30 Aug 2007

Flash your Stash!

Prepare for the dark side of my sewing/knitting/quilting hobbies to be exposed. I do not have a dedicated craft room, so my supplies are stored in the study. There is room for a sewing table in there (with a little furniture tetris), but sewing machines are not good for computers, with the dust and fibres they put into the air.

The big bookshelf;

The smaller bookshelf (moslty books and wool);

The cupboard;

The Fat Quarter cupboard (IKEA);

The pile of bulky things in the corner;

Looking at this list, why yes, I could do with some time spent reorganising my space.

It won't be today, though. Yesterday morning I fell while getting out of the shower. Something bad happened to my knee (involving twisting and being landed upon). I am hobbling off to the doctor this morning. It is much improved since yesterday (OWWW!!!) but still, I think today will involve minimal movement, and much knitting :)

Talking of knitting, I have made a good start on my cardigan, and am plugging away on the Mystery Stole.

Other excitement; the total eclipse of the moon. I have seen lots of lovely photos online, but my camera isn't up to the job.

And finally, yesterday the children didn't get dressed, but spent the day in their Egyptian 'dressup' clothes. Thanks, grandparents :)

28 Aug 2007


Monday afternoon was our appointment at the hospital with the Genetics Counsellor. We went through the report from Nalani's post mortem, and were given a definite diagnosis.

I am so glad this time of uncertainty is over.

Meanwhile, spring is doing it's best.

25 Aug 2007

Home again...

We're back home after a week away visiting my parents. During this visit I got LOTS of knitting done on my Mystery Stole, and completed the planned pencil roll. I also had lots of time hanging around the house with my parents. Perfect.

The next pencil roll will have a few adjustments, but I'm still happy with this one.
We spent some time visiting my grandfather, where the kids were happy to cuddle,
And on the way back we stopped for a bushwalk at Fitzroy Falls. It really is the most spectacular place.

14 Aug 2007

Don't you think it's a bit bright?

No, DH, I don't. Today I finished sewing my new handbag, Frenchy from Amy Butler. I am delighted with it - easy and logical to sew, and nice when complete.
The outside is a Kaffe Fassett for Rowan print, and the inside is an old Debbie Mumm leopard print. The top is a Nancy Crow print (also old).

We've been out to dinner tonight, for my FIL's birthday. 6 adults, 4 children (4,4,2,2.) We went to to a Turkish restaurant, and had a good time. The food was delicious, and subtle enough to please unadventurous palates. The children enjoyed dipping their bread into 6 different dips, and were well behaved. 45 minutes late to bed, but hopefully that's not enough to make a big difference tomorrow.

We've also had a playdate this morning. Lovely. The kids play incredibly well together, and I love chatting with my friend from Uni days.

13 Aug 2007

Weekend Report

On Saturday, I attended the Canberra Quilt Show. There were some astonishing quilts there, and also some incredibly ordinary quilts there. My favourites;
No, I've changed my mind. There was a sign stating that photography was permitted, but for personal use only, and it strikes me that this is not personal use.
My favourite quilt was a prize winning exhibit by Susan Matthews of some Boabab trees. I also enjoyed a pictorial landscape scene, and a fruit and vegie quilt (made with the same fabrics as I used in a cot quilt earlier this year.)
I think this is the first quilt show I have ever attended where I have not bought anything. I was keen to buy a bag 'kit', and a new pair of scissors, and open to anything new and exciting. I was a little tempted by some 'Dick and Jane' panels, but that was it.
I have spent a little time over the last few days sewing, and my new bag is coming together nicely. I plan to finish it tomorrow.
Regarding my last post - it's an invitation to receive a FREE GIFT! Doesn't anyone want to play?

10 Aug 2007

Pay It Forward Swap

Have you heard about this swap? Here are the details;

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week… LOL… but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

I'm joining through Vintage Pleasure, and would love to make something for you!

In other news, I have completed Clue 3 of my Mystery Stole. This brings me up to my usual position of working one clue behind the rest of the group.

It's windy here today, and I'm thrilled. Lately, when I've been lying in bed waiting to go to sleep, I've been wishing I could hear some wind. Michelle tells me winter's nowhere near over (dammit!) but our pansies are looking great.

And finally, a much requested photo of 'me and my baby';

8 Aug 2007

Drop Out

Yes, I am a drop out. I've given up on the idea of a Dear Jane quilt right now. There are too many other things I want to spend time doing, and my available time seems to be shrinking.
My three main projects right now are;

  1. Mystery Stole 3. It's looking good, but I'm still behind, and not likely to catch up. The main problem with working on this is that I'm not very experienced at lace knitting yet, so need very few distractions around me, and to be quite alert.

  2. My Jaywalker socks. I've only recently started on these, and they are straight forward knitting, just slow.

  3. Pencil Roll. This is a project I'm working on with presents in mind, based on these.

I'm also working on regaining my housekeeping mojo, and my fitness. Fitness is a longterm goal, and covers both emotional and physical areas. My first priority is making an effort to leave the house at least 3 days a week.

Winter seems to be coming to an end here. I was rather dreading the cold winters in Canberra, so am happy to know that we can survive (easily if the heater's working.)