amanda j


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!


. . . 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?


What a night!! Saturday we saw Crowded House and it was the most awesome night ever. I was wishing it was never over – I cried a number of times because the music was so beautiful and the memories of listening to the songs were so lovely. What you can see here is a very crap photo that in no way represents anything that we saw or heard, but it’s the best I can do. I really need a camera!! If you squint, you can see Neil.


  1. Getting away from it all with the Spunk, shopping at Salamanca Market, listening to some fantastic Celtic music at the New Sydney pub whilst sipping a beer and making our way to the concert.
  2. Seeing my all time favourite band live, even though they haven’t really existed for a long time. I never thought that would happen.
  3. The weather held out. It was crisp but not freezing and I was quite comfy in jeans and three layers on top, with a beanie and boots.
  4. Knitwear everywhere. I will share examples below.
  5. Great atmosphere. Not a lot of scope for bogan-like behaviour at an event like this.


  1. Portaloos. Say no more. (Although I had a Kenny experience at one point and a nice man cleaned the toilet just before I went in! Hilarious!! And remembering how I fell out of a Portaloo in my wedding dress. But that’s another story.)
  2. Lining up for drink tokens to then line up for drinks. Thankfully I didn’t have to do this because I am spoiled rotten, but I did have to wait a long time!
  3. Flipping idiots in front of me who may or may not have escaped from some kind of facility for the mentally challenged who were THROWING PEANUTS and people and at one point STOOD IN FRONT OF ME SO I COULDN’T SEE until the Spunk asked them to kindly sit. He figured we could have taken them in a fight.
  4. Walking for nearly an hour afterwards before we could get a cab.
  5. Crazy taxi driver on the way who told my friend to stop playing with the window uppy downy button and to STOP ASKING STUPID QUESTIONS and BE QUIET WOULD YOU. I thought we might get put out. He was a very grumpy man.

Knitwear spied. Sorry if by some strange and unfathomable coincidence you see yourself. Please know that I stalked you with the greatest appreciation and not a bit of creepiness.

I have finished a part of my Secret Santa for our Saturday group, but don’t know what else to do – I need to add something. The silly season is just beginning. It’s a slippery slide of get togethers, break ups, shopping, baby showers, school picnics, graduations, barbecues, prodigal brothers returning and Christmasses (yes, plural. Bloody divorced parents) from here until January. I figure I will just go along for the ride and let it all happen. Somewhere among all that I will turn 34. I don’t remember ever imagining being 34. However, I have a feeling it will be a good year.

PS Check out Summer Sue.

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!!!

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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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