Saturday, September 13, 2014

Feeling up there!!!

Im over the worst of that flu,it was a nasty one,Im still tired and need a good nights sleep but soon Ill be back at it,I found for a few days I can get up at 5.15 and spin some before getting son no 5 out and his lunch made,Im sometimes well mostly not late for work but I can work back to cover that,in that time I get some me time for the brain to recover,
currently working on an essay involving Platos principles pertaining to Beauty,Ive chosen Dobells controversial work of "Sir Joshua Smith",1943.oil on cavas.

William Dobell,“Sir Joshua Smith”,1943,(Australian,1899-1970) oil on canvas,122x81,Art Gallery NSW, reproduced from Art Gallery of NSW,  (accessed 14/09/2014)

When I first saw this I thought .wow what an undecidably ugly unattractive painting but it has grown on me and I can look at it now and enjoy the process. Anyhow I have to discuss its beauty according to Plato,Im enjoying this but boy its difficult to understand Plato as he or rather the scholars who are discussing his ideas, talk in riddles,just when I think I have a clear understanding,I get lost,because it is a 3rd year essay I have to get it right...
anyhow nearly done with baby blanket,on the fifth bobbin of Finn,the other fleece is sitting there looking at me and I hve feeling its going to wonderful o spin as I washed a staple when it had arrived and I spun it into the current finn/corrie lot last night and wow its wonderful really soft and not as downsy as this current fleece.
so Im not much ahead in projects but Im enjoying not pushing,I have started a pair of socks in some merino from I think loyal? or cleckheaton,in variegated Blues,Birthday for Mother if not done then Christmas gift for someone,havent balled up the yarn from Mandie of EGMTKS either,a shawl and socks there too,I think Mandies shutting her shop,so sad but her new ventures look great and exciting.
Anyway I missed the best show of the wild flowers,too sick to go out but a few pics of the better side of my yard,Hubbys got stuff everywhere,one day ill have my beautiful flower garden back,oh and Bunny decided the new azalea I put in is yummy,its trying to flower too,so better get some chicken wire up
 the only vegies I have at moment,have cut old garden back will soak and finish this week to plant zucchinis,spring onions and lazy housewife beans,only useful vegies this time,water cost too much

 The pig face I knocked a cutting off from the BP servo,lol with permission of course
 Big Red soon to be chopped back and heaps of cutting potted,Big Pinks just taking off,the orange one and a bouble white too,when Hubby gets all teh shop gear off front verandah Ill have at least six flowering geraniums, heaps of flowers coming and going,
" Thunderstorm" eromophilia

 yellow eromophilia

 Western red bottle brush on its way to a magnificent display
 beautiful display of Geraldton wax or tea tree,secong is dying back on the left.
 the blank spot Im waiting to add a burgandy tea tree when I can find one,poor sick kangeroo paw there too.

The promise of color,needed the big clutter is trim back this year,a bit of careful work there,loads of thorns involved...
Oh did I say I missed out on Ixchel Fibres Ronadlsay Fibre this week,no time but would have like two of the blue orangey ones

Friday, September 05, 2014

Well Im behind...

Yes,this dreadful disease the boys brought home has been the pits,fatigue and simply "summer cold" type that went on for 5 weeks til the major sinus stuff took over,its taken to my chest, I have crusty eyes at night and they even start running at times during the day,no voice,the boys think thats funny,seriously I haven't been this ill since my baby was 1 months old and even then it lead to a horrid turn at mastitis,the doctor told me it was highly likely the infection was blood born and end up in the milk ducts,terrifying as previously I thought breast cancer was coming my way. Anyhow I vee been on non penicillin ,Riximyacin I think its called,but it took a good three days to kick in,I still went to work,I still run my sons to and from mine bus 4.20am 65ks to Kal then back go to work then back into Kal 65Ks to pick him up,he hit a roo in other car also my little Rio was it,and no way was anyone else driving it,yes mad and now just simply exhausted,btu on the up side I can read now,still a hacking clumpy cough but eyes are better,hes got dream car,a black Holden Colorado,he s going to be broke for a while but Im happy as hes not going to the defence force now.
Last night I read the first one and a half chapters of text book before a major (to me) asthma attack scared me and ended study session,Doctors roused and even when i came back with son for his turn of more pills he sternly roused again,MUST TAKE PREVENTER, yes I hear you,wasnt real keen o this bloke,one of those foreign types you know,difficult to understand,but Im slowing warming to him,his mate I avoid ,both Egyptian I think,I do hope this one in particular ends up a valuable as the last Indian Doctors we had,they were almost part of the family.
I haven't obviously done too much more in knitting etc though a little bit of spinning has seen that rainbow top almost there,an hour and itll be done I feel,the baby blanket is waiting for that extra ball to do the last of the lace edge,not much more on sons first sock but am very happy with the result sooo far.
I have two balls of White Gum wool arrived,in a lovely dark red and a stormy blue,destined to hats for Hubby and myself,hes insisting on wearing the ratty possum one,so glad summers appearing,gives me more time to get these projects done. White Gum is beautifully soft and I love the story behind her wool production.
Ive dug out a couple other project I hope to finish too,handspun,ones a shawl Ive designed myself in denim blues,the other is the leftover from a merino top won as part of a Christmas package,the sock I did are my bed socks now,so soft and warm

the next project is mitten with beads,finally found those in another bag so that project is sitting here waiting. I still have to ball up that green sock wool too,one will be a travelling woman shawl now one socks and the third i dont know,Christmas is getting closer,so I should get moving, I did spy some interesting baby wool in local shop which came home also socks for end of year.gee the list gets longer....

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last practical Unit

I up for six months of essay work,four plus two exams,oh what fun,today i spent time doing some fun stuff like this while the one down further was the last drawing for sub which Im not sure the tutor wanted but I added to last exercise with the other textural ones

 Im not done with the nuts yet either supposed to be a bit of ruby happening in there but didnt want to go too far for the sake of the sub lol
Anyway Knitting

  • nearly done with Tirimasu Blanket but I fear Ill be ordering another ball of cream 8 ply as its used more than I thought and the actual thought of undoing up to 6 rows back is daunting and I can use that extra wool someplace
  • Hew socks are at the heel
  • Im going to finish that scarf this week,
  • Also will wind skeins and start Christmas shawl
  • and the rainbow top,will get most of it done tonight below is what I had to do,down to last foot or so

Im dreadfully sick with a nasty flu well its past the runny nose and fever,it a heavy infection at top of the lung by the feel of it,breathing is heavy and coughing copious amounts of yuck that leaves the poor throat aching,I found taking two ibuprofen helps I get about three hours relief still coughing but the ache isn't as bad,I swear next year Ill be getting a flu shot.Ive gone to work on everyday and so has my older son who I think brought it home probably from one of the other traddies who came back from holidays over seas. Ive been sick for nearly 5 weeks hes has for up to two months,its come to him not eating enough and vomiting etc so I took him to the last surgery in Kal when I picked him up from the mine bus and they are testing fro every thing but didnt give him antibiotics. I suspect that horrible N1H1 otherwise known as Swine flu.
Hope we find out very soon
Now the gardens at work have progressed well,I have to pick up 100 pots of color from Nursery in Kalgoorlie next week,plant another load of shrubs and trees,the best part is Ive got sports oval marked with help from Hubby (hes usedhis wizz bang maths head as usual) and Chiquita my lovely new offsider.the pump on the marker lasted just enough time lol.The light rain yesterday I hope hasnt ruined our work,other wise the now cleaned out pump(paint got into bushes) HAS to work.
This is all I have of new works on top of my stuff but you can see some of the new garden bed there with the native grasses etc

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A quick one

Im feeling exhausted but felt like writing a wee post,I have two more major works to do by Saturday,research to finalise,a couple experiments to follow up then link a few back to a fav artists  but I have these bits to show off experimentals and one main one...

this last one is influenced by the charcoal  gum tree that was left standing in the Warrunbungles after that horrible fire 2011 if I have year correct
anyhow I have more wool,two balls for socks for a christmas gift, shropshire top,and two balls of Loyal in hot pink and purple for a pair of mitten in an unusual pattern destined for a late bday gift for a work mate,hope she like the color combo
pattern here

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spring is coming

Im sitting here trying to find wheelbarrow words for the art research I had done for current sub,Im not going too bad but run out of puff so thought a bit of free lance writing would help,lol,now I can say I am absolutely thrilled with my new work partner,shes down to earth and sticks to her self like me and understands the issues that can come about in the work place,I can also say I will have no problem clearing off for a bit of time out next year,the odd day this year wont hurt either,the other person is still in the wings and although Im seeing a few things like i cant go to local hair dresser anymore etc  I have removed myself mentally from that arena,I still think I should have more support well support full stop and the labor relations people will probably stir crap a bit but hey i can now say i look forward to going to work,new work mate is fond of a coffee ,our roasted brew and with great conversation a bit change from a couple months ago
The birds a re singing and although a bit cool still theres a brightness to the air

the gardens are coming alive,this last one with the yellow daisy is as strong in color as it is in smell,I know cause I was under it yesterday planting pink flowering butterfly bush,its supposed to be 50cm the butterfly bush I mean, but I do recall seeing them higher,. The yellow one is at least a metre,Im hoping to get more of them as I have four more rock gardens to fill. I have heaps of money yet to spend on these grounds with the long weekend in September 40th Reunion,just as well as the school has reportedly lost $250 000 from budget next year so Im getting in and planting as many per annuals as I can so I can propagate next year,showing my new pal how to do this so she can get right into it too,any excess we ll give to the fete f they get off their butts and do it next year
Not much hand work to show Im nearly halfway with baby blanket, Bendigo Luxury is brilliant to use,soft but hold shape and no splitting. A local lad I known for years is going to be a Dad later this year and was thinking (rather foolishly) I should do one for them,time? well i order the wool and if I do Ill get to it,not that they ll need it before next winter and its more for his Mum Id do it. Working this in cream is a bit difficult as I do a few rows a work at break time and have to be careful if Ive been working in grass or soil in case I end up staining it.
I cant believe the number of birds we have in our garden,hopefully with more bushes planted later I can encourage the local wrens to move in..

curtisy of  accessed 16/08/2014
I included this pic as it very close to what we have out here shrub wise,when i walk out there with Tilly,the JR.I can hear them twittering like mad and then a flash of brown with a blue following in hot pursuit and they re gone....Im aiming on getting a hide and setting it up so i can have a chance to get a pic or two

I have a new fleece arrive too from Fairview Alpacas, a beautiful Finn Coriedale 7/8,uncovered,I had ordered a covered fleece jusy 700 grams but they already sold it at Bedingo and the lovely people offered this one in replacement,also have offered to hold a covered fleece when they shear in Novenmber,hoping to get a fleece from the Gotland people too and that ll keep me busy for a year,washing a small bit later to see how it goes,the other finn Ive been spinning is a merino cross so the corrie here shold be easier to handle

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Still alive

Im still here and still going,had a rough month,Im looking forward as if I let my guard down Ill shatter to a million pieces
Moving on,Im on the last two weeks of last sub for Var26,it all Chinese ink and creating bits about layering and mark making,the last I dont thnk Ive covered very well but over all I will pass and with luck it ll be in the 70s which is a distinction,samples of some stuff

and a finished project and on nearly there,hand spun colr samples of merino silk,plied with cormo single,in linen stitch,its so nice,for those with tactile sense,its truley squishy joy

Katia Darling,very slippery but cosy sock,my pattern used up both balls
Currently doing a Bendigo Luxury 8ply baby blanket in the Tirimisu pattern,using 5mm for the soft handle
,trying to find time to start a pair of sock in the same but black for Hew and a 10 ply watchman hat for Patrick
There a little update which is better than none....ta ta!!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hello again!!!

Hello Im back,Im doing this post while I write up the criteria for my first sub of this unit
Now you can see I have yet another shawl off the needles,this one is a Morrison Merino  lime lemon lace weight i knit with two strands,it was a single ball given to me at the last Retreat in Toodyay,the lovely lass was probably not aware it had been moth eaten but i pressed on and simply joined the ends (after a visit to the microwave to kill the blighters), i did a smash up in a way of the 3S shawl,its very light so I put a row of blue black beads on the end in an effort for interest and weight,Im thinking wearing with black or white or grey.Also finally finished a pair of Alpaca mittens in a ball of alpaca I got about 4 years ago at the Southern Cross show ,the breeder was from Merridan,off the grid and abit snooty ( I think she thought I was competition as I had the spinning wheel demo job and they placed me in the middle of the blasted showground without shade) but the yarn made up from her herd was fab!!

 And I got the carder out too after washing a kilo of Finn merino

 Lastest drawings,yes they follow a criteria so no not a piece of work

 A morphed lotus seed pod,lol
 a sketch transformed into a morph of two objects a guitar tuner and pearl brooch
Warm and windy here today,after 0' nights it was pleasant change,work again tomorrow, yucky,but a least the bigg jobs done,shifting nearly 20 tonne of garden soil to new garden beds in prep for the 40th anniversary of High School in september. Hopefully back soon