Monthly Archives: February 2006

Done done done

OK, so I’m a bit late in posting this picture, but trust me, these were finished about 5 minutes after the closing ceremonies started at 19.00 GMT. I’ve been working on a redesign of the hotel website, and it’s taking time.

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They are now washed, dry, and waiting to be wrapped and posted off to Mom in sunny South Africa. They will be utterly useless for the next few months, but will come into their own in time for her birthday in June.

Thank you Franklin for designing the medal.
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Jean has put the feeling into words far more elegantly than I could ever manage, so I’ll leave you to wander over and have a look.

Meantime, I’m up early to do breakfast for a family of five Americans, and waiting for my first cup of coffee.

As promised: progress photos of the Olympic Socks. Not because they look anything like the games, but because I’m working them as my entry into the Knitting Olympics.

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Before the holiday

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After the holiday

As of last night, I have one toe and one 3-needle-bindoff to do. Much to my surprise, I might actually meet the target of casting off before the closing ceremonies tonight. A photo will be forthcoming if I do.

If I don’t, I will adopt the old maxim:
“If at first you don’t succeed, deny having ever tried….”

I spent several hours yesterday (some during the rugby in fact, when it all got a bit much) working on an updated website for the hotel. It’s not done yet, but the back is broken and I hope another few days’ steady work will do it.

The ladies’ toilet is still not done. My hands were just too sore, and I’ve four vinyl floor tiles to lay, and the wall fittings to refix.


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18 – 12

We did it. Scotland have the Calcutta Cup after a veryveryveryveryvery close game.

Jedburgh is empty today. Anyone that could go, has gone to Edinburgh in the hopes of being in on the party. Wish I was there!

Sorry for the brief posting. It’s all I can do to keep my fingers from shaking for long enough to type….

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I’m back

Yes, in case you hadn’t guessed, we’ve been away. Our first holiday in several years, and it was wonderful.

We drove for MILES. The map below shows the basic route, but doesn’t highlight the little detours, scenic (not) tour of Guildford when we couldn’t quite find the right way to get off the A3 and onto the road to the B&B, and assorted side trips for coffee. About 550 miles each way.

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Returning to work has been a bit of a shock to the system. More on that, and my progress with my entry for the Knitting Olympics, later in the weekend.

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It’s started.

That would be the Knitting Olympics, then. I have my equipment (2mm dp Inox needles, sock yarn, pattern, yarn needle), In fact, I have everything I need bar a functioning brain.

I even have a few (semi-legal) performance enhancing substances.

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Yes, I have a cold. I have been busily procrastinating today, and generally feeling sorry for myself rather than doing the 954 642 things which are shouting for my attention.

My olympic challenge is as follows:

  • find the completed (too long) sock knitted in 2004 for Mom
  • find the pattern (Heels & Toes Gazette, yarn, needles etc
  • fix sock no. 1 (first attempt to remember how much too long it was when it was tried on in July 2004)
  • knit sock no. 2 to match sock no. 1 (and I mean match, stripes and all)
  • get socks washed, dried & posted off to very patient Mom

From now on, Olympic knitting news will transfer to the Team Scotland group blog

Other knitting stuff
The pattern for Nudibranch MkIII has finally been put together and sent off to Jean for test knitting. I do hope it’s understandable!

Hubby has done just about everything work-related for the past few days. Working in a smokey pub with a cold is just no fun at all, and I’ve been very well looked after indeed.

We are due to have a big meeting of everyone involved in the renovation project on Thursday 23 February, and hopefully things will finally get moving soon after that.

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Where did you get that hat?

Without further ado, and before I go and turn the place upside-down to try and find the socks I’m supposed to be working on for the Knitting Olympics, here are some hurriedly edited pictures of the lace hat I’ve been working on.
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From the back

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Closeup of the top (the bit I really like!)

Yarn: Jaeger Baby Merino DK
Needles: 4mm dp (random assortment from the collection)
Time: 5 hours start-to-finish not including mucking about with the charts

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Knitting and gardening

Before we took on this hotel, we lived in Glasgow – just on the edge of Queen’s Park. In the middle of Queens Park, and right at the top of the hill, are some allotments, and I managed to get a half plot. I really enjoyed growing veggies: I like to see a concrete return for my effort, and shrubs and flowers just don’t do it for me.

Bear with me, this does have a (tenuous) knitting connection.

Jean has a house-with-garden at Strathardle. I no longer have either an allotment or time to keep a garden. I do, however, have a large collection of seeds, which I had left with family in Glasgow during the move. Today, Jean took over the seed collection, and we will see if any of them survive the Strathardle Rabbits. I’m with Jean on this, by the way: Rabbits have no Rights, other than, perhaps, the right to be eaten!

The new hat is finished. It’s lovely in blue, and lovely in buttermilk yellow (Jaegar Baby Merino DK) for me. Photos later in the week, as tonight I have tousled hair due to a session of Aquafit at the local pool.

Nudibranch has been drafted, and awaits final editing and insertion of pictures before I can send it to Jean for testing. I’m debating on how many options to give the knitter: I suspect fewer is better, but will take advice from anyone who’s willing to offer.

The plastering is really finished. I painted about half the wall area with a damp-proof paint, and then had to stop as the fumes were overpowering in that smallest of rooms. It was really hard work. A bit like trying to paint with treacle, in fact, and my wrists are complaining gently about their double workout today.

More painting tomorrow. It’s John’s turn to clean the beer lines, so I’ll have time in the morning for mucky stuff after the guests have left and before the pub opens.

Knitting Olympics
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Last year’s cow parsley against a gorse hedge.
Just a little something at the top of the Lanton Road which I thought was pretty.

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