Saturday, 19 February 2011

Bunnies!

I haven't finished much over the past couple of weeks because I've been so intent on getting my Veil Of Isis shawl to 50% complete. And I did.





It doesn't look like much, its difficult to take a decent picture of lace when its still being worked on, especially when its in the round (this is my first square shawl! HUZZAH!). But you can see the little tail of the end of the first skein of yarn. I doubt I will actually use all of the second skein, but I'm going to try my hardest! I think there is some shawl calculator out there somewhere that you can plug numbers in, and it tells you how much yardage you should have left before you start certain sections... if anyone knows where I can find such a thing, I'd be forever grateful if you could let me know and I would love you always.

But what have I finished? Two very small things. I have a friend who's baby is due any day now, and I wanted to make some little bits for her. She lives on a boat on the canal though, so I didn't want to make anything that she'd have to get rid of quickly (not much storage space on boats as you can imagine). Well, I crocheted the spiral baby blanket for her, thinking that has many uses, and then came up with the fabulous idea... babies go through a lot of bibs. And I have cotton just sitting in my stash doing nothing.




The first bib has a bunny on it. Its not brilliant, I still think it looks more like a long, floppy eared dog. But its all about the symbolism too. The baby will be born into the Year of the Rabbit (if you follow the Chinese year thingies). Plus bunnies are very very cute.

The second was reflecting me somewhat, in being a little Goth. Although you could also see a little bit of a penguin in it:




Yeah, I ran out of the black/grey/white and didn't have enough white leftover from the bunny bib, so had to continue in black.

I'm spinning the lovely My Heart Exposed's humbug BFL in Indigo Moon at the moon. I'm fairly certain its the tinniest single I've ever done. But I've split the fluff into thirds, and I'm going to make my first 3-ply yarn. Not counting the navajo plying I've done, obviously :P Here's a picture of the gorgeous fluff to begin with:



I really should take more in progress pictures of my spinning. I mean, its not like my iPhone is a million miles away from me when I do anything :P

Today my lovely Joy and I are going out with KnitCave to the Wiltshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers again. Which will be fun for us all :D YAY!

xxx Elle xxx

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

A non-knitting blog post

I think I mentioned raiding my savings to take me and TechGeek away for the weekend for our 5 year anniversary. We went to Longleat Center Parcs, which isn't a million miles away from us (14 miles to be exact), so we're being green and doing things local and all things like that :P

So we arrived and the lodge looked pretty good, newly renovated, mod-con kitchen (a blender, a Senso coffee maker, wine cooler, with all the normal stuff too, cooker, fridge, dishwasher, kettle), a huge bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and a seperate shower, a big bedroom, and a lush L-shaped sofa in the living room. We even had free wifi, so TechGeek took his laptop, and an HDMI cable to hook it up to the TV so we could continue our marathon Dharma & Greg watching (I'm Dharma, he's Greg - but we're both less annoying). That worked well, as there was an actual HDMI port for plugging in your own gaming systems! Awesome.

We woke up on Saturday morning to find these outside our lodge:

Two roe deer! Well, actually there was three, but neither of us got a decent picture of the baby before he ran off! We saw a couple more deer throughout the day, but only got pictures of these ones. Such an amazing and beautiful sight to wake up to. We also overlooked a pond which had ducks in, and after going down to feed them once...

They then came to us! Note the squirrel (SQUIRREL!) in the background. He was mean. He jumped on the female duck as they walked off, and the male duck then chased the squirrel. The squirrel also chased off two woodpigeons. Mean squirrel. This was actually the second time the ducks came to visit us, and ducks make me happy :D

That afternoon I did Lavender Relaxation. You lay on a yoga mat with some lavender scented pillows, cover yourself with a blanket, and do a guided meditation. It was incredible. I was so relaxed that for the rest of the evening, and most of the next day I was actually fibro-pain free. I'm now frantically searching to find some good guided relaxation meditations to try and re-create the experience. I have lavender. I have pillows and blankets. I can do this!

We got a little romantic that evening (after TechGeek had a disgusting take away from the site - don't do it people, its insanely expensive for microwaved heated food), and had a log fire. Oh, did I not mention the log fire in the living room?

The next day, it decided to rain. And rain. And rain. Of course, that was the day I booked all my outdoor activities. Such as falconry.

Thats me flying an eagle owl. I did also fly some falcon of which I can't remember the breed, but there are no pictures as TechGeek was buying us umbrellas. He arrived in time to capture me flying the owl though. There is a video as the owl did not want to leave me, I think she liked me.

We went back to the lodge for lunch... and guess who turned up?

Yep, the ducks came back for the third time! I swear its the same pair everytime too. Awww look at how happy I am!

All too soon it was time to go back into the rain, and meet some husky dogs. Beautiful creatures! This is me meeting the puppy:

That's my "aren't you just the cutest thing ever" face. There were 5 huskies there, and one of them had a leather fetish and tried to eat my coat. He also thoroughly cleaned my ear.

This one was my favourite. She was so fluffy and beautiful, but apparently she doesn't know her place in the pack, and so is nervous and unsure. To try and make her more confident, we were asked to stroke her under the chin and on her chest, so she wouldn't feel so dominated. Gorgeous dog, I want some now!

Just after that, TechGeek and I went to the Aqua Sana for a couple's massage. It was a good massage, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the best massage, and I actually came back out in pain, undoing the awesome work of the Lavender Relaxation. I'm going to sound like a massage snob, but I'm not! I'm just a qualified complimentary and holistic therapist who never worked to a routine! When I was training I got used to massages being tailored to what I needed, so extra work on my shoulders, ignore the abdomen coz I didn't like it, ooo you feel tight on your calf I'm going to spend a little extra time there... I can't fault the massage, like I said, it was good, just didn't focus on the areas I actually needed!

We had a chilled out evening, eating yummy food that I cooked, and went to sleep happy.

Before we left the next morning, we took a quick walk to Starbucks (yucky place, but the only coffee shop and TechGeek needs his caffiene!) and it was such a beautiful sunny morning...

Awww! We've come home happy, relaxed and I think a little bit more in love (I'm sorry, sick buckets are to your left). And even though we didn't go far, it was nice to get away from the house, and the building works, the stress of job searching, and just everything really.

xxx Elle xxx

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Pair #17, a hat, a blanket and some yarn

The weather outside is frightful... so stay indoors and knit! So I did :D

I finished pair #17 of the 26 Pair Mini Plunge:

The pattern is BFF Socks by Cookie A, the yarn is the gorgeous as always Laughing Yaffle in colourway "Twilight". Love this pattern so much, I need to knit it again at some point. These are also my "B" socks for the UK Sock Knitter's Year Long A-Z KAL. Of which many, many people are knitting with us!

Next up is a hat.
Awww lookit me hiding behind my iPhone! The pattern in Sockhead Hat, and the yarn is Colinette Jitterbug. As I have found out, I can't wear socks without nylon in, as I wear through them in a matter of months. I have two pairs that need to be mended, but I'm procrastinating with them. Must find more things to knit with my non-nylon sock yarn!

Then there is an awesome crochet blanket. Yes, I have been doing crochet! Don't spread crochate!

The pattern is Baby Blue: A Spiral Baby Blanket, and its wonderfully easy to do once you get the hang of it. The yarn  is Patons Trentino DK, and its for my friend Emily who is expecting a baby any day now! (We want a girl, all my friends have boys, we need a girl, they have more awesome stuff to knit!).

And then I've made some yarn. Ooo look at the fibre it was to begin with:
Mmm pretty alpaca and merino from the Thylacine. Colourway "Walkabout". This stuff is soft, fluffy, and I wanted to bury my face in it.
And theres the yarn I made. Its fingering weight, 200grams, and 1040 yards. Yes, you read that right. I was pretty shocked at the yardage too. Loving it!

Finally, Miss Elle Knits has reached 12 episodes, which is very exciting, and I'm very happy that there seem to be about 300 people out there who enjoy listening to me ramble about fluff and things and stuff. I thank you for that :D

xxx Elle xxx

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