I’ve been a bit bored the past few days and don’t seem to have much motivation to do anything. I’ve been so fed up with the job situation lately. I am a qualified primary teacher, and there are just no jobs out there. Everyone says, ‘Oh, yeah, they are screaming out for teachers.’ Uhhh, no, no they aren’t. Every job posted has at least one hundred applicants. Most of them will be NQTS. (Newly Qualified Teachers, like me). I don’t understand what I am doing wrong with my applications because I am just NOT getting ANY interviews. But any feedback I have had lately is that I have no work experience. I can’t get work experience because people won’t give me a job. I can’t even do work experience in Scottish schools either until I’m in with the GTCS and on the local supply list. Has anyone tried getting onto the GTCS? Yeah, riot of fun! It’s ridiculous the amount of paperwork that has to be sent off. I have had a small problem with my PVG and it’s taking so much longer to do than normal. Did I mention the fact I have to pay for this registration? £179!!! (And as far as I am aware, you have to pay to stay on the register every year too. It’s disgusting). It is so Catch-22 when trying to get a job these days. I don’t get the job I want because I don’t have any work experience *insert frustrated scream* and I can’t get a retail or part-time job because I’m overqualified. I mean, I find myself wishing that I had never gone to University most of the time. It was a complete and utter waste of four years of my life. 

Anyway, perhaps I should talk of happier things? Well, since I have plenty of time to myself *ARGH* then I am trying to learn some new skills. I went to our local haberdashery and had a good look through all of the pretty materials, and in the sales bin at all the wool and yarn that was there. (There wasn’t too much of the good stuff left; when the sale started I took almost all of the cotton yarns and the other interesting ones… all £1 each!). I had planned the night before that I wanted to have a go on the sewing machine that has sat on my dresser drawers for the past few months. I would like to make a double pointed needle roll bag. I plan on having a nice outside material, with a contrasting inside with slim pockets to slip the needles into. I would then put some cotton tape around the outside to hide the edges; then it would be rolled up and then tied with a simple ribbon. I perhaps would need to create a plan first. What do you think of this material? 

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Yes, that is Freddys paw in the corner 😀 But yeah, I LOVE the white material with the roses on it, so I think I will use that first to be the outside of the roll. I will use the red piece with the flowers on it to be the contrasting inside. I also bought some contrasting polka dot material which I can’t wait to use either! I think I would like the white with red dots on the outside, with the opposite on the inside. I think the cotton tape I bought will go brilliantly around both pieces too. I didn’t know if we have any thread in the house either… no-one sews at the moment because my brother who sews now lives in Glasgow. And some more pins, because I had bent most of them attempting to block my previous made items. (Well worth it I think :D). I made a quick sketch of what I would hopefully like to achieve by the end. 

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I understand it anyway! 😀 I shall probably make a start on that when I manage to sort out most of my room. It’s a bit of a tip at the moment because there is so much stuff I want to get rid of on a car boot sale. We also need to sort out the shed and the conservatory. Both are crammed with our book shops extra stock! And the conservatory is full of my stuff from when I moved back home after University. I haven’t looked in those boxes for probably almost a year… I wonder what I will find!? 

I sorted out quite a bit of my yarn today. Mainly my good stuff, and not just the big bag of random balls of acrylic, and the smaller bag of all the odds and ends of the balls. I worked out that I had seven KG’s of yarn! 😀 Oh, I almost forgot, I got some lovely mohair yarn delivered this morning. Some beautiful pink and purple colours. 

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Isn’t it such pretty stuff? The pink is a lovely pale shade of pink, whereas the purple is very light too. The photo makes it look almost blue. But they are most delicate shades and I think they would contrast one another very nicely. (I wonder how many times I have said contrast in this post?!) I made my Nannys some lovely angora and mohair fingerless mittens for Christmas, and I thought I would make a whole load more for other people with this yarn. It is 100% acrylic, but soooo warm and cosy! So fluffy! The pink one cost only £2.42 the whole pack, and the purple one cost only £2.20 the entire pack, so I think I got a really good bargain. 

I have also been watching some more of Jeopardy today. Fantastic show. I’ve stopped myself three or more episodes from the end now, so I have something to look forward to. I remember enjoying it as a child, but am adoring it now. I never realised it was soooooooooooo good! I am so attached to the characters, grrr! I wonder what I can watch next… the person who put it on Youtube has some other old programmes to watch, so I might have a look at what else there is. I perhaps need to keep watching ‘Otherworld.’ Does anyone remember this? I think it was made in the eighties (before my time) but my parents cannot recall it. It’s about a family that somehow get transported into another world and need to keep blending in with the others before they can find their way home. It’s pretty odd, and they seem to be in each world a pretty long time (in one world the eldest son goes into an elite training programme and completes it). I am terrible at explaining things, so the best thing to do would be to go on Wikipedia. I enjoy scary programmes, anything to do with the paranormal. I enjoyed watching both series of Bedlam, both seasons of American Horror Story, and a few others. Can anyone recommend something I can really get into? I get so much knitting done when I’m watching something that grips me. Makes me knit faster for some reason, haha. When I’m getting scared my fingers blur! I found myself grabbing the dogs paw when I jumped at something on Jeopardy, haha. 

Anyway, I’m off to go and try a sock mitten pattern I just found on Facebook. Looks like it could be pretty interesting. Dad said he wanted some fingerless mittens for when he is typing, and this might be a very simple option… until I knit or crochet some anyway. AND my boyfriend is coming for a couple of nights which is awesome! He lives in Glasgow so we see each other every weekend. I like our relationship this way. We don’t get under each others feet by seeing each other constantly, and we look forward to seeing each other more. Well, it’s lasted almost six months like this and we are still going strong. Can’t believe it’s been that long already though! 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

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Well, my shawl blocked as well as I could have hoped for. It was 18″ across before I blocked it, and now it is 22.5″ across! 😀 Very happy. I will wrap it in pink tissue paper and send it to my Nanny. She can perhaps use it as a lacy tablecloth or something. I’ll get her to send me a picture of what she does with it. She knits almost as much as I do, perhaps more! We make a good pair, sitting knitting with each-other on the sofa.

I found out what to do with my Rowans Coccoon. I made a simple baby cardigan, just a little shorter than a cardigan, just a little longer than a shrug. I have blocked it. (I’m getting good with this blocking stuff! I’ve only done it twice… let’s see how this works out!).

Unblocked…

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Blocked…

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Just waiting for it to dry just now. Tomorrow I plan on buying some nice new pins to block new items with in future. I may also buy some sweet material to make a dpn knitting case with. Perhaps some ribbon to tie it up with. I don’t know, I shall try it out. 🙂

I am watching something called Jeopardy just now. It was a CBBC programme from 2002 – 2004 about a group of teenagers and their teacher (from Scotland) who go into the Australian outback to search for sightings of UFOS. Then spooky things happen… I’m on the last episode of Series 1. I’m as glued to it as I was when I rushed home from school to watch it. Definitely worth a watch, cos’ it gives me the shivers even now!

I have thought of a new idea in crochet, but won’t say on here incase I don’t do it. I may draft out a plan. On the other hand, I have joined a new group on Ravelry called Sock Knitters Anonymous. You have to knit a pair of socks every month, with the theme this month being a beverage and a pattern that is in less than 15 project pages. The one I like is in only 11 project pages. I will have a look at some yarn tomorrow, see what money I have! I might consider doing this challenge… there are some wonderful prizes. Anyone know of any other knitting competitions? Anyway, going to go back to Jeopardy… it’s so exciting!

xXx Love Kais xXx

I thought I would squeeze in another post tonight about what was happening with my cast off, unfinished lace shawl/veil. I managed to cast it all off eventually… it took almost forty minutes!

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But I managed to complete it by 00.06am. No wonder I was shattered this morning.

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It is eighteen inches across unblocked. The tape measure is from HobbyCraft too… Mum got it for me for Christmas 😀

Then I had the problem… where to block it? The bed isn’t suitable because it is little mans (Freddy’s) territory and I’m terrified he would get pins in his paws. Then I remembered that there were some thick piles of material in the conservatory (brother is a fashion designer). He won’t mind me using them… or I just won’t tell him… I tried laying them out….

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And Freddy claimed it as his space 😀 But he shifted eventually after I threw his smiley ball. I laid out two thick piles of material out like this…

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I then laid down the shawl and pinned it out, bit by bit. I started pinning the middle, stretching what I needed to. I think that other people may pin it straight away by the edges, but I wanted to start off small. It is how you think you want to do it you go for 🙂

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I then simply put the steam settings on my iron and just passed it over the shawl, getting fairly close, but not enough to touch the stitches. And I left it! I shall leave it until tomorrow, because I don’t think it has set quite how I want it, so I will re-steam it. And then the completed photos tomorrow!

xXx Love Kais xXx

Hmm, today was a bit of a wash out when it came to getting things from town that we wanted. I got up early to go with my Dad to the (fairly) local auctions. I didn’t think I would enjoy going to these, but this was my third time. It is only a small auction room, and depending on what people give it can be pretty crammed, or barely anything. But one thing that is always there is chairs, cupboards, china… and books! (My Dad owns a book shop – check it out ‘The History Box’ Annan). There were several boxes of books today…. maybe twelve? Unfortunately none of them were really much good, so we were only going to bid a couple of quid on each. That was a mistake! One of the proprietors of a VERY large book shop was there… AGAIN. I mean, fair enough, everyone is entitled to buy what they want stock wise… but it is really polite to buy up every single box of books in the place? They are completely loaded money-wise, and their shop is amazing. Crammed from the very door all the way to the huge basement with twisting corridors, all the way up to the third floor. I mean… come on, give small businesses a chance!

I had my eye on a rather large box of sewing bits and pieces. There were ribbons and lace, just bits and bobs, a large stack of safety pins, big, heavy box of buttons, some yarn, etc. It looked pretty good, just to have a good sift through. I only wanted to have a small bid on it, so I told my Dad to go to a maximum of £2. The bidding started at £5. Typical! Ended at £12, so I wouldn’t have got it anyway. I’m looking forward to there being some decent, proper wool there, or a fleece… mind you, I think that would be pretty popular too. Can’t wait to see if there is a spinning wheel!

Afterwards, we drove up to the new HobbyCraft shop. I love this place. I HATE the expense that they sell items for however, but I do try and go when there is a sale. It is such a pretty place, so bright and airy, and so inviting. There is a big table full of clearance stuff when you go in, but I have learnt not to keep rummaging through there otherwise I will keep buying stuff I don’t need! I came in specifically for the 3 for 2 yarn sale that was on. I bought ten balls of yarn, a book and some gorgeous ribbons.

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These are so pretty. 100% wool. Freedom Spirit Chunky. (£1.80 a ball, 3 for 2). 200g of the reddish colour, and 50g of each of the others. I have no idea what to make with this… but it was too good an opportunity to miss. Any ideas what to make?

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I cannot rate these yarns highly enough! Patons Smoothie is possibly the most magical yarn I have ever worked with. It knits and crochets up like bamboo cotton, has a lovely drape, and just feels so beautiful. They are 100g and you can get so much out of them. I am in love! These were to make up the half finished colours in my set. (I went online and bought every single one of their solid colours that was not in HobbyCraft. I will show my Patons Smoothie stash later on). They are a little expensive at £2.99, but at 3 for 2 work out not too bad. On PurpleLindaCrafts online, they are £2.65 each with fabulous delivery service. I have crocheted some wonderful booties out of this yarn, but plan on perhaps making some baby tops, as it has a very similar look (IMHO) to some cashmere yarns.

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I looked down underneath one of the tables in HobbyCraft and couldn’t believe my eyes. Rowan Coccoon for only £2.99! It was such a shame there was only one left because I would have bought loads! It is 80% merino and 20% kid mohair. I feel stupidly happy to actually have some Rowan wool because it is so expensive. (£7.95ish per 100g). The colour is ‘Petal.’ Very sweet, very delicate colour. Again, I don’t know what to make, but as I recently had twelve knitting magazines won from eBay, I will hopefully find something in there. Perhaps a nice cowl or some mittens.

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I can’t believe I got this for £2.99 either! This is a brilliant book, with fantastic illustration. You can knit male and female characters, with nineteen different sports to cater for. You can even knit the objects too, such as a canoe and a bow and arrow! Can’t wait to start on these. I’ll leave you a funny picture from the back of the book. I was in stitches…

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xXx Love Kais xXx

Isn’t this the most gorgeous sight to see when you come back to your room after getting a cup of tea? Makes my heart melt every time 🙂

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Well, the blue items he is sitting next to were perhaps the first thing that I made this year. They are a pair of simple, fingerless mittens, made out of acrylic. What amazes me is the warmth of them! I have been using them for all sorts. They are brilliant when out shopping because I am sick of whipping my gloves on and off. Keeps the majority of my hands warm, and I just curl my fingers inside to keep cosy when outside.

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You may also have noticed the white blob of work also next to my beautiful Freddy. This was meant to be a wedding veil, or a shawl. I started this, I think a couple of years ago, but as you can see I never got far with it. I am pretty damn pleased with what I did get done, but it is just sitting in the cupboard doing nothing. 576 stitches are still on the needles! I am going to cast it off, block it, and then… try and find a use for it! I have never blocked anything before, so this should be interesting. This was my first VERY big dpn project.

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I am looking forward to seeing how big it is when I finally cast off… that is what I will be doing when I leave the post for tonight I think. I shall try and put up the photos tomorrow of the before and after blocking. There is a website link to the whole of the shawl in case anyone would like to see it. It was a very simple shawl to make, and grew very quickly. Unfortunately I just lost where I was in the shawl due to constant pick up, put down moments, and I know for a fact it just won’t get finished. I shall save the yarn for something else, and perhaps try again on something different. It is called the Firmaments Lace Shawl. Beautiful.

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Here is a close up of the diamond stitches. These look almost like spades from a pack of cards.

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I was so glad I didn’t make any mistakes in this part! These are the diamond stitches, and are so effective. Just a simple knit and yo stitch and voila!

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This is what it was knitted out of. I bought two balls of the yarn, because the pattern said it needed to, but I hardly seemed to get anyway through the first ball! I cannot remember the price…something calls out £4 something, but I can’t be sure. I got it from our local Haberdashery market. I love that place… but they could do with some more sales stuff!

Anyway, am going to start on the mammoth task of casting off… let’s see how this turns out!

xXx Love Kais xXx

I’m back! This time for good.

So, since it is still January (just) I thought now would be a good time to start a blog. I started one before… can’t remember the password to it, and so consequently can’t get back into it! But this one I hope to use a bit more. After all, it’s a bit quicker than writing a diary, and I don’t use nearly as much ink printing out photos to stick in it. 
As I am a Complete Fanatic about anything to do with wool, yarn and fiber, I imagine that that is what my posts will mainly be about, so after a year I can look back and see what I have achieved. I will probably be adding bits of my day to day life in here, and loads about my beautiful pets. 

xXx Love Kais xXx