Thursday, 26 January 2012

Monday, 23 January 2012

Things I Learnt At Work: Part Two

1) How to pull a pint of real ale. Honestly – I used to fib and tell people they weren’t on, just to avoid having to pull one. No more!

2) When the music player freezes, it results in lots of Rage Against the Machine; Red Hot Chilli Peppers and other ace music being played. Best part? No-one could turn it off.

3) I learnt how to print off a receipt for cash payments

4) Monday 3pm shifts are great to work if you like standing around doing not a lot for long periods of time. I don’t.

5) You can never clean down a bar too often…

Until next time! (Which’ll probably be next Monday, 3pm…)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Things I Learnt At Work: Part One

Some of you may know that I currently have two part time jobs, one of which is in a student bar. Yesterday while I was working at said student bar, I learnt some things. Here they are.

1) Joes Bar, the award winning bar I call my workplace, and the place where I spend my wages, is actually supposed to have an Italian theme. Hence the pizzas, pasta dishes and no burgers. It’s also supposed to be obvious. Err..

2) A continuation of 1; there is no hope in hell of us changing it to a steak house.

3) We have a Guinness nozzle safe behind the bar. This is actually amazing! A safe for a beer tap nozzle! Awesome.

4) The chefs can be bribed.

5) I love bar work. I already knew this, but I feel the need to reaffirm it. I love the atmosphere, I love the chat, I just love bar work.

This is all for now. I’m off to continue to catch up with the ‘Granny A Day’ Crochet Project!

L x

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Granny A Day 2012

Here be pics of my first 8 days :-)

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Three:

Day Four:

Day Five:

Day Six:

Day Seven:

Day Eight:

I want/need/would quite like some more yellow yarn. It's so purdy!
You can follow the Granny A Day Project on twitter, using the #hashtag #GrannyADay


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy New Year! Have a great 1985...

Kudos to those who get the musical reference in the title ;-)

Happy New Year!!!

So well done for surviving Christmas & New Years! I’ve spent most of my month off university, at university! I have a weekend job in one of the buildings on campus; this building is only shut 6 days a year (3 of which were in the past 3 weeks).

As weekend staff, I’m also required to cover holidays, university closed days & bank holidays, and I’d told my bosses I was prepared to work as much as I could. And they honoured this. I’m not complaining – it’s a good job, it got me out of the house, it’s a routine, it gave me the chance to sit & do my work with no distractions (I type up uni work while I’m there), and of course, it’s money. I worked Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, and have had alternating days of working, or being on standby. I was working the 2nd Jan, and on standby 3rd Jan, and now the university is open, it’s gone back to normal so I’m not working again until this Sunday. I feel like my Christmas break has finally started!! Though I go back to university (as a student) on Monday, to start semester 2 of year 2! Eek!

So, so far, for my couple of days off, I’ve watched a lot of films on BBC iPlayer, drank a lot of tea & done a lot of crochet, which is really the reason for this post.

Last week sometime, I found this blog post - - and I decided that it’s something I would like to do! My friend (a 3rd year Geology student) and I decided before Christmas to start making granny squares, and then in the summer we will stitch them all into blankets, and donate them! To charities for the elderly, and to premature baby units in hospitals. (Does anybody know the best way to go about this…?!)

I’ll be honest, I’d made a few squares, and got a bit bored. Wasn’t really keeping up with it, and starting to feel like I’d never get any more made. Enter the above blog post, and I thought, this could help me keep on track! Something to do, just for fun, I mean, one a day isn’t that hard, right?! So, I’m doing it. I started late (on the 3rd) but I’ve now caught up and have made my five squares; three of them need edging with black, and then they’ll be ready. I figure, if I can do at least one, but hopefully two a day, I’ll have a few more for making into blankets in the summer!

I only taught myself to crochet last summer; it’s part of my ‘learn something new’ regime (this year I’m going to buy a bass guitar and learn to play that!) but this crochet challenge is really helping me hone my granny skills, and I’m beginning to learn that it doesn’t have to be perfect; the colours don’t have to match; and I can use up scraps of yarn that are sitting in my basket taking up space!

So; here is the first ever granny square I ever made – I took this everywhere, did it on the train, in the doctors, on the bus, at uni… anywhere I went. It took a small ball of yarn and an extra bit to finish off. The blue camera case at the top is for scale =]

And these are the squares I made pre-Christmas for our blanket project:

And these are the five squares I’ve made as part of the Granny A Day challenge! I’m really enjoying it – it used to take me up to two hours to make a granny square, now I can do one in half an hour. I’m definitely getting better at it!

This is the red one; it doesn't show up well on my bedspread!

I’m also working on three other projects; a crochet hoody, which is coming along VERY slowly; a scarf, that I may turn into a dread wrap, or maybe a hat?; and a dishcloth. I’m far too excited at the prospect at making my own dishcloth!! I’ve got real dishcloth cotton and everything =D