Saturday, 30 October 2010

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

Lately there has been much discussion of shoes amongst the women I work with. Imelda Marcos I'm not, but it would seem that I have a much larger shoe collection than any of my female colleagues.

So this weekend I set to the task of taking an inventory of my footwear - slippers included.


I'm not really sure how this has happened. I don't think I buy a lot of shoes. I like to have enough that I can rotate through the week. [I read somewhere once that it was better for your feet to leave at least 24 hours between wears in order to let your shoes dry out properly.]

Perhaps I just don't throw them out much.

Perhaps my less-than-42-pairs colleagues are the weird shoe-deficient ones?

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

The best room in the house...


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...is now my bathroom.

Before and after photos here.

This was a surprisingly painless enterprise. The workmen all turned up when they said they would, they didn't break anything, it was quick and I love the end result.

Friday, 8 October 2010

No such thing as a free fleece


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I know... two posts in one day... what's the world coming to?

I finally got around to sewing the buttons on this cardigan last night. It's the Garter Yoke Cardi pattern by Melissa LaBarre which was very popular a couple of years ago. It's taken me a while to get around to making it. Of course now everyone on Ravelry has been making her more recent pattern Tea Leaves (which I will get around to... eventually....).

The wool is my own handspun and the fleece came straight off the sheep's back, shorn by C's dad. I love that I know the entire life-cycle/manufacturing-cycle of this cardi (well.... except for the buttons... they came from the Buttonmania sale and I've no idea where they were manufactured) and that I did everything except shear the sheep myself (I'll happily leave that bit to the expert).

Bathroom preview


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It's nearly done. Just the painting and the shower screen left to go. I love my mosaic tiles.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Raving over roving

So over the last week, I went on a bit of an roving-on-Etsy spree. I seem to have a thing for green.

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Roving from: Skein (top left) and The Thylacine (right and bottom).

Then I went into Clegs and they had this yummy sock yarn called... funnily enough.... Yummy. I spent ages tossing up between two colours, before I caved in and bought both.

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Bathroom renovations are in-progress. There is nothing left of the old bathroom. New cabinetry has been installed. The plasterer and tiler are next.