Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Lurgy and chocolate skulls....

Woke up today feeling less than perky...sniffly, fluey and with a facial carbunkle that would frighten cats.....large sharp-fanged cats. My body is a temple.....have you seen pics of the Parthenon recently????

So, a day at home with my laptop, cold remedies and a chance to mess around with my blog settings. Hence the new background to the blog header.

Now one of the rather eagle-eyed amongst you has already sussed out that this header is a close-up photo of some rather delicious skull candies. They taste like strawberry and milk chocolate but I don't think that there is much cow-juice in them...more hydrogenated fat and sugar...you know the type of thing. Hydrogonated fat, as in the culinary version of artery-blocking-quick-dry-cement, with an oom-pah addition of teeth dissolving sugar. Ah bliss!!

Well the "observant one" suggested I must have bought a small bag of these candies specifically for this photo opportunity. Of course I may have had the artistic foresight to do such a thing..but that would be a....NO.

I am ashamed to admit that Sinbad had bought a WHOLE TUB of these for the Piratepurls and myself.......maybe he thinks sugar rush will distract me from yarn enhancement?


This is the same Sinbad-the-parent who confirmed with our dentist-with-flashing-white -teeth-and -figure-to-die-for ( a female dentist, just in case you were wondering) that he agreed with allowing children to have a once a week sugary treat. Hmmmmmm...........

In her eyes, he can do no wrong. After my last dental exam she said "Your husband has LOVELY teeth. A quick flash of the Plant from The Little Shop of Horrors passed through my brain.

So I have now a justification for the confectionary skulls...they are blog-art. I can smile demurely at said dentist on my next visit.

I found an anonymous chocolate quote on the web.....
'This guy found a bottle on the ocean, and he opened it and out popped a genie, and he gave him three wishes. The guy wished for a million dollars, and poof! There was a million dollars. Then he wished for a convertible, and poof! There was a convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women... poof! He turned into a box of chocolates.
'Anonymous'


Not much knitting today....until the cold remedy kicked in to stop me sniffing like a tap, I was going for the stuff-tissue paper up nostrils approach. This is surprisingly effective but bending over a sock in progress gives enough gravity to reduce the tissues "cling" factor. By the way, if you are thinking of trying this at home I do not recommend you answering door to postman with tissue "in situ". I don't know if it was the "psuedo-Walrus" appearance of my face with two coils of white tissue emanating from my nostrils OR the Walrus look in conjunction with the not-insignificant carbunkle...but said postman was less than chatty when I opened door to receive a do-not-bend envelope. Maybe he was just having a bad day.

Anyway...the envelope contained a Rebecca 27 magazine bought from the lovely Queen of The Froggers....
http://queenofthefroggers.blogspot.com/

QOTF has been especially helpful in writing me some guide-notes for this pattern, The Apricot Jacket , which I specifically bought the book for.





I think it's fair to say that several knitters have referred to the instructions of this gorgeous cardigan in less than glowing terms...so all help gratefully received. This is a future knit as I must finish my WIPs. It is a gorgeous cardi though.......

Speaking of WIPs...The Piratepurls are very keen on Dr Who. This led me to, in a rash moment, offer to knit them a silver and black Dalek. On the surface this did not seem to be a particularly onerous task, as the finished article would be about 8 inches high.Unfortunately Pirate Murdo had obviously suffered oxygen-deprivation in a previous keel-hauling and had omitted to read the pattern before making this generous offer...there are 24 plus bobbles on the darn thing.....and (again in a moment of madness) I chose to knit it on 2.5mm needles with a multiplied yarn. As if this insanity was not enough I embroiled others in the madness and suggested a Dalek-along...so I feel I must finish my silver friend. I intend to make him into a 2-rolls-high toilet-roll-holder. House Doctor eat your heart out. PS...I have since found out that my delightful offspring have offerred my services to one of their friends who also wants a Dalek................

Here are a knitting and a crochet Dalek pattern if you want to join in!

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/who/extermaknit.html

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5927584

Right...off to knit!!!!!!!!

12 comments:

Christina said...

Today must be the day for scaring postmen, cos mine came early, so I had to drag myself out of bed with sticky up hair to answer the door in a nightie and a pair of jeans. ;)

I never did start my dalek - not the right yarn see!!!

Am liking that cardigan pattern, so I hope you work out how to knit it ok.

Fegrig said...

I wonder if your dentist is a
blogger? Sinbad's secret cash and carry sweetie stash is a secret no more.

Auntie Noo said...

Love the fact that the pirates have voluteered your services for a second dalek - too funny! Hope you feel better soon. (Nice header by the way ;) )

Queen of the froggers said...

Like the blog! Especially those candies at the top! I get my son to answer the door if postie is too early as I am particulary scary in the morning, although the postman tries his hardest not to have to face us by cramming parcels though the letter box :0

Spinayarn said...

24 bobbles?? Mine had 54 each!!! I still have the yarn for 1 complete Dalek if you are interested : )

LadybirdLinz (:i:) said...

Loving the 'candy pink skulls' header....how fab is that?

Fancy your little pairates offering your services for yet another dalek lol, I DO have the yarn for this but as of yet I haven't made one (sorry)....Godammit I even made the button *wink*

I'm so enjoying reading this blog...wish I was more interesting...

Skein Queen said...

Got as far as printing out the pattern for the dalek after Skein King kindly showed it to our boy who is Dr Who mad. He's kind of forgotten about it....so fingers crossed...the thought of all those bobbles make me shudder! Great blog

blog-blethers said...

Welcome to blogland, Murdo and Pirate Purls!! Thanks for the patterns for the daleks - am hiding them from OH and SS2 (have MORE than enough on the to-do list as it is!). Can't wait to hear about your progress with Apricot ... its a stunning looking pattern! Am glad it's not just us who manage to sneak some tooth-rot into the cash and carry trolley;)Don't we scots have a balanced diet - porrige, fish suppers, skull sweeties and irn' bru;)

Piglottie said...

I think there is a lot of lurgy going around atm. Hope you are feeling better soon. The blog is looking cool, and I love the header. I always find little penny sweets, whether in tubs or small paper bags, are far too easy to eat :)

Melody said...

Thank you so much for my wonderful pressie Pirates Murdo, Sinbad and the Pirate Purls! You are the bestest!!

Love Debs xx

Melody said...

I just nominated you all for another Rockin' Girl Blogger award dear Murdo and the Pirates - only because I love you all dearly.

love debs xx
*off to walk the plank now*

jekni said...

Just stumbled across your post while looking for a Dalek toilet roll holder pattern. I made the crochet Dalek from the pattern you quoted (after translating the directions into Australian) and gave it to my sister for xmas - she was delighted - so now I want to make the toilet roll holder version for my brother. Do you have amended instructions for the larger size or is that something I need to work out for myself? All help appreciated. (The knitted ones look cute too).