Friday, 31 October 2014

October


I'm knee (wrist?) deep in Christmas knitting at the moment, which is both awesome (lots of knitting!) and completely panic inducing (lots of knitting!).  I have two jumpers, a pair of socks, components for a Christmas window at work AND a Secret Santa gift to make.  Oh, and some decorations for the mothers and something for Janet's gift swap.  And a hat requested by a friend.  Who knows where blogging fits in around this insane plan?

I managed to do twenty one tiny hats for the Big Knit and they'll be sent away soon.  Speaking of, Rachel wrote a post about something I've thought about in the past - why are we knitting tiny hats when we could be making something more useful for charity?  (I had some wee bits of yarn to use up but...yeah, not gonna devote a huge amount of time to that when I have that whole other part of the list to get on with!)


My Lego person got a new accessory - the perfect one, if you ask me.  The Lego dogs are trying on their nativity costumes.  Work has become very creative lately!


Tam drew a picture of me crocheting, and I didn't know whether to be happy at how fab it is or a bit worried that I make that face in real life...  I sorted all my winter clothes and got the shoes organised.  Probably only half of these will be worn regularly (plus my wellies and winter boots that live in the car/at Tams) but it's easy to grab any of them when the occasion arises.


Mother sent me post at work one day.  Unfortunately it was when I was off sick and didn't get it until the next week.  Probably for the best, given how quickly those Malteser reindeers disappeared...


Work outing to Home Bargains!  Everyone in Glasgow sings the praises of this place and I'd never heard of it until I moved there, so off we went to the biggest one in the area last week on our lunch breaks.  I'm a bit of a convert now.



Tam and I went to a Mask Drawing event at the Museum Resource Centre last Saturday as part of The Big Draw.  We booked it rather belatedly and were worried it would be full but there were only two other people there!  We went into the World Cultures vault and practised on a couple of sculptures before getting to choose something to draw on our own.  I defaulted to my usual style of tiny drawing, but it was fun getting to brush up on my rusty shading skills with the big bird man statue.


I went on Amazon to buy a couple of knitting needles for my hat and realised it was much, much cheaper to just buy a set.  So...this happened.  And a set of crochet hooks may have joined them...  I'm not a great fan of the bamboo hooks though, so while I'll still be looking for metal ones in the charity shops, these should keep me going for now.


Parsnip was being adorable one day and didn't shake himself straight away when we put a hat on him, so I had to capture it.  Tam was also being adorable and brought me Love Hearts and crisps when he went to fetch a paper.


Remember my latest baby knits?  They were finally wrapped up and dispatched to their recipients, who I'm told loved them.  I was a bit worried about my lack of 'proper' wrapping paper but I think I made it work.

This turned into a pretty busy month, activity wise.  There was the second wedding and the holiday, crochet lessons and sorting out the winter wardrobe.  Tonight we're rounding off the month by going to see Billy Connolly at the Clyde Auditorium.  I've wanted to see him live for years and sadly it looked like this might be my last chance, so when I found out he was playing in Glasgow I had to get tickets.  A couple of people at work have been and said he was predictably great, so I have no doubt it'll be worth it.

:)

14 comments:

  1. Wow that "to knit" list is big but I'm sure you'll get it all done. What I love about knitting is that you can take it anywhere. I took mine to work yesterday and did some at lunch (I might also have taken on a lot!) I think I also needle to do a needle bulk buy, my lack of round needles is holding me back! love the plain wrapping with the bright coloured pompoms btw, v.pretty :)

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    1. I've actually been using work breaks to catch up on reading time but I think the needles will be making an appearance soon! I've got plenty of free time if I prioritise things right so hopefully it will all get done :) also definitely go bulk buy on the needles, it's the best way!

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  2. Oh, Home Bargains is AWESOME!

    People keep telling me about these Malteser reindeer but I've yet to find any. And you know how I love deer. Gutted. The search goes on...

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    1. Aw I bought a bunch of the bunnies in the pound shop at easter, maybe they're hiding in there ;)

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  3. The Lego dogs are cool! Although not as cool as Parsnip with his hat :)
    Love the knitting needle stash!!

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    1. Oh he's the best dog ;) I'm looking forward to seeing how this nativity scene develops, apparently I'm one of the three wise (wo)men which is pretty questionable to me...

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  4. LOOK AT ALL THOSE KNITTING NEEDLES- JUST LOOK!!! :D would you tweet me what set you bought? I need circular knitting needles something awful :) looks like a busy month, and I am panicking about christmas knitting because I was so good on the 1st October ordering lots of wool for present making ... and that's it - not started enough eek!!!! jenny xx

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    1. Oh no! Well I've done half a jumper this week so even I'm surprised by my speed! Let's see how long it lasts... sure I'll have a look now and tweet you, hopefully I can remember by going to amazon...

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  5. I love the wrapping you used for the baby gifts - brown paper is a favourite of mine. It's so easy to make it look fab with ribbons (or pom poms!) yet it's super cheap too.

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    1. I like how it turned out in the end actually, despite not buying wrapping paper and having lost all my ribbons!

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  6. Wow, you do have a long knitting to-do list! The pom poms on the present look fab as well, I'm sure it was well received :-) And yep, Home Bargains is awesome! :-) xx

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    1. It's seeming more manageable at the moment but that may change any time...

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  7. wow I love your wrapping for the baby presents!

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    1. Thanks! Being unprepared pays off!

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