Lunch just called at the cricket, I've just finished half a pair of socks made from leftovers and I'm making an effort to start finishing off some log cabin patchwork that has sat patiently in a box for 9 years.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
I know... two posts in one day... what's the world coming to?
I finally got around to sewing the buttons on this cardigan last night. It's the Garter Yoke Cardi pattern by Melissa LaBarre which was very popular a couple of years ago. It's taken me a while to get around to making it. Of course now everyone on Ravelry has been making her more recent pattern Tea Leaves (which I will get around to... eventually....).
The wool is my own handspun and the fleece came straight off the sheep's back, shorn by C's dad. I love that I know the entire life-cycle/manufacturing-cycle of this cardi (well.... except for the buttons... they came from the Buttonmania sale and I've no idea where they were manufactured) and that I did everything except shear the sheep myself (I'll happily leave that bit to the expert).
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Bathroom renovations are in-progress. There is nothing left of the old bathroom. New cabinetry has been installed. The plasterer and tiler are next.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
There's plenty of knitting happening at the House of Paisley. These socks used up the leftovers from three other pairs of socks. Sock recipe is the Discovery Sock from Cat Bordhi's "Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters" which I'm enjoying a great deal more than I anticipated.
Also on the go is a handspun cardigan (just the sleeves to go), self-striping train-knitting socks, and some secret December-birthday knitting.
I'm getting quite excited as my bathroom is to be renovated (ie: completely gutted and replaced) at the end of September. I've lived with my tired, beyond-redemption-as-retro 1960s pink tiles for long enough. Hopefully all goes well without too many catastrophes and I will be able to post before and after pics in my October blog post (since I seem to be averaging just the one post a month at the moment).
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
The OHS team just breezed through the office, handing these out to everyone on the floor.
Everyone gets an orange with a little flag on it. In case you can't read the flag (crappy phone-camera pic), it says "health, safety & wellbeing" on one side and "Beat the cold this winter! Winter health tips are online now".
I guess they really do have our welfare at heart. :-)
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Peeking out the top....
A different screen-saver for each time-out
Now I'm having fun finding all the free Kindle stuff on Amazon. Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice were the first downloads.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
.... I cannot blog every day for a month.
Yesterday I did a crash course in the basics of how to use the manual settings on my DSLR. It's all about getting the balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We learnt about the nature of each of these variables and how tweaking them up or down will affect the exposure of the shot.
At lunch after the session I got my knitting out and applied my new found knowledge to shoot an in-progress shot of the green cardigan of doom. This is indoors without a flash and even has a little bit of depth of field. This makes me very happy. I now have the tools to experiment more and start really seeing what my expensive camera can do.
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I love the black and red grandmothers flower garden blocks here.
And for something a little bit different, how about these skulls?
Or maybe some weaving?
Then there's these fabulous new fabrics in the shop I dare not set foot in...
Much better to take inspiration from this stash-busting example.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
The scales and I have never have had a super-happy relationship, but at the moment I feel like they are teasing me mercilessly. They will not go under 100kg. They'll hover just above it, creep up to 101, creep back to 100-point-something, but they will not go under.
Still, I guess it's better than where they were sitting in January this year.
And look how well the nail polish has lasted from the pedicure I got in Washington four weeks ago.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Now that the black cardigan knitting is done, dusted and wet-blocking (cold damp Melbourne weather means that it dries very slowly...), I can get on with a new winter cardigan for myself. Here is my sorry excuse for a swatch. I'm getting gauge, so let's just start knitting and see how we go. Hopefully I'll get this done before the cool weather is through.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
I finally finished the knitting on Seabreeze's cardigan last night. I swatched before starting this project. I even washed the swatch, which is unusual for me. So while I was knitting away, I kept looking at it, thinking, "this looks too small, it looks way too small..... but I got gauge after washing my swatch, so all should be ok.... I hope....."
The Yarn Harlot recently posted about wet-blocking before sewing up so I took inspiration and this morning I gave the pieces a little bath, then spent some time pinning them out so that they matched the measurements on the schematic. You know what? I think it's going to be ok.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
The coming of the cold weather brings the obligatory increase in the desire for soup. I had a surfeit of a-bit-too-old carrots in the fridge, so I tried out this recipe. Easy peasy, tasty and I had everything handy.
The cryptic crossword is from yesterday's paper. Mum will ring later today and we will compare notes and try and finish it off together.
Friday, 4 June 2010
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
A friend asked for toddler-sized gloves as she couldn't find any in the stores. I told her that they don't make them very often because it's such a pain to get toddlers little fingers into them, but that I would make one for her to try out. If she can get this on her little girl's hand, then I'll make the pair to go with it.
It's funny thing this glove. When I finished it I held it up and kept thinking there's finger missing. I counted the fingers and the thumb on the glove, and then counted the fingers on my hand, as if I had forgotten how many fingers can be found on a normal human hand.
The numbers match, but somehow it doesn't look quite right.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
... I got a bee in my bonnet about using up some of my sock yarn leftovers and having another pair of good plain socks to take on my next holiday, fished out my recently acquired copy of Cat Bordhi's Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters and knit nearly this entire sock. I had to stop after The Bill finished as my fingers were starting to cramp, so I finished off the cuff on Sunday morning.
Second sock is well underway, but going not-so-fast.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
....not some freaky flattish set of toes.
My blogging mojo, which wasn't very vigourous to begin with, has dropped off a bit lately. I'm still knitting, still taking photos, still loving reading other people's blogs and hanging out way too much on Ravelry....
But the urge to write is not terribly strong right now. I hope to return, in some form, soon.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Catching up on sleep.
Watching Torah Bright win gold in Vancouver
Didn't get much knitting done in Japan - about half a sock.
Despite being able to take my knitting on the plane, I was too catatonic to do any in-flight. But it was nice to know that I could have.
Only landed on my bum three times on the icy streets.
Snow shoeing is really hard work, but the views were so worth it.
I think I left a t-shirt and pair of undies in Nikko.
The Japanese drive on the same side of the road as us, but on roundabouts, they give way to the left, so you can enter a roundabout, but then have to give way to other traffic on the left entering the roundabout.
Lots of photos here.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
I wore it once - to an Anzac day BBQ if I remember correctly - and a friend snapped a photo of me in it. I looked at the photo, decided that it made me look even more like a lumpy grey apple than usual and shoved it away in the cupboard, never to be worn again.
Then I started seeing versions of the Shalom Cardigan popping up on Ravelry and I thought "oh, I should frog that vest and re-knit it into this some time".
And finally, early one Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I got a bee in my bonnet and spent it frogging, winding, washing and hanging out great big skeins of bulky weight yarn. I cast on that evening.
I'm so glad I did. This is much better. Full project details are ravelled here.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Today I took some photographs of some of the yarn stash. A couple of pretty recent acquisitions, but mostly stuff that has been sitting at the bottom of various receptacles for too long. I have plans for most of it, but I only have two hands.
Good thing that this stuff has a long shelf life.
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Cast-off last night: (toe-up) Riverbed in Vinnland Socks
Plotting and Planning:
- next train knitting sock selection
- travelling-in-Japan-in-February sock selection
- flights to the US in April/May (golf, Grand Canyon and perhaps a "popover" to DC)
- and in the meantime, trying to stay cool in Melbourne's January heat.