Thursday, November 30, 2006

And on it goes

Ok all I can say about this week is that I thought
it was as bad as it could get and then it just got
worse, so I apologise for my lack of blogging and
uncheerful entrys .

To answer the questions about the sock yarn it is Sox 4 Colour Twister from Inox the only link I can find for it is here, it has grown a little since the last post and the secret pressie has grown a little further too.

Did manage to have some fun this week when Robin taught me how to cement a stain glass window and I hope I get a chance to do some more, it was messy but very satisfying to see the final clean. No pictures of course because I forgot the camera next time I promise Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Actual Knitting Content

Look at this wonderful Lornas Laces Sock Yarn in the Cedar colour way, the picture doesn't quite show the subtelty of colour within the yarn but it has beautiful bronzes and greens and golds, I swapped this with Jan for a knitting book that I decided that although had some wonderful patterns in I was never going to knit any of them. I can't wait to work out what pattern I am going to use this for. Posted by Picasa
She also gave me a little gift this perfect sock
yarn in greens I hadn't actually taken any
knitting with me when I went to stay at dads as I haven't felt like knitting or had the concentration levels for it but this yarn inspired me my long awaited Jay walkers for myself, I really enjoyed knitting them for my sockpalozza pal this year but I knew I had to alter the pattern slightly to make them big enough for my swollen feet and this gave me the push to cast them on, so I managed to find five needles of the right size in three different lengths but here they are so far. The yarn has a really long repeat pattern so can't wait to see what happens on the foot.
I also managed to get to the knitting group at Stash on Wenesday, ot was a nice break to catch up with everybody and went out to have lunch with them all to :) Posted by Picasa
And finally a sneek peek at what I have just cast on, and that is all I am saying as it is a gift. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Home sweet home

We are back at home back to a comfy bed, so dad is now on his fifth
proceedure, three under a general anesthetic, the last being this morning, and of course now he has an infection but all the doctors are quite positive.
So moving on from that, the picture is a photo of a Peter Blake piece, did anyone see the South Bank Show last Sunday wasn't it fantastic he is my kind of artist, it inspired me so much I so understand his thinking, it was wonderful to be allowed this insight. I have to admit I have seen him several times in Person where I used to work but never got up the nerve to speak to him.
I have actually done some knitting this week, more pics tomorrow and further info about some lovely things I have gained this week.
Just thought I would say that we are back and thank you for all your kind thoughts Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 17, 2006


Thanks to everybody for their wonderful thoughts, just a
quick update. Not a lot of knitting I'm afraid, concentration levels not so great have cast on a couple of things but my mind is just not in the right frame for it.
Had a bit of a bad week but coming out the other side have stuck to my guns and haven't visited my Dad every day just a couple of times but unfortunately my brother has a holiday booked for next week so me and Andy are moving back to my old house to look after the cats and keep an eye on Dad so maybe off line for a little bit. We'll also be packing up the studio so anybody up for a bit of box packing is welcome:)
Unfortunately my experience so far has not made my feelings about hospitals any better, more details when I am feeling a little more objective but all I will say is that most of the problems can be traced back to money or lack of in certain parts of the NHS.
Will be at Stash on Saturday for a wonderful time of renewal. it is always great to go there and just talk about knitting and have a giggle with friends and I get the chance to caress some of the most beautiful yarns what more can anybody ask from a job :) Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 10, 2006


Another week seemed to have flown by in a blur, unfortunately most of this week has been spent either worrying or travelling to visit dad in hospital, trust me I have no sympathy for him it is all self inflicted but I do feel for my brother who is left to deal with most oof it and who had to call the ambulance this time, they will eventually stop picking him up, this time he has left a blister on his foot to become so infected they are going to have to remove a toe and part of the bone from his foot, firstly apparently my brother has been nagging him for two weeks to see a doctor and not to leave it till he couldn't stand and Andrew (my brother) couldn't get him up from the sofa on his own, plus he is a diabetic with a heart condition who doesn't look after either condition which complicates everything, so going in with a blood sugar level of an average of 17 isn't the way to go, so he is now hooked up to a drip which combines saline and insulin twenty four hours a day and on mega antibiotics being fussed over left right and centre.

If I was a little more paranoid I would say he did it on purpose as it is two weeks almost to the day when I moved out but he is out of luck I am trying really hard not to feel guilty and I am not going to visit him everyday (its a six round journey) and the only reason I am visiting so often as because I think my brrother is taking a lot of crap from him.

Don't get me wrong I love my Dad but I am not his guardian which is where I think when my nan died and he was sole carer of us the lines got a little blurred as to who was looking after who.

So I am off to visit him this afternoon and rather than come all the way back here to get back to Putney in the morning I am going to sleep over at my Dad's place so will be off line for a couple of days. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Some proper blogging

Ok now for some proper blogging, A lot has been happening over the last couple of weeks beside the move firstly as you can tell from the picture we had Louisa Harding visiting the shop on Saturday and we had a great turn out, check out the pic on Michelles blog to see how crowded the store gets, I also finally got to meet Diane as we got to work together for the first time.
It was a great day, I love working there on the saturday, especially now that I found a better route to get there, I get to see a lot of friends who love to knit its fantastic. I am teaching again this Saturday which is always fun, this time its is the beginners and the beyond the basics class.
We have also been to see Andy's son in laws bands, yes I do mean bands, play at The Cheery Tree back near where we used to live, it was a great night A13 played first followed by Black tooth a covers band, it was a long smokey night but great fun.
Unfortunately I heard from my brother last night that dad had gone into hospital with some sort of foot infection, apparently my brother has been nagging him for a couple of weeks to go and get his foot checked out until basically he couldn't walk. I am waiting to hear further news this morning. Posted by Picasa

Just a quick meme

I loved this over on Spitting Yarn as its a little different

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?
"A keen fan of Hank Marvin & The Shadows, Iommi, who has held down a variety of jobs whilst trying to pursue his musical career, had once worked on a cutting machine at a sheet metal factory. On his last day in the job, just three years earlier, an accident had left him without the tips to two fingers on his right hand........" from Rat Salad Black Sabbath the Classic Years 1969 to 1975 by Paul Wilkinson

2. If you stretch out your left arm - as far as possible, what are you touching?
The door to the kitchen if I really leant out to the left

3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
Unfortunately have to admit have just caught some of This Morning

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
About 11am I think - Not bad its 11:12

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
An airiplane, Andy's foot tapping up and down whilst he is on the phone to the council tax people

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
We went out to Romford town centre yesterday to try and sort out some moving stuff

7. What are you wearing?
Black skirt a vest and a purple shirt

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
No which is unusual for me I think I must have sleept really soundly

9. When was the last time you laughed?
A few minutes ago when we found out that our water meter is somewhere in our front pavement, I know it doesn't sound funny but hey

10. What’s on the walls, in the room you’re in right now?
In front of me is one of my paitongs/sculptures which really needs some work on it as it didn't survive the move to well,A rather attaractive border thingy (not) and there is a mirror leaning over the fire place.

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?.
Please I live in Romford with Andy I see a lot of strange things

12. What do you think about this meme?
Its a little different

13. What’s the last film you saw?
Haven't watched may films lately so difficult to say.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?

Well I would pay of all my bills to start with and then find a nice place to live with room for a recording studio for Andy And a workshop for me, we'd buy Chris a place of his own not to far away and obviousley help out some friends and family but mostly I think we would put the money away, invested wisley and live on the interest. I think I would also like to give some money to the hospice that helped me with Robin and the after school club in Chiswick which is in desperate need of funds.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I think anyone who reads my blog pretty much knows most things about me

16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt - what would it be?
I don't think I could just change one thing in fact I think the choice would kill me as there are so many things that are so wrong.

17. Do you like dancing?

I love it, but only do in private by myself as I have two left feet and look ridiculous but there is nothing better to cheer one self up than by putting on some loud music and dancing around.

18. George Bush?
Mad man

19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?
Although I don't plan to have any childre I alway liked the name Hope for a girl maybe with Francais (my grandmothers firt name) as a muddle name, mind you I also like Mfanwey but the poor child would be teased so much that I couldn't inflict them with such a thing. As for a boy thats a difficult one I like the traditional names like John and Matthew haven't really thought about it too much

20. Would you ever consider living abroad?

Yes I very much wanted to live and work in the states at one point but getting one of those green cards is impossible to get

21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
That everyone I loved and lost were there waiting for me

22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who wants to its good fun. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 06, 2006

Just a quick note

Please go and check out the appeal on Knittiotherapy, as many of you know about the long illness of my previous boyfriend all I can say is with out places and people like this those last few weeks would have been impossible , so please see if you have anything that is suitable. Many thanks

Oh the picture is inspired by Wibbo, this is the sunset last week over the field at the end of my road.

A longer entry tomorrow Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Look what a wonderful gift arrived on Saturday morning, my first parcel/letter in the new house.
It included 200g of Fibrespates sock yarn in the colour way Heather Mist which is this wonderful oatmeal colour that runs into lilac and purlpe. a wonderful large mug which contains all you need for a wonderful luxurious cup of Hot Choclate including marshmallows and choclate, with grater to create the sprinkles for the top and two boxes of wonderful Lindt choclates which are disappearing as we speak. Finished off with a beautiful hand made card all I can say is thank you Helen and I hope you were as spoiled as I was. Posted by Picasa

Pictures at last.

So Finally I get my act together and let you see some
pictures of the new place, to start with this a quick photo
of Andy and his mate Chris (who we owe tons to as we
couldn't have moved without him plus Andy's Son Scott who worked so hard) in the middle of the
move planning the next load.
I have to say that it was exhausting and I have no idea how the boys felt as they dropped me off in Putney on the Saturday Morning when they came to Barnes to pick up my stuff from home and studio. I did have fun getting me home for the first time as most of the tube was down and enede up trying not to have a panic attack at Bank. You see I have a small problem with heights and I have never been to bank before and didn't realise how steep their escalators were, but knowing my options were limited I just closed my eyes and got on, now I managed to do the first step and got to the second step to find that they weren't working, now I knew from experience that there was no way I was going to be able to walk down as I have tried it on a smaller escaletor before and I have to stop every second step because I get dizzy, now this isn't very practical in a busy station, so I satrt to get myself worked up because I am now worried that the up escaltor isn't going to work and I am going to get trapped, and there are no members of staff here and I am too far down to use my mobile phone. Thankfully The up escalator is working but I was sweating and shaking bu the time I got back to the main station. Not a great start to my new commuting route. I know from reading it back it sounds stupid but its just one of those things I guess. But on with pictures of the new place. Posted by Picasa
Ok so the packing is not going very quick, this will
eventually be Andy's music room but at the moment it
has all the unpacked stuff in it. It will definitely need a lick of paint as it is a lottle pink and cute for Andy, doesn't quite fit the image. Posted by Picasa
The garden, all I can say is that is a blank canvas, we are
hoping to put a new workshop for me at the bottem of the
garden as there seems to have been a building there
already, unfortunately the lovely shed I was hoping to use
is not safe and not secure in fact the back wall isn't
connected. We do have a lovely elderberry tree at the end
of the garden plus a washing line (haven't had one of those
in a while). Posted by Picasa
I present the hallway, the lovely path way down to the toilet
in the middle of the night but it does have a nice big window so lots of loght and a great windowsill for my blue glas collection little fingers allowing.

Unfortunately one of the steps needs repalcing as it is obviousley broken and there is a great crack running all the way along the wall so a bit of redecoration I think. Posted by Picasa
And finally the infamous bathroom, now I know you are asking what I have been making all the fuss about but trust me it looks far better in the photo, in fact it all looks better in the photos :)
Just imagine that paint finish on everything and I reckon if they could have done they would have actually painted the bath and the sink as well, I can see many happy hours spent stripping those tiles. Posted by Picasa