Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Arte Y Pico

I can't think what I have done to deserve it but Judy - The Spindling Scot has awarded me the Arte Y Pico award. I feel both honoured and guilty because I have blogged so little lately. Maybe it is the incentive I need to post more regularly. Thank you so much Judy!

Rules in English:

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award-winning, has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winning and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "
Arte y pico" blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) To show these rules.

Award winners are:...

These are the blogs I would like to pass the award on to. All of them I have found inpiring both creatively and many other ways.

Judy would definitely be top of my list if she didn't already have the award, I am frequetly in awe of her skill and expertise both in spinning and dyeing.

Woolly Wormhead - I have not only followed with relish Ruth's progress to becoming a successful author of her own individualistic patterns but also the birth of her son and the ambiton to leave her flat for a life on the road. This is all coming to fruition now so it is a very fitting time to be awarded this as she starts a new phase in her creative life.

Fyberspates - This year has been an excting one with Jeni giving up her 'day job' to throw herself into her yarn business and travel all over the world. Besides being inspiring in showing how it is possible to change your life and have the life you really want she has also raised awareness of the wider issues involved in the yarn we buy. Oh and did I say? - her yarns are beautiful. As without so within.

Ambermoggie - Can there be a more generous or compassionate blogger? She chronicles her life through knitting and the pagan wheel of the year with beauty and thoughtfulness. Is it any wonder so many other bloggers think the world of her too.

Chez Plum - Sylvie's passion for fibre shows in all her posts. Her creative energy seems channelled and focussed, making her one of my role models. I love the way she has marketted her designs with flair and creativity. She is also generous in helping other bloggers and many times has helped me out with my pitiful attempts at te frech language.

Last but not least Tutley Mutley at Knitknack Paddywack give a Blog a Home I suppose the common theme with all the people I have picked is that they live lives that inspire me and Terry is right up there. As well as being , like me, an avid knitter she is a midwife and often blogs about the trials and joys of that. I always feel inspired to make more of my life when I read of her escapades whether walking the dogs or running around in Thailand.

So why not stop by and congratulate these extraordinary women? There are lots of others I would like to nominate but I am sure they will not be overlooked and someone else will be nominating them soon. All of these women encourage me to feel that life, ordinary, everyday life can be full, creative and compassionate.

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's Official

Before the weekend we took Woody, the dog who found us to the vet. After waiting a decent interval to make sure there weren't bereft previous owners eager to claim him, we have had him microchipped. We also started the passporting procedures, so he has had his first rabies shot and some other inoculations. He also had an antibiotics shot and drops and pills as he has picked up an eye infection. All in all I don't think he has a good opinion of vets now after three jabs, and the microchip one was huge. It was a bit painful for us too, although the bills seem cheaper than in the UK, all of that and 2 boxes of Frontline for the cats and dog came to 172 euros.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'm a Winner!!

I won a prize - the first time ever.

The lovely Sue who is doing the moonwalk yet again had a raffle on her blog and I won this lovely gift.


The project/sock bag is handsewn by Sue under the name Knittiotherapy (she has an Etsy sop which is empty at the moment) it is in a lovely tie dyed velvet, with sock wool like a strawberry milkshake and butterfly stitchmarkers.

I am so lucky.

In the last couple of weeks I also received a much needed USB to iPOD cable and a pair of Crocs, via the 'Random Acts of Kindness' Group on Ravelry.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Life is just a Bowl of Cherries

At least for some...


Monday, July 07, 2008

Take me to the Land of Lost Things

Do you ever go through a period when you just can't seem to find things? You end up wasting loads of time looking for the thing you need to do something. I usually shrug my shoulders in the belief 'it will turn up' which it usually does, but sometimes it gets very frustrating, when you have searched everywhere and waited a week or more and still no sign.

Currently on the missing list;

Potato Peeler
150 felting needles
crevice tool for the hoover
steel ruler
3 sets of Knitpick DPNs
sender address labels for packages

Of course the usual time for things to appear is just after you buy a new one. I wonder which of these will still be missing when I next blog?

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Second Life

I have been skeining up and photoing dyed stuff in the hopes that I will finally get round to posting some on Etsy.

This however is for my stash. I bought it originally about 20 years ago in a Liberty sale. It is all Rowan cotton chenille and 3 of them were white, 6 in a dusky blue and 2 in a dusky pink. Not now though.