Friday, January 29, 2010

And the winner is.....

Using the highly technical, and completely unbiased pick a number method i.e. asking Jules to pick a number between 1 and 9. The answer was, "ok 3, what for?" I then explained he'd picked the winner of the little Ixchel socks and he said "oh"!!

Congratulations to Rose Red for you are the winner of the socks shown above. Drop me a line with your postal details and I'll send them off to you super quick!


Just in case you were interested in winning a pair of socks for a tiny person in your life, drop by my Blogiversary post and leave a comment by 9pm Australian EDST tonight.

Monday, January 25, 2010

You know you are too tired when.....

The checkout assistant (20ish, male) gives you a funny look and you think back to what you just said to him when you couldn't hear the total for your grocery bill and realise you said:

"Sorry Honey I couldn't hear you there was too much noise"

Sure it was 10pm on the Monday night after we got back from camping and I was picking up some groceries so we had food to eat for the week, and I had just been swimming laps for the first time in more than a week. I was obviously way more tired than I thought :-) I must admit though that I am quite glad that my automatic response was in fact somewhat socially acceptable, even if in retrospect it made me look like I was 60 or so instead of 36!!

The expression on his face was priceless!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wonderful news

Yesterday was a wonderful day, my new neice safely arrived in the world. Little Miss M took her time getting organised but she's here and healthy and sleepy and gorgeous. I had spent a fair amount of Sunday morning working on a quilt I was making for her, hand sewing on the binding and when my sister called to say she had arrived I still had about 40cm to go! It was quickly finished off, measured (108 x 141 cm), photographed and packaged up ready to deliver!

Have had the fabric sitting around for a couple of years. When I first saw it I knew it was going to be for my little sister's first child. I just had to be patient :-) I did all the planning for the quilt while we were at the beach and cut everything up and started sewing once we came home. So it's quite literally hot off the presses!

On the way into the hospital with our crew I sewed the buttons onto the little Ixchel cardy (finally) and put it in a bag ready for delivery. Talk about cutting it fine! Forgot to take the camera with me so not only do you have to wait for photos of the baby but also of the cardy, sorry.

We had lots of cuddles, Tyler is fascinated by his little cousin and needs to be watched closely because he is just a little too enthusiastic with her! The big boys were both curious about her and when she would wake up....not while we were there!! We will see her again on Tuesday either at the hospital or at home depending on how long the hospital stay is.

A big congratulations to my little sister and her D on the safe arrival of their little bundle of joy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blogiversary and a giveaway

Today is my second Blogiversary. The reminder has been on the calendar since I updated to the new one earlier this year and has been entered as a birthday so that I don't miss it like last year!

I'm very glad that I started this blog 2 years ago. I have met so many people both through the many and varied blogs I read and also face to face as a result of it. So many lovely people out there with so many talents. We are all so lucky that there is a forum where we can put ourselves out there and have people appreciate our efforts.

When I started this blog I had a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a 3 month old baby and a dream of creating my own website to sell my handknits. I now have a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 2 year old and a live website and shop that I created from scratch, where people can browse and buy what I make. I'm thrilled. I wouldn't have pursued my knitting to the same degree without the impetus of the blog and I certainly would never have created a website or set up a shop. My plan for the upcoming year is to try to get more traffic to my website, whether this is through offering stock through Etsy or MadeIt, or in another way I am not yet sure. But since the website is there and I have more stock to add to it I may as well try, the hard bit is already done!

In the spirit of trying to get the word out there I am offering a giveaway, just leave a comment and I'll put you into the draw for this lovely pair of baby socks, handknit from Ixchel Blue Faced Leicester (wool) and angora (bunny), lovely and warm for a baby aged 3-9 months or so. If you don't have a little one yourself, they are sure to make a lovely gift for a friend or family member so go ahead and leave a comment by Friday January 29th, 9pm EDST (Aus) and a way for me to reach you in case you win. Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happy feet

Warning: Picture heavy post!

We spent last week camping in our big tent (the Taj Mahal) at the beach. We were back in Lake Tyers in eastern Victoria, the beach of my childhood. We spent the week travelling to and fro from the beach generally twice a day with the children in tow or carry them depending on the time of day or their energy levels. We were there with my sister, her husband and four kids. Our kids are the ones in the wetsuits.

I thought I'd show you the path we use. This is the view from the top:

the first set of steps

the second set of steps

the view from the second steps

the third set of steps

the hill we just came down

the sand dune steps

almost there

made it!!
One day the ocean was calm (yep that's the ocean!)

Most days the waves were good

One day the waves were too big and rough

Every day there was construction and wave assisted destruction

The evenings were beautiful

Despite the many journeys up and down the hills assisting and carrying the kids, walking to and from the toilet block (millions of times, at least that was what it felt like!) and just generally wandering here and there, I don't have tired feet, nope, I have happy feet and have already booked next years camping spot in the same place so we can do it all over again :-)

Monday, January 18, 2010


It is so a real word :-P

And it is how I'm feeling.

We are back from the beach.

I have a lovely post planned but I'm just too tired to find the camera and move the photos to the computer and find the actual words to use.

Today was my first day sole parenting after 9 days of dual parenting and apart from a couple of stints against the wall for behavioural transgressions the children coped well.

It has been a long day after a very tiring weekend and so instead of sitting here trying to make my brain work (you should see the typos I'm making, it's hilarious) I am taking my cup of tea to bed.

Maybe tomorrow I will find the relevant parts of my brain and create the post that is floating around in my head. Aften S'n'B and veg shopping and washing and....the list never ends but I am coming to a greater level of acceptance of this fact.

Until then, have a good one!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Clear the Decks December:
Not so successful. Meh. Found the dining room table regularly so it didn't get buried quite so often so that's a start. Cleared the mantlepiece only to bury it under Christmas stuff. Found my part of our bedroom too so maybe it was more successful than I thought. Didn't get to the study, in fact some of the stuff from other places landed there and made it worse...maybe that one is a long term goal!

2009's resolutions:
Had a look at what I resolved last year
"kinder to myself" well sometimes I suppose.
"anticipate deadlines" didn't have many went over some, not others.
"more organised" had more things added to the pile, got some organised, messed up others.
Sounds like I've done a half hearted job on most of it, oh well better luck next time!

2010 resolution:
That's right there's only one: drink more water.
Won't be hard to improve on the norm. I barely drink a 600ml bottle on a regular day so I've already improved by drinking an extra glass most days. Trying to see if it makes any difference to the way my body/mind works.
Also trying to have something that is easy to succeed at. This year is going to be quite a serious mental challenge and remembering to try to do excess stuff is probably pushing it!

Have a lot of stash. I have appropriate quilt fabric for at least 6 quilt tops before even hitting "the fabric stash" so you know, apart from what I need to finish up an item i.e. buttons, zips, battings, etc. I will attempt to work from stash. I will also try to actually do more sewing to which end I have made a challenge with a friend. We are both having a bit of a lull in our sewing and we both have extensive lists of WIP's and things we have the bits and pieces for but the lack of get up and go to do something about. So she can start a new project when she has finished 3 WIP's and I can sew something for me when I have finished 40 hours worth of time working on the various projects that are sitting sidelined. We're working on the details but it means at the very least we have made a list of stuff that needs to be dealt with so that's the first step in getting it done.

As for knitting, I'm not sure where I'm at. I think finishing all current WIP's as listed in the sidebar before the end of the year is probably a good idea. Not saying I'm not going to start anything new (see the socks later in this post) just that everything that is currently a WIP must be finished by 2011. Clean sweep, fresh for next year. In the interest of full disclosure I have had to add three items at the bottom of the list only because they are long term WIP's and just need to be finished. I even frogged something last week because it was meant for Tyler at about 3 months of age and he's now 27 months (long term WIP). WIP's that are not complete actually help my brain to implode since prior to 2006 I was a seriously monogamous knitter. Didn't even think about the next project let alone plan it, have yarn for it or start it. In an effort to reduce long term brain implosion I also want to reduce the WIP list to a max of three items at any one point. So the current list of 12 items makes me cringe. I obviously have a very busy year ahead of me.

This year is going to be a little different from previous years. I don't have a regular job lined up at all, so this year is the year of "be"ing at home. If a job jumps at me that's fine but for the moment it's home time.
I am going to try to get to a few markets this year. I attended one last year and liked the experience a whole heap and really want to do it again and again.
My garden is a disgrace and needs serious attention, even if it is just of the rip out the weeds variety. I do want to plant more stuff that I like rather than living with the stuff the previous owners liked (we've been here 6.5 years), and I'd like to get a water tank, a huuuuuge one! Jules also wants to build the kids a play space in the back corner, which will need planning and organising and stuff.
The house needs sorting out as well. We regained the study earlier this year when Tyler joined his brothers in their room but have been unable to use it for that or any other purpose since then due to the "piles" that ended up in there at the same time.
Hopefully getting some of this stuff under control will help me to decide where I want to go next and what I want to do next. I am at a serious crossroads careerwise and have no idea what I want to do next so maybe by the end of the year I will have a better idea.

So all up it sounds like I have a busy year ahead of me.

Hunter will be in grade one.
Zac will be at kinder 3 half days a week and once you add swimming lessons, childcare one day, visits to grandparents houses during the week he will be quite busy.
Tyler will be mostly at home apart from childcare one day a week, and swimming while Zac has his lesson, he still needs a nap most days so this will work well for him.
I will have looking after the children, playing taxi driver to one and all, swimming, knitting, sewing, house organising, gardening and a couple of markets to keep me busy. Not to mention the excitement of the new neice or nephew who should be here by the end of the month.
Madness really!!!

Knitting for 2010
Hopefully you've made it this far for a piece of eye candy because we have just gotten to the teaser from the other day:

The socks are "chouwa" or "harmony" from "Knitted Socks East and West". I bought the book with a voucher I got for Christmas at a 20% off sale. Good Book. Will make more than one pair from this book.
The yarn is the Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn I received after completing the Through the Loops KAL. Colourway is Spring Frost.
Using the new 2.25mm Knitpicks needles my Brother got me for Christmas (thanks G)
Best bit is that I'm knitting them for me! Have done the rolled edge and twisted rib cuff and now three repeats of the leg.

I have visions of knitting on the beach next week as we embark upon our second beach camping trip. This one we'll be gone a week and we'll be camping in our big tent. Spent yesterday finding and packing stuff up in the garage and study. Collected the trailer this morning and the gas cylinder and new hose for the camp stove. Have the kids finding their clothes now. They want to pack and who am I to say no??? There's a mess of course but it's only clothes, we'll just shove the leftovers back where they belong once we are done. Ridiculously organized, thank heavens for the list from last year it means I don' t have to think this year :-) Heading off tomorrow night to Mum's then onto the beach on Saturday. Probably not going to be a great trip, hot, 36deg tomorrow and 34deg on Saturday but hey that's what the air con is for in the car and then after that we are at the beach for a week. Well worth it in my book.

So holiday tomorrow and I'll catch you when we get back!

Monday, January 4, 2010

2009 in summary

With only a couple of projects which didn't get photographed, this is the majority of my knitting and crocheting for the year 2009. I started the year making lots of cardigans and ended the year making lots of socks, 32 projects are shown here, another 4 are missing. Most of them are small projects, seems to be all I have time for :-)

Some of the project pages are new as I have just added them and didn't have project details at hand, if you would like details, drop me a line and I'll endeavour to update those pages first! Sorry to those of you who don't have access to Ravelry, perhaps apply for an account??

There's a big space here for some reason and I can't seem to get rid of it, so please just scroll down to the pictures.
Challenge Cardigan A's scarf L's bubblegum cardigan
Blanket squares Lou's baby cardigan S's scarf
J's alpaca hat Bird and Cute Bird Orange Pear Tree cardigan
little chicken rainbow socks Field of flowers scarf
E's hat Blue tones scarf Vest for me
Shiloh cardigan Ixchel hat Zac's rainbow socks
Hunter's socks Julien's socks Blue green socks
Caz's socks KAL socks Rainbow anklets
Hemp face washer Ixchel socks Hunter's socks
Pink and purple socks Cranberry Christmas Hat Toy Society Octopus
Toy Society Jellyfish M-B's socks

Click on pictures to go to Rav project pages.

Not sure if this will upload correctly so I'll give it a go, if this post shows up for you twice you'll know I had to come back in and fix it!! Had to come back in, sorry about that!