Wednesday, March 21, 2007

still here!

Sorry about silence on the blog front of late... am back on dial-up (so please excuse lack of links and pix) whilst trying to sort out some broadband "issues". Moreover I've been battling killer toothache and neck problems.

But I've been enjoying lots of good things, too: a favourite colour secret pal swap, SkipNorth (the infamous "knitting and shopping" retreat in Yorkshire) and several bottles of Old Rosie Scrumpy (courtesy of WyeSue my scrumpy enabler!)

The favourtie colour swap was huge fun. I was being spoiled by Holly in Auburn, who sent me the most gorgeous blue heron "railtrack" yarn in dark reds with highlights of grey/blue/purple plus patterns and --best of all-- a brooch knitted in mohair with tiny miniature knitting needles. But I was spoling someone far closer to home: Marianne lives in Cambridgeshire and I had a wonderful time finding treats for her. Better still, as well as a beautiful thank you card, she dropped in to see me on Saturday. What a fabulous surprise.

And as for SkipNorth...Woohoo. It was wonderful.. I set off with a very strict yarn budget and came home with 57p change fro, it. But most esciting of all, I now have a wonderful array of colourful crochet hooks which I discovered at Lee MIll (near Holmfirth) HQ of the Knitting & Crochet guild. Am itching to use these (and my lovely new yarns) but have realised that I need to knit up some sample garments for the patchwork knitting course I'm teaching for Crafty Events (in marlow, second w/end of May). So glad that I've only promised baby/child size ones.

Ouch! This is clearly enough typing for tonight. Hope to have Broadband re-established soon and will then be able to show pix of colourswap goodies, SkipNorth haul etc.


Francesca said...

It's good to see you back. Good luck with the tooth and neck pain. I hope it all goes away quickly.

picperfic said...

hello Rosie, sad to hear about the tootheache and neck problems. It was lovely getting to see you on saturday and hopefully I'll be able to join in with your Ktogs and stuff soon... I am knitting a shawl from the ' Wrap Style' book from Interweave, it's so delicious to knit with, like nothing I've ever felt before, thank you for finding me my treasures. I've got three different pots of tea now too!

picperfic said...

I meant to say, I'm using the cashmere yarn you chose for me! Doh! Must be bedtime!

E-J said...

Yay, who makes the crochet hooks you found? Is it Prym?

I met someone on my SketchCrawl last Saturday who knows you. :-)

Daisy said...

Wow, that was close with the yarn budget!! Hope you're feeling better now.

Mary deB said...

Nice to see you back. Sorry to hear about the aches and pains, though.

picperfic said...

hope you have a really good time in SA exciting is that??!!!

We'll have to get together when you get back


Lyndsey-Jane said...

In reply to your comment we are in The Spinney - which isn't too far from Hillcrest esp considering how far cats will travel. Prob the same one!