Thursday, 22 May 2008
There will be no fee if my photo's selected for inclusion, and many of the pictures they had for the last edition were hardly professional-looking, but nevertheless I'm chuffed. Very chuffed indeed. Yay me! I love the idea that from all the pictures on flickr, somebody looked at mine and kind of liked it. This was the photo...
I took it last summer at Blenheim Palace (near Oxford) on my miniviv (aka Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim).
In other news... I'm all pshyched for tonight's Eurovision semi final. I loved what I saw of Tuesday's semi final (I missed the first part because we were at pottery), and am absolutely thrilled that Boznia & Hertzegovnia are through to the final. J's making himself scarce tonight, so it'll just be me, the cat, Eurovision and a tin of lager. Awesome!
And tomorrow night... we're very, very excited about this... tomorrow night we will be going to our very first ballroom dancing lesson!
This will be us...
It will be fantastic, and we will prove to be naturals on the dance floor!
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Moving away from fabric and yarn for a moment... we went to pottery class! It was brilliant! We made these....
I think they're pretty ok for a first attempt at the wheel... The pots at North, Centre and South-West are mine, at North-East, South-East and South are J's, at East is the teacher's. The catastrophe located at the Western corner is one of mine, which I swear was an absolute masterpiece - the entire studio had gathered around to 'Ooooh' at my natural skills and ability at the wheel (at least they had in the fluffly pink warmth of my imagination), when something happened which had absolutely nothing to do with any lack of skill on my part, and it fell over. I tried to rescue it, but just made matters worse.
We're going again on Tuesday, I'll let you know how it goes.
Saturday, 10 May 2008
The Rowan Spray I bought weeks ago was still there, and were still 99p each - and there were other colours and other yarns in there as well.
I'd come to a pause on the bag I was knitting on the other day, because I didn't have enough yarn to finish it just the way I wanted to, and have been mulling over an alternative that didn't feel too much like compromising. Happily now, I don't have to - because I accidentally bought a new ball of red, and three balls of green (because I quite fancy making another).
But I don't know whether I'll do any knitting today. I have so many projects on the go, and so many burning ideas for new fantastic projects, that I don't know where to turn. My list of projects to finish and start are...
- Finish the red knitted bag
- Knit a green bag
- Finish the Kewpie cross stitch
- Do the mushroom cross stitch (the one in my free pattern, link on the top right, over there)
- Make an embroidered notepad cover
- Make a key fob for my sister
- Design and embroider a banner for this blog
- Design and embroider a banner for for Etsy
- Make some stuff for Etsy
- Make a hessian shopping tote with felt applique
- Learn how to do pottery and ceramics
As it's now the weekend, I could make a good start on this list, but it's gorgeous and sunny outside, too warm for knitting, too bright to take my laptop out (I'm doing the Kewpie cross stitch straight from the computer because I don't have access to a colour printer), and impractical to take the sewing machine outside. So I might do something else instead. I don't know yet, I haven't decided.
(Wouldn't it be lovely if I could win just enough on the lottery that I would never have to go to work again, and could spend my days doing interesting courses, making stuff, pottering about and being happy. About £3million or so should do it.)
Monday, 5 May 2008
Look! I've been knitting!
I bought this yarn in Dunelm Mill some time ago - it was in the bargain bin at 99p a ball, and it was all I could do not to buy the whole load. There was some blue cotton-net Debbie Bliss yarn there too, but I was good and didn't buy any.
So I'm knitting a bag. It will be a lovely bag, and once it's finished and lined and pressed, I will show it to you properly.
I will probably also post my knitting pattern, just in case anyone likes it enough to make their own.
And here is a picture of Lovely-J looking devastatingly handsome in a medieval helmet and sword at Caerphilly Castle earlier today.
It generates bar codes. I have coded my date of birth, his date of birth, my name, his name, the cat's name, my sister's name, my parents wedding anniversary....
Hours of geeky fun. :o)
But I'm back now. And I intend to finish that blessed cross stitch, and I want to learn to embroider properly, and generally get back to playing with fabric and stuff. I might occasionally have some bits and pieces to show on here.
One thing I have been doing over the past 3 weeks is "losing weight". So far I have lost 8lb. (Yay!). My weighing days are on Fridays, so I might start posting my losses/gains on here as well - to shame/encourage me to stick to the plan.