In other news

I owe you all two weeks of news don’t I? So, condensed into one post, here we go:

Rubber Ball weekend was hectic. I did TG on the Friday, Got home about 7am Saturday, to then get woken up around 11:30 to go Shopping (when I had specifically said to the person that woke me up I wasn’t planning on going Sunday due to having a wedding reception to attend on Saturday evening!!)

Did that, fun but hectic. Didn’t spend too much money, I bought some new toys, and a lovely stuffed puppy I’ve called Frobisure (pic to follow at some point soon…). Fell in love with him on the stand, had to adopt and take him home.

As alluded to above, one of my Best mates got married on the 8th as well, so I hired a Streetcar, and off I popped after the shopping to Oundle. Whizz Whizz up the motorway!

Whizz Whizz back down for more socilising around a mates house, then home evenutally!

Monday 10th, my usual second Monday Docklands social thing. I host it, so I couldn’t not go, but I excused myself early, because of 2nd job interview in the morning. You know how that went, so I won’t go on again!

Angel Knits, NWktog, Thursday I enjoyed “A Night In”TM and enjoyed that so much, I went back again Friday! 😉 I stayed home and chilled. Did some dyeing, watched telly, slobbed a bit 🙂

Saturday just gone, Ally Pally. 🙂 Then Sunday was spent watching the Chinese GP, sorting out the Yarn-Barf that the Pink handdyed got itself into (one of the skein’s anchor strings broke in the dye bath! Horrid tangle insued 🙁 ) and attending the Rope Social/Workshop held for Midori as she was over from San Fransisco. Fun, Teaching and Socilising, all good things. Oh, and Thank you lots to VL1 for the lift!

Hopefully, the next few weeks are going to be less hectic, but with my birthday on the Horizon, I’m guessing not!

Craft ramblings…

I’m sure that some of you by now have wandered over my WIP page. The last two FO objects are what I want to rave about here.

I’ve taken a side branch from Knitting, and done some dyeing and stitchmarker making… I’m rather chuffed with my results as well.

I bought kool-aid from the net, and some Cygnet “Superwash” in DK and “Wool Rich” in Aran from John Lewis.

As I said in my WIP page, the dyed results came out variagated. I suspect I made the water too hot to start with, so that the wool just absorbed the dye instantly as I put it in the bath, which meant that there wasn’t enough dye for the top half! I sprinkled a contrasting colour on the white bits though, and both sets have come out lovely. 🙂 I’m rather taken with the Blue one, that is the DK, and I think you could call it “sea wave green” really. Not sure I could ever make another though 🙁 Anyone got any ideas about what to do wtih 50g of Yarn?

I contrasted the Aran pink with some Yellow, which is OK, but not as lovely as the DK IMHO.

I also discovered after the fact that Superwash Wool absorbs the dye faster and quicker than natural wool anyway, and tends to look more vibrant as well.. so hey, I’ll have to try to replicate my results 🙂

I then did some Laines du Nord, which came out a lot more solid. This 100% wool feels very silky, I’m going to enjoy knitting it I suspect. I did a double bath on the purple, adding the lighter skein after the dark one, so they are the same shade but differing intensity… Came out very cool, so I think I’m learing intarsia for a vertically striped scarf with this!

The Orange and Green? Well, I’ve got some more Kool-aid, so I’m going to make some more there, not suer what I’m making it into yet though…

I did some intense Scarlet last night too, 200g all at once! It is an ebay lot, an unspecified rough feeling 100% wool. I suspect it may become a bag. Maybe with something else I dye up in a matching colour…

All this creativity. It makes me happy. Surprisingly large amounts as well.

That has to be saying something about my state of mind, I’m probably looking for some form of “fulfilment” that I’m not getting in some sphere of life or the other right now. *shrug*

I didn’t get the job…

I had my 2nd interview for the position last Tuesday. I didn’t get the job.

Mind you, I’m not actually upset about that.

The reasons why I didn’t get the job are actually hugely positive… I was just too good. 🙂

I ticked all their boxes, both “fit” and “techincal” and then some.

The Problem was that the chap that interviewed me felt that the role I was going for was actually beneath my capabilites, that I would not feel stretched, and therefore become discontent. That is not good for either party really…

He did say that if a role came up that would fit me, he would be back in contact ASAP.

I take all this as a good thing. Yes, I didn’t get the job, but it wasn’t desparate that I did get it. It’s not a showstopper like it was this time last year.

However, what it does mean is that I interview well, I project my “product” to an employer and I know what I want, what I can offer, and where I want to go in my career.

This then also means that my intrinsic “employment value” is very high to any prospective employer.

So hey, all in all, I’m a happy bunny.

Ally Pally – Yummy!

Fun fun fun, lots of walking, but I didn’t actually buy lots. Nothing really leapt out at me and said “take me home”…

I attended the “Sewing up techniques” Debbie Bliss gave, although it was only the one technique, matress st. How cool is that! I know, I know, but I just wasn’t getting it from books. So much bettter when someone shows you! I also got a ball of her Baby Cashmerino… In peach. Not sure what I’m going to do with that…

I got a nice set of Birch 9mm needles and a small skein of “House of Hemp” variagated to swatch up with. Also lots of inspirartion and some truffles from Linday London.. I didn’t buy a set of Addi Glitter. Surprisingly bendy, which I don’t like in a needle.

I couldn’t find the hip-knits stand… 🙁 I fondled stuff at Touch, Collinette, Get Knitted (Isn’t Bamboo strange?) and various other stalls, but… *shrug* I didn’t get “the whisper” from anything… Although, I might just have a bash at felting (as opposed to fulling) one of these days… I love the colours!

I had a go at some extreme knitting, remembering what Lixie said about keeping the tree trunks, *ahem!* needles on the floor. Rather cool really.

Pixeldiva had lots of cool pics of kids learing a new craft on her camera! Laura looked far more relaxed that I suspect she as supposed to be form being on the relax and knit all day, and I also bumped into an old friend who is now apparently the World Authority on Lucetting… And to think I was there the first time he picked up a lucet and started fumbling about with it about 12 years ago!

I am in love with “Elle Sensual” yarn. I have never felt anything so soft, the yarn balls snuggle your neck when you fondle them, and the drape is to die for, the fabric surprisingly heavy. A Fabric with Gravitas, it hugs you when you wrap it round you.

My Mum heard “the whisper” from it, so we bought three ball to make her a scarf. I’m starting it off for her, as she isn’t a “native knitter” and as it is soooo fluffy, she will have a hard time of in until she gets going.

However, we walked around the corner from Taj Crafts to the GMC stand, where they have the “Elle Sensual” coat from Knitting on display.

OH-MY-GOD.

The Guy at the stand let us try it on… *sigh*

It is phenominal. (Although the sewing up leaves a touch to be desired on the sample)

I want one. (Although, I think I would have to make the skirt flare more to fit my hips, the sleeves were the perfect length, as was the coat!)

I don’t care that it would be tedious hours of St St on 5mm needles.

It will be so worth it.

Looking at the garment, if you tried to get something like that in the shops, you are probably not looking at change from £1000, so £120 or so in yarn seems to be rather a bargain… The GMC guy (who is not a knitter) said that it was the first time he had ever been so wowed with a piece of knitting.

Guess what I’m asking for for B’day/Xmas!

It feels so good against your skin! Quite frankly, I want to make one, and then act all “Porn-Star”, and wear it, a huge diamond necklace, and absolutely nothing else… Hmm…. Maybe I should make a dress first! Matching Undies too, or is that just excessive… 😉