My computer has been back for a little while, but I had a little accident. I knew I shouldn't be left in charge of deleting programmes I no longer wanted using the Add/Remove feature. I accidentally removed the programme that plays videos. Damn and blast. I downloaded it again.
After that I stopped deleting.
My computer is old (Father William), it is almost eight years old and in computer years I think that is 147. I had no idea it was so old, I thought three or four years, but I checked the first emails I sent from my computer and it was the beginning of September 2003. I shall be needing a new one at Tax Return time. Mine has no proper room for any more memory and it is just getting a bit creaky. I did have a short dalliance with the idea of a laptop but MrsDrWho said a few well chosen words: bouncy Labradors and cups of tea. I decided that wasn't the way to go.
I was lucky enough to be The ComputerFixer's Mum's Knitting Friend and so I know my computer was well looked after. It has extra protection now, but I think there is little thwarting of the horrid viruses and Trojans to be achieved in the long run. One just has to live with the possibility.
I didn't actually do much while I was not online. At first I had horrid feelings of withdrawal, and then I entered the Pit of Despair and thought that I might just have to manage without a computer forever. I tend to catastrophise things. I had a tiny little Georgette Heyer Decline. MrsDrWho let me check my comments on her computer and so I had lots of commentorial support throughout my computer troubles!!! It hepled to know other people had experienced the same problems.
The Labradors have been very busy and happy. They love the cold weather. Peri rolled in something so smelly that she had to have a swim. Lorelai Gilmore tried to help by licking Peri clean. Yuck!!
They also made cards:
There's a 'verse' to be sung to ABBA's Money Money Money too. We sing all the ahas and do do do do dos in between the lines!!
He works all night, he works all day,
To make the eggs for Easter Day.
Ain’t it sad?
And still there never seems to be
An egg for Peri or Gilly.
That’s too bad.
In their dreams, they have a plan:
If they get that Bunny, man!!!
He wouldn’t have a chance at all,
They’d chase him like a tennis ball.
Bunny, Easter Bunny,
Must be funny,
In a chocolate world.
Bunny, Easter Bunny,
He’s in a chocolate whirl.
What can Labradors do?
They can send you chocolate kisses,
Happy Easter to you!!!
There was some crafting. I made some milk chocolate Easter aprons with embroider on the front, and some little coasters, and some chicks.
There has been some knitting, and some unravelling. I started the Greenfield cardigan but I just didn't love it. My row gauge was so far out I was having to do calculations all the time and the garter stitch was not a flattering look. I had knitted 200g of wool, but I just undid it all.
Consequently I am cardigan knitting-less. I am in possession of twenty balls of the green variegated Cleckheaton Basics. I thought I had ten balls, but they must have multiplied. I want to make a nice longish 8ply cardigan, ribbed or with some shaping and a v or scoop neck, but I don't seem to be having any luck finding a pattern. I am too lazy to make one up. Any suggestions??
I have knitted a pair of green socks for walking The Labradors, they are green, a misty green 8ply. There's a dishcloth with a paw print for the GardyGradeners because they were intrigued by knitted dishcloths, and a hat for Toddler Electric. You use the 'rosebuds' and leaves to make a wreath above the rolled brim. I saw Prudence Mapstone's lacy scarf at the Craft Fair but by 1pm on the first day they had sold out of the colour I wanted, greens of course, so I am kitting a skinny scarf with some anonymous very fine mohair. It's just four rows: K, P, K2tog yfwd, and then P.
On Friday I cast on some new gloves in some 4ply sock wool. I wanted a finer pair with a longer wrist section for when the days are a bit chilly. I'm experimenting with a tapered finger decrease over six or seven rows. I don't think the K2tog-across-all-needles-and-pull-a-thread-through-to-gather decrease looks nice or fits well. My Dog Walking mittens have a hole in the cuff so I have to fish out the rest of the Zara and knit a new cuff. I might make the cuffs a little longer.
Then there was the incident of The Lorry in the Afternoon. A lorry was trying to turn down the road and there was a slight miscalculation and they were wedged across the road. They tried to reverse: no good. They tried unpacking the contents and then reversing: still no good. In the end they had to bring a hydraulic lifter thing. It was a talking point in the neighbourhood for a few days. If it was not for the metal barrier, it would have careered right over the drop and into someone's house.
Doctor Who is back and I am really enjoying the new series. Some people have complained it is too dark, but it has always had darker elements. Mary Whitehouse and even the Head of the BBC complained about the horror and violence back in the 1980s. The more things change the more they stay the same.
I have no idea what Letter for Cooking will be happening tomorrow. The food part of the blog has gone to hell in a hand basket this year. So, I'm going to watch The Adventure of English which I borrowed from the Library, and knit my gloves this afternoon instead.