Saturday, November 15, 2008

Children in Need

If you donated to children in need last night, then there is just a chance that we may have spoken. My company was one of the contact centres for donations and I was lucky enough to have the chance to man the phones.

Our office was decorated to within an inch of its life and fun was had by all. Management were co-opted to serve refreshments, clear rubbish and run errands, we had a couple of clowns who came around to 'entertain' though probably the most entertaining bit about them was when the one on stilts couldn't get in through the doors! The fire brigade came in to encourage, hand out food and drinks and parade round the room with posters telling us how much our call centre total was until they had a shout and had to drop everything (but not quite as much as some of the ladies would have liked!!) and dash off.

And as if the enjoyment wasn't reward enough we each left with a little 'party bag'

Though it was really good, it was a long day - I had been on the phones in my own job for 7 hours then for Children in Need for 6, so to the lady to whom I said I was processing her claim (rather than donation) - I do apologise, my brain had gone onto auto pilot and it was past my bedtime!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Wear your poppy with pride

Based on the downloadable pattern from Knitonthenet in aid of The Royal British Legion, I wanted something smaller than the original design, so I adapted the number of stitches and rows, and didn't 'stuff' the black centre as I prefered it flatter.

I wore it to work today and received many nice comments (and several quizzical looks from the youngsters). With the exception of scarves this is the first time I have been brave enough to wear one of my 'creations'.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Little Brother

Having decided I needed to use smaller needles for my next comfort doll to get a better fabric for stuffing, I ended up with the first dolls little brother

DD had started this one and has a much looser tension than me, so despite trying to take this into account when changing needles, he still ended up with baggy trousers! (actually I quite like them)

Also off the needles is my Pi shawl, just needs blocking now - if the weather ever cheers up enough for anything to dry I'll do it, but in the meanwhile here is an unblocked picture

I tried several different lace borders, but after knitting, frogging and reknitting umpteen times I still couldn't find anything that looked right to me so eventually I settled on EZ's garter stitch with semi icord, which does the job - though I'm still not 100% convinced.