Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blogtoberfest 31 - The Ultimate

Well it has been a busy month, fitting in a post a day on all but the 28th (I think!), but we're here now at the end of the month and we have survived!

Socktober summar
y:
Finished the first of the best friend socks and am now working on the foot of the second sock. Not much chance it will get done b
y this evening but it will get done in the next few days as it will be gifted next Saturday and needs to be done by then.
Finished the first of the Through the Loops M
ystery socks for this year. I'm loving the pattern and the Needlefood yarn is so nice and soft it is making wonderful socks. Any wonder Jules is wearing his pair of socks made from this yarn all the time!
Didn't get to an
y other socks, but that's ok because the Southern Summer of Socks has been relaunched and I can just keep making more socks for that!

Life summar
y:
The illness that beset our house this week seems to have passed, wonderful news as we ma
y be heading down the beach this evening for a couple of days. Thanks for all of the get well wishes.
Work has finished for me for another
year so I will be having kid free Wednesdays for the next two months and then one kid only for the month after that. Wonderful :-)

Plans:
Working on a Clear the Decks in December plan. Have a lot to do but wonder just how much I will get done.
Need to put some more stock up in the shop this week. Have stuff ready to go it's just finding the time to get it happening.
Want to finish the other M
ystery sock and a couple of other works in progress so I can get started on some new stuff. I have all sorts of yummy yarns and they are begging to be knit.

So there you are. Blogtober ends. For other Participants see the list at Tinnie girl's blog.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blogtoberfest 30 - Waiting

It's been a bit of a week and the bug is still lurking, Zac and I have thus far remained immune but I'm not holding out much hope. My pregnant sister has now come down with it 2 days after seeing us, so very sorry about that. It looks like the plan to go to the beach for the long weekend will have to be postponed until at least tomorrow night if not Sunday morning to see if either of us come down with it. I soooo don't want us to pass it on to my in laws. Jules had it yesterday and still feels wiped out today. I can only imagine what it would do to two people in the 70+ age range. So for the next two days it is hiding out at home, cleaning the bathroom and toilet again and trying not too touch anybody. What a wonderful way to end the month!! So I'll be knitting while keeping the kids company and then washing the knitting before it gets gifted just to make sure.
Hope your month ends up better than mine!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blogtoberfest 29 - Todays post (Spoiler alert TTL mystery sock completed photos shown here!)

Well I got the final clue for the mystery sock this afternoon after I had done kinder and school pickup. Took me a while to get to it but the toe is slightly patterned like the rest of the sock and took a whole 21 rows!

So here it is the completed sock!

Beautiful really and no second sock syndrome here, will be casting on for the next one just as soon as I finish the second best friend sock which I am up to the heel on.

Blogtober 29 - yesterdays post today

That's right I managed to miss yesterdays post.

I plead parental obligations! Julien had to pick Hunter up from school at lunch time yesterday after he had a couple of episodes of vomiting. He, like Tyler on Monday, seemed to be ok once he was empty and last nights plain pasta and drinks have stayed where they belong so that is good. He slept on a mattress on the loungeroom floor because I wasn't going to try to sort out a sick kid on the top bunk even if isn't as high as a normal top bunk (only about 1.4m). He is having the day off school today though because of the exclusion rules for gastro. Tyler was up a lot in the evening as well wanting to be held, so I completely forgot really.


What you should have had was this:

Have finished the fourth clue on the TTL Mystery sock for Socktoberfest on Rav. It is looking very pretty and you can see the pictures on my Rav project page. The next and last clue will be available here at 3pm my time (Melbourne, Australia) tomorrow (Thursday, obviously now that is today!) which is normally right when I leave the house for school pickup.


Todays addition would be:

So by the end of the evening I should have a completed sock....barring sick children!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blogtoberfest 27 - It's days like these

It is in fact days like these that I think I am crazy insane for attempting to maintain my Blogtoberfest efforts.

Have finished the fourth clue on my mystery sock, can't wait until Thursday arvo for the last clue. Haven't got photos yet as the lighting at my sisters is crap and we've just gotten home and I'm sooooo heading to bed for hopefully a full nights sleep.

At least it will be in my own bed and not alternating between a mattress on the floor and the spare bed of the study while the hot and cranky baby tosses and turns and vomits until 5.30am like last night. He is all better, obviously just needed to have a completely empty stomach. He woke this morning right as rain unlike me who felt like I was sleep walking and completely seedy through the morning and part of the afternoon and finally felt awake and mostly normal at about 4.30pm.

So I'll get photos of the sock progress hopefully tomorrow and Rav them but it won't be until evening as I'm working tomorrow. Hope you are all getting some of this sun we've been getting, it's fabulous!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blogtober 26 - A long night

Tonight has the potential for being verrrryyyyyyy long. I've been swimming this evening and when I got home Jules was cleaning up after Tyler who had been sick. He is still sick and won't go to bed. Hopefully both he and I get to our own beds at some point tonight.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blogtober 25 - A beautiful day

We had a birthday party to attend this morning for twins whom we have known since before they were born. It was their 4th Birthday party and they had a ball. So we wrapped up the two bags I finished yesterday, each one containing a waterproof torch that only takes 2AA batteries and has red, blue and green lights as well as the usual torch light. The presents were a hit! One of the two bags had all of the recipients presents put inside and then was carried around for the duration of the party. I figure that is the best type of present feedback! The other one got carried around at the end of the party (the more active kid!) with everything stuffed inside it as well so we think we did a good job there.

Dropped via our house to collect a couple of nappies and some bread rolls for the kids and then headed over to Eltham for the Practically Green festival. Always interesting to see what new green products are available and what the current advice is for Solar power and water and other living green stuff. There was a section of stalls that had all sorts of stuff for sale like cloth nappies, bags made from recycled plastic bags and tyre inners, local honey, eco friendly cleaners, all sorts of stuff really. It is held at Edendale Farm and down the back they had a great selection of noise making gear for kids, all outside and all intended for bashing and crashing and musicality. The kids had a ball!

The weather held out and it did warm up so no rain on our heads today which was great.

We got home and I deboned a leg of lamb and chucked it in the oven with some spuds, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, onions and garlic and we had a lovely roast for dinner in an hour. Boys are all in bed, although Tyler is trying to stay awake, will have to go deal with him in a moment!

Hope you had a great weekend and made the most of the nice weather!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Blogtober 24 - Three Finished Objects

As mentioned earlier in the week I decided to get the sewing machine out and create a couple of bags as presents for two little boys for their birthdays. The last time I made a bag like this was at Nikki's bag making day for the Bushfire Survivors. Unfortunately I couldn't find my instructions from that day and I had only vague memories of how we achieved our goal on the day so I elected to make a practice bag for Zac just in case I manage to completely muff it up! So the first bag was completed on Thursday morning in time for Zac to proudly take his stuff to Kinder in it.

Minor modifications were incorporated into the second round, and I started the two gift bags yesterday afternoon between dropping one kid at Nanny and Poppy's house and picking another one up from school. After running around doing errands this morning I set it all up again and finished them off.

So we have three bags completed and I'm really happy with how they have turned out. I have even written down what I did so that when I next want to make one I'll have the instructions!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Blogtober 23 - The last Birthday of the year

Today is the last Birthday for the year.

It's the turn of the man of the house.

This makes the fifth Birthday in the last 4 months.

Happy Birthday babe!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blogtober 22 - Clue Number 4

That's right the fourth clue (and all previous clues as well) of the Through the Loops Mystery Sock is now available, so I'm not hanging around....I have my printout and I'm off to pick up heel flap stitches and watch the unfolding pattern. See you tomorrow :-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blogtober 21 - The Planning

Well this evening I sat down and picked a date and time for my Crafternoon. I've written out a notice and tomorrow will distribute it to the other Mums of Prep kids at Hunter's School. Then we will just have to wait and see how many takers there are and where their interests lay!

In the meantime it's time to stop ignoring the millions of things I've been letting slip by in the house and actually get to them and get them done before all and sundry arrive to be crafty. I have just over three weeks to get a grip on the madness that has crept upon my house and contain and eradicate it.

It's funny, I don't actually have a problem with it. I love getting ready for our kids' Birthday parties because I know the house gets a thorough clean up. I have at various points actually contemplated the thought of scheduling an event at least every two months in the off season so the house doesn't get as out of hand in the 9 month gap betweeen the "last" birthday and the "first" birthday. I know, somewhat insane.....just goes to show how much Me and housework don't get along and how much I know I need a kick up the rump to make me do it. Self knowledge is a wonderful thing!

The kids have been getting up at the crack of dawn this week, who knows why?? I surely don't. So I'm heading off to unpack and repack the dishwasher then falling in to bed for hopefully a solid night's sleep in my own bed unlike last nights 3 hours on the couch.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blogtober 20 - Here Comes the Sun...

Well at least for one beautiful toasty warm 27 deg C (81 F) day!

Had SnB knitting this morning and worked on the second of my Best Friend socks. Tyler was quite crabby and actually fell asleep on the way home. Unfortunately he didn't stay that way as he has now caught the big boys cold and coughed himself awake. Hopefully he will have a good nights rest tonight and will feel better in the morning.

Zac and I started working on a little project today. I've been wanting to make some bags for the boys for them to carry their special things in when going out and we have a pair of Birthdays on the weekend for friends that reminded me of this desire so we got all of the fabric out today. We picked out some fabric to make into bags for the Birthday boys but then I couldn't decide how I was going to put it all together so I pulled out a different set of fabric and Zac thought that would work for him so we are making the prototype up for him and then we will be able to zip through the Birthday gift ones hopefully! Will show you pictures when it's done. The thrill of the day for Zac was being allowed to be the one to make the machine go. He got to press the foot pedal to make the machine sew. We had a couple of moments when he made it go when my hands were near the needle but after I explained why it was a problem he stopped mucking around and enjoyed seeing the progress we were making. So, since I'm at work tomorrow, we won't get back to it until Thursday but we should get it done during the morning before Kinder. So Thursday night or Friday I should have some pictures for you to see.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Blogtober 19 - Crafternoon?

I'm thinking of holiding a crafting afternoon (Crafternoon) at my house for the other Mums of prep kids at school. The idea would be for them to bring whatever project they have going or to try something new if they want. A chance for us to get together without the kids in a crafty environment. I will be sending the kids away with their Dad for the duration so we won't have to worry about little fingers in everything, and the polished floors mean that if we drop something it will either be easy to find or easy to sweep up before the children return.

So.....

Any ideas of what I'll need as the host? I've got more than enough needles and yarn for newbie knitters/crocheters if they want it. Fabric, a basic sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, scissors and threads and an overlocker for the sewing inclined. A couple of different tables so that different crafts can be set up separately. A big back yard in case of lovely weather. Recipes on hand for yummy treats.

Have you hosted such a get together before?

Any tips?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blogtober 18 - Botanical Gardens SnB

It's that time of month again, SnB at the Botanical Gardens!

I headed off around lunchtime, leaving Jules to wrangle the kids for the afternoon and drove into town to meet up with the girls. Took my Habu, the finished sock for my friend and the half finished Mystery sock for show and tell. All well received, which is lovely, thank you ladies!

We had a visitor in the form of Lynne, who is back in Oz for a visit at the moment. Nice to meet her in person.

Cast on for the second of my friends' socks and completed a good couple of inches, 6 pattern repeats, a sum total of 36 rows. Sometimes working in small yarn (4 ply/fingering weight) on small needles (2.5mm) is just disappointing! But hey every row counts!

Came home to a chicken roasting in the oven with some onions and potatoes and garlic. Chicken and chips with a difference!!

Hope you had a great weekend. I'll be fitting some more knitting in once the boys are in bed!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blogtober 17 - The Third Clue

Finished the third clue on the Mystery sock last night and I really like how it's looking, the twists and ribbing continue down the heel flap.

Am wondering why I have two pairs of red socks on the needles at the moment though, they are quite hard to photograph!!

Had a swim through the mist this morning, quite serene really. Busy day ahead, two parties at the same time in locations an hour apart so some of us are going to one and the others to the other but first we need to buy presents!

Have a great day, I hope we all see the sun at some point, I need to recharge my good mood batteries!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blogtober 16 - Half a Finished Object

Well half a pair of socks really. I finished the first of the Best Friend Socks last night. It's beautiful, a lovely dense fabric, instantly warm on the feet.


Won't be casting on the next one tonight though. Tonight is James Bond and the heel on the Mystery sock.

Back to the second sock after that!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blogtoberfest 15 - Sock clue

Argghhh it's five thirty and the third clue has come out for my mystery sock and I don't have time to download it and/or knit it yet. Hunter's best friend is here to play until Mum or Dad picks him up and dinner is on the stove....oh well, maybe after my swim!

ETA Now that I've checked, the clue isn't up yet! So no lost time yet!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Blogtoberfest 14 - Sock update

I have been working on the first sock for my swimming friend and have finally turned the heel and done some work on the foot. Really want to get it done and dusted so I can start on the next one.

Tomorrow Clue three comes out for the Through the Loops Mystery sock, we're up to the heel on that one.

Blogtoberfest 14 - $5 worth of joy

So many things in life cost so much money.

So today I have a question: What gives you joy and costs $5 or less?

For me it is this:

One of the local Sunday markets had these for sale at $2 a bunch or 3 bunches for $5. I bought the three bunches and smiled every time I saw them.

Joy!

So what does it for you?????

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blogtoberfest 13 - Tricot comparison

As promised, both a second post today and a comparison between traditional and not so traditional Tunisian knitting (Tricot).

So, as mentioned before, I went to Craft Fest 2009 in Melbourne on Sunday and came across a class which I did not attend due to it being full, which was held by Prudence Mapstone. I was fascinated by the thought of how you could create a light and airy fabric without any curl, to me Tricot was as shown below.

The front

The back
It is an obviously dense fabric, really warm as a scarf!

I did inspect the fabric made by Prudence's method at the show and when I got home had a play with my tricot hook, looking to replicate her fabric. The only difference between the traditional method and the lighter fabric is where you put the hook through to create the stitches on your hook. The return row is still the same, you just need to be careful not to pull the loops too tight and all works well. So what does the new fabric look like?

The front
The back
What a difference hey?? So much lighter and as promised none of the curl of the traditional method. In retrospect I have actually made a couple of lines worth of this variation before, but was looking for the dense fabric so promptlypulled it out!! Like any tricot it is more labour intensive than knitting with sticks, much more concentration and visual focus required, more like crochet at least for me. It is also less yarn hungry because it so much more open, lovely for a light scarf for a Summer evening!

So how do you do it? I'm not so good at explaining from scratch but if you crochet or tricot yourself it will probably make some sense:
Make a chain of the number of stitches that gives you the width of fabric you want. Make a stitch by putting your hook through the little bump on the back of the V made by the chain second from the end, hook the yarn and pull it through to make a stitch on your tricot hook. Do this in the back of each of the stitches until you get to the end. Make a chain stitch, then hook the yarn pull it through the first two stitches, hook the yarn again and pull it through the next two and repeat until you get to the end. Repeat from the beginning.

Have fun!

Blogtoberfest 13 - Ooops!

That last one should have been Blogtoberfest 12, the excitement over the possum made me do it!!

Will be back later with todays real post!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Blogtoberfest 10 - Close encounter

A close encounter of the animal kind happened at our house today. If I hadn't have been here I would have had the incredulous look I just observed on Jules' face when Zac told him the events, just before.

To set the scene: The back door was open and the gardener had been visitng next door, mowing the lawn, doing the edges, using the blower thing
y. Zac and I had been in and out checking out the proceedings, Zac generally up in a tree for a good vantage point.

The event: A friend called just after lunch and I was chatt
ing away with her when Zac flew in the back door, screaming in a mixture of fear and panic and possibly pain. I launched myself out of my chair and met him in the kitchen only to be greeted by the sight of his panic stricken face close by the gorgeous face of a tiny ringtail possum!

Needless to sa
y I gently but firmly (geez they can hold on!) removed the possum from his shoulder, it promptly bit me on the base on the thumb (didn't break the skin thank goodness), and took it outside to put in a tree in the neighbours yard (the gardener had left) away from our curious cat Maddy who had come to see what was going on. I don't believe it was full grown but it was a ringtail possum.

Zac's stor
y: Apparently the possum had climbed over the fence from our neighbours, crossed to our clothes line, run up the path toward the house and then across towards the dining room window. Zac approached the small creature which immediately and to his complete horror climbed up his leg and his back and settled on his shoulder at which point he headed screaming into the house.

So there
you go. I know they are pain for some people but they sure are cute!!


Can you see him???

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blogtoberfest 11 - Craft Fest 2009

Headed off to catch up with Mum this morning at Craft Fest 2009 at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne. The surroundings were just beautiful and as Mum said, it was quite a different layout and feel compared with what she's used to at Jeff's Shed (ok so it's supposed to be called The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, but honestly no one here calls it that!), Tyler came along and fell asleep just before I got there so he was asleep for the first hour which was great!

So what did we see? Lots of paper and beading stuff which we both skipped over pretty quickly, neither of us are very interested in that type of stuff at the moment, maybe one day but not now. The Resin jewelery class Mum was interested in was completely booked out so she missed out on that one, I had a look at a class by Prudence Mapstone for Tunisian knitting that promised a light and airy fabric. Unfortunately not only was the class full but they had run out of their bamboo hooks that had a cord (like circs) with a bead on the end so that you could have large numbers of stitches on it. Useful for doing scarves sideways and other large items as well. But I did have a look at the fabric it made and have come home and had a play while finding bits and pieces for Jules who was fixing the garage roof. So tomorrow when it's a little longer I'll show you a comparison of my old method and my new oh so much better method for making light scarves!!

We did stop and look at all of the patchwork/quilting/accessories type displays. Mum was interested in the Drunkard's path template sets, but the size she wanted wasn't there, she did get a rotary cutter with a really small diameter for cutting around circles. I forgot to look in my fabric stash before meeting Mum so did my best not to look at the fabrics very hard, although there was one quilt pattern that caught my eye (scroll down to Dragons on the Move). Managed to get away without buying any fabric though, I think I need to work on destashing/using the stash before I add anything else!!

There was a super special stall there just for me I think......some people will understand what I mean LOL! I think my Mum could attest to the almost insane joy I experienced at spying Dairing and their wares. Lordy Lordy that was my kind of stall. Hemp, nettle, linen, cotton, silk, bamboo......heaven, heaven, heaven! Somebody, anybody, ever want to get me something from their shop, I'd be drooling, drooling I tells you! I believe I was talking with Teresa, she's lovely, so clever, gorgeous. I was able to touch the garments, stroke the skeins, purchase a few things.....I had never had the privilege of playing with Habu. In fact hadn't really heard of it until recently via various blogs and Ravelry of course. Now I own some.


Just one skein. It's linen, 8.9 ounces (approx. 250 g). At 194.8 metres/28g, that's 1774 metres (1940 yards) in one skein and it's laceweight. It is gorgeous.

I also fell in love with some of Dairing's 100% Cotton 5 ply. It is made up of 5 strands: 1 red, 1 burgundy and three black, so it is quite dark but knits up so beautifully and soft too.


My last purchase was a brand new Addi Circular needle from the Yarns Galore stall. After recently purchasing some KnitPro circulars and having used them I was curious to try the Addi's for comparison. If I want more I can order them online and an individual needle is posted free within Australia which is fantastic! So I'll try them out and see how it goes.

In other news, I finished the second clue for the Through the Loops Knit A Long last night. My Rav project page has the new photo, won't put it here just in case someone else is doing it, don't want to spoil it for them!

And as a last bit of joy for the night, this is how Tyler fell asleep this evening while I was listening to Hunter read and then sang both he and Zac some songs.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Blogtoberfest 10 - conundrum

I'm knitting two pairs of socks to two different patterns. I'm up to the heel on one and the second clue of the mystery sock on the other.....Which to work on now?????

Blogtoberfest 10 - Visiting

This week I have been out and about a bit more than the usual swimming/knitting/school and kinder pickups and drop offs.

On Thursday I attended a lovely gallery opening for the the very creative Teresa who instigated the SnB group that I attend. She and her friend Heather are holding a joint exhibition at the Bolin Bolin gallery at Bulleen Art and Garden (a wonderful nursery with amazing art and craft stuff). Such a wonderful contrast between the styles of the two ladies while still being well suited to being shown together. Excellent work all round.

Today we have been to a double Birthday party at a park in Clifton Hill which I ducked out of for a little bit to go and check out the new market on the block. A mix of stuff for kids and adults. Lots of fabric based wares the odd knitted item stall. Jewellery, Art collages, bags and wraps, face painting, kids craft table, all sorts of things! Lovely to see Cathie and Nikki again and meet Cam and Felicity in person.

Tomorrow Jules will be taking the two big kids to a Birthday party while I am heading off to meet my Mum at the Royal Exhibition Building for Craft Expo 2009. Will be taking the littlest man with me.

More Birthday parties next weekend and the one after that so party city really!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blogtoberfest 9 - again!

An extra for you!!

If you are in Melbourne and can spare some time tomorrow (Saturday) do drop in!!

Blogtoberfest day 9 - Receiving

I have just participated in a swap organised by the lovely Linda which revolved around getting a blank notebook and decorating it in some way for your swapee. I sent my package off last week and got an email a couple of days ago to say that it had turned up safely at it's destination and the recipient used words like "fabulous and "wonderful" to describe it. Makes my heart sing really! Only problem is I forgot to take photos of the notebook, the buttons or the washcloth I sent along with it. Ooops. Oh well next time I'll remember!

Today the postie brought me a package...and it's ace!! It's my notebook from the person who was decorating it for me. See...just for me!!!
A skein of handspun, a bookmark and a lovely little card accompanied the notebook which contains many beautiful stickers and three special recipes!

Oh and it got the seal of approval from one of our cats as well!!



So Thank you Lisa, it's wonderful!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 8 - Planting

This morning we decided to do some planting. So we went to Bunnings and bought some seed raising mix and potting mix and some new gloves.


Once we were home again we put Tyler to bed and went outside to collect our things.



We needed soil, seeds, pots, water spray and our hands.


We planted lettuce, sunflowers and beans into pots.


We sowed carrot seeds into the vege plot. That black line is the seed raising mix on top so I have some hope of remembering where I planted them!

We watered the lettuce, sunflowers and carrots but not the beans because the packet said not to.


We moved the pots to the front entry way to make sure they don't get knocked over or poured out by helpful little hands!



And done. All to be repeated again after 3.30pm when Hunter comes home with his mate, sees what has happened and asks to do some themselves!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 7 - a busy day

I've been at work all day, Jules has had the day off but it ended up being way busier than he had planned. Tyler is sick, full on fever so I'm stuck on the couch keeping him happy. Hopefully he won't have me up all night.

Have a great evening

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 6 - My Best Friend's Sock

I took the sock I've been knitting for my best friend with me to swimming on Saturday. I really didn't know if it would fit her and I was about at the point where I would need to do the heel. She has very small feet, but despite this the sock just felt too tight to me, so I got her to try it on. I figured she knew I was making them, and I didn't want to get them finished and then find they didn't fit so trying them on was the only way to know. They are a cuff down knit and I was knitting the small (56 st) size and it was so firm on her foot that they couldn't get to her heel, let alone past it. So they looked like this:


They've been frogged and I've started again but with the medium (64 st) size and the fabric just feels nicer. The extra stitches are going to make all the difference. I've been working on it pretty much monogamously since Saturday while I wait for the next clue in the Mystery sock knit-a-long which is released on Thursday. So as of this evening I'm about 4 pattern repeats (24 rows) from where I was before I frogged. It's a nice pattern, easy to remember after the first couple of rows and because it is cables and a variation on rib it will hug nicely to the foot despite being the bigger size, at least I hope so! The other bonus with frogging is my cables are so much prettier second time round :-)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 5 - A year in review

This time last year I reflected on where I was at and where I wanted to be. So how did I go you ask? Not too bad really.

In summary:
*To lose 10-12kg - well I evicted 5 kg and then got stuck, am about to launch a new method of eviction we will see how it goes!
*To open my online store - done, find it here!
*To cut my hair - had just done it and have kept it short ever since. Trying to encourage the curl by letting it grow a little, but if it's going to insist on being absent I'll just cut it super short again!
*To be on top of forms and other outside requests for information and time - well I've had fits and starts of being on top of this. Have my days of succeeding and my weeks of not. Will have to keep an eye on that one for the coming year I think.
*To remember Birthdays - Well I'm mostly ok on that one too. Don't think I missed anyone important :-)

This year I'm keeping it simple......."Remove the excess"......that covers a whole heap of stuff really, weight eviction, the crap around the house, some of the stash.....I like me a simple plan!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 4 - Party day

Today dawned bright and a early, a little rainy and it cleared up well to a lovely day. Apparently I'm jibbed because my brithday is only 23 hours long today but hey it's been good so who cares! Breakfast in bed, Wii fit from the husband and kids, cup of tea and pancake in bed for breakfast and then up for the day to prepare for Tyler's party. I scored a couple of other presents during the day as well , excellent!

Lots of family and friends, great cake (went with simple due to time constraints):


a newly renovated vege patch (thanks Dad!):


and some happily playing kids at the end of the day after everyone had gone home:

Sausages in bread for dinner for the kids, not sure what we'll have just yet, enjoying a cup of tea and a sit down right now! So all in all a great day.

Tomorrow I'll revisit last years Birthday post and see how successful (or not) it has been!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 3 - party planning

We are in party preparation mode here today. The front lawn has been mowed, the back lawn is in the process of being mown. I am putting together the party food list and am about to choose the Birthday cake (this is my last chance, next year Tyler will be three and it will be his chance to choose!). Have started a shopping list for today for making the Birthday cake, the toblerone cheesecake and various other things. Tomorrow is a whole different list of stuff to be bought on the day like fresh white bread for the fairy bread.

My sister and her partner are babysitting the kids tonight so Jules and I can go out for dinner, which in reality puts a bit of a spanner in the works as the evening before is when I usually put the cake together, but it's all good. A little bit of time management will have to be employed. At least I have tomorrow morning to do stuff if I need to as the party isn't until 2pm.

So what's your favourite party food? And if you have kids what is theirs?? I'm always on the lookout for new additions to the party menu!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Blogtoberfest day 2- a finished object!

Day 2 sees the first of the finished object posts...finished late on September 30th, can't really be counted for socktober but that's ok!

Vital stats: Cleckheaton Merino Bambino in a gorgeous colourway on 3.25 mm metal dpns. 36 stitch cast on, 2x2 rib, short row heel, normal toe decreases, knitting kitchener bind off. Would fit nicely on 6-9 month old feet. They have been ravelled here.

In other news:
I have statically electrocuted my laptop this arvo and it has taken me most of the last hour to convince it to talk to the internet and my camera memory card properly again. Was touch and go there for a bit whether you'd get pictures today! So hopefully no long term damage.

Had a haircut today.

Will be busy readying the house for the 2 year old's Birthday party on Sunday, so busy times ahead over here.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

And so it begins...

A month of writing a post a day. Some days it is going to be a challenge, others too easy, so hopefully on balance we will get through it unscathed! Other participants around the blogs can be found here. I have a list of ideas that I can head to if I have nothing else to say, so this year I am more prepared than last. Also another helpful list has been started by Amy, "The Ideas Hub " has an ever expanding list, so check that out if you get stuck.

I have also just signed up for Socktoberfest (Rav) and will be making myself a mystery pair of socks during the course of the month so if you want to join in for that the info is here (Rav).

I also have WIP's that will hopefully become FO's, one of those for you tomorrow.

In the meantime here are pics of my three long term WIP's, their before and after mug shots if you please!

Front and sides

new do for Hunter
new do for Zac
The before front for Tyler
And after (the front takes foreeeeeever to grow so not such a big change there!)
And while making a high speed getaway, the former rear view:


and the new rear view.
They all look so much older. We will probably have to do a bit of a tidy up in a couple of days when it all settles down, the sizing bit on the clippers broke part way through so I need to get a new one for it as I think we missed a few wispy bits here and there!

So sit back and enjoy the ride, Blogtoberfest here we go!!!