Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 31st - Prize Draw

Welcome to the Giveaway draw!

I have separated people into 
1/ Nutrimetics (7)
2/ Mary Kay (9)
3/ Yarn (18)
Anyone who put their hand up for all three was put into every draw :-)

First up the Nutrimetics:

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And the winner is: Liesl from Hoppo Bumpo

Next up the Mary Kay hand products

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And the winner is: Nicole of Dabbling all Day

Lastly the very popular Pear Tree yarn

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And the winner is: Elflyn of Rosehips and Spiderwebs who chose the green yarn.

Congratulations to all of the winners!  I'll be contacting you all today to get your snail mail address so I can send out your prizes.

Thank you to everyone who dropped by during Blogtoberfest and also to everyone who entered the prize draws.  I hope you've enjoyed meeting up with some new bloggers around the blocks, I know I have.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 30th

I have a wonderful friend.  We have known each other for almost 18 years (cripes!).  We've housed her washing machine.  We've shared holidays both with our families and by ourselves.  We swim together every Saturday morning at the crack of dawn, ie 7am (during Winter it actually is the crack of dawn) in the local outdoor heated pool.  This morning after our swim she handed me a present.  We don't normally do presents for each other, my birthday was almost 4 weeks ago, hers is next week.  But she decided that this year since I'd had a pretty crappy school holidays and Birthday, that this year I needed a present.  So she made me one.

It makes me smile.  It is perfect.  Thank you C, now I'll always have a cup of tea and a cupcake :-)

Quick reminder that you have until midnight tonight to enter my Giveaway.

Friday, October 29, 2010

2010 FO# 47 - TTL Mystery socks 2010

And they are done!

The last clue was released just after 3pm this arvo.  In my sleep deprived state I completely forgot to check for it until after school pick up when I sat down with a cup of tea and a chocolate muffin.

In light of my fear of running out of yarn I ended up working on both of the toes alternating until they were both done.  In the end I finished the socks as per pattern with a whole 2.8m of yarn left.  They are probably a tad shorter in the foot than I'd normally make them but they are still comfy :-)

Vital Statistics
Pattern: Through the Loops Mystery Socks 2010 by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Ms Gusset sock yarn
Needles: 2.5 mm Knit Pro nickel tipped circulars
Started: October 1, 2010
Finished: October 29, 2010
Mods: None
Comments: Ended up with a slightly shorter foot than usual but otherwise they are lovely!

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 29th

The final clue for my Mystery sock is now up (blog link).  This clue is in fact the recipe for the whole sock so if you like the look just go through the link and download the pdf.

I'm off to knit so this is all you get for today LOL!

Nah, I'll be back later with at least one finished sock if not two :-)

1 day left on the Giveaway, good luck!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 28th

Today I have:
Got the kids off to Childcare and school
Spent an hour at school doing reading in Hunter's class
Spent 2 hours at Jules' parents weeding before they return from their 5 week overseas holiday to a jungle!
Spent 2 hours converting a multi piece cardigan pattern to a top down all in one cardy for the ever growing niece in the hope that is she just gets taller I can just undo the cast off and add more length.
Picked up the kids, fed them chicken and chips for dinner
Been for a short swim
Grabbed some groceries on the way home.
Now I'm chatting with some lovely ladies and hoping that there are no visiting children in my room tonight!
Cup of tea and chocolate muffin have just been delivered.

Just the usual really!

There are two days left until my Giveaway finishes up.

Here's one of my fave photos of my middle kid, he's gorgeous, of course I'm biased :-)
Next year he starts school, next week is his first orientation, he's growing up so quickly.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 27th

Knitter's dilemma today.

Will I have enough yarn to finish my Mystery socks or will I be short.  Oh well, I'll wait until I get the toe clue and then I'll see I suppose.  Then I'll be a frogging again if I need the extra yarn.  Of course it would have been good to check the yardage at the beginning.......

Yes I went through the same thing with Jules' socks in the same yarn but he has long feet so I wasn't surprised.

Mental note: Ms Gusset yarn is gorgeous and smooshy and lovely to knit but I need to have a shorter leg section than I've made this time or I'm gonna run out of yarn.  Either that or knit toe up so it doesn't matter.  Better still check the yardage requirements BEFORE starting knitting!!!

I may be getting ahead of myself.  I may get there with the yarn left but it's going to be close.

Ah the joys of being a knitter...the suspense of it all :-)

PS Don't forget the lovely yarn/hand care kit/face care kit available in my Giveaway.  You have 3 days left to enter!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Have somehow just changed a setting and now my posts are showing only as shortened versions.

Will get it back to how I want it...somehow.

Any ideas?  I'm using Blogger

ETA And now it's fixed itself.  Hooray, but how???

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 26th - Parenting tip #2

Effective parenting tool #2 - Too loud

When a child is yelling or crying so loud you can't understand what they are saying, or you just think they are too loud.

Quietly and calmly say "I can't hear you, you're too loud".

They look at you as if you are completely crackers but will more often than not actually quieten down. You might have to repeat it a couple of times but they get there.

It's good to get this one in before they turn two so they get used to it as a method before they are old enough to try and think it through.

I have used it to good effect on a screaming 8 year old who was so shocked that I'd said it that they did in fact stop screaming to tell me "That's just silly", but hey they stopped didn't they!

Giveaway is drawn on the 30th, so you've got 4 more days to enter :-)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 25th

It's been a gorgeous day today. I have been working on my Mystery socks again. I have finished up to the toe on one sock and have just completed the gusset on the other. The last (or toe) clue is released at 3pm our time on Friday so I have until then to get the rest of the foot done. I always find the foot faster than the leg because half of the stitches are often stocking stitch so it shouldn't take too long. Worked on the gusset on the second sock today keeping the two smaller children company while they had a picnic lunch in the front yard. We don't have a gate out the front so they can only be out there if they are supervised. It was a very calm and peaceful interlude, and productive to boot :-)

Cast on for something new the other day. A cardigan for my little niece. It's just going to be a plain cardigan because I have some of Charly's hand dyed BFL/angora for it and don't want to lose the colours. Will take a photo of the yarn at some stage.

I figured the Mystery socks will be done by the end of the week so why not get thinking about what's next :-)

Tired now, have walked to and from kinder for pick up and to and from school for pick up and have been swimming as well. That's enough exercise for one day, time for sleep!

PS Don't forget my giveaway!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 24th

It seems to be quilt season in the blog world today.

Lynne has been sewing together her very bright and colourful quilt top.

Vic used the power of bloggers/blogging to complete her quilt too.

I finished up the little quilt I have been working on for a friend's fourth son!

The first side shown here is quilters flannel

a close up of the fabrics used for you.

The other side is normal quilting cotton, with Michael Miller's Bot Camp fabric, some toning spots and various homespuns from the stash.

A close up for this one as well

I ended up filling it with batting and binding it with navy. Simply "quilted" by machine on the diagonals and by hand around the central 3x3 square.
Very happy with how it has turned out. It's heading into the laundry for a wash and then once it's dry it will be delivered to it's new owner :-)

PS Don't forget about my giveaway!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 23rd Notes to my children #3

Notes to my children #3 - Safety

Your safety is my utmost priority.

I will never knowingly compromise on your safety.

You do not have the knowledge to keep yourself safe, it is my job as your parent to teach you and to do it for you when you can't.

For cars:
You will be in the correct child restraint in our car for your height, weight and age until you are able to sit safely in a "normal" seating position in the car.

Even when all of your friends are in the "normal" belts in their car you will be in a child restraint in ours and if it is at all possible in theirs too.

Yes you can blame me for being an overprotective parent when it comes to belts in cars. I'll take it.

Yes I did get the odd look from other parents who think I'm a little insane for having my almost 7 year old in a five point harness fitted in a booster seat. Now I just get that look because when you turned 7 and weighed 26kg, I took away the booster seat and relented a little and you will now be in a "H"- harness until you turn 10 or weigh 32 kgs, whatever comes first. Sure this is only a 4-point harness, but normal cars aren't fitted with "anti-submarining" devices so it's the best I can do.

For other stuff:
I know I let you climb trees at roof level, hang from climbing frames upside down, and walk in front of swings and these are risky things, but I know you need a level of risk in your lives to feel like you are succeeding. None of these things rely on other people around you obeying the rules. They just rely on you. And while I will let you stretch your wings and it may seem like I am not paying attention at all. I am watching and assessing and I will be there in an instant when you crash to the ground.

Like when the branch you were standing on and bouncing on broke because the tree was dead and you had been warned not to walk out past a certain point on the branch. I assessed in an instant where your brothers were and whether I'd need to call the ambulance or whether the car was a reasonable option with the emergency room 5 minutes away. When you screamed as you hit the ground I breathed a sigh of relief because it was fairly clear you hadn't done anything too dramatic or there would have been a big gap before the scream as you inhaled or caught your breath because of the pain. I didn't approach you as I carefully watched you push the branch (that you had been holding before it broke) off of your body using both your hands equally. I didn't approach as you rolled over and climbed to your feet again using both limbs evenly and came screaming towards me for comfort. I was completely surprised when you were asked "What hurts?" as I gathered you into my arms and the answer was "My tongue". You had caught your tongue in 4 places but not badly enough to have gone all the way through. This was not the end of it either. I watched for the next 24 hours for signs of internal problems, tummy aches, problems in the toilet, various aches and pains. Nothing eventuated and I was very, very happy for that.

I can't save you from yourselves but I can at least reduce your risk from other people's mistakes.

So, while you are in my care you will indeed be wearing your child restraints until the very last possible moment. It's the least I can do for you.

Love Mum.

PS #1: For those that have come this far don't forget my Giveaway!

PS#2: Happy Birthday Jules. Hope you have an awesome day :-)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 22th - Give away!

As promised I am having a give away. Christmas is coming so here's a chance to cross an item or two off your shopping list!

First up is a Nutrimetics Micro-Dermabrasion Kit. Kit includes 1 x 60 ml Resurfacer and 1 x 40 ml SPF 25 Rehydrator. If you've ever wanted to try this out and didn't want to pay the price, now's your chance to get your hands on it.

Second we have a hand care kit from Mary Kay. Kit includes 1 x 220 g Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub, 1 x 85 g Satin Hands Hand Cream and 1 x 60 g Extra Emollient Night Cream. We all need to look after our hands and as knitters nice smooth hands are a bonus.

Third is a choice between two skeins of Pear Tree 4 ply merino. You get to choose whether you would prefer the Galah (pink)

or the pale limey green.

To enter just leave a comment indicating which prize you would like to win.
2=Mary Kay
3=Pear Tree yarn, remember to pick a colour!

You can of course choose all three :-)

Entries close October 30th at midnight Melbourne time and a winner will be drawn and announced on October 31st.

Good Luck!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 21st

Today was a gorgeous day.

I had some news late last night that quite literally sent me into a happy dance and solves one of the dilemmas I have been wrestling with recently. So nice to have that issue out of my brain space :-) Certainly made for a brilliant start to the day.

Despite one of the boys having a major melt down over the breakfast cereal choice this morning, everyone got their butts into gear and we were beautifully on time for childcare drop off and school drop off. An hour spent in the classroom doing reading and then the rest of the day was mine.

No appointments, no jobs needing doing apart from hanging out the washing and giving Di's socks a bath and a dry.

So I fished out one of those long term WIP's, you know the ones I was trying to finish before the end of the year. It was the crocheted flower blanket. Sorted out where I was up to and where I wanted to go next and promptly made the first flower on a 6mm hook instead of a 5mm one! Oops. Pulled it out and finished it and another three flowers. Still have no idea just how many I will stop at. I want to get an even number of flowers of all the colours and see how big that looks and then work from there.

Also pulled out and worked on the little quilt from last week. Decided to put some batting inside and a binding around the edge. Did all the pinning and sewed the binding on then realised I hadn't got the corners quite right. Crap. Have worked out a fudge though. The front will look perfectly fine, it's just the back of the corners may end up a little lumpy, I'll have to see. Worst comes to worst I pull the binding off and do it again.

So a productive day, a quiet day and a mostly peaceful day. Just lovely :-)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 20th - FO # 46 Di's Monkeys

Today I finished up my second pair of socks for the month. Di's Monkeys.

Yarn: Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn in colourway EM (or reds)
Needles: Knit pro 2.5mm nickel tipped fixed circulars.
Pattern: Cookie A's Monkey socks (Knitty link, Ravelry link)
Started: October 1st, 2010
Finished: October 20th, 2010 (I get a kick out of it being 20-10-2010 today!)
Mods: one extra stitch picked up along gusset edging, otherwise as per pattern, details on it's project page on Ravelry.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 19th

Today is Tuesday. On Tuesday it is always Vegetarian on the menu as we usually have dinner with my little sister and her partner who are Vego's. One week at their house, the next at ours. Tonight it was our turn and as I had just picked up a new Indian recipe book (The Food of India - a journey for food lovers) for $10 when I was grocery shopping last night at C*les I was keen to try my hand at a few new dishes.

On the menu tonight was (clockwise from top left): Parippu (Dal), Cauliflower with Mustard, our bowls, Basmati rice (absorption method) and a Carrot salad.

I've never made Dal before so that was interesting and I really liked both the Carrot salad and the Cauliflower with Mustard which was very mustardy but in a good way.

There were other recipes I wanted to try but they needed Tamarind puree and while I had all of the other spice ingredients that was one I did not have. Looks like it goes on the shopping list and we'll be having Indian again soon :-)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 18th - Parenting tip #1

Effective parenting tool #1 - 3 steps

When trying to get small people to do something in our house a three stage process is followed.

#1 Ask - Politely

#2 Tell - Firmly

#3 Count - Downwards so they can tell when the end is coming.

It's amazing how much less shouting and general angst has happened in our house since that process was introduced. Also we don't often get to 1, but if we do the negative result is generally something simple like one less song at bedtime for that child, or when I'm particularly cranky, no kids tv in the afternoon. We don't have to bring out the big guns.....yet!

Of course there are times when I forget the process and go straight from Ask to Yell, but it happens way less often than it used to.

NB. This also doubles as a teaching exercise: the 3 year old can count down from 10 to 1.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 17th

Today was a pretty awesome day.

The boys had their swimming lesson this morning and then I headed off to knitting in the Botanical Gardens while Jules took the boys home for the rest of the day :-)

I sat, knit, drank tea, chatted and generally had a great time while churning through the remainder of the second clue on my second Mystery sock (Ravelry link has photo of where I am up to) and then did the third clue (or heel) on both.

At one point there were 12 of us sitting knitting and chatting.

After that I finished the leg portion on the second of Di's Monkeys and am now up to the heel. The colour graduation is similar to the first sock but not quite the same. Slightly darker at the top of the second one. will be interesting to see how the heel goes.

So I now have the rest of this week to work on Di's socks before my next clue is released on Friday, good news for Di!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 16th Notes to my children #2

Notes to my children #2 - Human

I am only human.

If I have been woken or been kept awake between midnight and 3 am* by:
- children climbing in and out of my bed
- cold feet on my warm legs
- whisperings in my ear for hours at a time
- being pushed and shoved out of the way in my own bed
- singing in the middle of the night
- having to climb out of bed to put invading children back into their own beds

I am not going to be my usual chipper self in the morning.

If you do not do what you are asked to do on those mornings, I am in all likelihood going to yell at you.

Sleep deprivation is a tool of torture.

I am only human.

Love Mum.

*Apparently sleeping midnight to 3 am is essential for my continued coping with the world. 3.01 am and I'm all yours! In comparison Jules needs 3 am till 6 am. We worked this out when I was still breastfeeding Tyler. It has been a wonderful piece of knowledge for us to use in maintaining our sanity (mostly) in the past 3 years, we only regret we didn't work it out sooner.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 15th

The arty bug has hit in our house.

We have a self portrait in acrylics on a canvas for the eldest:

and a return of poster paint to the house has resulted in the youngest having a ball

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 14th

Last night I made myself a nest.

I curled up on my bed with a pile of pillows behind me to keep me upright.

I had "my" songs playing on my iPod shuffle.

I had my earphones IN.

I had a hot cup of tea.

I had Lindt chocolate squares.

I had my Mystery sock knitting and I finished the leg on the first one and have transferred the other cuff onto the circular needle ready for knitting on today and tonight.

I did a few rounds on Di's Monkeys.

I had a wonderful relaxing evening, just what the Dr (yes me!) ordered :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 13th

Well today I had some brain function so I grafted the toe on Di's sock and cast on for the second one. I've completed the cuff and will get onto some of the leg a little later.

After a couple of failed attempts at knitting my Mystery Sock yesterday I have given it a break and will pull it out of hiding this evening once the kids have gone to bed.

I thought I was going out tonight, had forgotten to check the calendar for when my meeting was scheduled but as it turns out it's next week so I've gained a night of time that I didn't expect to have. Poor Jules though has arranged to be home so the house will be invaded by a group of game playing adult men from about 7pm, I think I might hide out in the study or our room ;-)

Today it has been raining. The boys got out one of Tyler's Birthday presents and had some fun :-)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 12th

I've really got to get onto this earlier in the day :-)

Today I've been fairly busy as it is Tuesday. Knitting in the morning and we welcomed back two regulars who have been absent for a while. It was lovely to catch up with them again and finally deliver a birth present.

Baby D is now 4 months and 2 days old and is a great big boy. The hat looked lovely on him (not that he'll need to wear it much for the rest of this year) and should last him until he's at least 3.

Home for lunch then off to kinder for Zac. Tyler kept me awake this arvo by playing "hide the coin" a lovely game where he "hides" gold treasure coins (fake plastic ones) and I get to find them. As a 3 year old his idea of hiding is quite often of the "plain sight" version. You know the sort - oh there's a truck and it has a gold coin on it's roof, oh and another in the scoop, oh and another underneath it. We started with 10 and have 8 remaining after several rounds of the game. Not quite sure what happened to the other 2, they may turn up or they may not. One of his "hiding places" was on top of the lid of the swing top rubbish bin! I got to do some knitting on my Mystery Sock while he was doing his hiding, it kept me awake as well. I had to do some frogging as I dropped one stitch down 5 rows and neither the light or the combination of yarn overs and ssk's were forgiving at all. Maybe if I wasn't so exhausted I could have managed but today it was just easier to pull back the rows and reknit them.

School pick up and kinder pick up was followed by a tennis lesson for Hunter and then a trip across town to my sister's place in Brunswick. The boys got to play with their little cousin who was displaying some of her new found skill of crawling. Childproofing is starting to happen :-)

Dinner and an episode of White Collar and then we're home again.

Heading off to bed now with the vain hope that I will not have any invasions. Today was a challenging day for staying awake and I would like to get a few things done tomorrow.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 11th

Well I nearly went to bed just then without posting!

Today has been a productive day.

I've finished a sock apart from grafting a toe. Pictures tomorrow because the light is gone and I want you to see the colour changes properly.

I've played with the kids.

I've found fabric. Yes Vic it's your fault I found Robots on a recent visit to my favourite fabric store, GJ's discount fabrics in Lygon St, Brunswick. Today they were pulled out of their bag and other pieces were found in the stash to expand the selection.

I've cut up fabric.

I've sewn fabric.
Tomorrow I will finish it up. Haven't decided yet whether it gets put together as just two layers sewn together or whether I put a layer of batting in the middle and bind it.
It's a present for a little man who turned up for a School Mum last Thursday and who has three big brothers to keep him company. When it's all done I'll do better photos for you :-)
It should end up being about 75cm square, give or take.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 10th

The weird and wonderful workings of my brain....

Just now I was in the kitchen having taken the defrosting pumpkin soup out of the microwave to give it a stir, and a fly flew past.

A blowie really.

Was it wrong to think "What would happen if it flew into the microwave and I shut it and turned it on?"

It didn't, I didn't and the pumpkin soup is back in doing some more defrosting. Probably a good thing because I'm not sure how I'd explain what happened to Jules........

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 9th Notes to my children #1

Notes to my children #1 - Love

I love you.

There is nothing you can do that will ever stop me loving you.

I may not like or agree with what you are planning or what you have done but I will love you.

I may not be there every time you feel you need me but I still love you.

I will always love you even when you can't see me.

I love you.

Love Mum.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 8th

Well it has been a pretty mental week over here and I am well and truly happy it is over. Not enough sleep and lots of maternal angst have not been a good combination.

Thank you for all of your lovely Birthday wishes, they made me smile and I really needed to smile earlier in the week. As the week has progressed things have started to resolve in a couple of areas so the stress is easing.

There were some highlights that helped me through the week.

A couple of cool things turned up in the post: some beautiful yarn

and a Curlypops original coloured in my favourite colour/s. Thanks Cam it made my day :-)

I finished Jules' socks, and have a little left over for just in case :-) All details on my Rav page.

and the next clue for the Mystery sock was released (blog link, Rav link)

So this evening I have had some time out in my room with my knitting and my Birthday present Ipod shuffle while Jules has played outside with the kids before we put them to bed. Time to rest, time to have a break, time to just be.

Hoping that next week is better, chances are it will just be different. There are still things that aren't resolved, some haven't come to a head yet and probably will in the next few weeks, some things will probably be ongoing for a very long time and as a Mother they will always cause me angst. But I'll keep on keeping on and I'll get there in the end.

Have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to some more sun.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 7th

Met a friend in at the Craft Expo today.

There wasn't much in the way of yarn there, although Stephen and Teresa from Dairing were there and Stephen had a new yarn to show off. Beautiful shiny black cone of loveliness. Their own version of silk stainless with the shine dialled up. I, of course, forgot to take a photo!

I did however get a photo of a couple of gorgeous quilts in the In Stitches booth. Crisp, clear and pretty.

The little girls on the left are Worry dolls. In the middle are the cars. On the right, with lots of circles, is Little Monsters.
ETA: The Worry Dolls and Little monsters are patterns available from Kellie at Don't look now!

I had a nice wander, bought some coloured paper and some glitter glue for the kids and then had a nice coffee and cake with my friend in Brunswick Street, a short walk from the Exhibition Buildings.

This photo is of our little Tyler man. At his party he received a pack of cat faces with holes that you put pipe cleaners through to decorate. He likes to have glasses made from them.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 6th

A sock update!

First up a pair of socks I am making as part of a Ravelry swap. Received the yarn last Friday and got started almost straight away. The pattern is Cookie A's Monkey pattern. Have finished the cuff and the 6 repeats of pattern down the leg. Last night did the heel flap and picked up the gusset stitches, starting the gusset decreases now and then will be working down the foot for the rest of the week.The yarn is Kauni 100% wool and the colour graduation in this darker skein is quite slow. Will be interesting to see how long it takes to go back to the darker colour.
This second ball is the "payment" ball. I rather like the oranges, reds and yellows, especially when seen from the end of the ball. These balls are sold as approx 150g, this one coming in at 140g so more than enough for a pair of socks. Might have to have a look around at other options for it though since it seems like it might be enough for a light shawl. Not that I'm a shawl girl necessarily but I know a few people who are that might end up being on the receiving end as a gift :-)

And because they have definitely not been forgotten, here are Jules' socks. Have finished the refit on the first one and am onto the foot portion of the second one. Have again carefully not cut the yarn and grafted as paranoia is definitely in play :-) Won't be long until they will be done, have 45 rows to go including the toe shaping and yes that little ball is all that's left but I should make it.....

Project bag supplied courtesy of Lynne last year. As you can see Lynne it is in use :-)

Waiting on the second clue for the mystery sock, it's been sitting patiently waiting since Friday allowing me to work on these other two pairs instead.

So there you go. Hoping to finish Jules' sock before the next clue comes out on Friday, but it will depend upon other items on my list which I am actually slowly getting to.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 5th

Notes to myself:

1/ Bad moods due to sleep deprivation are generally cured by unbroken sleep. This applies to adults and children alike.

2/ Putting leftover Birthday cake in the cake box lid to aid in cutting access is bound to confuse both adults and children alike and is very likely to result in upside down cake at least once.

3/ List writing works as an aide to getting things done if you actually do the items on the list and cross them off. If you don't do these things then the list writing is a waste of time.

4/ Occasionally, when you are really sure that the children are not listening to the very, very important life changing thing you are trying to teach them, they actually are.

The upshot of all this is

-I feel much more able to face the world and it's challenges and the things that need to get done because I got a solid night's sleep in my own bed, with the invading child turning up after the essential sleeping hours had been acquired.

-Birthday cake tastes the same upside down or right side up.

-The list needs to be looked at and dealt with.

-The school kid may in fact be able to deal with the current challenge and come out of it at least on an even keel if not on top of it.

The world looks so different from this side of a decent sleep :-)

The photo is from a trip to the Zoo a couple of weeks ago. The boys are trying to figure out whether the lizards are alive or not. They're not, but it took them a couple of minutes to get the guts up to get close enough to check whether they were or not. I spent those same couple of minutes quietly giggling away as I watched what they did to work it out including going to touch them and then jumping back just in case :-) Sometimes it's fun to just watch them overcome their fears and work something out for themselves, especially when you know it's not going to hurt them!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 4th

Today was my Birthday.

It started with a bit of a sleep in and then some lovely presents from Jules and the boys. Then the madness began as we were running late for kinder and then school.

Had some lovely times with the boys during the day. Had cheesecake for lunch, I figured if I can't have it for lunch on my Birthday when can I? Fitted in some knitting on Jules' socks in the early afternoon.

Finished the day out with a lovely slow swim at the pool.

It was an outwardly peaceful day but there's so much going on in my head at the moment that it wasn't inwardly peaceful at all. Lots of stuff to get through in the next few weeks, school stuff, kinder stuff and everyday life stuff. Feel like it's all pressing in a little bit. Must be time to make a list so I can start crossing stuff off and feel a little bit more in control.

Hoping tomorrow will be a bit easier.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 3rd

The party is over, the cake was a success, I'm pooped.

See you tomorrow when I have more energy :-)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 2nd

Today is party preparation day.

The choccy chip cookies are done and have been tasted tested and declared "tasty".
The Toblerone cheesecake is done and in the fridge. No taste testing on that one :-)
The Birthday Cake is in the oven and the buzzer just went so I'll be back in a mo after I check on it...well the cake portion of the Birthday cake is done and cooling on the bench. The decorating will happen this evening after the kids have gone to bed and are ASLEEP. For Hunter's Birthday cake, he came out of his room after I had started decorating it. So much for a surprise! Anyway as this one is for Tyler and he's normally out as soon as his head hits the pillow we should be right.

Have had a break and a bit of knitting with my cup of tea. Cleaning is up next. That and putting away the next round of washing. I don't suppose choccy chip cookies count as a reasonable lunch do they? Better have some lunch as well then.

Yesterday I worked on three different pairs of socks:
-Finally finished the third knit on Jules' first sock and pulled the second sock back to past the heel, removing 17 rows of leg length and then started on the heel flap for the second time.
-Did the first clue for the TTL Mystery sock. My 2 cuffs are done and waiting until next week. If you want a look at them they are on my Rav project page here. I know a couple of readers are also working on them so don't want to spoil the surprise for them.
-Received some yarn in the post as part of a working swap on Rav and started on the first sock. The yarn is Kauni pure wool (The EM-dark red). It feels a little scratchy to me, apparently that is a trait of the sheep the wool comes from. It should soften up a little when washed. Pattern is Monkey by Cookie A, a free pattern available online through Knitty. I'll be working on them for the next few weeks and then sending them back to their owner once done.

So I'll be talking knitting breaks from cleaning and preparing for the rest of the day :-)
I might even manage to get out into the sun again today. Yesterday was gorgeous and today is certainly shaping up the same.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Clue 1 is here and it's 90 min early!

The Through the Loops Mystery Sock Knit a Long has officially begun!
Here's the link
Yes it's a Rav link
If you want the pattern how about joining Ravelry???
You won't regret it....or maybe you will :-)

Blogtoberfest 2010 - 1st

Welcome to a month of a post a day!

Can't guarantee it will all be interesting but I have a few things up my sleeve to change it up.

What to expect
- a few letters to my children (things I want to tell them now but they may not be interested in hearing yet and also just so I don't forget to say them)
-the odd parenting tip, you know the stuff you learn the hard way and wish someone had mentioned it earlier (not guaranteeing they'll work for you but hey sometimes it's worth hearing what works for others)
-knitting, that's right it's a knitting blog! Will be finishing up Jules' socks, doing a mystery sock and knitting a pair of socks for a friend. Sounds like a socky month ;-)
-giveaway/s not sure how many. At least one!
-the usual stuff, you know the everyday life stuff that sometimes makes it's way onto the blog. Things happening around the house, stuff the kids are up to, that sort of thing.

Bring it on I say.

Yesterday was Master Tyler's 3rd Birthday :-) I think that means I no longer have a toddler in the house. He still claims to be "little", he is hesitant about being called a "big boy" which sort of makes sense because his brothers are in fact a whole heap bigger than him. He had a great day with presents from his brothers (a puzzle, some Harry and the Dinosaur books and a mini footy), in the morning and presents from Mum and Dad in the evening (a balance bike and helmet). A drop in visit from his cousin and aunt provided a marble race. So he's working his way from one thing to the next and grinning from ear to ear occasionally saying "more things hiding???" Hunter made "Birthday Cake" for his little brother, we had cupcakes with mini m&m's hiding inside and stuck on the icing on top. Tyler's party will be on Sunday so the next couple of days will be dedicated to the odd bit of cleaning and some cooking including his Birthday cake.

I'm also waiting for the first clue of the Through the Loops 2010 Mystery Sock Knit a long. That should turn up some time this arvo if I remember last year correctly (midnight on an American coast). Have chosen my yarn, just need to wind it up. I'm sure I'll have helpers for that. Will be working from both ends of the yarn cake once it is done. It may turn out to be a bit dark for the pattern but we will see as we don't know what the pattern will be!

See you again tomorrow :-)