Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Another year

The blog has been neglected again, thank you everyone who commented on my last post, I have replied to some and Blogger has hindered replies to others and some I just have not got around to yet, but please know that I really appreciate when people take the time to comment and I love reading those comments and learning a little about the people who write them.

It seems over a week has gone by since my last post and in my defence I can tell you that it has been a busy week. A week which saw me grow a year older (although I am calling it 34 again, I reckon I have at least another 5 years of 34 to go.) I had a lovely birthday and The Technical Advisor surprised me with a new camera. The new camera is both wonderful and terrifying and we will need time to get to know each other really well, it can do so much more than the old camera and the instruction booklet is so much bigger. I am being brave (with advanced years comes bravery?) and tackling it head on, I love that the pictures it takes have so much depth, it makes a huge difference outdoors especiallly but I find all the knobs and buttons a little overwhelming, however I am not going to shy away from this, I am learning as I go, taking pictures everyday and repeatedly playing with those settings.

The camera had a special outing on Friday when I left the house at the rather ungodly hour of 5.50am in order to catch a train to Birmingham. I visited the Festival of Quilts for the first time last year and was determined to make a return trip this year. This time I met a very dear friend and after checking in to our really lovely hotel we made our way to the festival. It was brilliant of course, so much to see, inspire and buy and all the better for having such lovely company. We stayed in a rather splendid hotel and spent Saturday doing a little shopping and having very relaxing child free lunch. This was my second ever girly away night (the first was about seven years ago) since having children and my oh my, how it recharges the batteries! It was so good to chat and chat and chat some more, we are both determined to repeat the experience sooner rather than later.

It may seem that there is not a whole lot of knitting or making around here lately but that simply is not true. The basket is testament to the fact that there is plenty going on, just a lazy blogger who forgets to give the knitting the prime position it deserves. That mass of grey is an Hourglass Sweater, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am using an Alpaca yarn, considerably lighter weight than the Noro I should think but I seem to have gauge using 4mms so keep your fingers crossed for me. It is the first time I have ever made a sweater in the round and I am enjoying the process, I have reached the sleeves now and am awaiting the arrival of some shorter circular needles before proceeding.

Then there is this bag too, the seaming bag. One Harry Potter sweater finished but in need of a tiny bit more seaming. Soon, very soon. Tonight I will finish Tilly's pink socks, photographs to follow this week. Suddenly I have realised that there will be no socks in progress so excuse me while I hot foot it to an online stash enhancement establishment immediately.


Anonymous Nora said...

Happy birthday! The new camera looks great - enjoy.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:49:00 pm  
Blogger Willow said...

Happy Birthday! My dd Kiti is 30 but says she's 27. She gave back the 3 years of early high school that she hated.
The bag is so sweet! I'm looking forward to many new knitting photos with your new camera. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:21:00 pm  
Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! I just wanted to tell you that I felt the same way you do, but after turning 40 last November, I like this age better (you'll just have to trust me on're so young still!). I am dying to get a new camera so I will be curious how it goes with you and yours--you lucky girl!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:37:00 am  
Blogger sue said...

Oh Happy Birthday! I think I have nearly used up my 5 yrs of being 34 already. I am so envious of you having a girl's night out too, as I havent really had one for about 6 yrs, but girl's day outs are just as good. The hourglass sweater looks lovely in that color too, and I cant wait to see the other finished knits too.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 3:38:00 am  
Blogger Min said...

Happy Birthday. Age is not important - only outlook. I am over the 40 barrier and actually I don't care now.

How great you had a kid free trip. I've had one on my own for a couple of night and once I got over the "what should I do" stage, I slept deeply for the first time in years. And another with a friend went we went to Hanoi - so lovely to go with a friend.

I can't wait to see your experiments with your new camera.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:12:00 am  
Blogger alltangledup said...

happy birthday.. biological age makes no difference.. it's how you look and feel that does... and to me you look about 25!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:34:00 am  
Anonymous marjorie said...

Happy belated birthday to you!I just had my birthday yesterday. Sometimes I wish I were younger, but I have to say I really enjoy the peace and quiet of having grown-up, independent children! Enjoy your camera, and I can't wait to see Tilly's pink socks.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 11:58:00 am  
Anonymous kim said...

Happy Birthday! I always look forward to your posts no matter how long they take.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:02:00 pm  
Blogger Lina said...

Happy Birthday!
It happens to me quite often too, that I suddenly notice it's been days since I've blogged. Where does the time go??

Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:51:00 pm  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy that new camera!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:35:00 pm  
Anonymous TTA said...

But why hunt on-line for some additions to your stash when you have it hidden all around you. You may go away more. Just not too often. We missed you.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:08:00 pm  
Blogger marit said...

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:17:00 pm  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Many happy returns,missed your blog.Ive heard that the Festival of Quilts was amazing.Have tried this craft,We have a shop near by dedicated to uilting.i have attended some of the workshops.Love the seaming bag,im a fan of Cath Kidston too.This is my least favourite bit of knitting i dont know why because i love sewing.

Friday, August 24, 2007 8:21:00 am  
Anonymous Sabine said...

Happy Birthday!!! A new camera, wow.
It is my (psht 40th) birthday next week. Isn't that the age where a woman stops getting older?
Bye the way, I want to buy a new sewing machine and wanted to ask you which one you use and if you would recommend it?

Friday, August 24, 2007 8:23:00 am  
Blogger yvette said...

Happy belated Birthday, am very envious of your girly weekend, I have to escape soon-ish. Hope your stash enhancement went well.

Friday, August 24, 2007 2:52:00 pm  
Anonymous victoria said...

Happy Belated Birthday! And a lovely new camera--lucky girl!

Friday, August 24, 2007 3:02:00 pm  
Blogger Alison said...

Oh Happy Birthday to you. I'm envious if you can carry off 34 again...I'm a long way past being a convincing "mid-30s"...hee hee

Monday, August 27, 2007 6:43:00 pm  

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