Sunday, July 25, 2010

Granny Gold!

My mother's mother (Granny) has just moved from her residence of the last 25(?) years from a small coastal country town to live in a granny flat built for her at my Aunts country block. Granny flat sounds small doesn't it? It's not, bigger than our flat it is!

I wanted to visit the house and the town I hadn't seen since I was about 12 before the move, so Mum, Dad and I went down earlier in the year to help Granny start getting organised.

Granny prefers to chrochet these days, so I happily saved her the task of having to pack these pattern books and other goodies.

 [one of the transfers from the red Semco booklet in the first picture]

The patterns are all draft yourself instructions like this. I'll probably learn a thing or two about pattern making and hopefully have fun in the process.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Really Cute Jacket

Wardrobe Refashion continues to be a source of inspiration even though I decided not to re-pledge while being pregnant.

Just the other day I saw this gorgeous jacket posted by Carolyn and am totally tempted to go and find that pattern for myself. Heck knows when I would get around to sewing it, but look at those cute sleeves!

Click on over to Carolyn's blog to see more gorgeous detail.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Creative Space

I've been knitting this slouchy beanie since Bali in January. Knitting in humidity felt more like an arm wrestle at times, so I didn't get very far.

It has sat virtually untouched since then, and I don't have high hopes for it to turn out like the pattern since I am not using the correct size needles and I have no idea what weight this home-spun wool by Granny is. I should have knit a gauge square I suppose, but I'm always too keen to get to the 'real' knitting. I've never knit a gauge square before but I can see their usefulness before starting a large project.

So this little project has been turned into practice for Continental Knitting. Knitters generally have a looser tension with the Continental style and you can see where I switched. It still feels more comfortable to knit the old way even though I tend to knit very tightly in the normal style and hold a lot of tension in my shoulders. I'm hoping with a bit more practice the Continental style will feel more natural and I'll be much quicker and less bunched up in the shoulders.

I do love the smaller movements and the more relaxed feel in my hands and shoulders. This is the best video on the Continental style I've found so far.

Head on over to check out other Creative Spacers.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010


 [image taken from Acronym Finder]

No D**k Heads here... or dunderheads, damn husbands or dumb husbands.

Darling Husband does not read my blog, but after I posted about our 4WD weekend below I suggested he have a look to see the photos. Not only did he look at the photos but he actually read the post.

Him: DH? what's that?
Moi: Darling Husband
Him: Oh, ok, not D**k Head then?
Moi: haha, ah no, maybe I better call you something different...

I'm pretty sure we've had that above conversation once before, so from now on I'll be referring to my DH on this blog as Husby, or some other nickname.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Cervantes to Lancelin

Disregarding the BOM and forcasts of awful weather, we went ahead with our plans for this weekend to 4WD from Cervantes to Lancelin on what Australian 4WD Action magazine has listed as one of the "20 Tracks You Must Drive!"

At 7 months pregnant I'm not sure if it was the new brand of chinotto I tried on Saturday night, the veg quiche from the bain marie (I keep forgetting about not eating pre-heated food) or the constant jostling from the drive upsetting my pregnancy reflux that had me throwing up for the first time this pregnancy. I never feel quite so sorry for myself as when I'm vomiting, so I hope that makes me remember the bain marie rule and I don't think I'll be able to bring myself to drink that brand of chinotto again.

It was however, all worth it to seeing how much fun DH had over the weekend. Such pleasure that men can derive from conquering some dunes and driving along the beach. I love to see him smile like that.

I hope you had a great weekend.


Friday, July 2, 2010

It's been a cold week

Not that it's perturbed me at all with my elevated core temperature, but with the cloudless nights we've been having this week and the subsequent chilly-ness, we've tossed the unfinished denim quilt on the bed, pins and all.

Must. finish. before. baby. arrives!
Enjoy your weekends.