Saturday, June 17, 2006

Shes gone :(

Today my beloved Harwood passed away. You may recall I had a couple of vets come and see her last month. She turns 17 this year in September and she was deaf and blind. Over the last couple of weeks, she went down hill, losing weight, and getting very disorientated when finding her way away around places. I was there when she came into the world and there when she left. She was a great cat...she shouldnt have lived past 6 months, because she was kicked by a cow then, and after spending several hours at the vets, the vet told me to take her home, but didnt think she would last through the night. Well I took her to bed with me that night, and she survived. Now she is with her borthers and sisters that have passed on over the years...her brother Scruffy died last year...he had also gone blind. Now I am down to 2 cats...Sid and Misty.

RIP Dear Harwood

28 Sept 1989 - 17 June 2006

Here is a photo (from top to bottom) of Scruffy , Sid, Possum, Harwood and Misty. Possum, Scruffy and another fluffy tortoiseshell like Misty, who was a snob and wouldnt sleep with the others all passed away last year. But as you can see from the photo, they reaaly did all sleep together like that.

Tomorrow we leave for Christchurch so I can go and have biopsys done on Monday. We are going tomorrow incase the roads arent the flashest because of the bad weather we have been having this week. Last night I was rushed to the Doctors with terrible abdominal pain...he couldnt find anything wrong and sent me home and told me not to eat. food...Not. I am eating again, I still have the pain, and just hope it is gone by Monday. I have no idea what it could be...other than I have eaten something that hasnt agreed with me...but it almost feels muscular. I dont know????? I do know that when I have been lying down in bed, I can't spring out of bed as normal...usually takes a good 5 minutes with lots of agonising screams. Must be getting old.

Its been a full on couple of days I can tell you. I have still managed to stitch and knit, so all is not lost.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

SBQ - Stitching books

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How many cross stitch books do you own and how often do you use them?

It was easier to show my books in a photo.  These are just the cross stitch ones.  I have a lot of other needlework books too, which include ones about stumpwork, needlepoint and embroidery.

I rarely use any of these books, one day I will stitch a few of my Paula Vaughans.  I use all the motif ones in the middle for small etc, and I havent used the Jo Verso books for ages.

I had a lot more cross stitch books, that I was given when I first started stitching, but these have long been sold or given away.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Some photos


I have found a camera to share some photos today. This is not the usual camera I use, but our 2nd digital...and wow it is easier to use than the other one.


I feel like I am missing out on all the snow around the South Island. The place we moved from, as usual in winter is covered in snow. But I can see snow in the distance on the hills, so here is a photo of what I can see.....


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Not much I know, but its the best I am going to get.


Next photo is of the recent scarves I have knitted, for myself and my daughter. The latest one is the pinky yellow one in the middle. My favourite is the dark blue ostrich and black faux fur one I knitted for myself...really warm. The others are just knitted from 'feathers' wool.


Gosh I am amazed at how well this photo came out, normally I would be trying all angles and positions in the room with the other camera I use.


The next lot of photos are of one of my cats - Misty...she is very shy and doesnt really like having photos taken. And she is always being hassled by Sid. I found Misty when she was about 4 weeks old abandoned by the river in a storm. I just happened to be going to see my friend who is a vet, so she sorted Misty out straight away and I had to keep her in a cage for a week, while her limbs strengthened. She was a wild kitten, and it looked like she had been hit by a car. Now she is the most loving, cuddly cat. It has been 10 years since I found her, and I love her to bits.

"You can squeak all you like - I'm not going to look at the camera"

"I'm still not interested"

"How much more of this do I have to put up with...I will not look at the camera"

Thats the best I can do with Misty.  Shes one of those cats where you have to sneak up and click a photo quick.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Time has passed

Well its been a while since I added to my blog. I have still been reading everyone elses blogs though. I have been stitching busily away and knitting. I used to knit quite a lot, jerseys for myself and for the children when they were infants. Mum taught me to knit when I was 6, so I have produced some technical looking pieces of clothing over the years. The last things I knitted were some scarfs for myself and my daughter (she got another one this past weekend). I got a bit of a bug after knitting the scarf in a few hours, so I pulled out the knitting bag where my aran cardigan awaits me. I started it about 3 years ago, and the cabling drives me up the wall. One row takes me about 10 minutes. Anyway I had only done about 6 inches up the back, but couldn't tell which row was next, so I unpulled it and will start again. It is being knitted in thick natural wool which is dyed a dark denim blue colour. No photos today because I can't find the camera. I think DH has taken it to get some photos while out and about at work today. Our town is cut off from civilisation today...all the surrounding roads are closed. In fact the whole of New Zealand is being battered by some pretty horrific weather. Where we used to live is under snow and cut off. We dont get snow here, but all the rivers are up, so they are being monitored very closely. The Trans Alpine express from Christchurch to Greymouth got stuck in a tunnel for 3 hours yesterday because of a slip. Keeps transit NZ and emergency services busy with all this erratic weather. Im glad its next week that we travel back to Christchurch for my next hospital visit and not today.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Biscornu finished

I finished my first biscornu and it will be sent to my friend....for no particular reason - just because shes my friend and she likes my stitching.  It is not perfectly symmetrical - I thought the corners were lined up with the centre of each side, but as I stitched the front to the back, things seemed to move sideways.  Still I think it looks quite pretty and I know when I make the next one, that I will try harder to make it look how it is supposed to look :)  I used one of the perle threads I brought not long ago.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

SBQ - Collecting charts

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Do you collect charts by one particular designer, yet have never stitched anything by that designer? If so, which designer and why do you collect the charts but have not yet stitched any of them?
Yes, I am guilty of this.  Thankfully it is only one designer at the moment.  And thats Paula Vaughan.  I love her designs but have never stitched any of them.  I used to have all paper patterns but have replaced them with the books.  I think I treat them as coffee table books, just to pick up and browse through all the time.  I could be guilty of the same thing with Thomas Kinkade but I have one of his designs in my UFO pile, so he doesnt count.