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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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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

 enroule-stitch-definition

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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I could, but I wont…

Show you a picture of my toe-up progress! Magnificent (even if I do say so myself)!

The yarn is lovely – Wired For Fibre, Olivia Cashmerino in a gorgeous blue-green colourway!  Luxuriously soft to knit and beautifully dyed!

My son loves the pattern in these socks (thinks they look like dragon scales) – and being a bit of a fan of all things dragon-y, wants a pair for himself – but he wants them to start red at the toes – go through orange and end up yellow!!!!    Not that he’s being overly specific or anything – anyone know any yarn that sounds like that?  Otherwise I might have to get a custom dye job!!!

I am so enjoying the toe-up method, no pesky picking up stitches along the side of the gusset, only two needles to cope with (not that I really minded four at all!)  AND you have the added bonus of never worrying if you have enough yarn to get to the toe – you can just keep on knitting till you run out – especially if you’re using one skein per sock – of course you will need to take care for the first sock .

Have a go at toe-up if you’ve not done so already – you will wonder why you haven’t!

On the train this morning – I think I hypnotised the lady next to me she was watching me knit so intensly.  Mesmerising was the word she used – I call it meditiation!  I’ve been getting  a much earlier train – it runs express for a good part of the way and so my train journey is just an hour!  I am going to get this train al the time now – it’s much more reasonable….oh but before I forget…It didn’t run yesterday!  D’oh!

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Felted/Fulled Hat No. 2

Aspire Naturally - 70 /30 Wool Alpaca Blend

Aspire Naturally - 70 /30 Wool Alpaca Blend

This is hat number 2.  I’ve made the brim a little wider, and the crown flatter and less rounded – but in between washings – I played with the shape quite a bit – you can get LOTS of differet shapes if you play with and mould the wet object!

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First ever ‘almost’ felted hat

I knitted this hat in one evening and felted it the next day 🙂 

felted-hat-11

It probably could have done with a bit rougher treatment – but I was scared….you know?  There is still some stitch definition – perhaps I will give it some more hoo-har and shape it again 🙂

I cast on 140 stitches, knit 15 rows, then decreased some, knit another 15 rows then decreased some more.  I then knit a whole heap of rows, then decreased over about 15 rows for the crown…..not bad for a first effort 🙂

Now to decorate for the impending brithday of a friend’s little princess !

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R.I.P Malcolm John 1 1/4/41 – 23/2/09

Today, I learned that my biological father passed away suddenly at the age of 67 years.

I’d only met him a few times, but I was aware that I had half sisters and brothers somewhere.

I didn’t expect to feel so devastated.

I didn’t expect to learn of his passing from my mother who had read the death notices in the paper today.  I’d hoped that someone would try and find me.

On Friday I will attend his funeral in Hobart and there I will at least see 7 new family members – brothers and sisters – who knows how it will go?

I’d spoken about trying to get in contact many times over the past few months, that option no longer exists.

It really does hurt more than I thought it would.

He was my father after all.

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