Well as the saying goes the best laid plans of .......
This week has been a bit of a mix and our dyeing day was cancelled by a very sudden and unexpected bereavement for Gwyneth, the lovely lady who's garden we were going to. So that puts life into perspective doesn't it before I start ?
It will be held again in the future but no date set as yet so I didn't have to rush with my spinning and will have more than enough for this next weeks dyeing . All being well I will go but it's not held at their usual meeting place but in the wilds of the Lleyn peninsular; I'm still not sure exactly where the cottage is ,and its a warren of little roads in that area and a good hour and a half's drive from me but I need to do something creative and I so want to learn as much as possible about natural dyeing. So I am keeping fingers crossed that I find the place :)
So spinning has been fine but I wanted to knit but who wants a strappy top when all we have had is rain, rain rain with just one odd day of sun, my heart is not in it .I am not sure I even like it & I think it was designed for a stick insect !! I only have a few inches on the back straps to do and I will finish it but I think it will leap straight back in the frog pond. Any one got any good patterns using 3 balls of Colinette Giotto? which would look good on Fiona from Shrek ? ;)
So in consolation I turned to Eva's cardigan and sat down with a log fire on a wet Friday to do some switch off medative knitting. BAH!! I was up until late, trying to figure what I am doing wrong ; it starts with casting on 408 st for the back as there is a ruffle before its a simple rib pattern and then shaping for a fitted waist after the decreases but I can't get the amount of stitches to add up right for the pattern !! Why is it that the simplest things are some times the hardest ? I have undone it at least four times thinking it's me and was so sick of counting ,I have even had DH count them. I have had poor Kath on her first night home from her holidays yesterday do the math with me and we both agree there is an error. So I now need to either get in touch with Eva or just do my own thing with the pattern; its just that it was meant to be simple
Well we did have a little good news , the camera shop phoned up and said that they had been able to recover some of our lost holiday photos so we scooted down there and saw the thump prints on their computer and thought great & paid up but when we viewed them at home, they are all jumbled up and their photo numbers don't correspond with the photo on screen and photos are cropped , pixilated etc but there are some stunning ones too which has to be good news.
Bad news is the camera is at fault not the card so I have mailed Canon to see what they can do ; we can still take photos with it but we may lose them again.The camera is about 4 yrs old and we spent nearly £500 on it then, technology has moved on since ; although this camera still has features not on the modern one that we bought the other week at a fraction of the price.Meanwhile Tony (the self confessed Luddite )is muttering that his old Ricoh camera still works fine & takes great photos, which it does .
I thought I would share a few more shots of our Scottish trip , mainly on Skye this time
This is above Fort William and were Scotland begins for me
Here are the girls in their tartan harness's outside Eilean Donan castle, and why is it that the tide is out yet again when we stop there?
The bridge over to the Isle of Skye
It so hard to try and pick a few photos to show ,as none truly capture the panoramic beauty but here are some of the shots of my spinning evenings at various spots on Skye. What makes you think I love mountains :)
The last is Kilt Rock waterfall again on Skye which is nearly a 300ft drop , amazing and I felt dizzy looking down at the sheer drop.
I have so many,many other photos;of a croft museum with a weaving room and old spinning wheels ,an old working weaving loom, colour filled shots of yummy yarns from Shlasdair, the Old Man of Storr pinnacles ,coastal shots,stunning sunsets , castles. I could go on but I do think I might bore you a bit put I am going to add them to my Flicker site at some point if any one wants to view them .
But I have to add this one in as a wee joke :)
Tony and I at home on our croft
Now for the draw ,each post was numerically listed ,and the winning number drawn by Tony from his own hat;which he later ate as he didn't win anything but I have kept a special chocie for him as well , duh what are men like !!
The winner is number 14 which is Mrs J and if you would leave me your e-mail addy below I will contact you to get your address & send goodies your way. You do like chocie too I hope & of course wooly stuff:)
PS : Apologies to ALL stick insects ; I have been one of them at one time too. One of these days I will dig out photos of me over the last few years and you will see how I have been all extreme sizes at one point, SCARY LOL
Oh and I have just been on the phone to Shilasdair and there is an error in the pattern