Kattwings Knits

knitting that flys off the needles

Friday, 30 June 2006

Wednesday was for Cooking


I did some soup cooking Wednesday. Made Minestrone soup (second piccie) which was LOVELY..As well as made some Baked Pumpkin soup (top piccie) which is DIVINE!! Both soups are BASIC and very yummy recipes (and my girls LOOOOOVE them).

The girls and I had some Minestrone soup for dinner Wednesday night (Adam doesnt eat soup)...And then I had a bowl of the Baked Pumpkin later once it was done. I must make more and put into the freezer (of both) as well as make some Cauliflower soup and some of my mothers Veggie soup to add to the freezer. There is nothing like having a freezer full of homemade soup that you KNOW if full of goodness for you and your kids on lazy winter days.

I have also finished the star jumper..Sewn up and all! But you can wait til tomorrow to see that! lol

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on my blogs second blogversary!!

Take care all! Happy knitting! Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, 28 June 2006

2nd Blogversary

Forgot to post. Yesterday was my 2 year blogversary! YAY

Warming Grace

Looking for a super good cause to knit for that will warm your heart and sick children?


Saturday, 24 June 2006

Teaser 2


Star is finshed as you can see. Though I am not going to show it to you in whole until I have finished the jumper so you can get the whole picture! I think its going to look fantastic. My only problem is the shaping on the top half of the back and front that I dont like (I can see this star being done again for friends babies but on NORMAL jumpers)...

I am feeling heaps better now. So now I have to get my butt moving and get HEAPS of knitting done. I have had a few days over a week (well 2 days over) and have barely done ANY knitting!!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy knitting!


Wednesday, 21 June 2006

You named it WHAT!?!?

Ok..being someone who dyes wool..I have had to come up with names for the colourways I choose. I try to be beautiful...Creative....naming it something people would WHAT to knit...

NOT ONCE have I thought about naming a colour way what THIS person named her colourway in this ebay listing (now this post is going to be soooo null and void once the listing is finished and vanished! lol)

And she has a blog..Lets hope no one sends her my way and she abuses me...I am not dissing it..I actually think the colours are gorgeous....but I would have just gone with a different name.


Teaser 1


Front so far....What do you think? This was taken last night by artificial lighting and using the flash on my camera....

I think its going to look good.

Saturday, 17 June 2006

First off the bat (or more on the needles)


This is what I am knitting for Kerry at the moment. A gorgeous baby jumper in cream where the star is going to be BRIGHT COLOURS!!! Now I picked out the colour the star is going to be and I am starting to wonder if it was the Sinus Infection talking..I really hope it ends up well..I am on the back (almost finshed it actually)..I so wanted to start the front first to get a good gander at that star but I was strong...
Pattern is Rowan "Mickey" (and if you wish to see it in colour and the book it comes from click HERE). Currently doing size 0-6mths then I get to do it again in 6-12 mths!

More of the other things I get to do at a later date..(gonna draw it out for you all! lol)

Thanks all for the comments on my BIL...and for the comments on my knitting. Honestly I dont think I am a great knitter..I just see myself as average. Hell I have never tried anything hard like a full lace pattern or a shawl so how great can I be?


Friday, 16 June 2006

News From My High Horse

Well. I went and saw Kerry yesterday. And my fear of being told that I wasnt good enough and she would no longer need my services were put to rest when she told me "there are good knitter and there are great knitters.....I would say looking at these things that you are a GREAT knitter" ooooooooooooooooooooh YEAH!!!!! Head swell...Head swell!!!

Kate asked what size the Cable and Rib jumper was..I did say in the post (but blogger sometimes eats some of my typing)..Its a size 1..I have the pattern for size 1 to 3...

Dandy asked about the pattern..its a Debbie Bliss one I got from a book...I wish it was a free online one I could share out easily..

Oooh you will all laugh at this..The FIRST ball of wool Kerry handed to me to do more knitting for her was ANOTHER BALL OF THAT EVIL SOCK YARN!!!!!!! I have the job of knitting baby socks out of it this time...sigh...

I also have lots of wool to knit up lots of kids jumpers (patterns and colour ways mainly picked by ME!!)...My big problem is she has given me more Debbie Bliss Baby Cashermino (which is a 5ply) and wants me to knit a baby cardigan using a pattern that asks for 3ply!! I may be an "excellent knitter" but I highly doubt I am a miracle worker (also so you dont think I am vain..I dont think I am an excellent knitter either. Average maybe..Excellent no)!!

I am on druuuuugs.....Antibiotics (hoping they start working real soon)...

Ok...its RANT TIME!!! (I know Cathy is looking forward to this!)....

Went down to the BITCH IN LAWS yesterday to stay the night (didnt want to do it to begin with being sick and all)...

Within MINUTES of being there she started being a bitch to Adam laying into him about some crap or another...He looked at me and says "its not too early to go home"..though when I said lets go we didnt leave.

THEN she finds out I am working for Kerry...And she starts in on how I should knit for HER Gallery!!!!! Hands up who remembers the gallery conversation from before it opened? And how she thought MY knitting was only worth her STUPID market unless I did revolting things that she called "classy"!! NOW she wants some of MY things to put a HUGE price on (as she put it)..To which I told her I dont have time anymore to even work on my OWN childrens things let along for her...I was drilled with questions on how I found the job and so on..And nosed her way into looking at the pattens I am knitting this time for Kerry...

That was the end of it for last night..Today we headed up to the Gallery to look around..and WHAT do you think I saw in there!?!?! KNITTING..and not just any knitting..FEATHER scarves..and Worse (this will only make sense to Tassie readers) CRAPPY CHICKENFEED SCARVES (not that I have anything against those...but they sure the hell dont scream classy gallery work to me)!!!!! OMG!!! And this bitch said my Cable and Rib jumpers weren't CLASSY enough for her Gallery!!!! And she had these crappy "Wool Wood" knitting that looked like logs...they arent bad....But they are just glorified TOYS!!

And once again she mentioned how she wanted some of MY knitting...To which (having put up with her being a bitch for long enough) I said "YOU didnt want my knitting BEFORE when I offered it!!" to which she said "I never said that but if I did I am sorry (this is her USUAL excuse when she knows she did wrong but refuses to admit it so she says an empty sorry hoping i buy it..I never have before and I dont plan on starting now) so get off your high horse" She is lucky that at that moment my head decided it wanted me to sit down otherwise I would have laid into her BIG TIME!!!!

Man this woman pisses me off with how selfish she is..And she wonders why we hardly see her and wish she WOULD move to Qld (sorry Qld folks) like she keeps threatening..We are sick of her being a bitch..Treating Adam like shit and trying her high and mighty crap with us. She is one of those middle class bitches that try to pull off a look of upperclass and fails!

And get this!! You S'n'B gals know how sick I am right?! Well today I had to put her washing out on the line for her...And she knew before we got there I was sick (Adam had told her) so she was swanning around all "oooh look at me I am unwell...I am sore..I need attention" the whole time!! Makes me ANGRY!!!!!!!!

Adam and I couldnt leave Scottdale fast enough today. We had enough. Adam said to me as we left "now you see why I took up smoking..She drove me to it" I am amazed he just stopped at smoking!! I would have taken up serious drugs if I had to put up with her all the time.

Believe me there is more in me to rant about this pathetic excuse for a mothe/mother-in-law.. But I think I have subjected you guys to enough! Thanks for listening/reading..Hope I havent scared you all away! Will be back in a day or two with details on what I get to knit for Kerry this time!!!

Happy knitting


Wednesday, 14 June 2006

Week Four


Size 1 cable and Rib jumper in cream. Didnt think the colour would work but it did.

Close up of the cable and rib jumper. This is STILL one of my faves to make

Lace Baby socks (look project spectrum blue! Did two of those this month)

Toddler socks from hell...I dont like them. Doubt I ever will. But they are done!

Well as you can see I am finished.

None of you doubted I would make it (which I am so greatful of! I love that you all have such faith in me). Me on the other hand DID! lol. Though I have been rather sick for the past 2 weeks but I got there in the end. Finished the jumper up today and just rang Kerry. Will be heading over there tomorrow to return all the goods to her. Looking forward to seeing if she wants me to still work for her and what I get to do next (lets hope NO MORE SOCKS for awhile!!)...

So now I get a little ME time.....Knitting what I want to knit..Doing what I want for maybe a day or two..lol
How many of you have noticed my new little piccie on the sidebar? And I am not talking about my profile piccie of the lovely Aussie MotoGP rider Casey Stoner!

Tomorrow I am heading off to the Dr to get some antibiotics for my rampant Sinus Infection.. Dont want details? Tough! I have stinky snot!! Only from my left nostril though. And you can smell it after I blow my nose!! sob sob....


Monday, 12 June 2006



Ok here is the re-skeined Watermelon. Many of you have asked what I am going to do with it.

Well I have an online friend who showed an interested in my dying these colours before I went to the Dye In. So I did these colours. I am yet to contact her to see if she is interested in it now its done. But I dunno if I am going to keep it. I mean I might, but what would I do with it? Its 8ply (double knit) 100g with about 260meters (280yards)....

Okies I am off now. Got a friend coming over who should be here soon.

Up to sewing up the cable and ribbed jumper for Kerry too...Then the collar and its done (then just 2 pair of baby socks to do in just 2 days).

Vicki can you please email me your address again too...I keep forgetting to get in contact with you. The parcel I sent you got sent back AGAIN!!! I am starting to wonder if I am doing something wrong!! lol Maybe the postman doesnt like me....


Saturday, 10 June 2006

Looksie what we did!


From Left to Right: Cathy's Rainbow treat, Cindy's Greens, My watermelon and Margaret's purdy purples and great green! lol

Picture from the charming Cindy! Go look at her blog at the sock so far in her lovely green wool!

And Cindy is already knitting hers!!! Arent they lovely? I think we all did well and am looking forward to the next Dye In.

what y'all think? I have to wait til mine dries. Then re-skein it to make the colours mix all nicely. Then will take another piccie to show off


Thursday, 8 June 2006

Dye In

What a most excellent night! And muggins here forgot her camera! Sigh....Also forgot my dyeing containers so got to try a different way. Taught the gals the glass jar in the pot way aswell!!

We who dyed ended up with some GORGEOUS wool! And I will have to pinch piccies off some of the others to show you all!.

It was a loud fun night had by all I be thinking.

I want to thank Cathy for letting us use her place to have it in. Sharon for the divine 4ply wool you gave me (and taking me home...I am still wondering about the man with the p.j pants!!!). And Cathy can you thank you neighbour again for me for the lovely fabric!!!

I have my wool hanging up to dry. Will have to get piccies tomorrow of them I be thinking.

Okies catch ya all later! Happy knitting!


Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Week Three


1 pair of DB Baby Cashermerino baby lace socks in purple.
2 pair of Zarina baby lace socks in blue.
1 Pair Jigsaw todder self striping stocking stitch sock (fit 1yo)
Front and Back and One Sleeve of the Zara size 1 Cable and Rib jumper.
2 pairs of Jigsaw toddler self striping stocking stitch socks (fit 2yo)

Yet to do.

1 Pair of DB Baby Cashmerino baby lace socks in a peachy colour.
1 Pair of Zarina baby lace socks in blue
1 Sleeve, sew up and collar the Zara size 1 Cable and Rib jumper.

Almost done. And since today was the first time I have touched any of it for like 4 days I think I have done well.

I so have not been in the mood for it of late. I just wanted mindless stocking stitch backwards and forwards knitting. So that is what I have been doing until today. I have been working on some baby cardigans for Anna to pick from. But back to the slave work tonight. lol

Hope you are all doing well. Tomorrow I am heading out for the Dye In night at Cathy's! Really looking forward to it!


Monday, 5 June 2006

they are dooooooooooonnnnne!!

I have finished the evil socks of dooooom (all three pair of them)!! And I didnt have much wool left over.

So I am slowly cruising through it all. Looking forward to getting it done.

Yesterday saw several hours devoted to ME knitting...As in working on things for me..And that is it. I just couldnt be bothered knitting yesterday. I feel the same today but have to do it. It must be done..

I still have a nasty cough. And the girls are driving me batty already. I am really looking forward to getting time away from them this week. I am hoping to get it more then once. lol. I have not had childfree time for about a month..its killing me I can tell you....I love my girls..But I HAVE to get away from them for several hours at least once a fortnight!!

Thursday sees my knitting group gathering at one of the members for a yarn dyeing evening. I am really looking forward to it! I am hoping its going to be super fun!! There is only about 3 of us that already dye (and only 2 who are regular dyers I am not sure if the other one is coming).

Yesterday also saw me sitting with my girls and doing headful of tiny plaits on both of them. Shell was first and for 31 itty bitty plaits..Harley was next and cos I was sick of it by then she only got 25 slightly bigger ones (she has more hair then Shell so you can imagine how small Shells were).

Okies thats all for me for now. Catch ya all on the flip side and happy knitting!


Thursday, 1 June 2006


I finished up the second pair of THOSE toddler socks this arvo..ONE single sock to go and I have done the three pairs.... And I have cast that one on.

I am looking forward to having them done so I can go back to the lush yarn..The Zara...or BD Baby Cashmerino.

I wont mind if I get given MORE of the wool to knit up more toddler socks next time..As long as Kerry DOES NOT give me that same colour again!! They would make LOVELY adult socks..But seriously!! Toddler socks should be BRIGHT CHEERFUL colours!!!! Am I the only one who thinks that!?!?!

Tomorrow is the last day of school before the school holidays here in Tassie. I will have BOTH girls home for two weeks..And during that two weeks I have to finish up what is left of my order from Kerry (can ya all see now why I have been working my butt off to get most of it done? I dont see I will be getting toooooooo much done while both girls are home...Though having said that! I get most my knitting done on weekends..so this might just work in my favour! lol).


May Project Spectrum in Pictures

The socks that drive me mad. Three pairs (ok have 1 1/2 to knit still)

Self Striping Boysen colourway yarn I dyed myself (green there too)
Wool I dyed myself in Opal colourway (yep I see green)

Suzi's baby socks for her second born. They have green!!

Adam's Secret socks (yes..very green)
And all those GREEN UFO's I had huge plans on getting like 3 done? Well it never happened. I got the JOB instead. I did though get the front finished of the velvet jumper. Just the sleeves to knit. Maybe I will get a chance soon (thinking about ripping another of them either back or just ripping the bottom off it...the one that I said will need the buggery blocked out of it..I just dont like the hem..I think it will be better without one at all!).
I got my Lynx Clicker today too! YAY
Now onto the BLUE!!!! (atleast I have blue things to knit for the JOB).

Days Until Rachelle's 7th Birthday
Lilypie Baby PicLilypie Baby Ticker

Days Until Harley's 10th Birthday
Lilypie Baby PicLilypie Baby Ticker

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