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?
Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: cardie, knitting, sleeve, wine, wool
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
- 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
- I need more than one ball
- I need less than 20 balls
- I am stingy and don’t want to pay shipping from Australia (like how did it get there????)
- 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.
- 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
- I am unable to make things that match – must investigate double knitting and magic loop for knitting matching things at once
- It is actually possible to not buy enough wool
- I knit loose, so size patterns down – even when you get the gauge
- Wine is always good and will get you round most things in the end!
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.
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….