Thursday, August 28, 2008


Finger situation still not too good. Throbbing all night :( but closer inspection reveals it's not quite as bad as I thought, despite the blood that came from it! Still painful though and I must say it's quite difficult doing things while trying not to bump the tip of your longest finger! DH did the dishes last night though, which was nice considering he's not well either :) I still have to stack and unpack the dishwasher though.

I started a test knit of the Oriental Lily dress about a week ago, but the pattern calls for (suggests) a contrasting band, which I didn't have, so it's stalled at that point now until the contrasting band arrives in the mail :) So while I was waiting I thought I'd give this pattern a whirl (sorry, no non-Rav link). It's so cute and the 6 month size was a really quick knit.

You can't really tell but I made some errors in the garter stitch bodice - mainly forgetting some increases along the way, but I fudged it ok and got back to the correct number of stitches. That's what you get when you put things down and pick them up several times over the course of a couple of days! I really should just knit those bits in one go so I can get into a rhythm. Of course there's also my dislike of knitting garter stitch, but I'm overcoming that. If I was going to knit it again though, I would probably make the bodice a bit longer, and I might also put a garter stitch border on the front edges. It curls a bit still, even after a light steam blocking. It's much less curly than it was though. And it's extremely cute, so I'll forgive it :) I'm not sure if I'm keeping this one or not. I think it might be a tad small for F (even though she's only not quite 4 months yet!) and was planning to gift it to a baby that was born shortly after F but is probably a bit smaller, but it's so cute I just don't know. And I"m not sure I'm up to another so quickly and I really want F to have one LOL

Just have to decide which buttons to put on now. I saw the cute ones with the hearts on them on Kelly's blog and thought they were lovely. Imagine my surprise when I found them at Spotlight! Especially with Spotlights craptacular reputation in the button department (IMO at least). Actually my recent button haul was at Spotlight and I did quite well! but I digress. Anyway, I couldn't believe I found them (and they had the same in other colours too!) and I saw the cute little apples too. Just not sure what to go with. I'm leaning towards the apples. What do you think?

Oh, the yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in apple green (hence the apples LOL). The colour doesn't show up all that well in my poor photo taking skills LOL

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Things went a bit pear-shaped

I had a post all typed out this morning, with pics uploaded and all and then somehow it all disappeared :( Shortly after that as I was about to dash out the door to go to kindergym with M, I managed to slice the side tip of my finger off with a stray razor while rummaging through a drawer. Cue blood all over the sink, a slightly panicked me with an upset baby and a toddler almost out the door. Two bandaids later and we did make it to kindergym (after I briefly considered staying home in case I passed out on the drive up there) but now my finger really hurts and so does my whole arm, for that matter :( and I'm too afraid to take the bandaids off to check the situation. I didn't pass out at kinderygym thankfully, and M only managed to crash-tackle two kids this week. So all is good.

But on to FOs. I still have to tie up the July challenge posts. Will be quick cause typing hurts. Suffice to say I didn't quite get there with two of the projects, but they have now been completed and here is one of them....

This is the Eyelet Yoke Cardigan. I love it. It turned out really well. The delays relate to my fear of seaming (which isn't that great on this project but it's passable for a baby item) and not being able to find the right button. As you can see I managed to overcome those two problems and it's now done.

The other project finished was the Omo Scarf. I was going to make it longer but got tired of it so just cast it off where it was. I think it's a nice length as it is. No pics of that yet but will get some up once my finger stops throbbing and I can think clearly again.

Oh, and another sneaky little peak of the secret knitting.....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

In the absence of knitting....

Here's a picture of two of my children. I love how happy M looks in this pic! F looks slightly less impressed by the whole thing LOL and yes, I've got a swing *insert shocked gasps* Please be assured that I do frequently carry F around in a mei tai and she spends way more time breastfeeding than she does sitting in the swing LOL Sometimes you need a safe place to put them when you can't be holding them :)

I was trying to angle this towards knitting, or some other craft, but it's not working. There are no knitted items in the photo whatsoever. So this is just gratuitous pictures of my children.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


So I've had to admit to myself that I am no domestic goddess. Actually, not much of a revelation at all really LOL But for some reason I've always wished I could be. I've decided now that I'm not, and never will be. And I'm proud of it! I mean, who wants to spend their lives making sure their house is clean and tidy in case someone shows up unexpectedly? No one ever shows up unexpectedly around here. And those that do show up at all, know me well enough to know that I'm no domestic goddess :)

So I'm cheating.

Today a lovely lady will be coming to clean my house. Or parts of it at least. I'm flat out just trying to keep up with the volume of washing that goes through here in a week. And not to mention the unexpected things like yesterday, when M suddenly appeared covered head to foot in yoghurt. And then the discovery of the yoghurt smeared all over the floor and chair legs, under the table, where he's recently decided to eat the majority of his meals. Result - quick mop of the floor to make sure the ants don't come in looking for it, and an impromptu bath at 4 in the afternoon for M. And for the record, he wasn't unsupervised as such - I was feeding F - so he helped himself to a snack. And a child lock on the fridge is no help, cause we have one and he can undo it! Nothing like an independent child.

Maybe this will mean more time for knitting during the day? I doubt it because I'm sure I'll still be vacuuming every day and cleaning up yoghurt smears off the window, changing nappies on two children, washing clothes, folding clothes, putting clothes away, making beds, dusting, doing dishes, packing/unpacking dishwasher etc etc.

But maybe I'll also have more time to get my son away from the tv and doing something a bit more constructive. And feeling less guilty about taking the time out to have a bit of fun, while secretly stressing over the state of the bathrooms.

But back to the cleaner.

She'll be here soon, so I need to go clean up LOL

Monday, August 18, 2008


..... secret knitting.....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Misty Mornings

Here is my latest FO.

I test knit the 6 month sizing of this dress. I love it. Such an easy knit. F fits the 6 month sizing though at only 3.5months! And my gauge was spot on for once LOL I think she's huge. The yarn I used for this is just gorgeous too. It's a BFL/Alpaca blend from TYC and sooooo soft. The colourway is "Misty Morning". I keep rubbing it on my face LOL Must get more.

I do have a couple of other things on the go right now too, but no time to take pics of this at the moment. Will get around to it soon.