Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Waffle and a Project Wish List Update!

It's a busy time for us all here at the moment - the husbeast is in the process of setting up his own business which is insanely nerve racking and exciting at the same time! The Curly Girl is fast approaching her 10th birthday whilst already being well into her tweens/teens emotionally and physically already (EEEEP...puberty is a whole new kettle of fish on the parenting scale!) She's adjusting really well to wearing her glasses after finding out her vision is awful last month and is back to her reading.  Her birthday gift lift mainly consists of piles of books - heavily influenced by my library she is very much a PR/Dystopian/Sci Fi fan and is currently just finishing the second series of Beautiful Creatures.  She has also recently expressed a growing interest in goth branded clothing which suits me down to the ground as I get to buy her all the things I'm far too fat to wear hehe!!  Her main birthday present is actually an Iron Fist Rucksack which she coveted in our local Asylum Industries shop...I have to say I am quite jealous!

That said, I have had a new lovely bag of my own - another belated pressie from Lee.  I've been lusting after a Dr Martens Slouch Leather Backpack for the last year but seriously cannot in any way, shape or form, warrant (or afford!) a £200 bag!  I was therefore super excited to find the small slouch at more than half price and in reality it's a much better everyday size!  I gave it a fabulous first outing to the Harry Potter convention in Nottingham the other weekend, where I had a lovely day mooching around the shops with Carla, a nice pub lunch and a rather large amount of Pokemon Go-ing!

Right, on to much more important and less materialistic things - knitting!

I'm currently trying to finish my Semele Shawl which I'm now more than halfway through and should be able to finish by next week (I average a chart repeat a day - it's very much need to concentrate knitting!)

I'm already very much in love!  Fingers crossed my calculations are correct and I don't have to play yarn chicken - although I do have another skein of the Wollmeise Wasabi Pure stashed.

Once that's finished I'm going to work on my abandoned Aisling - again, I average a chart repeat a day and only have ten to do (I think!) 

After that I think a new hat and gloves are in order, whilst working on my Doodler (which is an ideal Friday project)  I'm really hoping to cast on a new sweater too as I love my Avalanche!

I'm still attempting to sell all the things to ensure I have lots of spending money for Yarndale which means I am starting the hideous task of clearing the hoarded clothes etc in the garage.  After playing with Carla's drop spindle, I have caught the bug (I never enjoyed spinning on mine!) so am thinking I need a new one from Spin City!  My Yarndale wish list is actually rather none existent still so I should probably have a think what I need/want before I go!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Aptly named!

Today is really rather grey, drizzly and miserable.  I have one of those dull headaches that can only be blamed on the weather (and also slightly on the bickering children and very severe lack of sleep!) 

As such, today is very much fuelled by coffee and yarn cakes...

This has become my new easy knitting project and is the fabulous Westknits Doodler in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.  

I've also been knitting away on my Yarndale shawl - Semele in Wollmeise Pure "Wasabi" - and am on the last increase repeat (about halfway!)   No pictures though as the lace looks as ridiculously naff as all unblocked lace does!!  

On a completely none knitting related post, I received this gorgeousness in the post today.

It's a belated gift from the husbeast as, after what is now 6 months waiting, it seems like I am not going to be getting the yarn winder I ordered for my birthday/anniversary/mothers day gift.  I have been lusting after some Mary Greenwell perfume for ages and actually went and got some for myself last month.  I have had a bit of a thing for scents since I met DH, who started it all by buying me my first expensive perfumes!  My tastes have changed significantly since the 90's though and nowadays I tend to stick to just a few different scents and like my winged eye liner, I wear perfume every day.  I initially really wanted the Mary Greenwell Lemon but was really underwhelmed when I tested it - I wanted in your face citrus but didn't get it.  Cherry however was love at first sniff!  Plum was a close second so I'm so pleased to add this to my collection!