My friend and his fiancé have just had a baby boy, and with that my knitting needles are at it again. I have made a blanket for his brother a good few years ago and Z still loves her blanket even though it is getting quite old now.
I bought pom-pom yarn over the weekend and started it and it was a load of crap. The yarn just was not right at all. The string between the pompoms was hard and almost like string, the pompoms were long, and at the time I thought the yarn was okay, but then working with it I knew it was not going to work. The cord between the pompoms is knitted into twice, and should then be hidden but this crap yarn seemed to made a feature of it, photo below.
After starting it on Saturday and feeling very disappointed I went onto LoveCrafts.com and ordered Rico Pompon yarn which I have used many times in the past and always ended with a great result. I picked their blue and white pompon yarn which looks really nice, better than the plain white. This is it so far. I only started it about an hour ago.
I am aiming to finish it this weekend, however, the band on the yarn states that three balls are required to make it, yet in the past I only used two. I am going to finish the first ball and if required order another to make it up to three, fingers crossed it arrives soon if needed. Once finished I will post a photo of it.
As requested by some of my readers, here are the three “A Bit of Ireland” afghans. The middle one in blues was the first, the green on the right was the second and the final one on the left is the latest one. I have other circular blankets I have made and will show them too.
So far we have had a lot of pop and new wave music, but I feel it is time for the beats to go heavy, so today’s pick is Liverpool’s Loathe with Gored. Loathe is heavily influenced by two of my favourite bands, Slipknot and Korn.
If you had read my previous ramblings about blocking you will know I was in two camps, especially since I have never had to do it.
Whilst at the hardware store I noticed 9 interlocking play mats for £4. Yes, only £4. Obviously, I bought them as this was a bargain I could not leave. I had seen on Amazon blocking mats that were £35 for exactly the same thickness and size, the only difference was the Amazon ones had squares so you could measure the knitted item on it to block. This is really not something that I required as I have plenty of tape measures so why bother. I bought a box of T pins for £2.49 and have all I need for the job saving £28.51p. Bargain!
I had made two of the squares for the Great American Afghan one of them was smaller than the other and needed blocking to the correct size, so I put my purchases to the test. I admit, I was very happy with the result. Both squares at now the same size. All I have to do is the other 22 squares. Who knows when that will be finished as my knitting is like my reading, I swap to different projects/books all the time back and forth.
This is the third blanket of this design I have made. I made us one a good few years ago, then M’s mum which we got back a few weeks ago after her death, and this final one is for the bedroom. One thing I was not happy about is a line that has appeared within the knitting where the rounds meet, and this is not on any of the other blankets, and I have made it exactly the same way and with the same needles. It will be placed over the headboard, so the line will be hidden, but again, not a happy bunny.
Pattern: A Bit of Iceland Designer: Stephen West Yarn: Women’s Institute
To quote Mary Hopkins “Those were the days my friend…”, I am giving you a bit of nostalgia from my gig-going past. Back in 1989, I went to see Engine (another band from the banks of the Mersey) at the Tivoli in North Wales, never realising that it was being filmed as it was a last-minute gig that D asked me to go to. I had at the time never heard of them as my music focus was on the dark side, i.e. Goth. Somewhere in the crowd is me. At most gigs, we have managed to get close to the front, but I cannot remember if we managed it on that gig. So today’s offering is I’m A Bad Dog by Engine.
Just as a bit of fun, Mary Hopkins sang “Those were the days”, which was produced by Paul McCartney (Beatles) 52 years ago.
Another band that was quite big in the ’80s was China Crisis. This track got to number 9 in the UK charts and was their highest-charting hit. Although they are still together and still touring they have not produced anything for quite a few years. This track ‘Wishful Thinking’ was recorded at the Paul McCartney Academy in Liverpool, now known as LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts)
So a music compilation would not be the same without a bit of alternative music, and today’s pick is The Cult with She Sell’s Sanctuary. There is another track that will be more known in the USA is Fire Woman. Ian Astbury the lead singer was born in Liverpool, but his family moved to Canada when he was 11, he moved back to Liverpool for a short time back in 1980. Ian also was a replacement voice for The Doors of the 21st Century, and although he would never be a replacement for Jim Morrison, he had a voice that was very similar, and he had the look without the youth.
I must preface this by letting you know I am not a fan at all of Sonia, todays Scouse singer, but, she is known for her entry to the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1993 where she came 2nd with Better The Devil You Know. If you know of Lili Savage (Drag Act) then you may know that Sonia plays Bunty, Lili’s daughter. So for your delectation, I give you Sonia with her Eurovision hit and further down she is on the Lili Savage Show playing Bunty.
So, I had a rant about my frigging neighbours and their bad attitude to blocked drains in my post, Bloody Neighbours. Yesterday the waterboard came out and confirmed that our drains do not connect to the neighbours in any way whatsoever. He traced her drains and they go around the outside perimeter of my property. The actual blockage was in the street due to a u-bend that had clogged with fat. There is a takeaway that is connected to that set of drains and they think it is from there that the blockage has been caused.
After the guys inspected the chambers and confirmed where the blockage was it took them all of 2 minutes to jet the u-bend and remove the blockage, and in turn, everything vanished from all drains. The went to P’s house and informed her where her drains went, that they had nothing to do with mine and were not connected and the blockage was in the street and she was wrong to presume it was ours or our fault. Needless to say, she has never come to our door to apologise for her shitty attitude and attempted intrusion via a shitty plumber who could not have done a thing about it.
Last time she had problems I told her that it had nothing to do with us and that her drains do not come through ours, but again being a stubborn old woman who has nothing better to do with her life, tries to cause trouble because she cannot have her own way.
We have lived here for close to 20 years and have always been really nice to our neighbours, helpful, and above all respectful. P has lived here for about 8 years and E 4 years, again I have been nothing but nice, but no more. Why should I if either do not have the decency to act like human beings. Respect works both ways and being shitty doesn’t win awards with me. When I went to P’s door she and her son decided not to answer the door and ignore my knocking. They then closed the blinds and 10 minutes later the son’s car drove off their drive with them in it. It really just goes to show the extent people will go to when they do not get their own way.
It is like living next to the coven of witches from Macbeth at times.