soulstar: (:-) Ood)

I took a day off of blogging yesterday, but I’m going to see if I can now do the rest of December as well.  If not, no big worry.  I actually ventured out yesterday, and I’m glad I did, even though the pavements down the hill were icy:

Snow - 01-12-2010

Today, it’s a tad snowier than it was yesterday, and it’s snowing again now.  No buses are running, and there’s very little traffic in general.  My brother’s friend was mostly OK in his Jeep, but I wouldn’t want to drive in this weather.  It’s a bit deep on my road, and we’re not likely to get gritted:

Snow - 02-12-2010 Snow - 02-12-2010

Brrr!

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Christmas!)

Friday 5 for November 26: Holiday Music

  1. What’s your favorite holiday album?
    Either my two-disc set of Handel’s Messiah, or any album of carols. Puts me properly in the festive mood.
  2. What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
    “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”. It just makes me feel Christmassy.
  3. What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the not-so-positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
    Hmm, I don’t know.
  4. What’s your favorite song about a non-December holiday?
    More a season than a holiday, though I associate it with May Day: Summer is a Cumin In
  5. What holiday song makes you want to cover your ears and flee?
    Any cheesy Christmas song that I hear over and over and over… there used to be several, but now that I don’t work in a shop and have to hear them on loop all day long, I’m more tolerant of them all ;-)

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (I done knitting!)

Finally, belatedly, here are the pictures and info for my “Gap Year TravelsTravelling Woman shawl.

Travelling Woman shawl

Pattern: Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante [Ravlink]
Yarn: The Yarn Yard Bonny in Byron Bay & Art Deco solid, and Wendy Sunbeam St. Ives 4ply Sock Wool in Dark Grey.
Needles: 4mm metal circulars.

Travelling Woman close-up Travelling Woman close-up

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Group hug!)

I don’t normally do this, since it isn’t Thanksgiving in the UK, but I think I will this year.  So here goes: Reasons to be Cheerful, 1, 2, 3….

  1. My family and friends.  I’m lucky that I have people I’m close to, can have so much fun with, and can rely on.
  2. The Xandermog.  The biggest, daftest, and best moggy in the world.
  3. Technology.  Without it, I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with many people so easily – wouldn’t have met many of them in the first place, in fact – and my world would be a very different place.

There are many more things I could list (music! yarn! spinning! knitting!), of course, but those are three just off the top of my head.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Geek love!)

It is getting cold out there – going to be below freezing tonight, and snow is on the way.  I think I’m going to get snuggled under my duvet asap.

In website news, though, I think I’ve got everything sorted out that was wonky, so that’s all good.  Something to sleep comfortably on!

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Ohhhhhh)

My brother and sister-in-law brought pressies back from New Zealand!  So I thought I’d show one of mine off:

Creative Fibres Hand Dyed Mohair in Pukeko

Creative Fibres Hand Dyed Mohair in "Pukeko"

The name of the colour comes from a New Zealand bird which has plumage in the colour of the yarn.  Oh, and it’s a lovely 100g hank of bulky-weight mohair… I’ve been thinking about what to make with it, but I think I’ve settled on a shawl of some kind.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (O rly? - Eleven)

I thought I wasn’t going to get to post today, because the website has been down since about midnight last night, and it wasn’t looking hopeful!  But then my host fixed everything (hooray), and although I had to restore a couple of posts again, at least I had a backup of my own this time.  That’s right, I got cautious.

So today, while I’ve been working on the site design, I’ve only just uploaded it, and… well, a couple of things aren’t quite working yet.  Ah well, try again tomorrow.  I’m happy enough with most of it.

Now, I’m off to bed, as I am library-ing in the morning.  Good night!

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Group hug!)

My brother and sister-in-law got home from their honeymoon today, hooray!  They’ve been in New Zealand for two months, so it’s lovely to have them back and be able to see them and chat to them in person, rather than just reading about their adventures on their blog!

This afternoon we’ve been over to their place to say hi and see some of the photos they took.  They met up with some NZ cousins of ours while they were there, so it was lovely to see pics of them.  I think we still have some photos to see, though – there are lots and lots! :-)

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Bloody hell)

I should have taken a back-up after I posted yesterday.  I should have known.  But silly me, I didn’t.  So the entry I did post is gone, eaten I assume by the server move that’s happening with my web host at the moment.  It didn’t help that I was having computer troubles the same day.

Argh! icon from my LJMy livejournal feed did manage to grab the entry before it vanished again, so I can tell you that it was posted at 23:57, the post id is one which doesn’t exist in my current database, and the excerpt text (whyyyyy did I never change to full text feeds?!) says:

“Oh dear, my computer hasn’t been firing on all cylinders today.  I’m pretty sure the problem was with my virus checker since it all started after a change to that.  I’ve run a ‘repair’ thingy on it, and hopefully everything …”

… and then I continued on to say that all should work now, fingers crossed etc, the end.  That LJ feed will only stay there for 10 days, I think, so it’s not a permanent record.  Bah!

I hope the mods are OK with counting this for yesterday’s NaBloPoMo entry, considering I did post, but it vanished.  I shall drop them a line to check, I think.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

I fibbed

Nov. 17th, 2010 11:51 pm
soulstar: (Geek love!)

Well, sort of – I said I would post pictures of the finished shawl today, and I haven’t got around to taking and uploading them yet.  What I do have is a sort-of, half-finished, almost new blog design.  Yeah, I know, but it’ll do for now – there will be many more adjustments to come.  It’s a fork of the Thirty-ten WP child theme.  Pictures by me, some things (like the Rav bars) not working yet.  Maybe tomorrow.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Smugmog (pleased with myself))

Hooray, I’ve finished my Gap Year Travels shawl.  I cast off in a different colour, which was totally a design feature and not because I ran out of yarn twice (if you believe that, etc etc), ends are sewn in, and it’s currently awaiting blocking – I’m going to leave it pinned on the table overnight, I think.  I do believe I’m quite pleased.  Pictures tomorrow!

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Sleepy-peepy)

Since I’m extremely tired today (I have new medication which is making me drowsy, hopefully just for the adjustment period, and every time I sit down somewhere relaxing I drop off!), I’m not going to say much again.  I haven’t managed to finish the shawl yet, but just have the cast off edge to go.  I’ve been setting the twist of some of my handspun:

Setting the twist

Setting the twist

(excuse the rubbish photo), and also marvelling over how the Xandermog can go from FULL ON PESTER mode to fast asleep, you-can’t-wake-me in under five minutes flat.  Still when the result is this little face:

Xandermog on the sofa today

N'awwww!

how can you complain?

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Sheeeeep)

Just two rows to go on the Gap Year Travels shawl now:

Gap Year Travels / Travelling Woman shawl in progress

Travelling Woman "Gap Year Travels" shawl in progress

I’m planning to finish it and leave it blocking before I go to bed. Yay!

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Eleven has the policebox)

Today has been a day of variety, which has been nice!  I started out by going up to the Christmas fair for Mum’s church – I got there quite late on, so I helped clear up and carry the remaining stuff back up to the church.  I got a few nice cards and nick knacks for gifts, so that was a worthwhile trip.  Then I walked with Mum back to her house for a drink and then a lift home.

On the way up to Mum’s place, I stopped off and did a geocache that was en route.  It took me a bit longer than I’d planned due to me being disorganised with my stuff, but it was still a speedy one.  Not a micro one this time, but a still small one.  So not big enough to put the travelling monkey into, yet.  Poor monkey!  I’ll move him on soon, by hook or by crook!

After visiting at Mum’s for a while, we came back here and had dinner – stir fry followed by cupcakes!  Then Mum went home and I’ve been knitting and watching Strictly Come Dancing.  I’m still working on the Travelling Woman, but hopefully I’ll be done soon.  Maybe tonight?  Maybe tomorrow.

And then I’ve been playing with Blip.fm – I’ve put a widget linking to my account there in the sidebar, and I think it’s possible to play some tracks directly from here?  I’m not sure, I’m still figuring it out.  That’s not what I’m using it for, anyway.  Mostly I’m listening to the songs my friends have playlisted.  Is that even a word?  Probably not, but I know what I mean, and I’m sure you do too.  Anyway, I thought I’d put the widget up here because in the first place I can, and also because I’m trying to get all my web stuff better linked together.  Integrate my web presence.  Oh how pretentious. ;-)

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Love n hugs)

Today is my lovely friend [personal profile] Noxie‘s birthday, so much love and happy returns to her!  We originally met through both being fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and are still friends twelve years on!  Isn’t the internet grand?

As for me, I’ve spent the day plying and knitting again – some progress made, nothing finished as yet!  Hopefully I’ll have more to report tomorrow.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Tied up)

I need an editor to stop me from making horrible puns, don’t I?  But it’s true, today I have been applying myself to plying two bobbins of handspun together.  I haven’t done the whole lot yet, and there won’t be pictures because this is for the Limegreenjelly Christmas swap.  Which means I don’t want my partner to see what I’ve been working on for her, mwahahah… eek, hope she likes it!

Other than that, I’ve also been (still) working on the “Gap Year Travels” Travelling Woman shawl… and I can’t remember if I mentioned this, but I’ve called my particular version of it Gap Year Travels because the colourway of the yarn I’m knitting it in is called Byron Bay.  Which is somewhere I visited while travelling in Australia on my gap year.  Anyway, I’ve nearly finished the shawl – ten rows or so to go, and I don’t think I’m going to have enough of the yarn left.  Fortunately, I do have some solid blue that goes with it well enough that I can use it to finish off.  I hope!  If that doesn’t work, well, I put in that lifeline, so it’ll be easy to rip back without dropping any stitches.  If a bit of a nuisance.  But then I’ll definitely have enough yarn to finish off the edging chart.

In other news, marmite rice cakes are delicious.  That is all.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Sheeeeep)

I have no blogging inspiration today, so let’s have a meme instead!  I’m going to fall back on the Friday 5, which is always fun when I remember to do it!

Friday 5 for November 5: Packing

  1. How far ahead of time do you begin packing for a weekend trip?
    Planning, 2-3 days beforehand, depending on where I’m going. Actual packing will be the night before. I am little miss last minute!
  2. What was your most recent purchase of a six-pack?
    Technically yesterday when my groceries were delivered, including a couple of six packs of Pepsi.
  3. What do you look for in a good everyday backpack?
    Comfy straps, at least two pockets with a couple of small compartments for things like my mp3 player etc, waterproofing, and in colours that I like!
  4. Among people you know, who’s the worst packrat?
    Me, I think. Ooops!
  5. How do you know when it’s time to pack it in each evening?
    When the cat comes to demand his supper, or when I’m starting to doze off, if I don’t have anything in particular on the next day. If I have something on, then it depends on what time that is, because if I don’t get a good night’s rest I’ll never get up in time for it.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (I done knitting!)

When I’ve not been out (Tuesdays is the day I volunteer at the library) or on the computer today, I’ve been industriously knitting away on my Travelling Woman shawl.  I’m determined to finish it soon!  I am a little worried that I won’t have quite enough yarn, but I put a lifeline in so that I can rip back to the middle of the previous patten repeat (if you know the pattern, this is the logical place) if need be.  No pictures yet, but there will be once I’ve finished. Go go go!

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

Fly By

Nov. 8th, 2010 11:55 pm
soulstar: (In this together)

I have no time to make a the post I’d planned tonight (knitting & spinning related)… although it serves me right for leaving it so late.  I’d planned to have a nice bath, then post and be off to bed.  But no, fate intervened.  Or my Downstairs Neighbour did, by hitting the fire alarm for the second night in a row and setting it off (then hiding in his flat until the rest of us banged repeatedly on his door).  Luckily I was just out of the bath and decent again!  However, now I’ve had to get out of my PJs and dressed again because in all the drama, our neighbour from the garden flat is locked out – he was asleep when the alarm went off, and left his keys in the inside of his front door.  Downstairs Neighbour didn’t hit the alarm on purpose, btw – he’d probably had a few and made a mistake.  But there’s a £40 call out charge to get the thing fixed.  Luckily we had a glass panel so could do it ourselves this time, but… argh!  I really hope he doesn’t do it again.  But now I must get back downstairs and see what progress has been made Garden Flat Neighbour getting back into his place…

[Half an hour passes]

… Yay, go us!  Thanks to a group effort, Garden Flat Neighbour is now back indoors.  As are we all, warm and dry out of the pouring rain.  It took my ladder, Upstairs Neighbour’s Son#1 (to wriggle through GFNs bathroom window), and GFNs torchlight and assistance in getting Son#1 over the garden wall.  And now I’m going to dry my hair, and get myself to bed.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (Eleven - Timelords get lost too)
I know, I know, I haven't posted here for a miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillion years. I've been mentally stuck trying to decide whether DW or LJ should be my primary journal (or whether I should just crosspost everything). I have been posting on the blog at loopylou.co.uk though. I haven't been crossposting from the blog to DW & LJ, obviously, but there is now a feed account on DW ([syndicated profile] loopylou_feed ) as well as the one on LJ ([livejournal.com profile] loopylou_co_uk ). So just in case you want to read my blogging adventures, which are about things like knitting, spinning, bipolar disorder, and general life ramblings, then... well, there are many ways to do so. Or, I don't know, should I just crosspost directly to this journal after all? I've always felt like I should keep the two separate, but maybe that's a hangover from when I worked in an office? Hmm. Opinions welcome! Heh, if there's even anyone still reading this thing.

What I've been thinking of using this journal* for is more fandom-y stuff. And I'm afraid that means the stuff that I'm watching, so if there are people reading, I give fair warning: I'll quite likely be whiffling on about Sparklytrictly Come Dancing and Holby / Casualty and Merlin and Sherlock (still) and Dr Who and whatever else may catch my fancy. Also, I want to actually write up the book reviews that are in my head. Shall I put them here or on the blog? I don't know. Maybe that's something that works for both. As for which is my main journal between DW and LJ, well, my subscription has run out on DW, and I still have the big flist on LJ, but DW is nicer... I'll decide another time.

At the moment I am doing NaBloPoMo over on my blog, so I don't know if / when I'll be posting here again. But I really really am going to try. I miss being in touch with my flist! Although talking of that, I think I may need to chop it down quite a lot so that I can actually keep up with the reading. Sometimes I wonder how I used to manage. Oh yes, that's right: I signed up for LJ a decade ago. I was young. That explains it all!


* These journals: I'd be crossposting, assuming posting to DW from SeMagic will do that, because posting in the web editor on DW is driving me MAD(der). This is my fourth attempt today, and it's not like it's a problem with the editor itself. I just keep accidentally losing the bleeping thing. Don't ask. Anyway, I need to post from a non-web interface.

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