Thursday, 21 June 2007

Midsummers Day!!!

Its hard to believe that its Midsummer's Day 2007, and where I am its been mostly raining all day. No barbecuing, or sitting in the sunshine. Things can only get better.



Books



For June the book title for Book Club was Catch 22, by James Heller. I'm sure everyone has heard of and used the phrase taken from the title of this book. It was written in the 60's and based on the 2nd World War, and the madness that comes with being at war. I really did not like this book. There were too many different characters to keep track of and too much going on. I likened it to reading scripts of M A S H one after another. What a chore!



Since then I've read a 2nd book in the series of the No1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith called 'The Tears of the Giraffe'. This once again, like the first one, was really wonderful. It really captures life in Botswana and you really feel like you are there. Mme Ramotswe is again truly likeable and believable in solving her mysteries and 'crimes'. This book is beautifully written, and is relaxing and easy to read. I would strongly recommend this series.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

WWKIPD and Rainbow socks











Last Saturday was WWKIPD and a group of knitters met in St Stephen's Green in Dubin.The knitters were from Ireland and many other parts of the world. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and we gathered in the Summer House which was shaded and cool and perfect for knitting and chatting to everyone. A really enjoyable day. Thanks to all who organised it.






Twas my sister M's http://www.craftydogs.blogspot.com/ birthday yesterday and I knit these socks and a little bag as part of her present. I think she liked them and I was pleased with the result. I used yarn from http://www.scandinavianknittingdesign.com/ called 'Fabel' superwash. I have not used it before so don't know how it will wear. The colours are really nice

Currently I am deciding what project to start next. I have also knit a couple of washcloths recently but completely forgot to take photos. I think next will be a sweater for myself in a lovley lime green/white soft cotton which I purchased earlier this year at Avoca's yarn sale. But I need to cast on for a smaller project also as I think I will get bored with this stocking stitch.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

My Treats

This is my treat box. Firstly a really gorgeous 'coffee' illustrated box to store keepsakes in filled with great goodies and a lovely card for me. My Treater was Cheryl of addictedtotheneedles. She spoiled me with really gorgeous things.


A fabulous needle case made of 'doggie' bone and hearts fabric. I don't have one so this will be really useful. Can you see that great box? Some delicious chocolates by Lindt. My favourite sort - truffles. They did not last long. I had them with two cups of coffee. (all by myself)



Two magazines that I certainly don't have and they are really welcome. Vogue Knitting and Interweave. Two skeins of lovely yarn. Lily n Cream cotton in a lovely buttery yellow complete with pattern on the skein band for a great lacy bag and a skein of really gorgeous 'Nashua' worsted wool/alpaca yarn in a sage green in a lovely little gift box.





Some lovely novelty stationery - tiny photo album, journal, post-its and notelets. Some lovely green and silver beads





Then a really great ' Yankee Candle' white ceramic oil burner, a candle and lovely scented orange oil to burn in it. And lots of lovely handmade soaps made by Cheryl herself.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, CHERYL for spoiling me with a terrific package. I'm sorry that it came too late to nominate you for 'Best Treater'. I really appreciate your time and efforts in putting together a truly great package.







Knitters Treat

Oh wow, my treat package arrived today and I am so excited. Thank you so much Treater. Will post more pictures later as I am in a hurry out unfortunately.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Sandy

My sister, fellow knitter and absolute dog and animal lover lost her poor dog Sandy to illness on Friday last. If you have the time perhaps you could go on over to her blog www.craftydogs.blogspot.com and leave a word of comfort.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Birthday Girl

Yesterday, my daughter and youngest child G was 18 years old. No longer a child but now an adult, sitting her Leaving Cert next week. Not a great time for birthday celebrations and party is postponed until July. Her friends also have 18th birthdays around this time so July I think will be party busy for her and them. This is a happy and a sad time. Happy to be finishing her years at school and moving on to other things, but sad to be missing friends who have been together for the last 6 years at this school. While there are plenty of friends, the core group are about 8.

The morning started out quietly. Brother was expected over mid morning and her sister is away on holiday. We were just relaxing, having coffee etc, as you do on a Sat morning. G got a phone call about 10.15, early for a teen. She was told to go outside, but there was no one around. We live in a cul de sac with a bend at top of the road. Suddenly around the bend came 7 friends, hands linked across the road, birthday hats on, balloon swinging in the wind, birthday cake in hands, on parade, and singing 'Happy Birthday', for all to hear. What a joyous and wonderful idea for friends to do, in this materialistic world. They had taken the time to gather on this Saturday morning to surprise my daughter.The joy and happiness on my daughter's face was a sight to behold. Each of the friend's birthdays are celebrated in a different and surprising way. May they be forever friends.