I felt a pang of guilt when I saw the last post date on my poor neglected blog. Since my last post, I’ve hosted a few classes at my house – a great socks technique one with Jane Lithgow & a spinning class with Diane Mulholland. Everyone came away with new techniques and skills – it was great to see.

Yesterday I developed a sore throat, and a muffled head. Hopefully I can shake this cold quickly as it would not do to be ill for iknit day or for the prep and packing for the next sock club parcel.

Exciting press-whore news – Socktopus was featured in last month’s Simply Knitting – a non-solicited review on their webpage! Very cool. And they said such lovely things too. I was so chuffed. They made a wee error though – according to the review my local sock knitting group is based in Brighton! I bet the Brighton knitters were as surprised as I was to discover this.

We’re also in the August issue of the Inside Loop as the Featured Business. Sort of a glorified ad, but it’s cool to see stuff about Socktopus/me in print. And there is a pattern in there – Frank, you need to go look. Shur’tagal is the pattern name. 🙂

Beijing Razzamatazz

Wow. Just finished watching the Opening Ceremonies at the Bird’s Nest. Pretty impressive. My mouth hung wide open for most of the start (the drummers! the movable type! the torch guy lighting that fuse!). A real spectacle. We kept comparing the ceremonies to what we might be able to expect from the UK Olympics…. and we decided that maybe with another 38 million and a very blind eye to health and safety regs in this country we could get some pyrotechnics going and lots of people being hoisted up on wires doing cool stuff. I normally don’t feel a strong urge to be at any olympics, but seeing the ceremonies and Beijing certainly made me really really REALLY want to be there. Sigh. I don’t often feel wistful about my time as a student there, but seeing the ceremonies certainly made me come over all nostalgic. that wild west frontier feeling, the sheer possibilities that exist there – just blow my mind. Anyways it was awesome to see that Zhang Yimou is the chief director for the ceremonies.

Cast on for my shawl for my Team Socktopus Ravelympics event – I will do this first then do the socks (must finish both projects before the closing ceremonies).

Red or Green?

Hmmm – good point J – I love red. Red figures alot in our flat. But green figures alot in my wardrobe. Difficult…. Like Pho & Bun…. which one? Heehee

David was ill all of last week with tonsilitis, home Mon – Thur and finally back at work on Friday. Made him congee like a good wife (surely that should get me points as a 1930s housewife?). Good thing he was ill last week as this week he has off.

Sunday night we hooked up with Clare and went to watch Dark Knight. I’ve gone all prudish or something – I could barely sit through it. Depressing. Dark. Violent. I very nearly went home in the middle of it, as I found it disturbing. Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, even that horrid Curse of the Golden Flower, I can sit through. Is it that they are so unfounded in reality that I can suspend disbelief for them? Not sure but have become a total pansy with my movie watching.

Monday we went to Berkhamsted with the hound, on an 8 mile walk through the woods and country. Deuce did what all self-respecting dogs do when faced with a puddle of muddy water – ran straight through it, then back again in his pugtona circuit. He did also scoop up mouthfuls of mud and puddle – he does this when he’s feeling particularly fiesty. Not so bad if it’s the carpet he’s trying to scoop. Not so great if it is mud (or sand, as he did last time we were at the beach!).

Gorgeous sunny day today – almost time for a little stroll along the waterfront!

Some photos of Deuce:

at the pond in Richmond – he can’t swim but he certainly likes to splash

In the jungle ferns:

At home, enjoying a sun beam