Archive for December, 2008

Accounts finished!!!

Yes!!! I’ve just finished all my accounts for 2007 / 8. About time too. Have changed accountants and moved house in the last four months, with all the imaginable resulting temporary loss, hunt, and retrieval of ultra-important documents 🙂


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Anne Hanson

Oh my word, this woman designs some lovely stuff. She is ‘knitspot’ on ravelry, or just search for her. I want to knit Alhambra!

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I found this on Roo Knits.  I love these things.  She says…

Apparently the BBC reckon most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Instructions:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Underline those you intend to read
3) Italicise the books you LOVE.

Here I go then;  can’t find how to underline, so crossing out means I want to read it… :

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (Only the first one and into the second.  Loved them, but got side tracked)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee  (So bored, just so bored with it.  So were my kids.  Oh my god how boring).
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (sort of missed out on these, having had my schooling in Germany)
8= Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (at school in English in Germany)
8= His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens ( read loads of Dickens, but can’t remember which.  Must have made an enormous impact, eh?)
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (why was my mother so keen I should read that?)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare   (most)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen – never got into Jane Austen. 
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving (never heard of it)
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (can’t remember it, but have a kind of ‘yuk’ feeling to go with it)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – or just possibly large extracts.  Can’t remember it, though.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome (so utterly boring.  I made myself read it through because it carried browny points.  Never again.)
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt    (hated all the name dropping)
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (not all of them)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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Oh Lilly!

I’ve just sponsored a doggie 🙂    … with the dogs’ trust.  She is a beautiful lovely thing, deaf, looks a little like a bull terrier cross.  I love her!  I just googled sponsor a dog UK and up they came.  What a poppet!

I found Dogs Trust here …

and here, hopefully, is Lilly



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Projects update

Glancing at my projects on ravelry, it appears that I am getting stuck or side tracked at about 75%. Usually I’m a finisher… but maybe not…

Green and pink twist fingerless gauntlets nearly done, will be done by Sunday evening. That’s my last Joolzless knitting time before Christmas. Yippee!!! And get a move on!!! The yarn from Natural Dye Studio is gorgeous.

Garter and stocking stitch stripes shawl… got shelved to do the gauntlets. Will finish. Not sure about the splitty Wendy yarn.

Keep me sane socks… I’ve lost interest, but will definitely finish. Maybe over Christmas. I’m still not enamoured of Noro sock yarn. Ah well, but they ARE socks! And I DO need some more socks! Have I talked them up enough?

772 squares wrap? I got beaten down by the very large number of skeins I felt I had to carry around with me if I wanted to make this portable. Given my dashing between Brighton and London and Edinburgh, everything needs to be portable at the moment. I am soooooooooooooo looking forward to being in (largely) one place at a time. Nearly all week in the same city, apart from a swoop to London? Bliss.

I’ve taken the top down circular raglan silk pullover out of hibernation. It looks at me out of my knitting basket every time I sit on the sofa. I really do love it.

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Having lived in the same house for 23 years, I moved into Brighton four months ago and now I’m on the move again, trying to find a flat somewhere hundreds of miles from where I actually am now.  This time it’s up to Edinburgh, and that’s not going to be the last move.  I’ll rent there, if I ever find anywhere, whinge, moan, then either buy with J or we’ll rent together until I can sell the old homestead and then we’ll buy there.  I am looking forward to it, really I am.  It’s just a bit overwhelming.

It’s not just me I’m moving, it’s my livelihood, and I’m not absolutely sure that it will survive the upheaval.  I’ve just removed all references to the Brighton clinic from my website Myofascial Release Clinic and it feels as if I am cutting off a life line – but but but – there is still the London clinic – and and and – I am already building up a client base in Edinburgh who will hopefully pass on my name to others.  For goodness sake, I’m used to building clinic…  Hmmm … didn’t take me too long to be booked up in Brighton, but it’s still a bit scary.

It all means that I need more help from very good ice cream, Green and Black’s chocolate, and yummy yarns.  I’m looking into Kauni at the moment.  There doesn’t seem to be much stock around, and a lot of it is from the US which seems mad to me, since it’s European yarn.  Rant rant rant, I can see myself  descending into prickly, stressed Ms Angry from Tunbridge Wells.  Brighton.  Barcombe.  Wherever.   I don’t actually need any more yarn, do I?

OK, I’ve just found some Kauni at Janette’s Rare Yarns.  Looks yummy, doesn’t it?  Janette’s Rare Yarns.  Shame it’s out of stock.   Mumble grumble.  Or maybe this one?  Don’t know what to do with it anyway.  Grumble mumble.  Pass the bin 50.  I’m going to be so good and not succomb.  To the yarn, that is.  I’ll just bookmark the site for a later date. 

Gauntlets are going well.  I’m half way down the gauntletty bit on the second one, about 4 inches in.  Won’t take long now.  The first one fits me very well, despite the fact that it looked a little large to begin with.  J has larger hands than me, so they will be nigh on perfect.  I think the key is to knit them on slightly smaller needles than normal, so they look really crisp.  And the Blue Faced Leicester yarn from Natural Dye Studio is divine.


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Ravelry favourites and queued

Oh dear… my favourites are expanding like my stash and my queue is now long enough to eat up all my stash and a little more. So, what do I do? Stop queueing? Order queued items more diligently? Instead of encouraging me to get organised and work through my already hefty stash, I’ve found that Ravelry is the most amazing real live stash enhancing enabler – largely by virtue of the queue.

So I have decided that my queue is not so much a to-do list as a statement of intent, and, mostly, an inspiration.  The higher up the queue, the more likely the intent will be materialised.  How wonderful to have a ‘to-do’ list that is for inspiration only 🙂

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