Monday, August 28, 2006

Ray of Hope

I've just been completing, and packaging, some little things which have been waiting for a while to be sent off to Chris at Ray of Hope.

Of course, I always have a sock on the needles.............

........this one in Regia stretch.

I've managed to solve a Family History puzzle this week.

This fan was amongst other family memorabilia, but I was unable to determine where it originated.

The box says Upper Georges Street, Kingstown. I've now found out that Dun Laoghaire was called Kingstown until 1920 and the fan is decorated with Shamrocks. An ancestor was born in Ireland in the late 18c. so this fan was probably bought for his wife or daughter.

I think this is why family history is so fascinating, helping to put the human touch on what could be just names and dates.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Guess where......

..... we've been. While everyone else is thinking of holidays and cancelled flights, yes we've been back in hospital. Steven had another attack of gastritis on Tuesday evening, so spent three nights in hospital, but we came home this morning. It's been seven months since his last admission so some improvement on last year.
Not a lot of knitting done, just a little work on a sock which happened to be in my bag. I also had to dash home for the plumber as I've been without hot water since the weekend. Luckily it's now fixed, so I can get the pile of washing done. I'm not even attempting to post any pictures as Blogger has been making it very difficult for me lately.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Just to show that I'm knitting something other than blue squares now that the weather is cooler.

First, Steven's jacket, in Sirdar acrylic, I'm afraid. I'd love to knit for him in 100% hand wash wool, but not very practical for someone who needs clean clothes every day. The pattern is Calum from A Season's Tale, but I'm using double knitting instead of aran, so that it works out smaller.

This is Sandy, from Big Girl Knits, which I'm making for myself. The best thing about this pattern is that the actual sizing and shaping is done last, in the side panels. So that if, I mean when, I lose a large amount of weight before it's finished, I can adjust it to fit. I'm using Colinette Skye, colour Blue Saturn for the front panels.

Sorry I can't show you what I've done so far, but Blogger is playing up and refusing to upload any more pictures.

I've also got the inevitable sock on the go, in Regia stretch, but again I can't show it.