Aims and deadlines

Aims and deadlines

I likes my lists. So, here’s the mother of all knitting/uni lists to chew on (for posterity/motivational purposes)

  • I need to finish knitting the first version of the June Magknits pattern by the middle of March. I will then type up the pattern, print it off and knit another version as a “punter”. All of this by the end of April (the deadline for submission).
  • I want to finish my Martha Cardigan by the second week in July at the latest. Why then? Because that’s when my residential school starts and I think it would be the perfect “Brrr… it’s a bit cool in the classroom/on the hill/in this field – I need to warm up a bit” cardigan.
  • I’d like to start and finish another pair of socks by the middle of April (my own design – for my mum)
  • I have to finish the “I Do” shrug before I scratch my own eyes out with boredom.

I am Miss Piggy:

I told my mum I’d done this quiz and I asked “And which character do you think I turned out to be?”.
[no pause, straight face] Mum: “Miss Piggy”.

Magknits June:

Which shall hence forth be known as “Acorn”.

I’m still wrestling with the double pointed needles, but that wont be for too much long.

Finally spending my birthday/Christmas money:

After the gloves-that-nearly-ruined-my-knitting-career, I decided to build up my stock of bamboo/wooden needles. I’d tried to make my own from some bamboo skewers, but the plant fibres were too loose and caught on the wool when I was knitting with them.

So, we have double points in 2, 2.5 and 3 mm:

And an 80cm circular needle in 4 mm:

And, ermm… In the background? Yarn? What yarn? Oh that yarn.

No, that’s not Patons Diploma Gold Aran in Cocoa. To knit Tubey. No. I didn’t break my own (bendable) resolution. Nope.

All supplies from a great firm in Scotland called McA Direct. Not affiliated in any way, shape, or form (I wish), just a very satisfied customer.

And Finally:

Chocolate is good for you – it’s official. Woohoo!

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Thanks mamacate…

Thanks mamacate…

For confirming what my family have been telling me for years:

You Are Miss Piggy

A total princess and diva, you’re totally in charge – even if people don’t know it.
You want to be loved, adored, and worshiped. And you won’t settle for anything less.
You’re going to be a total star, and you won’t let any of the “little people” get in your way.
Just remember, piggy, never eat more than you can lift!

The Muppet Personality Test

I’ve always known I was born into the wrong class and the wrong century. When I clap my hands, I expect minions to come running. Is that so very wrong?



D is for …


I discovered that having a weight on the end of my write-ometer helps me work better, so up stepped my little weight-lifting purple green-haired dinosaur! I think he came out of a box of cereal. Either way, he’s invaluable. He’s perched on top of my favourite pencil – it’s a triangular one and I’m terrified of using it now. The shape is really good for my hand and for my writing. Anyone know where I can get some more?


Not much in the way of knitting around here because of this:

Oh, joy! How much do I love researching academic papers, filing them in alphabetical order (first author surname only) and then doing a cross reference in index cards? A lot, it turns out!

I just keep remembering what my mum says “Your health comes first, then your uni work, then everything else”. I try – I really do.

Actual knitting?


The Magknits item, progress so far.

I’m at a wrestling-with-a-hedgehog stage.

I promised another clue, and here it is. The yarn I’m using comes from Hipknits and is the sock-weight yarn, in the colourway “Tree“.

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Jaywalkers – at last!

Jaywalkers – at last!

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Click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

Item name:Jaywalker socks
Pattern:Jaywalker (toe-up variation)
Yarn:Knit Picks Dye-your-own + KoolAid dye in strawberry and orange
Needles: 2 x 2.25 mm circs and 2 x 2 mm circs
Size: The larger in the original (about 9″ diameter)
Modifications: I worked the toe-up version found here, and did four rounds of garter stitch for the cuff (on the smaller needles). I also did the heel turn at twice the normal rate because I’d done too many rows in the foot portion. It’s all good!
Notes and comments: I love these socks. I don’t think I’d goes as far as Cara has (is it 7 and counting now?), but I can see myself knitting theses again sometime soon.

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C is for

C is for

Edited for clarrification: This isn’t actually where I live (I wish I did). This is where I’ve holiday-ed since I was oohh, this high. My locale and associated scenary will be coming later in the alphabet!

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Cregennan Lakes:

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The view from the lakes over the estuary:

Knitting On the top of a mountain

The view from Barmouth, across the Mawddach* estuary, up towards the lakes:


C is also for Cader Idris:



If there was electricity at the caravan, I’d stay there forever!

I once saw HRH Fergie and kids there. How did I know it was them? Lady with bright red hair, two girls with red hair and a bodyguard.

Oh – I just spellchecked this post! I don’t think Blogger does Welsh!


*Maw-vuckh (sort of)