It’s quite funny really. I’ve known for ages that I’m going to be doing this today, but now it’s here, I’m horribly disorganised. I’d had every intention of clearing my desk, deciding exactly what I was going to use from my stash and getting it all out in a neat pile (or something), cooking food to eat well in advance, and so on. But no! I’m no more organised than I am on a normal day. Which is to say, not at all.
Oh well.
What shall I knit first?
Or should I call a taxi and go for those camera batteries?


I’m an idiot: I forgot to get new batteries for my camera, and it has indeed died just as I was about to upload my photos. I’m going to have to make a dash to the shops. I wonder if I can make it there and back in 30 minutes? It’s times like these I regret not having my car any more!
Perhaps I’ll have a quick poke into the MT settings and see if I can post by email from my mobile phone while I’m out, or something…

On what you’ll find here today…

So, today is Blogathon Day, as I might have mentioned once or twice. I’m blogging for MDF: The Bipolar Organisation (more on that later), and if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so by making a pledge at the Blogathon site.
If you are so kind as to pledge something, I’ll link you over in the side bar there, and depending on how much you can spare, I might make you a little present to say thank you as well :-)
My theme, amazingly enough, is knitting related. I’m going to vary it a little bit so that I don’t get bored, but what I’m planning on is:

  • Squares for a blanket, in different yarns and stitch patterns to give me some variety, and to bust some of my stash!
  • Children’s mittens, for a Christmas shoebox project.
  • Thank you gifts for my sponsors.
  • Forest Canopy Shawl.
  • Fetching wristwarmers.
  • Monkey socks.
  • Possibly reviews of knitting books and / or podcasts, as I’m going to be listening to podcasts to keep myself entertained as I knit!

I’ll take pictures as I go so you can see how I’m doing as well as hearing about it. So, off I go to start the actual knitting! TTFN.

Brain: unravelled.

Ravelry has completely eaten my brain. And my life. LJ went down the other day, and I totally didn’t notice. I used to live on that site. Not any more!! Seriously, it’s because I’m going through all the setting up part – once that’s done, it won’t be so time consuming. Not that I’m not having fun, because I am! *g* Plus, I’m getting organised at the same time, which is always good.
Anyway, it’s Blogathon day tomorrow, so I’m off to bed to get plenty of sleep in! I shall try and stop by tomorrow morning to do a sort of preparatory post.
Also, I have to remember to go and pick up some new batteries for my camera. It’ll kind of scupper my plan to take and post pics of my knitting throughout the 24 hours if the camera is dead, won’t it?…

Blogathoning Are Go!

I’ve signed up for this year’s Blogathon, which is taking place on 28th July starting at 6am PST (which I’m pretty sure is 2pm GMT – hoorah, no early start for me!). In case you don’t know what the Blogathon is, it’s essentially a sponsored 24-hour ‘blogging marathon’. I’m going to make a post at least every half hour for the duration of the ‘thon.

This means I need something to keep me awake and interested, so as I think I mentioned before, I shall be knitting. Won’t that make a change? Specifically, I’ll be knitting away as much of my stash as I can into different stitch patterned squares for a patchwork blanket / afghan. I might also knit mittens or a hat for a bit of a change at some point.

The charity I’ll be blogging for is MDF (Manic Depression Fellowship) The Bipolar Organisation. As someone with the condition, I’m a member, so I can certify first-hand that they do a lot of good work.

So what I need now are sponsors. Basically, if you’re interested in pledging an amount to sponsor me for the event, click on the link in the last sentence and fill out your details. After the event (providing I completed it!) you’ll get a reminder email, and it’s then up to you to follow the instructions to donate the pledged amount directly to the charity. If you’d really rather, you could inform me how much you want to pledge and Paypal me the money for me to donate on your behalf, but my first preference is to do it the way the Blogathon site suggests.

What do you get for sponsoring me, other than a warm happy glow inside? Well…

  • I will of course give huge props to every sponsor (unless you don’t want me to name you at all… I can give you an alias so you’ll know I mean you).
  • If you have a site / blog, I’ll link you in my sidebar and links page here.
  • If anyone sponsors me more than £20, I’ll knit you an accessory of your choice (hat / scarf / arm-warmers / gloves / mittens / something of a similar size), although if you’re outside Europe I might need to send it surface-mail depending on weight.
  • … And I’ll entertain you with my babblings and in progress pics of the knitting, etc etc.

As well as this, I’ll be participating in the fandom_helps LJ group blog, to give me a bit more variety. And to give my hands a rest, because I think knitting solidly for 24 hours is going to give me cramp. And that’s it!

I’ll put up a “Sponsor Me” button at the top of this page when I’ve made one, and I’ll put a running total of sponsors under the Currently section in the sidebar. So, um, pledge something? Doesn’t matter how small an amount. A pound, a dollar, as much as you can afford and feel is worth it. It’s for chariteeeeeeeeeeee!

Blogathon 07?

I’m thinking of doing the Blogathon again this year. On this blog, with a knitting sort of theme – I dare say I’ll knit as I go, and post pictures or something like that.
Since I’ll have my stash back from my Mum’s house by then, maybe I could do some stash-busting thing. A blanket in 6×6 squares? I’ve always meant to get around to one of those, and it would be lots of little things that would give me plenty of variety – different stitch patterns as well as yarn for each one, and so on.
As for a charity, I reckon I’ll go for the Manic Depression Fellowship. I’m hardly the only bipolar blogger around, so maybe a few others will do the same. That would be nice.