Archive for August, 2008

Even though we have just finished having the summer bank holiday weekend, September is just around the corner.  For some reason this year I am really looking forward to the end of August, maybe it was because these past couple of months have been a bit inconsequential.  Warm and wishy-washy and then cold and breezy the next minute.

Autumn is my favourite time of year, the leaves turning their golden colours, seeing the sky brighten to an intense blue (on the good days!).  So for my favourite time of the year, I need my favourite spot. 

Sitting next to Rossi, knitting my Project and leaning against my quilted cushion.   Yes, the cushion cover in the background of the picture was sewn by me!  I was inspired by the autumn colours that will soon appear and luckily it didn’t take me to long to make.  My patience threshold was a bit short this past weekend. 

Since I have managed to conquer the quilted cushion cover another sewing project is brewing in my mind. A quilted duvet cover for our bedroom.  So, my list of project ideas seems to have grown yet again;

  • Jersey (‘P’ for Project) – 19% done
  • Scarf for either my mom or sister-in-law – 10% done
  • Quilted duvet cover – idea stage
  • start finding ideas for Christmas (I know it’s early, but it’s already on my mind).

So, it seems yet again, I have created quite a list of to-do’s for the colder months this year. I just need some hot chocolate with Bailey’s and I am ready.


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I am a geek!

You Are Andale Mono
You are a geek, pure and simple. You spend a lot of time online.
In fact, you probably love the internet more than anyone you know.

You are picky about design, mostly for readability’s sake.
You are the type most likely to be irritated by a bad font.


Thanks Charlotte for pointing to this quiz.  Who would have thought that my irritation with bad font could shine through so easily?  Although I would have thought this would have made me an Arial girl. 

We’re off to watch Hellboy 2 tonight, can’t wait!  I love a movie about a tortured red man with a fishy character as his side-kick.

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We went to the V-E-T this weekend to get our cats Frankie Frankenstein and Rossi vaccinated.  Although this is an annual pilgrimage we seem to still get upset with the event.

This year I thought I would try something new, not lock them in, not leave their food bowls empty and let them pootle into the house at their normal time and we’ll quickly bundle them into the car and the vet will just be a distant memory before they knew it.  Ha! How human am I?

Rossi was no where to be seen at the appointed hour, Frankie managed to get to the V-E-T and he was rewarded for being punctual.  He got the nice man.  A lovely man who cooed over his size, fuzziness and all round cuteness, we left the animal hospital feeling warm and glowing inside.  One cat down, another to go.

Having just turned the corner by our house, Rossi suddenly bounded over to greet us like long lost cousins.  The smug look on his face was soon wiped off when he found himself bundled into the car and driven to the V-E-T.  I am sure some of the neighbours must have thought we were kidnapping some poor dear’s cat from her but, I was willing to take the future sneers in order to get this over and done with.

So, we get to the V-E-T the second time round and we get HER.  I am sure that this woman is a wonderful veterinary surgeon and all round decent person but she has zero people skills, not one drop of humanity for humans. Not even a small smile to welcome you to her office that whiffs faintly of cat pee and sterilizer.  As we bring Rossi into the room both of the human faces drop a mile, Rossi is clawing to be let out of his cage and we suddenly receive an accusing hiss from the woman, ‘Any diarrhoea? Any vomiting?’  R stated that no, he did not have any of those symptons lately.  I promptly burst out into a loud uncomfortable laughter, because that’s what I do instead of peeing in my pants with fear.

Needless to say, Rossi was the least put out on visiting the V-E-T and R and I made sticky barbeque ribs with fries and toasted to another year done.  Only 11 months and 26 days to go before we have to do this again.

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Change is for the good

A few small things that are changing around the othermonkey house:

  • Switching broadband providers: I am really looking forward to this.  R originally signed up for 8 MB, we’re only getting 0.5 right now.  Their anti-virus software did not protect us from a virus that is still lurking on the home pc and just because I have email with them is no reason why we should stay.
  • Having worn glasses for a couple of years, I am finally taking the plunge and seeing if it’s possible that I can wear contact lenses.  This might not be a big deal to some but to a person who physically has to be held down to get eye drops in, this is a BIG DEAL.
  • Putting our cats on a diet.  Our cats eat like dogs, enough said.
  • Trying to cook and eat smarter.  We went shopping on the weekend and almost keeled over with the shock of prices that have just risen and risen.  So I would like our house to try to eat and buy more sensibly.

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‘P’ is for Project.

My family is a family of knitters, quilters, embroiderers and cooks.  When I was in school these skills were seriously uncool, why on earth would you want to create something from scratch?

Luckily I finally realised how talented and creative you have to be in order to do half of the things that my mom and her sisters seem to do with ease.  Before my mom came for a holiday last year I asked whether she could teach me to knit and sew.  Deep silence on the other end of the phone and then a sudden gasp of ‘finally! she has seen the light and is coming over to our side!’  So, there we were in autumn last year with huge knitting needles and some colourful wool, deep cherry red for me and a burnt yellow-green for my mom. We sat on the sofa casting on, knitting, chatting, laughing and watching cooking channels on the TV.  I made fingerless gloves, which were surprisingly easy to make for a newbie like me, my own thick wool scarf for winter and one for hubby, R, even though he doesn’t like scarves.  But, hey, when you are in the knitting zone, you’re in the zone.

That time with my mom was one of the best holidays that I had with her as we connected as mother and daughter, as friends and as knitting and sewing buddies.  I will always be grateful to her for having the patience to show me all these new skills in a very short space of a 3 week holiday.  That woman has the patience of a saint.

One of the best days out in the October holiday was going to the Liberty store in London, I fell instantly in love with the palace of fabulous things.  If I could move in, I would.  So many floors dedicated to beautiful things, beautiful things that I could not help but paw and drool over whenever I passed something that was a jewel-like colour or a texture that was just crying out to be felt.  We found the floor where they sold material and all things knitting-orientated which was just heaven, found a book with this pattern in and I just had to have it. 
The picture that is with the post today is my Project, I have to put it with a capital ‘P’ as this is the one, the pattern that I loved in Liberty. It’s been pretty slow going since I started it in December 07 but my concentration span is shorter with this project.  As the pattern is complicated I have to mark off every time I have knitted a stitch.  I have also found that if I knit more than 4 rows at a time, something is bound to go wrong and I have to undo a couple of rows.  So, I am taking it slowly and hoping that it will be finished next year.  Yes, I know that next year is 6 months away but I am trying to be realistic here as I know that I will have to call my mom every time the pattern changes.  I am slightly worried about the increasing and decreasing on the same row, how on earth am I going to remember to do that?

Off to knit some rows, have a great weekend everyone!

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