so here’s the thing…

Lickety Split in progress

It wasn’t quite a cat that caused the mayhem of a couple of days ago. I was in the mood to knit something not-too-taxing and rather than go through the rigmarole of starting a new thing I decided to dig out an old project. Hence, the lickety split socks from the Knitty website.

Remembering they were probably in the ole wool stash I grabbed what I could see of it and pulled. It didn’t come out instantly and as I was tired didn’t stop to think that I should probably investigate further before pulling anymore. And thus, the mess was born. And, thanks Janabanana for the tip about the clear shoe hanger, I might try that one.

I’ve actually knitted the left sock already but as I’m in the house on my own at the moment I can’t get a decent enough picture of it on my foot. However, here are the toes of the right sock. You start knitting the big toe with an invisible cast on and then leave it to one side, then you start the rest of the toe and join the rest together. Anyway, knitting from the toe up means you can try it on as you go, making it easier to gague your size.

Well, I’ve got some last minute teaching that’s just rolled in so I have to head off and prepare.

How did it get so bad?

There comes a point in every knitters life when it is time to deal with that wool stash and tonight was that night. Jeez. I inevitably got the scissors out at one point, but didn’t have to cut too much. Wool stash

What a nightmare

hic!

Well I had planned to finish my glitzy tie today. But another singer friend of mine got a very big break today so I’ve been on the pink gins instead…

forgive me! will probably try a little lacy something or other later whilst I watch CSI but to be honest I’ll probably end up with a load of knots considering the amount of gin and angostura bitters swilling about inside me. However, I have managed to make millionaire’s shortbread in time for a hands-on singing event for children tomorrow.

until then! If I have anything to post tonight I will

Feeling Glam

After more than a little umm-ing and ahhh-ing I finally caved. I’ve been putting it off for a good few months, trying to rise above it all and remind myself that it would be no better second time around. However, under the pressure of boredom and the early onset of a varicose vein (vain, moi?) I finally cracked. I bought what today’s youth (ie. those of us younger than 27) call ‘footless tights’.

Now pardon me for being past it, but when I was younger we used to call these garments Leggings (we also used to call Hip Hop ‘Rap’ but that’s a whole other thing). Big black stretchy things full of that new-fangled lycra which still seemed to go baggy at the knees after one wear and if you added fat black elastic to the cuffs, could be termed ‘ski-pants’. However, this winter there has been a number of gorgeous dresses and tunics cut so short it was only possible to wear them with said tights. In the end it was my possession of a burnt orange tunic from Katharine Walker that did it for me. It was an absolute bargain and I love it so, but I just can’t wear it bare-legged or even flesh-stockinged-legged.

So I glammed up for a gig on Thursday night and went 80’s on my bad self. Big hair, footless leggings, red dress, gold stretchy belt, dangly earrings and tall black courts. In fact, the boys in the band liked it so it obviously wasn’t too fashion-forward. But enough about all this.

Stay with me here, there is a reference to knitting at the bottom of all this. The reason I was chatting about all this cr*p was because I’ve come over all eighties – think Alison Goldfrapp. I’m not quite old enough to remember it all first time round but its growing on me. I am in fact, desperate to knit this bolero on the Knitty website for myself for the summer. Yes I know I said I should finish my other projects first but this one is just so beautiful. No? And it would fit in with my slightly new wardrobe sensibility perfectly…

Getting back in the swing of things

Its true I havn’t been crafting much recently, but that’s partly because my finger has only recently healed enough to let me and… well I’ve been lazy. I just lost the bug. Again. But after seeing ruby crowned kinglette’s site again, well. I’m all fired up. She’s got some fab ideas, and as always executed so beautifully.

I wish I could apply the same kind of principles to my music career. I’m doing my best to organise my time but today it hit me just how big that career-mountain is. Its daunting. There’s so much to practice, learn and execute and so little time, especially if I have to teach so much to make ends meet. I’m trying to ignore the bit of my brain that is freaking out, but just when I’m feeling serene a few drops of anxiety squeeze themselves out and tip me over the edge. I’m simply not capable of thinking of new crafty things, and the budget kicks in today so I’m going to concentrate on finishing some of my many projects.

I’m meeting the friend for whom the Glitzy Tie is intended in a couple of weeks so I’ll get on with that first. I need to finish the topstitching and then stitch it to the knitted piece. I’m finding it hard to keep the topstitching even, so perhaps I should switch to the sewing machine.  Hang on, I have to tidy up to get it out. *sigh*. Nothing is simple in this house

My Apologies

I had all but disappeared from the web for a while there. Sorry about that. It’s been too hectic to keep up, mostly because all my teaching started, my friends all moved house and needed help, and I left my job all in the same 3 weeks! I should be able to post a bit more regularly these days.

However, its all going OK I hope. I’m not going to tempt fate and assume I’ll be fine in September since being self-employed means you can’t count on any money until it arrives in your account… I’ll leave that train of thought there, so don’t anyone ask me how things are going!

Anyway.

I have had a little time to make a few things:

My First Mayonnaise (made with tarragon vinegar)

My First Mayonnaise

And some marshmallows… These were so much fun to make! In fact, I can’t believe I had so much fun. Perhaps if music doesn’t work out I should think about becoming a pastry chef. I reckon the hours are pretty similar and there’s always someone shouting at you so there’s nothing new there.

In fact, following my recent attempt to remove some of my finger whilst cooking I’m probably going to book myself on a short knife skills course at Leith’s catering college. It should be fun, although I do wonder whether cookery classes will become another hobby-addiction. I’ve been on a massive foodie trip recently, possibly my subconscious trying to distract me from the insanity that is quitting regular work. I’ve been re-reading all my Elizabeth David cookbooks and have recently discovered Jane Grigson too. I’d forgotten how many stories can be told through food. It can really say a lot about a people. Although I wonder what my current addiction to puddings really says about me.

Marshmallows

But back to the point, it feels surprisingly normal to be totally self-employed, although I am suffering from low-level anxiety whenever I’m not occupied. So I try to stay busy. Tonight, I have a rare saturday night off. It should be spent practising and then watching DVDs after 9pm but we’ll see if it actually works out that way…

Well I should head off. I have to learn some hebrew for a batmitzvah tomorrow. I promise to post more often from now on!