Monday, 24 June 2013

Super Moon, Yellow Sunflower

Driving home from Perth last night, we watched as the moon rose and journeyed its way across the sky. The girls were fascinated, especially as it seemed so very large as it began its path above the horizon - G told us that it was a Super Moon, that the moon was at its closest to our planet as it had been for the last two years. It was beautiful. I tried to photograph it without too much success, as you can see. And we arrived home late, at 9.30pm, with not one of the girls having slept in the car.
Which meant that today I had a 'day', a day in which.....
we all woke up late,
I spent what seemed like hours trying to clean up last week's mess amongst the new mess of this one,
Miss J had many, many, many "I'm Tired" tantrums,
we were late for school pickup,
we ran out of gas (the cooking kind) (my fault),
which then meant that I couldn't cook dinner,
and I had to run the kids up the road to a friend's house for a bath,
while I am trying to write a job application for the job I'm already doing as a Casual Staff member...
But there was a little bit of sunshine to my day, in the form of a package in the post.
Sunflower Yellow, from Bendigo Woollen Mills, amidst the Monday blues.
Mind you, I'm not so sure that my usually sunshiney Miss J, for whom it is intended, deserves it right now! Hopefully though, with a good night's sleep, we will all do better tomorrow.
Sleep well!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Granny's Favourite Cardi Ta-dah!

Miss E is loving her new cardi - she chose the yarn and buttons herself, so I'm hoping it means that this time she will actually wear it! And she is!! Hooray!!!

pattern::     Granny's Favourite
designer::  Georgie Hallam aka tikkiknits
yarn::         Moda Vera Pure Wool 8 ply printed from Spotlight
needle::     4mm
yardage::   5 skeins = 435 yards / 397 m

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern - it was fun and has been so well written, allowing for all ages, sizes, arm lengths and yardage. It's seamless, too! In fact, this pattern encourages that the knitter plays yarn chicken to see if they can use up all their yarn.

Fun, fun, fun! I'll be knitting this again.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Hexagon Update and Inspiration

It has been an interesting project, this hexagon blanket of mine. There have been times when I have loved it, and times when I have just not had any more hexagon love to give! But when I see those solid brights, the colours bouncing off each other and resonating with energy, I fall in love with it all over again.
In love once more after sewing in all the ends, I am now at the edging stage.
I considered squaring off my hexagons but decided to embrace and celebrate the hexagon! Let's keep the distinctively hexagony shape! I initially thought about using Attic 24's single crochet and scallop edging that she had used on her first hexi blanket. After all, the hexi pattern I used was hers. However, I just didn't feel that it suited the blockiness of the solid colour hexis.
Instead, I have settled on two rows of double crochet with increases reflecting those used in the hexagons on the corners, and Attic 24 ripply decreases on the inside corners. When that is finished, I will consider my final row options - at this stage it is most likely that I will use Attic 24's bobble edging, but we will see.
And there it is. My crochet inspiration blog of choice, Attic 24. Thank you for all your brilliant online tutorials.
Loving the hexis!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Should I?

Hmmm. Beautiful twin 1940s Radio Rockers. Excellent condition, original fabric.
I only sat down in one to check it out, to see how comfy it was, which was very! And no sooner had I sat in it than the store owner offered the chairs and a matching footstool to me for less than half the price.
Two weeks ago I sat in a similar chair at knitting group. It was definitely my style. Perhaps not the fabric, but spectacular upholstery type things can be done with beautiful contemporary fabrics.
Should I or shouldn't I??
Pondering this one, for sure.