Monthly Archives: May 2009

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… 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.


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!


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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WIPs and Trains

Long time – no blog.

Lots of stuff happening.

I’m knitting THIS out of THIS on the train at the moment.  It’s a ‘commission’ for MOTH’s ex-wife’s boss’s sister in India! (How’s that for confusing?)  What a mouthful!  It’s another Voyager Lace Stole but looks totally different in the 100% cotton yarn. 

Voyager Lace Stole - in Luxury Soft 4 ply cotton from Sirdar

Voyager Lace Stole - in Luxury Soft 4 ply cotton from Sirdar

I’m also knitting Enroule from THIS BOOK out of THIS at home.  I’ve finished 4 of 6 repeats and then I have to do a pesky kitchener graft – hmmm a bit scared of that one.  I will however face my fears and see how I go.  The original pattern called for a provisional cast on – but I decided to try Judy’s magic cast on and see if it works.  Will be interesting to see how it looks finished.  Provisional cast ons and fuzzy Alpaca yarn are not really friendly….know what I mean?

Enroule - from Woolly Wormhead in Bendigo Woollen Mills Alpaca in Dusty Coral

Enroule - from Woolly Wormhead in Bendigo Woollen Mills Alpaca in Dusty Coral


I’ve finished the first toe up sock – just waiting to see if I am allowed to post a piccie – I LOVE this way of knitting socks – no picking up stitches, no messy toes, LOVE LOVE LOVE!  I may never knit a cuff down sock again.  It took me so long, because for some reason I developed a really nasty case of dermatitis on my hands – I’m not sure if it might be the dye in the yarn….I hope not – it’s GORGEOUS and so soft to knit with.

13 rows of rib to finish teh cuff adn my first toe up sock is done.  Drach Socks from Wired for Fibre in Olivia Cashmerino

13 rows of rib to finish the cuff and my first toe up sock is done. Drach Socks soon to be available from Wired for Fibre - knitted in Olivia Cashmerino - GORGEOUS yarn

I’ve discovered the magnificent cowl and I’m intent on knitting one or two of these before it starts to get too cold here in Melbourne!  Scarves are great (and I have many) but sometimes they just get in the way!  Cowls offer no floppy ends to have to keep re-adjusting when they blow away, or to have fall in your coffee/soup/lasagne, whatever!!

A couple of funny incidences on the train lately.

Firstly, a couple of weeks ago, I was quietly sock-knitting (the toe up sock – 2 circulars) on my way home when I noted a gentleman (late 50s perhaps) watching me very closely.  I didn’t think too much about it until he got out his mobile phone and TOOK MY PICTURE!!!!!!  Are knitters really that much of a peculiarity?

 Secondly, I’m often asked to stop knitting when someone sits next to me, and mostly I just pretend I don’t hear (I’m wearing headphones you see).  One day last week, a woman sat next to me (I was already knitting) and she puffed and panted, huffed and wriggled, dug around in her handbag, encroached on my personal space and finally elbowed me, and asked me to stop.  I said no of course – I was there before she was.

Oh and for the record.  Trains are late.  Always.  What’s new?  I’ve given up complaining about it – nothing changes.


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