Review of the Year: 2014

Hello 2015! (Yes I know I’m a couple of days late but I’ve been busy dammit)

This year has been crazy in a good way. Holidays and gigs and time with family and time to myself. Which pretty much sums up some of my resolutions for last year. So to review last years resolutions:-

1. Keep this Blog going. Yes. Well it’s still here. Not really successfully by still here. This may turn into a “try again this year” resolution.

2. Lose the Cheese weight Well this was a fail. But not a complete fail because whilst I’ve not lost weight at least I’ve not had a gain. I’m also no any healthier which was another part of this goal but I can also file this again under “try again this year”.

In another part of my mind I have a little voice saying “Eat the Cheese”

3. Read More! Erm, no. The only book I read last year was “The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of his DNA” by John Ashdown-Hill. It was a great read but the honest truth is I don’t fell like I have time to read everything I want to read anymore with the time I spend on other things I wasn’t to do. The other option is to timetable in time to read but then it just feels like a chore. This resolution may be missing from this years list.

4Refresh my language courses Another No. I think this one may end up not only been given up but the actual books been given to the charity shop.

5. Enjoy my university course Meh, enjoy may have been optimistic. I am working on it and looking forward to the end result but hard work is hard work and it’s very rarely fun.

6. Go to More Gigs I’ve definitely managed this one. The complete list is:- Rizzle Kicks, The Eagles, Manic Street Preachers, The Beautiful South, The Searchers and Katy Perry. I also went to the theatre quite a lot; Avenue Q, The Perfect Murder, Evita, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beyond The Barricade, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. This year should be just as busy I hope with one trip to the theatre and one gig already booked. (I also realise I still have reviews to do for some of these)

7. Make the hubby a jumper Well I started one, does that get me half a point?

8. Actually make something for me! I did!

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Ok it did end up been for a fancy dress but it is still completed and the warmest jumper in the world. Thanks again to Mrs Moon for the inspiration.

I also have my Fair Isle jumper which is complete but that baby deserves its own post.

9. Have more nights out I really did, and the best was most certainly Halloween, which the above jumper was made for. Whilst I’m not going to keep this resolution exactly the same I want to have just as many awesome nights out this year.

10. Learn a new skill Erm, no again. I may just pretend this doesn’t exist.

11. Continue with my crafty time I most certainly did, crafty time is the only thing that stops me from going crazy! It also gave me some lovely end results.

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12. Stop biting my Nails Well yes and no.

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My nails can look like this. However I do still bite them. And sometimes they look…well disgusting. So more consistency in my nails is next years resolution.

13. Complete Tut No. However he did get more time than the last year so I’m counting this as a success.

14 Make time for me Yes. And I plan to carry this on as well.

And for this year, well carrying on from last year I will have 15 resolutions:

1. Keep the Blog Going.
2. Stay Healthy.
3. Keep going on CLC and do the best I can.
4. Go to as many Gigs as possible.
5. Go to the theatre as much as possible.
6. Finish the Husbands jumper.
7. Complete more things for me.
8. Keep my social life busy.
9. Keep my nails healthy.
10. Complete Tut.
11. Spend more time with my sewing machine.
12. Spend more time baking.
13. Travel more, even if it’s just in the UK.
14. Discover new music.
15. Keep time for me.

All in all, last year was amazing, but I have a feeling this year is going to be even better.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Knitting Songs!

I know an ambiguous title but trust me! Whilst on the plane to Corfu (take me back to the Beach!) I was listening to a song and realised that it had a line about knitting in it. Then I remembered a couple of others and then I did a bit if research and realised I had enough to make a Top 10! So in at 10….

10. Love of the Common People by Paul Young

Knitting Line: The closer the knit, the tighter the fit.

Knitting Rating: Sound advice there but I think it was a metaphor.

9. Don’t Marry Her by The Beautiful South

Knitting Line: Those Blackbirds look like knitting needles trying to peck your head.

Knitting Rating: In what world do Blackbirds look like knitting needles. IN WHAT WORLD! (I do like this song though)

Bonus: Another Beautiful South Song Woman in the Wall (warning: it is a very depressing song)

8. I can Sing by Barenaked Ladies

Knitting Line: I can knit a scarf, but you can’t knit a sweater.

Knitting Rating: Best for beginners. (Plus the video is awesome for the line “The true instrument of Death Metal – the Bango.”)

7. Stephen by Ke$ha

Knitting Line: Stephen, I’ll Knit you a sweater

Knitting rating: Vocalising the true dedication of knitting a loved one a jumper/sweater. (Actually she appears to be a stalking in the video so YMMV)

6. All I Want by Joni Mitchell

Knitting Line: I wanna knit you a sweater.

Knitting Rating: See above, but with less stalking

5. I’m Going Slightly Mad by Queen.

Knitting Line: I’m knitting with only one needle.

Knitting Rating: Freddie, my dear, what your doing is called crochet.

4. Doozer Knitting Song by Doozer

Knitting Line: ALL OF IT! But I especially like: You know knitting’s friendly, and knitting’s fun, knitting’s good for everyone!)

Knitting Rating: It’s great but what’s a Doozer?

3. Vindaloo by Fat Les

Knitting Line: Knit one, Purl one, Drop one, Curl one, KICK IT!

Knitting rating: Listen to when you’ve had a visit from the frog, you want to kick it then (also the song that inspired this post)

2. I’ve Got A Dream on Tangled Soundtrack.

Knitting Line: Bruiser knits, Killer sews, Fang does little puppet shows, and Vladimir collects ceramic unicorns.

Knitting Rating: Not just knitting but sewing and making puppets! The Snuggly Duckling is practically a Craft Club.

Bonus: Rapunzel knits in her morning routine.

1. When I’m Sixty-Four by The Beatles

Knitting Line: You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings go for a ride.

Knitting Rating: Knitting by a fireside when you’re 64? Sounds like my retirement plan (except my retirements probably going to be at 74!)

If you don’t like the YouTube links it’s also available on Spotify (but with Bernard Cribbins instead of The Beatles, but really who would complain about that?)

Fun Friday: Gig Review: Katy Perry supported by Icona Pop at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

A week ago today I went to Sheffield Arena and saw Katy Perry. As is becoming more common with my Gig Reviews this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Whilst I enjoyed a couple of songs from One of the Boys I could not stand the majority of Teenage Dream and really, really dislike California Gurls. Just ugh.

However when my friend have my a free ticket I thought why not. And was actually was really looking forward to seeing Icona Pop. Whilst I only really knew one song of theirs, they really did get the crowd warmed up and I am now liking their songs like mad on spotify.

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Here’s a good point to show how excited my work bestie was.

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As I said I was looking forward to the night but she was hyperventilating with excitements at some points. And at some point in the night I got swept up too!

The show was split into parts, something even I was aware of as Ms Perry had posted this to her Instagram.

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Just my personal opinion but I enjoyed the Egyptian section the most. It also had the most unusual backing dancer I had ever seen in the form of hugely distorted Egyptian Mummies. I couldn’t get any clear photos of them but if you can google then the. I would highly recommend having a gander. The golden horse was pretty impressive too.

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I also admit I squee’ed at something probably no one else even noticed in the course of the show. At one point Katy entered the stage on a Giant Purple Ball of Wool! With HUGE knitting needles! Unfortunately this was the best photo I could get of it.

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The internet doesn’t really have any pictures either. It was also during this section I became slightly convince that I had somehow ended up at a production of Cats. You know the musical one. With tap dancing cats. Singing about Memory. Well honestly if you were there you would have felt the same.

Katy Perry has also been criticised in the past for her shaky vocals whilst singing live but I can honestly say that I didn’t notice any flat or bum notes. This could have especially stood out in the acoustic section of the night but if anything the singing became stronger. I especially like the mash up between The One That Got Away and Thinking of You in this section.

All in all a fantastic night was had. The only decision that I have made is that I am now too old to stand at large concerts. In total we were stood in an area that we were unable to move from for about 4 hours.

Here have some more pictures!

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Fun Friday: Britpop: Why Michael Hann from The Guardian doesn’t quite understand it.

Alternative Title: Come and ‘ave a go if u think ur ‘ard enuff.

So I so this article: Britpop: A cultural abomination that set music back.

Wow. Now that is a statement.

One that I’m going to argue against venomously.

So going to take you back to the Summer of ’94. It was glorious weather, listening to music, riding my bike and eating blue ice pops. While I can guarantee you I do this age 25 now, aged 15 ten years ago, I was actually aged 5 in the Summer of ’94 (however it proves the point that no one really changes). So how can make an argument for something I didn’t experience as an adult.

At the time I wasn’t really aware of the whole music battle, Oasis v Blur, the style, the culture. All I knew, in that more simple time, was the songs came on the local radio station and I liked them. Especially Country House. I remember singing that one very very loudly. And as an adult I looked into the music of that era more and found myself liking more than I disliked. Hence I became a fan of Britpop music, the reason Ms Kesby linked me to the article. So here is my response as an adult, and a fan, of Britpop music.

(At this point I would like to state I am a Guardian reader, I’m not just disliking them because I’m part of the Daily Mail lot)

So the best place to start is at the beginning. But when is the beginning of Britpop? In the article 3 separate possible starts of Britpop are given; The cover from Select in 1993, the release of Parklife in 1994 or, the most controversial, the 1990 World Cup. Apparently the release of World in Motion by New Order was the first note ringing in the Britpop Era. According to the author it was the perfect combination of Beer, music, football and fashion. Actually the perfect combination of the above is Three Lions
. Whatever your opinion on the best football-beer-chant unlike the authors opinion I think the more reasonable start day for Britpop is somewhere in 1993, as it’s impossible to give a specific date.

Can we also look into more detail to the two bands that have already been mentioned, New Order and Lightening Seeds . Both were formed in the 80’s, released songs in that decade, gained a fan base in that decade yet had their biggest hits in the 90’s and have been claimed for Britpop by the author. It doesn’t look like the author look into the culture of Britpop. He just created his own definition. As one commenter on the Guardian website posted

Whose bright idea was it to mark the anniversary of a period in music that many people cherished with a piece by someone who clearly despised it?

The example he uses seem to not be the defining Britpop bands but just bands he seems to remember from that time. I would say it was lazily researched but I’ve been researching this blog post for about 2 weeks so I can back up my arguments, so I’m guessing he did no research at all. If he had done as much research as me I might not have felt so strongly against his argument because I would have felt it was reasonably researched.

Hann states that Britpop became a

grotesque simplification

And yet his own wording made Britpop a culture of music, football and beer. Last week BBC Radio 6 voted Common People</a> as the greatest song of the Britpop era. This is the point Hann seems to be missing. The music was for the people who had been let down by society at large, the common people
who

dance and drink and screw because there’s nothing else to do

Hann appears to associate Britpop with Football Hooligans and the lad culture. In fact, with the exception Pulp and Blur, the bands he mentions seems to have more in common with the Madchester Scene of the very late 80’s and early 90’s. This was a slightly different scene but in essence they came out if the same feeling. Britpop, and to an extent Madchester, and the culture created was about the people who understood the lyrics about council houses, drugs, drinking, cigs and the hopelessness felt by the people who missed out of the affluent 80’s. The 80’s that happened in London and “down south” involved yuppies, high fashion, Thatcher and the market boom. Elsewhere in the country we had the strikes, job loses, Thatcher and evictions. Notice the one thing common. But that’s an argument for another day. Hann himself makes reference to the caricature of

council flats, bad drugs and transgressive sex

and yet immediately try’s to distance Pulp from this statement. Yes his comment they were arch and wry is correct but in The Professional Cocker sings

I’m only trying to give you what you’ve come to expect.
Just another song about single mothers and sex.

Yes it may have been said a little bit with the tongue in cheek bit even at Pulps 2011 Leeds and Reading performances Cocker described Something’s Changed as

the closest thing [we perform] to a love song

.
This isn’t hearts, peace and love. This is reality.

When I went to watch the Manic Street Preachers the other month when they played Design for Life and If you Tolerate This (Your Children Will Be Next) they announced it as “songs from our Britpop era”. They didn’t make this a negative or a positive but that is how the band themselves described them. But the thing is I think they still relate to the genre because the Video links that they had before the show started and in between songs was showing a village in Wales that had been effected by the mining strikes in the 80’s. The boarded up houses, the abandoned mine buildings with the keep out signs on the wire fences, the feeling of a ghost town, it was something that echoed around Yorkshire.

Once again with the exception of Blur (once again, they are the exception that proves the rule) the majority of the bands that found mainstream success in the Britpop Era were “Northern”. I use this term loosely as I am aware that Manic Street Preachers are Welsh. Almost using it in the sense that London uses it which is anything above the M25 is “Northern”. Which brings me back to Mr Hann. I believe the reason he seems disinterested in Britpop is because he didn’t understand it. Yes there is North/South divide in this country and Britpop is just another incarnation of it.

Going back to Common People been voted by BBC Radio 6 as the best song of Britpop its a good point to mention this song never got to Number 1 in the chart. It was kept of the top spot by Robson & Jerome (another thing we can blame on Simon Cowell). Britpop wasn’t every bodies cup of tea when it was popular and I’m not trying to convince people to like it. But I think it’s significance is vastly underplayed and under appreciated. But music goes in phases. There was a backlash against guitar led groups in the late 90’s and sugar pop took over. Think of Spice Girls, S Club 7, Steps and their America sisters Britney Spears and Christina Aguleria. Just as Britpop named British Invasion bands as their influence (although granted oasis comparing themselves to The Beatles was the main offender) we have a generation of band now that were inspired by Britpop.

Lastly Hann mentions an equality that was created by Britpop,

one of the ironies of Britpop is that women did take a prominent role, even in the music of the lad

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Really? Apart from Candida Doyle can anybody else name a prominent woman in Britpop? Please comment if you can.

So Mr Hann, Britpop was an abomination? I disagree, your just doing it wrong.

Fun Friday: Gig Review; Manic Street Preachers

Here’s some honesty: I’m not a huge fan of the Manic Street Preachers. However I won the tickets in a competition and I’m not going to turn down free tickets to any gig.

Let’s start with the warm up act, The Eagulls.

Hmmm, where to start. I’m gonna write as if I’m actually speaking to them. Boys I really wanted to like you, I really, really did. You were a local band that were part of the post-punk scene. However I don’t know if it was the venue or something else but I didn’t feel we connected. And I don’t even want to lie and say “it’s not you, it’s me”. For all I know it could be a combination of things. It did appear your second guitarist was having some issues with his kit and spent most of your set talking to the tech/sound guys. Lead singer you also kinda reminded me as a weird love child between Jarvis Cocker and Noël Gallagher who was heavily influenced by Kurt Cobain. (Cockers long arms and graceful inelegance, Gallaghers stage presence and Cobains voice (or maybe I’m wrong)) . Either way boys I wish you the best I’m not sure I will ever call myself a fan of your music.

Now the main act. I’ve already admitted I wasn’t a huge fan and it wasn’t my top priority to buy tickets, but when I got a pair for free I wasn’t going to turn down going.

And honestly I had a great time, even with the crowd been a bit empty.

The issue I had wasn’t that I didn’t have a good time, or didn’t recognised the songs, or even was just bored but I had an awfully long day at work and only had 3 hours notice to pick up the tickets. So after a stressful day at work, a rush to pick up the tickets and then finally running to the arena I just didn’t feel engaged enough to appreciate it like I normally would. When I’m going to a gig I normally plan out the day and build up my excitement. I couldn’t do that for this gig and in hindsight it means I think I was a little too tires, stressed and mentally still at work to fully appreciate the gig.

The one good thing that did come out of it was my husband appreciation. As I have said previously while we both like a wide range of music the stuff we actually listen to on a day to day basis is very different and agreeing on something to listen to together can be difficult. However we have now added Manic Street Preachers to the list of bands we will listen to together.

And to leave you with my (very poor quality) video of my favourite song.

Fun Friday: Gig Review; Al Stewart and Dave Nacmanoff

So I have been meaning to do this for a while. A quick google has actually shown me I went to this gig on 13th October 2013 so that really makes me feel bad. Especially as in the end I had such a fantastic night.

Let me explain. My husband and I like all music yet the things we will listen to on a daily basis is very different. More often than not I will be listening to the local radio station. If I do put on music unlike most of my generation I will put a CD on. Husband is more likely to listen to songs on shuffle off our vast collection on the computers. That means I’m more likely to listen to what is considered the Top 40 or if one of my CDs then some sort of Rock. Husband really likes Dance music for during the day but listens to more country or folk later in the day. This is where Al Stewart comes in.

Husband will listen to Al Stewart all the time. I kinda only knew Year of the Cat and even then I could have only had a half hearted attempt at singing the title song. So when he heard he was touring England and was coming to a city vaguely close (it was still an hour away on the train) he immediately snapped up tickets. I agreed to go with him but it was more for the experience rather than because I was a fan. (Sorry!)

The venue was Northern Royal College of Music which, whilst a little difficult to find the main entrance to, was a very nice venue. The actual room we were in gave everyone a great view and I think the sound travelled well. It was a little hard to judge exactly the acoustics because we were sat in the orchestra area. As there was no band, it was truly an acoustic set, they added extra seating for the audience. And boy was it needed. It appeared that it was a sold out event.

Up until this point I’ve mainly been talking about Al Stewart but you you see in the title another name, Dave Nachmanoff. He was, I suppose, the warm up act, yet he was so much more than that. Yes he came out first and performed some of his solo work but he also was part of the main act. However what I would say is go seek out his solo work, here is the link to his website. I especially liked “Fragile Thing”. He was also so kind after the show stopped to have his photo with me.

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As for the main show it was really enjoyable and had some beautiful scripted and unscripted comic moments. The little dialogue describing how Al Stewart was the inventor of rap music was genius, especially with the attempts at beat boxing. The crowd also felt inclined to join in, with one yelling “Al you are a musical god” without a beat been missed his reply was “No, you will find that is Eric Clapton.” Perfection. It felt more like a dialogue with the audience rather than talking to the audience.

They are touring England again later in the year and whilst they wouldn’t be first on my list to get tickets for I would go again.

Stitching Saturday – Sick Day!

I ended up at the emergency doctors last night because of my asthma. Its never no fun when I get to the end of day and realise I really, really can’t breathe and on reflection haven’t really been able to do all day. The upside is this time I caught it early enough not to end up very ill but lots of rest and lots of tablets have been prescribed. Which means following doctors instructions I am going to stay at home all day and craft to my heart content. I may even be able to get the husband to wait on me hand and foot! Okey that may up unlikely but a day of rest is needed.

So what is the plan for today?

Well so far I have updated my Ravelry to show all my lovely purchases that I bought with my friend the other week and the few other wooly purchases over the last month or so. I’ve also updated my projects and looking at my page I look like a serial starter with a lot of WIPs. So I’m am determined to finish a few of the smaller things over the next couple of month starting with the socks that my husband has fondly named Dennis. Well he’s named the one sock I’m part of the way through Dennis. I suppose it’s pair will be named Gnasher. The nickname came about because of the bright red and black colour combo I have chosen for them. Unfortunately my “resting” (read laziness for this point) means I can’t take any photos at the moment as I’m not really sure where all my projects are hiding.

I also plan on seeking out new music on soundcloud and seeing what takes my fancy. Me and the husband are listening to the local radio station at the moment and it appears that pop music seems to be getting more influence from dance. This is a bad thing, I completely understand that music goes through changes and that’s why pop music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and now all sound completely different but on the other hand I can prefer a style of music that is not the “popular” choice for a moment. In the early 2000’s I loved music that was on the radio, the main band I can think of been Kaiser Chiefs. I still enjoy listening their first album on repeat, much to the upset of the husband. And it’s still a style of music I enjoy to this day, guitar led, vocally strong, bouncy rock. Yes I totally just made up that name for it but at the time it was pop-rock, fast forward to today it would more likely than not be called indie-rock. Pop-rock today would more likely be something like Mumford and Sons (who I also like for the balance of argument) but they are not as readily played of the radio and have more of a folk sound. So the plan for today is definitely going to be looking at soundcloud and other music websites to see if I can see any new classics or old forgotten favourites (Like this piece of magic that I rediscovered last week)

I should also probably think about enjoying some fantastic food but that would require a trip to the shops. Maybe I could convince the husband that he really needs to do everything for me…..

Enjoy your day! I’m off to convince my husband to wait on me hand and foot.

Review of The Year 2013

Hello 2014!

But before that a couple of reflections on 2013. It was busy, I started two new jobs, made some fantastic friends, celebrated my first wedding anniversary and got very, very fat.

Think I’m over exaggerating on the fat thing? Not. A. Chance. Me and my scales have had very very firm words the last couple of weeks so I’m going to have to do some thing drastic. Like make new year resolutions.

Now last years resolutions were very simple. Keep this blog and don’t let it become one of the many unloved ones that happens when people start them with good intentions. Now I’m the first to admit it went all a bit pear shaped the last month of the year but today is another year and it’s off to a good start. I’m here and blogging. So as it’s 2014 I’ve decided I’m going to make 2014 resolutions…..Joking I’m not actually that mental. Instead I think 14 should be a nice amount. So here goes:-

1. Keep this Blog going. Yes it’s not a famous one and honk only about 3 people read it (thankfully none of them my mother) but it’s my little love letter to the world.

2. Lose the Cheese weight You know above I mentioned I had firm words with my scales? My scales replied you know it’s only because of huge cheese. It’s not so much I need to drastically lose weight but I need to tone up, slim down a little and get healthier. I’m never going to look like Kate Moss, or Lily Cole or even Michelle Keegan, who is supposedly a “girl next door”, because I have small boobs and a massive arse, a typical pear. I’m not going to go all Bridget Jones on you but be warned a couple of “updates on my weight goal” posts in the future. And talking about Bridget…..

3. Read More! I have some books on my shelves that I’ve never even got round to reading and just have to.

4Refresh my language courses I also have some language course on my shelves that are getting a little dusty. Especially my German ones….in fact the only phrase I can think of is “uber de brocher” and I don’t think I’ve spelt that right.

5. Enjoy my university course Oh yes I forgot to mention I’m doing another course. This is a bit more of a long term goal but within 3 years I plan to have my CLC qualification and be a qualified Conveyancer.

6. Go to More Gigs I’ve had so much fun this year listening to new music, old music and live music in general. I know me and the hubby have got tickets to the eagles in July but hopefully I will also get round to seeing rizzle kicks this year as well.

7. Make the hubby a jumper he’s been asking for one for so long and I always seem to be on a deadline for something else. On the other hand….

8. Actually make something for me! What happened to the NaMoSwaMo dress I hear you all cry? Well unfortunately I read the pattern wrong, the second time I cast on and actually got the edge right I read the rest of it as 1×1 ribbing when it should have actually been moss/seed stitch. D’oh. So hopefully this year I will complete the dress.

9. Have more nights out For far too long I’ve been acting like an adult. And to quote one of my favourite people

What’s the point in been a grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes?

It lovely to go out sometimes and act a bit wild. Me and the hubby went out on the weekend between Christmas and New Year and it was a great night out.

10. Learn a new skill I have a lace making kit around here somewhere….. (Then again I always threaten to learn the violin)

11. Continue with my crafty time it fell a bit to the wayside especially as everything I seemed to be making was on a deadline but I’m going to relish the challenges of deadlines this year.

12. Stop biting my Nails I vaguely make this resolution every year….

13. Complete Tut Tut, my darling Tut, it’s been 6 and a half years, 4 houses, one kitten and one wedding. I promise this year, this marvellous year, you shall be COMPLETED!

*ahem* moving on….

14 Make time for me Sometimes I just need to sit back and let the world move round me. Need time to stop worrying. Need to be more spontaneous. Need to care less what people think.

This will be my year.

Mini Monday – One step forward, Two steps back

So I was extra excited yesterday. And for good reason. Frankenstein was even better than expected, 60’s Gold was great and had a extra treat when we went to see Thor 2.

And this morning was lovely too. The husband loved his presents and (as I planned) he wanted to play on his PC games, which meant I got time to do some knitting.

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As promised here’s the godsons jumper. The bottom piece will be the front and the top piece is the beginning of the sleeve. However as the title suggest not so much plain sailing. When I read the pattern I didn’t care so much for the colours shown so decided I would replace them. It said it was a four strip pattern. So went to Yarndale and bought myself 4 beautiful, complimentary colours. Except I got it wrong. There is four colours in the strip and then a base colour so I actually needed 5 different colours. So I can’t go any further at the moment except maybe to start the other sleeve and the back.

Knowing this I decided to work on NaKniSwaMo dress. The next row was described as

Fold hem at picot edge, pick up cast on sts and purl them together with live sts one by one to create a folded hem

Not that difficult. The effect it was creating was lovely. And the I realised I was showing the wrong side having folded the edge the wrong way. So I started to unpick but unfortunately ended up dropping about 10 stitches right down to the cast in edge. I had to unravel the whole thing.

Result: NaKniSwaMo total – 0

😦

Repeat after me, tomorrow is another day, tomorrow is another day, tomorrow is another day.

Time to cast on 197 stitches again.

Stitching Sunday – Not a lot of stitching

Happy Sunday Morning!

Yes it’s a bit windy but it’s lovely and bright. I live autumn days like this. It’s also the anniversary of when me and the husband first met so I’m in an extra giddy mood.

Not a lot to update and no pictures as I’m writing this in the train on my phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.

So in knitting I’ve cast on two new projects, a jumper for the godson for Christmas and a dress for myself also hopefully for Christmas. I’ve also been hearing a bit about nakniswemo so my seeds should hopefully be my project for that. 3 days in and 1,379 stitches completed. A long long way to go.

In other news today I’m off to see the Benedict Cunberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller version of Frankenstein. I’m hoping it will be epic (and will be epically sad if it’s not). Also as it’s the husbands birthday tomorrow we are off to see The Searchers again but this time they are joined by a few other bands, most noticeably Gerry and the Pacemakers. This may seem odd but as I am married to a scouser Gerry and The Pacemakers are practically their city band.

All in all the business above means not that much time for stitching. That 50,000 stitch target feels a very, very long way off.