Monthly Archives: October 2014

updates

The thing I was being mildly coy about in the last post was/is A NEW JOB!!!!! A real one with a salary and stuff, I’m so happy :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

It starts on Monday 27th October – eek! So I have commenced the soul-destroying task of trawling through adverts & trying to make people like me trying to find a room on spareroom.co.uk. Fingers crossed …

Meanwhile,

On my hook/needles: the Rainbow Granny Blanket is done, although it needs an ickle bath before I send it to the baby who was born – congratulations to the Delaneys on the arrival of James Eric!!!! So awesome I’ve got goosebumps! In other yarns, I’ve started a CAL which is in week 3 but I’m only halfway through week 2 so everything else is hibernating while I try to catch up.

On that note, there’s a Facebook page or group or something for the CAL – I’m afraid I have the Facebook blindness that strikes some over-30’s, I just cannot get it no matter how hard I try & it’s not technophobia or ludditery because I’m absolutely fine with pinterest, twitter, bloglovin, wordpress, etc. But Facebook just confuses me, WTF is a wall? is it the same as a timeline? a group?!?
So maybe I shouldn’t’ve joined a group when i don’t even know what that is but this whole CAL is a voyage of discovery for me so I thought what the heck? Then the other day I was scrolling through Facebook, something I nearly always regret, and I saw this post from the group/CAL organiser saying that she’s leaving the group because of the hate mail she’s been receiving! I was so shocked. I cannot even remotely understand why someone would join a CAL group on Facebook and then send messages of hate to the organiser. How foul.

Reading: The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth & it’s as interesting as I’d hoped + more amusing than I expected. Just read a chapter about how much wool has influenced the English language! There’s a whole post about that coming …

Listening: because I need some fiction in my life, and because I need to crack on with that CAL, I’m listening to My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Lousia Young. Wow. Tough stuff but fascinating (in a rather gory way – I now know more about facial reconstruction than I would really like to). It’s a very moving love story, with a few other characters who get focused on during the novel, set before and during WW1. I thought the story/plot was getting a bit obvious a few times, and it does seem to skip over the real horrors of the trenches, for example. But then, the love story and the way it deals with people’s reactions to the horror without really talking about the horror itself  + the way some characters get a lot of attention for a while, then none for ages, so you’re thinking, “when am I going to hear about her again?” is fascinating. The audio is also really well-read, imho, by Dan Stevens, yes, him off of Strictly Come Downton or whatever, and he’s great! I’ve been wanting to read more about WW1 with all the commemoration and so on that’s been going on here, I’m shamefully poor at history and really didn’t know anything about it except the dates, how it started and that it was awful. So, this is a fictional account but I hope I’m getting some sense of what it was like to live through, although of course a vast number of young men didn’t live through it.

Mood: not enjoying the ‘waiting for strangers to like me’ feeling of trying to find a room. But needs must. Very excited about the actual job I’m going to do. And, if I’m honest, about not living with the Parentals for much longer, I’ve been StepParental-sitting this weekend & I’m kinda over spending my time with over-70’s men!

Weather: s’getting blowy out there, apparently we’re due for Heap Big Winds on Tuesday.

Music: Spotify all the way!

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well, this isn’t going well, is it?

I am failing miserably to keep up with my post a day for 3o days challenge – fact.

This is partly because I’ve been busy the last few days with a little something that might still come to nothing so I don’t want to mention it yet just in case.

I hope to be back in a couple of days with news, or a massive Poor Me Rant!

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Days 11 & 12

Job interview tomorrow – eek & gulp!

Mood: dead worried about tomorrow & therefore can’t settle on anything.

Music: this playlist on Spotify

Watched: not much , GBBO final last night – GUTTED that Richard didn’t win, so not fair! 1 NCIS this afternoon while my nails dried & right now, episode 2 of Our Girl

Weather: all stormy & Autumnal – I’m enjoying the drama!

On my hook/needles: not much, see above re. mood & not being able to settle, bit more on the Long Sock, ooh & I finally finally fastened off the toe of the Second Long Sock (DK) – get me with the finishing stuff, eh?

Listened: Guardian Politics Weekly podcast & loads of BBC Radio 4!

Reading: still devouring Shadow Unit – onto 8 now. Think I might be slowing down though, time to move on to one of the intellectually stimulating books sitting in my ‘to read’ collection on my Kindle.

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Days 7, 8, 9 & 10

There was a weekend & my routine went oops. Hence no posts.

Weather: has Turned. Ladies & Gentlemen, allow me to present Autumn.

Mood: surprisingly upbeat for someone who’s got no work.

On my hook/needles: finished Rainbow Granny Blanket yesterday – yay! There will be a post …

Watched: Our Girl, episode 1. Formula 1 on Sunday – very sad, best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jules Bianchi, and Grantchester which was a bit pedestrian but very easy on the eye.

Music: lots of terrible earworms over the last few days. Right now listening to Zane Low’s Hottest Records & BBC 6 Music recommends on Spotify.

Reading: gorging on Shadow Units 5, 6, and 7!

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Climbing, with knives

Prologue: this morning I looked up out of my window at the tree that takes up most of the view & wondered “when will those leaves turn for Autumn & what colour(s) will they be?” Given that the tree in question went from Winter to Summer overnight I bet it does the same & holds on to Summer until everything else has admitted defeat in a graceful, golden, Autumnal way and then drops every single one of its leaves overnight.

Then.

The Tree Surgeons arrived.

I’ve been watching them for a while now. I started out thinking “it’s just tree-climbing with knives isn’t it?!?” But.

1) They’ve been up there A While now. Balancing in the forks of branches. I mean, OK, they’ve got ropes but still it’s windy as hell today & it must be cold up there & they haven’t wavered or wobbled at all. Skills.
2) There is now a mini chainsaw involved.
3) At least one of them does this cute thing where he follows the branches with his knifey-saw thing before making a cut. He’s either playing “Ipp Dip” or using his extensive knowledge of tree anatomy to make informed decisions about where to cut.

And.

By now, and I don’t think they’re done yet, the tree has lost about 45%* of its body weight. So I don’t think I’m going to get to watch it do Autumn after all!

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*I am an English teacher. This is not an accurate percentage.

Day 6

Weather: lovely, again!

Mood: good

On my hook/needles: more work on the Rainbow Granny Square Blanket. I’ve finished the 6 rounds each of 6 colours, now doing 1 round of each colour, at least once, possibly twice. Pictures here. Think I’m going to run out of green about 3 clusters from the end of the round …

Music: Jamie T, who I’ve finally figured out may not be a teen pop heart throb.

Watched: 1st half of 16 Blocks, then stopped cos Parentals came home. Would like to see the end, Mos Def is pretty good in it.

Listened: In Our Time podcast about Julius Ceasar.

Read: finished Empire State – YAY! Actually, the last couple of chapters were quite interesting, which doesn’t really justify the rest of the book. Think I’m going to read Home by Toni Morrison next but haven’t finalised that decision yet!

Day 5

Yellow.

Today I started going through my Heap o’ Stash, which has been forming a sort of drift of yarn & UFOs in the corner of my room. I decided a few weeks ago to get in there & give away all the acrylic yarn I’ve accumulated as freebies with magazines & stuff. This is a major undertaking and I know there’ll come a point when there’s yarny cr*p everywhere, I call this the critical mass point, because after that it should be plain sailing all the way to a tastefully and usefully arranged stash of lovely yarn that I’m actually going to use.  All that acrylic stuff was starting to really weigh on my soul, I’m never going to use it cos I don’t want to work with acrylic yarn. Yes, I am a Yarn Snob. In my very feeble defence; I try very hard not to wear synthetic fabrics because I’m prone to hot flushes &, well, I get a bit sweaty betty. And yes, I know there are a gazillion useful things I could do with that acrylic yarn that I wouldn’t have to even think about wearing, like making blankets for charity & stuff. But, and this was The Moment of Clarity I had a couple of weeks ago, I don’t wanna work with it, I wanna get on with the projects I’ve bought lovely, woolly wool for. Fact.
Also, it’s a random selection of colours &, more significantly, weights, and I can’t face the mental gymnastics required to figure out how to use it. Fact #2

Having and accepting this Moment of Clarity was very refreshing I can tell you!

I set about finding out what one can do with unwanted random yarn. The internet’s a wonderful thing & gave me some good ideas, then I asked the ladies at knitting club & they gave me some more specific ideas. Basically I’m either going to take it to a charity shop or to a nursing home up the road which I’m reliably informed uses scrap yarn for collage-making & stuff. I might do both. There’s so much it could be a bit overwhelming for the nursing home but on the other hand some of the yarn is very strokeable and might be enjoyable to work with.

Today I started. I started with the easy stuff.

Thoughts so far:

– is it normal to have one’s stash next to one’s bed?

– wow, it is HARD to say goodbye to yarn, even free, nasty acrylic yarn in weird colourways. And to sampler squares that are neither use nor bleeding ornament.

– what about the free plastic straight knitting needles I’ve hoarded accumulated and am almost definitely never going to use? They have to go too I guess. Turns out it’s hard to say goodbye to them as well.

In the interests of total disclosure I should now confess that none of the yarn has actually left my room, let alone the building. It is simply in a box which I know in my head is destined for disposal.

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Mood: busy, chirpy

Weather: lovely! What is going on with October?

Music: Wretch32 & Ghostpoet, both of whom I remembered I liked & went looking for on Spotify

Reading: My Kindle tells me I’ve only got 1hr + some minutes left in Empire State, which is the only reason I haven’t admitted defeat & started something else. Haven’t done many of those minutes today though. Sigh.

Watched: the last episode of Jane Eyre

On my hook/needles: a bit of the long sock & a bit of the Rainbow Granny Blanket.