Friday, January 26, 2007

Where have I been?

It's been almost 10 whole days since I last updated this poor neglected blog. Well, a lot has happened in 10 days, especially if there are kids involved.

My little princess has been ill for the last 6 or 7 days. So ill, that I had to admit her into the local hospital for 4 days. She was running such a high temperature. She didn't want to eat or drink. Her throat was so sore. In the end, the doctors advised on putting her on a drip. She really did look sad and forlorn. After some blood tests, we found out she had glandular fever. Poor thing. We were discharged on Wednesday ( I say we becos I had to spend that time in hospital with her!). Thankfully, she's all better now. Actually, so much better that she's back fighting with her brother.
I did manage some knitting in the 4 days in hospital, though not as much as I liked! I started a little top for Keira about 2 weeks ago with some HipKnits 100% DK cotton. The yardage was very good so I decided to make it into a little dress. I added some Rowan Calmer in Blush for contrast for the bottom edging. I made up the pattern as I went along. The problem with that was - I had to rip out the bottom edge twice. I just didn't like how it was looking. But I'm quite pleased with it now.
After all that, I almost forgot to mention, I had a lovely meet up with 2 of the KL knitters. I had bought some yarn for Mona from the Liberty sales and met up with her to hand it over. It's always nice to enhance someone else's stash. It's always strange to meet someone in person whom only met on the net. (Also remember, I'm staying at my parents and they still treat me like a child and they were worrying about me meeting strangers and there was much explaining to do!)

I had a lovely time. Mona was very friendly (so was her hubby and little boy!) and we had a lovely chat. Like Mona said, it was like meeting an old friend. Then another knitter, Jackie, came along. The first thing she said to me was - "I know you, but where from." Turns out, she was the same Jackie who lived next door to me, who went to the same school (although she was a year younger) and we were in the same car pool. I haven't seen her in years ( I won't say how many becos it would show my age!) and she hasn't really changed much. I really had a fun time and I do love meeting new people.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sunshine, food and birthday celebrations

I love being back in Malaysia especially during the winter months (although I gather it's unseasonally warm in the UK!) Oh well, we were supposed to go skiing in Switzerland and I hear there is no snow. Wow!

Apart from enjoying the warm (but wet weather), I am also enjoying the food here in KL. We've had SO MUCH to eat - so much so that on top of the baby, I think I'm growing a food baby too. My tummy is huge. I was about 5 months pregnant with Aidan when I looked this big. I guess there goes my six pack! Not that I ever had one anyway!

I've also hit the magical second trimester phase where the morning, noon and night sickness has passed and I've had bundles more energy. I was also able to complete Kiri in time for my Mum's brithday. However, I was afraid that I might run out of yarn. I finished 10 repeats of the pattern. After blocking, the shawl came the perfect size for Keira. It's a bit on a small side for an adult. Oh well, I guess I could always make another one. It's a lovely pattern. Very easy to memorise and the yarn (Kaalund expressions) was just lovely.Mum loves her shawl. Here is Keira modelling it.

We've also spent the last 5 days in Koh Samui, Thailand celebrating mum's birthday. This is a first family holiday for a long time for my siblings and my parents. Bright sunshine and fab food again. Lots of shopping too.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

We're on our way!!

Hurray. We're off to Malaysia for 4 weeks tomorrow morning. Warm weather and sunshine and yummy food. Oohh can't wait.

Sorry for the brief pictureless post. But more soon.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a restful break. My Christmas and New Year consisted of a lot of cooking, eating and sleeping. (I am a sleep monster at the moment. I wonder if this is because I'm a bit older and pregnant. I slept for 16 hours one day! I almost never do that!) As a result of the excessive sleeping, I am not doing much else in life. Minimal housework. No blog updates. No photos.

But I have managed some knitting. I have finally finished all the leaf repeats on my Kiri shawl and I'm about to start the edging. I also met Polly in person, for the first time, at the Liberty sales. I very nearly dragged out Kiri from my bag to show her, but decided against it. I wasn't sure if it was a bit stalkerish. I'm also still knitting hats, but more about that later.

With the New Year, I have also been thinking about resolutions for 2007 and here's what I've got.

Knitting resolutions for 2007:
1. Knit only from the STASH for at least 6 or possibly even 9 months (I might even join the Knit from your stash along) or alternatively knit 100 or possibly even 150 balls of yarn from STASH before purchasing any more yarn. This might be difficult - I hear Rowan are bringing out some lovely new yarns in the new year. Also Kate and I are planning a shopping trip to New York in March/April before I get too big to travel. ( I think I know I'm going to fall off this wagon already!!)
2. Knit a pair of socks a month
3. Do something about those UFO's - either rip out and reknit, or FINISH the darn things!

Other resolutions:
1. Get to the GYM. I feel like a sloth at the moment, but soon I'll be a GIANT sloth.
2. Rediscover my cooking mojo. I find I cook the same things all the time. It's very boring.
3. Improve my Mandarin ( and French, if I have time)
4. Spend QUALITY time with the kids and hubby and me.
5. Do more for the environment. Waste less. Reuse. Recycle. Refashion.

That's all I can think of at the moment. I'm sure more will come.