Monthly Archives: December 2008

Wishing upon a Star


A very Merry Christmas.


Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2009. 


Calling all Sock Knitters

A little treat for myself, ordered 18/12 and delivered 22/12, what service. I want to knit them all, NOW! Good job I have a few skeins in stock.

On Safari

A very belated look at what I returned home with when the Dog, Chicken and Aardvark knitting group in Brighton had a Safari! See here.

Having ventured East on 2 buses with my bags of cakes and swap items I did actually return with less than I took, but only on the cake front. The number of artisan yarn stalls was a feast for the eyes, Nimu, Lime Green Jelly, EasyKnits and Wibbo’s Works to name the ones I can remember. I tried to be good but as I stalked people with my book of Raffle tickets I had too many opportunities to browse. In the end I returned with what wasn’t freely available elsewhere, at the time.

So we have Wibbo’s Works Sock yarn in Northern Lights (very like handmaiden and Malabrigo colours to me) and Chocolate Fondant. Hopefully you get the colours from one of these pictures. This yarn is 75% wool and 25% nylon, 420m per 100g.

Next, from the very nice Jon, Easyknits Fibre in Planet Earth. After seeing the yarn version of this I am confident mine will not spin up anything like! Also an Easyknits Sushi sock roll in Monster Mash. Both of these became my birthday presents from SIL.

Finally a raffle prize, no it wasn’t a fix. There were lots of prizes so it did mean alot of people went home happy, always a good thing. I chose some more WW yarn this time Organic Australian Merino, Sport weight and 2 x 100g (a huge 750m) now I haven’t a clue how to do it justice. All ideas gratefully received.

I think the event went well and considering most of the organising and cost was by one person they remained reasonably sane throughout! Well done Peri and I for one totally understand if you still have your feet up. BUT, there aren’t enough of these events locally!



Heard of it yet?

It gets a big mention in the current Yarn Forward magazine, still not heard?

It gets an even bigger mention here, that’s because the very nice Natalie is the instigator of this.

So P/hop = Pennies/hours of pleasure

How many times have we all taken for granted the free knitting patterns available and saved ourselves a fortune? This is a very good way of giving a few pennies, or more, in recognition of this to help those less fortunate. I know things are tight currently but if you can give a little.

Normal service resumes when I can take a decent photo of some delicious yarn, Wibbo’s Works!


Book Meme

Playing catch up, I have another meme to compose but this is easy….

This meme is originally from the Big Read. Apparently they reckon most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Underline those you intend to read
3) Italicise the books you LOVE.
4) Post your list so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien 

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible  (some)

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9  His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (seen the musical plenty of times so I have the gist)

A few more than 6, I am currently reading One Good turn by Kate Atkinson, highly recommended.

Chuff, Chuff, Chuff


No its not a train.  I’m just chuffed that I have managed to spin an amount and weight thats useable, must be doing something right now.

Although the plying may me my downfall, I think I’m going about it the long way.

This is Yarn Yard BFL Superwash, 98g of fibre = 248m of roughly Sport/Fingering weight yarn.  

The final picture, you may have noticed, is a different colour fibre. It is what I’m working towards, Yarn Yard Merino/Silk I have 200g of this and want it to work.


Don’t faint with shock, I have been knitting but I just can’t tell you about it because the pixies are watching!

First up.

Yarn: The Knitting Goddess –Same Difference Sock

Shade: Camouflage (I think)

Pattern: Charade



Yarn: The Yarn Yard – Bonny

Shade: ?? This is a sock club yarn from last year

Pettern: Basic Sock with a Picot top.