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It has been an astounding 14 or so months since my last blog post. That’s a whole lotta life and knitting I have not been sharing on the internets. At least not on my blog. I have been awfully blah blah blah on facebook and at time on twitter too.
There has been knitting, although not as much as in the past perhaps. I will give you a dot point update of the last year or so:
- Purl went overseas and came back again, pretty much the same person but with lots more photos;
- Purl got very very sick and went to hospital;
- The Spunk began full time work last year and so time is precious around here without him doing all the bits and pieces that he used to. Well, he still does them, but time is precious!
- The Tiny Madam and Number One Son continue to grow and thrive and be wonderful, but are not so small any more. The NOS will be taller than me within a year I predict. And he’s only 10! Likewise TTM will be a taller person, like her father who is not cursed with a dozen or so convict ancestors that lived on potatoes and gruel and whose legacy I bear in my short stature!
- Work is insane. Full stop.
Anyway, in the spirit of getting things going again, I have decided to retire this blog for the time being, and have moved myself over to here:
If there is anyone still out there, come on over!
I won’t go into how long it has been since I blogged. Boring. I have been very busy.
Anyway, there has been much knitting. I have finished a Seamless Hybrid Sweater for the Spunk, and also a Seamless Raglan Sweater for him. I finished the orange cardigan except I haven’t put the buttons on it yet. It hasn’t been cold enough for a cardigan yet. I also finished an Owl jumper, which I love. I am sporadically adding buttons as eyes. Here is a picture.
At the moment I am knitting a black jumper for Number One Son – it is turning out quite nicely! I am going to duplicate stitch a Decepticon logo on the front for him. I haven’t ever done that before, so that will be an adventure.
Next in the queue is a cardigan for Tiny Madam which shouldn’t take too long. Essentially this means that this year, I have made nearly four jumpers, three of them adult size! There have been no socks finished at all. All jumpers, all the time! All knit in one piece.
Since blogging last, we have been back to the coast twice – once with the two youngest children, and once with just the Spunk and I. We recently celebrated ten years of marriage! Where does time go?
We are both working full time this year, for the first time since before the Tiny Madam was born. We are managing quite well, but it is very tiring and VERY busy. Along with that comes some extra money (yay!) so the girls have started hip hop dancing, and the boy has started TaeKwonDo (I want to write RexKwonDo – thanks Napoleon Dynamite) which only serves to make us ever busier! It’s all good fun though!
Purl goes overseas in just over three weeks. She is very excited and so are we – if a little apprehensive.
Knitter Sue tagged me to do a meme, and it always tickles me to be tagged (I feel like one of the cool kids!) so even though I have done this before I think, I will do it again!
Here are the rules:
Link to the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules.
Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that let’s them know they’ve been tagged.
1. People at work sometimes think I am scary. This is because I manage to pretend I am confident and always on top of things. On the inside I am usually full of doubt and nerves, but apparently this doesn’t show. What this means is that people ask me lots of questions and I have to make lots of decisions. I don’t like making decisions.
2. My daughter works at the same McDonalds that I worked at when I was pregnant with her!
3. I got a new tattoo last week and it is visible to the world. Since then I have noticed people looking at me. I figure it is their problem. I like it. It is also an antidote to the feelings I describe in the first response! I have to be better at just being me!
4. At the moment, I am responding to a meme, knitting, playing Lexulous on Facebook with the Spunk who is sitting behind me on the laptop, listening to my kids laugh and giggle, paying slight attention to the tennis and having a glass of wine. Multitasking is my favourite pastime.
5. Fights make me almost pass out. This can be a problem working in a school with 400 odd teenage boys. I have broken up lots of fights with my ability to scream STOP STOP STOP at great volume.
6. I think that at least some of my success and ambition comes from wanting to prove people wrong. I was only 18 when Little Purl was born and should call in and thank the teachers who told me I was not fit to be a mother. That’s how far I will go to defy authority!!
He has achieved success
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;
who has enjoyed the trust of
the respect of intelligent men and
the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others and
given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.
–1904 Bessie Anderson Stanley
So we said goodbye to Auntie on Wednesday, and it was very very sad, but I took some comfort in the words of the celebrant. He read a version of the poem above and I think it was a perfect choice. I doubt Auntie made it as far as Hobart in her life, but she lived a true and for the most part happy life. She enjoyed her family and took pride in being a mother, a wife, a grandmother and and Auntie. She enjoyed cooking for her family, and knitting for them and helping them learn to do these things for themselves.
We are off to the beach tomorrow, and I can’t wait. There are four weeks of holiday left and I have so much to think about before school starts. We have decided that the next week is for relaxation, then it’s action stations – educate the youth ’09 must begin in earnest.
I have been sewing and knitting. Here are Embossed Leaves:
Here is some detail of another apron:
I cast on another pair of Monkey socks for MIL1:
I cut out and used velcro to make nappies/diapers for Tiny Madam’s doll:
I made curtains for the bathroom:
I have also made another skirt but you will have to wait for that picture. I made a bag for the Tiny Madam and the Number One Son yesterday, but again slack with the pictures!
Today was knitting group and it was fun! I had problems concentrating and went backwards more than forwards, but that’s okay. I must remember to take something I don’t have to count next time!
I am taking three pairs of socks to the beach to knit and may just have to swing by Spotlight before departing. My yarn from Bendigo to make Rogue and Yarns Online to make a Hybrid for the Spunk did not arrive.
My 100oth comment came in from the lovely Nat who has a little present winging its way to her! Keep an eye on the postman Nat!!
Happy New Year!
I forgot to tell you all about the books that I got for my birthday. Two are generic how to sew books (why I thought I needed two is anyone’s guess!) and one is the delicious and delightful Sew What! Skirts. I bought some fabric today to make a wrap skirt – I would like to get to this tomorrow, but we’ll see what the day brings. There are no patterns as such, just instructions.
We put curtains up yesterday – ripped out old disgusting venetians that have been here since well before our time, washed the windows and hung nets and curtains in two rooms. Tomorrow we will finish the job with another room. I am not a huge fan of net curtains, but considering I can’t afford to put new tinted windows in, I had to cave to the demands of the Spunk who likes his privacy!
We spent New Year’s Eve quietly at home, which is our very favourite thing to do. I think I dozed off over the actual midnight bit – perhaps I had one too many bubbly drinks?
Today we took the kids to see Bedtime Stories. It was really funny – and I am not usually an Adam Sandler fan. I actually lost it at one point – I got the giggles and had tears streaming down my face. You only need to watch about 10 seconds of this to see the point at which I lost control . . .
Good clean family fun!
Oh, and the socks continue. I think I will participate in the January Sockdown for Sock Knitters Anonymous on Ravelry. Since the specs are to knit something from an online magazine I think it should be easy to find something to make!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
. . . just get you going? I have a few songs like that. Groove is in the Heart is a particular favourite as a pick-me-up. Don’t Dream It’s Over makes me want to cry. I can’t help dancing to Superstition (holy moly this one combines Stevie with Sesame Street! They are outside Hooper’s Store! Check it!).
This is a song that takes me back to being a little girl and I love it. I think I may just be a redneck hillbilly on the inside. What with this, Kenny Rogers and a bit of Dr Hook thrown in, there was never much hope!
Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes. It was a lovely birthday. I was spoilt rotten – I even got presents from some students. One lovely lot bought me a snowflake for my Pandora bracelet and another lot bought me a little Eeyore! They are both Chamilia beads rather than Pandora but they fit my bracelet just fine. I also got two beads from my Dad and his wife and the Spunk gave me another one for Christmas, so it’s nearly full now!
School finished well and we are on holidays. The first few days were spent shopping like mad people because as of the 19th of December we had bought two things total for Christmas and had no money. Thanks to Mr Rudd, we didn’t have to cancel holidays and now the Spunk will not have to go back to waiting tables to get us through the summer! Hooray. Thanks Kevin. Not sure about the welfare debate and so forth, but we really needed the money and have not wasted any of it. Nintendo DSes are an important necessity!
We hosted Christmas lunch this year, and it all went rather swimmingly. We cooked the day before and just had to dish up. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Before this we had already had two Christmasses, as the Spunk’s mother was going away so we had dinner with her on the 21st, then went to the Spunk’s father on the 22nd to see stepbrother and wife and four kids, then had guests on the 24th. Christmas night we went to Mother’s for tea and see my brother and his partner, then back to Spunk’s Dad’s on Boxing Day and then Dad’s wife’s 50th on the 27th! I won’t say anything about divorced parents because I don’t want to upset anyone. Just . . . well, no wonder we need a few days r and r!
I made wash cloths for the kids’ teachers and for the various mothers, step mothers and mothers in law that we seem to collect around here. This is the only knitting I did for Christmas this year. It made life a lot easier! Washcloths go much quicker than socks.
Our cats have learned to get along quite well most of the time, which is great. I was worried that the youngest would have to be ‘free to a good home’ for a while there, but they have made at the very least a truce. Say hi to Mickie
I mentioned that I had been secret sewing for Christmas. The Tiny Madam had a very bad ear ache the week before Christmas and I felt so sorry for her I gave her the doll early:
This doll was made using a Wee Wonderfulls pattern, and I would highly recommend it. Very easy with fantastic clear instructions.
Here I am working on building my doll’s house. I collected all 100 parts of this many years ago when it was released through the newsagency. Then it sat in a box. I got it all out and checked for pieces and cleared myself a spot ‘downstairs’. I was missing one, so I made another bit for it! How very crafty of me!
The Spunk has some new socks:
I am knitting away at a pair of Embossed Leaves socks which will go to mother in law 2 for her birthday later this month, and the orange socks that just keep keeping on. I finished the first one of those the other night and will cast on for the second tonight I think.
I have also ordered yarn from Bendigo to knit Rogue for myself. Hopefully it will come in time for me to take this knitting away with me – we are heading to Bicheno on the east coast for a few nights. I can’t wait! Hopefully the weather will improve because it has been quite rubbish.
No resolutions for me yet, how about you?
Seven more comments and I hit 1000!
I had better start with some knitting news. I finished my Secret Santa knitting for our Tassie Knitters group – a pair of socks for Katt. I agonised over what to knit, and I think she was happy. Knitting for knitters is stressful! It came down to the wire – I was weaving in ends that morning, as usual. I forgot to take pictures, so hopefully Katt will take some. I also packaged up some fabric and a sewing pattern for her to make a doll, and some truffles. I was lucky enough to receive some socks from 2paw, they are purple and green and they are in the wash somewhere atm. I also got a lovely little pouch that is purple and green and made from a Cadbury bag and it’s very cool. As well there was some chocolate and some little muffins that you can make for yourself because the recipe is on her blog. Very spoilt. As usual it was a great afternoon with excellent company. I am knitting socks – Embossed Leaves with pink Opal, some for the Spunk and the orange socks I started ages ago. I am also still knitting Button Me Up:
Four teaching days left. Oh boy oh boy I can’t wait for holidays to come. I am so tired and grumpy. I have almost been telling people what I really think. Trust me, a lot of the time that could be dangerous!
I am 34 today. I had some nice cake yesterday and birthday wishes from lots of lovely teenage people and colleagues. So far, I got a sewing machine (yes I know I have had it for months, but it was a birthday present and I love it to bits), KNIT PICKS OPTIONS!!!! which I have wanted forever and secretly kissed when no one was looking, I have three books on the way from the Book Depository and I will tell you about them when they get here, some fabric and pinking shears from Tiny Madam, Yarn magazine from Number One Son, Red Door perfume, a gift voucher at BnT from Little Purl and a bracelet and it’s only 8:57!
This morning one side of the inlaws are coming for morning tea. Then we are going out for lunch with the other inlaw and my Mum. Then we are going to the Spunk’s graduation ceremony at the Albert Hall (I am taking my knitting. Those ceremonies go FOREVER!). Then we are having a barbecue with my Dad and my little brother who is coming home to stay after being in Queensland for two years. Then my birthday will be over for another year and it will be time to seriously think about Christmas. I am trying not to freak out about it – I have done very little shopping and thank goodness we finish school early this year and I will have some time to get stuff done. I think I am going to make some of these for people. I am making something very secret for someone quite small, but she can read now so I can’t talk about it. You will have to wait.
Monday was Presentation Evening at school. Little Purl did very well. She received a certificate for academic excellence, and an award for being the most outstanding Grade 9 student, and was then appointed deputy head prefect. She is seriously amazing. We are so proud of her!!
Since then, however, she has been laid up with suspected glandular fever. Yuck.
The Spunk has work for next year! A whole year!! We are going to be a two income family for the first time in seven years!! I might be able to have a new kitchen!! I am very excited!!
And finally, only 22 comments to go and I have had 1000 comments on this blog. Isn’t that nuts? The 1000th commenter will receive a little gifty! Will it be you?
We are being overtaken by dolls around here. And I have taken the plunge and opened an etsy store! Eeek. I don’t know whether I will ever sell anything or not – nothing ventured, nothing gained. So at the moment there is one doll there. She is very lonely, but not for long because there are more cut out and ready to sew!
Don’t panic though knitters, I am still clicking those sticks and knitting away. I have nearly finished my secret Christmas knitting and a sock for the Spunk and there is still a sock for me and plenty of plans for summer holiday knitting. Last year I made the CPH in my summer holidays. This year might bring another large project for me. Perhaps Rogue?
Because this blog is called i heart knitting, I will desist from talking too much about my sewing here. Instead I have started a new blog – because I have nothing better to do – called Lil Peeples. Come on over and check it out! It’s a bit bare at the moment, but it’s a work in progress.
And the title of this post? It is also a reference to the adventure we are having this weekend – WE ARE GOING TO SEE CROWDED HOUSE AND I AM SO EXCITED BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE BAND!!! Yay!!!
Hi! Gosh it’s been a while. I have to apologise for my absence, if anyone cares any more! What a neglected little blog this has become.
I survived camp, the knitted items were very much appreciated – it actually snowed. It was great. The kids were fantastic and we had lots of fun. Here I am on camp. Don’t mistake the ‘bunny ears’ on top of my head as a disrespectful gesture. I am sure it was done in jest. PFT. As well, you can see why I did not want to eat very much meat when I came home. I have never in my life handled so much meat! I had to cook for everyone. No one told me I was signing up for that when I finished my teaching degree!!
I have been on a sewing binge. My darling mother bought me a sewing machine for my birthday, which isn’t until December. So far with my first own machine, I have made:
- Two giant frog bean bags for the children
- A dress that has since become a skirt
- Two pairs of shorts and two skirts for Tiny Madam
- Two pairs of shorts for Number One Son
- One pair of pyjama trousers for Purl
- Another skirt for me
Tonight I am going to attempt to make a sock tote a la the instructions from 2paw. Unfortunately I can’t show you any pictures because I haven’t taken any and Purl has the camera. She is off to Canberra tomorrow to the Australian War Memorial. Just for the day! She really is the little traveller!
Oh yes. Knitting. Well, I seem to have found my sock mojo again. I finished the stripy socks from my last post, and the other socks from that post. These were handed to their recipient. I am knitting an orange sock from the Ultimate Sock Book for me with the yarn I won from Live2Knit. I am knitting a sock for the Spunk with some Spotties yarn and a secret little something for our Launceston Tassie Knitters Rav group Secret Santa. Shh. As well, I am slowly working on another Button Me Up for Purl.
These last few days have been reflective for me. I learned to knit at a very young age and teaching me was a bit of a group effort. Mum and Dad both had a hand in it – I seem to remember Dad teaching me to cast off. Most instrumental in my early knitting days was my Auntie – Dad’s aunt. I used to spend a lot of time with Auntie and Uncle growing up, and any time sitting with Auntie was spent knitting. I would spend hours untangling yarn, winding skeins by hand, sorting colours and looking for just the right colour. I used to knit a lot of toys when I was little, some of them for me and some to put in the toy box at Auntie’s house for the younger kids coming along. She knitted for me and my brother, and more recently for Purl when she was a baby – often acrylic and quite often unwearable, but knitted with love. Auntie never made a sock, nor a clapotis. As far as I know she never made a top down raglan jumper or a bottom up vest – her knitting was fairly sedate and patterns were followed to the letter. No Malabrigo, no laceweight creations, no internet. Functional and practical knitting.
Auntie has been in a nursing home for six years and is now very unwell. Dad called me last week to tell me she might not make it through the night. I carry quite a bit of guilt – I have not visited as much as I should have. When Purl was a baby I used to travel to see Auntie and Uncle at least once a week and found their companionship comforting and supportive. Then we got married, had more children, started careers, bought a house and my routines changed completely. Life, again, got in the way of what’s important. Now it’s almost too late. We should all make time to do what is really important. You see, I could have visited more often and spent some time sitting and knitting, like we used to do.
I finished the Cotton-Ease blanket, and if anyone is interested I wrote a chart and pattern which is available for download. It is very very easy and I could read whilst knitting, so it went fairly quickly.
My yarn arrived from Live2Knit, and it is deliciously gorgeous. I don’t quite know what to do with it yet. I am not sure it will become socks.
I cast on some socks last night – a gift for my Dad’s wife. I have only ever made her one pair and she is continually rinsing them out and drying them quickly to wear again. I am using some Patonyle I dyed ages ago. It has been such a long time since I made socks; my hands had almost forgotten how to hold the tiny needles.
Here are some of my muffins. One lot, chocolate chip. The other, cheese and bacon! Yum!
On Sunday the Spunk and I found ourselves sans children, and decided to go to the pictures! We hadn’t been for so long, I can’t even remember what we saw last when it was just the two of us. We saw Hellboy 2 which I thought was really good. I liked Hellboy after watching it despite some misgivings about his appearance and whatnot. Anyway, I would recommend Hellboy 2 if you are into comic book adaptions. IMHO it is one of the best!
Tomorrow we are seeing Wall-E which the kids are very excited about. I am more excited about the popcorn, but never mind! Two trips to the cinema in one week! It must be holidays.
Speaking of which, we are very much on the slippery slopes back to work. The good news is that the Spunk is all legal and will be starting teaching with me on Monday! It will be interesting working together!