Wednesday, November 30, 2005

An ode to mossies

O! mosquito!
How I hate thee!
How I hate thy whine
The shrillness of which hurts mine ear
And disturbs mine sleep.
O! Mossie!
Why dost thou bite me even though
I am covered in Aeroguard so heavily
I cannot stand mine own stench?
How dost thou find me despite the
obscuring odour?
What is thy fascination
with finding the edge of my shoe
or sock
and biting me there?
How I detest thy bite
which raises lumps the size of 10 cent pieces
or larger than american quarters
or 10p bits if you are English.
Lumps that have interesting contours and follow my lymph,
or my blood vessels,
take your choice.
How I wish my dear father in law were here,
for you love him even more than you love me,
and you would bite him and cause him much itchiness.
Better him than me.
How I hate thee, mossie.
Go and find someone else's flesh to bite
and procure blood for your horde of eggs and new mossies.
Dear husband, hand me my antihistamines
and cortisone cream
so that I may no longer
If I am lucky.

by Lynne, age (mumble)

Gosh I love writing really bad poetry. My output is one really bad poem a year. I reckon the Vogons could not do much better (or should that be worse? :-) (You can write sme Vogon poetry at the BBC's generator if you want! hOpe the link works!) My favourite of my poems is still "Ode to Toilet Paper at 8 Nicholson Street." My old worksite was really cheap when it came to dunny paper. One ply scratchy stuff with holes in it. Only marginally better than that horrid shiny stuff that is about as effective as wiping oneself with wax paper.

Now thanks to all those who have joined my Frappr map over the last day - it's great to have you pinning me! Since I can't send them messages, I'll just say a big g'day to Helen of the Flinders Ranges (we passed them by on the way to and from WA - must go there some day! They look FAB! Send pics! Send a URL!) and Lisa from Ontario (which I have never passed by unless you count flying from Chicago to NYC but will visit one day :-).

In a moment of madness, I started knitting a lap rug this evening. Roughly 20cm squares. Roughly. I am joining them onto each other as I go. It is going to be a bit ugly in some ways but really cool in others. I am knitting it with two strands of 8 ply (DK equivalent or roughly worsted) on 7.5mm needles. So far I've knitted three squares. It is much quicker than knitting the squares with a single strand, though I seem to be going through the yarn at a rapid rate. Oh well, when I run out of yarn, I'll stop making squares! Once I have a few more squares done, I'll take a pic and then YOU can choose a square to sponsor for a certain Crazy Aunt. Make a donation to your favourite/worthy charity (not yarn shop! ;-) and I'll put your name on the back of a square! This is my way around the problem of getting an afghan together in time for Christmas and having a good knitterly association with it.

Now since I have not been taking pics of the flowers in the garden recently, I've found a couple of shots from some drives we've done around this time of year or a little earlier.

This pretty pink orchid has a botanical name that Nathan and I should know, since we are members (currently nonfinancial) of the Victorian native orchid society. However, we don't remember what it is called and I've packed away the reference books. Oops. It is about 1.5cm across or say 2/3 inch.

This picture was taken a year ago on the Acheron Way. The daisy bushes and Christmas bush (white flowers) were blooming alongside the Prostanthera (mauve flowers). I love prostanthera. It is called mint bush for a reason - it has a spicy, peppery minty smell when you brush the leaves or in hot weather. If you are ever in the area and it is a nice day, not in winter, it is a great drive.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Pictures! Honest!

G'day all!

I have deliberately made a little blogging time tonight.

Go stick yourself on my Frappr. Please :-) It is pathetic at present. We are all lonely on it. It's on my side bar.

So here is the picovoli. Do you reckon the neck is a bit more draped then I would like? (image not clickable)(mental note for self - trakky dax not good look under picovoli)(extra mental note for self - fix up the puckered yarn join on the front porch area)

I am exploring fixes for it at the moment. My current favourite is to run some ribbon/organza through the picots and tighten it up that way. Probably won't work though. Any ideas?

Hmm, my brilliant plan last week was to get together an afghan for our favourite Crazy Aunt, but it is going to go by the by. I can't raise enough people and I also can't get anyone in the USA to sew the thing together. I should've organised this at the beginning of November but I was flat chat then keeping the house and the cats going in absence of Nathan. However if anyone wants to make some Christmas decorations and send them to her post box, I reckon she'd like them.

I have to make one comment about buying a house. Ohmigod, the signing of documents never seems to end! All of them urgent cos either we have not received the things or we haven't sent them back quickly enough and the $22K goes through tomorrow for the deposit and then the rest of the money on the 15th and then BANG! Our house on the 16th!

We only have five days, from the 16th to the 21st to move and clean out this place, though we are negotiating a longer clean up time. The real estate agents think that having to deal with anything between Christmas and New Year is beyond the pale as far as I can tell. They were expecting us to put an offer in for the place but not jolly likely since Carl wanted $440K for a place that noone is offering more than $360K for. Plus our budget doesn't go that far.

Now because snow is hitting all sorts of places, including ENGLAND before it is even officially winter, I reckon I need to show you some bright pictures. Sunset from last night - wowza! The camera got a little excited but not that much:

Some of the flowers I supplied to brighten up the tables at Purplexity's wedding:

Carnations and ummm erp ornithoglossum? Something like that. Apart from the polleny scent they emit, they have held up really well - I finally threw them out cos of the pollen smell not cos they had died.

Finally, abject apologies to my blogging friends out there - I have been ignoring you cos I am a bit busy at present. I'm likely to stay busy until after Christmas, when I hope to relax a bit. And go back to work, boo hiss - I've got the two weeks before Christmas off. Not that I've told my boss yet.


Monday, November 28, 2005

too much to say, too little time to say it in

G'day all!

Well my days are simply flying by at present. I am not getting much chance to blog, although now that the world championship gymnastics is over and done with I'll regain two hours of doing things other than knitting and watching magnificent bods fling through the air. Have to say though that shortening Anastasia to Nastia is not making it a very pretty name, at least not in my books.... (one of the American girls is Anastasia Liukin, aka Nastia. Very good gymnast but horrid name).

I've been doing stuff, I've got pics of some lovely sunsets, I've got pics of flowers and of knitting but do I have time to edit them let alone post them? No!

No chance even to put some links in, though I have a few. Sigh. Nope it is time to sleep instead. Sleep, blessed sleep....


Friday, November 25, 2005

See? I do so knit!

G'day all!

Well it's been a busy time around here and sure to get busier as I compact all of my Stuff (tm) in preparation for moving. Plus I've cooked up a Crazy scheme to help out a fellow knitblogger (email me if you want more info! natiel3atyahoodotcom It is very exciting!) and I think I'm just a wee tad nuts.

So here is what I've been working on this week. After about a week of being faithful to the picovoli tshirt, suddenly I realised that I had to work on my diamond blossom scarf from Modular Knits. It just had to be done. So without further ado, I give you the diamond blossom scarf (you may need to adjust your monitor's brightness)

in four different colourways of some ancient Patons Jet 12 ply carefully hand-dyed with food colouring last year. I reckon it is waaay cool. You probably think it is waaaaay too lurid! Admittedly the picture does not capture the colours well but it will do....

You weren't happy enough just seeing the whole scarf? Well how about a closer shot showing all four colourways side by side. This will probably make you weep

(though your eyes may bleed from the bright colours).

I've started knitting the picovoli again. It is onto the hip shaping now - only about another 30 rounds to go and it will be almost finished! Hope I have enough yarn cos it would be annoying to have to try to get one more ball of a yarn that is not available in Australia.... (knitpicks Shine)

OK, since I can't remember what I was going to say (between a fabulous thunderstorm that lasted what seemed hours and Nathan not sleeping well and it being about 28 in the study, my brain has melted), I'll finish up for the day with some flower pictures. Keeping it light and bright for those in the northern hemisphere :-)

The first tiger lily flower for the season.

It is an odd almost pinky salmon and does not have much in the way of spots so i guess it isn't really a tiger lily.

One of my moss roses has gone stark raving bonkers. It is throwing out a brazillion flowers:

I *love* my moss roses even if most of them only flower once a year. They are so cute and the balsam on their mossing is one of my favourite smells.

Oh and to both idjits this evening who only looked one way before failing to give way to me, GROW A BRAIN AND LOOK! (That was your community service announcement for the day)

And the last one - when weaving in ends, make sure you do not weave in an end right over your NIPPLE! Heh. The end popped out and gave me a nice little fluffy tickler! LOL!


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Me too! Me too!

G'day all!

Not much at all to report. We got the Archicentre report regarding the hosue today - nathan was reading through going oh, we'll have to fix this, oh we'll need to fix that, but it is quite frankly nothing that we didn't expect to have to do in the first place.... Like the shower is likely to leak. Well we were going to replace it anyway.

Knitting is happening. So is fleece processing.

Now the me too is all about me joining the frappr mob. Yep! Me too! Me too! So please add yourself to the map - I'd love to visit you! Erin has joined the umm not exactly madding throng of knit/spin bloggers :-) When you click on my Frappr button (on the right side bar) you can add yourself on the right side of the Frappr page. If you put your URL in the shoutout, I can visit you even more easily! :-)

OK, well I'll keep tidying up here. I keep finding little stashes of yarn around the place. And fleece. This is much better than stash diving - it is like S E X but without the hip pocket pain!

added later - must remember not to tidy. I just spent 10 minutes wandering the house looking for my current knitting project. I even went out to the car in case I for some unknown reason had taken it for a drive when I dropped DH off at choir. I was starting to get quite worried. Dementia is setting in early! I could not find my knitting, and when I take a pic of it, you'll know why I think it should be obvious.... Of course, since I removed most the yarn from my desk and put it away and filed a big stack of papers and found some old projects I had forgotten all about, I had upended my normal filing system (most recent on top). When I dug under all of the stuff remaining on my desk, guess what I found?

Ah, all is well with my world. For a few seconds anyway.


Monday, November 21, 2005


G'day all!

On Saturday, I bought some fluff. It doesn't look very fluffy in this picture though:

Here's a lock of it:

It's from a yearling 3/4 Australian Finnsheep (if that makes sense) 1/4 merino cross-bred ewe. I bought it cos it felt nice. Greasy but nice. Soft. $20 for 1.8 kilos of fleece (in the grease).

I've never played with a whole sheep fleece before. So I read up a bit on the net and got me buckets of the hottest water I could get out of the heater, put woolwash into one and soaked a few little bits. It came out white! Not apricot or grey but white! Pure white!

So on Sunday I got serious and did a whole bunch o fleece. It only took about an hour to carefully wash the tips of say 400g. Here's a little of the fluff washed and dried:

You can't see the lock structure but it is there.

And then combed up:

And that one snail of combed tops became this little skein of yarn, somewhere between fingering and 5 ply/sport weightish:

It wants to spin fine. The good bits of the fleece wash up to be about 15cm (6") long! This may be the fleece that I try learning long draw on - it has a bit of crimp and it is nice and long and not terribly fine.

Tonight I tried flicking of some locks but that didn't get rid of the bits of second cuts that I missed whilst sorting through the fleece before washing, and the yarn was not nice - it had lumpy fluffy bits.

I have to say that the shepherd gives you pretty much all of the fleece. They skirted the really nasty daggy bits but there are some bits that go into the armpit and groin areas - different texture, smeared lanolin through it, shorter, little crimp. I'm keeping these skirtings aside - they will probably be really good for felting. Some are already on the way to being felted.

I got a moorit fleece but it is much smaller. It will be fun to play with too :-)

House stuff? Well I sent off our notice of intent to vacate in writing and paid our LAST LOT OF RENT hopefully EVER! Yay! (Combine snoopy dance with kermit waving) But apart from that, not much. Haven't done more packing or sorting or anything for days. I must make a list so that I can start checking things off as I do them. What, Nathan do something like packing? Excuse me?


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Our house

G'day all!

It's been a busy weekend! Saturday was insane from the moment it started to the moment we eventually got home. It started poorly when I had some weird allergic reaction (waking up with your heart rate at about 160 is NOT fun!), and didn't get to sleep until after 1am. At 7:30 I was up and at it. Made some pancakes for breakfast, plus some pikelets for an event later in the day, then eventually made it to the guild (45 minute drive) to buy some extra special supplies (more on that next time!), back again via Uncle Rick's for some GF, DF goodness :-), off to Oakleigh to buy nuts and seeds and flowers for the Event, plus the cat food. Home again, arrange flowers (accidentally delete pictures of flower arrangements whilst downloading them), discover I can make a second arrangement out of the native plants in the garden :-), get changed and then off to The Event!

(Faces pixelated to hide the "innocent")
(in other words, I don't have permission to show pics but I haven't been told I can't so for the time being, pixelation is my friend!)

The wedding was over and done in a flash. No hanging around! Then we had the prayers and blessings and sermon. I was very glad I had decided to sit on the kneeling cushion. The church was very nifty. Afterwards, there was lots of chatting and many pictures taken. We left at about 5:30 cos we were knackered.

Today involved stuffing around all morning (OK, I didn't stuff around all morning - I was busy doing something that you'll see later on!) until we decided to go take pictures of this:

Yep, that is our "new" house! It has been variously described as "cute" and "an ideal first home." It is small and a bit twee and we don't give a stuff. It will be ours, all ours! (except the bit the bank will own, which is all of until we start paying off principle.) The Sudanese guys across the road were very excited.

After stopping for a spot of shopping on the way home, I bullied Nathan into moving all the pots out of the most neglected corner of the yard (this corner features quite a lot in the neglected list, dunno why)

And I got the whipper snipper (weed whacker, ah how I love the phrase!) out and attacked it viciously (don't worry, the grass fought back rather well - I have a number of little nicks out of me where a bit went flying!). Take that you evil grass! How dare you grow so long!

Then I tired of the oat crop. It was full of rust and was no longer pleasing me. It was meant to be green manure but we never dug it in.

Ha! Take that evil rusty oats! You will visit the green bin of death and mulching!

Good lord, there was a pot in there and also the multicoloured solar light! I had forgotten about that! Plus there are some chives and the snapdragon that has lived for three years now. I thought snappies were only annuals. I am going to have to carefully dig up the snappie and take it with me.

Crafting? Oh yes,there was much crafting! Knitting and something extra special to do with spinning.... but you must wait until later to see it!

Your flower picture today is a bud. (clickable this time), I give you one of my favourite roses, the once a year flowering Chapeau de Napoleon, with his cute little frilly sepals and his bit of mossing. He smells so delicious even in the bud cos of the mossing.


Friday, November 18, 2005


G'day all!

House was inspected today by local experts. Pronounced in good health. Yay! It should not fall apart in a hurry (or at all). Now all I want to do is move in. Thank heavens we have a short settlement cos I don't think I could survive waiting three months for it. I keep thinking I want something but I can't figure out what. It is simply that I want to start moving to my own place!

Now I am a very bad crafting blogger. I received my first spindling secret pal package via the PiLs (I used their address cos I didn't know where I'd be living by now). The best thing was the sheep mug, but unfortunately it was damaged in the post and has a big chunk taken out of the rim so it is unusable. Dang! Some nice spindling supplies but I have to own up that I am rather disappointed that my secret pal is the president of my local spinners' guild. I thought I would get an overseas partner who could send me really different stuff like cormo and californian mutant etc etc but nope, I have even more merino and silk to spin. It is very pretty merino and silk but ummm yeah. The weather was grotty when I got home so no pics. Oh and I got some Freddo frogs (chocolate) which I gave to Nathan cos I can't have milk.

The picovolini is almost at waist level. Again no pics cos the weather turned dull and rainy. I've been doing a bit of spinning of some soy silk/merino mix in a colour called "honeysuckle." It is sorta beige (yes me spinning beige!) but the soy silk gives it a pale gold gleam and it actually rather pretty! But guess what? No pics!

So to make up for the lack of real content on this blog, I give you more links so that you can be distracted!

A fascinating link (IMO) about gender recogniniton and development on the BBC child development site. There's a whole lot of absorbing stuff there. I'm not into kids but I am into science and working out how kids work is really interesting stuff.

A different take on Revenge of the Sith, with lots of profanity. Heck I never saw it in the cinema and now I don't need to!

Don't say "failure" - use deferred success instead. After all, we don't want people to feel that they failed anything!

I want some of this Henry's Attic stuff. Yeah, I know it is merino silk but it is like 50:50 merino silk and looks a dead ringer for Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb. Of course I could just go and order some 70:30 silk/merino tops online and try to spin a low twist single. I've almost managed it but it is not very consistent.

If you want to see some weird pics and paintings, hop on over to my friend gibbering's art site. What a creative brain! Heh. I love the colourful Colin the Weevil pic (that doesn't have Colin the Weevil in it). All of the gouache pics fascinate me actually. Have no idea what I am talking about? Well then click on the link!

Finally your flower pics for the day. Nasturtiums are weedy but I deliberately scattered some seeds around last year and this year they are doing well.

If that one doesn't brighten up your day, nothing will!

This is a pic of one of my favourite plants:

It is called a smoke bush (and I am sure that there are a number of people out there who would like to do exactly that to Bush). Each one of those little pointy bits with the little black "teeth" on them is a flower. Each flower is about an 8th of an inch across (2-3mm). When a whole heap of them are in flower in the bush, they look like smoke plumes rising up above the heath. Conospermums (smoke bushes) are Western Australian plants and therefore extremely desirable to people like me who like to get rare and unusual plants and torture them by trying to keep them alive far from their native habitat. I hope I can keep this one alive cos it is really cute. They are pollinated by a very small native bee, if I remember rightly, and there is one species of bee per species of smoke bush. If another insect tries to steal the plant's pollen and/or nectar drop or whatever it has, the plant actually has a spring loaded death trap that whops the insect (eg an ant) and kills it! The correct pollinator has some sort of strategy that avoids that little problem. My poor smoke bush will never ever have babies cos it is most of a continent and some really hot, dry deserts away from its pollinator. But I love it anyway.


Thursday, November 17, 2005

flowers only

G'day all!

Not much to report today. The mortgage application is underway and quote looks good unquote. Building inspection by a professional inspector tomorrow so he should pick up any particular problems with the place (we put a subject to satisfactory inspection on the contract).

Since I am told it is miserable and rainy in Toronto and my English friends are not reporting any better weather, here's a couple more flowers for you.

Twin rugosa-cross rose flowers - if only I could do smell-o-vision!

And one of our current favourites - if memory serves me correctly it is a Helichrysum semipapposum. It is bright and lairy so I didn't turn the contrast down any. It really does hurt to look at in the sun. But it doesn't have any scent I've noticed.

That should brighten up a dull day!


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

My lord, I bring news!

G'dya all!

I don't think anyone will say "I care not for this news, bring me some other news," well not with our news!

The financing is pretty much all sorted out. The first lot of paperwork is signed. As long as the building inspection goes well and RAMS comes up with the moulah, we will be in our very own home (OK, Citibank's home) before Christmas.

(Combine the happy Snoopy dance with Kermit's handwaving)

I have been knitting but I don't have pics today. Too distracted by happy happy joy joy thoughts (with no need for a happy helmet - anyone know that reference?). I started mucking around with a shawl idea knitted top down in some pretty loopy mohair I have. Then after going and signing our lives away, I started on a diamond blossom scarf (more details when I have a pic of it). No spinning today!

Oh heck, forgot to do all my shoulder exercises. Again. I've done a third of them. They are making me sit up straighter and pull my shoulder blades closer together. Probably a good thing. I'll have to go to the physio tomorrow and use the pilates bench for the rest of my exercises. All so I have a nice strong stable shoulder. I'm going to need it over the next four weeks!


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

for the yarnharlot and anyone else without flowers

G'day again all!

It seems thinks are getting a little dismal in some parts of the world, so I thought I'd post a few pictures of the poppies flowering around my yard. I love my Flanders poppies in particular - the ones with the black patches in them. They now self sow in the front yard. The fancy ones are not as tough so there are fewer of them each year. I grow them for Pop, not that he would give a toss cos he was a bit eccentric (but that may be this pot calling that kettle black).

Freshly out of the pod - a crumpled beauty:

Where's the black patches?

Despite playing with the colour I cannot make this picture look as ugly a colour as the poppy itself. I am going to save open pollinated seed from it and see what it comes up with next year:

What a lovely lass, white with pretty pink swirled around her skirts:

A trio of the original and the best:

I have heaps more flowers, so if you want more, let me know! I have weird Australian flowers, roses, daisies, triggerplants, all sorts of things! And soon they will have their own home! (crosses fingers) You just have to show me your spring when things are getting a little quiet around here!


Monday, November 14, 2005


G'day all1

I am enthusiastically bouncing. Bounce, bounce BOUNCE!

We can buy the house we've been looking at for the max price we'd pay for it, which is well under our limit for any house we could buy and stay in financial comfort. Bounce bounce bounce!


Only problem is once we sign the contract they want a 10% deposit in 7 days. We don't have that much money! We are doing the weird thing with Nathan's parents' equity in their house. We can scratch together a 5% deposit. That is fine. But not 10%. Ackarooney!

Anyway, if we can get this all worked out, we will be in our own home by Christmas! Yeeeehar!

(Scuse the lack of crafty stuff in this entry but like I have to talk to someone cos Nathan isn't home tonight cos of his mum's choir)

bounce bounce bounce!


Sunday, November 13, 2005

Random threads

G'day all!

Todays blog is a series of random threads, cos that is where my head is at today. I didn't go in to work today because I was exhausted from a night of gut wrangling. I reckon I have caught an English bug from Nathan because he has been tired and gutty recently.

This totally fascinated me. Seeing how things change absorbs me. I've spent hours looking at it. It is an aerial picture of the area I live in at present. The picture was taken in 1945. There are a few landmarks I recognise, but some main roads don't even exist yet! BTW, I live in the block at the very left of the picture in the dark patch above the roads that cross on the diagonal. You can expand the picture by clicking on it.

Now, yarngirl asked why do I need to see a physio for my shoulder and ankle? The ankle was from rolling it about three weeks ago (I actually put my full body weight on the wrong side of my foot, like you walk on the sole not on the upper side but I tried a different way of walking. Didn't work so well as it turns out). The shoulder is from many years of abuse. It is my dominant shoulder and I managed to beat my first boyfriend in an armwrestle (he was so embarrassed but I had damaged myself so no rematch), then it popped out again 10 years later when someone fell on me at a masquerade ball and I tried to push them off in the classic shoulder dislocation position, and three years ago it went again in a thumbwrestle. Three months of dragging to different doctors for opinions before I tried a new chiro (who was a year out of school with top marks in everything and a friend). She found my whole shoulder girdle was out of whack, and two adjustments later I was able to lift my arm to shoulder height for the first time in months, and I didn't feel like I was going to explode from anxiety every time I moved my arm. Three years on, it is mostly settled and I feel it is time to get it fit again and get back into exercise. It has taken a while. Earlier attempts have not fared well - sometimes just walking would get it persnicketty. More on the outcome of the first set of physio-advised exercises tomorrow....

Speaking of injuries, no wonder Darth Vader was one mean dude! Lookie here for a discussion of his injuries.

Onto the outcome of Vader's life - cremation too environmentally unfriendly for you? Try promession. Then once the body is reduced to little bits, you have a range of options for its disposal. I particularly like the idea of the life gem - who needs a real diamond when you can have a synthetic one made from the ashes of your dead nearest and dearest? Or you too can shower your nearest and dearest with your ashes as they are fired off in fireworks.... (Mum and Dad are interred in neat little boxes in a memorial park with a view. Only problem is that in their row all the roses (Just Joeys) died. I reckon it was Mum's fault - she never liked apricot roses. She much preferred red ones.)

I first read this article because the guy who was interviewed is the Emeritus Professor at the institute I did my PhD at. I'm guessing that he thinks "Intelligent Design" is a load of bunkum. I tend to be a midi-chlorianless agnostic Jedi who studies pastafarianism myself.

Ha-ha! A quiz, shamelessly copied from Margene, only I used my birthdate ;-)

Your Birthdate: November 3

You are more than a big ball of energy - you are a big ball of hyper.

You are always on the go, but you don't have a type a personality.

Instead of channeling your energy into work, you instead go for fun and adventure.

Witty and verbal, you can have an interesting conversation with anyone.

Your strength: Your larger than life imagination

Your weakness: You tend to be pretty scattered

Your power color: Lime

Your power symbol: Lightning bolt

Your power month: March

If anyone finds my energy or my wit running around, I'd really like them back thanks! And lime is nice but not on me!

OK dokey, after no spinning or knitting mentioned, I shall bid you


I do knit still!

G'day all!

OK, just to show you something you have not seen before, here is my progress on a picovoli in KnitPicks Shine in Blush:

See? I am knitting. I have been waiting to get the yarn so I could knit this top. It is another pink top. You would think I like pink or something. So far we are amused by it, though the rounds and rounds and rounds of plain stitch are getting a bit tedious. Thank heavens for hardback books and blogs to read as I go round and round and round.... It looks pretty messy at the moment - a provisional cast on, sleeves on scrap yarn, bits of threads going everywhere. It is going to gape at the neck a bit, but since I've made a picovoli, I can put a ribbon through the picot edge and tie it down a bit. It is onto the body shaping and I've used almost exactly three balls of yarn. I'm guessing the other three will make it to the bottom of the top and do the sleeve edgings. I hope. (crosses fingers)

Weeeellll what an interesting slow weekend we had. Yesterday was pretty amusing - we decided to go and have a look at the outside of Lawn St, the house we are looking at buying, and the Sudanese guys across the road were sitting outside having a beer or three. Nathan ended up having a chat to them for an hour, and sharing a beer, and bringing home a beer for later (VB, not his favourite...). They decided that we must be quite interested in the place cos I was there last week with another chick. LOL. Much advice about how much to offer followed. One guy was adamant - no more than $199K. Another said no more than $215K. The youngest one said $230K and it would be our home sweet home.

Anyway, then we had the PiLs around to a BBQ to discuss house stuff and I realised that I was missing A2's hen's night. I had meant to make a nice cake in the afternoon but instead we looked at the house and talked for waaay too long. Oooops! I had expected yahoo to remind me a couple of hours beforehand but something went awry with the calendar and I was reminded somewhat later.... but overall it was my own brain that was dysfunctional. Bad me!

I bought shoes today :-) My shoe collection has been slowly drained. Shoes get old and sad and no longer suitable for work. Or one stands in the gap between lift and floor and breaks the strap on the heel/ankle. Or the elasticy bit on the buckle dies and suddenly they are monster shoes that slop all over the place. I bought cheap shoes :-) I bought shoes that amused me or were dead ringers for the old worn out shoes. Three pairs for less than $60. Not all leather but I've found my feet get stinky in leather shoes too.

Finally, two pics from the front yard. I couldn't choose between them. I took the top pic of the hoverfly on the Amoenum:

And then took another shot just in case, and an BLASTED ARGENTINIAN ANT showed up on it.

I am SOOOO over these blessed ants - they have found a number of new ways into the house in the last week and are after protein one day or sugar the next. Must remember to tell J that I threw her squeezable honey out - there were drowned ants in it. They were swarming all over it.

Are hoverflies Australian? They hover lots. They don't sting. They just hover and watch. I've been told they eat bad bugglies like aphids but this one is quite clearly tasting the flowerheads of the Amoenum.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Hey, is that the time?

G'day all!

Well my week has just flown by. I haven't had a chance to email anyone for days, so apologies to those I have not yet contacted.

It's Friday and the 11th day of the 11th month. That means it is Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day. The Flanders Poppies are going nuts in the front yard. I let them grow wild these days.

Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade... (Sting)

I have not yet lost a relative to war, so I am blessed.

Onto different things. Yarn. How about some pics of some yarn?

My good friend Dreamcatcher visited the Colinette factory in Wales a while ago. Lookie what she bought me from the millshop! DH brought it home for me in his luggage.

And some extra bonus shots showing some of the colourways - some are definately related colours.

Can you blame me for dreaming with all this yummy yarn around me?

Isn't that an amazing collection? Like there is about $200 in yarn if I was able to get it all in Oz. I'll just fall over backwards for a while.

Plus some beady things:

With some cute Pictish style beads/amulet.

I even got the card today - a dragon with a bit of Celtic inspired flame/smoke dotted around him/her. LOL. Nathan finally started unpacking the rest of his bag.... Plus I have not taken a shot of the best card I've got in ages, even better than the dragon - a totally whacked out looking sock monkey! Must take a pic, though it is copyright.... Hmmm....

OK, Nathan wants to go for a walk even though it is FREEZING outside - weather has returned to normal for this time of the year and is about 15 currently, except my weather monitor is busted. After a week of 30 plus we are noticing the difference.


Tuesday, November 08, 2005


G'day all!

A kit of Marta's mohair in rainbow colours. Ahhhhhh..... Thanks, K&D! This is awesome! My favourite colours :-)

(and I have to take pics of some more awesome yarn tomorrow, if the weather holds out - wish me luck!)


Monday, November 07, 2005

one sleep

One sleep and Nathan is back! (crosses fingers)

I hope he flying out of Singapore shortly - I am not dead sure of the time difference between here and there (though if the plane takes 7 hours and leaves at 20:15 and arrives at 6:15, that would make them three hours behind us? The flight is 10 hours long from the departure and landing times but is really only 7 hours long).

At least it won't matter this time if his luggage takes three days longer than he does to get to his destination....

I don't know who will be more excited to see him - me or the cats. They've been getting rather mopey.

Back to our irregular broadcast tomorrow. I haven't downloaded pics yet - it's been a busy night visiting the physio who says my ankle is about 96% right but my shoulder is crappy, putting away 6 loads of washing, getting most of the bedding all nice and neat on the bed (minus doonas cos getting the things into their covers makes my shoulder unhappy), doing some spinning whilst relaxing in front of the telly (DH says relaxing in front of the TV is impossible but he is a bloke), getting a tad of shopping done (and getting cranky cos there weren't any trolleys except for the ones with the baby seats or the kiddy seats and no baskets either unless you scabbed around for them), moving my handspun yarns into a new tub so that Nathan's trousers have a home in the drawers, galloping (in a tired sort of way) up and down the street getting pictures of the brilliant sunset, mopping up the back hallway after I left the door open and some of the 12mm of rain we had decided to rain inside rather than stay out, making and overcooking my bread that I love so much but maybe not qute so well done....

Hope he's brought a present home for me - he certainly picked up a large delivery of yarn - LOL.

Woo hoo!


Sunday, November 06, 2005


G'day all!

Equanimity is resumed.

Yesterday's spaz was not over not getting any comments from people who hadn't dropped by recently - like that is silly. My spaz was in part related to the hundred-odd visits recorded by the counter with the resultant ONE comment. As Xantha said, it is likely that it is the web crawlers and bots that cause my hit counter to show a reasaonable number of hits and those hits that don't generate any comments at all....

So thank you to those who wished me a happy birthday. Dreamcatcher, no need to get upset cos I as not cross with you or anyone in particular, I was grumpy cos I supposedly had so many hits and only one comment from the lovely Cathy in Tassie. Now I have a few more comments!

I suppose you'd like to see what I got for my birthday?

Would you be suprised to see that it involved yarn or things to do with knitting? No? Whyever not?

A while ago, I ordered some books from Amazon since they have books we just cannot get here in Oz. The order took so long to arrive that I forgot what I ordered so it was just like Christmas (or my birthday) all over again!

I forgot to put Nancy Bush's Folk Socks in the pic as someone was looking at it at the time. K got Nancy's Vintage Socks, so I figured I should get the other one. Knitting on the road can wait until later!

Have I had a chance to read any of the books yet? Well I've started on bookbookbook2 but that is it. I've been extremely busy recently.

I also couldn't remember what I had ordered from Knitpicks. Opening the Knitpicks box (no we can't get knitpicks here unless you have a helpful friend in the USA that you have pay postage to.... ooops, it will get paid!) was like participating in an archaeological dig, only it didn't take so long and was not so dirty or tedious. The results were worthwhile though.

Level one:

Level two:

Level three:

Note the added extras - some cinnamon gum, some mocha chocolate (shared around as it was warm and I feared it would melt), not just one but TWO tubes of lip stuff and of course a card. Thanks, J! It gave me much pleasure just opening the box and seeing added goodies :-)

K's bounty - the colourful sockyarn, with one skein of Shimmer for me to play with (the blue/turquoise/green of course!)

My bounty - six balls pink Shine and lots of dye your own (including a skein for K). The Shine was destined for a Grumperina tivoli tshirt until it was replaced by the Picovoli. Picot edging is a different thing for me (MORE sewing!) so I'll give it a try... But this is a boring picture of lots of dye your own yarn. Not sure why I bothered!

It is good to have a project to knit again. I haven't been knitting much cos I was waiting for this order to arrive. Now I can get moving! I've cast on with the provisional cast on (took FOREVER or so it felt) and now I am 9 or 10 rows past the picot edge. It was very pleasant sitting outside knitting late this afternoon, enjoying the sunshine (actually I was sitting in the shade cos it felt like it was 40/100 plus in the sun). I have not had a lot of chances to just sit down and do very little recently. Have I swatched and checked my tension? Is the pope a Jew? So far my tension is ok but when it hits that water....

Have I mentioned that it has been hot again this weekend? I am not going to complain for reasons that I will reveal at a later date.

Tomorrow (or when I next blog) I hope to show you some extra birthday bounty. Ooo la la!

Finally today, some pics from sunset on Thursday.