Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
I have got so much tidying up and organising to do. At the moment, you can find yarn and unwashed/unblocked knitted items everywhere. I still haven't finishing sewing up my garter stitch cardigan (only one side to do) and I still haven't blocked my blue cropped knitted jacket. I need to sort out my book keeping for Intertwined Knits (this is naughty considering I'm an Accountant) and I need to list more items. Arggg....so much to do. Kyoko and I are planning a trip to Ikea one evening. She needs to get some storage for her bread making ingredients and I need to get some storage for my yarn stash and a new clock (yes our old one is broken).
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
During this time we went to the Museum of London to see their new gallery.
Such beautiful shoes and dresses. I can only day dream of wearing the brown sequin dress and the golden shoes at my ballroom dance classes.....sigh.....
We said farewell to a neighbour who are moving to North London, if you look closely you can spot her off to do their last shopping in this area. We are going to miss them.
Then over the weekend we cheered Kyoko at the 10k Bupa race followed by dim sum and Hagaan Das.
The last 400 meters towards Buckingham Palace.
Well done Kyoko! Read more about her run here.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Then there was a fraudulent transaction on my credit card of approximately £5,000 ($8,000). It took several phone calls to the credit card company for them to resolve the issue and then clear the payment and fees on my account.
If that wasn't enough, my daughter's optician made an error making her first pair of glasses. Luckily she has been refusing to wear them and we have not forced her to until her next appointment with the eye doctor. I went to meet the store director this morning who has apologised and promised to sort out the problem.
So it has been a little stressful, but thanks to family and friends (and some knitting) it hasn't been too bad. I've also taken three days off this week to relax and hopefully do some baking and knitting.
As well as fixing these things, I have also been mending some clothes and I've started a new project. I'd thought I'd better add some photos to this blog post. :)
My small haberdashery basket, a present from Gracie.
Have a lovely week everyone.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Over the long weekend we went to Bumbles with friends who knew the owner there.
Friday, 30 April 2010
All is done now, so I can relax and enjoy the long weekend (it is a UK public holiday this coming Monday). I'm just gonna eat and sleep. Hee Hee Hee!
Only joking. I'm planning on visiting friends and family and also do some knitting. I've just got the left front and collar of my beige cropped cardigan to knit up. I also need to block my turquoise cardigan so I can start wearing it. Then if I have time, make a start of my Ishbel (from Ysolda's first book). I went to Loop a couple of weeks ago to buy this lovely yarn:
Malabrigo Lace (100% baby merino).
Hopefully, mine will look as lovely as this.
Have a relaxing weekend everyone.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
There was a man juggling whilst running.....truly amazing!
On our way to the pub we bumped into some friends so decided to have some Sunday roast together. The food was lovely and it was nice to have a relaxed Sunday afternoon chatting with friends and eating some good food. We then went for a walk by the river and look what we saw:
Did someone leave their knitting behind? ;) I've heard of a group of people who knit things and leave them around London, so it could be them. Or maybe someone did leave their knitting behind. What do you think?
Anyway, I have some good news.......I've made my first sale on Etsy. Yay! I was so happy, that I've been telling everyone. :) This month has sure been a strange one, I will talk about this in another blog post.
Have a good week everyone!
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Where I read the weather, which was fun.
We also went to Cadbury's World in Birmingham, where we ate too much chocolate.
Chocolate family photos
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
It was very crowded on the train there and more crowed in at the exhibition hall. There was so many people and so many stands. My favourite stands have to be Doughty, Fabric Galore, Millamia and the Knit Box. Millamia is owned by a Swedish lady who designs lovely knitted garment for children. It's just a pity that all her patterns only go up to 5 years and my daughter is almost 6 now. The Knit Box is owned by a lovely Turkish lady who told me that knitters there knit from memory and do not use patterns (they haven't heard of the word gauge). She had some amazing knitted Turkish shoes displayed (sorry no photos, but you may find them on her website).
I bought some 100% merino yarn, some bamboo cotton yarn, one ball of 100% virgin wool yarn, half a metre of Amy Butler fabrics, one button (yes just one) and a fabric marker pen. So I'm really pleased.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
We then went to the pub to have a Sunday roast. Yum.
Instead of flowers I got some basil to have with some tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil and some crusty bread. All I need now is a tomato plant. :)
We then had a photo shoot for the Audrey Summer Scarflette that I was making and it is now listed in the shop.
Happy Mother's day to all Mothers and I hope you all had a lovely day.
Saturday, 6 March 2010
This week I walked from Barbican to London Bridge passing St Pauls, the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern and Borough Market. Last summer they placed several pianos around London for people to play some music (if you can play the piano). I love this city.
I've also been working on some items for the shop, here is a quick preview of one item in progress:
A nautical feel in Navy and White cotton yarn.
I'm also working on some thing for my daughter, although I haven't quite got my head around the design yet.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, and for those in London, enjoy the sunshine.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Take care everyone, I'll go back to the sofa now. :)
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Cute paper bags, lovely origami paper, three fat quarters, two tapes, a plastic bubble to make a teddy bear head, tags, a note pad, a Japanese doll origami kit, fabric tape and a frame for purse making.
Thank you Lisa and Sarah for the lovely giveaway! They all look so pretty that I don't want to take them out of their packaging, but I've got some projects in mind which I will do with my daughter. I'll show you when they're done.
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
As it has been so cold lately, I've been eating a lot of hot soup noodles (inspired by Lisa's blog post). This is my favourite and it is really based on one of my Mum's recipe. I don't have a name for it, but I call it Quick Udon Noodle Soup . Here's the recipe:
- A pan of hot water for the stock (you can use the soup bowls to measure how many water you need depending on the number of bowls you need to make and an additional half a bow)
- Another pan of hot water to cook the udon noodles I have used diced pork but you could use chicken, ribs, beef, fish balls or mushrooms and carrots if you are vegetarian.
- Pak Choi
- A small amount of vegetable oil
- A pinch of soup
- Ready made Udon noodles (you can get packets of these in Chinese Super markets or you can use egg or rice noodles if you like)
- Boil the pan of water for the stock and add the pork (chicken, beef, ribs, fish balls or mushrooms and carrots) and salt and leave to simmer.
- Mean while cook the udon in the other pan of hot water according to the packet, the one I buy says 3 minutes. Drain.
- Meanwhile heat the oil in a small frying pan or sauce pan and fry the garlic till it is golden brown. Then leave to cool.
- Add the pak choi to the stock and simmer for about 4-5 minutes, then add the udon noodles.
- Drain the garlic from the oil and add to the noodle soup.
This noodle is not very salty, so you may want to add a bit of soy sauce/fish sauce, but I like it as it is, because if the meat is fresh, this should be enough for it to taste good. The vegetarian version will take about 5 minutes longer as we want to cook the carrot and mushrooms (you can use any mushrooms). I also like to add carrots to the non-vegetarian version, but from the photo, you can see that I didn't have any in the fridge.
Let me know if you have any questions, but happy cooking and knitting/Sewing. :)