amanda j

stop the world, i wanna get off!

Posted on: July 12, 2007

I absolutely loved Footrot Flats as a kid. It could be that although it was set in New Zealand, I related to the farming and the humour. He pretended to be so tough! I had a picture of the Dog surfing a huge wave shouting at the top of his lungs ‘STOP THE WORLD! I WANNA GET OFF!” I know how he felt. My goodness life has been so busy and hectic and stressful and I have had little no time for blogging. I have, however, managed quite a bit of knitting.

Mon vert ami et professeur socquette for 2Paw.

Did you all know that 2Paw was one of four colleague teachers I had when I was at University? Not just ‘a’ colleague teacher but the one that taught me the most! I am almost to the heel of the first sock as I type. I was going to be a bit secretive about this, but instead I will give you a far off picture! I noticed that like many other people 2Paw is participating in the Tour de France KAL, and therefore I have given the sock a French name. I doubt that I have the words around the right way, but it’s the thought that counts! I wonder if the intern I have starting next week will ever knit me a sock or two? I doubt it – he does not look the knitting type! I will just have to appreciate the time his presence will allow me – phew!

I knitted two little things for the new baby boy – a tiny jumper and a teeny hat. I am yet to give them to him because a) they weren’t finished when I saw him last and b) I have not seen him this week because most of us around here are sick with something or other. He remains very cute and is doing well.


Sirdar Snuggly (approx 50g total). Patterns from Panda ‘Adorable Baby Knits’ – started Thursday pm finished Saturday pm

I had to go to that big store that’s always in a mess that happens to sell yarn and has a blue and red logo on Sunday last week to buy some buttons. As I had no cash I had to bump up my purchase somewhat, and so bought two balls of Patons Shadow Tweed to make a scarf. I finished it last night. It is very long and I like it very much. In fact it has come in very handy today as it is cold and my neck really hurts with swollen glands. Once again I have a sore throat. I made the scarf in two pieces which I then grafted in the middle based on this pattern, which incidentally is very similar to the Monkey socks pattern from Cookie A. My scales now point to the middle from both ends. I have not added a fringe to this scarf. The yarn is very soft and I think I could spin something similar if I had time, which I think I have mentioned already today I do not. Here it is:

Patons Shadow Tweed Soft and Scaly Scarf (almost 100g) with 8mm needles – started Sunday pm finished Wednesday pm

I listened to David Reidy’s podcast Sticks and String this morning, and he was talking about buying a new spinning wheel and how much better it was than the old one he had, which of course got me thinking “Hey, perhaps I need a new spinning wheel!” One phonecall to a relatively local distributor changed my mind on that one – at the moment it is well out of my price range. *sigh*

I have also finished one sock for the Spunk using some Opal that I had in the stash, and am well on the way down the leg of the other.

We are still dancing . . . so far we have learnt the Karamar 3-step, Carousel, relearnt a progressive Barn Dance and a Jive, begun the Quickstep and a proper Waltz. It is a lot of fun and hard work. We may need to buy a bigger house to practice in! My toes are holding up okay, but it was touch and go this week. The Spunk was being a touch too enthusiastic with his quick-quicks in the Quickstep and kicked the end of my big toe around 4 kabiliion times. We have sorted the issue and should be fine for Tuesday!

Tomorrow is Friday again. Where do the days go?


12 Responses to "stop the world, i wanna get off!"

My goodness you have been busy. My brother was a Footrot Flats fan. It was the only thing he would read. He was bought every single book while I had to use the library. Not bitter at all. 😉

Hope the throat heals soon.

Not your throat again?? Good thig you’re not an opera diva!! Hope you feel better soon, mon ami!! You are too too kind: you were a terrifique teacher in training!!! Pleasure to work with you!! Oh, I feel all happy!! Lovely socks BTW Happy cyclique!!!
I want there to be pictures of the dancing feet!!!

Hope your throat is better soon. Your knitting is gorgeous. Very cute baby things. Polish up your steel caps for next dance lesson.

Perhaps thumbtacks glued to your shoes will deter kicking feet:P

It seems as though your family has the sickness bug now. Thank goodness our family has been germ free for a few weeks now. I love the baby outfit, it is just beautiful and I am sure it will look so cute on the new baby boy. I like your socks too, is that one of Katt’s yarns you are using to knit it in. I like the scarf too, and Spotlight seem to be cleaning up their stores a bit better now around us, as you can find things where they are supposed to be. I hope you all recover soon too. Happy knitting!!!

Hey! That’s the same Opal yarn as the socks on my blog button! 😆

Smashing green sock you’ve got on the go there. Love the scarf too.

I know what you mean, sometimes I feel like a hamster on on wheel…round and round and never really getting anywhere. Eric and I were on vacation last week and it was nice to be able to chill but it didn’t take me long to get the stress level right back up to pre-vaca levels.

As for my goal during my vaca? it was to have some “alone time” with Mr. Larj…wink wink nudge nudge.

You can dance! And actually give the different manoeurvres real names and you know someone who can do it with you!!! I’m in awe.
Your knitting is lovely too.
Cheers Gillian

WOW! You REALLY are busy! I love the dancing news. And how much fun is it knitting for a baby???

lots of great knitting there.

I think this time of year is a bit busy for all of us. I have finally posted for the first time in almost a month! yikes


My oldest is starting tap dancing in Sept hopefully someday his partner will be grateful. Love the baby knits

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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