

Yes, I admit I'm the first to say we started off on a bit of a rough ride, we even ended our affair at one point. I threw River down, I ripped it off my needles. I even ripped KSH *gasp*. But now, I'm happy to say we are getting along just fine. We started over, right from scratch, back to basics and counting stitches as they were knitted. And, KSH doesn't seem to hate my fingers as much now, she slips smoothly off the bamboos.

I'm still taking it slowly - I want the smooth patches of this affair to last.

You guys, your all so lovely. Thanks for your support and encouragement during the rough times. I'm gonna still need some love until this ride is over!!

Maybe one day I'll take River to the top of the Empire State Building!

Friday, September 09, 2005

It's almost over for the ruffled edge cardy

The peach coloured Debbie Bliss cardigan is almost finished. It's not intended for anyone in particular, but there are lots of pregnant friends around at the moment, so it's bound to have a good home eventually. I've just got to make my way over to my local haberdashery shop for the ribbon trimmings and buttons and then I'll post pictures.

As for River. Oy, I'm pulling my hair out. I had managed to do 3 repeats (2 of them I'd say were great as can see it here) but, alas, I dropped a stitch. I didn't pick River up for two days, I had the raving needle with it. I eventually picked back about 10 rows, but still couldn't find this damn stitch... gave up. I ripped it off my bamboos and frogged, well tried to - the mohair fibres stick so you can't really rip it apart quickly. I ripped the yarn and am happily starting again at a slower pace. I'm determined to finish a lace project.

Monday, September 05, 2005

First Days...

First day's are always a little unnerving. The kids have staggered starting dates, I guess to ease them in gently. The Bubela is starting today with Rafi, the Rabbi's son. At least he will have a friend to play with.

My first days have always been memorable for me. My first day of secondary school...

I took an entrance exam for my school the day before school started. Later that day I was told that I was accepted and I'd be starting school the next day. Obviously there was no time to buy the school uniform, so I wore a blue skirt and white jumper with a blue stripe down the middle. I stuck out like a sore thumb amongst those chocolate brown skirts and blazers.

Not only was there they whole uniform thing to make me feel inferior, but I was not on the class register either. I was far too shy to mention that my name had not been called out in registration. Only to hear a little girl sitting to my left, brown bobbed hair and looking very smart in her crispt new uniform say, "her name's not been called, ma'am." 20 years later and that little girl still remains a very good friend.

Oy, and my first day of work...

I was only 16. I took the Central Line tube (the London Underground system) into Holborn. I was starting work at one of the big banks there, they had branches everywhere. I looked great. I was dressed in a smart blue suit my mum had bought me to start work with. Only to walk into the wrong branch and introduce myself as starting work there today. No, they hadn't been expecting me. They checked all the files, asked the branch manager. No not me. Oops, it was the branch across the street I was supposed to be at. So with all the cuffuffle and confussion, it turned out that I was late on my first day.

Doesn't he look smart? Good luck my bubela and enjoy your first day.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


He was cute, atrractive. He made me laugh. And, he was really intellegent. He kept me interested with all his knowledge and useless facts.

We spoke every night on the phone. We saw eachother every other night. I missed him when I didn't see him.

I knew we would end up together. I actually knew on our first date. As I said, he made me laugh, I was totally in love. A gentleman.

Well we did. Hubby proposed to me on bended knee, in the Sir Herbert Gibbs suite of Gibbs Manor House on 3 May 1998 (I was just prompted of that date from Hubby, dontcha just love him).

5 Sept 1999, we were married. Today, our 6th Anniversary and still our love just grows stronger. We now have the lovely Bubela to share our love and joy with.

We're off to Venice for our anniversary. Without the Bubela though, I'm gonna miss him like crazy, but he is going to have his own holiday at Nana and Saba's. Oy, the sweets, the chocolates, the E Numbers... Oy is he going to have a party.

Now, where in Venice can I pick up some yarn? No, no, no give Hubby a break from the knitting addiction and just relax and enjoy.

Oh yes, River. It is coming along just lovely, thank you. I'm into the third repeat, the first was trying and slightly fudged, but I'm keeping it. You can hardly see the mistakes. Lurve the KSH!!

DB ruffled edged baby cardigan is also progressing. Once I drop the Bubela off for his First Day of school tomorrow (FIRST DAY!!), I'll visit the Needlebox to purchase some buttons and ribbon to finish it off.