17 Dec 2014

Swapping mug rugs

It's been a long time since I was part of a swap. Life's been getting in the way, and losing my sewing room has made much more effort required for sewing to occur. When Angie launched a mug rug swap though, I thought I could probably manage it.

(A mug rug is a very small quilt, just big enough for a mug of coffee and perhaps a small plate. I like using them for my water bottle.)

That was before I got my swap partner. I was thrilled when I saw who my recipient would be. Then I started getting scared, because this quilter's very talented, organised and a prize winner.

So I put off starting, although was drawing up plans, most involving fussy cutting from my large collection of Christmas prints. Last week was when I planned to actually start, but I hit a snag when I couldn't find my fabric. I still can't find it.

Obviously, I changed the plan. Instead, I wanted a create an idealised version of a camping Christmas. It's one of our favourite things to do for the festive season, but is rarely as picturesque as I imagine.

It's a very simple quilt, with the silhouetted campsite vleisofixed onto my sky background. I didn't actually stitch around the image, as I thought given the heavy quilting I landed, and the end use of the quilt I thought it would be ok.

I'm pleased with the mug rug, and hope the recipient likes it too.

I'm looking forward to receiving my mug rug from my other, as yet unknown swap partner.

21 Nov 2014

Day/night at the cricket

We like cricket.  It's our summer sport, and if Australia are playing, it'll be on our television.  Unless they've sold the rights to pay TV only, which is diabolical and thankfully doesn't happen often.

So when it was announced that one of the five Australia-South Africa matches would be played in Canberra, I was sitting at the computer ready for when the first presale tickets went on sale.  We ended up in the third row back, in a dedicated family zone.  They were great seats, primarily because they faced away from the sun. (Last year, we were in bench seats, facing the glare from roughly 2 till 8. Which was extra annoying since I took the kids home at 8.)  This time, we were in the shade by 5, and stayed until the end.

Even better, we were right near the spot where the boundary fielder would nip off between balls and sign autographs.  Much appreciated.

 The family zone specification meant no alcohol in these seats.  I don't think it was policed in any way, but the environment was very family friendly in any case.

Miss 10 didn't want to attend, so had a sleepover at Grandma's house. Instead, our son got to bring a friend.  They had a great time together. Grandpa also joined us and enjoyed himself.  Two rows back, my sister and her family were there too.  

All these things added up to a good day. The performances by both cricket teams made it a great day.

I think my favourite part was as soon as the game was over, the Aussies congratulated each other, and shook hands with their opposition, and then went directly to the sidelines, spread out and started furiously signing autographs,  Lovely to see, and much appreciated.

Our summer's got some more action in it - this morning these arrived for next year's soccer tournament.  With that and the upcoming cricket World Cup, Canberra's summer of sport is looking fabulous!

30 Oct 2014

Follow Your Arrow Knitalong

Astonishingly, it's a finished project.

In January, I joined in with another knitalong on Ravelry, blithely ignoring my 100% failure-to-complete record with knitalongs.

The pattern was a mystery, the designer clever, and the wool delightful.
I am thrilled with my shawl. I'm also very, very happy to have finished a knitalong, even if I took a few months longer than the majority of the other participants.

28 Oct 2014


1989 was my first year after high school.  I was far away from home, living in a college, and studying in  the first of my years at University.  I met my now-husband, and had an all round fabulous time. I didn't know one student with a computer of their own, and our floor of 18 girls shared one phone.  The olden days, obviously.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift was busy being born, and she's chosen to call her new album after the year of her birth.

Last year, I won two tickets to go see Taylor in her concert in Sydney through an instant win Coca Cola competition. Of course, my next step was to go buy her album and play it non-stop in the car.  I was pretty excited, and the children were arguing about who would get to go. So I entered again and again and again, and won two more tickets.  Then everyone was happy (my husband is very obliging in these matters...)


We had such a good time at the concert, and have been listening to Taylor very regularly ever since.

So when the 1989 album was launched today, I was down at the shops to buy it. This morning. Because we like the music, and Taylor seems like a perfectly good rock star for my kids to be paying attention to.