Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mea culpa

Thank you to all the people who worry about me if I don't write often (especially Daisy, Vicki, Alexandra and Mary Anne). You're usually correct in assuming that, if I don't write, it's because I'm a bit under the weather!

It's my own fault, really. I have hopelessly overdone it recently, packing more into two months than I usually do in six. Consequently, I am having real trouble sleeping. Isn't it bizarre that, when I really need the sleep, my body won't give it to me? This condition is really screwy sometimes!

I'm having a flare-up of all kinds of symptoms. For instance, I can't really follow stories on TV or in print at the monent, so my audio books have kept me entertained instead. 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' by Agatha Christie was especially good. It was read by Nigel Anthony, who did it very well - the reader makes such a difference. I've given up on perfectly good books before because the reading was so bad!

And of course I have been knitting. OK, so sometimes I have just been holding my knitting and looking at it, but I've also been knitting quite a lot.

I have almost finished a hooded baby poncho, commissioned by my sister for her stepdaughter Vikki, who is expecting her first baby in November. I've made the 'two rectangles' type, and picked up the stitches for the hood after I've joined them together. I'm making that in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, in the Egg Yelllow colourway - this is going to be a very sophisticated baby!

I've finished the dye lot disaster for Knitting magazine, and it looks wonderful. I did get the extra two skeins after all, and I'm glad I did. It looked a little skimpy just made with four. The yarn was Blue Sky Alpaca Silk DK - it blooms amazingly when it is washed and blocked, and the stitches even out beautifully.

I've also completed a little I-cord project, and a swatch for a future submission. I'm now onto Linda's poncho, which is in Wendy Pampas in Rich Cream. Gorgeous colour! The yarn itself is similar to, but a little thinner than, Sirdar Bigga, so I'm making it on 15mm needles.

Anyway, that's about it. Normal service will, I hope, be resumed as soon as possible!


Mary Anne said...

hi Heather,

I'm so sorry you've been through another crash. I know what it's like. You want to do everything when you have an 'up' moment and it's difficult to ration out your energy.

I hope your recovery goes well from this setback. I can't wait to see photos of the little poncho. It's sounds yummy!
cheers and hugs
Mary Anne

littlelixie said...

Good to see you're back. I love that agatha chritie story. Have you tired Margery Allingham's Campion or the Paul Temple Mysteries? Can't remember the aithor of those last ones. You can download them from i-tunes I think if you can't get out to buy them.

Daisy said...

Hi Heather,
Glad you're back! Does your local library have audio-books (Lincolnshire shows them on their web catalogue & you can order them from anywhere in the county). Crikey, I am SUCH a librarian, I even get it tangled up in my knitting!

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather, I've been monitoring your blog with growing misgivings as no update appeared after June 1st.
'Oh dear', I thought, 'She's done it again.'
I hope you are coming round nicely and are going to be at the Meeting on the 25th.
My friend has come throught her knee replacement with flying colours and my sister in law has had her heart surgery and feels marvellous. So I'm feeling a lot less fraught. Other than that it is all quite here. I'm in work this morning, hope to get there and back becore it gets too hot.
Pass me the sombrero, por favor..

Heather said...

Daisy - Yes, it has them, but only lends them out to the visually impaired!! Have you ever heard anything so stupid?? Luckily my sister gets through a fair few, because she listens in the car, and while walking the dog, so I get all the tapes she finishes!

Never apologise for being a librarian. It's like being an English teacher (as I was) - it's a vocation ;))))

Heather said...

Alex - I tried 'The Tiger in the Smoke', and enjoyed that, but I've never read any others. I've been listening to loads of Paul Temple dramatizations on BBC7 - Mum's a big fan, too!

I'm definitely going to download some, too. Thanks for the reminder :)

Heather said...

Mary Anne - you've got it exactly right....

The poncho is finished, so as soon as it's blocked I shall get Paul or Richard to photgraph it for me!

Heather said...

Vicki - how well you know me!!

Good news about the two ops. I hope they both continue to improve.

You can have the sombrero if I can have the dashing young man with the fan.....