Friday, 30 January 2015

A cosy cardigan and Minion slippers

I was off work yesterday so I managed to get some pictures in daylight, woohoo!  I may not have managed to dress in a very flattering outfit, but I was super warm even in my always-cold flat.  I got lots done actually, except for buying a replacement phone charger.  Mine has inexplicably went missing.  If you were a phone charger, where would you hide?  When I wasn't shuffling through the snow to Home Bargains for a phone charger that they turned out not to sell, the rest of the day was spent in cosy slippers.  Mine take the form of giant minions.  I pretty much refuse to wear non novelty slippers, it's just no fun.  

As you can probably tell by now, I haven't got much to say for myself today.  Or Netflix is calling my name.  Ahem.  Here's bonus picture of the slippers from when I bought them, and happy Friday!

cardigan - TK Maxx (mens)
dress - Monsoon via charity shop
slippers - Universal Studios California
boots - Pajar via TK Maxx


Thursday, 29 January 2015

A trip to Kelvingrove and some woolly bargains

This past weekend ended up being unintentionally wool themed.  On Saturday we went to the Barras, making the usual pit stop at the Bargain Wool Shop for me to buy a ball of yellow DK to replenish my stash.  No one was more surprised than Tam when I emerged quickly and with only that one ball of wool, except maybe me.  However, after wandering into a part of the market we'd never been to before, I managed to score a lot of Sirdar wool - ten 50g balls for £5.  Well, I couldn't be expected to leave that behind!  Not helping is the fact that I sorted my yarn stash last week and realised I have space for exactly zero more balls.  I think it's time for Plan B - buy more storage.  Luckily I restrained myself on all other fronts and didn't buy another thing besides lunch.

Sunday started slowly, with a rare breakfast in bed and watching Friday Night Dinner on Netflix.  We went back and forth on going outside at all, but the forecasted rain didn't appear and I had a notion to go to Kelvingrove and draw, so off we went.  And learned a valuable lesson in the process.  Kelvingrove is NOT somewhere to go on a Sunday.  The place was rammed with people, most accompanied by young children which surprised us.  I'm not sure it's somewhere I'd take little ones.  Then again, I tend to treat museums like libraries and walk around quietly, taking in the collections and keeping out the way of other people.  Apparently that's not standard museum practice these days!  We managed to get lunch and listen to the organ recital though.  It's the first time I've managed to catch the organ in use and it was lovely, like being in church, but again without the usual accompanying peace and quiet!  

We left quite soon afterwards and wandered up Byers Road to have a nosy in the charity shops, where I scored my second woolly bargain of the weekend.  A pack of Rowan wool had fallen from a window display and was wedged against the glass in one of the first shops.  Out of curiousity, I pulled it out to have a look at the price.  It was £3.  For six balls of pure wool, which normally retail at over £4 EACH.  I was not letting it go again after that!  I may have been met with a 'more wool!' comment from Tam but I could tell he was impressed with my bargain really...

After a few months of the charity shops not being up to much, I seem to be on a lucky streak again.  I fully expect it to disappear at some point but for now I'll just ride it out happily.  And maybe buy those storage drawers...


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Knitting and Reading

This weeks knitting is a vast improvement on last weeks penguin, which was thrown in the bin quite huffily about half way through when I got completely fed up with the awkward pattern.  I could have sat and fixed it myself but I didn't really want the end product that much...  My latest make is going much more smoothly though.  My friend A had requested a teapot cosy and asked 'can you put a mouse in the top, like Alice in Wonderland?  Although if you put a knitted mouse in a teapot it would get stained right?'  Ahem.  After we had a chuckle at her lack of crafty knowledge, I came across a pattern that kind of DID look like there was a mouse in the top - the Cornish Dormouse Tea Cozy pattern.  She went nuts for it and I've been given a teapot to fit it onto.  I've only done one half so far but it's looking promising!

Strangely enough, it was the same friend that loaned me this weeks read - Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  A used to be a librarian so she's got great taste in books, although we sometimes have slightly different opinions on what is considered 'great'.  I'm loving this so far though, I think partly because I only remember bits of the film, so I'm not constantly comparing them in my head.  She also gave me Persuasion by Jane Austen but I'm not feeling the urge to read that type of book right now...  I think Yes Please by Amy Poehler will have to be next!  (and yes, it totally took me three goes to spell her last name.)

Linking to Ginny's Yarn Along


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A trip to Dunfermline Palace and Abbey

We visited Dunfermline Palace and Abbey on Photo an Hour Day but I wanted to give it its own post, like every other historical place we go.  It's been ages since we've made use of our Historic Scotland passes (I'll blame the weather.  Again.) and I made a point of not looking up the place beforehand because I wanted to wait and see if it was like I imagined.  It...was not.  I figured it would be more of a complete building, with rooms and interiors and maybe even a roof?  Nah.  Think Linlithgow, but on a much smaller scale.  It was still interesting though, and the lady working on site was very informative and even praised our ability to get out of there as a group of rowdy toddlers were going in.  What can I say, it's a gift.

The abbey was a bit more impressive.  For starters, it DID have a roof, and the most beautiful stained glass windows.  The interior was deceptively huge in comparison to how it looked from the outside.  We couldn't find a way to get up to the balcony level but I bet the view from there would have been worth seeing.  

The whole site was pretty quiet compared to the town, a sign that people maybe weren't prepared to go anywhere unnecessary on such a cold day.  This definitely worked in our favour given the size of the place, which I doubt would be pleasant on a busier day.  Imagine more than a couple of people trying to squeeze down that little stairway above!  

Our next trip looks likely to be Mar Lodge Estate, since we're going away for a few days up north and we pass the estate on the way.  Plus I want to see where Winterwatch was filmed!  Although I should probably finish watching it first...


Monday, 26 January 2015

The Big Blog Clothes Swap

You might have seen this around the blogosphere already but I wanted to give it an extra shout out - The Big Blog Clothes Swap, set up by Janet and Steph.  A clothes swap in itself is all well and good, but what if you don't live in a city, or have an average clothing size, or just plain like a bit of an unusual style?  That's where the blog clothes swap comes in.  You fill in your details from the info on Janet's blog and email it to her, where it will all be collected up and you'll be assigned a partner.  You can then consult their blog to get an idea of how they like to dress, or just send any items you already earmarked for the swap and wait to see how they style them up!

The other great thing about this swap is that you don't even need to swap clothes if you don't want to - shoes, bags and accessories are included too!  Only if you're up for that, otherwise just state your preferred garments to receive and you're good to go.  

Go sign up now, and enjoy a new outfit for the cost it takes to send a parcel!