New look!

Woohoo I've finally been able to upload my new blog template! I actually finished it a few days ago, but Blogger was having problems and it wouldn't let me republish my blog or post anything so I had to wait.. which was hard because I was anxious to show everybody what I had been working on! I'm still not completely finished.. need to work on a few things here and there but I'm getting there! So what do you all think?^_^ I'm going to town now and see if I can spend some of my birthday money teehee and maybe walk in the park a bit and collect some autumn leaves. Have a good day everyone!^_^

I've been looking through all the new patterns on Knitty and CrochetMe and I've found lots that I want to do, but I actually saw two that I NEEED to do they're just so fab... Ivy and Intolerable Cruelty I just love them!
I think that, because I haven't done any knitting or crocheting for a while, my hands have started to get restless and in need to touch yarn lol I'm just still trying to decide what to start with first.. my SIL-to be Knucks that I promised to knit over 2 months ago (lol) or the crocheted Bolero from the Happy Hooker book. I also still need to knit my MIL some Knucks so I'm thinking of doing those first.. I always hate the first bit of the Knucks.. the whole tightness of the needles when your connecting the fingers together and starting the first few rounds of the glove, but then when I'm actually doing it I love it and it seems to go superfast depending on how much time I've got to knit. Yeah I've just decided I'm going to finish all the promised Knucks first I'd only feel selfish to start something for myself again when I actually said I'd knit them things aswell.. besides I like giving things away that I've enjoyed making (well to people who I know will appreciate it anyway lol)^_^ I'd do it all the time if I'd just have some more money to buy all the things I need to make all the things I'd want to give to people *sigh* ohwell maybe someday^_^
I've just finished reading Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin and I loved it. I remember reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for English class when I was in school and I remember I loved the book and when I found this book in a charityshop I had to buy it just to read the story from a different point of view and I'm glad I did. I just love reading books about Victorian days even more so by actual Victorian writers, prefably female writers, I don't know why I just love the stories because they usually give away so much detail like what people ate back in those days and how they dressed and how they talked. It's sometimes funny to read dialects because they oftenly still talk the same.. like in the book I've started reading right now (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte) Emily actually lived up here in Yorkshire and so far I've already found a few dialogues with Yorkshire accents in it and it's funny because I can actually understand it because everyone around me speaks it... about two years ago I wouldn't have understood a word of it! I love the Bronte novels and the fact that all the sisters are from Yorkshire. I've not yet been to Thornton, but I will someday soon. I think I like Anne best I read her life story and so far one of her books (The tenant of Wildfell Hall, I even made a drawing of the main character in the book I loved it that much lol) and it ended up being one of my favourite books ever. I've not been able to find her other book anywhere yet, it's called Agnes Grey and supposedly it's based on her own life experiences. I went to Scarborough not too long ago and before we went I read that that's where she died and that she walked along the beach the day before she passed away. So when I walked along that beach I remembered and it was strange to realise she was there over 150 years ago and saw the same things I saw (not much has changed) and I know why she loved it there so much cause I love it the same. Although I wouldn't live there as that would take away it's specialness^_^ wow I've been rambling on and on lol Am I the only one that loves all (well minus the dirty circumstances they had to live in and all that lol) things Victorian? Have any of you ever read Wuthering Heights? Old books like these always have difficult or old words in them which I like because it means I'm learning at the same time.. yes I'm a geek.
Have a nice day everyone!

Hmm Chocolate...

That is the cake I made for Davids birthday last sunday^_^ It turned out to taste reallly good so I was really happy about that! It was a chocolate sponge cake and I put strawberry jam in the middle and I covered it in melted milkchocolate which became hard after being in the fridge for a while^_^ It was a bit awkward to mix it all because we don't own a mixer ..not even a hand mixer lol so I had to do it with a fork, but it turned out great so it was worth it!^_^
Remember this bag?:

Well as I said last time I lined it when I got my sewingmachine and this is what it looks like with the lining in it:

I think it ended up looking fine for my second attempt at lining ever^_^
My first attempt was in my cableknit bag and well it didn't turn out perfect but it's bearable lol I made a mistake when I put in the handles.. I accidently put them too much too the side on one end which you can see in the picture but ohwell it's not like anyone can tell when I'm carrying it.. and not like anyone would notice anyway lol Here is one side of the bag.. and as always Kallie was being nosey as you can see hehe:

And here is the other side and the inside of the bag:

The holes in the lining will become the button holes btw. All in all I'm quite happy with it^_^
One last picture for now to show and that's of my sewingmachine yes I'm sad lol It's a Janome Sew Mini.. it's not all that mini it's only a tad bit smaller then a normal sewing machine and it does 8 different stitches plus it has a special thing to sew in zippers and everything so I'm really happy with it!
The last couple of days I've been down with the flu which is not so great... it feels like I've been hit in the face with a block of concrete and my nose keeps running..when it's not blocked that is and all the sneezing is giving me a bad headache *sigh*. I actually got it because David had it first and then he passed it on to me and his mom and her bf lol so now we're all sat here coughing and sniffing and talking all nasal! ohwell I think I've been quite lucky because I've not had a proper cold for almost 2 years now so yeah that's not too bad considering some people get it all the time. That just shows I must have a good immune system and having the flu every now and then only improves it so I've heard.
I don't know if I'm the only one who play the Sims but the other day the new add on came out called The Sims2 Pets and it's great to have something different to create and have in the game.. I like decorating and creating sims the best it's just so much fun =P I've always thought of it as a digital 3d version for adults of playing with dolls/barbies hehe^_^
I can't believe it's going to be Halloween again soon already, it still feels like it should be summer to me. It's strange for me to have Halloween anyway because they don't celebrate it in Holland well not when I was growing up anyway they only introduced it like 3 years ago so I never got to do it until I moved to England and thsi will be my second Halloween and yesterday I even baught a witches hat so I can open the door in a more fun way! and David got a scary mask hehe and we also baught lots of sweets to hand out so at least we're prepared^_^ I hope they'll show Caspar on tv again I love that movie (with Christina Ricci)!
I've still not started on my Bolero from the Happy Hooker book, but I'm thinking of starting tomorrow so we'll have to see how that turns out it'll be my first ever crocheted wearable item!^_^
Have an nice weekend everybody! Hugs^_^

I'm back^_^

It's been a while since I've posted.. infact it's been a while since I've been on blogger at all. I came on last night to see if I've had any comments and I was actually surprised to see that I've been missed^_^ I was like awww you guys are all worried about me hihi^_^ I really appreciate your concern and I've missed you all too! I've got lots of catching up to do with your blog posts and then on Crochetville ofcourse aswell!^_^ So thank you Vik, Jeanie and Amy it's always nice to know you've got some friends.. if you don't mind me calling you that^_^
As you know I was obviously upset by the death of Steve Irwin and it really got to me and made me sad for ages... I don't know why it got to me that bad but it did. I actually felt guilty for not having done as much for the environment and the animals and the world as Steve and Terri have done I felt like I should be doing lots of things just like they do and actually felt like doing things like knitting and crochet weren't important enough so I hadn't done it for ages. I hope I'm not sounding weird now btw. But meanwhile I've come to realise as I've been reading lots about Terri and Steve's lives, that even they do different things that they like and I was being too hard on myself. You can still love animals and do things for the environment and have a hobby. This all might sound crazy or weird but this is really how I felt, please don't think I'm crazy lol. I'm still sad that he's dead and his family is in my thoughts everyday (poor Terri I feel so sad for her and also Bindi and Bob and Steve's dad and sisters ofcourse =( ) and I will never forget him and I'll forever make sure he'll never be forgotten (along with millions of other people) and I'll never forget everything I've learned from him. I also try to catch his shows on Animal Planet and Discovery kids as often as I can just because they're so much fun to watch^_^ I've always loved animals and I know my fair bit about them, but for some reason I never thought of working with them up until this all happend. I've been looking for jobs with animals everywhere and so far no luck, but I'm not giving up^_^
Anywho, it was my birthday on October 4th and I turned 22!^_^ I got lots of presents including the sewingmachine I've wanted for ages.. I got that from my darling David^_^ I've been practising loads on spair fabric and I even managed to finish my cable knit bag (still need to sew on the buttons but apart from that it's done)!! it's not perfect (the sewing) but I'm pretty happy with the results and I even used it going to the shops yesterday! I also put the lining in my In Bloom clutch from the Happy Hooker book so that's finally finished.. well it needs a button again but apart from that it's done^_^ I've got lots of pictures to take lol!
My mom sent me a really nice pair of trousers, 2 nice tops and some pices of fabric to use on the sewingmachine. Including a piece of corduroy fabric with a pattern to sew a skirt! it's really nice light brown corduroy with printing on it.. pictures are coming soon^_^ I'm just kind of sacred to use the fabric because I don't want to ruin it hehe so yeah I'm still practising^_^
My sister also sent my a really nice shirt with a little drawn tiger on it that I'm wearing right now and some perfume (Love by Morgan) and matching bodylotion, so now I can't help but smell even nicer everyday^_^ She also added a scented candles set^_^ And they both sent David some shirts aswell (my sis gave him a Foo Fighters shirt and my mom gave him two casual t-shirts) for his birthday which is TOMORROWWW btw hehe ^_^ he will turn 22 aswell.. he was born 11 days after me^_^ He already claimed his present from me which was a Playstation2.. he said he used to have one years ago and loved the games so he really wanted to have it again and as he's really impatient he just had to have it the day I baught it which was a few weeks ago lol I am however baking him a cake either today after I've finished this post or tomorrow morning... which I'm kind of scared of ruining lol This will be the second time I'll bake a cake on my own and last time it.. lets say disastrously failed, but I blame that on the fact that it was a real difficult cake and I was confused with the recipe *sigh* so yeah I'm really hoping I'll do it right this time. It will be a chocolate cake and just to be on the safe side I baught a cake mix lol so if this goes wrong I don't think I'll ever bake anything again! so please cross your fingers for me^_^
My next project is going to be the bolero from the Happy Hooker book. I'm not really sure if I can do it though because the yarn I'm going to use has a different gauge then the pattern uses but I'm just going to go for it and see if I can do it and if it turns out smaller then I'll just add some rows and vice versa^_^ Has anyone done that bolero yet? I've never crocheted a wearable item before so I can't wait to see how it turns out!
The weather over here has really turned around in the last couple of days.. it was still like summer out there up until last week when it suddenly started to be a bit chilly.. normally it all happens gradually but it was just weird.. one day it was sunny and warm and the next it was foggy and rainy and cold. And people still claim that climate change isn't something to worry about.. pfft I learned about it when I was in school and I've always taken it seriously... if only more people had then we wouldn't have had this problem anymore. I really don't have time for people who are ignorant about the environment and nature. wow I've been rambling for ages lol I better stop now!
I hope everyones having a great weekend!
Knitting love, Petra^_^

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