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The Beginning

March 18, 2011

Just a little while ago I came to the realisation that I just don’t like garments knitted in anything thicker than a sport weight yarn.  I particularly like things knitted at a tight gauge, which is probably why I like knitting socks so much.  It’s not that I don’t like knitting with thicker yarn, I just don’t like the finished look.

This realisation led me on a trawl through Rav and I fell in love with the Making Waves Cardigan.  It has everything I was looking for.  It’s fitted, simple,  it only closes at the top, and it is knitted top down, in one piece.

I have decided to behave myself with this knit.  I’m going to follow the pattern, I have knitted a tension square and I am even using the recommended yarn.  The lovely Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Forestry.

I love the colours in this yarn, and it is so soft and drapes really well.

This is a big undertaking for me.  I haven’t knit an adult sized cardi before, and I really hope this isn’t the last you see of this beautiful yarn!




Today was a good one!

March 15, 2011

This morning after I dropped Rhianna off at school, the boys and I went shopping.  Lucas needs some winter sleepwear.  I am often really annoyed at the lack of cute boys clothing, so this winter I am going to make everything he needs.

I took advantage of a 20% off sale at Spotlight and bought some gorgeous stuff.

Ater picking up the fabric I walked out of the shopping centre and straight onto a bus and then both boys had a sleep on our way home – that never happens!

When we got home there was a brown box sitting in front of my door.

The gorgeous Madeline Tosh Merino Light that will grow up to be a this.

All of that would make for a great day, no?

Well it just got better.  In the package from Eat. Sleep. Knit there was a yarn lotto ticket.  And look at what I uncovered when I scratched the scratchy bit

Free yarn!


Woohoo what a day.  I guess tomorrow is going to really suck now, as life is all about balance.



No Excuse

March 8, 2011

I’m still here.

I’m not sure why I haven’t been posting lately, I think it might have something to do with not creating a whole lot at the moment.

I have no less than five pairs of socks on the go at the moment.  It seems that I can’t focus on one thing for too long.

In other news,

  • Rhianna started school this year.  She is loving it.  I am so happy to see my shy little girl becoming a confident little girl.  She looks gorgeous in her oversized uniform and her school bag is nearly as big as she is.
  • our rental property is full of water, thanks to Cyclone Yasi,
  • Lucas has started eating me out of house and home,
  • I have started planning my winter knitting for the smalls,
  • I opened an etsy shop and a new blog to go with it,

Queensland needs our help

January 12, 2011

Many others have expressed their feeling on what is happeinging in Queensland at the moment so much better than I can.  But I can’t not say anything.

My home state is in dire straits.  There are an uncountable number of towns and communities under water, cleaning up from flooding or bracing for the water to come.

There have been many deaths and many more people still missing.

Some of these communities are cleaning up for the second or third time in twelve months.

They need our help.  If you can, please go here and give as much as you can.


December 7, 2010

Today is full of good news!!

My Soldier is doing really well. So well in fact that he is coming home today.

We have been anxiously awaiting the results of the pathology, and today they came back. It’s all good. Chronic appendicitis. The very best news.

Now the long road of recovering at home begins. Let’s hope the kids don’t jump on him.

December 3, 2010

I won’t be around much for a while. Soldier had abdominal surgery last night for what we thought was simple appendicitis. It turns out that it wasn’t that simple.

What we do know is that his appendix and some of his bowel was removed and sent to pathology for testing. He has a seven inch cut across his stomach.

We will know in two to four days. So it is a waiting game. I hate the waiting game.

So I will be back and forth between home and the hospital, for a week or so.

November 30, 2010

I promised a post about my new socks, so I suppose I had better deliver.

I added Firestarters to my queue way back when I was just starting out with sock knitting, actually knitting in general.  I loved the simplicity of the cables running up the side of the foot, and I still do.

I got a little lost in the pattern after the toe, so I made it up and I think it looks right.  But I am a little worried that the cabling is getting a obscured by the yarn, especially in the leg.

The pattern wants me to switch to 3mm needles after three repeats of the pattern on the leg, for some calf shaping.  I don’t think this is necessary so I’m not going to do it.  I haven’t in the past and all my socks fit me well in the top of the leg.  I think I will continue until I have no more yarn left so I get a long leg.

The yarn is lovely.  Panda Silk is a bamboo/wool/silk blend, and is really soft and shiny.

I am hoping to get some time today and tonight to finish off the first one and maybe, if The Smalls are nice to me, start the second one.