Friday, October 31, 2008
Red Shoes: $50
Red Purse: $18
Tickets to Halloween Party: $16
Glitter Devil Horns: $5
Being left by your date nearly as soon as you walk in and then elbowed in the (already broken) nose by a guy dressed as a bathtub: Priceless.
Hope your Halloween was better!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
For those who missed it, I will be designing socks with Maylin's wonderful yarn for the Knit 1, Dead 2 group on Ravelry, in other words, people who knit and watch True Blood. The middle yarn (yellow and pink) will be representing Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic heroine, and the one on the right with the orange will be for Lafayette, the gay drug-dealer. He has some of the best lines in the show- it would be wrong to NOT give him a pair of fabulous socks. The green yarn was just something for me- it's a wonderful merino/bamboo blend and it might end up being Rivendell socks or perhaps Falling Leaves. Whatever it ends up being, I love the earthy colors with the subtle shine. Maylin does a wonderful job with her colors.
Monday, October 27, 2008
* I don't remember what this building is, but it's pretty*
Sere and I got up far too early and hopped on the earliest bus to the earliest train to London. I was hovering over a hot tea in a attempt to wake up, so I did not knit on the ride there. My knitting did sit in my lap the whole time though. We got off at the London Bridge station and walked over to THE tourist place, the London Dungeons only to find that the line was...a mile and a half long. So we walked across the London Bridge (new one, not the old that Fergie sings about) and headed down the street (or several streets) to see Buckingham Palace. We stood next to the guards and told each other dirty jokes trying to get them to laugh. We got a "Cheers" through closed teeth from one as we were leaving. Mission accomplished, silence broken. It was a bit chilly but the crisp wind and the turning leaves made it one of the more beautiful places I've ever seen. We saw the park where Finding Neverland was shot, and it's spectacular. Perhaps Prince William and I will get married in the park...it would be beautiful for a wedding.
*Picadilly Circus, just after sunset; Caniballistic Zombie Butcher holding sock; Guard with nice hat*
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I also didn't fully appreciate how nice of a yarn the D.I.C. in until I started knitting the Guy Fawkes Sawkes in Plymouth Happy Feet. Yeah, I bought the Happy Feet because it was relatively cheap stashing in the event that the yarn was taken away on the airplane or some other disaster went down, but now that I've spoiled myself with D.I.C., knitting with Happy Feet kind of feels like knitting with flannel. It's just...not great. But the color is perfect for the Guy Fawkes Sawkes, and they are going to London with me on Saturday. Hopefully we will get our picture taken in front of Parliament, or with Johnny Depp at Madame Toussaud's wax museum. Maybe both- who knows!
I also met up with Caroline Craftyfox on Tuesday morning at an art gallery/cafe and we got our knit on for a few hours. We were both making socks, and while it felt like I wasn't making any progress at all, the knitting fairy snuck into my bag and knitted a few inches while I was riding the bus back. I just love how that happens. Caroline also gave me a most wonderful and terribly English gift- 2 skiens of Rowan Rowanspun dk in a navy blue that will go perfect with my new coat. I need to find a fun lacy pattern to bring out the best in that yarn. She also lent me a Rowan magazine so I could copy a few patterns without buying the book. I've already picked out my favorite- a ribbed, beaded cardi on size 3 needles. I would have flipped right by it normally, but I did just buy a new skirt that needs a matching shirt. Hmm....maybe the after-Christmas sale rack at Michaels can help me out on this one.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
So today was low-key. I spent most of today reading for tomorrow's classes and keeping ice on my ankle (now down to the size of a grapefruit) and went to the kitchen a minute ago to find this:
A shopping cart in the kitchen of my 6th floor flat and my flatmate, Jess, perched inside it. I don't know why, but it was very funny. It's even more hilarious that she insists on getting pushed around in it for the remainder of the evening. So what do I do to people who sit in shopping carts in the kitchen of a 6th floor appartment? You guess it. I made her hold the sock.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
If, for some reason, the poll doesn't work, then leave your choice in the comments below. Or if you have another awesome name for the socks that should be put in the poll immediately, leave that in the comments below aswell.
Thanks so much! Can't wait to see what you guys like!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
We also found Franklin's, the largest yarn store in Essex county and it's totally walking distance from my flat! Woohoo! They have Rowan out the wazoo and it's not all that expensive either. They also have Twilleys of Stamford (that's what the green and purple striped hoodie is made out of) and Sere bought some so I could make her a scarf...which I will get around to-eventually. I really don't want to put down my Hederas right now, and Tom is starting to doubt that I will actually make him a hat. I did buy yarn for his hat so I don't have to use my sweater yarn, plus I think he will like this new yarn better...it's Liverpool colors. They also had this super fuzzy sock yarn from Regia called Softy, and of course that made it's way into my bag aswell. They will be lovely bumming-around-the-flat socks...and I'm just incapable of turning down lime green sock yarn.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
It's a surprisingly sunny day here in England and I just had to take advantage of it by wearing my big "tourist" sign and taking pictures of campus as requested by Laurie. I'm sorry these took so long, there just aren't that many pretty days here. I've also been a bit under the weather with the "Fresher's Flu" as they call it here....whatever it is, it's nasty and I will be glad to be rid of it in a few days. It hits freshmen and exchange students within the first week...and it really sucks. Please send Sudafed.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
During World War 2, the stained glass was taken down bit by bit so that it wasn't blown down, and it took three years to put it all back in, finishing in 1950.
They also talked on the tour about how Cambridge was the second oldest University in the UK, and it was started after Oxford locals began killing Oxford students (my Midieval History prof that looked like Mad-Eye Moody called this the Townies vs. the Gownies) and the King ordered that they shut down Oxford until the conflicts had settled. So the teachers crossed over the Cam Bridge (eh- get it?) and started Cambridge University. For the next 600 years, there were only Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK.