Sunday, 23 August 2009


S'been a while since I posted a proper entry, and today I feel the urge to organise and update. The whole house moving scenario has so far been a trauma, but is now looking more promising so I'm in a much better frame of mind. I have also been muchly productive, working on a 40 baby sweater project for one manufacturer and a quickie cross stitch for another. I want to try and finish some WIP's this year if I can, especially the knitting ones, so keep an eye on the sidebar as I try to produce a list (roflmao).

Got some great stash yesterday from the nearby Age Concern shop. Found 20 balls of wool in a variagated mulberry that they wanted 50p a ball for. Some of it is quite tangled and has some kind of glue stuck to a few outer strands, but managed to haggle her down to £5 for the lot. Definately enough there for a winter sweater, maybe also a hat and gloves. Found two balls of a pretty yellow bobbly wool for 60p in the Red Cross shop also. Must be my lucky week!
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Support home educators (homeschoolers) in England


Please sign this petition on behalf of UK homeschoolers. The proposed changed in UK education legislation will take away our right to decide what is best for our children.

Support home educators (homeschoolers) in England
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Brief update


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Not a lot happening at home right now. We are still waiting to move house, which is quite depressing and the reason I haven’t been blogging of late. I haven’t touched any knitting or sewing in months. I’m addicted to Baldur's Gate and Forgotten Realms in all it's many connotations. I have been reading a lot, it helps my mind escape from the stress of Estate Agents and house buyers.

Darkwalker on Moonshae (Forgotten Realms: Moonshea Trilogy)

ISBN: 078693560X
ISBN-13: 9780786935604

 

 

 

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Happy Easter


to all you Christians, Happy Eostre to all you pagans, and Happy Any Excuse For Chocolate Day to all you others.

 

We had out annual family holiday to Center Parcs last week. Best holiday we had in years, we shall definately return next year. I shall post photos another time as I am currently busy trying to install some stupid bloody Adobe product that it supposed to make life easier. Hahahahaha.

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Friday, 20 February 2009

A short tale of a long scarf...


... which I finally finished and posted this morning! I have been model knitting a beret and scarf for the last three weeks. The scarf measures 190cm, which is very long in terms of scarf knitting. I began to feel like I was knitting a scarf for Dr Who (aka Tom Baker era, for those too young to remember). But tis finished and gone, never to be seen again! This leaves me some time to finish  Laughing Carrots for DD2.

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As you can see, only half a sleeve to go and borders then it'll be finished.

Also squee! I have resisted buying any more charts for months, so decided to reward myself by buying two La-D-Da designs charts!  I bought Mares Eat Oats mainly because it is a song my Mum and my Nan used to sing when I was little, so I shall make this one for Mum. And I bought Something Wicked just because. So now I have an excuse to buy fabby and thread too. Double squee!!

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Xmas pics


Just a quick post today, mainly to upload a slideshow of pics I took over Xmas and New Year. The majority were taken at the mk:centre christmas display which was just fab this year. We also visited Build A Bear as I had a money off coupon and I bought Kira an early christmas present - a bunny! Then there is a blurry pic of this years tree, and our christmas village. Finally, I took some pics of the girls playing in the snow last week, the last of which is disappearing rapidly.

 

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Revamp


I rather neglected my blog last year, so I have decided to have a 'spring clean' and start again. I shall endeavour to post more frequently and with more pictures. I'm gonna have to redo my widgets. I was using blogrolling for my sidebar blog list, but they seem to be having some problems so I may have to enter my blogroll manually which is a pain in the bum. Also I have decided to abandon Shareapic photo service for the simple reason that it is crap. The pay per view is rubbish, the bidvertiser ads don't work properly, the bulk uploader isn't reliable and now I can't view my pictures. If I try to look at an album it wants me to install a photoviewer that is instantly flagged by AVG as a trojan. So I defer back to Photobucket, whom I should have stayed with in the first place.

I have also been working to set up an online business selling mind, body and spirit books. You can find my preliminary bookstore by clicking here     BERKANA'S BOOKS

Here's a pic of my lovely Daddy and my girls all wearing their winter hats. DD2 at front is wearing pixie hat that I knitted last year.

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This is a homeschool trip to a farm in floor. DD2 got to bottle feed some baby goats (or kids).

 

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There was potato planting...

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feeding the horses..

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These pictures have been lurking on my laptop for so long I can't even remember when last year they were taken. I think they were taaken by Emma S. I'm cleaning out my pics too, so will post some more sometime during the week.

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.