Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Just a quickie and Im back with photos

I'm nearly done with essay,after a panic last night where I couldn't find where a certain quote cam e from I found another and it s looking better,don't know how Ill go mark wise but I thinks a better essay than first,Ill rewrite a bit of it through today but I want it ready to go tomorrow morning so I can enjoy the last day of holidays with boys and clean up the vege garden etc
Anyhow Im nearly done with green vest,Ill aim on getting front band of Featherweight done next,spin up another top from Charley,Wenslydale in purples and pinks,hoping for enough for a waistcoat vest thingy And then get ready for final essay sub
And this I want to mark to use up some fat quarters I have around..after I put son 2 s quilt together,went to sew the blocks up this break but I have a pile of pinwheels yet to assemble,stupid me also didn't cut/sew them properly so now I dont have their colours matched but I sorted the according to tonals so it ll be still ok,wont really know til I get it together and if it isnt then I have an excuse to do another.
No pics today too cold yesterday with gale force winds and felt at least 5 " but Weather bureau put it at 8 " in Kal,we re usually colder out here but I forgot to put gauge out to test
Oh and I ve finished the Camel Bunny Silk,its setting as Im going to leave it a single for a shawl,don't want anotehr hat yet and if Id plied it there wouldn't have been much
Pica later today,the sun appearing a little bit.
I went for a walk with Tilly this morning,it was still cold and the wind brisk but she was rearing to go,we think old age is catching her up and she spends a lot of time hiding in the linen press..cause no body ever shuts the bloody door,anyhow she seems out of odds until you call walkies,we spell it now as she knows what going on and gets excited
 Ptilotus is very close to flowering,marvelous plants,the crown can withstand really dry times and a bit of rain and off they go!
 A spot of yellow,Im hoping there ll be some yellow paper daisies this year,saw a few promising plants
 This field will soon be all pinks!the famous WA paper daisies

 Unusual gums around here
 And this one I dont know what it is but it was white through deep cerise,so pretty

 Of course the Cassia or Punty Bush as I grew up knowing it as
 Thick moss over rock in what was still quite wet from last rain
 More yellow!
 And hiding in here was a flock of Zebra finches,Tilly wouldnt stay still and they made sure the foliage was between me and them so no clear shot!!

 The bush we walked out of

And lastly the few pinks starting to show,the biggest thrill was the Blue Wren and his wives that flitted past,so vivid blue he dazzled,so excited to see them cause I thought they were more down towards Esperance!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It was that time

Yes it was my Birthday yesty,I spent it chasing tradies around work locking and unlocking disarming and arming,finally by 2.45 they left,sit down and think,where did that day go..
in the mail was a delightful birthday swap(Raverly)  from Niss!!and Im floored with the beautiful lace weight,well thought out,I just hope I can do the same for my Pal
Thinking two patterns
This one cause it ll use it nearly all up
Or this one but need to see how i can get this pattern
And of course this look good too
Want to see one more i found?? Im thinking the handspun I have stashed  This stuff Not sure how much there is though maybe Ill combine a mix of stray skeins
 This is my Study place this weekend,hubby keeps asking how Im going,I keep saying yer good just need another 500 words....I think Ive spend $500 odd hard earned dollars on this unit,I couldnt access half the books I needed for the TEN in- text-citations and they havent sent my library card so I couldnt order them in through Curtin in Kalgoorlie ,living 64 ks away meant I coudnt just duck down after work and do any reading,at least Ill have a lovely library later and of course the next Essay unit will use them too
 All this weeks hand made socks washing,so soft and fluffy,Ive finally got game enough to wash the machine washables in with the dedicates in wool wash,they came out and survived..The others of course were hand wash only..
 I think I showed this before but cause it was sunny and because i could here it is again,Ixchel Fibres BFL Bunny and Silk,not sure what pattern yet,I'll count the yardage again later
 Bunny Camel is progressing

A beautiful fello work mate found me at work yesty and gave me another gift which was a total surprise,a lovely candle holder that features birds and their nests,i left on my desk at work but will take a pic this week.This lady might be leaving in the next year or two so I have time to gift here socks yet,I gave her the Misti Alpaca Thick and Thin cowl earlier this year.Anyhow must get back to writing!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wow Cold weather

It was the coldest for this winter this last Monday,it was -3 when i got to work and I was a bit late so it was probably closer to -4,all the hibiscus have been burnt,one quiet badly s it ll need a haircut when the weather warms a bit,even the Grevillea s look sad.Here at home the Plumbagoes burnt but not so bad i wont have a show in early spring(hope we don't get any more frost that bad) and the shoots on the two berry vines,the raspberry and logan berry look a bit worse for wear,I haven't grown them before and this will be their second summer coming up.Maybe I should have put straw around them,I didn't cut them back so they have shoot buds right up those stems. Interesting to see how they go.
I planted Spring onions and last years golden shallots,might get some silver beet going in the shade house,maybe next trip to town I ll see if the nursery has some Broccoli. that's the limit for my winter vegies,with the water bill over a $1000 last time everything has to be worth putting in

Spinning up some camel silk from Charly,its hard going but it lovely all the same,might do the Banksia Cowl, want to get it doen to move onto another,rtrying to get through the mounting stash...

Pic of the day.. hmm is it safe to coming inside or will the Human shut the door

Saturday, July 06, 2013

In Retrospect

I would never have gone through with the Ulna Nerve operation and carpel tunnel thingy had I been able to see into the future,I am now left with worse re-occurring pain and scaring to which I dont think theres a cure,Im not happy with how I was looked after my employers and left to fend for myself,its sucks big time when I turn my hand at what could be conceived a normal movement to be frozen in sheer agony and holding my breath until the pain drifts away. something that is happening more and more and with greater ferocity.
So for those you who are considering this operation(6 weeks off work and three months of light duties) think carefully and weigh up the risks,I was under the opinion it was a normal procedure and only on the day did the surgeon inform me that it was a quite a serious one.I decided to go ahead due to doctors advice and the fact not doing anything may have lead to something happening later anyway,I didnt think at the time that it would result in my now constant discomfort. Oh any being on workers compensation is the worse thing ever,I was questioned my Risk Cover about where i lived despite the fact I informed them there was another person with my name in the department,she lived near the city, I was in the bush and good 8 hours drive away,i was made to feel like a criminal and the Return to work people? ..bloody useless.
My position is a manual too BTW and I need my hands and arms to work.
The best thing is that I know better now and have come through all those years of nastiness and bullying to be a stronger person,I thank my lovely GP for all hes done for me and being there when I needed him
Enough said............
and I still miss this place too

Friday, July 05, 2013

The Holidays

Well for the kids anyway.boy it was hard to get out of bed this morning,it was freezing,not the gee its cold but that bone soaking cold you cant was eleven degrees at 3pm when I got home,so after two coffees and vaccuming then getting fire going then hot shower and THEN possum wool jumper Im starting to thaw out..I love my possum jumper,Merino N Fur,no longer available so what I have, I treasure.Think stash still has enough for a vest and maybe a hat or two
Im nearly done with back of Patonyle vest,modelling size on the pink one I did last year out of this yarn which is also no longer available I think.The pattern was a Jo Sharp one for the Ultra yarn which I subb ed with The Sugar Loaf.Anyway Im using it as a size measurer being a good shape for me.

Anyway one UFO off the needles..Berry Shawl  from this lovely raspberry Casbah, one skein project,love it to bits!

And the usual visitor for the day ..well everyday,Bossy Birdy,King of the Butcher birds in the school  and my feathery companion as I work the grounds

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sunday end of June

And another financial Year. I did manage this year to buy new work boots,the others Ive had for two years and giving me sore feet,having used them yet,probably give them a burl tomorrow.
the old Corriedale spun socks have been a wonderful find in the stash box,I washed them everyday except for the one night I forgot to hang in front of fire and had to use another pair of hand knitted think soxs.I have never had such lovely toasty toes before,normally i retreat to the shed to warm up on nasty days but no these saved my days!
And I found the other pair half knitted in the same box,as soon as I finish two UFOs Ill get them out and into service too,i had offered to son No 3 for his work experience day but no not for him,little does he know the value of warm fee,his loss my gain! the sole and heels have felted beautifully and its like wearing shearers moccasins! Roughly a DK,I have enough for a vest but I need to find a pattern that is easy wearing so not too much washing to save it from felting

Anyway I have some mail..
From Charly at Ixchel Fibres,this sooo colorful,definitely a shawl or wrap,two braids,Im spinning up Grasshopper first,its a camelbunny mix,very very fine and not fast to spin at all so it may be a while before this beauty gets on the wheel..dont have room to put two wheels out!

And a beautiful gift from a Friend in the UK,hand made and will be treasured forever.On the hunt for a tweedy style hat or I might weave the fabric myself!

My hat that got a work out last Sunday on the wet, wet day

The shawl thats nearly done,very hard colour to capture,its a real red raspberry,dont think recipient was that enthused as she did imply a raspberry pink but hey its a handknit!And Casbah! No more knitting for others for a while til UFO list has been diminished!!
,a solid hour I think will do it,but essay research comes first this morning,speaking of which is bright and sunny with a light cool wind,a comfortable winters day,still my in my PJs but with the house at last stirring ill be in the study uniform of trackies and jumper very soon
Oh cause its a lovely bright day i took this pic of Hubbys seedlings,celery and lettuce,I have to get busy and clean up my neglected garden,this week sometime before he tries to take it over and make yet another mess.(doesnt believe in weeding)

Edited to add,I saw these From the wonderful "Graduate Knits"
and went looking and found this...hmm too many things,not enough time
Not the colours I wanted as I really like the above Graduates Knits socks,sorry lassy for pinching pic but really wanted a record the colours and I have linked you!! Oh heres a nice one!!! Ok I must go

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Wet Weekend

I traveled with son No1 to Bunbury for the State round of MX,I enjoyed the trip down as Ive never been down that way and it was lovely and green and lots of sheep.
At the track we set up the tent ,it was dark by the time we got there and the grounds were filling fast. After staying the night in town ,Tom wanted to get there early next morning so it was up at 5am, no sleep in for two weeks was not going to be nice but I was Tommys Pit girl!!It was a bit damp and quite cool but by the end of the day it was pouring on and off ,the sandy track was swampy and how the riders stayed out there got me buggered. Tom did two races (in top ten place for first I think) and pulled out of the third after a few laps due to damage to his bike. He stacked it after he and another rider were knocked off by the third but after getting up and going again he took a big fall,cartwheeling himself the bike,I got a few good pics but had shifted to a different vantage spot, so missed him,probably just as well,thank God hes fit.
I dropped my assignment off Friday so I able to go with him as no one else would or could,I was worried he'd have a bad riding day and having to drive the 8 hours home that night for work at 4.30 next morning,it was bad enough I had to be at work at 6.30.Driving back was good but I was going to sleep after Southern Cross,got to drive sons beaut V8, old memories never die,hot and fast!
He didnt stay this color long....

On the way down i nearly finished a Turning Square hat in Black 10 ply Luxury for him but forgot to take DPNs so did it today though I think when he tries it on I ll reknit the crown on the 4.5 mm instead of the 3./34s I had in work bag.Id forgotten how nice Bendigo WM Luxury is,might make a Robin in it for me

Monday, June 17, 2013


I know Im supposed to be finishing the essay with all the stuff I found yesty,5 sentences per paragraph and intext citations at least one for each paragraph.. Ill get to it in a minute ok??
I have two projects looking at me,a nearly done top,Im dying to ply as its super fine and so that means a shawl of size..but hang how on, did I end up on the Fat Quarter Shop page..
Im thinking that this would be nice for Son no 3,he doesnt want flowers yes of course but wants colour,he paints a little like me..

I think this will fit the bill
Im home sick with a horrible dry cough sort of,I think its bronchitis,hoping Hubby doesnt try dragging me off to shop,its been so cold at work,a day at home should help..
Ok some pics to share
 Theres a new cat in the neighborhood who doesnt know to stay in its yard,if Tilly gets close enough it will learn,meanwhile Bunnies have to stay inside and are not happy
 Saw this church in Subiaco, love it,wish I had big camera with me
 Misti Alpaca cowl made in feather and fan pattern and gifted to long serving lady at work
And this one,Casbah...hmm yum, I cant remember name but fast effective and simply gorgeous,gifted to another lady who helped last year in a delicate situation,it came a bit finer than I wanted but it still well received tears and all,aww I love gifting
the next one is the Berry Shawl,Im at halfway point,should be done this week! It looks like Im off to Bunbury this Saturday,i refused to let son1 drive down and back after a big race day without a co driver,Hubby thinks Im being too cautious but after sons tales of last trip to Perth,I cant let him go alone,if Son 2 goes all good. Ill knit his beanie on the way down and study while he races,prob get more peace on the trip than at home,hahaha
Oh Im nearly done with those red Patonyle socks too