I gots me a haircut!

After, gosh how long?? A year? Probably more. Finally thought enough was enough, kitchen shears can only get you so far. Especially since I don’t have eyes in the back of my head and can’t see what I’m doing if i cut there.

So hair cut, much lighter, adorned behind my ear with a streak of shocking, hot pink. 😀

1:37m and Corona

Weekend was gorgeous – sun and a lovely day Sunday at Windsor. David ran the half marathon in 1hr 37 minutes. Awesome time, especially considering he only trained for a month. We met Cat & Patty and Cornona the wee Korean pug and I spent the day hanging out with them.

Saturday night we met up with Lukola for Tropic Thunder – Melis & I howled with laughter throughout most of the film. There were parts where apart from the movie, the only noise was coming from us shrieking and laughing. Love the Stiller Corps. I won’t spoil it for those wanting to go see it so I’ll say no more!

Eeek! We are off for a week this Friday to Vegas, for Lukola’s knot tying party. Sigh. Can’t wait!

Knitting Update

I thought I would do a round up of all my WIPs, but the task is a bit too daunting to contemplate just now. So I offer you my current knitting: Central Park Hoodie, all 8 inches. It seems like it is taking forever, and makes me thankful for small diametre sock knitting.


Colourway Flamingo Pie, Dream in Color Classy. Loving this yarn! Knitting in one piece to avoid the side seams. So far so happy.

Ipod Alipod Socktopod

Must be the time of ipod upgrades, because I, like Ali, have a new little friend! Only mine is pink – in honour of Socktopus’s first year.  


It was a surprise pressie from DH – very sweet.  I forget how much I love having an ipod – my old one was one of the first click wheel.  2nd? 3rd generation? It was so long ago… when I was living in Richmond.   I had that for years, then got a shuffle for running,  both of which have since absolutely died. I briefly had a new shuffle which came just before we went away to get married – and I lost it on the plane on the way out for our honeymoon. 😦  So this hot pink baby is just perfect.  
Dropped off the deposit today for the studio – Number 9!  eeek. I still can’t quite believe it.

Happy Birthday Socktopus!

Saturday evening was a girlie’s night with soon to be Mrs M. Ottolenghi and cocktails (I made a nummy M Special, if I do say it myself! Splash of Triple Sec, Vodka, muddle lime & nectarine, and cranberry juice. Yummy stuff). Found some sock knitting enthusiasts (yippee!). Lots of catching up and getting to know R & L a little better. Very nice evening overall.

Sunday Socktopus hosted the second half of Superspin 1.

There were 5 stations at which students were able to practice the various parts of spinning. First the preparation – carding.


Resulting in gorgeous fluffy clouds of BFL:

There were 2 wheel stations and a spindle station in between.


It was wonderful seeing everyone creating yarn – there are so many different things to remember when spinning, it is really like learning to drive for the first time. Treadle, not to fast, and not to slow, keep the wheel going round, drafting with the hands, remembering to feed the single into the bobbin… but everyone did so well. Check it out:

And ta da! Look at that yarn!

Sunday night DH Deuce and I headed over to Henley for a goodbye/belated wedding celebration dinner at J & C’s. They are heading out travelling for a year at the end of the month. We reminisced about high school – I didn’t know DH got the highest mark in the country in… oh I can’t remember now what subject. math? economics? Apparently he was in the paper or something. He makes me laugh – I only find out these random things about him in passing and through his friends! He does keep shtum about so much stuff.

Ahem. I have an announcement! Firstly, may I mention that Socktopus is today officially one year old. I am chuffed and thrilled to bits at how Socktopus has grown and come into its own. Thank you to all the Socktopods and everyone who has been so encouraging and positive. It has been a fabulous first year, and I am looking forward to Year 2!

And no, I am not preggers. I mentioned a meeting on Friday – it was to see a small studio space nearby, just off Lots Road. It is a wonderful little space, part of a warehouse development with walk ways and courtyards, and the space I am looking at is on the ground floor, with a street entrance and a door onto an internal courtyard. I loved it, and the people at the studio gave off such a pleasant vibe. It felt right. So today I went back for another look, and I’ve decided I am going to take it. Socktopus, my dear readers, is about to go Click & Mortar. We’re going to have a wee shop, with opening hours, and a proper place for classes, with a little courtyard for sunny days to sit and knit. I am just beside myself with excitement! I still have a few hurdles to jump (like references etc) but so long as my bank doesn’t do a Blue Moon, it looks like Socktopus will have a new home come end of October (and DH will finally get his spare room back!). We are aiming for a move in date of 22 October, so please pencil in Sunday 2 November in your diaries as we will have a wee opening party that afternoon! I’ll confirm once I get all the paperwork done, I am sooooo excited. hop hop hoppity hop! SQUEEEEEEE!!!!

Row row row your boat, gently down the Thames….

There is a boat race on the Thames today. The river is full of boats – all powered by hand. All manner of boats and teams and rowing. There are the super serious teams, with each rower paddling in perfect sync, and the sunday afternoon teams, all enjoying a leisurely row down the Thames. Large dragon boat teams with 20 people, all paddling in unison, accompanied by a drummer, and small row boats you’d find on the Serpentine with 2 people. People rowing facing front, people rowing facing back, two oars at a time or each person with an oar on one side only. There was a gondola with 4 gondoliers, all wearing matching white and red striped tops. I think there was an army team – tiny boat with 4 people paddling madly in time, and a HUGE union jack – almost as big as the boat, flying behind in the wind. Great day for it – finally some sun and not too hot!


Ahhh David has just brought home some chicken shwarma from my favourite Lebanese place… mmm mmm.

All sock club parcels now on their way to new homes. Am very pleased.

went for a meeting today with some lovely ladies who loved Deuce to bits. I think Deuce was totally showing off – attacking a duster and shaking the orange puff around, much to the delight of the three ladies who were cooing over him. More on the meeting Monday.

Have a fabulous weekend!