Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here she is at tier can'tremember (lucky I can count - it's tier 11):
I can't get a great picture of the colour and variations within this yarn - the one above is a good representation of the different tones in the yarn, and the one below is a better reflection of the colours (and also of the back, which is quite different in texture to the front - I'm quite taken with it actually!)
I've done a couple more tiers since these pictures were taken on the weekend, I am in fact on tier 15 right now - out of 34 in total. So really, I'm not that far behind or anything. But it is starting to look like a bigger ask than the Alpe d'Huez.
But there's nothing wrong with being the Red Lantern, is there? Do I get a nice red jersey?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
And besides, I had a good reason - I can't let this go naked, now can I??!!So, to the creation of the iSock! Or the iPocket (I can't decide which name is better ...)Details
Yarn: Wollmeise sock yarn in Rosenrot, about 10g - had to have a RoseRed iSock/iPocket for my rosey red iPod...Sticks: 2.25mm KnitPicks fixed circular and then metal dpns for the flap strap.
Pattern: My own - after all, it's not rocket science. CO 40 stitches in the round, work 2x2 rib until it's long enough, do 3 needle bind off (or kitchener if you can be bothered, which I couldn't!), pick up enough stitches to make the flap strap (9, in my case), garter stitch until it's long enough, make buttonhole (3 stitch wide 1 row buttonhole) and do a few more rows, cast off! Weave in ends. Sew on button (one day, hopefully I'll find a button shaped like an apple. Or would that be too much?)Time: Heh, I'm not a very quick sprinter. Would definitely not beat Mark Cavendish! 17 July - 19 July 2008.What I learnt: I'm quite happy with this little iSock - will help avoid scratches, holds the cord as well as the iPod, can be worn whilst in operation and doesn't have to be removed to change songs (I often listen to the iPod on shuffle, so can just click to next song through the sock if I need to) and hey, it's red. Rose Red even!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
To ensure I didn't suffer by missing anything Tour de France on the rest day on Tuesday, I bought a book at the airport in Melbourne while I was waiting for my (delayed) flight - Blazing Saddles by Matt Rendell. It's a potted history of the TdF (subtitled "The cruel and unusual history of the Tour de France").
It's not bad if you want a quick read, with an overview of each year of the race, and don't mind a fairly florid writing style - for example, of the "founder" of the TdF, Henri Desgrange, Rendell says "If the mad Marquis with the pornographic imagination had never existed, the word for taking pleasure from the infliction of pain and mental suffering on others would be 'desgrangism'".
Which, let's face it, is probably true given that Rendell reports that in the early Tours, the riders had to perform all mechanical repairs themselves, from items carried on them (most pictures show them with at least 2 or 3 inner tubes wrapped around their upper bodies, not unlike a bolero style cardigan!), they didn't wear any protective gear, and weren't allowed to ride as teams and to "assist" each other in the way they do now. Oh, and the Tours themselves were often over 5,000km, ridden on dirt (often muddy) roads over mountains and apparently during the night as well as the day. And spectators would regularly scatter nails on the road and even beat some of the riders!
But it's not all bad - apparently some used to drink champagne before each stage, and fans (or perhaps, saboteurs!) would often give them bottles of beer during the race (and not stubbies, oh no, longnecks!!).
So I'm onto tier 9 of my Lady Eleanor - sorry for the dark picture but it's not easy getting a day-time photo at the moment! Will update more on the weekend. It's not going to be finished during the race, but I've totally got the hang of this entrelac business. Now I just have to memorise the pattern so I can stop referring to it each time I start a new tier! That's when I'll have really earned my polka dot jersey!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
7.15am - woke up to my phone alarm (how I hate the sound of it!). Fumbled around trying, in my sleep haze, to work out how to turn it off. Turned on the tv using whizzbang touchscreen thingy in the hotel, to catch the 7.15am Tour de France update on SBS - am really enjoying being involved in the TdF KAL. Then flipped over to channel 9 to catch the 7.30 news update - I love the luxury of waking up in a hotel bed and watching a bit of morning tv to start the day.
7.45am - got up, showered, dressed and walked one block to work (another thing that's good about working interstate - almost no travel time to work!). Bought breakfast on the way - vege turkish toast and a capuccino.
9.05am - caught up with colleague over the events of the weekend - I stayed with a friend who has recently become an Australian citizen and she had an "Australiana" party on Saturday night - some excellent costumes including Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage (yes, in the same room at the same time!!).
9.30am - preparation for a couple of team sessions I'm co-presenting today - had to prepare slideshow and think about what I was going to say ... always a good idea to work that out before standing up in front of a bunch of people!
11am - noon - completed first session - went ok but could have been better. First session for my co-presenter so it was a bit clunky, but overall fine - and it finished half an hour early - which means more time for ...
12.30 - 1.30pm - shopping! Checked out a few Melbourne shoe stores (no, I didn't buy anything ... yet!) and then had to go to Clegs. Mmmm, yarn sale! 10% off everything. In my quest to be (relatively) good, I only purchased some plain Patonyle sock yarn (pale grey, black and cream) - thought it could be good for fair isle socks since Husby now wants a pair. Was surprised at good range of yarn Clegs had though - Rowan! wow! Melbourne has great yarn stores...
1.30pm - grabbed a sandwich on my way back to the office and did the sudoku from the newspaper while I ate at my desk (it's probably entirely nerdy, but I do like to do the sudoku every day - hopefully that research that says keeping your brain active guards against dementia/alzheimers later in life is correct ...)
2pm - preparation for second session of the day - this one might be more of a challenge and so I try to think more about what I'm going to say, and plan phrases etc out in my head.
3-4.30pm - planning didn't help much ... in fact, I think it made me a bit nervous for this session - but I made it through ok, and the session went really quite well, which was a relief, as this was a team we were somewhat worried about.
4.30-6.30pm - downloaded a bit after the session, planned for the final session which will be tomorrow (Tuesday), proofread a publication, read emails and caught up with some work.
6.30pm - dinner with one of our suppliers, who is based in Melbourne - went to one of those fab little Melbourne bars/restaurants tucked away behind a door - you have no idea how big it is until you go in - Melbourne does these so well, Sydney not so much. Or mabye I just don't know where to look. Very nice to be taken out as a client, that doesn't happen to me much. Or at all, really. Mmmmm sticky pork and then a honey creme pot (creme brulee inspired) for dessert - I was absolutely stuffed!
9.30pm - back to hotel, in my jarmies, cup of tea, knitting, watching tv - waiting for the start of today's stage of the Tour de France. Finished tier 8 and ball #2 of my Lady Eleanor and was quite pleased with myself.
11pm - got into bed and watched a little more of the Tour - so exciting!! I just get so sucked in to it, it's hard to turn the tv off...but I do, eventually, and sleep very well indeed. Can't wait to be in my own bed though tomorrow night!
(SHOESday will return later today!!)
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
So here's the numbers:
In: 43.5 x 50g balls - double urk!
Out: 12.5 x 50g balls - not bad - all my knitting in June was done with stash yarn (as opposed to new yarn!)
YTD: +81.5 x 50g balls - sigh... that's enough to keep me going for about 7 months, assuming I knit about 10-12 balls each month. As the Yarn Harlot says - planning for retirement, planning for retirement!