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April, 2010:

I Really am Still Knitting…

No, really I am. Look here…

This is a Purl SoHo beret in progress

I haven’t touched my Snapdragon Tam in a while because I’ve had problems reading the pattern. I don’t think it’s Ysolda’s fault, just my inability to concentrate on anything at the moment. I will return to it soon. It’s my first attempt at cables and it’s just gorgeous. I really want to finish it and knit the matching fingerless mitts ๐Ÿ™‚

I even have some new knitting bags from Ravelry

I loved the Sheep to Sock design so got it in the blue as well.

I have stopped myself from ordering more knitting bags. I don’t really need them plus since I’m still on operation declutter and destash I’ve been putting things up for sale on eBay. Mostly Doctor Who Audio Play cds but I’m putting up yarn soon too. Including sock yarn. This has been quite difficult but it has to happen. There’s just not enough space in the house for all of my stuff. If you’re interested in the auctions they’re here. Think I’ll start putting the yarn up for auction from tomorrow.

I’m still gardening too but progress has been super slow. I’ve now got a raised bed in the veg area but I’ve not filled it with soil. I also have a mini greenhouse but I’ve not put the cover on it yet. I’ve taken four days off work to work on the garden but I was hit by bad weather on three of them and had a raging stomach bug on another. But I am determined to press on with it. My garlic, growing in pots, is still very happy and one of my sweet potatoes has sprouted some shoots.

This also means that I really do have to fill that raised bed soon, so that I can plant the sweet potato and its shoots.

In other news my aunt Wendy is currently stuck in China due to the ash cloud. She was interviewed on Radio Wales today – around 14 minutes in here. Hilariously they’ve been able to speak to her before I have! I’ve not been able to get through to her hotel. It’s good to know though that she’s in safe hands.

(I really wish my photos would centre properly)

Blog connections

I met up with my friend Heather a couple of weeks ago. We met via this blog nearly seven years ago. She was learning to knit and was having trouble. She was also in the process of moving to the UK from the US. While doing a search on the Internet she found my blog and wrote to me to ask for help. I can’t remember what the exact problem was but I do remember that it was something that I needed to see in person so I wasn’t able to help her. We ended up meeting up a couple of months later I think when she was in the UK and we’ve kept in touch ever since. She was present at the first meeting of Stitch & Bitch Cardiff which I held back in September 2003 I think andย  I think she was the person who first introduced me to Typepad. The world’s a small place sometimes.

When we met up in March it was the first time we’d seen each other in three years! She and her family are moving to Colombia later this year so I’m going to make sure I see them a bit more often before they leave!

I also saw their lovely cat Tenzin while I was there. He’s older now and has that elder statesman quality that older cats have.

As you can see, Tenzin only sleeps on or by Apple products ๐Ÿ˜‰