Monday, 9 April 2012

Back to knitting

I am back to knitting furiously. Trouble is, yet again, too many things on the needles. I am going to try to take some photos today, so for once I can show you what I'm doing, well, more like keep a record for myself. I am knitting Ysolda Teagues Amelia, and it's been a challenge. It's knit from the top down on circular needles. I made a mistake and ripped back about 20 rows, only to find out I hadn't made a mistake. Now I have done the hood, the yoke and now have divided for the sleeves. It's good tv knitting at the moment, because there are 47 rows of straight to do, but I am easily distracted.

Also I am knitting a double knit cardigan, with a pattern. I will take a photo and add to the next blog. It's nice, but I have to concentrate, in fact I will be very surprised if I actually finish it, it will probably be another 2 year project.

I have knitted a couple of flowers in sock yarn. Basically to use up the odd bits, and with a view to possibly selling some at Christmas. They only took a couple of hours, and I get easily bored, so they added a bit of interest.

Then I had bought some Rowan cotton jeans for 99p for 50g balls. I love the colour, its a green fleck. I started knitting a cardi, but not sure if its right for that so have taken it off the needles. Not quite sure what to do with it. As it's 100% cotton it will end up hanging if it's too long a pattern, so have to look around. I have looked on Ravelry, but cant' see anything I like. I think I will try and find a pattern in my local yarn shop.

I gave some of my wool away to a friend who knits. I had had it in my stash for a few years, and she has already nearly finished the project with it. She's a size 10, so it knits quickly and it will look nice, when you are my size (18) you have to pick your projects. In exchange she bought me a pack 1000g of sirdar countrystyle DK. Lovely colours. I'm not sure whether to say where it came from as it's such a bargain - only £13.95. If you are desperate to know leave me a comment and I'll share the love. I had about an hour looking through projects yesterday to find something, but then decided - "step away from the patterns". If I find one I may start something new, so NO, I must finish something, or at least the back of something, so things are off the needles.

Its week 2 of the school Easter holidays. So far so good. My lovely hubby was off, and it made life easier. One of my daughters has a boyfriend and he was down visiting for the week. He stayed with friends of ours, but spent everyday with us, and ate with us. He's a nice boy. He bought us the game of risk for the kids. So I now am sitting at the other end of the table whilst my hubby and the two boys play risk. It's great, as I have uninterrupted knitting, blogging and reading, as it will take minimum of 2 hours.

Been looking for a job. I have been fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mum for 25 years. My youngest is 8 and at school. I manage to fill my days ok, but feel the need to do something else. I applied at Asda - unsuccessful. I applied as a maternity assistant - didn't hear anything. Now applied at Aldi - had a phone interview, will be asked for a group interview in the next 7 days if successful (not holding my breath). Also asked for an application form to be a carer. Not sure about that. But I had read a magazine article about old people at home not being always taken care of well, and how some of them only see the carer, and it did make me feel sad at the thought of people being lonely. Not that I can make a difference but I don't know, it's hard to know what to do for  job. I have to be able to be home at 3.15 whatever I do. I can start early mornings as my hubby could see kids off to school then go to work himself.

In an ideal world I would love to work in a knitting shop, but there are 2 in our town and they are fully staffed. Can't really afford to set one up in the neighbouring town, so that's that.

Anyway must go and make the most of the peace (apart from arguing about rolling the dice) and get on with some knitting. Hope you have a good day. I will.


  1. I am in the same position as you Sally, looking for jobs. I should hear about the latest interview tomorrow. My sickness record goes against me, possibly my age too :( Have you tried NHS jobs? Funny but I blogged about job hunting this week too. Do you still meet up at Neros on a thursday? Does your friend still have those old knitting mags of mine?

  2. Hi Debs, looked on NHS jobs, but my qualifications are like me - old. Yes we still meet up at Neros, sometimes there are 16, would love to see you if you fancy popping in. This week I won't as school hols. Can't remember who had the old mags??sorry.

  3. I will try to come down soon, love to see you too!