Monday, May 24, 2010


I need a way of getting vegies into number three child who is reluctant....I've found out he will eat soup.

So anyone got any nice soup recipes?? Links are fine, whatever comes, I need some inspiration.

It might be a week of soup around here sometime soon!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2010 FO# 17 - Pink Sideways Cardigan

This is another of the long term WIP's that has now been turned into a FO!! Down to 6 of last year's WIP's to get through, although technically I have frogged one project and another is close to being frogged so it should be five remaining, potentially four. I may actually reach my goal, although the remaining items do need more work than some of the ones that have been finished thus far!

Today's Finished Item is a Sideways Jacket (Rav link).
Pattern 2 from Shepherd Moda Issue 7, by Heather Granger, in Size 0 months.
Yarn is Jo Sharp Alpaca kid Lustre in a very strong hot pink colourway.
Started: Sometime in 2008.
Finished: Today! May 15th, 2010.
The length of time between starting and finishing in no way reflects the difficulty of the project, it is in fact quite an easy pattern to follow, I just got stuck at the weaving ends stage.
Ravelled here.

2010 FO# 16 - Purple and green hat

Feeling the need to make more hats at the moment as I am hoping to make it to a market in July to sell them at, just waiting for confirmation from the hosts. Had a wander through my stash and found this lovely hand spun yarn that I received in a swap from Lisa (Rav link) last year. A spinning friend believes the yarn to be fractally spun for those of you who know what that means. The yarn has more pink in it than it looks like here, need a better picture will add it to the Rav entry when the weather is right and I remember!

I used the whole skein to make an adult size hat (48 cm circumference unstretched) on 4mm Knit Pro nickel circs.
Started: April 2010.
Finished: May 2nd, 2010.
Ravelled here.

2010 FO# 15 - Girly rainbow socks

This lovely little pair of socks was completed almost a month ago. I have been adding stuff to the completed list and forgotten to detail them again. I suppose having them on the list eventually reminds me to give them their own post!

I have used my usual pattern this time with 32 stitch cast on with 3.25 mm needles (Knit Pro Hamrony circs) as I was using the Wooldancer 100% Organic Wool in 8ply again.
They are 10cm in foot length so would suit up to a 3 month old or so.
Started: April 17th
Finished: April 20th
Ravelled here.

I had enough wool by weight to make another pair and they are almost off the needles themselves, will see if they fit my not so little baby niece!


For the past few weeks I have been working in my front yard with a knitting friend to prune and clean it all up as it was way beyond overgrown and really needed help. One of the items that has been a target for removal since we moved in 7 years ago was this Oleander outside our bedroom window at the front of the house. I have spent two very long sessions getting it to where it is in this first photo and it has become known as my nemesis. It remains firmly planted despite my efforts and I was not looking forward to effort number three.

I spoke with my brother during the week and he advised the purchase of a mattock, he believes it is an essential tree stump removing tool and now I have to agree with him. Today was the big day for its first use, Jules was out with the boys and I took to the Oleander with the mattock without having to worry about small children being underfoot. It took about a minute to realise the post swim shower I had had earlier was a complete waste of time as I broke out in an all over body and head sweat and was reminded quite quickly that I had a heart and muscles residing somewhere in my body. The sound and feel of my heartbeat in my ears was particularly interesting. After several short bursts of activity I had significantly widened and deepened the hole around my nemesis but as it turned out I was still not equipped with the tool I required to complete the job. Fortunately Jules arrived home gave the stump a once over, cleared a little more dirt from around the back, severing a couple of small roots and then did what I could not do....

Used his longer legs to shove the stump over! Nemesis vanquished, yippee!

The stump itself was particularly heavy and took the two of us to get out of the hole. The boys performed a quick inspection of the enormous hole 120 cm x 60cm by 45 cm deep.

The removed stump was then chopped up into pieces small enough to fit into the garbage bin. No, it's not going in the green recycling I'm pretty sure a poisonous plant is one of those things that you just don't put in the green waste bin.

Then the hole was filled back in using all of the dirt that had come out of it and then it was topped with some of the shredded prunings from the last couple of weeks worth of gardening .

Hard to tell in this picture but the other half of the garden bed actually has become the dumping ground for several pieces of brickwork that have been removed from other portions of the garden so they are my next target so that I have one small section of the garden "done".
Ultimately I will plant a Japanese Maple in the spot where the Oleander was but I need to let the ground settle so I can see how much compost and other dirt I need to add back in to make up for the space the stump took up.

To finish off the day Jules climbed the ladder and turned this:

into this:
The top of the tree was well and truly dead and totally bound up with a creeping vine that had made the tree it's home. Now it has a chance to grow and expand again without being strangled.
So a very productive day in the garden :-)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Things we've been up to

Went to the zoo a week ago and I took the other lens for my camera in the hopes of getting some closer than usual shots.

Tyler was completely fascinated by the peacock once he got over the shock of one walking right past him!

That small elephant up there....her name is Mali and her royal cuteness is a whole 245 kg. Hunter said he wanted to catch up to her (she was born 110kg about 3 months ago). We tried to explain how impossible that was and resorted to explaining how heavy she was at birth (Daddy plus Hunter plus Tyler) compared to now (Daddy plus Mummy plus Hunter twice plus Zac plus Tyler twice) he was suitably impressed and very clear that he wouldn't be catching up with her any time soon. It's amazing how changing your frame of reference puts things into perspective :-)

Had an afternoon trip out on Saturday to the Stitches and Craft show, met my Mum who had travelled up from the country for the day by train and took Zac along for something different. He was quite tolerant of us looking at all of the crafty stuff and as a treat we took him to the makedo section where he was able to construct this robot. He was, and still is, very proud of his handiwork.
Oh and one last thing, the kids play space is now complete, the second photo shows the board at the end which has now had one layer of blackboard paint added and will soon receive a second and be ready for use.

The kids love their new play space and when the back door opens they are off like rockets to see who can reach it first!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

2010 FO# 13 - M-B's tiny green socks

Felt that the pair of socks I had made for my Florida friend would be too big for a newborn so adjusted my pattern slightly (downsized needles) and made a second pair to match the hat (that was Ravelled here).

They look the same as the last green pair and they are pretty close apart from the size. This pair has been Ravelled here.

Yarn: Cleckheaton 100% Bamboo
Needles: 3.25mm Knit Pro circulars
Size: newborn
started: March 24th
Finished: April 2nd

The complete set has been posted off this week and looks like this:

I'm hoping that the baby, who is due to arrive at the end of the month, enjoys their present!

2010 FO# 12 - Knitted Ball

A while ago I decided it might be interesting to try my creative hand at knitting a ball. At the time I didn't own my Knit Pro circulars so I made up the pattern as I went and knit it flat. Once it was all knit up it sat for simply ages......all it needed was a seam and stuffing. So at the beginning of the year when I surveyed my projects and realised that was all this project needed I had no qualms about adding it to the list of things to be done by the end of the year. I think it took me a whole 10 minutes one night to finish while watching something on the TV. I have to admit though that were I to make it again, and here I am hoping I have written down somewhere what I actually did, I will definitely knit it in the round and then there won't be any seams at all just start and end pieces of yarn to sew in. It has turned out the way I hoped, I'm very happy with it in fact.

Started: Sometime in 2008
Finished: April 1st, 2010 (no joke!)
Yarn: Patons Serenity (Bamboo/Cotton mix)
Stuffed with: Siliconised Polyester Toy stuffing
Needles: 4mm bamboo straights
Pattern: Made up as I went along
Size: 32 cm circumference
Ravelled here.


Apparently although I have been finishing things and putting them in the FO list over there on the right and adding pictures and details to Ravelry, I have been neglecting to blog them so yes we have jumped from FO# 11 to # 14 which means you have two other FO posts coming your way to fill in the gap!

Also I completely forgot to link anything in that last post so have to go back and fix that as well.

2010 FO# 14 - Girly rainbow hat

In an effort to reduce some of the stash, to of course make way for more stash, I have been fossicking around and unearthed some of the yarn I bought at Bendigo last year.

This is gorgeous Wooldancer 100% Organic Wool in what I call a girly rainbow colourway only because it has a fair amount of pink in it. It is DK weight and it has a really thick but light feel to it.

This hat was knit on 4mm Knit Pro circulars so there are no seams.
Started April 14th
Finished April 20th
Size: newborn to 6 months or so.
Ravelled here.

I have to admit a love of knitting hats in the round, I'll never knit a hat with a seam ever again.

ETA: Forgot the links, now you've got them!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Construction complete - now for the finishing touches

The main construction of the kids space was finished on Monday the 26th, it came together surprisingly quickly. The second level was up about 2 hours or so after the last lot of wood was purchased and brought home. Jules is very happy with how it has turned out. We have some finishing touches to add so until then you won't be getting a look at it! The kids are loving using it and hopefully it will get a lot of use in the months and years to come.

In other news I have just booked my accommodation for a visit to the Bendigo Wool and Sheep show this year. Will be away for 3 days and 2 nights and honestly can't wait!

The girls at my local SnB are organising a couple of nights away at Tarndwarncoort at the end of this month, don't think I'll manage this as well as Bendigo especially as Zac's kinder has a Ladies Day function happening on the 29th which is sounding pretty wonderful as well. Decisions, decisions!

Have been working on a whole lot of projects as per usual will have a couple more finished project posts soon.