And just a little self portrait of me and my youngest. What a cutie!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Once a year, my girls and I manage to steal away from our partners and children to come out and play. We have 8 children amongst us. This year we changed venues to a restaurant which has a bar with a balcony looking out to the ocean. With the temperature reaching above 30 deg during the day, the evening was lovely and balmy. Add (quite) a few champagnes to the mix and you get 5 very happy ladies. Love ya, bitches! x
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I'm getting there. Completely knitted in transit 3 days a week. Except for the heel turn which I need longer than a 25min block to knit before putting it down. One night at home each sock, then back on the train. But work has finished for the year so I'll have to do the rest at home. I love these colours.
What do you know, another WWFY number. This time a gorgeous handknit pair of socks for the hubberino for Christmas. I hope he loves them as much as I do!! They'll be great for winter :)
Another WWFY number. I LOVE this. It's a shame I've lost so much weight though. I asked for a 38" but I'm now just under 35". In any case, it'll be a lovely cozy coat. I will have to remedy the sleeve length though.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I have a couple of ladies in my life that are pregnant at the moment. So I designed these in different colours. The lovely Yasmin from ScissorsPaperMouse whipped them up for me. I love how they turned out. This one will live at our house for Ryder.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
So I heard that Rowan Calmer was being discontinued and people were arcing up about it. I had to find out what the fuss was all about. So I got some on destash and started Ms. Marigold. It is a lovely cotton acrylic. Lovely soft and stretchy. And I love the colour too. Just the neck ribbing to do and decide what to do with the sleeve caps. What do you think? Am I a ruffle kinda girl?
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
I really really wanted this shawl. I really really couldn't get myself to knit it. So up on the WWFY group it went. Someone took it up and I sent her 1600m of yarn and this is what happened. LOVE! These pic are unblocked. But I already know its going to be amazing. Thank you Rrrr :)
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Watershed take 2. How cute is this!!?? I love everything about it. Although if I made it again...which I will...I would keep my eye out for a couple of funny things with the pattern. But no-one will be able to see the glitches except me. I wasn't sure about the colour when I received it, but I love it now. It'll be great once I get a tan!
My first attempt at Watershed. Lots of errors, but you can barely see them since the yarn is black. Shame it turned out so small though. I'll be gifting this to my 12year old sister-in-law for Chrissy :)
Here are some better shots of my Decouverte. It's great to throw over a singlet or top to add a bit of warmth without bulk. Could have made a size or 2 smaller. But then again, I have lost nearly 11kg since I made it.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
So I finished my Watershed. I was in need of a small black cardy to wear over singlets at work on a warm day. But it came out far too small. Boo. My fault not being careful of gauge. It's ok. I'll send it to my 12year old sister in law.
I will make another one in a larger size and nicer yarn. But for now, I'll concentrate on my Spice Man socks. Relatively mindless knitting. I love Am Kalten Polar!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
And for those who are curious, the Michelle Bridges' 12wbt is going along brilliantly. I've lost close to 8kg since starting 7 weeks ago. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a healthy change in lifestyle with the added benefit of losing that flab before Christmas. The next intake is January. I will be signing up again to keep myself on track. I'm 3kg away from goal weight! I might have to adjust my goal :)
So I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front. I've been frantically knitting away on my featherweight. I only have one sleeve to go. But I couldn't help myself. I had to start another project. This time it's a family kris kringle present. It's for a new girlfriend in the family. I asked my brother in law if she would like something hand knitted and what her favourite colour was. He said she loves all that stuff and would love a shawl in purple. This was a super quick and easy knit. I used the entire ball of yarn but I had to cut the pattern off binding off 2 rows early. I don't think she'll notice :) I hope you like it, Linda!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
So the stats are in. No wonder my jeans no longer fit! I didn't think I'd shrunk that much, but the measuring tape speaks for itself.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
While I wait for some more Malabrigo Sock for my Découverte, I thought I'd cast on a Featherweight Cardigan. But I'm using Wollmeise sock yarn in Maus Jung and Natur. The fabric on 3.75mm is gorgeous and soft. More lovely mindless knitting. Perfect for a trip to Sydney while the kiddies sleep.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I haven't had much to say lately. My Découverte has been keeping me busy with miles and miles of stockinette. I've just ran out of yarn 7.5" from the end. Don't you hate that?
So while I wait for another skein to arrive, I thought I'd pick up my Manolo Socks. I'm using Wollmeise in Ruby Thursday. A gorgeous cool bright red. It's a nice easy knit...so far. Not that I need another pair of handmade socks. Considering we're moving into spring now :)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Here is another job that I got someone to complete for me. It took 4 balls of yarn that I had started a handbag with. Looks pretty good considering the yarn's start in life. In payment, i gave the knitter the remaining 6 balls. Cute huh?
I know that most of you have been making quiches blind since you were about 2, but this is my very first quiche. Yay. I wish I'd made it a lot earlier than now. It was so easy and healthy.
After a false start with the egg leaking through my pastry, success! I didn't know the 'rules' so obviously I didn't make sure the pastry was sealed properly. So we stuck what was left in the oven to slightly firm it up, then added more egg on top.
Notes for next time: line tray with baking paper, make sure the pastry is sealed and add a bit of salt/pepper to the egg.
Hubby's not complaining though, he's eaten about half of it himself!
No recipe, just made it up as I went.
1. line tin with premade short crust pastry (make sure it's all sealed, no cracks)
2. blind bake it for 10mins - 180C
3. sprinkle half a finely chopped onion on the base
4. sprinkle a packet of thawed frozen spinach (all water squeezed out of it first)
5. mix 6 eggs with a cup of soy milk and salt/pepper (hubby's dairy intolerant) pour over
6. add chopped feta cheese
7. bake till almost solid (it will continue to solidify in the tin while cooling down) about 40mins
Friday, August 12, 2011
Finally it's my turn to help someone. I'm sewing on satin binding onto cuddle fleece to make a blanket. In return I will receive a gift voucher from my favourite yarn or fabric store. It's interesting working with this slippery fluffy stuff.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
We finally heard last night that hubster's cousin had a baby girl. Yay! Now I have a recipient for this quilt. I hope she likes it. Not the typical baby girly pink colours. Something a bit different. The backing and binding are from Spotty. I didn't use a pattern. I just chopped into my layer cake, mixed it up and sewed them together :)
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Do any of you readers have dogs? Well, if you do, you would understand the frustration of a smelly dirty dog mat. Not to mention the sheer number of them you go through. Puppies like to 'punish' their owners when they are left to their own devices for too long.
Enter the dog mat cover. I came up with this idea when I decided to use my son's very old and cheap fitted cot sheets to cover the dog mat. I kept 3 on rotation so that every couple of days I could change them. Have one in the wash, one on the bed and one spare. Needless to say little teddies and rattles do not a stylish decor make.
I had made a cot sheet for my new baby not long ago, so decided to do the same thing but for the dog mat. Here is one example. I have another one on the sewing table in the reverse colours. The fabric is mid/heavy weight and I think will hold up nicely to doggy wear and tear. It also hides all the dog mat seams which mine love to nip at to release all the stuffing. You like?
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
I was sick of seeing hubster walking around with cheapo (though expensive) beanies made of some sort of nylon. He's never asked me to make him anything (the bugger) so I took it upon myself to make a nicer beanie. A very quick knit and I love the results. He looks hot in it!