Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Scarf #1

So here is the first of the two Christmas Eve scarves (photo credit P. Chalmers).

I used a single 50g ball of Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre (30% superfine alpaca, 40% kid mohair, 30% merino) in this hot pink colour. This one has a short fringe as it's recipient is my 8 year old niece and it made it a little more fun. It only took a couple of hours to make using this pattern as I wandered through mum's house on Christmas Eve watching
1/ my sister wrap presents
2/ my husband, brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law play Settlers of Catan with the Seafarers expansion (great game, easy to learn and play) on what was a decidedly crap layout!!
3/my dad watch the Christmas Carols
4/ my mum wander from one thing to the next whilst keeping track of the Christmas pudding cooking on the stove

So, no it didn't take an awful lot of concentration, but I do find crocheting one of those things that you do have to watch unlike my knitting that only the first and last stitch and sometimes the increases/decreases need to be actually observed.

I think I can see a whole lot more of these scarves in my future, especially as I worked out that if you hang it around your neck and stuff one end through a centre hole on the other tail, you don't need to tie a knot and you can have it as tight or as loose as you want and it won't undo!! Who could ask for more??

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A quick round up!

Had a fabulous Christmas, lots of fun and laughter. Happy kids needing to reminded on a regular basis that rules do still exist. Lots of time spent with family and friends. A lovely holiday season!

I finished the quilt yesterday and it has been gifted today to a friend who had her three little boys at similar times to mine and lived across the road until recently. They are heading home to New Zealand in a couple of days to live permanently. I put this quilt together as a memory for her boys (5, 3 and 2) to remind them of where they were born.
The front
and the back
I always wonder if there is enough detail in these pictures so here is a closeup of the kookaburra on the front
and the fabric I used for the back.

All of the animals and the Australia are attached using vliesofix (?sp) and then sewn down. I raided my stash of Tonga Dimes Batiks for them all. The animals and the states were echo quilted by hand and the black sashing was machine quilted with a single line through the centre of each sashing piece to create a frame effect for each of the animals. I also used bamboo batting for it since it was the same price as wool batting and I thought I would give it a try. Oh and I've forgotten to measure it but each of the coloured squares was supposed to be 25cm square with a 2 cm sashing piece between so it should be about 110x110 cm. Near enough anyway!!

On Christmas Eve I realised I was two birthday presents short so I also managed to fit in the construction of two birthday gift scarves that I crocheted using this pattern from Knit and Tonic. Of course I managed to forget to take pictures so will have to wait until I can persuade both my niece and my sister in law to provide me with pictures. Oooppps! Imagine a pale blue silk for my gorgeous sister in law and a hot pink alpaca/kid mohair/merino one for my 8 year old niece. Pictures will come in time, I promise.

Still working on the cardy for our friends new addition and still have to find the rest of the house and make some camp bed sheets.

Getting there!!! Hope all of your holiday crafting is going well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas break and a round up

We are off to Mum's this evening for a sleepover and Christmas lunch tomorrow, then Cousins Christmas on Boxing Day, so we'll be out of the loop for a few days.

The Holiday Crafting is almost there, all of the Christmas stuff is done, just have the quilt for the end of the month and the camping sheets for January 10th, so should be good.

Clear the Decks December...not going so well.

The kitchen is mostly under control because J keeps doing the dishes.

I have found about a third of my bedroom so far mostly by relocating stuff to inside the wardrobe!

Haven't made it to the laundry yet, we'll see since that one is at the BOTTOM of the list of HAVE to do's.

I did find the table but buried it again under my sewing as it is a seriously multi tasking table.

The Holiday Crafting is almost there, all of the Christmas stuff is done, just have the quilt for the end of the month and the camping sheets for January 10th, so should be good.

The Holiday crafting has been taking up heaps of time so I haven't found T's bedroom yet.

So I'm off to find some more "Decks" today while packing up 5 people to go for an overnight visit at Grandma and Opa's. Have a friend bringing her 3 boys over this morning so it looks like a busy afternoon for me!

I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday however they spend it, whether travelling short or far or not at all. The time spent with family and friends I feel is worth the extra effort so I'm stuffing lots of events in!!

Will be back to provide a complete round up of Clear the Decks December on the 31st. Will also post pictures of the felt letters and board I have made for Z and because of a present reshuffle for H as well. So there will be two of them fighting over it.....maybe I'll need more letters. Oh and the quilt. I can't wait to show you but because it is quite specific in a pictorial sense and I have a feeling the recipient may float past this blog on the odd occasion pictures will have to wait until it's received. So more crafting to show soon. Oh and our friends had a baby girl on Monday and I haven't finished the cardy so I suppose there's another thing to add to the list....

Happy Holidays!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Psssttt he's gone!

Yep Bird has flown the coop, I just went to check and he has been removed from his resting place and has flown away.

Now we just have to wait and see if his finders let us know where he is.

This has been a lot of fun. I will be joining in again next year without a doubt.

Fly away birdy.....

Well Bird is possibly on his way to a new home, he has been left attached to the bridge rail on the bike path between Banyule Rd and Lower Plenty Rd in Viewbank, Melbourne, Australia. And yes that is close to home, we may go for a walk later to check if he is still there or not.

(that speck on the right is he!)

We hope he is going to a loving home as much love has been invested in his creation and the kids will miss him.

I was aided and abetted in his delivery by Z.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Crafting

Well while going for a swim last night I remembered that one of the things that my number two boy is getting for Christmas is a felt covered board and some sets of felt letters to stick on it to make words. Well really to get him to start looking at individual letters and recognising them. So I stopped off at Bunnings on the way home to buy a piece of MDF which J will attach the green felt to while I merrily cut out a million letters....well 52 at the moment. We are planning on making a scrabble set of letters i.e. 100 letters in total made up of the usual spread of needed letters, but I thought I would start with two complete alphabets so we could at least write Merry Christmas Z on it for when we give it to him!!

So here are the letters in situ
the red (sorry it looks a bit fuzzy here, but you get the idea)

and the yellow

I have some orange I am planning on using as well

Now I just have to get the scissors to them!!

Did I mention?

Recently there was a blog promotion of a whole heap of blogs and etsy shops for the brisbane/queensland region hosted by Le at Third on the Right and the deal was you go and check out the websites and shops of the various donors and leave a comment. There is some fabulous stuff out there locally.
Anyway at the end of the whole thing there was a note in my inbox to say I had won a prize and it arrived promptly.
How pretty is that?

I have been using it ever since to house "bird" both during the knitting and now that he is finished.

So Thank You to Katy for such a beautiful little bag.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm back

I'm knitting, I'm sewing up a storm and I have deadlines.

I'm reading blogs while eating breakfast, sometimes I'm commenting, mostly just reading at high speed to see what everyone else is up to!

Christmas is approaching and I think I'm finally getting into the swing of it. We have an Advent Calendar for the boys which is a Christmas tree shape with drawers that we alternate having an M&M each on one day and chrissy decorations for the tree the next (small ones!). So the boys are getting to decorate the tree as the month progresses and they are loving it!

Anyway off to sew (sshhh it's done with needles, just not kitting ones!)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Brain Dump

This is going to be a bit of a brain dump so if you're not into that you might want to skip this one, otherwise, read on....

Firstly thank you for the kind words you have left regarding the recent sad news of my Nan's passing, I do truly appreciate your thoughts.

I've been a bit absent recently both here and in "real life", too many things to do and a brain like a sieve generally lead to things not happening (housework, crafting, picking kids up on time from kinder...thanks Gen!).

J has been doing a fabulous job of working and then coming home to a potentially very sad wife and mad cap kids, some days are better than others. The dishes are getting done, messes getting picked up, I'm noticing, just not necessarily saying so, sorry.

I have been knitting.

I have finished bird for the toy drop (see previous post).

I have finished my Nan's socks and after a considerable amount of internal debate have sent them down to be added to her coffin. They were always meant for her, I bought the yarn for her and was knitting them for her and didn't feel right keeping them so she is getting them.
They worked beautifully and I am very happy with them.

Last Tuesday I was asked if I wanted to make a washcloth for Jenny (and Wayne) for Christmas. They run the fruit shop we have our Tuesday SnB meetings at , so I've done that as well.

Technically they were tricot, wrong side out and right side out, crocheted together and stuffed with a sponge, more of a kitchen washing up type cloth. Got the pattern here. The white lines in the centre photo are nylon thread stuff that the old ladies use to make toilet roll covers and hangar covers with. Had to do a quick trip to Lincraft to find some as my LYS didn't have any. Couldn't blame them really it is terrible stuff, but really good like this for scrubbing pots or washing off stuck food.

Tried to catch up with friends on the weekend, they are due to have their second child in a week, but everyone was busy. Last night after finishing the washcloth I realised I have not yet made anything for the baby. Where is my brain? So fished out some white wool this morning and have cast on for the bubblegum jacket in Merino Bambino. Have had to frog a couple of rows a couple of times now. Highly unusual. Especially as I have only done the band and about 6 rows of the back piece. The girls at SnB this morning suggested I could dye it to whatever colour I wanted once I was done. Haven't ever dyed before not sure if I want to try on this, will see.

And to my brain...wherever you are....the baby is sleeping through oh so much better now, so can you stop hiding? I need you to be working!!! I want my memory back right now thanks!!

Christmas is being a bit of a challenge this year, although it's not really Christmas that is the issue, it's me not getting into to it. So next post will have some Christmas stuff that we are doing around here, some crafting, some cooking and some decorating!

Hope all is well in your part of the world this Christmas season. Be back soon!

PS I've tried posting this twice now and it hasn't worked, I'll try once more shall I?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Summer Knitting Charity Challenge

So my LYS is having a summer challenge, and and just because I can't say "no", I said "yes!"

My colours are 1 ball each of white and mint green, what will I make? Think it can wait until after the Christmas crafting!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Knitting therapy

So as part of the Toy Society Christmas drop (see side bar for link) I have been making a toy bird to drop on the weekend before Christmas. Today I have been finishing him up. Sewing the tail and wings together and then onto the body, adding eyes and hair and last but not least the beak.

Meet Bird:Here we see him in his natural habitat, Z is going to be sad to see him go, he thought this one was for him but he has been promised one with pink wings, so he'll be patient....for now!

The Phone Call

The one we have been expecting, but dreading came this morning. My eldest sister rang to say that Nan had passed away in the early hours of this morning.

I am sad because my Nan has always supported me through my studies, been especially proud of my achievements and seemed to understand it all in a way I never expected.

I am relieved for her because her physical and mental suffering is now over, she was alert and aware to the very end and that made her physical symptoms so much the worse for her to bear.

I believe that now she will truly rest in peace. I will miss her dearly and she will always be remembered.

I love you Nan

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

We have been really busy already this month. I have been down to Mum's two weekends in a row, seeing my Nan both times, this week she looked much better, they have adjusted her pain meds. Had my nephews 10th birthday party last weekend and my Dad's family Christmas do this weekend. I took T with me this weekend and left the other two to the tender mercies of their father. All of the children had a ball with their respective parents so it worked out well. Also had H's Kinder concert on Friday, which was fabulous! H was a great method actor as a wombat in the Aussie Christmas story that the kids acted out. It was so good and will be on the DVD we are getting of his (and the other kinder kids') year at Kinder. Saturday morning we went to the Kew Traffic School with the Kinder kids, they all raced around like lunatics and all of the parents were in awe of just how close they came to crashing into each other without crashing!! Best of all, Z was racing around too, this is the first time since getting his bike that he has been able to push the pedals consistently and steer at the same time. Well done Z!! The scraped lip and knee were the result of riding into a pole not a kid, and he managed to get back on his bike again before we left and rode again today so he hasn't been put off at all, thank gooodness.

I showed my Nan her socks in progress this weekend. When I showed her she wanted to try them on so (Prepare to flinch) I pulled the 4 dpns out and we put it on her foot. It was worth it, she liked the colours and was interested in where they were at. At the moment it is hard to get her interested in anything so I figure that was good. When I got back to Mum's I set about putting the needles back in, I only lost 2 rounds of knitting and it was easy enough to get everything working again so I was happy. I have done another pattern repeat since then so here they are as they stand now:And no, I didn't pull the dpns out again to take the pictures, LOL!

How is Clear the Decks December going? Well we have found the top of the old Singer sewing machine at the front door where we drop the kids backpacks, it had accrued all of the Winter jackets and hats and the green shopping bags and the sunhats and various shoes and toys and now it has three backpacks, one for each child! Much nicer. I came home today to a clean kitchen, the kitchen fairy (aka J) had been at work, so now it just needs to stay that way. Had to clear the top of the television to put the Christmas tree up but it didn't go very far, it found it's way to the kitchen that must be my next target.

Lots of knitting to do, lots of cleaning to do and at last the brain fog of too many broken nights sleep is lifting so we may actually make our targets!!

Have a great week, knitting and a Bourne Movie await me :-)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Clear the Decks December

All right so I'm declaring it is a "Clear the Decks December" and have the photos to prove it. Not that I am going to show them anywhere anytime soon, way tooooo embarassing!!

My house is not actually dirty, just cluttered. Like I can't find the dining table because the slot cars are set up on it because the baby pulls it all apart if it's on the floor and we would all trip over it. Not being able to find the table also means the kids eat dinner at the little table and us on the couch, the sewing doesn't happen because there's no space for the machine, presents get wrapped on the floor, quilts get laid out on the floor, photography happens on the floor, you get the idea. So this December I am saying "ENOUGH" by the 1st of January there will be a place for everything and everything in its place. At this point I can envisage my little sister rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter, I'm not sure whether it will be because I've declared and she thinks I won't have a hope or because she is feeling sorry for J and the kids.....I'll wait until she tells me!

This organisation of my/our space will of course have to happen around all of the usual pre-Christmas stuff, but since Christmas is not at our place this year, that is not my deadline. We will be having New Years here though so that is. I have the photos of all the bits that need fixing, oh except in T's room, he is asleep, I'll get those ones later. So on Dec 31st 2008 I will go around and take the second set and I'm hoping/wishing/praying there will be a striking difference.

Anyone want/need to join in? I can think of at least one person/couple.....

What else? I've added to my Holiday crafting list and am about to add a separate section on the sidebar under the logo so that I can keep track and today's other job is to get the camping list from my sister so I can see what else I need for January.

That's about it I think, for now at least. Happy December everyone!

PS Sorry for those of you with bloglines etc, who probably got a post entitled Clear the Deaks with nothing in it....yes the mystery button presser strikes again!!

Friday, November 28, 2008


I cast on the socks I will be knitting for my Nan for Christmas yesterday afternoon. The boys had been sent elsewhere to play in the house or outside because mummy needed a break from them, so for the first time all day I had some personal space!! I had a quick peruse of Ravelry and have decided to join the masses and knit a pair of Monkeys (non rav link). There is something about them that I think will work really well with the yarn I have...ooops that's right I haven't shown you yet. (She whips out the camera and goes looking for her yarn)

There you go. Blues, purple, cream a touch of brown. Perfect Nan colours.
Oh and of course, I didn't just cast on, by the end of the evening I had finished the cuff and the first pattern repeat:

The yarn has come from a sock kit I bought at my LYS and appears to be of German origin (Rico Design Knit-Kit) the colours are ones I think of as Nan's, the blues and cream and the hint of purple, all good. So the sock is underway and I am pleased with how it looks so far. I am using my great grandmother's dpns to knit with again, so in a convoluted way my Nan's granddaughter (me) is knitting her a pair of socks with her mother's (my great grandmother's) needles!! I like the links through it all. I am a little sad about it all though because my Nan is unwell. (I have rewritten that last sentence about 8 times and I just can't express my hopes, my fears, any of it really, so I've left it simple).

We are travelling down to Mums this weekend (Gippsland) and I will be visiting Nan this weekend as well as catching up with my big sister and her crew (Leongatha) for my nephews birthday. So a busy one coming up. Have a lot of organising to do today as I am swimming in the morning and voting after that in the local elections and then travelling across to Brunswick for the Sister's market (with my little sister) before heading down to Mum's all hopefully before lunchtime so there will be no time for packing tomorrow so that is a task for today. Shouldn't be too hard an ask as T slept last night. I had 7.5 hours UNBROKEN sleep!!!!!!! I am a new woman, at least for today :-)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A request

Just now Z asked me

"can you make me a jumper, because I am cold" (28 degrees C here so far today, I think he might be pretending!)

and followed with

"out of your wool"

and then

"where is the pink wool? we have to go look for it."

Yes he is a boy and yes his favourite colour is pink.

He may get the jumper, but I don't think I have enough pink anywhere.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

SnB Knitting

So I have recently had just one project that I have been making only when I am at SnB on Tuesday mornings with "The Stitchers". Usually I just bring the project I'm working on and often it is something different each week, but not recently, so here it is.

That's the back and 1 and a quarter fronts. It looks a litttle higgledy piggledy, that's the garter stitch bands curling up. They will be right once it is sewn together and potentially blocked. The best bit about this knit is the rainbow colour, it is just Cleckheaton Merino Bambino in the multicolour, but it is lovely and sometimes it's nice to knit with something that you know is just going to wear and wear and wear and still stay nice. Think I'm doing the OOO size, would have to get off my butt and look for the....ahh it is actually just beside me, hang on!! Nope it's the OOOO, so quite tiny, though it is looking bigger than I thought it would be, will see what happens when it is sewn together. Have been working on a quilt in my "spare" time so the knitting at home is on a slow down.

Really need to start knitting my Nan's socks, Christmas is coming.......

Monday, November 24, 2008

My design update

Ok so this is the last one for today, I think.

I have another couple rolling around in my head but they will have to wait as it has been a long day and I have been swimming this evening (50x25m in 30 mins. Yay for me almost back to top speed!!!), so I am running short of that thing called energy. It has been a very busy and fruitful day. Lots of washing done. Progress made on the quilt I'm making. Happy boys who didn't spend the whole day annoying each other. The weekend was a bit trying, wet weather and all. Check out the hail in my backyard from Saturday morning! It was amazing :-) Yes that is hail not snow!!! Oh and the stuff everywhere? The usual state of my backyard with three kids moving things around it changes every day (grin).

So the knitting....

The design even.

I am very happy with the back, it's the right length, width, everything.

The right front is the one without the button holes. The button band is rib one side, knit the other (in other words the stitch pattern from the bubblegum jacket) and the edge is pretty good. I'm pretty sure I slipped the stitch at the beginning of the row to help it be tighter, but honestly I'd have to pull it out to check and it's in my bedroom and I'm not... I like the curve of the neck decreases I think it will look lovely on.

The left front is the one with the button holes. I'm not so sure of it. It seems to be looser on the edge but it shouldn't. I wouldn't have thought adding buttonholes would have that effect, but maybe that is what is going on. Anyway, it is just the mirror image of the right front, so the decreases are all the same, etc.

So the next step is the sleeves. Having a ponder with that at the moment, will need to sleep on it some more, just trying to decide whether to have a cuff or not. What do you think?

Will leave you with a very cute picture that I took a couple of hours after the hail storm. I have called it "Hail the boat" LOL! Maybe I should just name the boat "Titanic" and no it wasn't posed, if you look at the first picture with the whole yard you can just see a yellow "blob" on the edge of the table and this boat was it.

A Book List

Slightly different from my other lists, this one was posted by Ally at Born to Read and Knit. The list is from a NEA reading initiative, apparently more lists are available for NZ and the UK.
Anyway the bolded ones I have read (19, sorry T miscounted), the commented ones are as per comment (duh!) and the ones I intend to read are italicized. I will probably get to them all eventually now I have a list to go from!!!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (can’t remember)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (never have, never will)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (got it, don’t think I’ve read it)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (can’t remember)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (can’t remember)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (on the shelf, haven’t got to it yet)
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (on the shelf, haven’t gotten to it)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (can’t remember)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (featured in a Waifs song, must read!)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (can’t remember)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton (J recently read this with the boys, so it is on the shelf)
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (on the shelf)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So anyway more ideas for reading for me!

Twinkle twinkle little star

I had a look around for knitted Christmas tree ornament patterns thinking that they might make good kinder teacher/carer presents for Christmas. I have since decided against that, thinking it will be better if the boys make their own gifts but in the meantime I played...

In "The Big Book of Small Projects 2" from Patons I found Christmas stars. Make 2 pieces sew together and stuff, but when I had finished the first piece it looked much more like a flower to me, see:

so I had a think, played with some numbers and came up with this:

It's not perfect but it is knit in one piece with what I think are called short rows and stuff like that and I stuffed it before doing the last couple of rows so when I finished knitting all I had left to do was sew in two ends, the beginning and the end. Not bad. Will make another one as their is a bit of an oops on one of the points. Maybe one for each of my boys...

Oh and I figure I have so much to write about each thing is getting it's own post in between doing everything else today! So stay tuned for more updates :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

My poor blog

You poor thing, no, I haven't forgotten you, you are in my thoughts, even if you aren't at my fingertips. There is knitting to share, progress on my design, progress on my SnB knitting oh and yesterday I made half a star that looked suspiciously like a flower and then made up a complete star including stuffing and NO SEAMS! Yay for me. Now I just need piccies and I can show you there are no fibs happening here.

In other news, I have finally gotten back into setting up my shop, there has been a very busy period here recently, heaps going on, lots of illnesses involving everyone at least once and all the usual stuff that happens when a house is in the presence of 3 kids under school age. Finally getting a grip on everything, and hopefully now that T is down to 2 feeds max in a day, his overnight sleeps will continue to lengthen and my sleep deficit will right itself and then it will be full steam ahead!!!!!!! (I hope :-P)

Anyway pics will turn up soon, I promise. Have a great weekend everyone :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mega Ravelry Meet in Melbourne

It was a lovely afternoon sitting in the sun, or under umbrellas, and knitting with a whole new group of Melbourne knitters.

The big boys played with their dad in the Children's garden and then had a wander over to the Shrine where they witnessed a simple ceremony where a wreath was laid, then back to the Children's garden.

T had a nap while I knitted in good company. Thank you ladies for being so welcoming :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Perfect Book

Must have

Alt Fiber by Shannon Okey

Will have to add to Christmas list.

Man is this book just what I want/need/have been looking for.

Go Shannon!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Book lists

When I attended a craft fair a few months ago (don't ask which one, I'm lucky I remember that's where this all stems from ;-), I filled in my name and address details for a book shop to send me their catalogues. I know, I know, giving out details at events leads to various types of spam of both the email and snail mail variety, but I think I have struck gold. Psssst don't tell J!!!!

So every month I get three little catalogues with short descriptions of the books and the idea is that you either send in a completed form to order them, ring them, or go online to buy the books. But I hadn't gotten around to reading the catalogues until a couple of days ago, they were on the list of 40 remaining items, make that 39 now. I have trouble finding new books to read when I'm at the bookshop or the library and now I can get a taste of some of the books out there that are crafty without having to go to 6 different shops or several libraries, and I can do it at home so no carting three young kids off for mum to stand in a bookshop aisle unmoving except for turning pages.....dead boring for the kids, very annoying for the mum who has to keep looking up to check the kids aren't pulling pages out of other books!!

So the collection of interesting books that I now know I want to have a more in depth look at are:
1/ Natural Knits for Babies & Toddlers-Tina Barrett (for me)
2/ Natural Dyeing-Jackie Crook (for me, it looks interesting tsb)
3/ 50 Science Things to Make and Do- no author listed (for the kids, maybe a niece or nephew)
4/ Free Stuff For Kids- we had one of these when we were kids, it made life interesting for a while!!!
5/ Making Wooden Toys-Geoff Rugless (My BIL might be interested in that one)
6/ 101 Things You Should Know How To Do-Michael Powell (for me, I'm always up for learning useful stuff)
7/ 365 Things to make and Do-no author (for me, more learning, kids play maybe)
8/ Clean Sweep-Give Your House More Than a Once Over-Alison Haynes (for me, I'm up for a healthier way of cleaning and organising our house-why not?)
9/ Crafting a Business-Making Money Doing What You Love-Kathie Fitzgerald (for me, I'm setting up my online shop, honestly I am)
10/ Loose Threads-Stories to Keep Quilters in Stitches- Helen Kelley (My mum needs this one, she needs more excuses to laugh!)
11/ Young at Heart Quilts- Julie Popa (for me, I have young kids, nieces and a nephew and I quilt)
12/ 150 Blocks for Baby Quilts-Susan Briscoe (for me, see above!)
13/ Jelly Roll Quilts-Pam and Nicky Lintott (for me, someone gave me a lovely fabric gift for my birthday and I haven't decided what to do with it yet)
14/ Playful Quilts for Kids-Carolyn Vosburg Hall (for me for the kids)
15/ Rolling Along-Easy Quilts from 2.5" Strips-Nancy Martin (for me to help with that birthday gift)
16/ Origami Deluxe Book & Gift Set (Origami makes my kids and nieces and nephews think and concentrate and gives them a product at the end, from a single square of paper, that they made themselves. Who could ask for more?)
17/ Going Green- Hints and Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint-Vivien Head (for me, my only hesitation is it is a printed book and that can't help with the carbon footprint....)
18/ Printing By Hand-Lena Corwin (for me)
19/ Natural Dyes-Linda Rudkin (for me, another interesting one tsb)
20/ Seductive Shoe-Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear-Jonathan Walford (Something a certain blogger might want to look at)
21/ Fashioning Kimono-Annie Van Assche (the history aspect may be appreciated by this blogger who recently declared an interest in this topic)
22/ Simple Knits for Cherished Babes-Erika Knight (for me, need to check out the designs!)
23/ Simple Knits for Little Cherubs-Erika Knight (for me, have a couple of cherubs, wouldn't hurt to look!)
24/ Christmas Stockings-18 Holiday Treasures to Knit (for me, don't normally knit objects but I could make an exception!)
25/ Show Me How-500 Things You Should Know ( for me, self improvement again!)
26/ Organic Home-The Australian Guide to Clean, Green Living-Rosamond Richardson (for me, thinking about the boys growing up healthy)
27/ Great Family Songbook- Dan Fox and Dick Weissman (for us!)
28/ Spot the Differences-100 Challenging Photo Puzzles (for me, I have a brain in there somewhere, maybe if I exercise it it will come back quicker...)

It looks like I will at least have some direction next time I visit a bookstore or go online at my library to check the catalogue for matches!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I am a list writer.

Especially when things start to feel really out of control.

The best list are ones you can cross things off of straight away.

I have had days where the list was:
Wake up
Get out of bed
make cup of tea
drink tea
Put washing in machine
turn machine on
hang washing out
bring washing in
fold/sort washing
put washing away

I'm not kidding, the more I need the thrill(?) of crossing off items, the smaller the breakdown of components.

It works!

Yesterday I wrote a list.

It is not finished yet, it is currently at 48 items and there are more floating around in my head that haven't made it onto the paper yet, mostly because I ran out of space and don't want to turn the page over.

I even managed to cross some off, a whole 8 of them.

I paid bills, called people I needed to call, paid for our beach holiday accommodation for January (10% discount for paying early!), sorted out all sorts of bank stuff (new credit card, debit card, pin numbers, internet banking).

That still leaves 40 items.

Some of them are big ticket items, none of them have been broken down into component parts. this is going to take a while....

The longest running list I ever had was finally completed after oh about 5 years or so. Hopefully this one won't take so long. In fact I know it can't. There are a fair number of time sensitive items on the list, and time waits for no woman.

Bugger, just remembered I was going to take a photo of the two different side fronts I had made for the red cardy before I frogged the dud. Obviously I forgot that part of the plan because I frogged the dud this morning at S'n'B and there are no photos. Again, bugger. Oh well the keeper has been approved by the girls and so now I can make it's mate, next challenge button holes.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Spazzing out with the crew!

I have joined in with Julie's Spaz-out-along, we all need to share the fun of the holiday season!! How cool is the button! (see side bar)

Have to think of all the things I need to complete for this holiday season. A couple of things come to mind: a pair of socks for my Nana and two padded fitted sheets to go on the boys' camp beds for camping in January, that and buying the huge list of camping items we need (maybe I should actually make a list of all the things we need!). There will be more, I just haven't got to them yet!!!

What have I been working on since finishing my socks? The red cardy I'm making from all of the ideas in my head. Have made one front piece, but the button band is too loose so I've played around a whole heap with different options for a button band knit at the same time as the body piece and think I have come up with something that will work. Once I've finished the second front I'll compare the two and probably frog the first one, especially if the second band isn't all curly and wavy! So it is all progressing slowly. Think I have made another face washer in between but have completely lost track, my cold turned out to be infected sinuses and so my brain has been on a hiatus for a week or so. Oh did start a little cardy with rainbow multicoloured Merino Bambino at S'n'B last week, but haven't worked on it since. Might keep that one for S'n'B only and do other stuff at home....

Anyway that is where we are at, life is settling down again at the moment, the calm before the storm of the Christmas season I think.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A surf sock and a holiday

Well after blogging 31 days in a row we went on holidays and were computer free for 4 days about cold turkey!

We had a lovely time lots of beach time, lots of knitting time, which leads me to the surf sock. My first sock has been dubbed the city sock since it was knit at home, the second sock was started and finished while at the beach so of course the photos are:

at the beach house (city sock on right, surf sock on left)
and at the beach
The weather while not perfect EVERY day it was pretty darn good! The kids had a ball as did their dad (if you ever go to a beach and there's a dirty great big hole you wouldn't want to fall in in the dark, there's a fair chance J has been there first!) The grandparents were, as usual, the perfect hosts and amazingly tolerant of having three kids 5 and under running not quite completely mad in their house.

Vital statistics on the socks? Colinette Jitterbug in the Lagoon colourway, knit on 2.5mm dpns (my great grandmother's) using the pattern on the ball band. Started Monday October 27, finished Monday November 3rd, 2008.

If I was to make them again, I would cast on less stitches for the leg section as they are a hint loose and after leaving the instructions at home for the cast off, had to do it from memory and so here's the extra bonus of the cast off, I remembered it!!!! Would attempt a different way of doing the heel too, just to see what it looks like :-)

Very happy with them. Have just bought some yarn to make my Nana a pair of socks for
Christmas, they come with their own pattern so maybe I'll try that....I think I might be a little hooked on socks I kept thinking about the bits and pieces of yarn I have lying around that I might be able to convert into small socks...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Blogtoberfest day 31- the end

Today is the last day of Blogtoberfest and I'd like to say thank you to Big Cat for hosting, it has been interesting reading a whole new set of people's blogs courtesy of the festival goers list on her blog.

I have made it to the end without missing a day despite coming close a couple of times! With the odd family illness, some knitting, school orientation for my eldest, it has been a pretty busy month.

Of course to cap it all off I am coming down with some sort of hayfever/cold to take with me for a long weekend at the beach with the in-laws. I have already resorted to Panadol to try to reduce the face ache and the pressure in my jaw and ears. The kids have been told mum is sick please play nicely and it is sort of working (as much as it ever does!). I have had to call J to ask him if there was anything important I was supposed to do today as I simply can't remember, he said H to school orientation and drop off his friend D at childcare after, which I had managed to remember thanks to writing it on my hand last night before climbing into bed. Oh and to fill out H's ELVS study form which I should get to at some point.... The baby has just woken cranky he must need lunch. The panadol must be kicking in, I can feel the fog lifting.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and for those Melbournites taking the extra day a wonderful long weekend!! I am taking my second sock to knit on the weekend while sitting at the beach, today I'm knitting another keep me awake face washer because that's all my brain can manage. So on Tuesday or Wednesday there should be some finished objects perhaps!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blogtoberfest - The penultimate day

I have a sock and I am not afraid to wear it!!!


Isn't it beautiful?

Had to do the toe shaping twice because it occurred to me to try it on before binding it off and they just felt a little too short, so I pulled back the shaping and added 6 more rounds of knitting then redid the toe shaping. I even checked there was enough yarn left on the ball to knit the other sock! I used the "knitting" kitchener stitch (from TECHknitting) to bind off, sewed in the ends and I was done. Lovely. I am now grinning from ear to ear as I contemplate casting on for the second sock and wonder whether the colour bands will fall in similar places or whether they will be completely different like the triad of socks Bells and Rose Red did with their friend Brown Pants recently.

I'm off to cast on before I have to think about dinner for the kids....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blogtoberfest day 29 - Third time's a charm

Well, today when I was working on my sock I oopsed a couple of times. Mostly because I didn't translate the instructions to knitting correctly. Third time lucky though I managed to turn the heel properly. Not sure I will use this pattern again, but it is a starting point. So now I am about 8 rows short of the toe shaping, but since my eyes are getting heavy and the baby is bound to get me up at some ungodly hour, I must away to bed......

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Blogtober 28 - the socks progress

Well it was S'N'B this morning and while master T amused himself, got cranky and then amused a little girl who was having a babycino with her mum, I worked on my sock. I eventually got into a rhythm and was powering along. Got to 6 rows short of the heel flap.

Stopped at Woolybutt to pick up some navy buttons for the Sublime cardy. The bugger is starting to pill. It's never been worn or washed and it is pilling. I'm a bit pissed. It doesn't make sense, the other cardy I made using this yarn didn't pill. What is going on? Oops just checked the labels and this one is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK and the other was Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, who knew that adding a word made a difference to the structure of the yarn. I'm going to have to check where I got it from and see if they know if others have had it pill on them. It's probably the cashmere, I'll have to see if I can de-pill it, otherwise I'm not sure what I will do with it. I had the same pilling problem with Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and once the original round of pilling was over it has been beautiful ever since, so I will investigate and hope.

Dinner tonight was spinach and ricotta canneloni and a salad using spinach and lettuce from my FIL's garden, D was here for T, but C is over in Calgary for a conference so she has missed out! There are leftovers which will make their way into the freezer for a lazy dinner one night in the coming weeks. "Talked" to C on the computer today, she has had a very busy day starting at 7am and ending at 10.30pm with 30 min to herself for a swim at one point so she will probably sleep well. I hope so.

T is sleeping much better now that he is feeding less often and eating more during the day, he still gets up at least once during the night but he is settling well and letting me sleep a bit better too so things are improving on the sleep deprivation scene.

Oh and I am doing the heel flap now, finished the last 6 rows of the leg piece while watching the Buffy episode "Hush" and divided for the heel so it is all moving along nicely now. Can't watch the "Hush" episode with C here because it freaks her out, but the boys love it so it was the episode of choice tonight. Our other real favourite is the Musical episode "Once more with feeling" we even have the soundtrack on disc to play in the car on long trips.

Heading to bed before T wakes up for his "middle of the night" feed, 3 more days of Blogtoberfest and then it is November, where has the time gone?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Day 27 - The socks, the socks, they rock!!

Yes I have managed to start my first ever pair of socks and they are going to be beautiful!

Have a look:

I have just the right accessory too, one of Michelle's quilted sunnyboys!! It is perfect. The perfect size for my ball of wool and dpns.

Oh and the dpns came from my great grandmother's house after my great uncle passed away, apparently Granny Mac used to knit socks too!

Must go, need to knit my socks and watch Bones on TV. See ya tomorrow.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Day 26 - My favourite knit

Well there seems to be a rash of "My favourite knit" happening at the moment, Bells, George and Rose Red have all had a dose, as have Julie and Kylie so I thought that considering the busy weekend that we have had has precluded knitting, I would show you my favourite knit!

Unlike the other ladies my favourite knit is not an item that I have made for myself, it is in fact the knit that I make most often for someone else. If you have been reading my blog at all regularly you will know that it is in fact the Bubblegum Jacket. And just to show you how much I love this knit here are some of the examples floating around my house at the moment:

Granted the navy and pale yellow on the left, the grey in the middle and the purple in the back on the right are all for the shop. The cream front and centre is in current use for T, he has that one on a couple of times a week (don't look too hard though, I made it from ACKrylic-god help me, when I was having a very pregnant brain moment while pregnant with Z, also it is covered in balls, me being too lazy to remove them). I own more but at least three are currently at my friend T's house with her baby just about fitting into a couple of them, they will return home when he no longer needs them. I actually have one that I knit for my niece when she was born, she is now 8 almost 9 and we have used it for all three of our kids and a couple of other friends kids in between as well and the pattern holds up so well. The green and purple on the right have both been sewn "inside out" because I felt like knitting the same thing at the time but wanted to look at something different!

Of the ones for the shop, my current favourite is the grey

Isn't it lovely? It is made from bamboo and looks and feels so soft and silky, yummy.

And why don't I have a favourite knit for myself? Well apart from a garter stitch scarf on really big needles I made a couple of years ago I haven't made anything for myself in years and years and years and you get the idea!!! But that is about to change because tomorrow I cast on for first pair of human size socks for myself and I can't wait!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blogtoberfest Day 25 - Ummm, a title?

It's been a lovely day, beautiful and warm. We had a birthday party for D and the twins today and H is staying there overnight tonight, his first non-family overnight stay. I'm nervous for him despite knowing that he will be fine. He loves his friend D and has been looking forward to this visit all week.

Another no knitting day mostly because there were so many other things to do: washing clothes, folding dry clothes, playing with children, organising birthday presents, partying and then this evening my sister came over with her partner for dinner and to print out and photocopy some papers for her trip that starts tomorrow. She is off for a conference in Calgary and a joint holiday in New York with her partner. Hope she has a good time!

Best way to end the day? Watching The Bourne Supremacy with J after Z and the baby were in bed!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Day 24 - Confession.

I'm not so good at keeping my Ravelry lists up-to-date.

Does anyone else refer to their blog to determine when they cast on and off projects? I do it all the time. I suppose it is partly because my projects are generally small so they don't take long from start to finish. I have come to the point of relying on the fact that I have written it in my blog so that when I go to Ravelry to update it I have my blog open in another window to check start and finish dates and how many projects! Don't ask when I last did an update. I'm at least three if not 4 projects behind. Should I count wash cloths as projects? They use up stash and time so they really should but it does seem a little ridiculous. I have worked out that if I add the stash photo* and details to Ravelry and then the project I can use up stash as I go, bit of a cheat but at least it's getting some of the stash on there!

I worked out today that the stay awake wash cloth I knit the other day cost me about $2. That's cheaper than buying one and it served the priceless purpose of keeping me awake when I really needed to be. Please forgive the terrible photo but here's the proof!

Two things of note, first knitting 8ply cotton on 4.5mm needles results in a soft wash cloth but also one that finds it hard to stay in shape. It's 8 ply, why did I use 4.5mm needles??? I'm shaking my own head in wonderment, honestly. This wash cloth went straight into the bathroom and has been used to wipe off all sorts of mess off kids faces and rinses out nicely so I'm happy. Secondly, I really need to use knitting graph paper when setting up a picture so it doesn't go all short and wide on me when it is knit! I have a really good one bookmarked, put in your tension and it generates a pdf of the right scale graph paper-brilliance, just need to find the link, ah there it is! Now I just have to see if my computer will talk to the printer so I can print it.

Today has not been a knitting day at all, it has been a busy day:

H had his first grade Prep introduction session this morning at his school for next year. He was there for two hours and in that time he made himself and me matching beaded bracelets and he coloured in a "Rainbow Fish" complete with silver foil scale (If you don't know it, the Rainbow Fish books are great, check them out at your local library or bookstore, the kids love them). He really seemed to enjoy it. The next session is next Friday.

While H was away T had a nap and Z and I baked chocolate chip cookies. Thanks Big Cat for the recipe, they worked out brilliantly. I am on the hunt for chocolate chip cookie recipes. My kids love to cook but not really to eat what we make, but they do eat chocky chip cookies so if you have a recipe you love, send it along to or just leave it in the comments. We will make all of the cookies and give ratings!

This afternoon was H's turn at his grandparents, so when we got home from dropping him off, Z and I got out the overlocker and some fabric and another IKEA quilt and made two more "cheat" quilts. This time for the twins (friends, not mine!!!), whose party is tomorrow afternoon. They worked out well and have been washed and line dried this afternoon ready for gifting tomorrow.

Dinner was at my in laws tonight and it was a birthday tea for J including an apple cake for birthday cake and a pineapple carrot cake as well, lovely. The boys fell asleep in the car on the way home and transferred straight into their beds so all is quiet here I might just skim a couple more blogs courtesy of Google reader and then head off to bed. Looking forward to a warm weekend (*grin*).

*I have taken photos of all my stash (except for last weeks little episode at Spotlight) but they are now on the external hard drive where they were placed when we reformatted my laptop's hard drive. This means that they are now one step further away from being dealt with :-(

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blogtoberfest the 23rd!

It's a busy day at our house today. It is J's thirty somethingth birthday and after the kids gave him his presents this morning (apparently I was snoring away) he headed off for a fun filled Thursday at work! Well I hope it is fun filled but the chances are that won't be the case, he works in a company that does stuff for stockmarket trades so with all the kerfuffle on the stock markets at the moment they are busy keeping on top of everything!

This means that theoretically it is Birthday tea tonight. Sorry no hints, he occasionally checks my blog and fair chance he'd check today on principal looking for hints. The kids want to help make birthday cake so that will be happening soon I think. J doesn't like icing but I think I have a way of getting around that.

So I should finish cleaning the kitchen :-p

Before the baby wakes up.

Oh and yes I got some ace sleep last night, thank you everyone for your well wishes for T, he must have heard the sleep wishes because he was in bed at 9pm and only up the once at 2.30 am and then slept until 8am so YES I got sleep and am so much the better for it! He is almost back to normal with all of his food and drinking again so hopefully we should get some more nights like last night.

And on to the Southern Summer of Socks. I took the advice of Bells and looked up the Knitty tutorial on socks and today made a tiny sock while sitting outside with the boys.

The yarn looked like this

before we rolled it up into this

and now the "sock" looks like this

and there is still most of the ball left....

Maybe if I made it just a little longer before the toe decreases it might fit T. Note: I have not sewn in the ends as I am not sure I will keep this sock, it will probably get frogged, but it was definitely worth doing as I learnt a couple of good things.

1. Follow the instructions even if they do seem a tad weird (thanks Jan).

2. When it says "k1, ssk" it helps if you do remember to do the k1 as then the decreases sit better.

this side I forgot the k1

this side I remembered the k1PS I can see the difference!!!

3. ssk (slip1 knitwise, slip1 knitwise, insert left needle into the fronts of these two slipped stitches, and knit them together) actually means k2tog tbl (or knit 2 together through the back of the loops), it took me a bit to work it out and then I realised that the instructions were American and we obviously use different terminology. I will double check with someone who knows but it certainly sits the way I think it should so I'm happy!

So the practice sock is done, I have tamed the prickly porcupine that is knitting with 4 dpns I may almost be ready for a real sock, but first, DINNER!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 22 (part2)- I forgot, are you surprised?

Oh and I forgot to say that I have edited the Day 21 post link about the Colinette Jitterbug to redirect to the blog post where I showed the photos. "Why?" you ask, well, the link I did have there took you to all the photos for the blog not the single one I thought it did.

Oh well it makes sense to me.....

Day 22--Something else new instead :-)

Well after hinting yesterday that I might be about to embark upon the voyage that is sock knitting, today the something new has morphed into a face/dish/wash cloth.

Before you have a fit, I am NOT using the Jitterbug (had you there!), no I'm not THAT sleep deprived, but I am sleep deprived enough to know I shouldn't start something that will require any amount of brain power.

So instead this afternoon when my body was saying "It's bedtime" and the clock was saying "it's barely afternoon you twit," I went and made myself a cup of tea, pulled out some of the Cleckheaton Natural Cotton 8 ply in the pale browny colour I bought last week and the chart I made for the flower design wash cloth and cast on. It was as much an exercise in staying awake while the children played in the yard and the baby slept as anything else, I figure a responsible adult should be awake when in charge of minors, and I am at least somewhat responsible!!! Twenty rows and a second cup of tea later and I am at least feeling normally tired for the time of day.

The kids have had a wonderful afternoon playing with snails on the windowsill out the back and playing with mud on the mats on the grass (they have holes in them and the mud made great spotty designs when the mats were lifted) and we are now almost done with dinner. So once they've had a wash, mud removal is necessary, I think they can have an early night! Probably shouldn't have said that out loud.......

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Blogtoberfest day 21- The start of something new

Well as we round the corner of Blogtoberfest and face the final straight, I've got some knitting to talk about!!!

I finished sewing together the pieces of the navy bubblegum jacket and knitted on the neckband while watching some Northern Exposure, now all it needs is some buttons.
It does look decidedly grey on my screen but is in fact a really dark navy colour...the sun was a bit bright, will take more photos when the buttons are on.

And here we go starting something new....

A couple of months ago I posted this picture of some Colinette Jitterbug in the lagoon colourway. Today after I finished knitting the neckband onto the bubblegum jacket I sat down and rolled myself an enormous ball of wool.

The next step is to find a pattern to knit some socks for me with it. I have had some ideas and been provided with others (thanks Bells, CelesteM, RoseRed and Jan) I am investigating my options....stay tuned!