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October, 2012:

New Blog – Nanowrimo, procrastination and James Bond.

It sounds like a strange 1960s team-up show, I know. But the madness of National Novel Writing Month is almost upon me. I have only two days of sanity and freedom left before November first.

Back in February I pledged to blog every Monday for a year. Some of my entries have been a bit scrappy and brief but they’ve still been there. So that won’t change but they may still be short. The word count gadget will be on the blog too. I honesty have no idea how it’s going to go this year. I have less of a plot idea than last year so I’m going to be doing even more creating on the fly than usual. My craft output may suffer I’m not really sure.


Speaking of which, here’s a quick shot (ie blurry pic) of my latest wip



Ok, so it’s red and there are cables. Oh and it’s for me 🙂 No idea when I’ll finish it of course…:)

I love my job, I get to speak to the most fascinating people. Today I got to chat to a security expert about James Bond. He recommended that I read some of the Fleming novels so I’m going to add Casino Royale to the ever increasing pile of books by the side of my bed.

I’m only a recent convert to Bond. Casino Royale was the first Bond film I’d ever seen at the cinema. It was a breath of fresh air. Prior to that Bond films were a sort of boring, sexist kind of stain on Bank Holiday tv schedules. Although, even that said I’ve always had a fondness for the original 1960s Bond. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is still one of my favourite films. Perhaps it’s just the Roger Moore films that I have an aversion towards?

Seeing Skyfall – and if you haven’t already, run don’t walk to see it – made me want to revisit the 60s Bond films and watch CR again. I’ve got a subscription to Sky’s NOW TV film streaming service and they have all the Bond films ready to stream so since I couldn’t find my dvd copy I tried streaming it. Awful. It was like the worst You Tube-esque copy ever. So I had to quickly give up on it and find another copy. I did stream OHMSS and that was a lot better. Watched half of Dr No and then fell asleep. I did rewatch CR – it’s still brilliant – and the quite appalling Quantum of Solace over the rest of the weekend. When Bond’s best chat up line is “do you want to help me find the stationary?”, you know that it’s not really going very well…

Another issue with Quantum is that I forever associate it with these alternate theme songs by the legendary Adam & Joe.

New blog – Slowly but Surely

So I’m still plugging away at She’s Electric. I spent a lot of time working on it over the weekend but there’s still a way to go on the colourwork


Apologies for the badly lit pix, the nights are drawing in and the light had almost gone when I snapped these


I’m just over the half way mark, I can’t seem to zoom through this but I’ll keep going 🙂

New Blog – In progress

Not a great amount to blog this week. The Lucky Cat earrings aren’t yet finished.



That’s them residing inside one of my jewellery finding drawers. I’ve capped them with little silver beads and am considering adding a clear crystal on top before I attach them to the ear hooks.

Knittingwise I’ve got a few more rows on She’s Electric done this week. I still want to finish it before the end of the month so that I can brace myself for when the madness that is Nanowrimo begins.

To make up for the lack of crafty pix here’s a cute picture of Emma. I don’t get to take many photos of her since she’s usually so busy but here she is paused on the bed after a tummy tickle. 🙂



New Blog – Lucky Cats

I went to a craft supplies fair on Saturday with my friends Karen and Hannah. Sadly there were no stalls selling yarn but plenty were selling beads and I found a couple with fabric.


The red is what feels like a poly cotton mix. It was £3 a meter and I picked up 3m for a dress.

You can also see in this photo that I got a concealed zip for 50p, 3 meters of polka dot ribbon for £1, some green glass crystals for £2.50 which will make a bracelet and possibly some earrings, ballerina charms to make into stitch markers, some little “hand made” charms to add to things that I make and two little lucky cat beads.


A close up of the ribbon and ballerina. I don’t tend to be attracted to ballerina things really but they were quite big charms and looked like they’d make some sturdy stitch markers.


Bit of a blurred close-up of the maneki neko, lucky cat, beads. They’re going to became a very happy pair of earrings. I just adore maneki neko and have a small collection of them in my house.


And this is rather over exposed close up of the colour work in She’s Electric. It’s going rather slowly but steadily as I only ever seem to knit one or two rows an evening. I’d like to finish it this month but although I love the colour it doesn’t seem to inspire me. Too much startitus I think!

New Blog – Secret Hat and Sad Goodbyes

Remember my secret knitting? Well, it has transformed into this


It’s the cat version of the Unbelievably Simple Baby Hat pattern by Laurene Hildebrandt

Here’s a better photo of it.


I showed it to colleagues at work who thought it looked like Hello Kitty 🙂 This was a present for my friend Amy. Although it’s obviously not directly for Amy herself, I made Meret for Amy and she’s very pleased with it. It looks perfect on her  🙂

I’ve still not cast on for the Camden Cap but I am finishing off She’s Electric which has been percolating for a while 🙂

Andy rang me me in the week with some sad news. Our old black cat Sabre, who still lived with Andy, had had to be put down. Sabey was very old and hadn’t been well for a while.

Sabey, you’ll be much missed.