30 Sep 2007

Southern Summer of Socks

I have joined this knitalong, which starts tomorrow (wonder when it ends.... March 31) I have plenty of sock wool, and am hoping this will provide some motivation.

Sock wool I own;
1. Hot socks pink/purple/blue fake fair isle
2. Posh Yarn Emily purple/blue
3. Posh Yarn Saskia pink/apricot/green
4. Posh Yarn unknown but feels wonderful
5. Opal self patterning
6. Opal cotton
7. Opal Prisma blue
8. Opal Prisma green
9. Opal Prisma red
10. Posh Yarns Lei (wool/bamboo/silk) ....in transit...

Currently on the needles, Jaywalkers in Opal Hundertwasser.

My aim for this project;

Knit at least one pair of socks per month.

It would also be nice if they were as much of a work of art as this;

This museum image created here

Felting is FUN!

The kids and I spent the week with my parents, as planned, and had a lovely time. That really is the best thing about being home with my children full time - the freedom to pursue whims, or take timeout as necessary.

I spent a lot of time knitting, and managed to complete my French Market Bag. Here's the before picture,

and the after.

As can be seen above, the bag easily carries 5 Teletubbies.

Mum's washing machine is far superior to mine for felting purposes, and created a lovely texture in the wool. I'm knitting like crazy, and plan to take a stash of items ready to be felted with me when we next visit.
In springtime news, the Currawongs in the nest in our yard have hatched, although we can't yet see them. Mum and Dad have a Mudlark sitting on eggs in a tree at their place (fascinating to see they are called mudlarks because they make their nest out of mud - der!)

23 Sep 2007

What a day!

I achieved a life time goal today - to see a platypus in the wild. We visited Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, for a BBQ lunch and play in the adventure playground, and then went for a bushwalk.

Like most amateur platypus photos, it's a shocker, and the closer ones not much better. Oh well.

We also spotted a koala in a tree, but these are not a naturally occurring population, although they do have a very large area over which to roam.

In the 2003 bushfires which engulfed Canberra, Tidbinbilla was thoroughly burnt. The regrowth is flourishing, as can clearly be seen in this photo, with the burnt trees providing a backdrop to the new plants.

The kids and I are spending the week with my parents, so there should be lots of knitting done - I'm hoping to finish my French Market Bag (although I'm still only on the base.)
I've signed up for the Southern Summer of Socks, so come October 1 will be getting stuck into some sock knitting.

22 Sep 2007

Sunny Saturday

It's a beautiful day today, and I have spent it shopping, and stitching. Sounds perfect to me.

Firstly, 2 new washcloths. The pink one looks like it could be a Cinderella dress, but will hang nicely on a tap. Both are patterns from the Monthly Dishcloth KAL.

I have also been working on the Rugz 4 Kidz charity rug. I have finished my section, and will be ready to post on Monday.

I forgot to take a photo of my new project, but I have started on a French Market Bag. I'll be spending some time with my parents this week, and I think it will make a great take-along project.

Outside we have the chooks in their new run.

The tulips I got for Mother's Day are getting ready to flower, and I think these lovely things are rhododendrons (but of course may be wrong, having just heard about them without actualy seeing them myself before.)

The strawberry plants also seem to be settling in, and we are writing a list of vegies to plant next weekend


19 Sep 2007

Knitting again

I've been spending some time with washcloths.

They're fun, quick, and made from non-allergenic cotton. Perfect for my needs.

There are more, but these are the only photographs I have.

So far, I've just been stockpiling them away, ready for new baby gifts, but soon I'll be ready to use one.

Oh, and I forgot to mention my new button. This blog will be going pink in October. More information here. Breast cancer has taken it's toll on several important people in my life.

16 Sep 2007

The Name Game

(which I stole from Caity)

The Name Game

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car),
Heidi Tribute

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie),
Cookie dough Anzac

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name),
makes no sense

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal),
Pink Warthog

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born),
Constance Victoria

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
The purple vanilla latte

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers),
Ed Roberts

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy),
Safari Allsort (!)

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ),
Catherine Wilson

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter),
Burney Budapest

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower).
Spring Freesia

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
Raspberry Glass (es)

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),
Toasty Wollemi

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”)
The Knitting Storm Tour

What fun :) YOUR TURN NOW!!

12 Sep 2007

Death in the Suburbs

Sounds like a Hamish MacBeth mystery, doesn't it!

Unfortunately, we were visited by a fox this morning, and Blackie is now dead.

The kids were surprised by the discovery of her headless body, but don't seem too shocked. It happened around 6.30, by which time I thought all foxes would be back to bed, but obviously not.

Brownie and Whitey are staying in the opposite end of their pen, despite treats being offered. Poor things.

9 Sep 2007


It's been a great day here. We've built the chook pen, and installed the chooks (they look a little unimpressed, but bad luck to them!).

This afternoon we planted an apple tree, and set up a strawberry pot system.

I have a worry though - either I'm suffering really badly with a spring time hayfever thing, or I'm showing signs of being allergic to the jumper that I'm knitting. I really hope it's the pollen.

Sunny Sunday

It's a beautiful day today, and I'm playing on the computer while DH is having a sleep-in. The kids are playing dressups (again.) We visited the Zoo during the week and saw this lovely little blue wren. I think they may well be my favourite birds ever.

I have done a little work on some Christmas stitchery ornaments, and hope to finish them off this afternoon. Ooh, I just searched the blog for any other information on these, and I was actually sewing them on January 4, 06.

Later, we will be building a pen for the chooks, as I am sick of them wandering all over the yard. Their favourite spot to sit while out is the back doormat, which is very unhygienic. I am also ready to do some spring plantings in the vegie garden, and the chooks will just eat the seedlings unless they are confined.
During the week, Annabelle had her hair cut. She seems pleased, and it looks much neater.

The days are still cool, but spring is definitely on the way.