Thursday, May 24, 2007


Sick,sick sick...............
I ve been down with the kids bug for three days now,fortunately i was able to go to the Docs and get one of those sick Certs for the boss on Wednesday,miserable as I was it was worth it.I will be back at work on Monday and I hope with fingers crossed it doesnt affect my application for this position in August.
The Doctor was understanding when I told him the conditions of my job,starting work in very low temperatures that if I went back a bit earlier may casue this bug to hang around(2' this week,brrrr) I dread old age as a simple cold can lay me out for days and lingering effects for weeks, now whats it going to like then.He laughed when I told him............
Anyway Im feeling a lot better today and am sort wishing for a nice thick steak Sambo,Hubby was going into Kal to pick up some bricks to start filling in the laundry door so he could put the new window in as soon as the council got their finger out and approve our renos.Lunch was on the agenda....He was real keen on me coming too...
However He told me a short while ago, he wasnt going in til later(the truck might be in at 2) so there goes my sambo as I think the youngest boy is coming down with this bug too and may need picking up.I would have like to get into town early and out(I really wanted to get to the wool shop to get a couple of sets of needles for the Fuzzy Feet project,shhhhh) the sambo was a extra yummy,alas.....Im putting weight anyway...
Now Ive been fiddling around trying to work out how other knitting bloggers have been able to put up on their blogs items such as items finished,% completed and catorgizing their links,eg Shops,patterns fav blogs etc.Ive put in my template as a heading on the blog list My Favourite Peoples but it never came up and I couldnt really be bothered going back in.
Now Ive set another blog and its come up as the new style one(I actually worked out how to put a picture in the header,gasp) but Im not game to transfer this one over as Im dont know how much of my old settings Ill loose,Has anyone else gone through this?
If you have, how did you transfer any old stuff?
I presume Id be losing my favourite links etc ....hmmmm I may attempt it later when I have some more brain power...But if anyone can offer some advice from their experiences ,I would be grateful,
Now Im off to try some of EGMTK dyes she sent over on some BFL...Stay tuned for pictures!
PS ive joined this
And found this ,theres a couple of funny videos(found it on Bloggers help pages this morning) Roll down to the videos,a comic or two on the way.....

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Oh I love getting parcels, though DH is miffed as he was expecting more computor bits!!!

I give you.....

Cascade 220 in Raspberry from Yarns Online,its simply lovely, the colour! These are destined for Fuzzy feet,theres three skeins which Im going to share with my friend Kym who Im going to teach to knit a sock,(and as she loves slipper socks after I did a toe up one for her a while ago) this will be perfect opportunity t show the basic construction!!!

And here is the truely colourful Citrine from Yarnivorius herself, handspun of course,Im thinking those Fetching agian but may try a different finger mitten yet,the colour is unbeleivable!

And Socks That Rock from Lynnes stash,I think I very nearly broke the keyboard getting to the email page to ask for it when she first offered it!I seen this wool often and now I have skein for for meeeee!

Anyway I ve decided to join the STR Club next intake if I can,thee are too many delicious(love that word!) colours out there in the Club Members Blogs now.....

Remember the socks from the weekend? this is an update....

The first was finished by night fall Monday,I did a bit here and there through the day.The second I started at Smoko this morning with Lunch time thrown in,(I did have an extra tea break as the Darling boys have given me their lovely bug so dizzy spells have been the order of the day) In the last photo you can see the slip st Ive carried down the foot and its worked out very well.The recipient will be pleased I think!!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Sunday Knitting

The day has started cold with a bit misty effects with a light wind ,that to sit close to BH to block it out was lovely as we sat and cheered the U 13s on during the only Kambalda game for the day!

I started that friends sock in a stripey blue and pink that I wasnt really sure of but after getting through to row 20 it was looking ok! Now i know the last pair I did for this person became her savior with the cold nights and the even colder house they were living in ,sitting on a little 2 bar heater huddled together(nice to be young and no kids!).

That pair of socks Kate has by the sounds of it are worn lovingly thin, mind you if she had known the effort that went into making them,she may not have used them as SLIPPERS! So this pair are the super quick and boringly easy stocking st type that just fly off the needles!

Now Im going to work out the pattern and post it as I used aran or ten ply yarn that i dyed some time ago.It started out as Clinker Yarn from KMart which I beleive Rachel managed to score quite a few on special.I managed to get a few but mostly in black as I had grand plans to make vests for my two youngest boys,last winter (how ambarrassingly behind is that) anyway i discovered after that, it was 10 ply!!!!! and now have to work out the pattern anyway.This also haulted any sock making until now. Im so far pleased with it and not being too coarse ,its knitting up fairly quickly and Im up the heeel,Yippee.

Now I would have gotten past that as it only took about 20 mins to knit the leg but unfortunately my son Pat was dealt a nasty blow to the face towards the last few mins of game! A quick trip to the Kal Hospital resulted in going back home to our local nursing station because we would have been stuck waiting in emergency for up to 2 hours . Being only 35mins from home it made sense to do that, as there was in all probability, no waiting line!

As it was, he sustained a deep gash to his left eyebrow(seems to be an awful lot of fatty tissue in that spot!) When we got back there the duty nurse informed us that both resident doctors were in Perth,heaven help anyone if there was major mine accident! Pat was given gas to ease the pain while it was glued back together as she couldnt stitch it herself. Well , Ive had gas a few times while in labour bringing these beautiful boys into the world but by jingoes,Pat got better value than me!!!! he was as high as a kite!!!!!!!!!!! The Nurse and myself giggled with him,it was so funny!

Apart from a bit of a sore face hes doing OK and is villified in knowing that the other player was in trouble for an apparent illegal stick action but the whole team sent their whole hearted apollagies etc but at least I was able to get half a sock done!!!!!!!!!

I have this wool dyed also in what I called a Galah colourway as it supposed to be purple and pink but the colour didnt blend so it came out a funny grey silvery effect with pink and white.Now I think I will do up socks for me in the future of course.
Im after the soles that I saw on Ebay where you sew them onto the bottom of the socks so the soles are protected.i could cut them out of thin leather myself but I would love to do the precut ones.The moccasun (It that spelt right?) bottoms on thick socks would be great as I couldnt find slippers for the two younger boys and having all that stash meant it was gong to good use as well! the only other thing I can think of is to contact the sheep skin (Searched slipper socks on google) people in NZ to see if i can buy a few off them! Hmmm I might have another look around.....

The post has arrived

This week has been exciting with email bringing not one but two parcels of goodies!

The first was from the lovely, hi Mandie!!!! Ewe Give Me The Knits with a absolutely gorgeous 200g bag of merino.The colours had to be seen in person to appreciate the true colour,a mixture of blues,greens and purples! And so soft!! The latest copy of Wildfibres that Ive been drooling over on their own site,was going to get a sub to it! And tree new colours to add to my collection, Mist,Cloud Ears and heath,lovely pastels that are the opposite to what I have been using but a nice change! Mandie also put in a sample of I think is moody doo,I will ask her to make sure! Also check Mandies up and coming additions to her stock,or maybe I should keep it to myself, Buffolo Gold,yes sirey, I got the patterns sorted,Im raring to go,needles poised.............

The second parcel is the first icelandic roving Ive seen and cant wait to try it. The wool is obviously a mix of guard hair and soft down but I can see why its popular,it feels soft and warm in its roving state,I hope I dont ruin it by overspinning!
I really need to knit,or should I say finish the vests Ive been half doing since last winter,I couldve used them this week with the weather going cold to warm and back again, I have a green Cleckheaton Silk and enough of other "stuff" in the stash for at least two more but Ive sort of fell in love with Knittys Morestripes and have earmarked the wool from a US Ebay woolshop and while purusing that site came across the Lornas Laces "Black Purl" which Ive been also lusting after.Now Ive never felt this LL so Im curious ,does it match up to its price? Has anyone who s knitted with it for socks at least found it to be worth the price tag? Please let me know as Im hitting that buy button this week IF my yarn budget can fit it in!
OK Im off to try some sunny corner knitting,nearing finished my Mums socks and must get a bit done on CPH,really need it,its cold here! Then again,theres also ,,,OMG,I have aweek to start and finish those socks for friend on European holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A bit of trivia

I found this on a Favourite blog,Knitobssession,she has the most divine shawl happening!
Anyway i thought i would put this up for fun!

Edit the list, bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.
Afghan/Blanket, Two down three to go!
I-cordGarter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch all the time
Socks: top-down Heaps!
Socks: toe-up One pair down and one on the needles
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up Easy ones
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat Charity
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL Central Park Hoodie,My First Toe Ups
Sweater Quite a few

Drop stitch patterns The famous Clapotis
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns Yep but cant remember what

Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting
Twisted stitch patterns Played with them
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting?
Charity knitting KOGO of course!
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan The first thing I knitted besides the garter st scarf,Nana started me off with
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles lots!
Knitting with your own handspun yarn Have enough to make lots o'things!
Slippers The wools on its way..............
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments Well sort of,still working on it,LOL
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran
) Love them
Lace patterns Yep,won first prize for a handspun and knitted lacey vest in the nineties
Publishing a knitting book
Scarf See Mothers Day Stall piccies!
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Isnt that normal knitting!
Knitting to make money Oh yes,$85 a jumper in the 80's

Button holes Baby cardies
Knitting with alpaca So Soft!!!
Fair Isle knitting Yep see Knitting for a Living
Norwegian knitting Circular knitting like lopi knitting?
Dying with plant colors Did a bit as a teenager
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…) All those named!
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs oH yes ,SOXS Rule
Holiday related knitting All knitting is like a holiday!!!!
Teaching a male how to knit Do my boys count?
Bobbles Heaps of them
Knitting for a living Believe it or not I knitted for Jane Signature Handknits in Sydney when I left school
Knitting with cotton Dish cloths............and that blasted Bolero
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn OMG need you ask......

Knitting art
Knitting with wool Pure bliss
Textured knitting Isnt all knitting textured....????
Kitchener BO LOve it
Purses/bags hmmm sort half way done....

Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO I think i know what this is
Entrelac This still beats me but I will get it one day
Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting The Bond Knitting machine!!!!
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn,I think I will keep quiet
Stuffed toys, aknitting kit bought for me by Mum as an 8yo, a bee!
Baby items I have 5 sons...........
Knitting with cashmere Would love this!
Knitting with synthetic yarn Yucky but kids TV blankets are easier to wash
Writing a pattern
The tea cosy?
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine, all the time
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift, heaps
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho That Bolero again
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public Always have socks in my bag.......................

Wow I didnt think I would put much in but it seems there only few horizons I may explore!
Have a go,its fun!
PS I added my comments as well so I hope the originator isnt insulted!!!!! Cheers!

Monday, May 14, 2007

freak out!!!!!!!!

Son number One has his PPPPPPPPPPPPPPP's
I now lay in bed and listen like so many other Mums to the sound of their baby coming home!
He got them Friday and went out that night to get used to being a sole driver and got tagged by the local Constabulatory,they followed him all over town but he was a good boy and didnt do anything to attract anymore than alook!
We have a new Sargent in town and hes very busy catching everyone........
We find out this week if Son1 is lucky to land a Boiler maker Aprenticeship.A fello worker/friend of mine has put in a good word for him at her partners workplace and they interested .Now the second part of being a Mum,hope he does and says the right thing to get it ! hes been so bored at current place of work,at that age they have yet to learn patience and tolerance,well being called aF@#*@ Retard doesnt help.........
i shall endevour to add a some knitting piccies shortly but DH has arrived home with some goodies for the house.......
Current list of Knitting!
  • Central park Hoodie
  • Soxs for Mum,one to go
  • soxs for moir,one to go
  • soxs for friend going on european holiday
  • two jumpers ,me and DH,sew up
  • cotton bolero,adjust stupid sleeve height, nearly done
  • a pair of fetching for a dear friend

If I get into it I could finish these in the next month easy,then I can start the Jo Sharp cabled cardie in a lovely soft but thick Ultra yarn in the colour "Fleece?",cant remeber what its called but Random Knits bought some very well priced yarn from this seller on Ebay so I couldnt help myself and had asticky beeck and wouldnt you know there was the gorgeous yarn I need to make this wrap cardigan in one of JS books from late '06? I will come back with all details later...................

Sunday, May 13, 2007



Grevilleas rule,they grow so well and flower all year(at least mine do),this little fello is Sea Spray and I think it goes by the name of Chinese Lanten too.

A close up of the flowers,when if full flower they seem to hang like lantens too,small but very effective,hardy and just big enough to make an impact!

Geraldton Wax,Its leapt out of the ground and is at least a 120cm tall,only 7 months in the ground,Im so thrilled with it as they can be fickle to grow and drop dead with no warning.I have two more ready to plant that I picked up for$5 but not sure of their colours.
Theres a close up of the older bushes with bud which should open this week so stay tuned for progress reports!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 07, 2007


Heres what my friend and I have been doing,mind you Kym did a majority of these,24 in all!

Mother Day scarves for the annual fund raiser at school! Now its over(the knitting that is ,I can hit the other UFOs and get a few more out of the road)!

Thats me in my work clothes of course,we had a few miniutes to throw them over the clothes line at Home Economics side door to take this piccy!!!
Heres Kym! I was amazed I could actually get her to pose,shell probably kill me when she sees this but she put such an effort into producing all these for the stall,it deserves to be noted.
I can of course claim the responsibility to getting her to knit,knowing the basics was a real advantage but guess what!!!! Kyms going to knit a pair of socks for daughter(I think she should treat herself ),,,ahhh another convert to sock knitting!!!Love it!!!!!