Ooh yet again, more than a week since my last post. Never mind! There has been a few things happening this week. 

I got some supply work! It was only for the day in a Year 2 class, but it was an absolute pleasure. The children were mostly very good, just excitable. If anyone is interested, making fortune tellers is an excellent activity for children this age. They find them completely fascinating and they are so versatile. We did ours with the theme of space. They had to choose four colours for the astronauts space suit, then pick the number of people that were in space with them, then the final number was how many people were out of the space ship with them at a certain time. The ‘fortunes’ were what had happened to them in space, e.g. eaten by space rats! or found space treasure! But the kids honestly adored it, I feel sorry for their parents being asked ‘pick a colour!’ constantly until bedtime. But it is a lovely activity to while away an hour. 

What else did I do? I knitted a lovely newborn or slightly larger than a newborn size cardigan. It is a rather chunky light blue acrylic with little dark blue spots. It fits my new born doll perfectly. It has been finished off wonderfully with some white flower buttons with a dark blue edging. 

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Here it is laid out flat to see a little more clearly. 

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The main body of it nearer the bottom is of a sort of feather and fan design. Very simple, very quick, and very easy. It was knitted from the top down, the arms were worked on dpns afterwards. So, no sewing up afterwards except for the ends that were poking out. The design is on Ravelry. I loved knitting this as it was very satisfying. I didn’t think I would have enough yarn to finish it, and I didn’t! I searched the house for two small hats that I had previously made with the same yarn (I thought I would have enough, but didn’t) so I could undo them. But they were no-where to be seen. I was very pleased that there is a B and M very close to my boyfriends house in Glasgow, so I was able to nip in there and grab another ball of the exact same colour! Not many people may know it, but B and M has some lovely acrylic in there for… £1.29 I think, and £1.69 chunky, which is what I bought. It also has some real wool in there at the moment at £1.99, in dark pink, green and… I think purple as well. Poundland has some lovely yarn in Clydebank as well, only 50g a ball but some beautiful colours. 

Oh, talking of yarn! I made an amazing discovery in Clydebank. In a shop called ‘Watt Brothers’ at the back of it is a huge wall just filled with yarn! Wendy, and Robin wool, and acrylics. Very good prices. Big, thick, chunky wool at only £1.19 a ball, and same with acrylic. The acrylic is 5 for £5! I don’t know how I didn’t just buy one of every single colour. Perhaps next time I have some money I will go and buy some. I am attempting to try and use up my stash at the moment. I think I am getting through it quite well, e.g. purple shrug, wash cloths, and baby cardigan. 

I haven’t been at home for a few days as I have been staying with my boyfriend. I went up a day earlier which was lovely. We didn’t do too much really as he was at College some of the time. We did have a nice wander about in Clydebank however, and a super romantic bath with some candles. That was wonderful, especially because he thought of it. We also watched ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ and ‘The Faculty.’ 

I have been really worried about the job market again lately. I got rejected for an interview AGAIN. I’m getting sick of it now. I had a good look online for some more jobs, but every job seems to be through an agency. If I am not signed up with that agency, I can’t apply for that job. I mean, what the hell. It’s SO unfair. So, I had a look at what courses I am able to sign up for. Because I already have a (seemingly useless) degree, I am unable to get funding for anything else other than a PGDE/PGCE. (Post Graduate Degree/Certificate in Education). Which I didn’t get into Uni for. So, I can’t afford it! I cannot even use the £200 funding from the ILA because I have a degree. So, basically, if you have a degree, you’re screwed, no-one will help you. I was better off without a degree. Right, and now the good news. I managed to find a course completely online for teaching English. It is the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)  course. It was £189 for a 120 hour course. It was £249. Once you have this certificate you can teach practically anywhere abroad, and it looks way better on the certificate. Since the location of where I live is pretty naff when it comes to conventions and classes, I opted for the complete online course, because I have had teaching practice beforehand, obviously. 

This course includes 60 hours of TEFL online, 20 hours of online Grammar study, 4 x 10 hours specialist TEFL certificates (business, one to one, limited resources and children). It also included a free 60 hour TEFL Teacher Lesson Pack and free resources. I have done the first module in the 60 hour, and managed to get 84%, so a pass. There are quite a few really good resources with it, so I have been doing lots of reading. I have missed doing course work, I enjoy learning. I don’t think that I will be doing any tonight, but it will start again tomorrow. 

Ooh, my cress has been growing fairly well over the few days that I have been away. It has definitely been getting longer. 

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It’s getting pretty good now! I tried a little bit of it, and it tastes loooooooooovely! 

Right, I am off now to finish watching South Park and to do some more knitting. I have started making some little yellow duck feet booties. There are 0-3 months old. The yarn I am using is pretty naff, so it is really only a practice piece. I have learnt how to do the ‘wrap and turn’ sequence, after ageeees! I am still quite unconvinced of its necessity and much prefer other methods of making socks. But then again, learning new skills! This is how far I have got. 

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I shall see if I can finish the first one tonight. 

Anyway! Here is a photo of Freddy. Love you, my little man. He could so be a model. 

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xXx Love Kais xXx 

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Hello again. 

Today hasn’t been too bad again. I started to train at the Post Office today. It was pretty easy going… just a lot to learn. The manager made me work the computer for every transaction which although scary, certainly helped me a lot. I can’t say much about it obviously, for security reasons and all that jazz, but I enjoyed my day. It’s just a shame I can only work there for four hours a week. Ah well! Still a great day. 

I got home, ate some much needed toast and settled on the sofa with Freddy for an afternoon of knitting and ‘4 in a bed.’ Sounds a terrible title! It is about three or four B and B owners who go and inspect other B and B’s and score them marks out of ten of how nice it is. Yeah… course it is. So much bitching going on, foul play and ridiculous behaviour. It really gets me angry when I see most of them run their fingers over picture frames or over the top of the wardrobe and make funny faces when they see the tiniest amount of dust! There is dust in the world. Fact. I mean, they make the silliest, stupidest comments ever, e.g. her knife was facing the wrong way round. I mean, come on! She made so many belittling comments to the couple who had a beautiful B and B. (Her B and B, although in a posh area of London… sucked big time. It was awful!). But I shouldn’t complain really if I am watching that rubbish! 

One thing I do like watching on TV and I cannot understand why is cooking programmes. I watch ‘Come Dine with Me’ occasionally, and I love ‘Masterchef.’ I liked the ‘Great British Bakeoff’ when that was on too. I have no idea why, because I cannot cook and hate doing so! Well, maybe not hate doing it, but I am too lazy to actually start. When I am up and cooking I don’t mind it so much. Talking of dinner, I have to make my own tonight, bleurgh! I’m sure there are noodles somewhere…. 

So, what else has been happening? I finished a small wash cloth today, in the shape of a leaf. It is blocking just now, and I hope it will block correctly because I have never blocked cotton before. 

Here is it, unblocked and the ends not sewn in. 

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It is made from Puppets Lyric Knitting and Crochet Cotton.  It is lovely to work with. My local HobbyCraft seems to only stock white and beige. I was very happy to know that they do more colours that that! I have seen them for £2.00 on a website, so I may place an order for some more. It is £2.29 in HobbyCraft. I tried to email them asking if they would be stocking more colours… but for some reason it failed. Their online site is awful. For such a big company I would expect a decently running website with a good catalogue. I have heard that they will be updating it with a full catalogue soon, so I will wait! By the way, its a 50g ball, with roughly 70m if you use a 4.00mm needle. 

I was so excited to see how much my cress had grown since yesterday, so I went and checked on it about an hour ago. All the seeds have germinated! 

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I took the top layer of the paper towel from the cress seeds, and half of them were stuck on it. So, I simply removed this towel and placed it in another tub. Now, I have two lovely tubs of cress growing. Can’t wait to see tomorrows results!

Got to go now, here’s a picture that made me smile today. 

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He posed like this just for the camera. Such a clever boy. 🙂 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Hello! Can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted… the days seem to go by so quickly. 

As mentioned in my last post, I had to go to the hospital, and I had some blood tests done. They called me back several days later and informed me that I would have to go to the Dr’s and have a chat with him because it was shown that I have a low blood count. Low haemoglobin levels I think they said. Anyway, I had to go see the Dr and he said I would have to have ANOTHER couple of blood tests. Didn’t hurt too much this time, but I was still shaking like mad. He said that one sample would be sent to test the thyroids were working properly, and something to do with my stomach absorbing blood, I think. He reckons that I have been anaemic for quite a few years, but is puzzled as to how. (I am on the mini-pill which, for some people, stops periods almost completely). So, therefore, how am I losing this blood? Hmm, it’s a puzzle. Anyway, I have to take these iron tablets twice a day. (It says on the packet this is for severe anaemia, eeeek!). I believe I have more energy, and have only fallen asleep in the middle of the day two or three times since taking them. Everyone says under my eyes are a lot brighter too (I have very dark circles around my eyes almost constantly). I still have to wait for another three or so weeks before I can have another blood test and to see if I can have the operation. I’ve sort of come to terms that I have to have it now. I know I’m being a wimp, but I am absolutely terrified. Thankfully, I’ve watched a few Youtube videos of people after they have had it done, and what actually happens, and I’m actually not TOO bad about it. I know that if anything happens, then fair enough it happens, and I won’t know a thing about it. I don’t want to be on my own after the operation, but when I am left alone (when parents have gone home for the night) I need to decide what lovely things to do to keep me amused! Knitting, crocheting… spinning even? Maybe I will have a TV Card, you never know. As long as I have my mobile with me and my headphones I can at least listen to the radio. One thing I cannot stand is silence. At this precise moment I am listening to ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys.’ It’s a pretty good show… not the funniest, but still very watchable. 

I’ve been watching a lot of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ lately, and been spinning to it. I got the most beautiful set of three merino wool top fleeces the other day so finally got round to spinning them. I got a cerise one, a sunshine one, and a forest green one. 

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Aren’t they lovely colours? I started working on the cerise (pink) one at the back, and it’s a pleasure to work with. They are all suposed to be one hundred grammes each, but when I weighed them, they were all over 150g! Brilliant deal, especially at only £3.00 each! And £2.50 for all three. I will def. buy from this company again. (Well, eBay seller). 

I split the fleece into half pieces, roughly into 75g each. Although I feel like I have been doing it for hours, I have still not even finished the first 75g. I feel like I am really getting my moneys worth. I love my little drop spindle to bits, I really do, but I would LOVE to have a spinning wheel. (Again, constantly checking eBay… when will one come up for sale that I can afford and that is near here?!). I saw someone had put on eBay, something called a kick spindle. I have never heard of this before, but when I checked it out, I thought it was a good idea. Here is a link to a Youtube Video of someone using one. 

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The bit on the toilet roll is what I have already spun so far. It got too heavy on the drop spindle, so I had to take it off. When I have finished with the rest of the fleece from that half, it will be wound on to the same toilet roll… that is, if my dog will let me! He goes crazy everytime I get that roll out. He feels it is his duty to chew every single toilet roll tube he finds in this house. (I swear, he goes to all the bins in the toilets in this house to check we haven’t thrown any away by ‘accident’ instead of giving them to him). 

I have seen a good idea of someone winding their spun yarn onto toilet rolls, sticking a knitting needle through them, and putting them in a shoebox together. This way, they roll at exactly the same time, and are not rolling all over the floor getting tangled. (As learnt the hard way…). 

I have changed my room around last week as I was getting a little bored with it. I turned my bed around so it was facing the other way, and that has made so much different, quite a lot more space. I have also taken most of my wool out of the cupboard and put into my glass-door book cupboard. (Minus the books, of course). I now have acrylic on top, wool and cotton in the middle, and packs of wool, plus cotton on the bottom. Of course, bits of it will be mixed up already, but still! Good try, and I love the look of it. Though, it is getting a little weird that the left door keeps on opening by itself. It’s like it’s trying to tempt me to use the wool! Talking of acrylic, I used up some of my stash! Finally! I made, using a Debbie Bliss pattern, a small shrug. I made it from purple and blue glitter acrylic. That sounds awful, doesn’t it? But it looks good, and I’m pleased with it. What do you think? 

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It looked kind of blue on my camera, but a little more purple on screen. I’m very happy with it. I had a few less stitches on the collar than it asked for, but it still worked out pretty well. Here is my beautiful model, Phillipa, modelling it. 

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I got her for Christmas in 2011. I think she is wonderful, but my boyfriend thinks she is a little creepy. I don’t care. I love her! I am looking for a brother for her, also on eBay. But I will get one eventually. Good things come to those who wait. (And I like getting things for super-cheap, so I wait for awesome bargains). 

I am going to start on some ‘thrummed mittens’ after I have completed this post. I have plenty of fleece to work these with, and I have never tried this way of knitting before. I do like to try new things! 

I went to the auctions again a couple of times in the last two weeks. Both were disappointing. I went to the job centre today so I missed out on todays auction. Dad managed to get some good books today (thank you Bookcase, for NOT being there) and some crockery. He is thinking of adding tea and coffee sales to his shop. Something really cheap, just to get the customers in. Maybe 30p a cup, not like the ridiculous £1.50+ they charge in Cafes. But yeah, job centre today was finally a break-through. I have been offered training at my local post office, which is lovely. I can learn some new skills, and have something to do with my time. Unfortunately, the job centre refuse to allow me this ‘free training,’ and told me that even though I am not getting paid for the training I would have my meagre benefits cut…. which obviously, I cannot afford. So, the post office had agreed to get me to work there, not just train there, for four hours a week so I can still claim and learn new skills. It’s very complicated and loads of useless information was thrown around. I completely and utterly agree with that woman that has been on the news lately, that Cait Reilly. I am disgusted that she was made to work in PoundLand after graduating University or face losing her benefit. These job centre people are not living in the real world. I was made to work in the job centre for four weeks. I’m a Primary teacher! Didn’t make a blind bit of difference to them. I only got my benefit money for that full time work. Sickening. Even if I had got paid minimum wage for those hours worked I would have made quite a bit. Urgh, it’s not worth moaning over is it, these things just don’t change. The Government is full of people who don’t live in the real world. They disgust me. Completely and utterly. 

Let’s talk of a few quick happy things before I end this post. I found this beautiful book in the dog shop charity shop a couple of days ago, and knew I HAD to have it. I ADORE Mr Men and Little Miss. I don’t have any of their little books, though I may start collecting them. I have their complete DVD set though. I know, I know, I’m almost 23, but honestly, I just adore their stories and their beautiful pictures. How is this not wonderful?! 

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What’s not to love? 

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I bought some cress the other day too, and I meant for me and my boyfriend to plant it together. Unfortunately we forgot about it whilst he was here, so I did it myself last night. I got some damp paper towel and laid the seeds out in a large K and a large A. I covered them up with more damp paper towels and left them on my window sill. I checked again today and they have already started to germinate. It’s amazing. 

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They are covered in a clear gunky stuff. I thought it was water at first, but now I’m not so sure, because it feels kinda gooey. I’m just going to leave them now and hope that they have germinated even more tomorrow! 

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Anyway, I think that is pretty much it for now. I’m going to go and get a massive up of tea in my big silver travel mug (keeps in hot for so long!), gather the items for my thrummed mittens, and keep on watching ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys.’ 

Here is a picture to keep you smiling. This little boy makes my day. I couldn’t do without him. I love you Freddy. 

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xXx Love Kais xXx 

I’ve not posted for a few days, but that’s ok, I can’t post every day… sometimes there is just nothing note-worthy to talk about. I have however had a pretty good few days and one ok-ish one.

On Friday I went to go and assist in the local dog charity shop with my Mother. I really enjoy doing this work. I have no problem volunteering in charity shops, and because it is with dogs it makes me want to do it so much more. (Dogs are a MASSIVE part of my life). I spent most of the morning sorting out knitting patterns. There was a shelf which was simply stuffed with odd paper patterns, books and the odd puzzle box. I managed to sort it all out and put them into separate folders. I had to sit on the floor to do this, but as you would imagine, I kept as close to the wall as possible, and there was a wide berth around me for those who wished to walk past. (I know how frustrating it is when someone is in your way, so I kept myself as small as possible). Unfortunately, as usual, there is always someone who complains. Now, if I was making a nuisance of myself and spreading everything on the floor I would have understood. If the person who complained had asked me themselves, I would have understood. But no. This person, or rather, couple, complained loudly, in front of my Mother, ‘I can’t even get past because there is someone in the f-ing way.’ How rude is that? He hadn’t even tried to get past. The thing is though, this couple is in every Friday, before 1pm. They are ALWAYS rude. They are always making snide comments. And they STINK of cigarette smoke. It’s overpowering. I refuse to serve them. They shout over about the prices of things in the shop and complain if it is too high. (This is the cheapest charity shop I have EVER been in). They buy anything and everything, and you can guarantee that they will be in in the next few days because they don’t want it anymore, and want their money back. I mean… seriously? They bought a mirror the other day, a heavy framed mirror. They carried it home, and bought it back to the shop because it was too heavy for their wall. They are insane. I just turn my back on them and I know it annoys them. If they want me to respect them, they can start respecting me and everyone else.

But! I had to go get my boyfriend from the train station only half an hour later, and I told him the story. He was annoyed that someone would talk about me like that. I told him not to worry and that they are just not worth it. We had a lovely few days together. He only stayed from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, but we enjoyed every minute. We got a take-away from the local Chinese and took it home… nom nom nom! We had a little man staring at us the entire way through our meal. (Freddy). But we did not crack! The food was just soooooo good. The boyfriend had been going on and on about wanting to go to the take-away again because he had loved it the previous time he had been at mine. But that time we stayed in the very small restaurant. It was nice, but I think we would have liked a larger… and not so empty place.

On the Saturday we went into a car boot sale, and a small market. It took about 35-40 minutes to get there. Usually I don’t find anything I like, but this time I did. On one of the middle stalls there were two large crate like boxes, and each one were filled with balls of wool! At only 50p each! I had a good rummage through them, and I think I came up with some pretty damn good finds.

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I was particularly pleased with the red wool on the right. Freedom wool, by Twilleys of Stamford, 50g. Got two of those. I also got 4 x Hayfield Authentic Cotton Rich Lightweight DK, 63% cotton, 37% acrylic, 50g. 2 x Stylecraft Kon-Tiki DK, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 50g. The last one is a simple Aran with 20% wool, 65% acrylic and 15% nylon, 100g. I’m sure I will find a nice pattern to go with this one, perhaps some chunky mitts, and/or a cowl of some sorts.

Sunday was a relaxing day, with just a trip to the tip (we have been sorting the garden) and dropping my boyfriend off at the station. On the way to the tip, I noticed that on the fences where sheep were grazing there were tufts of raw fleece. I was very tempted to get out of the car and grab it, but due to time constraints, did not. This perhaps might be something I may be tempted to do in the future, in summer time. Perhaps take a bike and pedal down to the areas where I have seen it. It’s just taking bits and pieces from the fence that would get washed away anyway. It’s just practice stuff. Ooh, talking about that, I ordered some lovely Merino wool tops on Sunday night too, at awesome prices. I got cerise, sunshine and forest green for £9.17 altogether, with only £2.50 postage! Postage is what puts me off so many products on eBay, but this isn’t surprising really, with the amount of people scamming and making up prices. If I see a product with a ridiculously high postage price, I just won’t even bother looking at it… how can people justify this blatant stealing? Mind you, the postal service is just theft these days. I feel sick at the thought of sending parcels at the prices they charge. Even a standard letter is a stupid price… 60p for a 1st Class Stamp that won’t get there any quicker than a 2nd class one?

Today has been a bit of a… well, panicky day. I had to go into hospital for a pre-operative assessment. I am going to have a tonsilectomy and an adenoidectomy, and as I have never had an operation before, I am, in a word, terrified. I had to get completely checked over, bloods taken, urine sample, ECG, everything. I took my knitting with me and a magazine, but I never got a chance to do them. The staff at that hospital saw me early and were just lovely. I had to answer a bunch of questions and do a pee test…. urgh! Thankfully I had just drank at least a litre of tea before hand! Then the nurse told me that I had to do a blood test. I’m pretty squeamish and can’t handle pain… not when I know it is coming anyway. I’m a wimp. She gave the ‘it’s just a scratch line,’ and I was like…’I’ve heard that one before.’ Haha. But I haven’t had it done before so I was panicky. It hurt quite a bit because I wasn’t perhaps relaxed enough, but she couldn’t get the vein. She got someone else to try this a bit later on. I then went and had an ECG to check my heart, and that was all normal. Then to the anesthetist. He was lovely and tried to calm my fears. I had to talk to him because of the risks involved with someone like me. I have very, VERY bad sleep apnoea. For those who don’t know what it is, this is when you stop breathing in your sleep. The Doctor didn’t think it was too bad at first, but it turned out that yeah, it was! I stopped breathing for almost a minute at a time, and this wasn’t just once in a while, this was every other minute, for the entire night. They saw that I had massive tonsils. The tonsil on the left side blocks that side of the windpipe, so I am effectively taking in half of the air that I could be taking in. I also have, just to be picky, enlarged adenoids too. This explains why I have never been able to breathe out my nose comfortably (mouth breather, what a horrible expression) and I always feel like my nose is blocked. The Doctor told me that when I have these out I shall feel like a new woman. I hope so! I’m just worried for the pain and the questions of, will I wake up afterwards? As that is a risk because of sleep apnoea that I will react differently to the drugs they give me. They are going to keep me in overnight in the High Dependency Ward to keep an eye on me afterwards. I know there are going to be some fabulous Dr’s and nurses there and I do have faith in them, but there is still that scared feeling at the back of my mind… but everyone has that. I will need to decide on what knitting to bring in to keep myself occupied throughout the day!

Something that cheered me up was buying this nice book from one of the charity shops. It was a bit more expensive than I would normally buy, but it just seemed such a lovely book. What do you think?

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It was printed in 1987, and the patterns are wonderful, and the stitch library is extensive. It shows knitting, crochet and sewing patterns. Check these out…

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Aren’t they lovely? Lots of old looking patterns, but some I will def. have a go at, especially the baby crochet clothes. I would very much like to improve my crochet. I made two crochet wash cloths the other day, the ends just need weaving in. I will post photos later on.

Anyway, I think I must go now, I am starting with the flu. Achey head, achey joints, thick, fuzzy head, anything cold hurts to touch. I think it is time to go for a sleep.

Good night all, sweet dreams.

xXx Love Kais xXx