Monday, July 23, 2007

bad mail, bags and a name change

I have had several parcels returned to me in a burnt mess, they include some etsy orders and the club yarns, apparently they were in a van crash and smouldered. The new ones are almost ready for sending out, then I can claim my money back from them, thanks goodness for proof of postage.

This is the first pattern I have ever designed. It takes 2 hanks of BFL DK and only took me a day to knit felted in the washing machine it is a large and very strong bag, I will be writing it up as soon as I get chance, the I cord is fab and only took me 15 minutes to finger knit, again instructions will follow asap.

In case you have not noticed I have also got a name change the posts are now signed Miss Mandy of Fliwick, this is due to the Hogwarts sock swap 2 that I am in, normality will return once the swap is over.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hogwarts sock swap questions

Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?


2. Shoe size?

UK size 5

3. Foot Length?

23 cm / 9 inches

4. Foot Circumference?

23cm/9 inches

5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
a. boyes 2.75mm
b. addi 2.5mm
c. they are the only ones I have tried

6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
I would love to try knitpicks any length and either 2.5mm or 2.75

7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?

8. Allergies? Do you have any? Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals?
no allergies, I don't smoke, I do have 2 parrots who don't get near my knitting

9. Are you an international participant (outside US)? Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?
Of course

Don't forget that you can still join the sock swap ( ) I think sign ups may close soon so please be quick

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Harry Potter sock swap

I have just applied to join the next round of the Harry Potter sock swap, I dyed several skeins for the last round so hopefully I will do the same this time and get to knit with some of it aswell.
I have been sorted into the Gryffindor house of course
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a Gryffindor!

fingers crossed I get to join in the fun

Friday, July 13, 2007

milkies all gone

Well for the first time in 4 years I am no longer a breastfeeding mother, as of last Sunday Jack is off the boob and hs decided that milk in a cup is just as good.
I feel both very glad yet slightly saddened that my breastfeeding days are over. Sam weaned at 2 and a half and Jack has now done the same, I did feed them both for 9 months so I think I have done my bit for them.

It doesn't seem two minutes since Jack was born on my front room floor
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and now look at them
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On another good note planning permission has gone through on our extension so just building control to get through now and then the games can begin.

Monday, July 09, 2007

full te brim

The great thing about having an allotment is the goodies, tea tonight consisted of
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my first early spuds
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my favourite poddy peas as the boys call them
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cabbage freshly earthed up, steamed and served with a dollop of butter
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the shallots are waiting for pickling tomorrow after a good soak in salted water
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and of course pudding of blackcurrant crumble.

what could be better?

Sunday, July 08, 2007

frogged frogged frogged

my mystery stole has bitten the dust, all down to a missing stitch.
Note to self :- use life line next time
Back up to row 30 again

Thursday, July 05, 2007

10% off sale

I have almost finished listing what travelled back with me, so in celebration I have a bit of a sale going on.

if you type in woolfest in the discount box you will get your 10% taken off, and don't forget that everybody who buys from me this month will get entered into a prize draw and will win a skein of their choosing.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

mystery stole 50 rows in

still worthy of a photo though, the pattern is coming along nicely, I am really enjoying it and the fact that it is a mystery pattern is making it all the more fun to knit. there are over 4000 knitters now in the mystery stole knitalong on yahoo

still time to sign up and join in the fun

so what did I buy and a prize draw

This was all I had chance to buy at Woolfest, and I even had to send mum out to buy that for me, my dream of spinning my own sock yarn is getting closer.

Just for Aknita The staples came out fine and actually helped to shape the shawl so mum is well and truly forgiven.

now for the prize draw, anybody who buys a skein of yarn in July from either of my shops will be entered into a prize draw, The lucky winner will recieve a skein of yarn of their choosing

Monday, July 02, 2007

wonderful woolfest

I am back in one piece and I loved every minute of it

first comes the pics of the stall

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putting the stall up was a lot of fun, mum helped me no end, but I did have a little heart attack when she STAPLED my shawl to the back drop. when I had recovered from the shock of seeing metal punched through my beautiful work I realised that it did actually look quite nice, so forgave her quite quickly.

The Friday and Saturday went so quickly, I met loads of people I had never met before and loads of people it was lovely to see again.

my stall was next to Cledry Yarner , it was great to have such a nice person next to me.
I had a huge hug with the badger and aknita.
I finally got to meet Sprite maker of the Yarnimals n and Jeni and Andy from

Camping in torrential rain was interesting, and not helped by hubby and Jack getting a stomach bug on the last night, that said however all I can say is roll on next year.