Monday, 24 August 2009

The Beautiful Ones

Time to take a post to pay tribute to a truly talented craftswoman whose knitting talents I particularly admire. Her patterns are beautiful, and I am planning on trying several myself. They are beautifully presented, with easy to understand instructions and detail and pictures. There is information about the yarn recommended and the finished measurements (if you follow the pattern religiously and don't modify it a little to your own tastes, anyway) and a nice little paragraph about the item.

What more could you want from a knitting pattern?

Her blog is called Crafty Diversions (Great name, huh?) and can be found here:

And the patterns she is selling or giving away are here:

What's more, is she is currently hosting a give away of all her patterns due to slight damage to them (a good sign that she cares about the quality of her wares!). So, get in there and try to win one while you can!

Go forth, my readers and witness her wise words and hard work, I guarantee that your time there won't be wasted =].

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Back 2 Good

So I've been back in Oxford for just over a week and enjoyed relaxing in my own bed and with my own familiar surroundings. My internet is still being a class A pain in the arse, but my mother phoned Virgin today to try and find out what the problem is.

I finished my second knitted sock the other night, and started on a toe-sock. I love those x3.

Helped mum sort out a car boot sale today, only hung around for a few hours before letting my sisters take over. Didn't find much to buy either; a pair of five-pointed star earrings, Sonic Heroes for PS2 and Catz 5. £3.50 all together. Cheap as chips!

God I'm tired, I didn't get to sleep until around 4am and then had to get up at 8...Luckily I've since caught about an hour and a half's kip...

Friday, 14 August 2009

Tonight Was Your Last Night

Sooo, I've been without internet for a few days (extremely irritating). In Brighton now, and we finally got the internet working (my mother's friend's is password protected....).

Finally got a harmonica in Hastings, and a free lesson from the lovely old hippy whose shop it was. Very happy. He had a gorgeous sitar too but there would never be enough room in the car....

Got myself some fairtrade earrings made from recycled wire and metal, some little Chinese bell ball things, a bookmark, a bracelet and some incense today. Sadly I didn't get to do everything I wanted or find souvenirs for my friends but maybe we'll stop somewhere tomorrow before we leave.

Got a couple of nasty blisters...Well, one isn't too bad, the other, which is on my second smallest toe needs a chance to properly dry out and heal....Hopefully it will soon...

Hopefully I'll be able to post the few pictures I have of views and such in the next few days after I've recovered.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

All Around The World

So here I am in sunny Kent and I must say, I'm enjoying it quite a lot already. The weather has been sunny but not uncomfortably hot. I've finally, finally!, worked out how to knit purl without the stitches getting all yarned over and confusing. Knitting just got easier and more enjoyable =].

Sadly, this means I am tempted to restart both my arm warmer and sock so even things out. The former perhaps, the latter not so much, honestly on the the cuff of a sock, who'll notice?

It's a shame that my aunt and uncle don't have wireless, so I'm using their computer as opposed to Zexy, which means no aimless surfing for me (although, in retrospect, that's likely a good thing...).

My uncle and I had a nice chat about books and I have a reading list that'll likely get longer....And a fifth book to add to my 'holiday reading'.

The drive down wasn't too unpleasant, although my sisters are bloody irritating, my iPod kept me nicely entertained and there was no desperate wanting for a piss while miles from the nearest convenient toilet, thank all that's holy...

I'll be off now, for more knitting, socialising and enjoying the double bed I have to myself and the gorgeous view from my window.

I'm so glad I brought my camera!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

First Day Of My Life

So I thought I'd start one of these things as it seems easier and more 'professional' than using LiveJournal.

As I can be very uncreative sometimes, I'll use song titles for my post titles to keep things interesting, whether or not they'll coincide with the content is another kettle of fish entirely.

I'll be (hopefully) using this brand new blog to keep myself and anyone who cares enough to read up to date on my doings, thinkings and makings.

Now, on to the real content:

Started a brand new sock today. Well, just cast on and knitted one row really, I'll be working on it during tomorrow's car journey down to Kent, as it should be easier than trying to work on my arm warmer in a cramped car.

I'm all but packed, last minute things will be thrown in later tonight and tomorrow morning, like chargers and such. I hope my iPod will last, my skipping songs habit isn't improving much, sadly. When you have about 700 songs, some old, some new, well, the music still needs to match the mood I feel. Or just be very happy and upbeat when you're not feeling so good, but that's neither here nor there.

I'm hoping to be able to work more on my writings during this short holiday. Whether I end up writing more fanfiction (god I hate how immature and fangirly that sounds) or my original project, I don't know, I'd like to work on my novel more but I think more character development is needed, really...

What will likely happen is me just listening to music, knitting and playing some Pokemon on my GameBoy...Maybe I'll actually read some of the four books I'm taking ('My Grammer and I (Or Should That Be Me?)', a Christmas present that I will finish >.>, 'Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass', 'Anna Karnina' and 'Star Signs').

And maybe think about things I'd like to write, but can't due to plagerism and that as awesome as some ideas are, they aren't suitable for stories for anyone with an IQ under triple digits (Input a joke about Twilight or similar here).

Well, I'm just hoping that I get decent wireless internet (as I'm taking Zexy, my laptop) and a room to myself. I have a love affair with my privacy. As we all should, really.