sanfaerieannes adventures

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

SP7 again

I have a wonderful pal spoiling me, I received two skeins of wonderful wool one an alpacha and the other a merino in lovely colours some socks may be coming on, a delightful smelling candle and a stitch marker. She arranged for them to be sent from - yes memory like a sieve can't remember but Michigan from one of the discount ladies, it is hand spun and my pal likes to spin.
She has also just sent me a birthday card for next week with sheep on it - very funny and just tickled my sense of humour - thank you. I also have no idea who my pal is but a star none the less. I have been extremely lucky in both SP6 and 7 in terms of being spoilt and the spoiler.


In spite of everything I am enjoying SP7 I have a wonderful pal to spoil she is just so easy and really appreciative, I would put a link to her blog if I knew how. I had such fun choosing her first parcel and now the second is almost complete just waiting for the wool of ebay to arrive. I am already planning her 3rd parcel which is going to be on a different theme altogether she has just booked a holiday to Egypt one of my fave places - so the final parcel will have an egyptian theme and they did knit didn't they?


well I failed to complete the said article - the cardigan in the latest edition of simply knitting for my sister in Bebbie Blss baby cashmeriono started with all good intention have finished the back and almost the sleeves but the 2 fronts forget it.
Also started a gillet in sirdar foxy which is also unfinished. Life got in the way...

dying and feelings

Not been able to blog here for a while some gremlin kept me out. Life has been really difficult and to put no finer tune on it I am struggling more some days than other. My Mum is dying and although I know it is the order of things - its hurts and some days I feel so angry, it really makes me question my faith. I am one of those very lucky people a chosen child and much loved along with my brother and sister. I don't want Mum to suffer but I am greedy and want more time more quality time and it is all so damn precious. Yes I am selfish and some days I can talk and write about it without the tears pouring down my face, they are not so much for me but for the hateful unfairness, for my Mum becoming this frail dependent person who can not speak except in a whisper, for the erosion of dignity, for her wonderful indomitable spirit, for her inspiration

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

sanfaerieannes adventures

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Monday, January 09, 2006


Feeling a bit more computer literate this morning!
1you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? not too much of a snob really but do like natural fibres generally but have enjoyed fun fashion yarns.
2. Do you spin? Crochet? would love to spin have a fleece in the garage from my brothers sheep, have done drop spindle spinning. Yes like to crochet too
3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? a bottle box
4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? 40 years on and off, probably intermediate but will have a go at any pattern and frog it until I am happy or right.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? not at presnet
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) fresh smells - sea, also like light florals and rose abolutely loathe vanilla
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? yes chocolate any but have just started weightwatchers!
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? have a go at any thing like paper and other fibre crafts would love to do a city and guilds embroidery course one day as well as numerous other none craft/artist related things
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) very electic - like rock (hippy at heart), jazz and blues, gregorian chants
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? like blues and greens sea shades and brilliants, like purple and pinks, don't like muddy colours and orange. Oh and I like a bit of glitz
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? no children one man and a cat
12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? scarves yes, hats not very often, ponchos been there done that never again
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? double knit acrylics
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? was curly wurly scarves but my hands struggled so not those now, bags are a pashion must knit and felt
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? anything really that I am interested in at the time, something with a bit of a challenge pattern e.g. lace
17. What are you knitting right now? nothing hands are recovering actually not true shawl courtsey of Blue last pal
18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? yes - they are gifts from the soul
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? either
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? metal but now have some bamboo which I adore only one size though
21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? no but am very tempted as I have just made a dogs dinner of a very expensive ball of silk
22. How did you learn to knit? when I was 4 my great aunt taught me
23. How old is your oldest UFO? ancient
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? sheep and owls and cats
25. What is your favorite holiday? christmas
26. Is there anything that you collect? OH would leave if I started to collect anything else but go on fabric inspired picture, decorated russion ware oh and books
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? none buy as I see
28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? not really
29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? tunisian crochet and clapottis have a real blank with that one
30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? have made a pair, I will have to return to the measurements but wear a size 5 UK shoe
31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) march 6th as shared with Michael Angelo.


Oh goodie its all started again, have emailed my new pal who is overseas looking forward to spoiling her will be brill.
And oh yes my pal have seen your message - moi a stinker I tink you have de wrong pussy cat blahblah.
Have tried to copy and paste my questionaire but its not playing will try again tomorrow til meow

Back again

Happy New Year.
Christmas went really well, although I don't think we will be going out for the meal again for a while, well not like that. Eldest nephew texted a friend later and I just caught sight of a message which described it as ok but 4 boring hours must remember to tell my sister. Mum did very well and we had several busy visting days, so I think she was glad to see the back of me and have a rest. Went to see her this weekend which was also very pleasant but I am a bit confused she saw the oncologist who is a family friend on New years eve but only briefly and she says he told her the xrays were clear, my sister is going with her for the follow up visit next tuesday so we will find out then. Mum does get a bit muddled and forgetful so we will see. But I do feel a bit better but...

Friday, December 16, 2005

And finally today

Three very different strands.
I have been surfing the knitty blogs and came across the lists and thought ah ha I will have a go

TEN random things you might not know about me:

I am a country girl at heart.
I love snow, but not slush
I love to read - to lose myself in a good book is my idea of heaven
I love crispy bacon and tomatoes and hate baked beans
Travel is a passion
I am a sensitive shy soul underneath it all
I am a chocoholic, especially orange chocolate.
I am deeply spiritual
I am a hippy at heart
I wish I had had that turquoise midi coat when I was 15 instead of the serviceable brown

NINE Places I have Visited

Alexandria my soul city
Crete 4 times
New Zealand

EIGHT Ways to Win My Heart

Have a warm smile
Make me laugh
Be open to new experiences
talk to me

Be fun

SEVEN Things I Want to Do Before I Die

write a book
see the Northern Lights
Visit Abu Simbal
Learn to play the flute
Go to Kathmandu and walk in the foothills of the Himalayas
Make a difference
Cycle along distance trip

SIX Things I'm Afraid Of

FIVE Things I Don't Like

FOUR Ways to Turn Me Off

discourteously on the roads
crowds pushing and shoving

THREE Things I Do Everyday

think happy thoughts
put on my face cream

TWO Things That Make Me Happy

loved ones
a good book

One Thing on My Mind Right Now

tidy up

will have to go phone call will edit later


In spite of everything I have had a fabulous time doing SP6 and have signed up for 7.
I was spoiled by Blue outrageously so, she carefully read my list and choose wonderfully from it, I received my last parcel which had the most devine silk in it with a pattern to go with it. When I get some time after Christmas I will knit up this wonderful heirloom shawl which will hopefully go to Egypt with me in March to help celebrate my 50th where oh where did the years go.
I enjoyed choosing for my pal Jess but have to admit was a bit late sending out with everything else that was going on. Her final parcel has only just gone and I decided it would not be a knitty one but would be for her other developing passions I hope that she will enjoy it as much as I did putting it together.

another month

Well its almost another month and yet again where has the time gone - work, knitting, family, friends, visiting, guiding sleeping, and eating. Also worrying looks like Mum may have secondary cancer and its really taken me by suprise and does feel feel very different from a year ago. Also brings back those pictures in my head of my dad dying of cancer 14 years ago the ones buried so deep that you never want to see them again - I called his death in my head 'always autmn never winter' he had only just retired as much as any farmer can or will do. I know now that I am going to have the crying miles. So all in all it has been a tough month. Did not get to Germany but had a good day in Cambridge instead.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

another month

I am truly not good at this I think that i don't keep a diary for the same reason. I am noisey and like the insight into the lives of others but mine oh no!
Have just been reading the moans on UK handknitter group about secret pal 6 which has made me think about expectations. I have not communicated very often either way - perhaps I will ask my pal who is ending to me what she thinks personally I am happy with the so far. Have not had alot of contact with the pal I send to but I do read her blog which is very good and has lead me down some interseting links - Have complimented her on it. Do I need to be more interactive?
Had a busy month since I posted last time. work is ok and we are busy developing new services one is a pilot for a forest school which is really exciting. I spent an afternoon last week visiting the site and helping to make willow structureswhich was really good fun I don't get out in the outdoors as much as I would like. Guiding has also taken up alot of time, I have recenty taken over the job of County Training Co-ordinator and am trying to revitalise training after a period of the doldrums - so far this month we have held 2 training which have gone well and fill me full of hope. Now planning something for next year.
Have been trying to plan a trip to the christmas marlets in Cologne with a friend we have such a small window of opportunity it is proving hard and we do live 150 miles apart.
Som till next time....

Friday, October 21, 2005

sanfaerieannes adventures

Where has all the time gone
I can believe it is nearly a month since I have posted - I was never very good at keeping a diary did really think a blog may be different.
So what I have I been doing since I was last here.
I have had the most wonderful weekend away with a group of friends in Devon. We stayed with with acouple who moved down from the midlands a while ago and oh how they have fitted into village life. We all know each other through guiding and are a group of trainers who help to support each other - in reality we are a group of friends. We did loads of things - walking on the beach, riding on a tram, shopping, visited Lyme Regis and had a murder mystery evening which was hysterical and really good fun - its one of those traditions when we go away. Good company good food and drink, lots of chat and areally good unwind.
I have knitted a scarf in some incredibly chunky wool for my secret pal - to my own very simple design which I then saw something very similar in a magazine for alot of money!
Must work out how to post photos on here - my OH is not too keen on me putting things on his computerI ask you!
Having a me weekend this weekend so who knows where that will take me

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My weekend

I really must try harder to get into this blogging well not the reading of others but the writing of mine - sometimes think I may not have anything of interest to say but my life is interesting to me.
Last weekend was party week end almost sublime to ridiculous. Saturday saw me in my glad rags at the 50th party of an old friend ( don't remind me I hit that next year and plan a yearful of celebration starting off with a trip to Egypt) which was fab and a real celebration of her life, good food, dancing and lovely to see others I had not seen for awhile oh and a much later night than I had anticipated.
Next morning a different location miles away from the city on my brothers farm for the wild and hectic delights of my 4 year old nephews party complete with bouncy castle and face painting but just as much fun.

Secret Pal

Well my pal has come up trumps this week, I had a lovely parcel from her yesterday full of goodies. A cd with the powerful voices of wonderful women sing jazz - fab I played it on my way and from work. She also sent some cashmerino which I have not knitted with before and a pair of bamboo needles whhich never having used before I had to cast on and knit a few rows - how devine will certainly go and buy some more. Oh and chocoalate for sustainence - what more can a girl ask for!