Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Over-Excited Brain Dump Catch-up Post

Hurry up Mr Postman!  I can't wait to have a closer look!
Guess what, guess what, guess what?!?!
I am a winner in round three of the Pattern Pyramid - ooh ooh ooh!
In case you don't know, Karen sent this international rollercoaster down the track back in June, here.
I followed a couple of patterns around the world for a while, and then the trail went cold.  I kept on throwing my name in the hat, though, just in case - and my persistence has paid off at last!
I am the next link in the chain that went from Karen, to The Perfect Nose, to Carolyn, who made this amazing jacket from her Pattern Pyramid choice - wow!
I am totally over-excited to be part of this project and I will definitely be prioritising my Pyramid make when the patterns arrive - ooh which one to choose?!
Watch this space!

In other news...

I am reading:
The Crimson Petal and the White  It has been 5 6 weeks now.  It is a very very long book!

I recently devoured Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson's latest autobiography.  I wrote a  long, self-indulgent wallow of a blog post about it... and then decided you didn't need to know all that stuff.  Let's just say:  Jeanette and I have childhood themes in common and it is a wonderful book to read if literature is an important part of your life or if you have ever struggled against a religious upbringing. Or both.

And I downloaded the free sample chapter of Happier at Home from here.
I haven't read The Happiness Project, and I am having trouble slowing down enough to read Gretchen Rubin's blog (why is that?) but I like the themes her books explore. 

I am really looking forward to reading Zadie Smith's new novel, NW - that's my September holiday reading sorted!

I am about to sew
More knickers!
Kelly Skirt in dark denim.
Kelly skirt in mustard cord.
My cobalt blue raincoat.

And knitting?
I am working the i-cord bind-off on Shalder!  Nearly there!

And in sock news, I joined the Ravelry group "Sock Knitters Anonymous" to motivate me to work through my yarn stash.
My first project for September is a pattern called Rainy Weekend Socks, which is written in German.  Another SKA member has started a group to work up an English translation, which is great for me as it will help me understand other German patterns, of which I have many!
I am knitting these in dark green Lidl yarn, for a man's Christmas present :D

And clutter clearance?
Last weekend saw some amazingly successful fund-raising on Ebay, with 15 parcels sent out into the world, and corresponding space freed up in my home and my brain!  The things people will buy!

I am breathing a little more easily now.


didyoumakethat said...

And breath! Best blog post title ever. I can't wait to see which pattern you choose and I'm thrilled that this has made its way to you. Thanks for the book recommendations. Do you know I am currently 32% way through 'Capital' on my Kindle - really enjoying it.

velosewer said...

Congratulations. It's nice to meet another excited creator of things:)

tim's wife said...

My sister is a master e-bay-er
and you're right, it is unbelievable what people will buy. She is always amazed and has sold hundreds of things. She once sold a BRA. It was one of those special jobs that she wore once under a bridesmaid's dress and knew she'd never wear again. She washed it,posted it on e-bay, and it was snapped up. Crazy.I have to get on that wagon. Have a ton of stuff to get rid of.

Lynne said...

I love the look of your cardigan, and shall look forward to the finished photos. Good luck with the sewing up!! :)

Carolyn said...

Your purple cardigan is going to be so lovely :) I posted the patterns last Thursday 30th, so I would love to know how long it takes to get to you; please let me know when you get them! I cannot wait to see which pattern you choose!

agirlinwinter said...

The cardigan is looking great! I read 'The Crimson Petal and the White' a few months ago. I enjoyed it very much, but it's a looooong book. Look forward to seeing more versions of the Kelly skirt :-)

Linda C said...

You have gotten an amazing lot done and you are going to do an amazing lot more. Enjoy the patterns. I will need to get that book-the Happiness Project-I am a slave to my to-do list.


christinelaennec said...

This post made me laugh out loud. Good for you! Hope you calm down eventually, if you want to.

Scruffybadger said...

Loved reading what's going on for you ( clearly past tense now!!) and scarlet petal and the white was dramatised not that long ago...I enjoyed watching it and interesting if it's also a good ( but long) read