Saturday, July 30, 2011

A good day

Jules has taken the boys out for a few hours for lunch and playing at his Mum's.

I've got the sewing machine out and have put together the top of the quilt I'm making (bottom right on couch). The ironing board is out and handy and I have just finished ironing the strips I have sewn together for the back.  The kettle is boiling, the chocolate is to hand and the CD's are playing at my preferred volume in the stereo. Perfect for instant gratification sewing!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ups and Downs

The last couple of weeks have been hard in a lot of ways and fabulous in others.

School holidays were hard.

Bendigo was fabulous.

Coming home from Bendigo was hard, I think mostly due to dodgy hormones.

Celebrating Zac's 6th Birthday was fabulous.

Finding out the Kinder assistant who was amazing for both Hunter and Zac and who left our kinder at the end of last year had died suddenly of an aneurysm was hard.

Putting together Zac's cake (he chose the easiest one so far) and having people over for Zac's Party was fabulous.

Going to the funeral of a wonderful lady gone too soon was hard.

Waking up to beautiful sun shiny skies and light winds this morning was fabulous.

Time for this roller coaster to end.  I'd like a bit of the middle road now, just saying.

So I've been cutting up some fabric this morning to make a simple quilt for a brand new baby sister of one of Tyler's little friends (left of picture is cotton for front, right side of picture is flannel for back).

I bought the fabric a week ago after being tipped off by Lynne, I'm keeping it simple, simple is good right now.

I've almost finished my current pair of socks, I'm playing around with the yarn so it isn't quite brainless knitting which is a shame but the other project I'm working on is a mohair bouclĂ© which requires visual concentration due to the loops but no mental hard work as it is garter stitch, so I'm getting in some relaxing knitting time there.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Broke the kitchen scales

Now I'm going to have to use the yarn scales for the cooking!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

And back again

3 days in Bendigo. 

A lovely time.  Lots of chatting, lots of laughs, lots of rainbows.

Drinking tea in the afternoon sun whilst eating warmed brownies laced with Cointreau and knitting on a nice easy project.  Perfect.

New yarn in need of instant use.  The  two Kate's couldn't wait!

Rediscovering my kryptonite...alpaca :-)

Anticipating dyeing this up for a project for me in one of these: Carmine, Sangria or Maroon with a darker shade of one of these: Charcoal, Slate grey.
Temptation to start this instantly.

A touch of luxury from SeeAPenny (rav link)


Finishing up with a lovely breakfast 

With an interestingly located caravan at T'Hooft inside which the coffee and other beverages are brewed.

Excellent weekend.  Tired.  But definitely happy :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I'm off!

I have successfully completed the majority of items on my list from earlier in the week and it is now time to pack :-)

Have a great weekend, I definitely am!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This week

*I will be washing many loads of washing in an effort to catch up from being away with the kids for 4 days
*I will be Folding and Putting away the same number of loads of washing
*I will be finishing up my Lorelei, all that remains is two buttonbands and the buttons.  I've already sewn in all the ends
*I will be working out which knitting project/s to take with me for my weekend away.
*I will be packing for my weekend away and making difficult decisions like which nice warm handknit to take with me
*I will be doing all sorts of paperwork for Kinder so I can forget about it while away for the weekend
*I will be finding out what's up with the Power bill,  a charge for "Change of  Occupant" what the?  We've been here for 8 years now people...
*I will be filling out loan paperwork and getting it to the mortgage advisor asap
*I will be hoping no one comes down with any illnesses because I am going away for the weekend....alone!
*I will be getting the radio in the car fixed so that I can play CD's and know what time it is while driving myself and my friend Kate to Bendigo
*I will be attending the Australian Sheep and Wool show, affectionately known as "Bendigo" for the third year in a row and will be sharing accommodation with a group of seriously fun knitters for three days and two nights as we knit, inhale yarn fumes, buy yarn, knitting tools and accessories and pretend none of us have kids or husbands at home wondering just how much of a dent the credit card will have in it at the end.

Have a great week, I know I'm going to!

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Socks


I'm working on a new pair of socks for me.  I'm using yarn that Jules bought me for Christmas: Noro Solk Garden Sock.  Nice yarn.  Had to restart because I had cast on my usual 64 sts on 2.25mm needles, I had to go down to 56 sts.  The Noro is thicker than the usual fingering weight.  I'm hoping that because there are less stitches, the yarn will go further!
Can't get a decent photo of the colours tonight though, will have to try again tomorrow.

School Holidays

The boys finished up at school yesterday and they don't go back for two weeks.

I am looking forward to:
Not having to get up and get three children moving in the morning to a deadline.
Getting the odd sleep in, this morning the request for breakfast came at 8:30am, they'd been up for a while and playing happily.
Getting knitting time in.
Maybe getting some sewing time in as well.
Seeing my Sister, her husband and her 4 kids for a few days as we have a 3 day sleepover planned.
Seeing my Brother in law, his wife and 2 kids tomorrow down at the beach.
Having the children play happily with each other with a minimum of arguments.
Just not having to be anywhere particular by a certain time....bliss!

So if you have the school holidays right now, Good Luck!  Have a great time.  In my case the School holidays ends with The Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo.  That will be my beacon and guiding light if it gets troubling, 3 days of knitting, yarn, good friends and 2 nights sleeping away from home with no invading children during the night!

As an aside:  Weirdly, a sure fire way of having the children play nicely together is to have a period of "No Screen Time".  Today is the last day of a week of No Screen Time that came about because the boys could not do what they were asked last Friday, it was a simple clean up request but they ignored me and the request flat out 3 times and then with the added incentive of "You are going to have a week of No Screen Time if it's not done in 4 minutes",  they proceeded to argue over how to clean up rather than actually clean up.  I figure if they can't "listen and do" they need a break from the brainless mode that is Screen Time.  Suffice to say we have had a much more relaxing week.  We've even managed to get to school in the mornings with minimal yelling, which has been lovely.