Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Hit The Wall?

As far as my 101 List is concerned I seem to have 'hit the wall'. I haven't attempted any new items and seem to be making little or no progress with the ones I have started. I was admittedly ill with the cold for a couple of weeks, unable to do much of anything and this has kind of put me off my stride.
Any words of motivation?

Friday, 15 February 2008

Baby & Book

16.Make Jo special baby gift..IN PROGRESS
Don't want to say much more at this stage as it's a surprise. Baby due in about 3 weeks I think so hopefully will have it finished by then and post a pic thereafter.

20.Read & list 50 books.... IN PROGRESS 6/50
I'm doing not too badly with my reading progress and have another book to list. This was a gift from a friend sent all the way from America. Thanks, Kim. Humourously titled 'There's A (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going To Hell' this is the first offering by U.S author Laurie Notaro. It is indeed a comical read about one womans quest to make friends in the odd little town in which she has just moved. After a series of false starts which almost finds her banished from the town Maye, the central character uncovers what may be the last chance to connect with her neighbours. The kooky town holds a deadly serious annual Sewer Pipe Queen Pageant open to contenders of all ages and genders. With a deranged former beauty queen as her mentor Maye competes then accidently on purpose goes on uncover a sinister mystery that has haunted the town for decades. A great tale of small town peculiairity and dark secrets.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Excuse Me Darling..I Never Promised You A Herb Garden

94.Create a herb garden (inside or out)..COMPLETED.
I'm at odds as to whether this task is actually completed or not. The herb pack was purchased and the seeds have been planted. So, now I'm just waiting for them to sprout. I guess my part of the task is completed, I've just got to wait for nature to do it's bit. Looking forward to tufts of coriander, basil and chives appearing although as an uneducated foodie I'm not sure what to do with them thereafter..ah well!

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Give A Toss!

58. Make pancakes on Pancake Day...COMPLETED
Tuesday the 5th of Februaury was 'Shrove Tuesday', the name of which comes from the shriving (confessing) that Anglo-Saxon Christians were expected to do prior to receiving absolution immediately before Lent. We, of course more commonly know this day as 'Pancake Day'. The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the onset of the fast. Pancakes and doughnuts were seen as an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself .

So, the other half and I made some pancakes but didn't commit to the Lent idea..we like our food too much!!

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Sock It To 'Em

76. Knit 20 pairs of socks...IN PROGRESS 3/20
I only began knitting socks a few months ago and knitted myself a few pairs. Thinking once I had mastered my DPN's I would then abandon this method of knitting then forget it totally I have vowed to knit at least 20 pairs in the 1001 days to keep my hand in (or should that be 'keep my toes in'?). I am still only knitting the basic sock pattern but using the self patterning 4ply Opal wool makes the finished item more interesting and people are often misled into thinking I have mastered the art of Fair Isle. I do correct them but at the mention of self patterning wool non-knitters seem to think I'm joking..ahh well let them continue to think I'm gifted..why argue?

After many kind comments on my hand knit socks I have toyed with the idea of selling them and have been playing around with my own label...Littlelou Knits.