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I absolutely loved Footrot Flats as a kid. It could be that although it was set in New Zealand, I related to the farming and the humour. He pretended to be so tough! I had a picture of the Dog surfing a huge wave shouting at the top of his lungs ‘STOP THE WORLD! I WANNA GET OFF!” I know how he felt. My goodness life has been so busy and hectic and stressful and I have had little no time for blogging. I have, however, managed quite a bit of knitting.

Mon vert ami et professeur socquette for 2Paw.

Did you all know that 2Paw was one of four colleague teachers I had when I was at University? Not just ‘a’ colleague teacher but the one that taught me the most! I am almost to the heel of the first sock as I type. I was going to be a bit secretive about this, but instead I will give you a far off picture! I noticed that like many other people 2Paw is participating in the Tour de France KAL, and therefore I have given the sock a French name. I doubt that I have the words around the right way, but it’s the thought that counts! I wonder if the intern I have starting next week will ever knit me a sock or two? I doubt it – he does not look the knitting type! I will just have to appreciate the time his presence will allow me – phew!

I knitted two little things for the new baby boy – a tiny jumper and a teeny hat. I am yet to give them to him because a) they weren’t finished when I saw him last and b) I have not seen him this week because most of us around here are sick with something or other. He remains very cute and is doing well.


Sirdar Snuggly (approx 50g total). Patterns from Panda ‘Adorable Baby Knits’ – started Thursday pm finished Saturday pm

I had to go to that big store that’s always in a mess that happens to sell yarn and has a blue and red logo on Sunday last week to buy some buttons. As I had no cash I had to bump up my purchase somewhat, and so bought two balls of Patons Shadow Tweed to make a scarf. I finished it last night. It is very long and I like it very much. In fact it has come in very handy today as it is cold and my neck really hurts with swollen glands. Once again I have a sore throat. I made the scarf in two pieces which I then grafted in the middle based on this pattern, which incidentally is very similar to the Monkey socks pattern from Cookie A. My scales now point to the middle from both ends. I have not added a fringe to this scarf. The yarn is very soft and I think I could spin something similar if I had time, which I think I have mentioned already today I do not. Here it is:

Patons Shadow Tweed Soft and Scaly Scarf (almost 100g) with 8mm needles – started Sunday pm finished Wednesday pm

I listened to David Reidy’s podcast Sticks and String this morning, and he was talking about buying a new spinning wheel and how much better it was than the old one he had, which of course got me thinking “Hey, perhaps I need a new spinning wheel!” One phonecall to a relatively local distributor changed my mind on that one – at the moment it is well out of my price range. *sigh*

I have also finished one sock for the Spunk using some Opal that I had in the stash, and am well on the way down the leg of the other.

We are still dancing . . . so far we have learnt the Karamar 3-step, Carousel, relearnt a progressive Barn Dance and a Jive, begun the Quickstep and a proper Waltz. It is a lot of fun and hard work. We may need to buy a bigger house to practice in! My toes are holding up okay, but it was touch and go this week. The Spunk was being a touch too enthusiastic with his quick-quicks in the Quickstep and kicked the end of my big toe around 4 kabiliion times. We have sorted the issue and should be fine for Tuesday!

Tomorrow is Friday again. Where do the days go?


We were so keen to start ballroom dancing that we turned up a day early! We prepared the children, ate an early dinner, rugged up and set off last night to the church hall. We arrived promptly at 6:30 only to find that there were three people in the hall, our dance teacher and a couple gliding across the floor. They looked at us in puzzlement as we started our to and fro banter. The Spunk said “So, are there many takers tonight?” Our teacher said, “Um, that’s tomorrow night, unless you are meant to be with Andrew.” Nope, we knew we weren’t with Andrew. Oh dear, I made a mistake. As we hurried out muttering apologies and see you tomorrows I said sorry to the Spunk who replied, “Well you have been wrong before. There was this time last year . . .” I am not wrong very often (or at least I don’t admit it!). In fact a colleague gave me a magnet that says “You can agree with me, or be wrong”. Never mind. We are off to dancing tonight! Cha cha cha.

Nat and I have decided to knit as much as we can until the end of July, and then we are going to buy some very nice things for ourselves! I am not sure what that will specifically entail at the moment, but I am fairly sure it will involve sock yarn. To that end, I am on the foot of the Undulating Rib, but am not ribbing the foot. I am not particularly enamoured of the yarn/pattern combination but am pressing on regardless. I will not be able to knit through the stash if I keep ripping things out!

I am also plodding along witht the Koigu Go With the Flow sock. Again a case where the yarn is obscuring the stitch pattern, but not in a bad way. I think I will continue this pattern down the foot.

Yesterday, I was watching Bargain Hunt and had a good mind to write to the BBC. One of the items a pair had bought was a mahogany Victorian umbrella swift, in working order. The auctioneer made the comment that there was not much use for one of these things in today’s world! It sold for less than the equivalent of AUD100! I was outraged. No wonder the show was axed.

As for other news, I am back at work. Hmph.

I have been knitting like a woman possessed in the past couple of days, and have made some good progress on two separate socks. This was early last night:

And this is now. I have not started my evening’s knitting yet.

Here is the Spunk Sock last night:

And now:

I don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to my knitting at the moment, so I am pretty pleased with the progress. I have decided I am going to try an afterthought heel with the Spunk’s Socks – this appeals to me because I think the heel is my least favourite part of the sock knitting journey. It always seems to take so long. The concept I am using is in the Favourite Socks book. Rest assured, I will keep you posted.

Perhaps the most exciting news, however, is that my fibre arrived home:


This photo goes nowhere near doing this stuff justice. Please forgive my photos at the moment. Not only am I too busy during daylight hours to take photos, but I am also dealing with a particularly crap camera. If you want to see much better images, head over to Ewe Give Me the Knits. One is Pink Swirl, the other Green Agate, and most unbelievably these are available for only AUD5.50 per 100g. Mandie also included a little parcel of shiny stuff to include in the spinning. I have half decided to rip the raw fleecy stuff off the bobbins, throw that stuff in the bin and just get on with life. What do you reckon? It won’t take much to convince me!

In non-knitting news, the Super Spunk and I will soon be found on the dance floor. We have decided that if it’s good enough for the ‘Stars’ , it’s good enough for us. We are taking up ballroom dancing. Ahem. Watch this space.

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