Monday, 26 February 2007

More books I've read

Read 'For one more day' by Mitch Albom for last month's Book Club.This is a short book and a quick read. It is the story of 'Chick' who almost dies in a suicide attempt, and his near death experience, during which he meets his mother at home, even though she died 8 years earlier. He is torn between the two sides, on the one being called by the policeman at the scene of the accident, andon the other, doing visits with his mother to friends who are dying. It is sort of a ghost story and 'Chick' learns a lot about his love for his mother. While he was growing up his father had made him choose between him and his mother and claimed that you could not love both the same. I was not mad about this book, as I feel the characterisation was cold and not much continuity in the story. Not sure if I'd read more from this author, but one book club member suggested that 'Tuesdays with Morrie' is very different, so I could be persuaded.

I've just finished 'Indulgence' by Paul Richardson. This is a great one about the history of chocolate. While indeed it is a history book, it is so interesting and one can savour all the flavours. From velvety smooth, to dark and bitter and indeed really weird and wacky things done with the chocolate the world over. Paul Richardson really put in lots of reaearch to produce this book and while I wouldn't usually read history, this one is really different. For any lovers of chocolate out there I would recommend this. It even includes web sites and addresses of good chocolatiers around the world.

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Peaks again

Well this is my very last posting on 'newsboy caps'. I started and finished another cap for my daughter. Just put stiffening in to peak this evening and she's gone out wearing it. If she leaves it somewhere tonight........................................................................................
Started another pair of socks also, I found the yarn while looking for something else and its easy to knit while watching tv. (except for cast on and heel turning, but I'm not there yet.)
No photos, sorry. Just a short posting tonight.

Monday, 19 February 2007

'Twin Peaks' minus One

Monday morning blues or should that be pinks? Why you might ask? Well those gorgeous hats whose pictures I posted yesterday, are now only one! Just discovered that daughter G thinks its been left in the local cinema. Well if I was wondering what project to pick up next........................
Will I knit her another,you might well ask, well I probably will, out of love and care etc and fear she might get one of her colds. So will have a look in the stash for some suitable yarn and if I get all of Monday's planned jobs done who knows but I might just start another 'newsboy cap' from the good ole Stitch n Bitch Nation.
That's that off my chest then, and I feel better.

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Avoca





Top image shows my purchases from Avoca Handweavers in Avoca village, Co Wicklow.The others are images from inside their smaller but nonetheless delicious cafe in the shop. Their annual sale of yarn is now on and I've had two lovely visits there. One on Friday when on my way to Wexford with two friends, when we just had to call in for a cup of coffee and a scone. While this is not the direct route to Wexford from Naas, we had heard that there may be a delay on the regular route, and that's how we ended up in Avoca. We had a preliminary look at the bargains and just a small purchase that day!
However we had planned to go on Saturday so we did and met up with my sister www.craftydogs.blogspot.com and had a glorious few hours here again. The sun was shining and the food was lovely and on our drive to and return you could really see why Wicklow is known as the 'garden county'. Just made two more purchases.
On our way home we visited the 'Eco shop' at the Glen o the Downs near Kilmacanogue on the N11 which is a really lovely shop with lots of different goodies. Its well worth a visit if ever you are down that way.
'On with knitting'!


Saturday, 17 February 2007

'Twin Peaks'




Pictures not great for which I apologise. Hats are lovely and really easy to wear. G and I are delighted with them.
Its back to my summer top which has been lying around the bedroom since well before Christmas. I had run out of yarn and then Lidl got some more in a while ago, so no excuse not to finish.
Had lovely two days spent with friends, out and about. More about that maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Coffee, pastry and books

Spent a lovely morning in Dublin today. Beaucoup des hommes Francais pour le 'Match'. Unfortunately we did not win. Had a great cherry and almond pastry with my cappucino in
West Coast coffee on the quays. Its a lovely place for a cuppa and the staff are friendly.
Went to visit the new 'Chapters' bookshop in Parnell Street. While there aren't many knitting books, there are certainly lots and lots of books here and some chairs to relax.
Finished two Newsboy hats (pattern from Stitch n Bitch nation). Had a bit of trouble with the peak, only because I had read the pattern incorrectly. Anyway got 1st hat done for myself and my daughter liked it so much that I just finished another for her last night. Have no batteries in my camera so can't post pictures.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Spring




What a beautiful morning! These pictures of the sun at 8.45 this morning while out walking the dog. 'twould rise the heart.
Mmmm the smell of brown bread in my oven, with apple crumble to follow. Just in baking mood this morning. Lots of other things to do, but we'll see.

Sunday, 4 February 2007












Had a lovely time on Saturday last at our Stitch n Bitch meeting in Barnie's in Dublin. Lots of new faces too. Started a lace scarf from Mag Knits in Kidsilk Haze yarn. Had some fun getting it started with the beads. It took almost an hour to get that part done. However had about 5cms knitted by the time I left. BUT Sat night while knitting some more, made a mistake and there was nothing for it but to rip it all back, beads and all. Not sure if I'll pick it up again soon.
Finished off the 2nd pair of SS for C, as the other pair seemed to work well. These were in navy blue Debbie Bliss Merino wool DK. While they are really great, I think that the Jaegar Merino wool yarn was better, softer and easier to knit with.
Last night took up the lacy scarf once again and this is what I've done of it. I expect it will be slow progress.
This morning had a French conversation class. Have not been for about a year so it was hard going to refresh the language once again. We were just five including our teacher, but it was very enjoyable. We spent 1 and 1/2 hours conversing in French which with my level of language is quite challenging.