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Secret Pal 4

New Stuff and New KnitCast!

Thanks for the comments and emails about my health. I was off work for most of last week as the Madrid bug held on. I’m now feeling a lot better!

Before we go any further, the  newest edition of KnitCast, my podcast about knitting is online! This time I meet scientist and knitting designer Stefanie Japel.

Some great things happened yesterday. Firstly we went to London for the day and saw the divine Patrick Stewart on stage in A Life in the Theatre. It was great and both he and co-star Joshua Jackson were excellent.  Andy fell asleep during the performance (!) but he was tired after shopping for CDs…:-)

While we were in London I went to the London Bead Shop and bought some beautiful beads. Some glass ladybirds (ladybugs) and red and black tubular beads for a bracelet. I also plan to make earrings and a necklace or pendant to match. They also had the most fantastic, detailed glass animal beads. I bought a large turtle bead for a pendant and two smaller ones for earrings. They were expensive, about £5 for the large bead and £3.75 each for the smaller ones.

I didn’t go to John Lewis as I’m attempting to cut back on my yarn purchases, but I did visit Liberty. I bravely avoided buying yarn, although I did look at some CashAir, because I was there to buy fabric. I bought 1.5 metres of a cotton print which will be made into a top.

When we got home I discovered a parcel from my Secret Pal 4! Inside were four skeins of Noro Fuji in shade 106! Thanks Secret Pal! I think I may make some sort of wrap or capelet for summer from them.

Other news – I’ve asked to go part-time at work. I currently work five days and want to work four instead. It’ll mean less money of course, but I want to spend more time on my fibrey things and have a bit more time for KnitCast. I don’t know when my hours will go down, might not happen for a couple of months at least, but I’m really looking forward to it!

I’ll update this post with photos later!

Knitcast is coming!

I’ve finally finished the first edition of Knitcast – the podcast about knitting. I should be uploading it to the new Knitcast Blog very soon!

Knitting wise I’ve cast on for the second sleeve of Klaralund. We’re going to Madrid next week so I hope to complete the sweater then. I’ve also knit the second in a series of pink fluffy scarves to go with my pink coat. The new one is made from two balls of Sirdar Fizz in shade 0792. I also still have some pink Squiggle that wendy gave me as a Secret Pal gift , some pinky and white varigated eyelash by Online and some Colinette SilkyChic in a pink shade.

Next Cardiff S&B should be this Thursday, 7.30pm at a Shot in the Dark! I just have to check that the cafe is still open this week. They’re being refurbished sometime.

I hope you all had a great Valentines Day. Andy gave me a new addition to my Jellicat collection – they’re a range of very cool soft toys. The new one is a grey and white Pickles the Cat. I’m making him a new bag to replace his favourite one which is now pretty decrepid! It’s going to be ready for him to use in Madrid. I bought some black 100% cotton dobby cloth from John Lewis in Cribbs Causeway yesterday.

I also bought some gifts for my Secret Pal 4! That reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted the answers to the SP4 questionnaire. Sorry Secret  Pal!

Here are my answers

1 – Are you a yarn snob?
Yes, I am. Although I love novelty yarns  for scarves I prefer natural fibres for everything else.

2 – Do you spin? Crochet?

3 – Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibres, perfume, etc.)
I do have allegies but I take antihistamines. I have four cats so go figure!  I don’t like smoke.

4 – How long have you been knitting?
I learn as a child but didn’t enjoy it. I picked it up again in late 2001 and have knitting ever since.

5 – Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No, but I can create one! 🙂

6 – What’s your favourite sent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I love vanilla and rose. I prefer a Moroccan style rose really. Coconut is nice too and jasmine. My favourite candle at the moment is a carrot cake scented one!

7 – Do you have a sweet tooth?
Oh yes! 🙂 I love milk chocolate. Especially love Mexican hot chocolate. I also like caramel, mint, coconut. I’m not a fan of boiled sweets or fruity flavours. I don’t like peanut butter.

8 – What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I sew clothes and accessories. I also bead and make jewellery. What else? I’ve recently been having a go at card making. Fairly simple stuff involving pre-made cards and envelopes and card stick ons/stickers. I love dragonflies and butterflies for these.

I have to go to bed now so will finish off this tomorrow!