Not Another Meme!!

But yes. However did blog writers manage before the meme? Because, as you’ll know if you have a blog, some days you really have nothing to write about, no photos to show, and yet you still want to blog, and so enter Meme, stage left. Actually, I have got photos to show you (kittens!) and I have got something to write about (knitting, amazingly enough, considering this is a knitting blog with very little knitting content), but I saw this meme on Apple & Spice, and it looked like fun. If you’re fed up of hearing about ME (and quite frankly, I wouldn’t blame you for that) then come back tomorrow, when I’ll try to have something interesting to say that isn’t about me, me, me. I’ve included Tony’s answers to this too.

1) LAST MOVIE YOU SAW IN A THEATRE?
The Incredible Hulk. Snore. The last good film I saw at the cinema was What Happens In Vegas. That was hilarious.

Tony says: the same. I’m planning to go and see Hancock this week.

2) WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
I’m reading The Tollgate by Georgette Heyer, and Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm.

Tony says: Ummmm, not a big reader. I started Touching the Void, but haven’t got very far into it.

3) FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
Scrabble. I whipped Tony’s butt at Scrabble on Saturday. Heh heh. Three seven letter words in one game!

Tony says: Backgammon. Cos I lost at Scrabble.

4) FAVOURITE MAGAZINE?
Country Living. I love Martha Stewart’s Living too, but it’s harder to get hold of.

Tony says: New Scientist. Or Newsweek.

5) FAVOURITE SMELLS?
Thyme, lavender, freshly baked bread, coffee, woodsmoke.

Tony says: Chocolate, chocolate cake, hot chocolate…..

6) FAVOURITE SOUNDS?
The woodfire crackling. A cat purring. Knitting needles clicking. The wind in treetops.

Tony says: My favourite music (Dee won’t let me say what that is, cos she says its too cheesy), a kettle whistling, waves lapping against the boat.

ETA: Ok, ok, in the interests of full disclosure, and after all, Tony’s music taste is no less embarrassing than a 32 year old woman sleeping with a stuffed pig, so here goes. Tony’s favourite music (played at full belt): Kylie, Boyzone, Take That, Celine Dion, Westlife. Anything cheesy with a strong dance beat.

7) WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Having an itch that you can’t scratch.

Tony says: being stuck in a job you hate (like I was, window cleaning, for 20 years).

8 ) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE?
Can I squeeze in five more minutes??

Tony says: whose turn is it to make breakfast?

9) FAVOURITE FAST FOOD PLACE?
A kebab shop. A nice chicken kebab and salad seems healthy enough that you can pretend it’s not really fast food.

Tony says: I’m rather partial to a McDonald’s McFlurry.

10) FUTURE CHILDS NAME?
Pass!

Tony says: !!!!!

11) FINISH THIS STATEMENT—’IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I’D……
……buy every book ever published.

Tony says: move abroad.

12) DO YOU DRIVE FAST?
Ha. Well that depends on how you define fast. To a learner driver, 30mph seems pretty darned fast!!

Tony says: I don’t think so, but everyone else seems to!

13) DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Oh, now this is embarrassing. Yes. A stuffed pig.

Tony says: NO!

14) STORMS–COOL OR SCARY?
I love a good storm, as long as I’m safely indoors.

Tony says: cool.

15) WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
The car we have now, I guess, which is a Landrover Freelander.

Tony says: I’m going to show my age now. An Austin A40.

16) FAVOURITE DRINK?
A nice cup of PG Tips tea. Or if we’re talking alcohol, champagne.

Tony says: a glass of red wine. Or a cappucino.

17) FINISH THIS STATEMENT-IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD…
…. knit socks for everyone I know.

Tony says: get fit!

18) DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?
Yes, they’re my favourite bit.

Tony says: yes, love ’em!

19) IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY OTHER COLOUR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE?
Scarlet.

Tony says: umm, back to black?

20) NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS YOU HAVE LIVED IN?
Pembroke, Monmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Pembroke Dock.

Tony says: all of the above, plus Nottingham and Burnley.

21) FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Snooker, it’s very soothing.

Tony says: snooker. That’s why Dee watches it.

22) ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
I stole this, rather than having it sent to me. But I love Apple & Spice, whose blog I saw it on. She makes me want to bake more.

Tony says: she’s going to make me breakfast in bed tomorrow (Dee: am I indeed?)

23) WHATS UNDER YOUR BED?
Nothing, I’m very tidy.

Tony says: Nothing, Dee’s very tidy.

24) WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN??
Yes. No. Yes. I don’t know.

Tony says: definitely.

25) MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Neither!

Tony says: night owl.

26) OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP?
I’m not altogether sure what over easy means. But I’d rather have a boiled egg and toast soldiers.

Tony says: sunny side up. and a side of bacon.

27) FAVOURITE PLACE TO RELAX?
In front of the woodburner with a good book.

Tony says: the cinema.

28) FAVOURITE PIE?
Custard.

Tony says: apple pie and icecream.

29) FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR?
Cookie dough.

Tony says: rocky road.

30) OF ALL THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE TAGGED, WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
Sweet Sarah, of The Plucky Knitter, I think. Ok, I’m tagging:

Sarah at The Plucky Knitter; Jacqui at All Stitched Up; Karen at Cornflower; Susan at Celadon Pool; Emma from Emma & Co (in the hopes it will get you blogging again, I miss reading your blog!); and Jeni at Fyberspates. And you, if you want to join in!

 

Do You Want to Know More?

A new meme! Hurrah. I was going to tell you about our adventures on the boat on Saturday, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Helen from Sheep Happens tagged me for the latest meme, so off we go.

1) What was I doing ten years ago?

Hmm, let’s see. We were renovating a house we had bought (for the incredible sum of £14,000), and were knee deep in rubble and neck deep in debt. Someone (not me!) had the bright idea of gutting the kitchen and bathroom at the same time, so it was red hot summer time, and we had no means of washing, no means of cooking, and everything was utter chaos. Shudder.

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:

Gardening, grocery shopping, preparing for an evening with friends, a pedicure, taking some photos of the kittens.  

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Pringles, hummus, apple & cheese, scones, salted almonds.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Give it all away to charity and friends & family. I would hate to be rich, hate it.

5) Places I have lived:

Pembrokeshire, Scottish Borders, Monmouth. Boring!

6) Jobs I have had:

Oh dear, I’ve done this one before. Ok, let’s change it to business I have had:

An ironing service (I was 14), an interior design website, a vintage clothing store, a pet sitting service.

7) Peeps I want to know more about:

All of you! Join in if you fancy.

 

Three Things

Three Things That Scare Me

  • Slugs
  • Large dogs
  • Drunk people

Three People Who Make Me Laugh

  • My best friend, Emma
  • My nine year old (going on 30) niece, Elinor
  • Tony (he makes everyone laugh)

Three Things I Love

  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Writing

Three Things I Hate

  • Housework (which is why I have a cleaner, hurrah!)
  • Shopping  (unless it’s for books)
  • Talking on the phone

Three Things I Don’t Understand

  • Why people still smoke
  • Dishonesty
  • How non-knitters survive

Three Things On My Desk (I don’t have a desk, so I’ll sub my nightstand)

  • A happy little silver bird, courtesy of a sweet friend
  • A huge pile of books
  • Earplugs (I’ve used them for years, they really help you sleep well)

Three Things I’m Doing Right Now

  • Surfing blogs
  • Drinking tea
  • Petting a cat

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Take a roadtrip across the States and/or Canada
  • Write another book
  • Knit up my stash (ha, that should postpone the death until I’m about 206!)

Three Things I Can Do

  • Spot a spelling error at 20 paces
  • Speak Romanian (not fluently, but enough to get by)
  • Code a website from scratch

Three Things I Can’t Do

  • Crochet
  • Drive
  • Touch my toes (I hope Pilates will change this!) 

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To

  • Your instincts (mine are always spot on)
  • Your body
  • Audio books

Three Things You Should Never Listen To

  • Gossip
  • Your inner perfectionist
  • Anyone who says you can’t

Three Things I’d Like To Learn

  • Surfing
  • Spinning yarn
  • Ballet

Three Favorite Foods

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid

  • Tiswas
  • Top of the Pops
  • Blue Peter

Three Things I Regret

  • Not learning to play the piano when I had one
  • Not looking after my health better
  • Not spending more time with my dad

The man behind it all…..

Well, after 18 months of daily blogging, I think you all know me pretty well. I don’t hold back here, so you’re getting a clearer picture of who I am than many of my real life acquaintances. But I realised today that Tony is something more of an enigma. He was an anonymous Mr P for a long time, but slowly you’ve been getting to know him. And today, I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about him:

  • He has a superb singing voice, a very powerful tenor, and can do a pretty impressive version of Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma.
  • He’s a fabulous cook, and does most of our cooking. His father was a cook in the Army, and was cooking curries and exotic food long before Britain had discovered food outside of beef and cabbage. Tony’s speciality is spicy food too.
  • He’s a bit of a mad inventor, always coming up with bits of machinery and equipment to make jobs easier. This has been very useful in our yarn business, such as the time he designed a skein winder out of an old bicycle!
  • He seems very happy-go-lucky (and in fact, is a very cheerful person), but he’s also very sensitive and emotional, and easily moved. Bless him, he even cried at the end of Babe.  
  • He has infinite patience and kindness. I think he would have made a wonderful teacher.

People are drawn to Tony, especially children. There’s something about him, that makes you feel better just by being around him. It’s a quality that’s hard to put your finger on, he’s not especially witty, but people smile and laugh more when he’s there. It’s impossible not to love him. And I do, oh so much….. 

2007 Review

I thought I’d do a little end of year knitting meme – feel free to join in if you’d like!

Favourite yarn

Sophia 2ply. I know, I’m biased, but knitting with this yarn is like knitting with spun clouds. It’s a pleasure to work with.

Favourite needles

My rosewood circulars, a delicious treat from Robynn. They made shawl knitting a pleasure. In 2008 I might treat myself to some rosewood dpns for sock knitting.

Favourite new pattern

Irtfa’a Faroese Lace Shawl, by Anne Hanson at Knitspot. Isn’t it gorgeous? This is top of my must knit list for 2008.

Favourite project

The Forest Canopy shawl (pictured below). This was my first real lace project, and I enjoyed it so much. It got me hooked on shawl knitting. It’s a beautifully written pattern, so easy to follow.

Favourite knitting blog

All Stitched Up. Jacqui is so inspiring, both in her personal life and in her knitting, and I always feel uplifted by her posts. Plus, she’s the shawl queen!

Favourite new technique

Toe up socks. I can’t tell you how clever I felt when I mastered that first toe!

Favourite knitting website

Three guesses…… Ravelry! I spend so much time on that website its embarrassing. When it first launched, and I got my invite (I was one of the lucky early ones, thanks to the sweet Sarah) I thought it was pretty cool, but I didn’t really get it. Now, I get it. It’s an amazing resource for knitters, and I can’t imagine how we managed without it!

Favourite knitting book 

The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine: 25 Years of Articles, Techniques, and Expert Advice. I want to dive into this book and never surface.  

Favourite knitting spot

Sitting in my big armchair next to the woodstove, a little Oscar Peterson playing the background, a pot of tea by my side. Ah…..

Favourite knitting partner

Ems, my best friend, who only started knitting about 2 months ago, and has already produced a startling number of finished items. She’s got all the enthusiasm and blithe confidence of the new knitter, and its a lot of fun to see her discovering the delights of the knitting world.