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Archive for January 2009

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!!

Now, who to tag?
Katt, MrsDrWho, LargMarj, Cathie, jess,chocolate,knitting and anybody else who would like to participate!


We have been back from our holidayette for a week now – we had a great time although the house we rented was rather grotty and the Spunk flipped out and went and bought a bucket and mop! We had some lovely weather. Here I am at the blowhole:

All the time we were there, the Spunk was doing the strangest thing. He and Tiny Madam have this thing going on with ‘The Wicked Fairy’ (TWF from now on!). I don’t know how it started or why she was deemed wicked, but she really is. Tiny Madam won’t have anything to do with her. She is about 2 inches tall (TWF not the Madam). Anyway, she appears all over the house at random moments and Madam loves to hide her from the Spunk so he can’t set up an ambush. Unbeknownst to us all TWF made the trip to Bicheno and made a grand entrance when we arrived! Then, she travelled far and wide around the town and had her photo taken in all sorts of locations. I had no idea it was happening for a while, and Tiny Madam still doesn’t know. I think the Spunk is planning on making a slide show for her! She will be furious!! Here is The Wicked Fairy at the beach:

And in the car:

He is seriously a fantastic Dad!

I did some knitting at the beach. I bought some Soft Haze on the morning we left and began a top down raglan cardigan on my Harmony Options needs that I still love very much.

When we got back, I had two parcels to pick up. Some Cascade 220 in grey for a Seamless Hybrid Sweater for the Spunk, and some Bendigo 12 ply in Agate for me. So, the Orange Fluffy has been sidelined whilst I knit for the Spunk. I was knitting too big and had to start again, but all seems good in the world of husband knitting at the moment. I am intrigued by the pattern and look forward to finding out if I can work the maths out since I had to cast on fewer stitches and so forth. Rest assured I will fill you in on my progress.

Cascade 220

Cascade 220

Bendigo Rustic 12 ply

Bendigo Rustic 12 ply

The last few days have been spent caught up in some kind of surreal bureaucratic nightmare. Let me tell you, it is not easy to get a kid out of this country. Passport nightmares no more however, Purl is cleared for travel. Not long now until she jets off for ANZAC Day. We are getting excited. Whilst waiting yet another hour for yet another piece of paper on Monday, we went shopping for jeans. I am still debating whether my sales assistant was a complete horror or a godsend. I tried on a pair of jeans that I had been eyeing off for a while and she informed me they were completely wrong on my body shape and thrust another style and size to try. I put them on and VOILA they looked great! And fit me! And I liked them. So much she convinced me to buy two pairs in different shades of denim!! The magic ingredient?

Great work if you can get it!

Great work if you can get it ;P


He has achieved success
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;

who has enjoyed the trust of
pure women,

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.

You might notice a couple of changes around here. I was beginning to feel my blog was looking a little dark, so I have changed themes. And, the name of my blog too – I still heart knitting a heck of a lot, but seem to have broadened my horizons lately. I think it looks good – I hope you agree.

There are some photos to show you today! I have been enjoying some quiet time at home and have been fairly productive over the past couple of days. I also bought myself a camera (finally!) and have taken some happy snaps of my work.

Sewing – a wrap skirt and an apron. The skirt is for me and the apron is part of a gift that Purl is putting together for her friend’s 16th – how cute! A baking kit!

mind the early onset bunions

mind the early onset bunions

There has been knitting, as usual. Socks in progress:
Zigzag Lace

Zigzag Lace

Spunk Socks

Spunk Socks

Embossed Leaves

Embossed Leaves

I also found myself in Spotlight today (surprised? Perhaps not!) and bought more fabric. Some to make curtains for the bathroom, some to add to fat quarters to make aprons for birthday presents and my absolute favourite is this:
Too cool for school!

Too cool for school!

I am going to make a skirt out of this fabric, and wear it on Fridays so that when I have to talk in assembly the Grade 9s will have something to do! Not that they don’t love to listen to me going on about this and that, but seriously! I absolutely love love this fabric!
And to add some cute, check out these bugs. Our good friends gave Tiny Madam a Chicken Socks pack for Christmas, and we got to make bugs out of pipe cleaners and beads. It was very much fun! Then, you fold the book around on itself and it becomes a house!! If you have kids, or know kids, I would recommend these packs as gifts. They are terrific!
Time for tea!

Time for tea!

Despite all the exclamation marks I have put in today’s post, I am feeling quite sad because Auntie died this morning. It was expected, but part of me feels like it is a chapter closing on my childhood – all the important elders are gone now.

I think tomorrow we will go the beach and have a picnic and blow some sadness away in the sea breeze. Sounds lovely don’t you think?

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!


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