Sunday, September 28, 2008

Long Weekend!

Ive had a nice long weekend this time and with 3 days of work and a RDO next Friday what could be better!
Even managed to leave stress behind too!
Look what Ive been up to today! The lovely Rachel with all her gorgeous efforts has spurred me on to drag out some bits and pieces ...This top Ive got to about half way as being at the machine for a couple of hours couldn't bring myself to get the overlocker out and re thread with white bit it all easy now so hopefully Ill finish it in the next day or so! I'm doing the blue version with the sleeves left open to see if I like it,if not then Ill add the pleat!

The other one waiting in the wings is this one... I am however waiting to see how the first one goes and then I may just do a second in this fabric and keep the lace for another day!

Here's another closer look at what I wanted to do,originally it was to be in a lovely paisley print I found,all dark oranges etc very similar to the photo on cover but shop has since closed and with no other dressmaking shops in Kal (only Chezs who deals in patchwork products) I might get Lincraft to send some soft Georgette samples like I used to years ago when living in the real outback!

Guess what I found though, that there are very few online fabric shops where you can see what the products look like(even though I prefer to feel before buying,a rough look would be nice so I can then decide if its worth getting samples)

I wanted to do these patterns ages ago but felt that my short hair style wouldn't look very good with that type of top but since I'm growing it out to a messy longer look ,thought Id dig them out. That will teach me to leave the ideal fabric behind next time!!!

On the knitting /spinning front,Ive finished the Finn , 3 and a bit skeins, about 320m. Now I'm thinking of knitting a "Sock Blank", hand painting it and then knitting something else,socks or gloves,a fast portable project! hmmm,not enough weekend days...

I'm currently dyeing some polwarth top in some gorgeous dyes from Mandies EGMTKs which I want to card with silk(again from Mandie!), no idea what to do with finished fibre but it should be fun.. I'm off to play abit more!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Proof of busyness!

Ok this will prove that I have been Crafting!

First up is the sock and a half done foot of another in handspun BFL, on 3mm needles,very fast to knit,gloriously soft and spoingy!! These are for me as I did a nice pair for Hubby last Winter and really wanted a pair for me.I have another large ball in blues/whites going the same way later! Oh it's a made up toe up pattern starting with a basic 58 stitches,must finished next heel quickly as I didnt write down the instructions down. Anyway I think I may have enough for a pair of mittens too..that will also apply to the rest of the BFL I did H socks with too and they were bigger than mine..wish me luck!
And this is a no brainer sock in JigSaw using that st from the Death By Hat pattern,as said before its like the Olympic Sock pattern on Ravelry but I actually started this before I saw that one,had a good giggle about it.Dont know how its going to fit really as I cast on 74 sts and reduced them to fit the pattern st in ,didnt even take notice what I had on the needles while patterning. The ribbing at the top may be bit too stretchy but it will definely be good for circulation!
And this is the Moorit I finished last night,(theres another skein but it was hidden in stash and I just wanted an example anyway) its very soft and what some classers would say is doggy in character but it will make a gloriously soft pair of gloves for me and Mum,found a nice 8 ply pattern on Ravelry and have another given to me in pattern stash so hopefully I can get them done later,have so many lovely projects I want to do!

With a close up to see the colours....pale beigey tones to darker ones,simply yummy,would like to get more of this baa baa...

Still havent cut out tops,the table isnt tidy and having no room makes dressmaking a no go this weekend anyway,its warming up rapidly here and I reckon I could use them in a few weeks! The pool opens in October just after the Holidays and Im tipping the cost will be around $200 mark this year.All the boys can go on their own but I will still play a part in watchiing them especially as S isnt a strong swimmer and being epileptic as well wont sit well in my mind.

We think he had a "grande mal" last week as he was restless as though thrassing around but when I checked he was asleep.The next morning and since then really, he s not been himself.At least two boys have a weird tonsil thing and hes very doppy looking. One other blacked out in the tub a few days ago too and being a big boy hes bruised his elbows where he hit the bottom of shower.Me being a worry wart, my first thought was a heart problem as a young fella here last year collapsed at work but wasnt found for an hour ,out to it beside his ute in front of workshop.It was a heart problem apparently,hes ok now but it makes you think, especially with viruses affecting hearts and so on.Never the less, instructions have been issued to other boys to check him while showering BUT no S,.,T stirring.Knowing my boys they rise to the challenge of a bit of fun,LOL Im hoping to have both checked out soon by Paediatrican...

Oh I forgot,I also have another fleece arrive ,a gorgeous pure white Merino, with a good length and having been a covered sheep,vegie free! Its been put safely away so I can give it the attention it deserves after the other bits have been worked on and finished.Currently spinning Finn Lamb,its to die for,I must a cats nine lives or more as every bit of fluff is to die for,LOL

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I have been here.... just an bit lazy,really should say too tired ,no time and so on... to do anything other to visit fav bloggers and window shop!
Actually its been so long I forgot my pass word to my own blog,Heavens....
We went to the Coolgardie Day thing today mainly to see our two boys works which won prizes in the Art Comp this year,very exciting and the rest of the works were fantastic.I took the obligaterypiccies of the pair of them standing rather quietly next to their indiviual pieces...This was the last art comp for the Coolgardie Art Group due to lack of support apparently but the lady I was talking to was a bit sort of bitchy anyway but looked a bit nasty upon me saying cheerfully that we at Kambalda might take it on ! You see a lot of money goes from our little town to Coolgardie and as we boomed here ,they sort of stagnated and theres still a lot of noise about where our Shire is based,Coolgardie, even though the big money is in Kambalda.They have in the last couple of years sort of caught up but that friction seems to hang in there!
First is Paddy with his painting...

Then Benji with his proud work...
Both got Prizes and I think Gift Vouchers to local art Shop..might have a look tooas Im slowly building up my own art stuff again,so far got some Oils,water colours and boards,just have to find some time and peace...

The art Teacher is always telling me they have loads of talent and he'd like to see them expand them...guess what'll be under the tree this year....
Spinning news,
  • Ive nearly finished that Moorit,have a bobbin or half an hour I think,so soft and squishy,a pair of gloves for Mum and me
  • Finished that Optum from gorgeous Mandies 2nd Fibre Club I think,no 1st..want to do the next one,this stuff is seriously soft and meltly to feel
  • Started some Optum I dyed soft spring haze colours ages ago
  • Finished enough English Leicester/Romney for Dads Socks
  • washed up the fleece to start the next lot,(all finn crosses,the polwarth one gets it first..its unbelievable soft..)
  • recieved more dye from Mandie and some nylon to mix in with merino for special socks


  • Nearly finished a sock in BFL ,red yellow pink with grading of colour from one to another,socks for me..
  • Nearly finished a sock oin a lovely pastel colour from Jigsaw,my own pattern using the st pattern from the Death By Hat,a false cable lace thing,very similar Ive discavered to the Olympic socks on Ravelry
  • Still have a sleeve to do on Dads vest..too many things at once must do tonight must do tonight must do tonight,keep chanting I might just do it!!!
  • Havent finished that vest in Zoomy,not sure what to do with it now,have the hood to do....

Things I want to do

  • Sew two new tops for me,peasant tops,could only get some basic stuff in Kal as shop has closed or is and didnt what I wanted..
  • Finish Mums Quilt,have to talke off binding and redo
  • Do a Special quilt bag for my Dearest Friend...
  • Spin up that Polwarth top and some Finn/Polwarth and compare
  • Dye some top in Volcano colours....
  • Find a farm...

But the best part is that I finished that Criteria resume etc for a work mate going for a Gov job and now Im free to do some of the above,woop peeee,........(hope she gets the job)

Leave you with this....