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