Time Flies….

I started a new job in June…a promotion…so time has gotten away from me a bit.  I’m still madly knitting (and now crocheting – TA DA!) on the train daily, and have finished a couple of pairs of socks and a baby blanket or two since I last posted.

Today I plan to park my derriere firmly on the couch in front of the football and knit new socks.

I picked up this book   by Wendy Johnson from a LYS and it cost me an absolute fortune – probably 4 times as much as I could have bought it from Amazon, so I have decided I am going to knit EVERY pattern in the book!  I’m two down….lots to go!  (Actually I could have bought 3 books from Amazon for the price I paid for this in Aus!)

But having said all that – the book is great – the patterns very simlpe to follow, the photgraphy is lovely, and the pages with other useful techniques very valuable – LOVE LOVE LOVE the sewn bind off!!  So all in all, worth the dollars I think!

ORganic Baby Blanket - Rowan Purelife in Parsely, Horsetail and Alder Buckthorn
Organic Baby Blanket – Rowan Purelife in Parsely, Horsetail and Alder Buckthorn

This is the crocheted baby blanket.  My first ever crochet project and my first ever baby gift finished BEFORE the baby is born!  Yay me!

This is a really lovely yarn, soft and warm and perfect for the blankie.  The colours are soft and muted and yarn is perfect for the environmentally aware mum :)  Mum to be was really wrapt in it (scuse the pun!)!

From the label:

Purelife

This eco-responsible organic wool yarn keeps nature pure and life good for the farmers who make their living from the earth.

The Rowan Organic Wool is grown in an environmentally and socially responsible way from sheep grazed on land free from pesticides and chemical fertilisers the Rowan Organic Wool yarn conforms to EU regulation 2092/91 for organic farming practices.

The Rowan Organic Wool is cleaned and processed in an environmentally friendly way and then dyed with natural sustainable plant dyes producing no toxic effluent.

Rowan Organic Wool is coloured with plant dyes and due to their organic nature some shade variation may occur, this simply adds to the yarn’s unique inherent beauty.

Think green knit clean!

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Paddlepop Socks

So named because they look like rainbow paddlepops :)

WendyKnits - Ribbed Ribbon Socks - from "Socks from the Toe Up"

WendyKnits - Ribbed Ribbon Socks - from "Socks from the Toe Up"

Knitted from Morris and Sons “Empire” 4 ply in this yummy rainbow colourway :)  Both socks look slightly different – so these are definitnely fraternal :)

The 10-yo recipient loved them though and that’s all that matters.

I loved this pattern – Wendy Johnson writes very plainly and simply.  The instructions were a joy to follow. 

Not bad for only my second pair of toe-up socks ;)

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Somebody shoot me….

(no piccies yet – to be added later…)

I”m sick!

My 13 y.o Little Man is sick.

We have between us I suspect, only limited ability to breathe given that we have coughed up the entire contents of our chest cavities for the past week (me) and the past month (Little Man).

What is wrong you may well ask?

WHOOPING COUGH.

(This is not a good time to get me started on  other kids’ immunisations or lack thereof….)

It’s horrible.  We’ve coughed so much that we’ve vomited, fallen over, wet our collectivepants and almost worse! Our heads ache, our noses are running, and I am having a hard time keeping clean bed linen up to the beds and tissues in the garbage.  It’s cost a fortune in doctors, pharmacists, blood tests, and yicky nasal swab things, lemonade, cough lollies, ice-cream, strepsils and the like!

Little Man hasn’t been to school in three weeks (thank goodness for holidays today!) and I’ve missed a week of work (end of financial year anyone???).

And the worst thing – SnB tomorrow and I can’t go :(

I’m not infectious anymore, but to be safe I’ll stay away for just a bit longer.  I’ve an interview for a promotion on Monday and I don’t want to have to ring in ‘still’ sick!  AND I’d HATE for anyone to feel as bad as I have felt this week, so I will save you all from my company as much as I will miss you!

Just so the SnB regulars know though…

There was some discussion last time that I had way too many projects started…so for the record, since we last met:

I finished the candle flame shawl, the bamboo/cotton baby blanket,  started and finished the origami bolero and the twisted drop stitch vest from Jo Sharp - Knit 7 as gifts (started and am now 2/3 the way through another twisted drop stitch vest for me), started and finished 2 berets, a cowl, and a good chunk of the throw rug I started the day we met last time!  I”ve put a few more hours into the Voyagers 1 AND 2  AND I picked up a crochet hook and had a play – quite successfully too I might add.

I haven’t picked up the cricket vest though – but I have some time up my sleeve for that one!

I dearly hope you don’t think I’ve been slacking off friends ;)

See you next time ;)

Oh and for those of you in the city – my two Jo Sharp items are on display at Morris and Sons in Melbourne ;)

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A Finished Object to Share :)

- from Jo Sharp – Knit 7 – The Origami Bolero…in the recommended colours…except for one which I subbed out for Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in a lovely mauve.

This still needs to be blocked etc, but I got the lucky recipient to try it on – she loved it.

 Origami Bolero 5

I also finished the hard going candle flame shawl…..sorry no pics yet :)  The baby balnket is going along fine (almost 2/3 done) and I’m trying to decide what to start for Wimble-Knit….

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Back to train whinging!

Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to be able to work from home….and today I had a big report to read and comment upon so I worked from home as well.

Probably just as well…

Before my usual train time on both days I got the ever-helpful SMSs from Connex telling me trains would be delayed – medical emergencies, signal failures, police requests, everything except the dog ate the trainline!

My sometimes travelling companions told me that it took them over two hours to get in to the city today – what is supposed to be a 1-hour-five-minute journey (but most days is abotu 1-hour-twenty-minute)….

I am so glad I’ve a fabulous workplace!

 *insert overwhleming feeling of gratitude*

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Puts a smile on your dial…..

This has got to be one of the best ‘feel good’ viral videos I’ve seen…..you can’t help but smile!

Sharing – because I told the Ravellers I would :)

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Mothers’ Day..the good, the bad and the ugly!

I had planned to spend the day with my son on mothers’ day. 

MOTH went off to work – he doesn’t usually work Sundays, in fact has NEVER worked a Sunday so I was bewildered that he had to work this one! 

Anyway I was up early, armed with loads of knitting and LHM and we made our way to pretty Upper Beaconsfield “A” by 09:00 so that he could umpire U/14 MEN in a footy game.  OMG these boys were enormous,  I swear some of them were shaving already!  They were also fast and poor LHM had a little bit of trouble keeping up – but all in all he did quite well.  This is his first year umpiring.

WARNING!!! THIS IS THE ONLY KNITTING CONTENT IN THIS POST!

While keeping one eye on LHM, I cast on for a throw rug – 238 stitches and the pattern is a leafy textured throw out of a Patons Zhivago-Homebook….it’s the green one – but as yet the pictures are not showing up for me on the Patons website.  I”m not knitting it out of Zhivago, I’m using something else I picked up somewhere else but haven’t photographed yet – it’s red/brown variegated.  More Autumn leaves I suspect :).  I have 20 skeins, and I am not sure it will be enough….so either I need to go find some more of un-rememberable yarn, or get something else and start again….casting on 238 stitches was a drag though!

So umpiring went off swimmingly.  He really enjoys it and he gets paid too – so it’s a litle bit of independence for him without having a REAL job.

(As an aside, at around 10:40, MOTH calls me to tell me he’s left his ID tags in the console of my car and can I drop them off to him at work after umpiring – in Cheltenham (3 on the map – but my “B”)…….!!!!  So LHM’s game finished around 11:15 – I had to have him at “C” by 12:15 for his game at 1:00 pm and somehow or other I had to just drop by  Cheltenham “on my way”.  Was sooo not going to happen.  MOTH called me back a half hour or so later to say he got to work and got spare ID out of the safe adn not to worry…thank goodness.

My Mothers' Day Travels - E-A-B (luckily I got out of that one!)-C-D-E

My Mothers' Day Travels - E-A-B (luckily I got out of that one!)-C-D-E

After that it was across to “C” where LHM was playing in his Under 13 team against the biggest 12 and 13 year olds I have EVER seen.  Now LHM is not little – he’s quite tall, but like most ‘average’ almost 13 year old boys, he is lean….VERY lean.  Some of these other kids are already muscular and one at least was over 6 foot with size 14 feet!!!  Eeeeeek!

During the final quarter, LHM was knocked unconscious by a knee to the back of the head from an opposition player and was laying motionless on the ground.  Now, parents are not allowed on the ground, and it was all I could do to just stand there.  There was no stretcher on the ground (by law it is supposed to be there) and it took a good five minutes for the stretcher to come, but the umpire of that game balled it up right next to LHM on the ground and continued the game while he was laying there.  Then no one called an ambulance (I had to – and there’s a funny story about that – will give you that at the end!) and some stupid person had parked across the emergency vehicle access!

I was beside myself – but behaving very well in all this.  LHM was pale and confused and had lost consciousness for a little while (less than a minute) but was already shivering and going into shock a bit.  So we wrapped him up and waited…..and waited…..and waited.  It took a good 20-30 minutes for the Paramedics to arrive.

The ambulance came and as a precaution collared him up and took him to the the local hospital (“D”) – he wasn’t badly injured enough to warrant lights and sirens so that was good – but all in all a very scary event.  The hospital kept him for a few hours for observation and he’s home now with a headache the size of Tasmania!  I might also add here that he’s covered in bruises and marks from footy boots etc!  This football caper is just so dangerous….especially at this age group when there is such a disparity between the size of one 13 year old to the next!

In the hospital, LHM apologised for ruining my day, but you know – all in all it was good – I got to spend the entire day with my boy – he knows I love him to bits and I know he loves me too. You can’t ask for much more than that!

After the hospital – back home to “E” and bed….very early….that was my Mothers’ Day!

FUNNY AMBULANCE STORY.

When I called for the ambulance, I said that my 12-year-old had been injured playing football, however apparently when the job came through to the vehicle it said 12-MONTH-old and the dispatcher had to call me back and ask me whether LHM was 12 years old or 12 months old….hard to imagine a baby playing football!

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