Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ta da! another FO

I'm about to rescue my finished Kouyou shawl from the tub where it's been soaking for a long time already this morning.  Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow to be photographed.  That hopefully is really meant.  It's very wet here today and showers are forecast till next Monday at least.

Now to finish the Socks that Rock second sock.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

with silver bells and cockleshells

Here is a picture of the Kouyou shawl in progress.  I'm using Bendigo Classic 8 ply in colour maize which is more golden than shows here.  There are  over 200 stitches now and the centre spine, shown here has been discontinued.

This is about a third of the way through the lacy edge, 16/47 rows done now.  When the edging is done there is a cast off involving not only casting off but also increasing to make pronounced points on the shawl.

The pattern is quite easy but definitely requires that I pay attention to it.  My stitch count was right a few rows back but I had missed a yarnover in one place and had actually allowed one somewhere else.  So count was right but stitch placement was totally out. It took me a while to find it and I had to unpick quite a long way.

My latest book arrived a few days ago, but I forgot to photograph it.  The patterns are lovely and I'm happy with it.  The charts are a reasonable size to follow.  Often when I photocopy a book pattern to use when knitting, I have to enlarge the page to get a clear copy of the chart.  These charts are fine.

As I said, the patterns are pretty but the photos look dated.  Something about the hairstyles and also about the posing of the models make the book   look older than it is.  Imprint date is 2009.  I found I needed to look past the actual photos to consider the pattern of the piece without prejudice.

The second photo shows the Cockleshell shawl.  It's done in 4 ply fingering and again there's a dated look to the photo.

A couple of days ago, I and several others from Sydney met a woman from a forum I frequent.   She and her husband were out here from Aberdeen in northern Scotland to attend a family wedding.  I gave her the Travelling Woman shawlette from a few entries down.  She liked it very much.  The wedding is  today, a lovely day as the strong winds here in Sydney have dropped somewhat.  There were to be five Scotsmen in kilts in the wedding party.

Monday, 22 November 2010

christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat

I had a post scheduled for yesterday, but when I checked late last night, there was nothing.  I have no idea what happened, it definitely was there in the morning.  So here's a bit of reconstruction.

Here's a phone picture of part of the Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.  The publicity says it's more than 24 metres high and there are over 64,000 lights on it.  This is part of it, looking toward the top dome in the roof.  Each candle is made of hundreds of Swarovski crystals.

I like Christmas trees but prefer living trees.  Sadly, both I have are metal sculptures.  I'd rather not have a theme to the colour scheme as I like to use the old traditional ornaments which have been passed down.

Dad was a teacher and we used to finish school then just a few days before Christmas.  We'd go into a bushy area near our house and cut a few pieces of sheoak, casuarina trees.  He would make these into a tree.  They looked great.  Some crepe paper streamers and the cards and the house would be decorated.  Everything was down on the 6th January.  I still adhere to this schedule for my preference.

Mum rarely attended church but was definite that decorations went up after the end of the Advent season. Today, I stick with that and also try to have all purchases made before Advent which starts next Sunday.

I went downstairs in the QVB and saw a window with Victoria's Basement goods in it.  I saw a coffee mug, boxed, in the brand and design which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.  My son and DIL gave me  a 12 piece dinner setting plus some extra pieces.  They had it shipped back from Sri Lanka.  I know the prices of that brand.  However, I was horrified at this coffee mug's price.  This is a discount shop.  The mug was $70 for one.

While I was there, I had a look at their nativity scenes. I've always wanted one.  I found one which  had beautiful colours and some modern, flowing shapes to the figures.  It was the last like it and had no box.  The set was marked $199 down to something under $100.  I paid $40 and was happy to do so.  Photos when I put it up.  I wonder about the $199 but I've seen some truly terrible resin sets in bargain shops for $60-70, so I suppose it's possible.

I'm almost down to the end of the stocking stitch part of the new shawl I'm doing.  The second Socks that Rock sock is almost to the heel turn.  Progress.

Friday, 19 November 2010

what was that again?

I'm now part of the way down the leg of the second sock in the colours shown in the post below below.  It's very easy knitting and knits up very evenly.

I've also cast on in Bendigo 8 ply Classic for this lovely shawl.  It casts on four stitches on the knit row and a stitch each end on the purl row. This makes a curved finish to the neckline which should stay on the shoulders well.  I'm making the biggest size to wrap around well.

Now, for your Friday afternoon, end of week amusement.

These three examples of real estate speak are all taken verbatim from the enormous real estate section of our local paper.  I've waded through one hundred pages of that section this week.  No, these are not typos on my part.  Ads just as they appear in the paper.  Two of them were written by two of the largest agent franchises in Sydney, the third by a slightly smaller group.

this home is testament to feeling of village and a place for those with a penchant for restored homes with little compromise  I can see what they are trying to say, but really!

...designed to embrace a wealth of northern light across an array of striking architectural flourishes... Perhaps this author writes epic poetry in spare time?

with an imprestated style and a blisffully welckoming ambience this exemplary residence offers modern confidante buying What does this rubbish mean?  Imprestated?? Welckoming?? Confidante??

STR sock 1

So here's the first of the Socks That Rock pair.  As you can see there's just a little bit of wool left .  This was the first ball I wound from the hank.  I wound off  77 grams as the ball band suggested that there  were 155 grams in the hank. Then I found the second ball was much bigger.  On weighing I found there were 177 grams total in the hank.

I like long legs on my socks.  I find them more comfortable and warmer than shorter legs.  In addition I don't like  a band of bare leg between the bottom of trousers and the top of socks.  So I decided that with the possibility of extra wool on the second ball, I'd make good long legs.  Even after I'd finished the sock, I hadn't touched any of the extra available.  There's just a very small amount left.  Which means there will be about 20 gm left over from the second ball.

The yarn was pleasant to knit.  Quick too.  Done on 2.75 mm rosewood needles and 56 stitches, they are ample for me.

However, look at the two pictures.  The sock could almost have been done with two separate colours.  Green/purple one side and mostly pink the other.  Now I recognise that colour and stripes are partly a function of the number of stitches, but I'm glad these were muted colours.  I would not have been happy with obvious bright pooling.

Thursday, 18 November 2010


I'm now well down the foot of the first sock from the Socks That Rock yarn I bought from Lynne.  The cuff is shown in the post below.

It's called medium weight and is knitting up really well.  I haven't managed to split the wool with the needle at all yet.  I'll put in a photo later if I get it done in time.

When I started, I grabbed the needles from the upside down cone of wool where I normally store  the most used dpns, saves burrowing for them.  I was part way down the rib when I realised these were longer needles than my knitpicks, although they were a fairly similar colour.  I had another look.  I was given 2.75 rosewood dpns a few years ago, and it was these I was using.  Actually the fabric is great.  It's firm and strong without being stiff.

In other good news - I bought a new denim skirt the other day.  Just a straight one with pockets.  Nothing fancy at all.  I'd had one for years and when I moved out three years ago, threw it out as it was entirely disreputable.  What pleased me was that this was a size down from what I normally wear.  What's more, it is loose although I think the next size would be too small at the moment.  I need to find a belt as it's slipping down.  This is knee length and easy to wear.  I have two others and they are longer, not really comfortable for just around the house.

I've done nothing in particular to cause this except trying to walk a bit more every day.  Two more sizes down and I'll be very happy.  I think it's possibly all bound up with tying up old threads and looking for new beginnings to my life.  No walking for the last week.  My feet have been very sore and swollen and I think an elephant kicked my ankle, it's been impossibly sore, beyond even touching.

I'd rather not call it losing weight and it's certainly not dieting.  As someone once said, if weight is "lost," then it's all too easy to "find" it again!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

sri lankan softies

DIL spends at least a month each year in Sri Lanka.  They have bought land there.

She loves "different things."  When newcomers to what her  taste chooses arrive, they are usually wowed by what she currently has as decoration around the place. Apart from books, that is.  Lots and lots and lots of them all over the place.

Things are cheap in Sri Lanka.  She buys a lot of her clothes there and many other things.  We're currently using cutlery from there and they once shipped home for me a full 12 piece dinner service in what is a very well known top quality brand.  It was chosen as a birthday present for me and it's beautiful.  I made sure to take it with me when I left my former home.  It's white with an edging of  crimson and gold.  It's made there and the twelve piece setting, several sizes of plates and bowls and both cups and mugs, together with shipping cost a fraction of the cost here of a six serve service.  So I really have much more than twice as much as a normal service would give.  It was a totally unexpected present too.  Asterix and Tintin books are printed there and are again worth the cost of shipping home as they retail for about $1.50.

So here's some stuff from the latest trip.  I see several bloggers have started to keep chooks in their backyards.  Well, we couldn't do that in the inner west, but we have our own resident chook.  Certainly well bedecked in colourful finery.  She makes her nest on a corner of one of the leather lounges.  She's quite friendly with the snake peering over her shoulder.  He's large, but not as large as they come.  His body goes along the back of the four seater lounge and his tail dangles down the other end of the arm.

An elephant in some form or other usually comes back with her.  She brought a herd of tiny elephants on a coffee mug and this one.  The little splashes of red are hand embroidered french knots with satin stitch leaves.  What about the octopus?  I'm sure some child would love this.  It's very bright and has lot of places to chew.  More of her eclectic taste can be seen in the jar of marbles, all secondhand ones from op shops.  And how about Humphrey?  I did not realise he was in the picture or I would have composed it more carefully and not lopped off his head.

The other four seater lounge opposite the chook's roosting spot has two more toys.  A very colourful and quite comfortable fish shaped cushion and a rhino who stands ready to challenge anyone who might sit in his spot.  We also have lots of linen and some beautiful wall hangings with much detail in them.  They are not up yet.

Now, not from Sri Lanka but Reverse Garbage in Addison Road.  They have a section for exhibitions and this is made entirely from recycled bits and pieces.  The artist who does this makes enormous similar pieces.  There is a light to backlight it.  When you stand in front it's easy to pick out the components, a bit of a blender, a hairbrush etc.  Seen from a distance, it presents a city scape.  It was from an exhibition and she wishes she could have afforded a larger piece.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

socks that rock and blocking

So here's Travelling Woman blocked early this morning.  I think she won't dry out till tomorrow as the sky is very drippy and much the same colour as the shawl.  In fact, it's been raining now for at least two hours.  Very wet rain, thick, although not pelting down.  When I moved the blanket from the table, there was condensation under the blanket.

Do you like my gratuitous phone pic?  Product placement it's called if I were getting any money for it.  It's a hand me down from DIL who upgraded.  I did have my son's old iPhone but it was chipped in the corner.  Hers is fine.  I never thought I'd say this, but I love it.  I use lots of the facilities as they are so much easier to navigate and use than my old phone was.  Old phone was falling apart, so I would have had to do something about a new one anyway.

Here's some detail from the shawl.  I had some wool leftover so did a bit of an edge around the triangle.  The Brangian shawl pattern has a chart of amount each successive pattern repeat uses.  If there had been such a thing it would have been good.  I would have known that I probably had enough yarn to do a third repeat of Chart A.

After I finished pinning the shawl out, I wound a skein of the Socks That Rock which I bought from Lynne at Yarnivorous last week.  This is called Muddy Autumn Rainbow.  I like it here and will do just plain stocking stitch socks.  I wound half of it after noting that the skein contained 155 grams.  Broke the wool and would the rest.  That'll teach me!  I should have weighed it before I wound any of it.  I now have a second ball much bigger than the first I wound.  When I weighted the two after seeing this, the total was 178 grams

Monday, 15 November 2010

home sweet home

It's just before 9:00 am and I've blocked Travelling Woman.  Pictures when dry, possibly tomorrow.  Today's quite different to yesterday.  It's grey and feels cool, although it's 24° which is supposedly the maximum.  I know spring weather is fickle, but really, it's November.  We've had winter temperature days and nights for ages with quite a bit of rain. No complaints about the rain.  This is  a dry country. Yesterday was over 30° here and today the maximum forecast is 24°.  It's that already but the grey is restful, a bit like the colour of Travelling Woman.

I've been following both real estate sites here for ages, just to get a feel for what is around.  Settlement on former home will be mid-January, but DIL suggests it's time to actually physically look at places advertised.  Pictures of course can lie, and agents don't take pictures of less than pleasant rooms.  They also use various lenses to accentuate good points and take their photos from quirky angles.  If there are many outdoor photos in an ad and few of indoors, or if the kitchen and bathroom are not shown, then I wonder why that emphasis.

DIL rang me early on Saturday to say there was a place open for inspection just a few minutes from here.  Photos are shown here.

This is three houses down from a busy intersection with traffic lights.  It's been a rental property and is tired and grubby and needs rejuvenation, as well as some repair work on plaster in the supposed third bedroom.  The kitchen has been done up, although the photo is better than reality.  The ideas used in kitchen are quite good for the space, but cheap and nasty cupboards and benchtops have been used in a quick fix for sale.  The bathroom is good and a really pleasant room.  There is no laundry and the outside photo flatters reality.  The lounge room now is empty of furniture and all the grubbiness is easily seen.

Now have a look at this one.  This is barely five minutes walk from the previous property but the suburb name has changed to one which is regarded more in many terms.  This higher regard shows in real estate prices usually.  This is eight years old, was also a rental for all those years.  It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a fourth toilet. It has covered security garaging for two cars with internal access to the place from garage. This is where I now live and while the place's value has gone up considerably from the purchase price shown, the difference betwen the two places is amazing.

I asked the agent for an estimated price on the place on Saturday.  He said there had been a pre-auction offer of $760,000, well over what was actually paid for this place.  When my home was sold a month ago, it was auctioned.  Before the auction, several offers were made.  Price reached was well over $100,000 more than the highest offer.  That's often the case.

Now I love older homes, high ceilings, character etc.  This place here has high ceilings for a new place.  But really, where's the value in that small place?

Sunday, 14 November 2010

travelling woman wears grey

This lovely ball of squishiness is from K1M1 at A little bit crafty.  Squishy is hardly the word, it's beautiful to feel, so very, very soft.  This is about 940 metres of laceweight cashmere.  100 grams.

The patterns in my Knits from the North Sea book which is on order, use laceweight for most of them, so I think I will very likely find something which will go well with this yarn there.  There's plenty of yarn so I won't be stopped by not having enough.  Thank you very much, I love it.

The book Little Women and others in the series were favourites of mine when I was younger.  I remember reading about dresses in "dove grey silk."  Well this isn't silk but the true colour is just a bit lighter than shown here, dove grey.  It's a  mix of merino and cashmere. I can imagine Meg wearing this a a shawlette around her shoulders.  This is hot off the needles and you see it unblocked.  Blocking will add some size to it.  I think this is the third Travelling Woman shawl I have done.  The others were in thicker 8 ply so were larger.  I may possibly have had enough yarn to do a third repeat of  the first chart, but i wasn't sure, so I've kept to the smaller size.

Blocking tomorrow if it's still fine.  If the temperature is anything like today's, it won't take long to dry.

Friday, 12 November 2010

christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat

I don't know about the geese but Christmas is coming and the decorations are going up all, over the place.  I was in the city yesterday and walked through the Queen Victoria Building.  Every year they have a huge tree up to the dome in the roof.  The sign near it says it's 24 metres high.  My phone photo shows only a portion of the top part of the  tree.  Not only is is enormous but the sign also says there are over 64,000 lights on it.

The candles on the tree are made of hundreds of Swarovski crystals.  It's fairly understated in the decoration, despite the size.  I don't particularly care whether Christmas trees have a theme from year to year, and are all tizzed up in silver and purple or only ice blue or whatever. I prefer a proper tree rather than something artificial and I prefer traditional ornaments with some  family history behind them.  I'm traditional too in putting up both tree and decorations late in the season for many people.  My mother was not a churchgoer but decorations in our place went up after the season of Advent which is the four Sundays prior to Christmas.  They came down promptly on Twelfth Night or Epiphany, early into January.  By both tradition and inclination, I follow this too.

Dad was a teacher and when I was in primary school the holidays did not start till somewhere around the 19th December.  They seem to have moved back that way for the last few years.  I  enjoyed that.  Not much was done before Christmas and the later breakup meant more time available after Christmas .  We usually went to to the bush near our place and Dad would cut several pieces of casuarina or sheoak from different trees.  These would be artistically arranged  and we would spend an afternoon decorating.

As I walked back through the QVB, I looked in the window for Victoria's Basement.  This is a discount seller of kitchen goods, homewares, knives and lots more.  I was astounded to see boxed coffee mugs from the design I mentioned  which was given to me.  I knew it was an expensive brand of good reputation.  One coffee mug was $70.  I decided against totting up the number of pieces and their value in the 12+ setting I was given with extra bowls and plates.  Obviously it would be $$$$.  I'm just looking forward to using it when I get my own place.

What I did see there were lots of nativity sets.  I've always wanted one.  Ex-husband thought they were akin to superstition.  I've  had trouble finding one I liked and could afford.  I saw one in the Victoria's Basement window, so braved the crowd and went down.  I'll post pictures of it when I put it up in a few weeks.  It's modern, gorgeous colours and different.  It was the last they had like that.  Theoretically it had been $199.  I'm not sure  about that, but some pretty horrible resin caricatures are about $70, so I suppose it's possible.  There was no box for this last one and they weren't getting any more in.  I paid $40 and was happy with my purchase.

A purchase I have NOT been happy with was the membership of the Lush Yarns Luxury Yarn Club.  I paid quite a lot of money for this back in July for delivery over September, October and November.  I joined because I had bought beautiful yarn several times  from them and had always had good service from them.  Shortly after the purchase went through, one of the partners left.  The September yarn came several weeks into October and there was much comment on the Ravelry Lush group.

No October yarn came in October and questions were asked again.  No one could get a reply to messages or emails.  Not a word of reply even to messages left on other web sites she operates.  A few days ago, much of the yarn on the site was drastically reduced.  I suspect a fire sale or possibly worse.  A new yarn club was opened just a few days ago.  I really hope it works for those who may have joined.  Then on Friday, my October and November yarn arrived in one parcel.  It's not been pleasant and has left a nasty taste in the mouths of many of us.  I won't be buying from her again.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

eye candy

Lots of eye candy here and few words today. These are the skeins from yesterday's entry.

First up is some raspberry from Knitabulous.  This one is bright, very bright.  It's her supersoft merino sock yarn.  I've used this yarn in a shawl before and it's turned out well.  I have  no plans for it yet. However, I often find that when I buy new yarn without a particular plan for it, as I let it simmer in the back of my mind, the right project for it emerges.  I shall let this one simmer, I think.

Then there's the Online sockewool.  Lots of colours here and they look great in the skein.  These I think will be  socks for a friend or perhaps one of my daughters-in-law who has been dropping hints lately that it's been a long time since the last pair of socks.  Her birthday is in March which is next year, almost an age away.  Not really, it's November already.  Probably just plain knitting.  There are a lot of colours here, and I wonder if a pattern would be lost in the colours.  Plain would show off the variety of shades.

Here's the Bella Coola Socks that Rock yarn.  Now the dollar is so high, I would possibly buy from the States.  However, this came from Lynne S at Yarnivorous in a destash sale.  It took only a day in the post from Victoria to Sydney.  That's a lot quicker than it would have been from USA.  I've never been particularly impressed by the speed of their postal service, although my son often buys from eBay there and seems to have no problem.  Amazon purchases take weeks to get here.

Finally the second Socks that Rock skein.  This is Muddy Autumn Rainbow colourway.  Some of the shades are muddy but they all work well together.  Again probably plain socks, I think.

Both the Socks that ROck skeins are medium weight.  They are soft and feel as if they will be pleasant to knit and warm to wear.

remembrance day

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

odds and ends

I spent some time in Morris and Sons and met a fellow Raveller.  The yarn I had, while darkish, did not really match the yarn she had been knitting with.  However, it seemed identical to another skein from Ailsa which she had been given.  So the problem was solved.  She would use those two skeins for her project and frog the first knitting.  We traded and I now have some of Ailsa's very hot pink supermerino sock wool to replace my Tokyo Rose.  I was also given a ball of Online Supersocke sock wool as a thank you. It feels lovely and has bamboo, wool and nylon in it. 420 metres, so plenty for socks. Pictures hopefully tomorrow.

I also bought from Lynne at Yarnivorous two skeins of Socks That Rock in a destash sale she had.  Posted yesterday from Victoria, DIL brought them home from the PO box today.  Sometimes Australia Post is very quick.  Again, pictures tomorrow.

While I was in Morris and Sons, I browsed through a gorgeous book called Knits from the North Sea.  It has sixteen patterns of beautiful and practical knits with lots of Shetland patterns.  The blurb says for laceweight, but really, I'd try many of them in fingering or even eight ply.  I know books are expensive here.  They are mostly imported and the market for knitting books is quite small in terms of other countries,  But the book was $65, so I replaced it on the shelf.  On arrival at home, I checked  and ordered from the Book depository.  You can see it here and see a very favourable review too.  You can also see the book in Australian dollars, $26.50.  I ordered it, of course.

Just as well too.  Later that afternoon I had a lovely email telling me I had won some blue laceweight pure cashmere from M1K1, Jennifer, at a Little Bit Crafty. Thank you very much.  Just as well I'm feeling more like knitting now.  I have lovely yarn to use and no shortage of new patterns to try.

Right now, I'm busy on some Christmas decoration socks, pattern by Jean Greenhowe, for a charity Christmas stall in a couple of weeks.  I made quite a few of these two years ago and am now doing more. Go to whoa in under 30 minutes.

I've also just started yet another Travelling Woman shawl in some Lush merino/cashmere yarn in shades of grey. I'm about to start the lace, first part.

It's good to be feeling back in the groove.

Monday, 8 November 2010

recalcitrant yarn

I have a skein of very recalcitrant yarn.  It's so bad I've decided it really does not want to be made into anything.  In a way, that's fine - the colours are beautiful those of a beautiful sunrise in summer.  I'd gladly sit and look at it if I had somewhere to display it.

I've had this yarn for some years.  The ball band was discarded on my first attempt to wind it. All I can tell from the wraps per inch test is that it's fingering, which I had guessed anyway.

Some years ago I set out to wind it and was thwarted by the tangle it was in.  So I put it aside.   A week ago I found it again and thought it would be just right for a cowl I had in mind.  So I started to wind it.  What a mess, tangles, knots and even knots in the length of the yarn itself.  Not cut ends and joins, just knots which had to be prised apart and loosened before I could continue with the main tangle. Not only was it tangled, but it was sticky yarn to undo, catching on other threads like mohair.

I spent some hours on it before setting it aside in disgust.  The next day I was called up the coast to mind grandchildren while my son was in hospital in the emergency room.  He's better now, although real cause was just a guess, backed up by good reaction to drugs prescribed.  I took the yarn, thinking I might finish it.  Miss Ten saw it and really wanted to try.  She's very bright and intelligent but has a short attention span, so I let her have a go.  I thought she would not last long at it.  She persevered for an hour and it was finally done.

Through the week I cast on for the cowl.  It's a very simple pattern from a stitch dictionary.  Six rows with inverted "Vs" every few stitches.  Then another six with the next lot of eyelets offset to the first.  I could do it with my eyes shut.  Wrong.  Even with eyes open, I managed to make a mistake somehow and one set of eyelets was in the wrong place all across the row.  This was halfway up the cowl.

I ripped back to before the mistake.  The yarn was sticky and didn't want to be ripped back.  It was quite difficult to see just where to pick things up so I did not make the same mistake again.  I finally frogged the lot.  The yarn has been returned to the stash although I loved the colours and the combination of that and the pattern I had chosen.

On a more positive note... I'm meeting a fellow Raveller from Sydney today.  She needs another skein of Ailsa's (Knitabulous) Tokyo Rose yarn to complete a project.  From photos, mine looks like a match for her yarn.  So we are meeting in a very dangerous place, Morris  & Sons.  Fortunately I'm not in dire need of anything so hope to resist temptation.  If my yarn is good for her, we'll do a trade.  It's very hard to tell from photos.  Red is hard to capture the right colour and monitors make a difference too.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

photo for ravelry seeker, really just a placemarker entry

Just uploading a photo for a person looking for this type of yarn in a particular colour.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

look! up in the sky! it's a bird, it's a plane it's ...

... super grandma to the rescue.

Middle of the day on Sunday and the phone rang.  It was one DIL.  My son was in hospital with excruciating stomach cramps.  Could I please come up and mind Miss Ten and Master Five?  Cause of pain was unknown as was time in hospital.  An elderly neighbour had been minding them for a couple of hours.

I threw things for a couple of days into a case, figuring I could always do some washing if needed. Caught the train to Central, then found there was trackwork on northern line and there were no trains to Newcastle.  Buses only.  So I hurried around and just caught the Central Coast bus.  The trip was pleasant, but so slow.  It took almost two hours, where the train takes a bit over an hour.  Neighbour lady was pleased to see me as they had been getting "a bit restless."  I think they had been threatened with the end of the world by DIL if they misbehaved for her, so they had watched DVDs, coloured in, read stories etc.  We thanked her profusely and when she had gone I took them outside where they ran wild for a couple of hours and wore off some pent-up energy.

The doctors finally decided son had had spasms in bowel muscles and they gave him a muscle relaxant designed to combat such things.  They arrived home early in the evening.  Son was an interesting colour, very ashen but had apparently also been green and white earlier.

He is now recovered and seems to think it was something he ate which did  not move along as it should and gut tried to force it sending itself into spasms trying.

Then yesterday middle son rang. Today was grandparents day at his children's school.  Could I put in an appearance?  So off I trotted, far too early for my liking.  They live quite close to Parramatta but on teh western side and there aren't many trains which stop at their station going west in the morning.  We sorted out a bus from Parramatta which went past the school.  I had 30 minutes to observe three different classes.  That was obviously not going to work, so the eldest told me to omit his class.  He was the stage manager for the concert which followed the observation so was preparing  for that.  He normally handles microphone and sound duties for assemblies there.

There was a book fair in the library.  I hadn't been told about that and had little cash on me,  so had to use my card to buy a book each.  They chose reasonably sensibly, but books which they would enjoy.  The concert was a typical school concert.  The CD player did not always work when needed, the little ones took forever to enter and leave and there was always at least one person whose actions were out of sync with every one else.

Morning  tea followed the concert.  One of my granddaughters is a diagnosed coeliac sufferer and her brother and sister may be.   They certainly function better on a gluten free diet. There was a cake stall and my son had sent suitable biscuits for them .  However no one knew anything about that and no one was prepared to  find them.  Andrew tracked them down and we had the privilege of buying back the biscuits which had already been bought and paid for once at home.

Almost lunchtime and we finished the morning reading what I had bought.  So grandma duties have been duly accomplished for a while.  I suppose end of term activities will be next.  Andrew goes to High School next year and will have a farewell assembly for his class.