Monthly Archives: October 2010

Patrick’s Hallowe’en Poem


Tomorrow is Hallowe’en. Boo!
I can’t wait
Oooo Hallowe’en at last
Black cat at last
Boo! A ghost
A bonfire is lit
A witch. Ha ha!
A wolf is howling. Ahhhhh

Patrick, age 8


Midterm Break

After two long months back at school, the Midterm break was much welcomed in the Quinn household. No 6.30 alarms to be set, no commuting, …
no school!! Just time for chats, a few movies in front if the fire and extra cuddles, of course.

I took the three big guys (twins aged 8 & a 5 year old) to my parents’ for a couple of days. The grandparents were more excited than the boys. Mam had been to Tesco and got the Daily Mirror Lego bags so they had lots to keep them busy.

We managed to get lots fitted in – yummy lunch in Avoca Kilmacanogue, a couple of trips downtown in Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum on the way home. We had planned a Luas trip but that wasn’t to be this time. Next time definitely, as well as the Natural History Museum (or Dead Zoo 🙂 ).

The Dundrum trip had the boys thrilled with both seeing a life-size Lego Woody figure….

..but also this dinosaur made entirely from wooden coat hangers that was in Harvey Nick’s window. Very impressive.

Knitting & Stitching Show 2010

Thanks to the kind ladies at This Is Knit, I won a ticket for this year’s Knitting & Stitching show in the RDS. I didn’t make it along last year so was looking forward to returning after a two year hiatus. I wasn’t to be disappointed.

The This Is Knit stall had all their usual lovelies, along with some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca and Spud & Chloë yarn that I managed (just) to resist based on the fact that I have a wall full of yarn at home. I did however succumb to some gorgeous Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock that Elana had put by for me after I fell in love with it mid-dyeing.

I then called to The Yarnroom’s stall and caught up with Stephanie & Serena. Stephanie had some yummy Rowan Pure Wool 4-ply that I had ordered to knit the fairisle Alfie tanktop from the new Rowan Winter Kids book. I’m still waiting on the Avocado shade but Stephanie will pop it in the post when it arrives.

Looking forward to starting that but have so much to finish first. Most important is the baby cashmerino jumper I’m knitting for my new nephew as a Christening gift for him for Saturday, Nov 6th.

I really enjoyed the show. Mam took the boys for a few hours so I couldn’t stay too long but would gladly have stayed far longer. I was almost tempted to buy 10 balls of Olive Rowan Wool Tweed for €25 from the Black Sheep Yarns stall and am practically kicking myself that I didn’t but I have almost 1kg of Rowan Felted Tweed Aran in a gorgeous teal in my stash along with 1kg each of red, green, purple, lime & teal in Kilcarra Aran Tweed so think I was right after all. I could however have been easily tempted by some Hedgehog Fibre Cashmere and some Dublin Dye in “hint of orange” I think it was called.

I steered clear of buttons as saw mainly novelty buttons that always annoy me trying to get fastened and was looking for wide ribbon but could only see Christmas/Hello Kitty ribbons.

All in all a lovely day made nicer by meeting with my knitting buddy Caroline who snuck out to the show too.

First tentative steps.

I’ve just discovered a WordPress App for the iPhone. My work PC blocks blogs and the Internet speed of my laptop is so pitiful that I’ve put off blogs in the main until now. Hopefully that will all change now.

I’m heading to the Knitting & Stitching show in the RDS in Dublin 4 tomorrow so what better way to kick things off? I actually won a free ticket from This is Knit so thanks for that folks 🙂

Now to research how to customise this blog. Later folks.