Friday, September 30, 2011

Today

Today is my baby's Birthday. He turns 4 and I'm having a bit of a spin out over here. He spent the day at the Royal Melbourne Show having a ball with his brothers and Dad.

I spent the day cleaning out the study, it needed it desperately and I have the added motivation of my sister coming to stay with her crew on Sunday night so I needed to find the bed so she'd have a place to sleep! Half a large recycling bin full, a garbage bin full and a much neater room is the result :-)

His request for Birthday cake was a Star, so while they were out I baked.


On Sunday we are having his party and he has told me firmly he wants a BIG star not a little one. Your wish is my command baby, stay tuned for his Party cake.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's been a while

I had realised earlier in the year that I was blogging less frequently.  I was still reading other people's blogs on a daily basis, but finding the time and brain space to compose a post here was a struggle.  Rather than push myself I decided to just go with it.   It will probably continue in the same fashion for the next few months, mainly because the commitments I took on at the beginning of the year will continue on until at least November. I do have stages of feeling bad about not posting but trying to make myself stick to a schedule sounds a bit too much like pushing too hard at the moment.  So I will not be participating in Blogtoberfest this year as a blogger but I will probably zoom around and read posts from other participants and see if anything catches my eye.  I am still around and will continue to drop in with the odd Finished Object post and then nothing for a while just like the past couple of months :-)

In the meantime how about an update?

In Life
Zac turned 6,

Hunter turned 8

and Tyler is due to turn 4 at the end of this month.  We've had parties with cake twice and I'm starting to plan the next one. After that Jules turns the big 4-0 and we are sorting out what he wants to do to celebrate.  I've worked out the main part of what I'm giving him and have enlisted help to ensure it happens without the secret being given away.  The big boys have been part of their school's first whole school production with the performances being this past Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the teachers and kids did an awesome job and it was a great performance with an important message about being environmentally conscious in all aspects of our lives.  Tyler has had a cough for the past week that has progressed to borderline ear infection this weekend which we are monitoring and since he kindly shared his cold with me I'm sitting in my room all toasty warm writing this while Jules amuses him and his brothers.

In knitting
 
I have been working on a jacket for a friend and it is nearing completion, it has half a sleeve and half of a knitted on i-cord edging left to go and I am champing at the bit to get it done but am being held up by running out of yarn and waiting for another skein to turn up.

In the meantime I have finished up a pair of socks for Jules


 knitted most of a blanket for my brother's impending arrival (due November)


knitted a square for the Knitted Periodic Table (Iron-Fe)


and knitted the top section of a top down cardigan in 8ply bamboo for an 18mth size child.


Plans
Now that I'm at the plain body section of the little cardigan I'm tempted to put it aside and cast on a new scarf or shawl for me, except I'm not sure which one.  I have a couple of batches of gorgeous black alpaca laceweight and some silvery grey wool/silk blend to play with.  So if you've got ideas for me they'd be most welcome.  I'm also planning on doing some dyeing to get a blue based red and a dark grey for a cardy for me but haven't worked out how to do it yet.  Oh and I've started a gauge swatch for the Leaving cardigan, except that was about a month ago and I may have forgotten the needle sizes I've used so far (No laughing Jen). I know I'm up to trying my 4mm needles, but will have to have a look at the needles I've left with the project to work out the ones used thus far.  So it appears I'm in a bit of a cast on mode at the moment with two big projects almost off the needles I'm looking for three projects: something simple and portable (bamboo cardigan) something intermediate (Leaving cardigan) and something complicated (shawl).  Of course I'll probably also cast on a pair of socks and maybe something else as well :-)

Update complete!  Hope all is well with you and yours. Catch you next time!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

In case you haven't seen it...



There isn't much time left to reach the goal of $33,000, support our local yarn/fibre culture if you can :-)