Saturday, June 30, 2007


was a bit of a mad month...

I went down to London for John's (an ex-housemate) ordination as priest... (note we had SUN then!). This is with Frances, another ex-housemate. Current ex-housemate totals now run at: 2 ordained, 1 married to curate, 1 in training for ordination and 2 potential ordinands. Living with me has an interesting effect on people?!

And I went to the British Library's "Sacred" exhibition - very very interesting. I didn't really get enough time there so I'm going to go back next time I'm in London.

Then I went over to North Norfolk to do some work. And went walkies in the woods at lunchtime to photograph some rhododendrons.

It was still sunny then...

Knit Lincs had a very noisy meeting at the Drill Hall that coincided with the Beer Festival (I think this was actually in May, but I'm losing my grasp on basic things like space and time).

I went on holiday to the Lake District with these two (plus their parents and my Mum). Who may look cute and innocent, but get up way too early every morning and make their Auntie's life a misery.

It rained in the Lake District. A lot. This is Whinlatter Forest Centre.

And a view of Derwentwater from the cottage. Look at those clouds!

Oh, and they have rhododendrons there too! ;-)

I got a pair of socks knitted for the friend I'll be staying with in London for a week in July. The yarn is Sirdar Town and Country, pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks.

And went to the knitting group at the wonderful Bluebell bookshop (scroll down a bit for the link) in Penrith.

Something ate my cauliflowers.

Then I went over to Manchester Cathedral for a conference. Manchester has changed a lot - I last went into this part of the centre immediately after the terrorist bomb in 1996 and it has changed almost beyond recognition.

I also visited the fairly newly reopened John Rylands library - again, changed beyond all recognition. It's well worth a visit - they have some good exhibitions on and you can now get a cup of tea!

Then I zipped up to Yorkshire to do some more work.

And found some more rhododendrons.

It rained a lot more. My plants liked it. Fortunately I didn't get nearly as much rain here as some other people - Blueadt, Webbo and Iris have had an awful time (and doubtless many more knitters).

And I finished a pair of toddler socks for one of a friend's twins.

And I got a mention on Sara and Kat's podcast, The Continental!


juliet said...

wow you have been busy and I am impressed that after flatting with you all your friends embrace religion - maybe you have such a good effect on them and they think it will be easier than knitting? The socks look fab (and so do the wee socks), I am totally impressed that with all your busy coming and goings you have time for knitting anything!

Seahorse said...

Busy indeed!

I love the pic of your nephews :)

I would so like to see the 'Sacred' exhibition - looks fascinating.

Nic said...

LOL, do you like rhod-e-do-do's as my Gran calls them ;)
You've had a busy month. I love that picture of your nephews. Two boys always conjure up thoughts of noisy chaos in my mind, not that my two monsters are a picture of serenity, by a long shot!!
I love the socks. I think I might have to go back to self-patterning yarn. It makes for a much more interesting knit and finished article, I think.
Still waiting for the second deluge here....

Nic said...

Ooh I forgot....that bookshop looks fab. I will have to go and investigate when we finally get up to the Lakes. The cauliflower looks like my sprouts last year when they were attacked by caterpillars but I think it is maybe a bit early for them now.
I have woodlice eating my radishes at the moment :(

Piglottie said...

Crikey, you've been busy. Great pics :) especially love the Lake District ones and Manchester. Hope some of your caulis survived!

Serinekat said...

Daisy: You always get a mention on our podcast... if it weren't for your work to bring about KnitLincs Kat and I would have never met and The Continental would have never been. You've done a great job with keeping us local knitters in the know and together! You photos are fab and it's nice to know what you've been up to!

Diane said...

You're coming to London! We must meet up :-D

Rain said...

Wow! You have been busy. I think you deserve to put your feet up this month. Looks like a great if not hectic tour around the country and you took some lovely photos.

Love the socks, is that the Harlequin colourway? I have some and was wondering how it would knit up.

Those two look far too angelic to make that much noise. Maybe if you spend more time with them they'll become very good and be destined for the clergy too ;)

maylin said...

You certainly get around!

Sue H said...

Loved all the photo's from around UK, especially Manchester Cathedral and the Rylands library. I doubt I would know my way around Manchester anymore it's been so long since I was there.

sue said...

You have been a busy girl havent you. All of your friend's taking on their religion is great, does that mean that anytime soon you are going to too. I love the socks in the Town and Country yarn, and I am sure I have that same colorway too. I like the pattern that you used. Those little boys do look adorable, but having kids get up early I know what you mean. Anything before the sun rises is usually a good time for kids to awaken, not so much for the other people in the household though.

Queen of the froggers. said...

What a lot of great news, your pictures of the lake district are great!

acrylik said...

Lovely pictures, looks like you've had a fantastic month. I'm really glad you got to the knitting group in Penrith, I shall have to get myself over there one of these days.

Love the socks, great pattern and lovely yarn to go with it.

Your nephews look adorable!

KnitYoga said...

My, you have been busy zipping around all over the place. I love the photos of your nephews - they DO look really cute and innocent. Garden looks like it's coming along nicely, too. Boo to whatever ate the caulis though!

Mary Anne said...

You have been busy and it looks like you've been having so much fun, zooming here, there and everywhere. Good for you. Love the socks too. and those clouds? they look like home :).

Jamie said...

Wow! And I thought I was busy! :) The photos are really lovely and I really enjoyed the links to the libraries.

The socks look great. I love the thought of a knitting / beer festival. LOL Not sure my knitting would benefit from such an event though.

My oldest DD gets up with the sun, which is too bad for her mum the night owl. It helps that she's so cute (as are your nephews!).

artyfartykat said...

Phew! I was worn out just reading your blog!
Lovely pics, except the poor mangled caulis. Wood pigeons are munching my cabbages. The joys of gardening!
Love the socks, big and small!