Monday, August 30, 2004

Starting to feel a bit silly.

Hello to my reader! I think I have one. Gosh how privileged am I?

Still haven't gotten all the pics from Saturday ready to blog. Maybe tomorrow. But tomorrow is for wedding dress making cos Nathan is out in the evening. I have to see how much I can get finished cos I only have twelve, yes count them TWELVE days before it gets its big outing!

Today was an interesting day. We had 10mm of rain overnight and it was pretty gloomy this morning. I crawled out of bed nice and early to get to work early enough to set up training at 10am. As it turned out, I needed to get in at about 6am to overcome the obstacles that suddenly reared their ugly heads.

Eg the good photocopiers suddenly decided to be really really really bad photocopiers. The print quality was not what I have come to expect from them. Indeed, I could have (and that is correct grammar, kiddies, none of this could of - it is could have) thrown toner on the pages and ironed them with almost the same effect. After half an hour of wrangling with them (including ten minutes of shutting one down and restarting it), I threw out the copies I had done and went to the slow photocopier. This copier inexplicably was copying almost perfectly - there has to be a first time for everything. But it took half an hour to copy all the stuff I needed. Then the person co-running the training gave me another 10 sheets of stuff to copy.... My team mate had accidentally locked the laptop last time she used it so I couldn't download the presentation onto it (yes yes, we should have done that last week but it was still being signed off at 6pm on Friday....), and I couldn't get her mobile number so I got her good friend's work number but she was on leave in Adelaide and had lost her mobile anyway. Marnie had given her mobile to her husband anyway this morning. We located another laptop and loaded the presentation on just as Marnie arrived. Typical! LOL.

But it was alright on the night - we had almost set up just as the first person showed up. I just had to full screen the presentation and we were ready to rock and roll!

Have to say I was totally knackered by the end of it.

Your fibre content for the day is this - the almost completed scarf. It has to be gently fulled now. It has gone from the luscious ball of Hot Stuff:
Hot Ball
to this amazing strip of scarfy goodness: Hot Scarf

Tomorrow, if I get time, we will look at some stash enhancement, the mad Spaniard and maybe a few pics from Saturday.


Sunday, August 29, 2004

Birthday brightness

It was Nathan's birthday on the 26th. Since I can't talk about what we did yesterday, as the pics are only now being downloaded and we have to go to a birthday dinner shortly, you'll have to make do with this:
do not adjust your monitors - lurid yarn


Not that I have any readers yet anyway! This is some thick and thin yarn I bought from Marta's Yarns and dyed up in some of Nathan's favourite colours. The scan is not so great but i've played with the colours to make it a bit more representative. Yes it really is wool that changes from yellow to red, with a bit of deeper reddy pink in it to make it a bit more sunsetty. By the end of tonight it will probably be a scarf, but it will need to be blocked and felted a little to make it work well.

Maybe tomorrow I can show off what we did yesterday - a lovely drive up to Cement Creek.


Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Recently I have started on yet another slippery slope to hell. Being a yarnaholic was bad enough. Then I started dyeing stuff. Then it got worse....

I bought some quite fine white 100% wool on a huge cone. There must be thousands and thousands and thousands of metres of yarn on that cone. Only it is so fine that I can't knit with it. It is like thick sewing thread.

So I thought maybe I could buy a spindle to ply it up. I read up on the net how to use a spindle and how to navajo ply. Then I got me a cheapie spindle at the Bendigo Wool Show.

So how did the stuff I now believe is called roving also get into my bag? Not much of it, just about 100 grams of a white wool/mohair mix and 50g of a nice green/blue merino silk mix. I still don't understand it. One of the bags was bought specifically because I needed a safe place to put the eensy teensy little goblet one of the lovely woodturners turned up for me whilst we were talking to his mates. Their tent seemed an interesting spot to shelter from the driving wind and rain....

So I played with some of the yarn that I wanted to ply up and then oops, dang it, some of that mohair/wool mix found its way onto my spindle. I still am not sure how it happened. Oh, and some of the mohair/wool mix was somehow dyed magenta and purple before it got spun. Still a complete mystery to me!

Before I knew it, I had two skeins of yarn made up. Can you tell which one was created after the lovely Catherine showed me a little bit about drafting the fleece?
first spinnings

Then a little bit of some multicoloured silk/merino roving fell into my clutches. I split it into main colour groups and started having a little more fun. I also discovered that my shoulders aren't up to spinning with a spindle so I had to lay off for a few days and modify my technique (no sitting with my arm stretched as high overhead as it can go ;-) Then 250g of beautiful blue/mauve/purple merino silk. Oops. Anyway, here is the outcome of some of the spinning so far:

Australian landscape

I call it Australian landscape. It has lots of Aussie colours. I hope you like the river running through the heart of the country and out to the sea. The first to be spun was the mixed batch (the rangelands), then the orange/red (the red centre), then the greenish mix (the forests of the coast), then the green (the sea -from the 50g of different roving) then the blue sky with white wool cirrus clouds. Click on the pic for a bigger view.

Of course I really am not spinning at present. No, not at all! There wouldn't be any yarn on my spindle at present. None. Nope. Well maybe... but I really am working hard on my wedding dress! And the dishes. Yucko!


Saturday, August 21, 2004


Well, we are still progressing towards getting married. Today was another umm not quite so much fitting of the dress as getting the hem of the overdress ready to be hemmed if that makes sense.

It is going to be verra nice! Some of my friend have seen the unfinished dress and they are jealous :-) What better accolade can one have than have ones friends jealous?? Especially when they know how much work it is to make a full on dress with embroidered bits, etc, cos they have done it/avoided doing it themselves :-)

Not much knitting recently, though I did cast on, yet again, for the merino top with the wool I dyed in magenta and purple/blue. It is pretty hot. Pity that I cast on once before and frogged back twice on the jumper so far after getting from the neck down to the body of a top-down raglan. Then I ripped it all out cos I figured that it would actually fit nathan quite well, only he is 6'5" and over 100kg. But it isn't his colours - cream, magenta and purple. And I wanty to make it for ME! LOL. He would look totally darling in it :-) But that isn't the look I like for him. Anyway, I am hoping I have gotten the maths right this time - the recipe I was using makes a sweater and I want a neat fitting top.

Done a bit more spinning too - beautiful blue/purple/mauve merino with 15% silk. I've been drafting out the different colours and making some mainly purple and mainly teal/aquamarine colours with some non-seperable stuff left over. OK, lots of left over stuff that seems to have a large amount of silk in it. It keeps separating - most annoying. I'll just have to add some more of the separated colours back in.

Had enough yapping to my non-existant audience today. The server here is playing up - Nathan is going to reinstall the old kernal that does not freeze up on random occasions (like four times whilst I've been writing this). Tomorrow I might scan the results of some of my spinning so far. I am very pleased with it. Then I might tell some friends to come looky at my blog. Enjoy!

And someday I might tell the tale of looking at the enormous B-double semi-trailer that decided to do a u-turn and then undecided to do a u-turn and tried to go back the way he had come...

Thursday, August 19, 2004

The speed of three

(with apologies to Yarn Harlot's Speed of Four)

Today I was waiting for a connecting train at Richmond station. Three minutes I had to wait, according to the station announcement. In that time, I managed to count up how many stitches I needed to cast on from the other mitten cuff, cast on 36 stitches and knitted three rows of 1X1 rib. It was rather chilly and my fingers were rather stiff, it being winter still in Melbourne and all.

Then another train pulled up and a heap of people poured off it. They wanted the same connecting train as me. The station announcement was made. Next direct service in three minutes.

Could it be that the station announcer lied when he said the next direct service was in three minutes? Did he really mean six? Or was my knitting so blindingly fast that I managed to do all that knitting in no time flat? How much knitting can I really get done in three minutes?


My first ever blog entry. Not that I expect anyone will ever notice it 8-)

Maybe tomorrow I will enthuse about the spinning I've been doing. It is way cool. So my spindle is a bit wobbly. I am getting some real purty yarn off it.