Wednesday, 26 March 2008

possum knitting

I have some merino/possum blend which I found in St Vinnies big store at Five Dock. $70 worth of wool, a pile of needles and some gorgeous old patterns cost me $2 a couple of years ago. I have since seen more of this at both Tapestry Craft and Champion Textiles. Here's a link to some of the NZ blends. What I have is 10 ply and knits to a worsted weight USA pattern.
Where I live now is very leafy and bushy. This tree is right outside my bedroom window and if there were no screen, I could touch it. The whole area is full of native trees and many others as well. Two doors from here is Killara Golf Courseand the Gordon course is down the side street next to us. Both are enormous and again many tress. so where does this go?

Last night there was a possum in one of the upstairs bathrooms here. We've had so much rain over the last couple of months that even the big trees around have grown enormously. One tree is close to the wing of the house near the bathroom next to my room. I think the baby ringtail may have been a bit adventurous near the end of a big branch and found itself on the roof. A short jump to the casement window, always open, and it was inside. I could have spun my own yarn straight from the possum's back! LOL. It found itself in the shower recess, and fortunately the screen door to shower was slid shut. Whoever got up to attend to its ruckus, put a chair in the shower near the window and left the possum to find its own way out. I have been feeling very ill with some bug and have had very little sleep. Last night I actually did sleep and slept right through.This balcony opens straight off my room. The trees here have grown enormously since the big wet of January/February. The balcony is beautiful and private.
This is three floors up and looks directly west to the Blue Mountains. Main bedroom also opens to it. There is an old lounge and a couple of scruffy but comfortable chairs. It's great for knitting. Hot days in the morning, it is in the shade with a breeze and cooler afternoons it gets some good sun. Looking back to the city, I can see at least as far as Cronulla. We are quite high here. Down in the valley is Macquarie shopping centre, Macquarie Uni and the office developments there.

Monday, 24 March 2008

finished objects

A couple of finished things this week and some which didn't see the camera. Not only some which didn't make the camera. but some which didn't even come close and have remained in the frogpond. If I listen, I can hear them calling me but there they stay for a while. It's a bit like the naughty corner. LOL! One of these was the lavender heart shown here. I was coming down with some bug and made several mistakes in this and left it. I'll start again. I have plenty of wool for it and as each segment has the wool broken after finishing, I can't be bothered pulling it back.

Today my head felt as if it were stuffed with cotton wool. As I have to go to work tomorrow after the Easter break, I thought I would take things easy. DIL wears lots of scarves, headbands, hats etc. She looks great in them. Last June I knitted her a hat in Noro which looks fantastic on her. I remembered the many pictures of the Panta headband which I saw some time ago. After searching, and finding some very weird translations, I found this equivalent on the Garn site. It took me a bit over two hours to make in some Bendigo Mystique, 70% wool, 25% mohair,5% alpaca. It's darker than shows here, just suits her. It was a surprise and she loves it, which is gratifying. The yarn was great, easy to knit with and no splitting.
This little pair of baby socks is destined for a baby in Canberra. I hope they fit. These have a short row heel which I did in garter stitch just to be different and also a short row tow. I haven't done this before and was less than impressed with the three needle bind-off when joining back to the body of the sock. I didn't think it was nice for a baby's foot at all, pulled it back and grafted the toe to the sock foot. It's the second pair I've made for her and I've now finished and put together the jumper for her. All it needs now is the buttons for the shoulder fastening. I had been planning on shopping today, but felt so blah that I totally forgot about going to Hornsby for buttons. Otherwise the jumper is finished and I just need to get and sew buttons on and package up jumper and socks and send it off.

I hope all had a great Easter break. I was upset that I didn't get to church because of illness, particularly yesterday, Easter Sunday. I'm a Christian and consider Easter very important to me and my faith. I remember the service on Easter Sunday last year was so moving that I could not hold back the tears. Unfortunately, there are probably too many for whom this weekend has not been good. I have seen many ambulances going up and down the Pacific Highway outside. There was an accident late Friday night on the corner just outside. Just horrible.

Now I must get to bed early and see how I feel in the morning. I had a very disturbed night last night with this bug, whatever it is, and am now very tired. I was awake for five hours before I finally slept again about 6:30 am. I leave home early, about 6:20 and hope I'm well enough to go.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

online quiz

You Are An INTJ

The Scientist

You have a head for ideas - and you are good at improving systems.

Logical and strategic, you prefer for everything in your life to be organized.

You tend to be a bit skeptical. You're both critical of yourself and of others.

Independent and stubborn, you tend to only befriend those who are a lot like you.

In love, you are always striving to improve your relationship.

You have strong ideas of what love should be like.

At work, you excel in figuring out difficult tasks. People think of you as "the brain."

You would make an excellent scientist, engineer, or programmer.

How you see yourself: Reasonable, knowledgeable, and competent

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Aloof, controlling, and insensitive

Link from knitting Natty.

I first did a Myer-Briggs personality test some years ago with a professional in the area. Then I was just borderline INTJ. The J bit was the border section. Since then, I've done it many times, in properly administered test and in quizzes on the net. Always INTJ. Here's a more detailed profile, in which I can recognise many of the components which drive me.

I've seen criticism of the use of the results as possibly typecasting people and thereby influencing our response to them.

I don't use it like that at all. I do find it a useful tool but usually use it to explain my own responses to myself, not to try to understand others. Sometimes I don't always understand my own decisions or thoughts but use such testing and ideas to help me understand or enlighten my decisions. I do see it useful in group dynamics.

Knitting content? It's been busy here but I've started a jumper for the little one mentioned in the post below. It's just plain stocking stitch with a small band of lace around the bottom and on the edge of the sleeves. I've done the back and am partway up the front. I'm doing the six month size and hope it will do her through the winter. She's just three months now, but babies can grow very quickly.

Friday, 14 March 2008

all unblocked

I seem to have a sieve for a mind at the moment. I still can't find the yellow ribbon I bought for the baby booties. I thought I knew where it was. Move several large boxes and unpacked the box I thought it was in. Rats! The paper bag held embroidery floss. So at least that's been added to the box with other similar materials.

Pins to block the multi-directional scarf? Nowhere to be found. I will probably buy some more. The scarf needs to be blocked and then I can start re-stocking present basket.

The long scarf may be dyed. It's called lilac in the Bendigo catalogue, although it doesn't show too well here. I think I'd like something more dramatic for a longish scarf which will be longer after blocking. It's some of the Bendogo yarn with the blue faced leicester mix in it. It knits up quickly. It will probably go to someone I know who has had a few family crises to deal with lately. She sews, not knits but appreciates all fibre crafts.

The yellow booties and hat, all unblocked still, are for a young friend who is expecting her first baby early in winter. They are in Heirloom Easycare 5 ply. Again, I'll have to get more ribbon for them, unless the original turns up soon.

The Patonyle will soon be two complete pairs of socks. Needless to say, these too need blocking. They are for the tiny granddaughter of the woman I mentioned above. The poor little mite has had less than the ideal start to life. She's only a few weeks old and has learnt to be terrified of loud voices and of men. Nothing physically involved, mercifully, but she's terrified of loud voices, even happy ones. Poor little thing. I thought I'd send her some little expression of care and concern to keep her feet warm in the winter. She lives where winter can be harsh, even for Australia. I'm contemplating making a quick jumper too. I think I probably have enough Heirloom in a matching blue to the socks for something cute.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

knitting news minus photos

At last some photos with co-operation from Blogger! I love the crepe myrtle bark and its beautiful colours and textures. The lavender overhangs some steps. It was quite dangerous, taking up almost half the step area. They are bad enough already, rather steep. I pruned it back a while ago and cut out a lot of the deadwood underneath it. I was concerned about doing this as lavender can be a bit temperamental in Sydney. Then I thought about the excessive rain we have had. That too could cause it to curl up its toes. Instead it is thriving! New flowers and new growth.
Instead of garden photos, perhaps I should have shown you a few frog ponds. I am back at work and feeling ambivalent about staying there. I really think I need a few more weeks of testing the waters, so to speak. Again the students are lovely and friendly, but I had let stock run down at the end of last year. As a result, I've been spending heaps to build things back up and this has obviously cut into my takings. Add in a very early leave time in the morning and a longish walk to the station and I am not all that keen on continuing, particularly when the walk seems twice as long home in the afternoon heat.

I'm also still sore and bruised from a nasty fall just over a week ago on the way to the station in the morning. I turned the corner off the Pacific Highway and walked down a slight slope. There had been a massive storm overnight which had washed a lot of dirt from a construction site onto the footpath. My foot slid away from me on the slop and there was nothing to grab. I landed flat on my back on teh side of teh path in about six inches of mud. I pulled a couple of muscles in my left thigh and have some spectacular bruises from it. Rang DIL and woke her and my son. They came and picked me up in the car. It was before 6:30 and there was absolutely no one around to help me.

I had left some wool and some biggish dpns there over the christmas break. I have cast on several things without much enthusiasm. Scarves mostly. Each of them has been frogged. Last week, I brought the lot home in disgust.

I have done some baby booties which I think I've mentioned and a marching hat. I've also done a long multi-directional scarf by Iris Schrier. I've done several of these before and obtained the pattern when i joined the Yahoo group she ran a couple of years ago. I haven't yet photographed it as it needs blocking. My pins are somewhere in the plastic tote boxes I moved. I just don't know which one and I'm thinking it might be easier to buy a couple of new containers of them than to search.

Another scarf was started here but given up in boredom. Let's just say it involved knitting Icord for a couple of metres several times and then plaiting those cords together. B_O_R_I_N_G!! Very. I thought I could cope but decided I couldn't.

Looks like Blogger doesn't want to upload photos. I'll give it one more try and then try tomorrow perhaps. I keep getting a notice about google server error. And yet again!