Friday, January 27, 2006

Sock yarn anyone?

With all the heat yesterday I forgot to tell you about an blah American soap about teenagers I watched yesterday morning, see what the heat has reduced me to?

One of the boys wanted to see his girlfriend and her band perfoem at this club but he wasn't old enough so his friend assures him he'll take care of it.
They go to a yarn store and this boy's friend says to the woman behind the counter "Can you hook my friend up with some Regia sock yarn?"
Which is code for can you get my friend a fake id?

Who would have thought it possible that a yarn store could be such a den of inequity! Which makes me wonder what my LYS does to really make money!
They have "knitters"signing on to do "work" for them, perhaps an escort service? Gun running? An illegal terrorist cell? The mind boggles at the possibilities!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn hot!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Another hot one.....

Too hot!

I have soothed myself with some of Stone's (of the Green Ginger Wine fame) Ginger Beer nicely chilled and Bill Bailey's stage performance Part Troll.

Which I must confess was hilarious! I know him only as Manny from Balck Books so was dubious as to what he would be like on stage. He was an absolute scream! My favourite part was his version of the Hokey Pokey done in German to some techno-house music.

Although his mini film at the end of the show was almost as equally as amusing, he had said earlier in his show how he likes to look at his washing up under water. He does this by going to his fridge and removing all the fruit and veg from the clear vegatable crisper and then putting it into the sink and looking through it - as he mimed this he's looking in it and pointing at things and smoking.

As well as seeing all this in the film from the view point of the bottom of the sink we also saw him getting the munchies!

I'm highly intrigued, why I have I never thought of this? All those times when I've been driven mad by the heat and too hot and mad to want to do anything challenging.

My sock thanks to the ever capable Cindy (again) has progressed on, I think Cindy the pattern has passed all the boogelly bits and looks as though it will be clear knitting up ahead but if the stitches all add up when I get there is yet to be seen.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Monday, January 23, 2006


Alright I think I may have made a blunder, I don't have a lot of time to rectify it tonight, but to all my fellow SNB'ers, I will see you tomorrow. And please disregard the 2005 I meant 2006....

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Ladies, Gentlemen and Spiny Headed Yellow Things!

I have been Missing Without Action for a little while now and I will be back to my usual broadcast very soon. But this is just a quick note, anybody who is waiting to hear from me, I will get to you all very soon!

Until then be excellent to one another!
A bona fide too hot too frazzled and ready to move to the artic redhead.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Breaking NEW!

I think I am a little late reading my e-mail aout the new MagKnits.
But I think I am less late with my e-mail about Southern Cross Knitting - and when they said Mini Issue they meant Mini Issue!

I'm melting! I'm melting!

Well it certainly feels like it, and the puddle of liquid that constantly surrounds me has given me a clue as well.

The very lovely Cindy lent me her new Vogue magazine to have a look at after last weeks SNB meet-up. She also helped me with the sock from the first issue of Yarn magazine, the short ankle sock. I have come to the conclusion from trying to turn the heel that it's no longer just me and an inabiltiy to understand the patten. I think it may be the pattern. In the end all the sock was doing was making me cross so it has gone to one side to be taken to next weeks SNB meet-up to seek answers from those more in the know.

Also a hat I started out of Patons Inca, (lovely stuff to work with I might add!) made to an old Husky pattern has came to a halt after I had to take back the 7th row and take it back and ...... Upu get the picture I'm sure, I lost a few stitches but recaptured them and proceded onto the 8th row and discovered I had indeed lost tow stitches altogether. They've run almost down to the bottom of the hat, I fear I will have to rip the whole hat back (again) so I have put it to one side to take to SNB. Nothing like putting off the inevitable.

Back to Vogue, I was so in love with most of the designs this time around a very good issue that I decided to buy my very own copy and while in doing that tonight I discovered the thrid issue of Vogue's Knit 1 was out!
It has some very nice hat patterns, also a very lovely (but knit on tiny 2.5mm needles - arrgh!) corset top. However the down side - it is Vogue so there is goign to be some absolute clunker and this time around it was a strapless knit dress with argyle pattern. I think the style is very nice, but maybe in a solid colour?

There was also a picture of a knitted faux bear skin rug! This has to be my fave pattern in the magazine, strictly speaking it's only a picture in the magazine you have to log on to Knit 1's website for the pattern to make it.
While logged on you may like to check out the new Knit 1 blog - it has pictures of some of the patterns completed by knitters from out in the real world.

Sharp eyed readers while veiwing the preview of the next Knit 1 magazine due out may spot something very near to my heart!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

What else can go wrong?

It has just been one of those weeks, everything that can, has!

This includes some absolute winners in the knitting department. There will be more details, provided my post dosen't get eaten again.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Longing for a Sea Change!

After a wonderful week away where I thought about nothing and did not much more than that aside from some knitting!

I've made it to halfway thorugh the hood on my hooded scarf with pockets - unfortuantly I don't have a picture yet so you will all just have to imagine what it looks like. Which I'm sure will be more excting than what it actually does look like at the moment.

I won't to go back, I got so much knitting done. So much staring at the ocean view done. So much more knitting. So much more staring at the view.........

Then it's back to reality at my house, with the daft white cat and housework I ignored since I was going away. I don't know who's reality this is, it can't be mine, I wouldn't be living in this house and I wouldn't have housewk to do, ever. Unfortunatly for the Daft White Cat I think he will be stuck with me, his Ab Fab mummy, in all realitys.

I'm hoping to get to Knits, Needles and Wool, my local (This shop is for locals! Are you a local?) yarn store and get some bamboo double point needles. I'm dying to knit on a pair, and I thought the ankle socks as featured in the first issue of Yarn would be a good opportunity.
I have some yarn I could use, I found it in the wardrobe. I also found myself and the DWC in there but no doorway to an alternate reality. Highly disappointing.

Tomorrow is my SNb meet-up, which I am organising. No, really I am. Don't you just love holidays? I saw the "Grandma" of our group today and she remembered without me reminding her.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Lang may your lum reek!

I have to thank Cindy for pointing me in the direction of this very fabulous article on New Years Eve - Hogmanay in Scotland.

My father hails from Auld Reekie and has memories of First Footing.
Courtesy of Rampant Scotland :-
"First footing" (that is, the "first foot" in the house after midnight) is still common in Scotland. To ensure good luck for the house, the first foot should be male, dark (believed to be a throwback to the Viking days when blond strangers arriving on your doorstep meant trouble) and should bring symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky. These days, however, whisky and perhaps shortbread are the only items still prevalent (and available).
According to my father first footing in his young day meant visiting all your friends and neighbours and having a drink and there were people who kept going around for days after the New Year first footing....Talk about chancers!

The reference to someone dark and the old superstition regarding blondes harking back to the Vikings raises a rather interesting point. At one point researches thought the key to red hair lay in a combination of a mixture of dark and light haired parents. Could this explain all those hats touted in tourist shops? A tartan concoction with a fringe of red hair? Could this also explain red heads legendary tempers? Could the Vikings a group of people depicted as war like invaders be the cause behind the rage? But then the early Scots whose roots lie in the Celtic people certainly wern't shy about coming forward, after all the Romans in the end thought life would be easier to deal with the Northaners if they built a wall and kept them out of England.

Another interesting point the article mentioned was the fact that until the 1950's, Christmas was banned in Scotland. It has something to do with the Protesent's seeing it as too "Catholic". My Grandmother who was originaly from England went to live in Scotland after she married my Grandfather and when she first moved up she was shocked that there was no Christmas! I have to admit I find it hard to comprehend when she told the story and since my father has since told it.

Enough food for thought tonight I think, I have a date with the Edinbourgh Tattoo and a piece of shortbread. Which brings one last point I have to raise, watching the Australian Tattoo they talked about why it was called a Tattoo (something I myself have wondered), it stems back to the 1800's and the drum beat that signified to pub land lords they must turn off the beer taps and soldiers to return to their barracks.

Learn something everyday!
A boan fide war like red head and damn perplexed by it.

Happy New Year One and All!

Well dear readers it's offical 2006 has started and so far the world hasn't ended.

If anybody made it to Aurora Stadium tonight I would love to hear about it I didn't make it myself and am very disappointed. Also anybody who's been to the Taste in Hobart, maybe next year for me.

Speaking of next year I'm already making notes to myself, if staying in find someone worth staying in with. Not that the complete season 3 of CSI isn't good enough - that is after all a lot of Grissom. But he's hardly going to see the New Year in with me and a bottle of bubbly. Furthur note to self, start saving now and you may be able to have a magnum of Krug for New Year 2008.

Also I received in my Inbox tonight an e-mail from Spun magazine. The new issue is up at last! Yeah!

Ona final note anybody First Footing tonight, don't forget something black!