Sunday, May 3, 2009

Playing Catch Up

Well the past 6 weeks have been a blur. I became a mum on 18 March 2009 when Zack came into the world and turned it upside down for both me and hubby. Thankfully I finished and felted my bag before all this happened and it was packed and ready a week before he arrived.

I have managed to get some knitting and cross stitching done, but not a lot. I finished and gifted the wedding cross stitch for my cousin. She got married on Saturday. That is the other reason not much has been getting done, I was her Senior Bridesmaid and the people doing our dresses were idiots. Apparently I grew 5 cm overnight because they swore nobody took the hem up (oh and it was a rolled hem so it couldn't be let back down), this was less than 48hrs before the wedding. That was just one of the many issues we had with them. Thankfully the brides dress came from another shop and she had picked it up well before the day.

When I get the camera back I'll put some pic's up.

Oh and Spiderknit taught me to crochet so I'm working on some Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Birthday love

I went to Spotlight today to use some of my birthday vouchers (my family love me!) and this is what I found:

blue polar fleece with bunnies, blue trains in a stretch knit,

Purple polka dots and fake patchwork pink in cotton,

and fleecy flannel stars and clouds so I can make lots of wraps for my friends having boys.

In the knitting bargain bin (ignore the blurry photo), I found this kit with 4 x 50g balls of 4ply cotton for $3 and a bag of bamboo/cotton for $12 in nice green/blues.

I've made a decent amount of progress on my bag.

and this is the Baby Yoda cardigan that I told you about before, it's still unblocked but Im saving all the blocking until a weekend when we dont have a billion things going on.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The count down begins

I have 8 days left of work before I go on leave to become a mum. Technically I have 3 weeks, but of those 3 weeks I'll be at the office for 8 days and I have lunches with friends and work each of the last 3 days. My replacement starts on Tuesday and she's very lovely and seems quite clued in so I don't anticipate a stressfull training period.

On craft things, Im about 1/5 through my version of the Medallion Travel Bag (or here if your not on Ravelry) Im doing it in 2 shades of purple. I'll put pic's up when I remember to photograph it. I think Im doing fairly well given a) how big it is and b) it's my first try at 2 coloured knitting (gotta love youtube for learning things).

I've finished my little bubs Baby Yoda Sweater and am seriously thinking about making the hat with Yoda's ears - just because I can :)

Im doing a list of things I need to have done before I finish work and things that need to be done before the bub arrives. Im not silly enough to think I'll have "spare time" once it's here so I have to include in the lists things like my nieces birthday present and my cousins wedding present (which sadly has been left on the sidelines a bit lately). My nieces birthday is the week after my estimated due date and my cousins wedding is 5 weeks after it as well.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

Tonight's to do list:

1. Photograph knitted gifts to blog about after they are gifted
2. Finish wrapping gifts
3. Prep veggies for tomorrow
4. Sort gifts into bags for distribution tomorrow
5. Go to Spiderknit's for Christmas Eve drinks and nibbles

If I get time I'll also update Ravelry and knit some more on my pinwheel blanket which is not far from completion now! My house is a mess so I should probably do some cleaning too but we'll see how far down the list I get before I give up and go to number 5.

I should also start putting my clothes back in the wardrobe now the shelf that collapsed is repaired (long story made short, the shelf that my clothes hang under fell down on Monday so my clothes are piled up on the floor). That can wait until the weekend if I don't get time.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Baby stuff

So I finally got around to photographing the nursery walls that hubby and his dad did while I was away. They did a great job I think.

It's very bright but in a good way I think.

I have also finished my little nieces cardigan that I knit for her. Unfortunately having looked after her on Saturday night I can say that it's going to be too small not long after she gets it. So... plan B is Im going to make the largest size and put the first one into the "I know so many people who are pregnant Im sure one of them will have a girl" basket.

Im going to weave the ends in tonight at knitting (unless I cant be bothered then I'll knit instead).

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Playing Catch up

I figured since I have a day without too much housework I'd catch up on the projects I've been working on. I have written a list of birthdays between now and New Years that I will need to make things for as well as Christmas. Now to see if I make the deadlines :)

Im knitting the Waterfall Scarf with 1 skein of ribbon yarn (sorry I lost the ball band) that I picked up in Yarns on Collie. It was the last ball they had so it was marked down (gotta love a bargain) and it's in my Aunts colours so it's for her birthday at the end of the month. Im on target for that one, it's nearly 3/4 done!

It's a lot more burnt orange than this but no matter what I do with the colours in the picture I cant get it right.

I've also started a scarf for my friend who's birthday is at the beginning of December. This one is going to take a little longer but now I have my Knit Picks Interchangables (dont you love Tapestry Craft's sales!) I can take it on the bus/train with me so that adds to the knitting time. I feel funny about knitting on straights on public transport. I always feel like Im getting in someones way even if Im not. Im using the Twisted Pride from Blue Moon Fiber Arts that I ordered when I had to get another skein for my vest. I love the way this yarn is knitting up, I was a little worried when I balled it up from the skein because it looked a little like a fairy had thrown up. I've based the scarf off of the Dulce pattern which is a herringbone stitch with a garter stitch boarder to stabilise the edges.

The 3rd thing on my needles at the moment is a Pinwheel baby blanket which Im just doing when I need a change or Im between projects. It was my travel project until the needles arrived and I could work on the scarf. Im onto the second ball and I think it's going to need at least 2 more. Im using machine washable 8ply from the Wangaratta Woolen Mills. I have about 3 skeins of it and it matches the Colour 4 Me yarn I have in my stash so Im going to say that's what it is. The skeins had been tangled and were a little difficult to ball up but that's why it's so cheap to buy.

On the non knitting front I have 2 cross stitches on the go. 1 for my Mum for Christmas and the other secret one that I started a while ago which I'll tell you about once it's finished, framed and gifted. It's a big one so it will be a while.

Normally I also make a few tree decorations but I think they will get put to the "in between other projects" spot this year. I finally finished the last of last year's bells last week.

I've also finished about 90% of the Christmas gift tags I was making, they are all put together but some still need glitter. I'll write the name of the person on them in glitter also once Im up to the wrapping up stage.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Its been a while

I have been busy so there hasn't been much time for blogging. I have been knitting, just not the projects I should/want to have been working on. I have made 3 (nearly 4) pair of fingerless and stubby fingered gloves for a friends work mates who have been freezing with the gas restrictions. They paid for them and the money went to charity so the karma is there at least. As a result of being a good citizen I failed at the Ravelympics because I only got about half (ok just under) of the back of Sienna done. See:

I did find some nice buttons for it though which has motivated me to start working on it again. My Solo is still where it was last time I showed you and will be until I finish Sienna because I will get more use out of that over the coming months I think.

Ive made a cute little cotton hat for a friends little girl who lives in Singapore (hence the cotton) because she tells me the only one she has is the one I made her when she was born and its now too small. I figured doing a 2x2 rib would let it fit her cute little head a little longer and I'll make her a nice warm one for her birthday and when she treks back to Perth in winter. (Yes Perth winter can get cold in the evenings and especially if your from Singapore)

On the non knitting side of things Ive been card making. I think I have enough cards for most of the upcoming birthdays and fathers days but have to make a couple of boy ones. The girl ones are just so much easier to make.

I started my Christmas tags, from the stuff I bought last year in the sales. They have some glitter glue on them now which makes them a little less plain and a little more christmasy.

I covered some little note books (they are about half A5 size) which I think are very cute. And yes one of the cards is made with the same paper as the brown one - on purpose.

And... I have started queuing a bunch of baby stuff over on Ravelry since, well, Im going to be having one I want it dressed in nice hand made stuff when ever I can.