The BareNakedLady has been burgeoning. I decided she needed to reflect my curvaceousness, and so she does now!! She in 'enhanced' with fibre filling. She is modelling the completed Vest Side Story. I think I am going for the whole "Connor from Primeval look" without really trying: vest, untucked shirt, badges etc. I am very pleased with my new Vest. It was inspired by Jo Sharp's ZigZag Vest, but I just did the maths and made the pattern up as I went along. It has part of the Jaywalker for the band of ribbing. I am not quite happy with the ribbing around the left armhole, I erred on the side of looseness. I may unravel it and just cast off again. I see now that The BareNakedLady is on a bit of a lean. I am too lazy to take another photo, she will just look forever a tad inebriated in this photo. See my Doctor Who badges?: K9, The TARDIS and a Cyberman. The kind newsagent found an extra set so MrsDrWho and I could have one each. There is a photo further on down.......
Vest Side Story. Pattern: My own. Knitted using Rare Essentials Cocoon Jade (Alpaca, Silk, Mohair, Merino) that I bought from Donni ages ago, on 4mm needles. Very warm and cosy it is too. Oh see Anne's vest too. Snap, we both finished at the same time. We were having an semi casual KAL!!!
Everyone has been so kind with their good wishes. Having 'Internet friends' today is like having good neighbours in the olden days. There have been very frequent applications of Tea and Labradors, as well as long, long naps in the afternoon. I feel half way human today, which for me is very good!! I still have a cough which is worse at night. I am making yoghurt to eat, though truly, with all the drugs and treatments pumped through me it's a wonder I manage to function at all sometimes!!!
The Labradors are so happy to have the car back and we have been for 4 walks to the dam, albeit for only 15 minutes. There have been wild rainy storms all over the state and the creek has water in it at long last. Being Labradors, there have been chilly dips in the water and then mad running about. Afterwards there is a nap for Harki, but Peri likes to keep an eye on what's happening on the street!!!
- If I am home I listen to Radio National on Saturday afternoon. I listened to the same programmes, more or less, on 7ZR when I was a teenager at home: The Goon Show, The Science Show, The Showman with John West, My Word/My Music and John Cargher with Singers of Renown. There was always a serial too, at 3pm. I loved The Lord of The Rings, with Ian Holm as Frodo. It was 26 weeks of bliss!!!
- I am, by nature, a girly swot. I loved school. loved to study, enjoyed assignments. I could have been a student all my days.
- I was born too late. I am a baby boomer. Just. But really I should have been born in the Forties. I like Frank, Nat, Bing and Tony, Doris and Rosemary. I like the old Musicals, the fashions and I love all the books about boarding schools and being a student nurse!!!
- When I had Vundy the German Shepherd, I always referred to the dogs as 'The Girls' . Now I only have Labradors they are: The Labradors. I can never have another German Shepherd as it would be wrong for such a noble beast to be bottom of the pack!!
- I don't have any human children mainly because after so many years of teaching I ran out of names to choose from. I am thinking now that one day there will be a new puppy and I am testing out names. All the dogs' names end in an 'EEEE' sound for ease of calling out loud. I have made it a tradition.
- My dad was put in the brig in the navy for mutiny. How cool is that????? He wasn't, mutinous, of course. He just was unable to obey a direct order from a superior officer on account of the Admiral's brandy. It's a long story.
- I was in the choir at school. We made a record. I was in the Sisters' Choir, even though my sister was not. I had special dispensation to be an 'only' in the small group. I like to sing a lot. I do try and learn all the words in case I am arrested and put into solitary confinement and I have to sing songs, recite poetry and remember books to keep myself sane. I plan for that which may not happen.
- Seven things was not enough. I also am a tiny bit anti-establishment. As you can see. I like to add my own boxes and categories on official forms. I always sign my name in green, despite what the ATO and many other Government and Legal departments say. Can you read most doctors' signatures?? Mine is very legible. It is just green.
I am knitting a lacy, as yet unnamed, scarf with some beautiful 'Spring' 2ply Merino/Silk I bought from Katie. I am doing a lot of K 7 togethers. I have also sewed some new Knitting Totes. One is Royal Stuff and the other is Buried Treasure.
This week, on Thursday night, it was Cracker Night. Fireworks are mostly banned, but somehow a shop has found a loophole and they sell them without a permit. Cracker Night was always on the 24th of May. It used to be Empire and then Commonwealth Day. I like the go ahead attitude of this shop: not only selling dangerous crackers, but blithely moving the day and date of Cracker Night too. We used to have community bonfires, and there still are some. Luckily The Labradors aren't spooked by the noise and general furore, but we are bracing ourselves for a noisy night.
MrsDrWho can have crackers whenever she likes in Macau. It is a free for all I think, though her latest adventures may give one pause. Read about it: if you dare!!!
Winter is almost here: the nights are drawing in. It is my favourite time of the year. It is a time for warm drinks, comfort food, reading on the couch with a blanket and walking in the rain!!