Telstr*: the monopoly we all know, and show great disinterest in, until they start calling. And calling. And calling. Once I was a Telstr* customer, but that was many years ago. Despite this they keep calling: their dealers, their sales people..giving out my silent number willy-nilly. T*m Ry*n rang me, off his own bat, and promised it wouldn't happen any more. But three times since then I have been called. The direct number he gave me doesn't answer, and he also chooses not to answer my emails. No-one wants to listen, no-one wants to help, no-one cares at all. It is Telstr*'s responsibilty. I promised him I would blog about the terrible service and violation of my privacy. And so I am. I am making Telstr* my pet project. And The ABC until they tell me when Doctor Who will be screened. (Apparently, according to Anna ABC, they only plan 2 or 3 weeks in advance. If you can believe that. And I don't.)
The Labradors: guaranteed to make me feel happy, calm and loved!! Harki has the photogenic gene, if there is such a thing. She always looks fantastic in the pictures I take, and none of the talent is mine!! She is always smiling and happy and graciously at ease. Peri missed out on the photographic gene. I have to delete so many pictures: poor Peri, with my terrible shooting style and here nippy moves we are doomed to get far fewer flattering photos. Peri is always looking around to see where Harki is and what she is doing, and she's afraid she will miss out on something. Hence the not-looking-at-the-camera poses!!! She does have an innate energy and enthusiasm and she does everything at the speed of light and at 100% power!!!
I have finished one Professor Plum sock, and I didn't have a Cluedo how it would work out. Pretty much OK. The wool is very fine, the socks are 'wafer thin' but strong. As an antidote to the incredibly tiny knitting I started a garment: Vest Side Story. I started the Zigzag Vest from Jo Sharp's Knit 3, but I couldn't bear the cabling of one stitch 20 times across every right side row. I even mastered cabling without a needle, but it just wasn't working, and despite checking my tension, it was far too big. Then I had a brainwave and started again with a new pattern interspersed with rib. Do you recognise it??? I have powered ahead since this picture and I am shaping the waist now. I am using some delicious Rare Essentials Cocoon Jade alpaca/silk/mohair/merino. It is soft and light and warm and a beautiful colour. I had forgotten how quickly 8ply on 4mm knits up!!!
Here is Katt's Pirate Zipped Bag. I made it to match her big knitting bag. It is lined with the same skull and crossbones material I sewed onto the front. I cobbled together the pattern as I like a flat base and a zippy top. I remembered the specially empowered minerals Katt gave me too!!! Even the little pouch is green.
Bendigo Woollen Mills finally have their website up and running. The Knitting Coven was all a-buzz with excitement at the news today!!!We can all stop holding our collective breaths and shop away online. On the holding-your-breath-front, Peri's TeddyBunny finally lost his head today. it was all very Rudyard Kipling. Cleopatra has posted her Bill of Rights. I daren't let The Labradors read it......... I was specially invited to an 'Opening' today, so some pictures soon. And a recipe I think. Something sweet???