I need some travel advice

I need some travel advice

If you could go somewhere with Winter sun (April – avoiding Easter) within a 2-3 hour flight of Manchester (UK) where would you go?

This would be for me and my grandmother (the one I visited in January), so nowhere with giant hills and no buses!

It needs to be somewhere with good/extensive public transport.

I know a few words of Spanish and a few phrases in French, but no Portuguese.  I’m sure I’d be able to pick up a few essential phrases before I go, so that’s not too much of a problem.  I’m kind of ruling out Northern/Eastern Europe because, you know, no sun!

So far I’ve quickly looked at Barcelona, Mallorca, Southern France, Corsica or maybe Malta (but I’ve already been there, so maybe not!).  I’m after personal experiences (where you loved, where you didn’t, not necessarily limited to the places I’ve picked out) or places you want to go, but haven’t.  I’m also open to tour operator/airline/hotel recommendations.

FO: Grab Bag

FO: Grab Bag

Bet you’d forgotten I could sew!  So did I, actually.  This is the first time in over a year that I’ve used my sewing machine – not a bad item to start with!



With me for scale


Internal view – lots of room!

The outer fabric is a ginko leaf print cotton and the lining is a pre-quilted fabric (cotton on both sides and with polyester wadding).

The pattern is by allpeoplequilt.com and I found it via this blog (direct PDF link to the pattern here).

The pattern is well written and the illustrations are good.  I found some instructions superfluous (such as the machine basting) but I just ignored those and did my own thing.

I may be back on the proverbial bicycle – watch out!

Yarny Goodness

Yarny Goodness

Well, if I use it up, I have to replace it, right?

I’ve successfully spent all of my Christmas and Birthday money from my grandmothers and here are (some of) the results:


Top to Bottom: Gothic Rose (that I’m affectionately calling Zombie Rose), Midnight Tempest, Tornado. From Krafty Koala.


At-frickin’-last, I remembered to order this book!  I’m a little happy.

The rest of the “stuff” will be arriving in April when they are released. Want to wait until then to find out?

Anyway, the Tornado (bottom in the photo above) has been immediately put to work making one of these;


Hopefully I’ll get around to making the other Knotty Glove!  This is my first actual glove with 4 fingers and a thumb.  No, really.  All the other hand-coverings I’ve made have been mittens or had some or all of the tips of the fingers missing.  I haven’t knit the pattern exactly as directed (now there’s a surprise!), but I’ll detail my modifications in the FO post.

Speaking of one half of a pair


I finished the first Guided by Love sock.  It’s very comfortable to wear and the Braille on the cuff is a great touch!  And before someone asks, no I won’t send you a copy of the pattern.  Yes, I’ve been asked.

Great comments on my Class of 2005 “award”.  Something was nagging at the back of my brain that I’d been blogging since 2004 and I was right!  The 8th of October 2004, to be somewhat more precise.  I’ve not really celebrated my blogging anniversary, but maybe I should?

Who knew I had staying power?

Who knew I had staying power?

Thanks to Margene, I have found myself amongst such luminaries as Wendyknits and Grumperina (ha, ha!)- knit bloggers who have been schleping since 2005 (you’ll probably have to do control+F and type “dyed” to find me – I’m near the bottom!).

The evil genius behind this, Kathryn, asked some questions of those of us who have persevered, so I’m going to do my best to answer them.

* Would you keep your same hosting site?

Well, I moved from blogger to wordpress because the former was doing my head in, so I’d highly recommend people starting with wordpress in the first place!
* Would you post more or less often?

I think I’ve got the right post-frequency for myself, but over-all I’d probably post more frequently and consistently.
* What has been your biggest reward?

Meeting like-minded people (some of whom I may even push into the almost-friend category – steady on!) and, if I can have two, increasing my self-confidence.
* How about your biggest frustration?

It’s a toss-up between technology, not enough hours in the day and the discovery of real nastiness in the universe.
* If you were starting a blog today, what would you do differently?

  1. Start with WordPress
  2. not stress about the number of people reading or commenting
  3. read more blogs first to get a feel of what makes a “good” blog
  4. have a clean interface
  5. learn how to take good pictures
  6. participate in other people’s blogs
  7. register on technorati straight away
  8. offer ways to subscribe to the blog, on the blog
  9. don’t lie/fake your own death
  10. don’t try and imitate anyone/be jealous of other people because they have more readers.

OK – 9 isn’t for/about me, but it’s a good rule for SOME PEOPLE!!!

So, to conclude, it’s been fun/interesting/educational.

Because I’m catching up on stuff..

Because I’m catching up on stuff..

(Knitting content below)

And MrsDrWho tagged me, here are “6 Quirky but boring facts about me”

  1. I can wiggle my ears (independently of each other) up and down; a skill I inherited from my father’s father.
  2. My second toe is the same length as my big toe; I got that one from my dad
  3. I have a coffee cup and a tea cup and tea should never be put in the coffee cup or vice verse – they taste wrong.
  4. I am right handed but pour the kettle, the milk, etc left handed.  If I pour right handed I judge the distance wrong and spill.
  5. I tend not to have the exact same haircut for more than 6 months
  6. Lists of even numbers make me nervous
  7. Ahh…. that’s better! 😀

Link to the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules.
Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that let’s them know they’ve been tagged.
Not bothering with that, but if you’d like to share your own personal crazy, I’d be more than happy to laugh and point read your list

Progress on my Guided by Love sock

gbl 05-02-09 2

gbl 05-02-09 1

Not bad, huh?!

The throat is better (thanks for the good wishes) but I’m still feeling a bit dopey (who’d notice) and my hearing is a bit down (huh? Pardon?).

Until next time …