The Knitting Sailor


29th of Feb – a day of magic!
February 29, 2012, 7:31 am
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I am so excited about today.  It’s a super special free day only available every four years and I personally think should be a public holiday – just because.  I’m not excited for any particular reason – I’m not expecting a woman to propose to me (you never know), and I don’t even have anything cool planned to do, but it must be a day when fairies play out and unicorns gallop about the place, so I will be keeping a weather eye out.

Things I think we should do on the 29th of February when I rule the world

  • Fly a kite – there’s not enough of it about.  I blame the lack of chimney sweeps.
  • Watch the entire boxed set of Friends or similar American show – this will convince you that your usual run of the mill day is actually far more fascinating then you realise.  And revolves less around coffee.
  • Have a picnic at the seaside – yes even if it is freezing cold and raining – it will be just like when you were little and you can even have a row in the car on the way back if you would really like.
  • Knit something you have been looking forward to for ages – not a cardie.
  • Make a special meal – so for me that would be something not revolving around tinned soup, cheese on toast, or popcorn.

What I will actually be doing today is attend lots of meetings about marketing and our new product launch, stressing over training content I need to provide for my teams tomorrow, and attending a networking event tonight.  I think I may use this event to see if anyone else has spotted the fairies and unicorns.   Not sure this will drum up more business…. maybe if I took a kite?



Second Sleeve Stress!
February 28, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Good news!

I have finished the second sleeve!!  And I only had to pull it out and re-do it twice due to it ending up a different size to the other sleeve – specifically the cuff.  Turns out *slightly* stressed around product launches is not the time to knit an item to match with relaxed glass of wine knitting.

Now that it’s finished I feel a huge burden lifted… but that just leaves me the next problem – that it is going to end up too short if I don’t get some more wool.  So I reckon I have three options

  1. Spend the foreseeable future throwing myself upon the mercy of Ravelers who have this in their stash.  This is something I have held back from currently as
    1. I need more than one ball
    2. I need less than 20 balls
    3. I am stingy and don’t want to pay shipping from Australia (like how did it get there????)
    4. Amend the pattern and finish the cardie short.  To make it look like it’s meant to be.  To be fair I am sick of the sight of it, so this may well be the quickest solution.
    5. I could knit till I run out and then knit in a different colour of the same wool and make a feature out of it.

Currently two is winning.  If I do that I may also have the opportunity to wear it before we actually get to what passes for summer up here!

Things I have learnt from this project

  1. I am unable to make things that match – must investigate double knitting and magic loop for knitting matching things at once
  2. It is actually possible to not buy enough wool
  3. I knit loose, so size patterns down – even when you get the gauge
  4. Wine is always good and will get you round most things in the end!


Sailing from the sofa…
February 17, 2012, 8:49 am
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I have just discovered virtual sailing http://www.sailx.com/.  We are going to the dinghy show down in London in March and as such we have received a whole load of promotional bumf – and one of these was an invitation to take part in a virtual sailing event with ‘live’ finals at the show!

So my free time is now entirely consumed with swearing at a computer screen while being mocked by other competitors from Portugal, Australia and Surrey.  So just like a real regatta then… only you get to eat chocolate while you’re doing it.

As in real life I’m still coming in last.



On the subject of cats
February 14, 2012, 1:49 pm
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I realise I have a problem.

It turns out that if you blog you should have a cat.  I don’t have a cat (well except a stuffed white one which was a birthday present from a friend who realised this was a necessary accessory for anyone wishing to take over the world from a hollowed out volcano complete with laser guided sharks and a heli-pad) and I am afraid that cat lovers (or professional blog followers who realise the importance of these things) will therefore not like my blog.  So here are some pictures of cats that I found on the internet.

Unfortunately none of them are either sailing or knitting – but hell – you can’t have it all….




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