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Friday, 24 October 2014

Half Term

Hello folks.  
Half term has finally arrived for us Southerners.  This has been an eight week term and has been a long, long time.  I'm looking forward not to be awoken by my alarm at 6.00am for a week.  Who knows? maybe I'll sit in bed with a cup of tea and my iPad catching up on blogs, something I seem not to have managed lately.

Me and Romain had a lovely day out at Ally Pally, but neither of us bought very much.  

I got two patterns from Purl Alpaca Designs. I tried both of them on and they were certainly very soft and squidgy, though if I make either, it won't be in the pattern yarn.

The other thing I bought was a set 4.5mm Knit Pro tips.  I'm sure I have some somewhere but I can't find them.  
So that was it, the sum total of my purchases ~ other than the tea/cakes of course.  There seemed to be less yarn stalls and more handbags/fabrics, although there was a huge amount of alpaca in various forms.  I'm not sure we'll go again next year, for us the show seems to have run it's course.

I have however, had a little on-line visit to Wool Warehouse  to take advantage of the Drops Alpaca Party, a 25% discount offer from Drops that runs until 31st December.  The yarn came in a pretty organza bag with a Wool Warehouse ribbon closure.
I got two balls of Drops Delight ~ sock yarn ~ a new colourway for me with some green in it and..
three balls of Drops Alpaca ~ 4ply.  This is a gorgeous yarn, warm and light and needs to be bought just for the cute label.   I'm planning on a stripy scarf inspired by one we saw on a stall at Ally Pally, because I really need another scarf.  
Talking of stripes, Mon Petit Gilet Raye ~ made from the same two yarns ~ is coming along well.  There are 486 projects of it on Ravelry so I'm not alone in liking it.  I am at the waist of the body still loving the pattern and yarn despite having frogged back to the yoke, and half an arm.  I've put two extra increase repeats in the yoke, and if it doesn't fit this time it'll be going to someone ~ anyone ~ else who fits it.  The yarn isn't going to take another frog.
 I'm trying to concentrate solely on it and not casting on a new stripy scarf.  I'll have a couple hours tomorrow as it is The Butterfly Knitters meet up, I'm not sure where the last month went, it only seems like a week since the last one.  Blimey! Christmas will be upon us before we know it.

Now I've said the C word to unsettle you all, I'm off.

Hope you have a cracking week.

See you soon.......Clicky Needles.

P.S.  Just to let you know Master Clicky is fully recovered from his fall and eye cut, and now has a very interesting scar.  Thanks for all your good wishes.

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Hello all.
I was reading Meredith's blog the other day.  There she was thinking that things in her life were a bit boring, when she got a puncture in the middle of an alligator invested swamp in Florida and needed to go to the loo.  She was rescued by William the repairman, and she was mindful not to think that her life was boring anymore.

Not a lot has happened to me these past few weeks.  I've been to work, had some laughs, gone to my dance fitness class, but not a lot has happened.  Boring maybe.

I've started to have a veg box this week, which was a bit exciting, although it turns out the family are not big fans of spaghetti squash, so I'll take that off the list for next time.
And that was about the highlight of my week until I got home from work on Thursday.  Master Clicky took his scooter down to our local skateboard ramps and about 10 minutes later I got a phone call.  "Can you come and collect me please Mum?"  "Why?"  "Just come Mum," he said.
When I got there he was clutching over his eye with his (red) t-shirt.  He had gone over his handlebars whilst attempting something daft and fell onto his face and shoulder.  He split over the top of his eye and it was bleeding.  We started to walk to the car his legs buckled and he fainted.  He friends helped me drop him the floor gently and we got his feet higher than his head.  We popped back home, picked up Mr Clicky and then went to the minor injuries unit of Stroud Hospital.

They were excellent, no waiting and after a quick chat the nurse pulled the edges of the wound together with Steri Strips.
He will have a scar now, and possibly a bit of eyebrow missing which came off with the skin underneath.  He's banned from sport for a week and can't get it wet so no showers either!    

 Maybe boring isn't so bad. 

We've just had the driest September since records began in 1910, but Autumn seems to be here now.  It has been quite chilly in the evenings and we are promised rain.  The cherry tree in the back garden is turning red and leaves are dropping.  Woolies are coming out of their summer storage.
On Friday we had another minor disaster.  The graphics card has gone on our Mac, so it has gone for a week's holiday to a local repair shop.  I am typing this using Miss Clicky's very old laptop.  It's ok but it's not a Mac!
I'm off to The Knitting and Stiching Show at Alexandra Palace next Sunday with knitting friend Romain, which will be fun I'm sure, but let's hope the rest of the week is well, boring.
Bye for now, ........... Clicky Needles.