So long, and thanks for all the fish

October 31, 2008 at 8:38 pm (Life, Travelling)

I’ve been a little quiet (aka stressed about things outside the realm of this blog) – but as most of you will know I am leaving this cold and pleasant land behind for a while . . . Central America, baby!

There is a new blog to mark the occasion, and it’s here:

Check it out, spread the word . . . and if you know where in Guatemala the really good weaving classes are at, let me know.

I’ll get back to posting here when I come back, which is currently supposed to be the end of March, but who knows . . .


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Knitter’s Geek Code

October 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm (Knitting, Life) (, )

Someone mentioned this in the GeekCraft forum recently, so I re-did mine – and here it is:


Version: 1.1

KCR++ Exp+ SPM++ Steel ++@ Opt++@ Wood(+) Lux++ Wool++ Cot+ !Nov Stash++ Scale+ Fin-@ Ent FI+>++ Int- Tex+ Lace++ Felt+ Circ++ DPN++ ML– Swatch@ KIP+++ Blog SNB+ EZ+ FO++ WIP++ GaugeF+ AltCr-QXEmSw-Sp


Obligatory linkies for people who don’t know what I’m talking about: Knitter’s Geek Code and the Original Geek Code (mine would be boring . . . and full of >s).

In other exciting news, I am now in my new house . . . for the next three and a bit weeks, anyway. I really have to stop moving all my worldly possessions by public transport though. The Central Line at rush hour? Not such a good location for the giant monster suitcase.

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I am moving again . . .

October 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm (Knitting, Life) (, , )

. . . in about three hours, to be precise.

So, how did this happen?

Pretty, though, isn’t it? It’s the Hanami Stole in Yarn Addict Merino Lace. Mmmh!

Err, back to packing now!

I’m moving to Shepherd’s Bush / Acton, by the way – having done east (Forest Gate), south (Lewisham) and north (Finsbury Park) London, it’s time to go west!

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I’ve been spreading the wool . . . erm, word

October 2, 2008 at 12:45 am (Knitting, Life) (, , , , )

I went to Cambridge at the weekend to see some friends of mine, including a baby! yay! – The socks weren’t finished in time so I put an unfinished one on her with the pretext that I wanted to check it for size. Yeah.

None of us was feeling particularly energetic on Friday night, so I got the yarn out again:

I originally taught my alpaca friend (who requested to remain anonymous) a few months ago; he’s really got the hang of it, although he does have a tendency to apparently abandon his knitting motion halfway through and somehow simply transfer the stitch from the left needle to the right, which then confuses him no end. Ali (the human) is a knitter-in-waiting – a perfectionist with a great taste in yarn. Irritatingly, English came much more naturally to him than Continental. And then there’s me in the middle with my second Bay sock (still undecided which bay to name them after).

Please excuse the greasy hair and the nasty acrylic. The sort of photos I would really like to shoot are more like Franklin’s . . . 😉

Ali is also a talented bass player:

I would post about my WIPs, but there are so so many of them at the moment that I think I’ll wait until some of them are actually finished, or at least photographed. You can look forward to something like three pairs of socks, two hats, two pairs of gloves (one with fingers, one without), some baby items, a jumper and as many hats for Innocent smoothies as I can get done before the deadline.

I also have the longest To Do List ever – all the stuff that needs to be done before I go away. Sometimes being an obsessive compulsive perfectionist über-organizer really really sucks. I wish I could just casually stuff random things in my backpack the day before I go and not worry about anything . . . but no. I have a spreadsheet with multiple columns, and different versions of my To Do list organised by different criteria. I’m not joking. When I’m all done I’ll post my Ultimate Pack List (TM).

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I Aten’t Dead

September 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm (Life)

Just busy. Lots of stuff has happened . . .

  • I moved back to the proper side of the river, with a proper local football team 🙂
  • I started the world’s most boring temp job (I don’t have access to a computer! suggestions for alternative entertainment are welcome; so far I’ve managed to read newspapers and I’m busy teaching myself Spanish again).
  • I had a birthday! No yarn was purchased, but patterns for Hanami and Millicent (both of which I already have yarn for).
  • Much knitting, mostly of socks and gloves (photos to follow).
  • I was on the radio! I very briefly got to tell Richard Bacon that I was knitting mittens (actually they are fingerless gloves) at 1 a.m. on Five Live. I’m becoming quite a media slut 😉
  • I waited at a traffic light on Knightsbridge next to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame. (I am way too British to ask for an autograph though!)
  • and most importantly . . . I have flight tickets! Woooo! Off to San Francisco on 3rd November, back from New York on 26th March, with plenty of “wintering in the Caribbean” (as I like to call it) in between.

I will try to be better at blogging . . .

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September 8, 2008 at 9:32 pm (Life) ()

Got up at 9, went to bed at 2.
Inbetween, turned this:

into this:

Phew. I would like to announce publicly that Ed is awesome.

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Oh my.

September 6, 2008 at 1:52 am (Life, Travelling) ()

So, in the last few hours I’ve found out that

1) I didn’t get the job at Amnesty International, which means that I’ll be off travelling again at the beginning of November. I’m a little bitter that they didn’t want me, obviously, especially since the interview went really well, but I’m also very much looking forward to a winter in a more tropical climate! I’m currently aiming to be at Paul’s in California by Election Day – which should be interesting . . .

2) Ed is bringing the van round to pick up all/most of my stuff (depending on how much packing I get done . . .) this Sunday evening rather than next Saturday morning. There are good reasons for this, but it gives me slightly over 36 hours to pack up all my possessions, minus time to sleep, go to iKnit Day and write blog entries about how much I dislike packing when it’s done under pressure. At other times I like it 😉 It feels very odd to be packing my trusty backpack again . . .

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Eating, not knitting ;)

August 31, 2008 at 9:07 pm (Food, Life) ()

There have been complaints about a lack of posts already, and I know I still haven’t put up photos of the last (sadly unfinished) pair of socks. I’m too spaced to write anything, but I did come across an interesting meme on pocketsize’s blogThe Omnivore’s Hundred.

Here it is – bold is what I’ve eaten, crossed out is what I wouldn’t touch (mostly for religious reasons):

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (sorry about that)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (actually, I might have eaten that as a child)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (apparently, huamei is close enough)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (not more than a sip, certainly)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (never again!)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (it was red caviar)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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