Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Meet Ms Izzy

Greg and I had an agreement to no more pets. We already have an English Springer Spaniel, Marley and two moggies Sammy and Rooster and of course two children. However we've decided to break our agreement.

Yesterday I dropped two children of at school (Yippee!) and came home with a little kitten. She was hanging around the uniform shop and looked to have slept under there. She doesn't appear starved, just hungry and she is extremely affectionate and has a beautiful nature. She has just curled up onto my lap as I type. So we've told the children that she will stay, though we will still look for her owners. Her full name is Isolde, which means beautiful in gaelic but to make things easier it is shortened to Izzy.

Who could resist such innocence.

Keep smiling :-)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Socks, socks, socks

I guess I just love knitting socks. These three below are my current projects (we won't talk about those that are currently hibernating)

On the left we have Merino Lace Socks by Anne Woodbury from Favourite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave in Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarns Merino/Cashmere.

In the middle is my first attempt at toe-up sock as per Laura Chau's instructions in Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting. These are knitted in Wollmeise merino in Vincent.

And finally we have my basic sock pattern done in stripes of Noro Silk Garden Sock.

Now the question is do I take these three with my on my holiday next week or do I take these instead:
and start some new socks? Or do I just take the lot and leave the clothes behind?

Unfortunately there is not a lot of room in a Subaru Impreza WRX hatch when one has two adults, 2 children and 1 English Springer Spaniel. And we need to take linen, clothes and activities - no TV but lots of sun and surf. Here's a peak:

Well maybe not so much sun in this picture but definately lots of surf.

We actually had to postpone the holiday a week (thanks Steph :)) as one English Springer Spaniel by the name of Marley had the bottom 2 inches of his ear bitten off, through the fence, by the neighbours dog. He's fine now after a little surgery and the dog wire fence is now also covered with chicken wire to keep errent noses where they belong. Fortunately we have good neighbours.

Keep smiling :-)

New Name

I've decided that I have too many different names out there so it is time to consolidate. I like From a S E E D better because it can incorporate anything and everything that I do ranging from my wonderful family and friends through to my creative endeavours and my joy or reading. Enjoy.

Keep smiling :-)

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year

One of my New Year resolutions is to be a more regular blogger, oh and to stop spending so much time on computer games. I haven't stopped knitting or spinning during this time though it has slowed down due to the hot, humid weather. I'm still working on trying to get aircon in the back end of the house.

Here are my current WIPs:

My wonderful friend Jeannine gave me a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Laci in Raven. It is slowly becoming the North Roe Shawl by Dodile. It is beautiful yarn to work with so lovely and soft.

This is the very beginning of Jared Flood's Girasole. As I'm working in Alpaca DK it has been sitting idle until a less humid day. I'm also planning to do the pattern in some fingering weight handspun that I'm currently working on.

And finally Merino Lace Sock by Anne Woodbury . Another wonderful pattern and yarn. The yarn is cashmere/merino in Driftwood by Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarns. This is my first project with cashmere and I think I'm spoiled for anything else. I've heard lots of stories about the wonders of cashmere and now that I have finally succumbed I know they are all true.

Happy New Year and
Keep smiling :-)