Friday, February 29, 2008

On having the house to oneself

Last week Carrie from Every Word's a Purl wrote about how her behaviour is different when her fiance is away from home.

A number of people shared their 'house to themselves' habits in the comments to that post, and it got me to thinking - how am I different when the Boy isn't around?

I couldn't really think of anything at the time.

Now, here I am.

Curled up on the couch, wearing his favourite hoody.

Two days' worth of breakfast dishes on the coffee table next to me.

Preparing to watch my Justin Timberlake live FutureSex/LoveShow concert dvd....

Hmmm, well, I guess the knitting doesn't change ;)

So, what's your guilty home alone secret?

besos =)

ps. Shedir is finished!!! Cast-off and wove in the ends on the bus this morning =) Show you the pics tomorrow

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hot date

The Boy is out of town (Law camp. Don't ask.) and I have hot date lined up.

See, Thursday nights I belong to Gordon Ramsay.

I love Kitchen Nightmares.

Can you believe those people??

I mean, come on - Gordon Ramsay is at your restaurant.

If he's telling you your food is shite, he's probably right.

Do they really think he would be there if they didn't have crazy big bad restaurant issues???

And then they stand there telling him that they know better how to cook, or how to run a restaurant?

And I absolutely adore 'Chef Ramsay'.
Seriously.

Just ask the Boy - I think he was glad to be out of the house on a Thursday, so that he doesn't have to hear the talk about how great Gordon is.

About how he's a fabulous, caring man who's just misunderstood on account of his speech being so heavily peppered (teehee get it?? Pepper, and he's a chef? hehe) with 'the F-word'.

And did you know he's Scottish??

And he as a younger man he was a very promising football player scouted by the Rangers?

I guess the training accident that did his knee in was a blessing to the culinary world..

And, ok, I'm just gonna put it right out there, laugh if you must, but there is something oddly attractive about him.

Is it just me?

Or is he really kind of ruggedly handsome?
(Ok, in a very rugged way?)

In any case, tonight its just me, Chef Ramsay, Shedir and a nice hot cup of tea.
Oh, and perhaps a bucket o' m&ms.

Bliss =)

besos =)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Shazam!

Thanks for a great S'n'B this week guys =)

We had a good turn-out and lots of fun (and lots of chocolate mousse =))

Oh, and there was a Baby!

Nights like these I'm so glad I let Liv convince me to join in the groupy goodness =)

(oh, you have to click that link see the felted pair of pears!! Seriously, everytime I think Liv has made the coolest thing ever she comes up with something cooler!!)

Thanks guys =)

besos =)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Footy fun

Safe to say a fabulous day was had by all at Manuka Oval on Saturday!!!

Not only did the Boy and I get to speak to Kevin Sheedy, we also met David Schwartz, and got the 'G'day nod' from Bomber Thompson!!!

There was also music, sun, pies, beer, and both our teams won their respective games over the weekend!

(Best we don't talk about channel 10 giving us a right royal shafting in the live broadcasting department...again...)

I've finally made it to the Shedir decreases, which is requiring a little more concentration - and I'm really enjoying it. I'm also about to join in the second ball of feathersoft - at this point I'm guessing it will end up using 1.5 balls.



Looking forward to seeing my some of my Canberra knitty friends at S'n'B tomorrow night =D

besos xo =)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday = Shedir progress

Thanks for the love on my mittens and new knitting 'bag'! =)

The bag came from Freedom home - they have a whole range of cupcakey goodness at the moment, including another little zipped bag, slightly bigger than mine, oven mitts and aprons - so cute!!!

Today's 'show and tell' is the cabely progress I've made on Shedir.
I've just finished my fourth repeat of the cables - there are five repeats in all (at least I think its 5, hmmm must check pattern again...) then the decreases start.

It moving along ok, and I have the cable pattern 'memorised' (actually, its more that the pattern has become kind of intuitive), but I have to say I'm looking forward to moving on to the decreases - the cable repeats are starting to feel really 'groundhog day-y'.

Oh, by the way, I had a couple of comments on the yarn last week - the colour is really pretty, isn't it?

Its the purple colourway (3914) of Patons feathersoft 8ply - in 'real life' it has a sheen to it thats quite opal-y - its so nice!

This afternoon the Boy and I are off to the footy - the first of 4 games which will be played at Manuka this season.

It looks like being a gorgeous afternoon, and we're heading over quite early as there's some other stuff going on before the game - the NAB 150 tour which is heading all over the country this season to celebrate 150 years of Australian Rules football.

There'll be hand-balling and live music, and if we're lucky we might even get to meet Sheeds!

Hope your Saturday's sunny! =)

besos =)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

mmmmm mittcakes

Checkout my new bus knitting bag - cute huh =)



Just the perfect size - small enough to tuck into my handbag, big enough to carry my Shedir hat. Or some kiddy mitts. Those there are my latest pair - the rainbow twist mittens. The yarn is a rainbow acrylic I bought somewhere in the Netherlands when I was living there, and I used the Blue Mittens pattern from the Lincraft baby book, with a twist stitch (knit into theback of every second row) in the place of the usual stocking stitch.



These guys are also knit using the Blue Mittens pattern, and the squirrels taken from the Squirrelly Swedish mittens (ooooh love those squirrelly mitts!)

The Blue Mittens are a really quick knit - between bus knitting and a little finishing in front of the TV I can get a pair done in two days =)
And, as you can see from these two pairs, because they're so simple they're proving to be a great canvas for modifications - I'm enjoying trying out some new stitch patterns and picture knits to make each pair unique =)

besos =)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Shedir ribbing - c'est fini

Ooooh why is it that the ribbing always seems to take so long?
Those ten short rows can feel like they take as long as the entire rest of the project!

So, I'm sooooo glad to be finished with the Shedir ribbing - ten rows of 128 stitches of 1x ribbing was just painful!



I'm excited about moving on to the cabley part!
At the moment I'm working precariously on dpns, since my circular 3.25mm was way too big.

I'll pick up a 16" tomorrow when I'm in civic for S'n'B tomorrow =)

In other news, look what my garden made!!!



I'd given up all hope of getting anything at all useful from my garden this year (even the mint is struggling - something keeps eating it!) then there was this little guy - all red and shiny =)

hooray!

xo

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

boodle

I had a fabulous night at my first Dickson S'n'B last night - and looky: GOODIES!

Taph gave a significant injection to my charity knitting boodle - with a bag full of repurposed yarn =)

These colours are perfect, and I have a little mitteny plan for some of it already!


Oooh, and its cakes!!! Doesn't every thing look better in cakes? =)

Just incase the yarn wasn't excitement enough, Quilting Mick brought me a bag of gorgeous fresh tomatoes, and a capsicum, from her very own, crazy productive, vegie garden.



Mmmm!!!
I used some in an omlette when I got home and believe me, they taste every bit as good as they look!!

Thanks guys =)

besos =)

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Taa daa - socks!

When Can Assist originally put out a call for hand-knit socks Taph recommended the Clafoutis Bedsocks for a fast simple sock knit.

Since I was yet to finish a single pair of socks (eeek), fast and simple sounded good - so TAA DAA



Both of these pairs are knit from patons jet (I used just under a ball for each sock) and Taph was right - these were both fast and simple, even for a sock novice like myself =) - and I totally second the recommendation!

The purple pair are knit on 5mm needles, and the grey on 6mm - I also added a bit more length to the ribbing and foot length on the grey compared to the purple, so the sizes are quite different (luckily the pairs match though!)



These guys were great bus knitting - one trip for the ribbing, one for the heel and to start the foot, then rest of the foot and the toe in the next trip =)

They look kinda funny here, with the ribbing all skinny, but they're fine with a foot in them =)

Next up I'm casting on for the Shedir chemo cap, from knitty's special breast cancer awareness mini-issue

The finished ones I've seen are gorgeous - all those cables and the star on top.

I'm looking forward to some cabley-practice =)
(looks like I'm gonna need it hehe)

besos =)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Can Assist - can you?

As you know, the past couple of weeks I've been in touch with the Southern Summer of Socks girls and Kate from Can Assist - the Cancer Assistance Network - to organise a knitting/crochet drive of items to donate for cancer patients at the Jean Colvin hospital in Sydney.

Kate says:

"We are seeking 50 large, 50 medium and 50 small pairs of knitted socks for patients to wear and take with them as a gift from Can Assist, after their stay at the Jean Colvin Hospital. These patients come from rural NSW and stay on average 6 weeks whilst they undergo cancer treatment. We are wanting to make their stay as comfortable as possible and as such, we are creating a welcome pack for them when they arrive. The socks will be a lovely touch of warmth and comfort."

As well knitted socks, Kate says it would be wonderful for Can Assist to have some chemo caps, scarfs, socks, blankets (any nurturing item) which would then give people choice!

So, I'm asking for your help - let's see if we can collect these items to help out the Can Assist team!

And prizes - did I mention prizes?
There will be 2 grand prizes -

The knitters who donate the most socks and the most items to Can Assist between February 6 and May 2 will each receive a grand prize pack, including one year's subscription to their choice of the following magazines:
- Interweave Knits
- Interweave Crochet
- Vogue Knitting
- Yarn Magazine

as well as some yummy yarn and other fibre-crafty goodies!

For info on where to send your items of handmade yarny goodness, or if you want more information you can email me at: kraftykukaATgmailDOTcom (but, you know, replace the at and dot)

I'd also love to hear about what you're working on, plans for what you might make or suggestions of patterns and yarns for people to try out and if you have pictures of some of your finished items that you'd like to share!!! =)
If you don't have time for the makey side of things, any donations of something prizey would also be appreciated =)

So, get those hooks and needles flying =)

besos =)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A couple of words

Ugh, these past two days have been nuts - always the busiest days of our 17 week work cycle...

Yesterday it was all I could do to drag myself home on my elbows, make myself a poached egg then zzzzz out on the couch (let's not talk about the weird microsleep attack - I woke up with a number of empty Lindt chocolate wrappers on the floor next to me....)

So, tonight, just a couple of words...

On the weekend I had another go at making bread - DELISH!
It was perfect bread risey weather - the yeast really co-operated, and the result was a nice light loaf with sundried tomato, cheese and herbs swirled through mmmm

See the pics in the post below?
The grey knitting, pictured with my fabulous yellow & white project bag, that's my second pair of clafoutis bed socks for Can Assist.

Bells and Rose Red were kind enough put a shout out for Can Assist's campaign to collect socks for cancer patients staying at the Jean Colvin on the Southern Summer of Socks last week - and I'll have more to say about it real soon =)
(oooh, yes, there will be prizes!)

besos =)

Friday, February 01, 2008

Elemental



Today marks the start of Project Spectrum III.

I think from the very beginning the project spectrum movement took off in a much bigger way than Lolly expected, and again she has added a new twist to keep it fresh - this year each of the four colour groups is also associated with one of the classical elements.

The line-up for PS Elements is as follows:



FEBRUARY / MARCH - FIRE- orange, red, pink



APRIL / MAY - EARTH - green, brown, metallics



JUNE / JULY - AIR - grey, white, yellow



AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - WATER - blue, black, purple



I'm really interested to see the inspiration the elements bring to project spectrum.
Personally, as well as exploring the colour/element combinations, I'm looking forward to some PS photography =)

You can read more about project spectrum at Lolly's blog, and check out the ravelry and flickr groups for some colourful inspiration!

Its also not too late to get involved in the Project Spectrum Artist Trading Card swap - sign-ups are open until February 14.

Is anyone else in??

besos =)

btw, with all this talk of elements I now have the Captain Planet song in my head! Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart. eeeeek!!