Friday, April 29, 2011

I think I've got it bad.

The knitting bug I mean. You may all be shaking your heads wondering how on earth I'd missed such a revelation when you all knew it from the start, and I did know I was a wee bit obsessed ok a lot obsessed with knitting and yarny things. However whilst watching the latest episode of Desperate Housewives, my other not so secret vice I couldn't help exclaiming rather loudly and much to the disgust of the cat who was quite comfortable if you don't mind, and to the detriment of CP who almost had a heart attack that Paul's wife was knitting beside him in hospital. Woohoo. Who says knitting isn't modern and trendy. Ha in your eye critics. Sorry. Of course there was knitting in Desperate Housewives before but I missed that series due to military training. I know because I googled it. That's when I slowly realised how bad I had it, because I couldn't stop there. I had to discover more. Which I did. Monica knits in Friends, there's knitting in Wallace and Gromit, The Gilmore Girls The Virgin Suicides, The films Meek's Cutoff, Breakfast at Tiffanys and Audrey Hepburn in an old film called Quality Street.

I think it's great to see knitting out there in the public domain. I also heard that Katherine Heigl was going to make the film the Knitting Circle.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Just to wish everyone a very happy Easter. Enjoy the chocolate and other treats and be safe where ever you are.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Rugged Jumper

One Rugged Jumper.
For CNG (Cute Neighbour Guy)or more correctly CP (Cute Partner).
Wool, Paton's Wilderness although the pattern called for Rowan cocoon.
Pattern from Simply Knitting UK knitting magazine.
I love this jumper, I wasn't sure when I began but when you're asked to knit 'a rugged jumper' and you just happen to turn up a pattern saying it's a rugged jumper what can a knitter do but cast on. Even if it looks a wee bit odd. Of course I had to find a substitute mainly because I like both my arms and legs and didn't want to have to part with them to pay for Rowan's Cocoon; which though delightful at $20.99 a ball is too much.
So I hunted and researched and found Wilderness by Paton's which is similar enough to do a good job, brilliant job in fact.
It's knitted on big needles and just looks and feels like the snuggliest thing on the planet unless you knit it during the hottest part of the summer. Which I did. which is why I'm glad it's finished. Next project please!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Opportunities

I am again at a crossroads in my life, but this one is a good one. The chances are that I am going to be surplus to the Navy in a few months due to defence cuts. That's fine, I always knew it wasn't going to be a forever thing. The crossroads is really about what to do next. I have the opportunity to buy a wool shop and we all know how much I love wool and knitting. I don't know if I can actually raise all of the finance needed but I know I can make this work. I can see the future, Internet sales, classes, knitwear fashion shows in the local school, spreadsheets to predict trends. So do I bust a gut to raise the money or do I tread the middle path and stay with something safer.

Happy Mother's day


"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

- Howard Johnson.

A very happy day to very special people. NZ gets to celebrate this day next month.