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Archive for December 2007

Well, we survived! Christmas has been and gone, and I reached most of my knitting goals. In the end I gave out eight pairs of socks. All were greatfully received. Well, to be honest I gave out seven pairs and one single sock. I knitted my butt off but could not quite finish the final sock for my friend who gave me my spinning wheel. Thankfully she found it very amusing to recieve one sock and watch me knit madly to finish the other. The yarn is Donni’s that she sent in my tea cosy parcel. Here is a picture of the second sock, which was finished Boxing Day night. I will post it to her Monday.


The final count was:

  • Embossed Leaves
  • Waving Lace
  • Back to Basics x2
  • Swirly Girl
  • Stocking Stitch x3

Speaking of Christmas, we had a lovely time. I was awake at 5:10 and waited patiently for the kids to wake up so we could have presents. They were very happy with their haul. We headed off for breakfast at 9:00 with MIL1, then off to lunch with Mother and then dinner with Father. On Boxing Day we went to the FIL and MIL2’s house. I got an extra surprise when I found a pubic hair in one of my meals. The Spunk and I almost wet our pants! It was hilarious. I went to remove it and then thought “Well, I am not about to eat that anyway!” so left it where it was. I shudder to think how it got there! The lesser of the possible evils is that it at least belonged to someone I know! Oh, it’s the little things that get us through!  

Phew. I have joined a very sensible KAL – The Year Long Gift-A-Long where the idea is to set goals and spread your gift knitting throughout the year. Considering I would like to knit socks for some people for their birthday as well this year, I thought this would be useful to keep me on track!

I am participating in Pay it Forward. The idea is that I will knit for the first three people who comment and commit to knitting for the first three people on their blog and so on. Those people will receive a gift within a year! What a great idea. Thanks to Nat who is going to pay it forward to me! Comment – go on, join up! I will make you something nice, I promise!

I have not sent my tea cosy for the Ravelry exchange yet. I am losing a bit of sleep about it. I will have to go to the yarn shop tomorrow and find something suitable for my recipient. Thankfully tea cosies do not take too much knitting time and I will be able to finish this weekend. Why, oh why do I procrastinate so? Speaking of tea cosies, I promised Donyale that I would post pics of the cosies (and pots!) that she sent me. They are perfect for my brown on brown with brown and green highlights house:

I am now happily a week into my holiday. It is such a luxury to get up lateish, and to spend time with my kids and family. We are planning to go to the beach a couple of times, which should be much easier and more pleasant now that our smallest Tiny Madam is 5. Life is becoming much more manageable. She even made her own lunch today! A peanut butter sandwich! How very clever.

I had been quite concerned about my knitting mojo. I think about four weeks went by where I did not knit a single stitch. I must have overdone it. However, in the past two weeks or so I have knitted six socks! Admittedly one is quite small for Master Seven. This photo was taken at lunch time today. It has since been finished and I have done the cuff for sock number two!

The yarn in this sock came with lots of other yarn that this gorgeous blogger sent me from her ‘scraps’. There is enough in there to make many little socks! Thanks Carol! Here is a pic of her generosity!

The Spunk and I are in the process of working out what we are going to get tattooed onto ourselves. Did you just fall over in shock Mother? We are both going to get each other’s name somewhere – mine has to be a bit discrete due to me having to pretend to be an upstanding citizen and all. I am also getting something small where it can be seen – I have decided to get a broad arrow on my heel to symbolise a very large part of my ancestry. It is now a thing of pride to be descended from convicts, and I am directly descended from at least seven transported convicts! It would be difficult to be more Tasmanian than me!

Finally, some of you noticed on Ravelry that it was my birthday recently. My Dad’s wife asked me if I would like a Pandora bracelet – I had never heard of them! When we had finished Googling Pandora bracelets, I decided I would like one very much. So, I got one! Dad and his wife gave me the bracelet and a little silver gift charm. I have since been given eight more! My lovely work friends gave me a gift voucher for two, Mother and her husband have given me two, and the Spunk gave me two (including a ram because i heart knitting!). Dad and his wife gave me two more for Christmas. I also bought some beads off Etsy! I don’t do anything by halves. Here is a blurry picture of my bracelet!



I am fairly sure that I have already done this meme, but I am going to do it again. Tauret tagged me ages ago and I just found the email she sent when I was clearing out my inbox. So, here goes. The rules:  “Here’s the deal: Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged.”

Random fact number 8: I am sometimes amazed by language. For example, if you read through the paragraph above, then take fifteen years off your life and read it again, how much of it would make sense? Not much.

Random fact number 7: I have a bunion. It sometimes glows red and hurts a lot. I imagine that means it’s growing. It scares me a bit because my Grandma had hideous bunions that mangled her feet. She never got them fixed – will I?

Random fact number 6: I am annoyed that yoof use the word random so much! Like “Oh, you got a hair cut. How random!” That is not random.

Random fact number 5: I once found a scorpion in the bottom of my washing machine. I picked it up with a tissue and squeezed it to kill it (sorry scorpion lovers). It’s innards shot into my eye and I was mildly (well actually very) concerned that I might go blind or die, so I called Mother to ring me back in 15 minutes to check I was okay. Obviously I was. Still, I learnt a hard lesson.

Random fact number 4: In the same theme, I was sewing a hem on some jeans once and did not have a denim type needle in my sewing machine. The needle broke and a piece of needle shrapnel flew up and stuck in my lip! I kid you not. My cousin who was with me had to extract it. Now, that’s random!

Random fact number 3: I am addicted to Diet Coke.

Random fact number 2: I am incredibly anti-social and would prefer to stay home forever. I lack confidence in social situations. However, the other day at work two people told me I exude confidence. Perhaps I should have been an actress!

Random fact number 1: I don’t like talking about ‘personal matters’ with anyone but my Spunk and resent having to listen to others at work rabbitting on about their love life, their pimples, their bodily functions and the fight they had with their mother. On camp this year I was almost sent barmy by colleagues doing a Cleo quiz. I thought I left that stuff behind when I left high school. Apparently not.

Well, that’s me done. What do you think? Random enough??

Who do I tag? Katt, Slim Suzy, Taph, Mandie, Nat, Cindy, Fi and larjmarj.

I made it! No more kids at school! The year is over. I have some work to do tomorrow, but all in all, that’s it for 2007!

Now, I am going to spend this evening catching up on blogs and reconnecting with some blogging friends. I have been knitting – I will attempt to post some pictures in the next couple of days!

Yay! My time is my own!

. . . can’t  be undone.

The Spunk said this the other day, and we all cracked up. I don’t remember ever hearing anyone say that before. Do you ever hear yourself sounding like your parents, or your grandparents? I find that I have a few favourites to express certain emotions in a classroom appropriate manner! Most of them sound ridiculous but the kids are never in doubt about what I mean. They are very astute – I said something was interesting the other day and they asked me if I meant interesting or “interesting” with the air quotes! Ha!

Anyhow, here is the bun, done.

I have started another one for the middle child. Tiny Madam cracks the whip over me (well, she pretends to) so that I finish things quickly. This was most useful when finishing my reports Sunday, as I told her we could not put up the Christmas tree until I had finished my work. She quite literally stood next to me and told the Spunk when I accidentally opened other windows! It worked. The reports were done and the tree was up by lunch time. My son, on the other hand, is a gentler and more understanding creature and told his sister he would not be cracking any whips over his Mummy. I need to work to reward his patience!

OMG. My tea cosy swap arrived yesterday.


I was lucky enough to be allocated to Donyale who spoiled me freakin’ rotten! As I did not have a tea pot or a plunger, she sent me one of each, with a cosy on both. I also got some Kingston biscuits (my absolute all time favourites!), some Dutch spiced cookies and some Milk Arrowroot (I don’t believe you can go past them for a good dipping bickie!), some coffee for the plunger, some tea for the pot AND some yarn that she dyed herself that’s called Peacock Tail. It’s gorgeous. Visit Yarn Cakes, Donyale’s Etsy store. Thank you so much for your generosity Donyale!

 Um, I still haven’t knitted.

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i am knitting

  • Pinwheel Blanket
  • Sassymetrical
  • Socks x 3
  • Button Me Up V2.0
  • i will knit

  • Flower Basket Shawl
  • Seamless Hybrid Sweater
  • Rogue
  • i knitted 08

  • Central Park Hoodie
  • Back to Basics III
  • Smooth Monkeys
  • Retro Rib Socks
  • Fetching I
  • Fetching II
  • Fetching III
  • Shalom
  • Wicked
  • Wickeder
  • Woodland Shawlette
  • Jumper for ILC
  • Socks for ILC
  • Hat for ILC
  • Booga Bag I
  • Booga Bag II
  • Washcloths for Mother
  • Mini Socks
  • Spunk Socks again
  • Cuzmo
  • Cozmo
  • Rose
  • Olivia
  • Shalom
  • Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi
  • Juliet
  • Liesl
  • Arch Socks
  • Button Me Up V1.0
  • Boy Teacher Cardigan
  • Camp Cowl
  • Felicity Hat
  • Zippity Blanket
  • Grandmother's Favourite Washcloth x 5
  • Apple Dishcloth x 2
  • Patonyle Socks
  • i knitted 07

  • Mother In Law Socks 2
  • Fon Sox
  • Elspiral Socks
  • I Can't Say No socks
  • Pomatomus
  • MIL1 Tea Cosy
  • MIL2 Tea Cosy
  • Green and Purple! socks
  • RPM socks
  • SIL socks
  • Tiny Madam Cardigan
  • Country Silk Cardigan
  • Monkey
  • Silver Scarf/Belt
  • Skinny Inca Scarf
  • Pink Fizzy Scarf
  • Super Spunk Socks
  • Diagonal Cross Rib Socks
  • Baudelaires
  • Mexicana Socks for Spunk
  • Opal Socks for Spunk
  • Jumper and Hat for Teeny Guy
  • Embossed Leaves Sockapaloozas
  • Socks for Robyn
  • Montego Bay Scarf
  • Sparkly Hat
  • Tiny Madam Cardigan 2
  • Waving Lace Socks
  • Swirly Girl Socks
  • Tiny Kevat Shawl
  • Baby Beanie
  • Embossed Leaves for Xmas
  • Mother's Back to Basics
  • Friend Back to Basics
  • Socks for Barb
  • Socks for MIL2
  • Socks for No1Son
  • Tea Cosy Swap Cosy
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