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Posted on: October 9, 2008

Where do weeks go? It has been three weeks or so since I blogged! I just checked my google reader list and there are 165 unread posts! Eeek!

Of course there has been knitting. I have finished one sock, and have two more socks on the go. I would like to finish the stripy pair before Monday because I am going on camp and need warm socks.

I also finished Button Me Up and found it slightly too small – wearable definitely, but I would have felt uncomfortable. And so, Purl scored a jumper. She has worn it twice and has actually ordered another one exactly the same but the smaller size. I ordered some more Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Ranch Red to make her another. It is really nice to see her in one of my knits! Fifteen year olds can be difficult to please! We are planning on some interesting buttons for the red one. This was a fantastic pattern that went very quickly. I will make myself one too I think. One day.

Speaking of camp, I decided I needed a hat and made one. I like it, but I think the Spunk and Purl think I look a bit odd. What do you think? Excuse the photo, I took it myself!

This week I also ordered some Cascade Heritage sock yarn from Yarns Online. $12.50 per 100g skein, and the colours are really lovely. Now I am wondering which socks to knit. I also bought some KnitPicks Harmony needles – 2.25mm. They are very pretty and feel quite nice. I am a bit worried that I will break them so I am knitting slightly slower than usual.

I am also making a shawl that will probably never be worn . . . hey, it keeps me off the streets!

We have been busily buying books here and there from the Book Depository. I have bought Knitting Without Tears and The Knitter’s Almanac, as well as some books for the kids and some surprises for the Spunk who is having a birthday next week. I might have just scraped through – the gap between the AUD and the GBP seems to be widening. Sigh.  

As I mentioned, I am camping next week for two nights, and then again the week after. School camp is a funny thing. I quite enjoy seeing the kids outside of school and usually find it really rewarding. However, it is so darn tiring and I am dreading being chief decision maker 24 hours a day. I can usually manage a work day where I am expected to make decisions time and time again, but it’s nice to come home and let someone else decide what to eat or watch on television! Not only that, but I don’t think I will get much knitting done! I will take it just in case it rains (God forbid!).

We are still waiting for the Spunk’s cardigan to be zipped. Hopefully he will have it before his birthday! Next time I think I will try it myself WITH MY NEW SEWING MACHINE. Mum and her husband have given me my birthday present two months early! I haven’t sewed a stitch with it yet – I am certainly not the world’s greatest seamstress, but I am looking forward to making something. Perhaps some simple skirts for the Tiny Madam for summer?

The Spunk has been a teacher for nearly three weeks and is travelling well. The kids have responded well to him and he is enjoying himself!

Us Launcestonian Ravelers met up last weekend and sorted our Secret Santa knitting out. I have lots of ideas for my recipient! I want to talk about it but I can’t!!


11 Responses to "wooosh"

Nice to see you back. Love the hat and I am sure it will keep your head nice and warm. I have been knitting with the Cascade sock yarn too and love it. I bought the green which I love but your purple colorways look so nice too. I have bought the harmony dpns set and love them to bits. They are so much easier to knit with so now when I finish a pair of socks I will need to transfer the other pairs I started and use the same needles. Glad to hear that your partner’s teaching is going so well too.

lol down side of Secret Santa knitting. Risk of receiver reaing about it on Blog.

LOVE the sock yarn!!

And excellent that Purl wants another one! I hope when my bratties are that age they still love my knits, at the moment they cant get enough of my knitwear..

ooooh arent new sewing machines fun things!! mine is 2years old not so new 😉

good luck camping!!! hope you have fun with no rain! 🙂

Nice socks and very nice Cascade sock yarn: there is only one green at the moment though.
Good luck with camp. I reckon teachers need triple quadruple time and a half for going on camp!!!
Oh a sewing machine, you lucky duck. Skirts are easy, I know you can whip one up!!!
Nice to know I am safe to go out as you are inside knitting a shawl!!!

You really don’t need a sewing machine to put a zip in a handknit. I know, I did it myself for the first time last month [it’ll be one of those posts you haven’t had time to read yet!! LOL] EZ says the strength of the zip is in the zip not in the sewing and you know, it really wasn’t that hard!

Glad to hear TS is enjoying his life as teacher. Have a great time at camp; I don’t envy you. I’ve been told I have to take my class of adults on excursion to Parliament House [Sydney] – I’ve never ever been there myself [should I be ashamed to admit that?]. What it has to do with “Skills for Work and Training” I have no idea!!

Happy sewing 😉
Have a great time at camp. Your hat will be nice and warm.

I really really like the hat, what’s the pattern? I know what you mean, where does the time go…I’ve been blog slacking too.

Good luck on camp.
Don’t worry abour how your hat looks…2 days on camp and you wont care AT ALL.

Oh dear I shall have to try the cascade sock – and I was being so good!

Button me up is on the enormous ravelry q – but I shall be making larger sizes when I get to it!

The hat looks fine, comfy and warm. It looks vaguely Vermeer-like. Got a butter churn lying around anywhere? Nice to see you and enjoy that sewing machine.

Life is very ‘woosh’ at the moment, and only going to get worse as we plunge into the silly season!! yay for your socks, I think your hat is quirky and I want one, and I’m intrigued by the Button Me up description and am about to hunt through your Rav projects page to satisfy my curiosity!

I really like the hat! Great shape! Is it your own pattern?

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