Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Dashing 100th!

I currently have 5 quiet minutes to myself, while the kids play upstairs. A quiet moment is rather a luxury in this house – so I’m seizing my opportunity and updating my blog!

On the knitting front not much has changed. Bella continues – I’m part way up the front, have knitted both sleeve caps and started one of the lace inserts for the neck. This was because I wasn’t entirely sure I had enough of the Amerah silk for the job – but I’ve just started the 3rd ball for one side of the neck and even if it takes the whole of the ball I have one left (Hooray!). I also wanted to have lots of plain stocking stitch because an old friend is visiting this weekend and given that we tend to drink nice wine and eat nice food whenever he visits, I figured the stocking stitch front is my safest bet!

I’m still working on the foot of the first Vog On, and the foot of the First Noropup spiral rib sock. I was tempted to cast on about 3 other projects but have resisted the siren call of startitis.


Not a great week overall.

28 balls of Jet from the Doomlight of Spot (2 dollars a ball – 3 jumpers worth - sale yarn is NOT stash)
12 balls Patonyle off Layby (Discontinued yarn is also NOT stash)
4 balls Bendi cotton and 1 ball Bendi 8 ply (Stash, unfortunately)
1 skein Ranco, re-housed from Donyale (not stash twice! It’s sock yarn, which doesn’t count AND it’s being re-housed – this means one ball of Bendi is wiped from the stash list!)
1 linen shirt, Opshop

Enormous piles of papers, old magazines and old telephone directories – recycling (when I say enormous I mean around 4 boxes full)
Old travel and car brochures (ditto)
Selection of ‘B’ grade children’s art work (recycling)

Large number of bottles retrieved from shed to be filled with Plum Sauce (Yum)

Socially, I’ve had a fun couple of weeks. I’ve been playing on Ravelry a bit (OK, more than is good), and have met a local knitter through there. We had coffee and she knows other knitters – so this may form the nucleus of a local S’n’B. She dropped in a couple of days ago for coffee and brought some qiviut for me to pet. (I want! I. Really. Want. Some. Of . This. Stuff.) There ought to be a health warning about the addictive properties of this fibre. MMMMMMM!! I will know proceed to try and save up my pennies to afford a mere sniff of my very own.

Next weekend we’re off to that sink of corruption, that Sodom and Gomorrah of the South – Hobart. Although it’s only 3 hours away, and I used to trip down there 3 times a month in the times before children, now it takes rather more organisation! But we’re off and I will catch up with Kate, other friends I haven’t seen for ages, Salamanca and other joys!

I’ve had a sick poppet this week, but also managed to get over to Grandma’s and get some sewing done (for the first time in a millennia or so!). I’d forgotten the joy of REALLY instant gratification!!

I finally have some takers for Pay It Forward! Lynn from Too Hot to Knit, Ms Frog Ponds Rock and Baby Amore – you are the PIF beneficiaries! Don’t forget to put this up on your blogs and PIF to 3 other people!

And, by the way, if you didn't notice, this is my one hundredth post! Gosh! So I'd better have a competition. If you leave a comment (and your email address if I don't know you already) before the 30th of January, I will draw out 2 names for a pressie! (MY birthday, so it's reasonable to give pressies!) It will be something from stash, but a nice something! Cheers!


Bells said...

yay for blog contests!!! Congratulations!!

Raven said...

Hoary a contest! (I've got one going as well on my blog at the moment)

Congratulations on reaching 100.

There are some great people on Ravelry, I love it for meeting local knitters.

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Janet McKinney said...

Well done on 100. Sounds like you had a good week

Janet McKinney

Jejune said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

And yay for Ravelry and a possible new SnB for your area! enjoy your trip to Hobart :D

zephyrama said...

On close examination of your in-out-shake-it-all-about, there has been NO stash accumulated this week. The High Priestess of the Stash has spoken. ;)

Yah, for a real life snb. It does cut down the feeling of isolation that comes with herding young children.

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Lynne said...

I would have left a comment without the incentive of a gift!! LOL Congratulations on the 100th post.

Have a great trip to the 'deep south'. Hope your poppet gets well soon.

One day I'll learn to hit 'preview' before 'publish' - sorry about the previous deleted post!

gemma said...

contests. Everybody loves contests. gemma.b AT gmail dot com
congratulations Ms Bell on 100 posts

kms said...

oh i love these comment contests and i am doing quite well in them at the moment! happy 100th post and happy birthday for the 31st xx

amanda j said...

Happy 100th post! I am just about to have my 2 year anniversary!!

Have fun in Hobart. Remember to take a jumper.

frog ponds rock... said...

Congratulations on reaching your 100th post.. Yay..

cheers kim..

Enjoy salamanca.. The hmong have some great vegies at the moment..

and if the signs are out at Bagdad stop for some peaches.. Yum...or cherries at Mangalore..

Alwen said...

Glad to hear the Amerah is holding out on Bella. It's so nerve-wracking to almost run out.

I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I find your "in & out & shake it all about" stimulating as I try to boot more stuff out the door of a small house!

MadMad said...

You have already awarded me some beautiful yarn, so don't put me in your contest, but I couldn't not stop in to say congrats on the 100th! (Also, I have noticed you are easing the rules somewhat around what is stash and not an IN item, and I am very, very proud. Good girl!)

Donni said...

Is most excellent news that another little group of like minded people are meeting up - it's such good fun. Good luck with it - I approached the local news paper for a little coverage and now we have 35 people that come along each month!

Amy Lane said...

I LOVE sending out my stash--it makes me happy to know something I might not get to in a while will make someone else happy:-)

Congrats on getting to Ravelry--I'm still in Ravelry limbo... (I'm signed up, I have my name, but I haven't done anything or put anything up and basically, I'm a ravelry bum!)

Now I need to get on to see what you've made!

(p.s.--Lockdowns happen about twice a year at the school where I teach. I was totally blase about it, until I got home one day, and my older kids, who attended the same school that year, came out to the car to greet me with stories of a lockdown because of an on-campus pipe-bomb. This is teaching in America, sadly enough.)

Catherine said...

Count me in! Happy 100th post!!! :)

Michelle said...

Jet on sale for $2?! Lucky you!

And I appreciate your principle of only counting non-sale sock in your stash. Very sensible.

Happy 100th!

2paw said...

Oh how exciting that you have the makings of a local Coven!!! I am ever so happy you will have knitting folk close by.
Hope the poppet is feeling better now,a nd no-one else is boogelly.
Wow you are doing such a good job sticking to your knitting and with your in and outing.
Happy 100th post, can't believe it is that long, or that short, a time!!!

Donna Lee said...

Congrats! How wonderful to be in at the birth of a SnB. I think I'll have to advertise around here but a lys owner told me she had tried, had even given free snacks, and no one ever showed up. So, I will knit by myself and live vicariously through you all.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

A contest...Hurrah!!!!!

Good luck with the local Sn'B, I hope that you get going on one. They can be loads of fun.

Melinda said...

Congrats on reaching your 100th post! Never mind about the accumulating yarn week...there's always next week to diet...:)

Kate_knits_a_bit said...

And do you think I could resist?? Nooo! Yay on the 100th post, yay on the friends-through-blogging, yay (maybe) on having too much fun in Ravelry, and yay for next weekend!
Catch you soon, chicky!

Rose Red said...

Yay for 100 posts - my doesn't time fly!!

If eBay yarn doesn't count as stash (it's sort of on-sale, right), I reckon I'd have no stash at all. Much.

shazzy said...

Happy birthday for today...

And 100 posts birthday wooo

Have I managed to squeeze in to the contest just???? lol

Have a wonderful day and hope you get spoilt with lovely fibery things.

Shazzy AKA Knitwytch

Georgie said...

Can't believe I havent commented on your 100th post yet! Like a whole week ago!

Very Belated Congratulations!