Sunday, 29 June 2008

Doctor Who

If you haven't seen last night's episode (Saturday 29th June) STOP READING NOW.

No apologies for my geekiness here. My next post will be about knitting I promise... though I have included a picture of a knitted tardis.

So last night's episode:

1. Was that a bit of a curtain call for all the Doctor Who heroes? For the Torchwood mob and Sarah Jane Smith, does that indicate an end of the franchise? There is reported to be four one-offs next year and the series is supposed to return in 2010. Does this cliffhanger make thos plans look a little wobbly?

2. Is the Doctor really regenerating? Looks like it to me but, as my SIL reckons, how can they break in the new Doctor over four one-offs. The BF counters this with Rose being brought back for continuity. My mate Andrew reckons it's a tease, but I can't discuss it with my friend Paul because he watches the repeat on Fridays. (Saturday night scheduling always seems to hit his two year old daughter's bed time or tea time. He's thinking about selling her for a reduced fee on Ebay - further reduced if anyone can pick her up before next Saturday).

3. Will the new Doctor be James Nesbitt as certain scurrilous rumour mongers are suggesting? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

You may assume from this balanced and unemotional response that I am not Mr Nesbitt's biggest fan. He's in everything. Ok, he was really good in "Jekyll" (another frightener by Stephen Moffat) but he was cack in "Quite Ugly One Morning" (based on the Christopher Brookmyre novel). (Overall, that was a cack adaptation - for a start making the Scottish hero Jack Parlabane, Irish. For God's sake. What's the point of using a novel as base material and then rewriting the flippin' story? Just borrowing the title? Anyway, I'm digressing).

4. Can't wait for next week. Daleks. Davros. Cool.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

It's A(nother) Wrap

I've had enough of toys. I felt like making something that wasn't all fiddly. So, I dug around the stash box and pulled out ten balls of "Twilleys Freedom Spirit - Fire" to make the wrapover cardi for myself.

I made one of these last year for my Mam, in "Air", and fancied a red 'un for myself. I'm sort of interested to gauge how fast I'm knitting now by comparing how long this one takes to knit, in comparison with my Mam's.

(Last time: 2-3 weeks, I think and this version is about three sizes bigger. I have a big chest. My cousin and I wonder if we were swapped at birth, especially when you compare us with our mothers).

Sunday, 22 June 2008

"I'm going to eat your legs...

...then your head and then your body."

The thief who had broken into the church to steal the collection plate was terrified when he heard these words. He ran away as quickly as he could.

Sitting in the vestry was the vicar. He opened his bag of jelly babies and took another one out: "I'm going to eat your legs, then your head and then your body."

The colours are actually more vivid than these. The green one is a lovely emerald colour, as opposed to looking a little mouldy.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Elvis Has Left the Building...

...and he's now working in a chip shop in Pelton.

Here's the lovely Claire modelling Kath's fabulous knitted Elvis wig at tonight's knitting group.

What with Helen's sheep and my jellybabies, we provided plenty of entertainment.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Jelly Babies!

For Thomas...

(Jean Greenhowe again). Three more to go - green, orange and black (or purple because I don't have enough black oddments left).

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Puss in Boots

Finally, my niece Lois will be getting Puss in Boots for Christmas. (OK, so I'm early but it was the only way it was going to happen).

I fancied knitting something silly (and using up some of my orphan yarn, of which I've realised there is a ridiculous amount). He was a doddle to make... out of an old book by Jean Greenhowe that I found stashed away.

I asked the BF if he thinks a six year old girl will like Puss. He says he knows a 33 year old man will like him.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Stealth Knitting Update

I thought I would show you where you I am up to with the BF's Christmas jumper ("Retro" from "Sublime" - knitted in "Jaeger"). Yes, I know it's only June but I don't want to be knitting it the night before Christmas for a change.

I've been knitting this up when I go to my Mam's and have finished the body, including sewing the back and front pieces together and adding the neck ribbing.

I even got half of a sleeve done.

Should easily be finished by Christmas. :-)

Thursday, 5 June 2008


There was still ridiculous amounts of yarn left over from the "Bonnie" Fest. So, the BF suggested that I might like to make him a hat.

The perfect candidate is "Tychus" ( which is knitted in four panels, double stranding the yarn.

Using "RYC - Cashsoft Aran", the finished product is seriously squishy and will be lovely and warm in the Winter. The panels are incredibly quick and simple to knit up...

...but then I ran out of yarn.

Big pile of poo, bum, willy fart!

An Update at Last

I've been lax but I've also been knitting...bags. And I'm sick of these squares. Actually, that's a complete lie. I should be sick of 'em but I'm not.

However, all good things must come to an end and I've finally made enough to make myself the matching "Bonnie Bag". So, after blocking, this was the layout for making the bag. Looking at the individual squares, I thought they would never make a decent sized bag, but they do.

Sewn up - making sure that the joining thread matches one of the squares.

And the right side around.

The finished bag!

Well, she says 'finished' but she hasn't sewn in the lining yet. I'm going to use up the left over material from my curtains, when I can be bothered to get the sewing machine out. (It's not that big a job - getting the machine out of the cupboard takes about 30 seconds... but in my head it's a huge task).

And there were still enough squares to make a bag for my SIL.