Monday, June 29, 2009

Take* out for dinner tonight!

It's take out for dinner tonight. We have had a very busy weekend and today has been a slow, getting the hang of being alone in the house again kind of day. Zac and Tyler are both working on colds and Hunter has been playing with his cousin non-stop for the last three days and has come to a bit of a standstill! So Pizza and pasta courtesy of someone elses kitchen it is!

Crafting has been happening in fits and starts. Saturday I went to a stitching day run by Mrs Martins Quilt shop in Monbulk, with a friend while the kids were all farmed out. It's not something I have particularly done before so it was interesting to try it out. So the complete design will be this:


Where am I up to?

Will I continue? I think I will. It will be something for a change of pace. Like crocheting it is something that has to be watched so it can't happen when the kids need watching, that is what knitting is for! I have used Avalon soluble to trace the design. The stitching just goes through it and when you are done you can either sponge it off or dissolve it off in the wash. Remembering to use a non-watersoluble marker is key to ensuring the colour doesn't run when the soluble stuff is dissolved off!

Bought a couple of patterns from the Sale pile, an Alphabet quilt


and an Angels watching over quilt.


A couple of other things that have been finished recently are this little chicken:


and this pair of little socks for an impending arrival



*edited to fix the title, sorry if you get this twice!

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's Friday

It's Friday, it's the last day of school and so the first day of the school holidays.

I have a new washing machine and I am in love.

The baby has refused to take a nap today and I am waiting for him to hit the wall.

Jules has been away since Monday and is not due back for another 8 days.

I have knit a pair of scoks for very small feet just to see if I could, they are beautiful. No photos yet

I have gifted the green hat, apparently Tyler has a boof head because it fits E very well and she is 3 months older. Probably won't work for next year, but will do for now.

Have been crocheting lots of flowers for the little blanket.

Bought some white yarn to send off to the dye pot and posted it off.

Waiting on a quote from cabinet maker for the makeover I need to have in the laundry.

Looking forward to a day of stitching with quilting ladies tomorrow while all the kids are farmed out.

My big sister and her horde (4 kids: 10, 8, 6, 3) are visiting for the next 3 days. The kids all love seeing each other, but it will be a mad house!!

Oh and finished knitting the scarf just have to attach all of these dangly end bits and I'll be able to show piccies.

I've just realised there hasn't been pictures in ages, will show up with some picture some day I'm sure!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pay it

Lynne over at yarnivorous is looking for a person/people interested in a Pay it Forward

If you are interested or know of someone who might be, drop her a line or leave a comment on the above link.

Bendi Bound

That's right, I'm Bendi bound, Bendigo wool and sheep show that is!

I have accommodation booked for the Friday night so have added my name to both the Pub list and the Breakfast list on Ravelry and as it will be my first night away from home without the kids or partner in oh about 3 years, I am sooooooo loooking forward to it!

Of course getting organised to go will be complicated by the birthday party preparations for the Sunday for Zac but I don't care, giggle. Me time!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

A sock question

I have just finished making a small pair of socks, testing out a short row heel (why waste the yarn on an adult pair if I don't like it!) and I have found the turns to be a little holey.

I'm sure I saw something somewhere that was a cure for this problem, but can't find it an
ywhere.

Does an
yone out there do short row heels?
Do
you get gaps at the turns?
How do
you not get gaps?

An
y advice would be most welcome as I prefer the look of these heels and want to get them right (yes the perfectionist in me has reared it's ugly head!).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stash Alert!

For those of you who are stash stalkers I am uploading my stash to Ravelry today. Sorry not many pics as yet they are hiding in the computer somewhere and I haven't unearthed them yet!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rainbow yarn

I'm putting out a call.

I'm looking for sources of rainbow multi-coloured yarn with colour sections of at least 15cm (6 inches). Happy to have anything between 4 and 10 ply (fingering and sport(?) weight ). NO ACRyLIC!

Don't need much, just looking for ideas, Zac has requested socks and wants rainbow ones.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

WWKIP day and a birthday

It was World Wide Knit in Public day yesterday so I headed off to Feddish at Federation square with my visiting SIL and we knit and crocheted away the afternoon! There were heaps of bods there, would have to check with Toni just how many but at peak time there would have been close to 40 I think, it was a fabulous turnout!

Worked my way through most of the second ball of blue soy silk/wool, so now I have a nice long scarf hanging around while I'm knitting the last of it! My SIL was working on granny squares for a baby blanket for "some day", nice long term project. The location was pretty good too, central and well lit enough for most, especially if sitting by the windows. There were lucky door prizes, but we were not the lucky ones this time. A set of Knit Pro needles, a yarn voucher and a book voucher, all very lovely prizes.

Have also finished the hat for my god daughter, except it looks a little small.


Tried it on Tyler and while the length is ok, the width isn't, might hold this one back and make her another on bigger needles so it's a little looser. Have another ball or two of this (Eki Riva 4ply) so it would be easy enough to make it bigger. Would like to have it last more than one season!

Today was my Mum's 60th, we had lunch at the Observatory Cafe at the Botanical Gardens. The weather was brilliant, a whole 14.9C and no wind and NO rain!! So cool for a birthday in the middle of Winter. We all ate up, had Birthday cake and then wandered through the Children's gardens and down to the lake. Lovely day, Happy Birthday Mum!

Friday, June 12, 2009

On Comments

Firstly I'd like to say thank you to those of you who stop by and especially for those of you who leave comments.

I've realised in the last week or two that I have been reading your comments and truly appreciating what you say and the time it takes from your lives to say it, but that I haven't been replying.

I'm not sure when it started happening, it's one of those things that has just crept up on me. So I'm just here to say sorry for not getting back to you. I have read your comments and they are all lovely and inspiring me to continue the knitting and the blogging and stuff and so yes, thanks. I'll try to do better, but I obviously can't make promises as with most things that are fitted in around kids and life, I'll try!

The shop is coming along, most of the back end stuff is done, need some decent light to take photos of the stock and we'll be about there. Every time I think I'm done, I click a link that a visitor might click and find it has some bland "add your own text here" type statement, so until I'm relatively sure I've found them all I won't be linking you all in. But it should be soon. I actually registered my business name a couple of days ago so at the most I have 2 months and then it has to be active. Hopefully it won't take so long.

Have been making a green alpaca hat in a 3x3 rib for my god daughter's birthday up to the shaping now, so it's almost done. Have finished one ball of the blue scarf and on to the second as well.

It's all happening over here. I've been blowing noses for one kid a million times a day (have just been dubbed "snot girl"-thanks Zac I assume that's because I'm needed for help with nose blowing!) and trying to keep the school kid from getting the little kid germs so he can last two more weeks until school holidays. Found out 2 days ago that Jules is heading off to Israel for work in about a weeks time for anywhere up to 2 weeks. My brother and his wife are down for the weekend from Brisbane tomorrow so I'll be picking them up from the airport in the morning and my SIL is joining me at Melbourne's WWKIP day at Feddish in Federation Square tomorrow. Then there's Mum's 60th Birthday celebrations at the Botanical gardens on Sunday. Our life looks pretty madcap for the next couple of weeks. I'll be stopping by with updates of where it's all at at some point, goodness only knows when! See you on the other side :-)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

One cup of tea, a couple of bits of chocolate and a few photos later and we have a picture heavy post! A couple of these don't have fantastic colour, when I use them I will make sure the accurate colour gets shown if I can get it to behave itself that is!

So the haul:Not a bad effort really. Enough for about 5 cardy's and 3 scarves I think.

Lets meet them all individually shall we?
Navy Eki Riva Supreme 4 py alpaca
Morris and Sons Empire in a beautiful pink/purple/blue multi. This is a 100% Australian Superwash Merino 8ply, 50g, 125m, the fabric in their sample swatch was a tad dense, so it wasn't as soft as I would have expected given what the ball feels like. I will be very curious to see how this knits up in my hands.
Morris and Sons Paddington Kingfisher blue with a white fleck. I need daylight to look at this one properly to describe it for you. It's an 80% bamboo, 20% wool mix and a 6ply 50g ball with 125m on it. Haven't knit 6 ply before don't usually see it in the shops here.
Morris and Sons Sunday, a 90% cotton, 10% Cashmere mix, feels a lot softer to the hand compared to a lot of other pure cottons on the market. Has a hint of halo, so not quite as smooth as pure cotton. The colour of this yarn is amazing. This photo does not do it justice, will try again in daylight and see if I can't get a more true representation of the colour.

Woolganic Knitters yarn, spun from 100% certified organic Australian Merino Fleece Wool. This one is an 8ply that yields 104 m for a 50g ball. Curiuos to try this one, I figure someone will be interested in the fact that it is organic!!

Morris and Sons Quartet 8ply in the Burnish colourway. This one is a 70% wool, 30% Soybean silk fibre. Another one that comes in as 125m for 50g. Very soft and light as you would expect from a soysilk product.
Morris and Sons Quartet in the Quill colourway
and again in the Wharf colourway. Notice anything about this last photo?? There's a ball missing, it's in use already!!
Looks like it will knit up into a lovely colour changing scarf. Just a simple stocking stitch, nothing fancy, the yarn feels so nice I wanted to display it not disguise it!

Last photo.
I finished the "finishing" on the orange cardy made from the Pear Tree merino. It looks delicious and the yarn has been quite surprising. This cardy is the 3 month old size and has knit to tension and the size of the expected garment. The thing that is so surprising though is that it has only used up 60g of yarn! Here was I worried I might not have enough and I could almost knit another one with the leftovers! (The pattern requires 4x Merino Bambino 25g balls or two cleckheaton Cocoon 50g balls). Talk about value for money! It just needs the button on the inside to hold the crossed over front across and it is done.
Wow that's a bit bright. Might try getting that one again in daylight as well. The yarn is actually quite bright but that photo looks more like it is glowing, LOL!!

So there you go, a mighty haul and new WIP and an almost FO!

Vague...

Hmm, well yes I have been a bit vague and forgetful in the last couple of weeks. I have been getting my head around the setting up of the shop which is now almost done (and for those who were curious, yes it was easier and quicker second time around thank goodness).

For some reason keeping track of and working out where all the files were that needed changing has meant that although I am in front of my computer at least as much as usual, I have completely forgotten to blog. It's been 14 days since my last (confession) session and all sorts of stuff has been happening.

We've had good news from a couple of sources so that has been wonderful.

The kids have all been working on colds, and apparently now I am as well, yay me!

Tyler spent 5 out of 7 nights convinced that midnight to 1.30am was playtime and that if he was left to his own devices in his cot that all the house should be awake and so he yelled the house down. Oh so not a good week for sleeping!

I've made another little birdy and he has flown away to a new home.

And the Piece de resistance? Made my way to the Morris and Sons new store in Melbourne this afternoon (the first of 8 Wednesdays that I don't have to work on because of mid year break and the kids are either at childcare or school-free time for meeeeeeee!) and of course I found something that I liked, LOL!! Came home with a couple of the new M&S yarns, one a bamboo wool mix and another a cotton cashmere mix. Also found some navy EkiRiva 4 ply alpaca. Some Woolganic Organic Wool, and some soysilk/wool as well. I should get the camera out but honestly I need a hot cup of tea first. Maybe I should put the kettle on and find the yarn and camera while it boils. Hang on I'll be back!