Friday, August 31, 2007

Quick update...

I am spending far too much time on Ravelry. It's bad, very bad. I've spent hours today, uploading projects, and I'm not nearly done - and I haven't even really started on recording all my stash, and the needles, and whatnot... Oh dear.

I've been working rather hard recently, or rather, I've tried to. Other than academic work there has been a lot of dealing with fruit - yes, it's that time of the year again...

D has been doing much of the de-stoning while I was in charge of jam-making. We now have something like 40 jars of plum jam. Should be enough for a few years!

To treat ourselves, and also because with all the rain this summer it might well be the last nice and warm summer weekend this year, we had a BBQ and bonfire.

We also managed to go to two (!) car-boot sales this weekend - how I love them! I always seem to come away with something, but this time was special. Look what we discovered:

A set of handcarders, a flick-carder, three bobbins and, not pictured, a spinning wheel flyer!! The guy who sold it all to us clearly had no idea what he was selling. He kept looking at us weirdly, for buying the disgusting old hairbrushes! ;-)

There hasn't been a lot of knitting time but I am heading towards the end of a knitting project that I've had lying around for ages - some socks that I was knitting for someone else, that got left at the bottom of the knitting basket, neglected and forgotten, when the bean entered our lives. Recently, swept up in my newfound enthusiasm for finishing long-term WIPs I discovered the lonely half-finished first sock and finished it and a few days ago I cast on for the second one. I'm so proud of myself! ;-)


  1. ravelry is extremely addictive.....

  2. Hi Iris, sounds like you're having a fun summer! What is a car-boot sale by the way?

  3. Anonymous7:55 pm

    Hooray for Ravelry! It is a time-suck though. Thanks for adding me as a friend!

  4. What a fantastic car boot find! You havew much better luck than I do at them.

  5. Anonymous3:04 am

    I checked today and I'm 81 in line, so I'll be getting on soon. How in the world am I going to restrict my time on there?! :) Congratulations on all the jam! That's quite an accomplishment.

  6. 40 jars of jam! Wow that's a pretty good harvest. I'm really looking forward to gardening again and plan to preserve as much as I can in the form of jams, pickles etc. Should be fun!
    I really must have a look at Ravelry and see what all the fuss is about ;)

  7. Great find at the car-boot sale. I will have to come to England just so I can attend one of those. I am such a British luck, I would get over there and want to stay. :)

    Tickles to the bean!

  8. Ravelry is totally addictive...