Monday, April 30, 2007

Be still my beating heart!

Bendigo Woolen Mills is online.

(some might make a narky comment here about 'finally' or 'took bloody long enough', but not this cookie, no-no!)

I have the new shade card if anyone wants a look.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Action sweater, Rowan Denim People.. progress update

All pieces knitted? Check.

Extra swatch knitted up for seaming yarn? Check.

All pieces washed and dried in hot water/air? Check.

All ends sewn in? Check.

Amazingly painful extra-neat seaming started and stopped after about 2 hours resulted in about 25cm seaming done in total? CHECK!!

God it's slow. I'm doing backstitch seaming for the seam that runs down the front & back of the sweater. It takes forever. It looks perfect for the type of 'deliberately showing' seam, but dear god its slow. I've given up for tonight.

At this rate, seaming it will take longer than a sleeve did :(

Friday, April 27, 2007

{Pats self on back}

I have finished the second sleeve in record time - 5 days. :)

I need to seam a shoulder, knit a collar, some heated washing/drying and do a bunch of seaming.

But it's happening.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Oh geez, did I miss a memo?

Somehow, now I'm worried...

You are The Tower

Ambition, fighting, war, courage. Destruction, danger, fall, ruin.

The Tower represents war, destruction, but also spiritual renewal. Plans are disrupted. Your views and ideas will change as a result.

The Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. The Tower stands for "false concepts and institutions that we take for real." You have been shaken up; blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes that to see a truth that one refuses to see. Or to bring down beliefs that are so well constructed. What's most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Two weeks since I posted?!! Bad blog-geek, no biscuit!!

Okay, so I've been gone a long while. Not much interesting to report on the knitting front. I continued doggedly knitting on the Action jumper.

I've now finished all the pieces that make up the front and back, and have started on the first sleeve. It doesn't make for interesting photos, but here's the proof -

Also, on other vaguely knitting related items, one of the lovely Bibnbub at knitting gave out these pretty Easter gifts - Aren't they nice? Every one's was different. :) We all felt very spoilt.

Today I wandered around in my lunch hour avoiding eating food that was bad for me and I ran into the Contemporary Art and Craft gallery (not sure if that's its exact name) on Murray Street. I bought this lovely card which I intend to frame for my room in the new house as part of my attempt as designer-beautiful-things-at-a-price-I-can-afford. It's so pretty, isn't it. (a Kelly Hyatt design according to back of the card).
Also on that last point (not the pretty bit, the house bit) I have succumbed to the sewing/quilting thing and ordered two books via Amazon (damn, isn't the Aussie v. US dollar good at the moment!)

  • A copy of Amy Butler's In Stitches via the Marketplace (long wait through Amazon proper at the moment).

From Amazon itself, via the lovely Fitzwilliam and his book addiction-related ordering. hurrah!

Both books have a number of items I am interested in making, as due significantly to Lupinbunny's influence, and general web surfing of blogs, I have decided that I don't hate quilting. I hate country-style quilting. (No offence to lovers of the form, just really not my thing.) And now while I doubt I shall ever be a 'quilter/sewer' as a major hobby designator, I can happily see myself getting into it in so far as a way of getting the designer style pillows, throws, maybe even napkins etc that I can't really afford to buy.

I'm even considering trying my hand at a little sashiko in order to see if I am interested in hand-stitching a doona cover for our master bedroom of the types I admire. Now there's an(other) area I never thought I get into. But I like the Japanese indigo and white sashiko thing very much.

I have time to consider these things as my books won't be here for 3-6 weeks, and so I'm hoping to finish the Action jumper by then and be able to start the sewing etc with a clear conscience ;-)

With hope, I might even get back to.. Raspy!! The weather perfect for it now..

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Whole lotta knitting goin' on

Sadly, though, not very interesting to blog about!

I have finished two more pieces of the Action jumper this weekend. That's rather a lot of knitting for me. You could say I am keen to get this rather overdue present completed!

So one more piece to finish the front and then two sleeves.

And a bunch of washing, and seaming and collar knitting and more washing ...

and then done. Gifted to the deserving recipient.

Who I shall beg to let me photograph in it so I can blog!