Tuesday, September 28, 2004

On the road

G'day all!

Well it has been an interesting couple of weeks - two weeks now we've been on the road. Let me tell you that Australia is enormous, and we've only driven from the south-east coast to the south-west coast (and about a quarter of the way up the coast). Of course I knew that it would be big but you only realise how big when you actually drive it.

And I've done most of the driving so far, and only have one beanie and half a pair of mittens to show for my knitting so far (so much for getting a couple of sumer tops done! or a poncho for the last of winter)! I've driven nearly 4,000km so far. Ack.

I haven't found any yarn shops in the regional towns around the place - ther eare some in Perth and one in Rockingham (which was closed and I couldn't see if it really had any yarn or was just telling fibs).

We'll put up a webpage of our travels. Actually lots of webpages cos there is lots to tell!

Hopefully I'll be able to update the page before our return next Wednesday. I am not looking forward to the Nullarbor crossing - once was enough. 1400km of not really a whole lot to look at....


Saturday, September 18, 2004

Driving driving driving

Has anyone ever told you just how BIG Australia is? We have driven from Melbourne to a roadhouse called Caiguna in WA over the last four days. I personally have driven over 2300km, and all up we've done nearly 2600km. We only have about 1200km to go before we get to Perth, from whence all our adventures start. We are now wondering if we can catch the train back from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide and cut out four days of tedium, instead replacing it with three days of tedious train travel. More about that in a later post - I am almost out of time on this machine.

Pictures will have to wait - I have no way of uploading them here.

It is now a week since we got married - how time flies!


Tuesday, September 14, 2004

husband and wife!

Woo hoo!

The deed is done! You can see a few pics here or a WHOLE lot of pics here, but be warned that the second page has many many pics from the whole weekend, including some of the railway station at Ararat.... You can't tell that Nathan's dad is a train nuffy at all, can you?

You can see my knitting prowess for the weekend in some of the shots too - my little flurfy greenish scarf, made from el-cheapo Feather's knock off from Lincraft and their eyelash yarn. I saw them last week and thought you beaut, that will go nicely, even if it is not what one would expect to go with a wedding outfit.

I have to say we chose the most AMAZING day for our wedding. Had I known 12 months ago when I chose that particular day that on my wedding day it would not only rain, but also:

    • hail

      sleet and even


    I may well have had it on another day. Remember that it is spring here - the flowers are blooming beautifully, the birds are acting up like birds do in spring, and it SNOWS on my wedding day. It hardly ever snows below 600m here, and snow at 600m is unusual. We got snow at about 250m. OK, so it didn't stay on the ground but it was falling on people. At least snow is nicer than sleet....

    The day itself was great. The sun did come out in between the rain, hail, sleet and snow, so we got a few nice shots at John's Mt Cassell wildflower nursery in Pomonal. If you happen to be out Pomonal way, do drop in and visit John. He has fab gardens and a great range of plants.

    Hmm, better go and make sure I have all the gear I want to knit on the trip to and from WA. The capital city of WA is four hours plane flight away. That gives you some idea of how far we are going to drive. There is one part of the road on the Nullarbor that is perfectly straight for three or four *hundred* kilometres. That's no bends for three or four hours of driving. Plus it is flat. And fairly arid.

    I almost feel like offering a prize to anyone who can tell me the meaning of the named, Nullarbor Plain. If you are an Aussie and get it right, no prize! If you are an Aussie and get it wrong you get a virtual kick up the butt, ok? If you come from somewhere else, I'll find some thing nice in my stash.

    OK. Time to go and wash the blue dye out of my hair ;-) I've been rather green for days and want some blue too.

    Hopefully I'll be able to blog whilst I am away, but I doubt if I can do pics on the road cos that means I have to have a way to uplink them to a remote location.

  • Today Adelaide, tomorrow the Great Unknown

    G'day all!

    Today we drive to Adelaide, some 8 hours drive away. Tomorrow we drive through Port Augusta and into the Great Unknown. I've never driven to Perth - I've flown there once and obviously flown back from there too ;-)

    This here is a map that you can click on to see how far it is from Melbourne to Adelaide, the towns along the way, then Adelaide to Perth. 3500km, what about 2000 miles?, to Perth from Melbourne! That is one helluva drive!

    Should be exciting! But first, I need some eggs for my pancakes and a quick trip to the post office to send some yarn to a friend who only lives 20 minutes away....


    Thursday, September 09, 2004

    I'm getting married in the morning!

    ding dong the bells are going to chime!

    OK, so I am getting married on Saturday afternoon and the forecast for our outdoor wedding is 13, very windy, showers, hail and snow down to 600m (we'll be at about 200m). Ack. I had images of getting married amongst the spring wildflowers on a lovely peaceful, still spring day but no, whoever is in charge of the weather hates me, only i don't believe in him so he must hate Nathan instead cos Nathan is the one who wants all the god-stuff in the ceremony.

    Ah well, we have a contingency plan, a bad plan but a plan at least. Inside at the grotty church camp where we are having the reception.

    I doubt if I'll be posting before then, so wish me luck!


    Monday, September 06, 2004


    Hello to my three readers! LOL! My audience grows!

    I have to say that I am getitng over Blogger rather badly at present. I've not been able to log in for a number of days or it takes several tries whilst it says I don't exist. It has eaten two posts over the last three days, and when it didn't eat my Stashomatic post, my blasted system decided that it needed more memory and shut down my browser most kindly for me! Then I write up a whole post and preview it and somehow managed to follow a link and when I went backwards VAMOOSE! All gone!

    Maybe I should write this up offline. Third time lucky for the Stashomatic post. Here goes....

    Imagine having a Stashomatic. Imagine a system that would neatly and quickly tuck away all your new stash into a convenient, accessible and attractive unit. It could categorise the yarn by colour, weight and type so that when you wanted to see that yarn again, it would pull it out. It could present whole shelves of yarn for your perusal and then put them away again if they didn't have what you wanted.

    imagine that....

    Of course what I really have is a system where I have a number of little trolleys that are now overflowing with yarn. My current projects trolley is too full to keep my current current projects in it. Instead they follow me around the house (mostly) in bags or sit by the computer on bits of paper (the roving for my spinning) so that I can do a bit of blog-crawling whilst spinning or knitting. Worse, new stash has no home, so it sits in a bag on the floor. And stash that is pulled out of the overflowing trolleys can't be squeezed back in so it teeters on top of the trolleys.

    Here's last week's stash grab:
    new stash

    The white is a wool/polyamide mix that I thought I might make the Snowdrop Shawl out of. Or maybe not. The teal blue is the same deal. There's three hundred metres of yarn on each 50g ball. Eeek, I don't normally do stuff that fine....

    300m per 50g ball white wool

    Mohair mixes, a cashmere mix and the teal blue wool mix:

    The red mohair and the green mossy mohair have 600m on each 50g ball. Ack! That is even finer than the white!
    miles of meterage

    Last and maybe least, the pretty blues and pinks of the chenille:
    chenille aka caterpillars

    Plus I bought some nice cotton for some summer tops, not that I'll be able to make a top with only two balls (no I don't do bikinis and most certainly not cotton bikinis), but combined with other stuff that I have stashed away, they should look fab:

    Cotton Fizz pinks and blues

    The observant may have also noticed a lone ball of Rondo floating around the stash pic. I figured it might just be good scarf material, especially at half its normal price.

    In other news, my LYS Craftee Cottage often runs classes in various woolly and embroidery pursuits. On Saturday, I gave up on wedding preparation and did a needlefelting class instead. This is what I made:

    needlefelted Santa

    Since then I've given him eyebrows and squinty-sorta eyes. He looks really good now I reckon. He needed that bit more character. Nathan calls him my voodoo Santa cos to make them you have to stab them thousands of times with a special needle.

    Finally, here are the flowers my workmates gave me before I went on my four weeks of annual leave. Glorious lilies. And they have such a strong scent that they were able to fight off the aromas of me boiling dry *and* melting a dye experiment on the stove.... oops!

    fab flowers


    Saturday, September 04, 2004

    Lotsa stuff

    Hello to my reader! LOL!

    I know you are out there, but I don't know why you are reading this cos you get me telling you it directly anyway! But maybe I now have TWO readers! LOL!

    It's been a big week this week - the second last week of freedom before this little bird gets trapped in a gilded cage. LOL. Hmm, ok, I asked for it and I think it will be an interesting thing to do to stay with one person for the rest of my life. We've got a lot of things to do yet, like make Nathan's outfit and finish mine and get the last organising done for the reception and get the order of service done and decide who is doing what in the service.

    Having the Spanish guy ask me out for coffee was pretty cool. That was all the way back on Monday. My eyes have such passion! Yeah - I was out hunting my prey! Speaking of which, here is the stash, as hunted down at Dimmeys for the grand price of 99c a ball. On second thoughts, it isn't cos someone has forgotten that his directories are randomly locking and I can't access the pics I took on his camera.... Maybe tomorrow. Or at this rate never.

    Can't even show you pics of my flowers that I was given by my workmates. Tomorrow. There's always tomorrow...