Friday, February 26, 2010


Just like to say there's a new breed that have invaded my house that are driving me nuts. They keep landing on me and they feel all sticky and it's yuck. And they crawl all over stuff like the cup of tea you are half way through drinking, eeeewwwwww. The usual breed drone around the house butting their heads in windows and are easy to kill. This lot fly too fast and too erratically and for someone who is NOT a fan of using spray to kill flies it's saying something to admit to the temptation a couple of times today. I'll try and get them tonight when they are resting(???) but otherwise tomorrow it is chemical warfare because I have had enough already.

Sorry no knitting pics. Getting to it......slowly :-)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

Well I hope so anyway. I have been quite absent recently.

Partly due to the usual start of year getting sorted with the school kid and the kinder kid and trying to get to where we are supposed to be on time.

Partly due to taking on a position on the Kinder Committee which was supposed to be 20 minutes once a fortnight with the odd extra thing thrown in on the odd occasion but due to the new Award (VECTAA) that has been agreed to in Victoria has meant that there has been a lot of changes that need to be addressed and put through and they come under the umbrella of my position so I have been reading a 118 page document and adjusting all sorts of information and getting others to check I haven't stuffed things up. It's all going well but has taken a lot of time.

Partly due to spending most of the night last Monday in the Hospital with Hunter who had an asthma attack (his first, we got home at 3.30am) and the resulting week worth of sleep deprivation while we tried to catch up while the two younger kids had head colds and kept waking in the night. Hunter is fine and there is no particular reason why he had that attack although we did suspect trying to swallow or inhale half the pool at his first swimming lesson the day before may have been a contributing factor whether because of the chlorine or because of a cold virus being in the water who knows. Now we just keep an eye on him and see if it happens again. He has been back for another lesson and was fine so swimming is staying for now. In a first for the last month or two we have now had two nights in a row where not a single child has woken or climbed into our bed so everyone is feeling much better and much more happy with the world!

I have been knitting (perfect for persuading the kid in the hispital bed that he is fine and can calm down now), I have finished a sock, a hat and a singlet. No photos because hey the camera is around here somewhere but not quite sure where, will fish it out this arvo if I get a chance. Have to try the hat on my niece this evening to check it will be ok for the newborn due in May over in Florida so if you're lucky you might get a modelled shot of both that and version one of the singlet. As it turns out the singlet won't last long due to length so I'm ripping back the shoulder straps to add some more length before redoing the shoulders. Have also started on the second of the Chouwa socks so quite productive this month. Hopefully will have a chance to photograph and report on the finishes in more detail soon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FO #2, 2010 Woolybutt challenge

I finished sewing in the ends for the Woolybutt challenge item at SnB this morning, came home for lunch, did kinder drop off, went to the shops to buy a bottle of spray starch, home again turning the iron on in 33 degC heat (yes I am completely mad) because despite Lynne's excellent instructions in the comments from yesterday and despite it being 33 degC I just soooo didn't have time to block this let alone properly. I will when I get it back because I think I know what I'm going to do with it next.

So here it is all laid out ready to be sprayed:
For those of you who are pedantic, I do know the edges aren't perfectly straight and are in fact quite wobbly, I also knew I was going to be folding it up and someone else was going to be displaying it so, in this case (and I am cringing), near enough was in fact good enough!! As it turns out after I had finished up and packed it into a little bag ready for delivery, the ever helpful Tyler took it back out grabbed it in his lovely llittle hand halfway along it's length and swung it around his head so it ended up with a bit of a kink along one side...shhhhhhh! Being very time poor and needing to drop it off before kinder and school pick up which today were at exactly the same time, it got folded back up and stuffed back into the bag, and promptly delivered to Lorraine.

Here's a close up of the stitch patten which is just k2, *yo, k2tog,* k1, with the *'s having their usual meaning. Oh and the photo is taken at an angle so those dark lines run straight up and down the length of the fabric, tip your head to the right to see how it looks in real life.

I used 2 balls of Heirloom 8 ply cotton on 8mm bamboo straights with a 41 stitch cast on.

Now the criteria for the competition include:

"the item must not be a garment but rather something that would be useful either around the home or in personal life, for example: placemats, coasters, ipod covers, dish cloths, face cloths, hot water bottle covers, golf club covers, handbags etc."

so for those of you out there thinking "great scarf" it is in fact not. Not saying that it won't ever be worn as one but the whole intent of the knit is different. I got the idea from the first two items on the list.

My entry is in fact one of these:

And I am quite pleased with how it has turned out. Of course I forgot to measure it but as you can see it's the full length of my table when it is in short mode (150 cm) and will be short of the ends when I open the table out and raise the centre leaf. As for width that would be the white towel folded in half (45 cm). So nice to have these visual aides!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Home again, home again

It was quite a fun day at the Northside Makers Market on Saturday. Had my stuff on the Collective table with 5 other members, made a few sales had loads more interest than last time so that was fabulous. Had a couple of people drop by to say "Hi" which is always fun too! It was a pretty slow day for the Market as a whole, not much foot traffic on High Street, everyone was probably at home recovering from the first week of school and kinder! Looking forward to the next one on March 13th. Forgot to take my camera but you can see a couple of pictures here and here.

Have been working madly on an entry in Woolybutt's Summer knitting challenge. The theme of this Summer's challenge was "needful things" with clothing of any type being a No, No!! Finished it last night just need to sew in the ends and block it. Anyone with any tips on how to block lacy cotton???? Worst comes to worst I'll lay it out on towels and iron it!!!!

Have also been working on my "Chouwa" socks, am up to the toe on the first sock so that should be done super quick, then on to the next one.

The shawl is now halfway through the depth, 4 out of 8 pattern repeats done, unfortunately it's a watching all the time pattern as it is essentially "yarn over, p2tog" for 225 stitches for 8 rows with a little short row shaping and then a break of 4 rows purl. Can never remember whether that makes it knitted lace or lace knitting, but if I manage to drop a stitch at least I would only lose it down to the purl rows.....having dropped one or two along the way so far I've managed to bring them back up without too much trauma so hopefully I won't manage a full 8 row drop!!!

Worked on the bamboo singlet while at the market, have to double check the length then I'm up to the two shoulder straps and it will be done and off to a test wearer!

The sewing challenge with my friend has seen me cut out all of the squares I need for Tyler's car quilt. The big boys already have theirs, two layers of flanelette sewn together so nice and light but warm, perfect for in the car.

In other news the youngest two have both had ear infections this past week so we are back on the antibiotic merry go round. Seems to be their favoured side effect of head colds. I sooo hope they grow out of it. Although Jules has said he was prone to them as a child so maybe we will just have to keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms for a long time to come.

Some finished object pictures in the next post I hope!! See you then.

Friday, February 5, 2010

To Market, To Market

That's right off to the Northside Maker's Market again tomorrow. Drop by if you're over that side of town. I'll be set up on one of the Collective tables, there will be two this time with 6 different crafters displaying their wares as well as the usual mix of tables both inside and outside of the hall. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


That first perfect cup of tea: hot, strong, milky and sweet.

The perfect antidote to having "slept" on the couch with the coldy two year old who needed to be mostly upright all night to be able to breathe and to reduce the pressure in his ears.

We have a doctor's appointment for him this arvo, we will be getting antibiotics and hopefully they will start to work before this evening.....