31 May 2008

The Game

A fun with flickr game, as seen at Craftapalooza

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name



I don't know how to label photos, so my answers will remain somewhat mysterious!

26 May 2008

Piecing...

together the background for my new quilt. It's going well. I spent a couple of hours cutting pieces on Sunday morning, which would have been far less time had I actually bought a new rotary cutter blade. I tried the cutting through alfoil trick, but it didn't seem to help much and made a lot of tiny sharp aluminium slivers.



It's good weather for quilting here too. This photo is from my front doorstep at 8.30am this morning.



I spent a little time over the weekend knitting too. My 'allergic'type response has now extended to include mohair. Which is a worry, since last year I used this particular yarn to knit an entire cardigan without a problem! So, the twins hats still aren't done.

22 May 2008

Rolling, rolling, rolling

Well, I've spent some time folling my dyed skeins back into balls, and am fairly pleased with them so far. They have some lighter sections (which don't show up in these pictures) but I think they'll be fine when knitted.



I've also started knitting a hat for one of my twin nephews. This is made out of Bella Baby 'Layette', a 20% wool, 80% bamboo yarn using the Sweet Leaf pattern . It's looking good so far.

Yesterday, I started with another yarn, Patons Jet, which is 30% alpaca, 70% wool. I was wheezing before I'd finished casting on. So that's definitely the alpaca that causes me the problem them (the last yarn also had mohair in it.... but now I know.)


Finally, I've had another idea for the tree quilt I am considering. It started out yesterday in a very pictorial representation of my grandmother's painting below. My design has changed substantially, and I'm *nearly* ready to start cutting. Pink.

21 May 2008

WIP Wednesday

Yesterday, I decided that I need to be more accountable on how I'm using my available time. Nothing silly, but I do want to make the effort so spending time in creative pursuits is a daily affair.



Today, I dyed some wool, ready to become my own pair of Thuja socks.


First, I skeined 3 balls of Cleckheaton Country wool.




Next, soaked it in a bath of 3:1 water:vinegar for an hour.



Laid it all out on plastic wrap, and lavishly spooned over 1 1/2 bottles of food colouring. After cleaning up (the reason there is no photo of this step!), wrap the wool in a sausage shape with the plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Rinse, and dry.

It's still drying, but photos will be forthcoming tomorrow.

I also spent some time drawing a thought for my next quilt. Not too successfully, but it started off some other ideas....

17 May 2008

Sewing on Saturday




and having fun even. It's a cold, fairly miserable day here, so perfect to stay indoors and do seom sewing. The 'summer' themed apron swap is due to be posted June 1, and I've been having real trouble finding any hint of summer. In the end, I've gone with a tropical print, teamed with giant ricrac, and a more generic bright green floral.

I don't actually enjoy summer that much. Much increased risk of sunburn, too hot to spend much time outside, and of course all the plants dry out very quickly. A true summer theme around here is brittle yellow grass, and parched wilted gardens, lit by a bleaching sun. Which wouldn't make much of an apron (or a quilt either, thinking ahead to the next swap.)

So instead, my theme is more tropical - lush gardens on an expensive island resort. That's the kind of summer I can enjoy... although an apron probably would not be included in my luggage.

I'm making good progress on the apron, but have to pause while my DH has an afternoon nap (we keep theiron in our bedroom.)


Newsflash - it's finished :) Now I just have to finish knitting the dishcloth, and I'll be ready to post.

15 May 2008

Is that a trumpet I hear?

Well, similar - it's me, blowing my own horn, and showing off my completed Swallowtail shawl.

I'm pleased, and surprised :)

14 May 2008

Swallowtail, check!

Meaning, the Swallowtail shawl I have been knitting is finished. No pictures yet - today I will block the shawl (wet it, and pin it out flat to dry), and after that that pictures will be forthcoming. I did run out of wool, as I feared. Had to miss the last 4 rows of the chart, and 2 after it, and even then I ran while casting off, and had to revert to a crochet hook. That section of the castoff edge is really quite firm, so I'm hoping it blocks ok. Not that I've ever blocked anything before, so how will I really know anyway?

This morning, I've also signed up for the next round of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap - Summer. It's still open if you want to sign up too :)

Yesterday DH had the day off, primarily to volunteer at preschool. He had a great time, and got to dig over the gardens while there. Thinking about gardens, I dreamed last night that all my seeds came up. I'll have to check today. While Dh and the kids were at preschool, I went and had a mammogram. I didn't find it painful, so that was good. Even better, my results were just fine. I wasn't actually worried, but was definitely tense.

And finally, the kids had a good time yesterday playing with their cousins;

11 May 2008

Mothering Sunday

It's deeply autumnal here, as we celebrate Mother's Day. At first glance, this picture looks like springtime.

It's been a nice day today. This morning we all went shopping to buy bread, milk, a new bike for Lucas, and a bike helmet for Annabelle. Annabelle has now moved up to Lucas' old bike, and it's blue boyishness has been transformed with a pink basket, streamers on the handlebars, and a new pink 'Tinkerbell' helmet. They're both delighted. DH's parents came over for lunch, and helped build the new bike, and lay the lino floor in cubby house.

Lucas presented me with a delightful bookmark and massage that he learnt at preschool (my fingers are little rain, now they're heavy rain, now they're snow etc.)

Annabelle and her Daddy took me to choose a new charm for my Pandora bracelet. I got a sheep. Nice, but hard to photograph.

My Mum rang, delighted with her gift of playing cards with our kids photographs on their backs.

In other news, Lucas has joined a hockey team. Hilarious.

8 May 2008

Housekeeping...

Well, I'm working away on my projects.

First, and amazing pouch to enclose my Mum's Mother's Day present in. Amazing, since it's knitted on 2 needles and is seamless. I just have to find a button, and sew in the ends now. Oh, and pop in the present (personalised playing cards) and get the kids to make a card.


Next is my desk. Always a work in progress.


Thirdly, my Swallowtail shawl. Progressing well, although I'm a little worried about running out of yarn.


I'm also auditioning fabrics for the summer round of the Sassy Apron Swap. This time the recipient of my apron has a blog, so I'm hoping for a little feedback on the apron. In the spring swap, I never even heard if my (blogless) recipient received her apron.



And finally, I'm awaiting inspiration for my Hungry Caterpillar quilt. Thanks to a swap with another Australian blogger, we've both got a few more of these imported prints. My sister's babe's not due for a month or two but it would be nice to have a plan!

1 May 2008

Quilted!



At last, the Four Season Quilt (Spring) is on it's way. To the USA, if you'd like a hint!



Today we visited Parliament House for lunch, which the kids were very excited about. I was excited to visit it's Post Office (since this eliminated another errand!)


I also finally released my Kaffe Fassett fat quarters from their bag, and have decided they're definitely too beautiful to be used in little projects.