Endlessly listing


I’m not much of a ‘last minute’ person; I need to plan, organise, prepare, list… Especially list – I love lists, I make lists of everything from my shopping to things I want to do at the weekend to items I want to knit…  Oh, and I like my lists to be fairly neat – when they get too untidy from bits scored out as they have been done, I have to rewrite the list.  Ok, so I have some tendencies that border on OCD at times, but don’t we all?

Lists are harmless, in fact not only are they harmless, they are useful!  My current knitting list goes something like this…

  • re-knit white cardi
  • re-knit brown cardi
  • Christmas presents
  • Toys
  • present for N
  • Finish lorry
  • Finish sports dolls
  • Write patterns up

Yes, sorry, I know you didn’t want to hear about Christmas just yet, but actually if I decide to knit things for a lot of people, than I need to start thinking about it soon.

I’m not good at getting around to writing up my patterns – it takes so much time to type up all the little details that I just assume because I’m used to knitting.  I shall try and be better at it. I have quite a few patterns but only 3 have made it on to my Ravelry site.  And I haven’t yet taken the time to work out how to put a link on here to my ravelry page. Sooooorry….  It’s just that everything takes so much time and I put them all on my lists but some of them just stay there and get moved on from list to list but never quite make it to the top of the list.

   long list man

Must try harder…..

But while you are waiting, here’s a photo of my latest knitted toy. It’s Alan Dart’s Fairy Godmother.

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart


A brief foray into food!

I need to show you this…

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

It’s salmon baked in a salt crust overnight and it is amazing.  (One of the many eating experiences I had on holiday recently.)  I just had to show you it. The salmon tastes fantastic, you don’t taste salt at all and you get to watch the waiter carve the salmon (do you carve a salmon?) to put on your plate.  You get a whole fish each too…  I guess it’s a Spanish delicacy? 
My husband loves the Baraquito’s – if you like milk, coffee and sugar, then you might like these too. They look lovely anyway.  They also have liquer in them, although you can get them without too. Just watch out for the chunk of lemon or lime that can catch you by surprise!
Baraquito photo

Progress at last!

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Hi there,

I haven’t been hiding away in my cave like a Troglidyte -I’ve been on holiday!  We had hot sun (for a while anyway)- something that has been rare in the UK over the last few years so it was really great.

As always, I find my thoughts turning to writing when I travel, no, not a travel article but a book. It’s the same story that comes to me every time – I’ve had it in my mind for years now but I don’t have the time to really get it moving. This holiday, I found I moved it along a bit, fleshed out some more of the background so it was exciting for me.  I still haven’t thought out the storyline yet but after I came home I read a book by Brian Clopper called “Irving Wishbutton and the Questing Academy”.  Anyone read it? I think it was a freebie I picked up on Amazon. I loved the way he wrote about the writer and the characters in the same story (although the writer part was a bit weak).  It gave me so many ideas,I guess – that’s why I loved it.

I still won’t be able to spend hours writing up my story and it’ll take many more holidays before I get it fleshed out enough to even start writing properly but, nevertheless, I feel happy that I’ve made some progress.

Like everyone, I wish I had more time.  My biggest conflict, of course, is whether to write or to knit… I love both and knitting takes precendence because it is easier to pick up for short periods and the results are quicker!  I’ve just finished Alan Dart’s Fairy Godmother – isn’t she sweet?

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart