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Sunday, 31 December 2006

The List and little voices

I gave in to the little voice in my head...ONLY for 1 night though..And cast on the baby jumper I so wanted to work on (before I forget the design and the picture I have of it in my head). But I went back to my sock yesterday!! And finished number 1!! YAY!!!! So just gotta cast on number 2 and get working on that.

Its been a long time since we have seen "The LIST" isnt it? Well here is is again!

1. Rachelle's chunky wool jacket (this probably would be quick if I got my butt moving since it IS chunky wool and she IS a small child!)
2. Rachelle's shaped cardigan (back done. Started one front. WILL get back to it soon..I swear).
3. Rachelle's jumper (just got the sleeves to go).
4. Rachelle's socks (half way on the first one). Finished!!
5. Harley's jumper (only just begun).
6. Kerry's socks (4 2 odd and 1 on needles). DONE!! FINISHED!!! Don't want to see them AGAIN!!!!!
7. Kerry's baby jumper (back done started front). Finished!!
8. Kerry's baby jumper (only just started this one). Finished!!
9. Toy aeroplane (yeah..don't ask). Ripped back
10. Chenille baby jumper (front and back done onto sleeves).
11. Red ribbed jumper (onto sleeves). Ripped back..Why ? Well haven't been happy with it. Hence why I haven't finished it. Body isn't long enough
12. Green ribbed jumper (back done).
13. Red baby cardigan (haven't done much). (ripped back)
14. Dublin bay socks (only got half a sock then I am done). Finished!!
15. Stocking stitch socks (Uuum dunno how far I am through these).
16. Baby socks (started second one).
17. My Irish Hiking Scarf (yeah about 1/3 of the way through).
18. Pink Cable and Rib child's jumper (done front..maybe back can't be bothered looking! lol).
19. Secret Santa project (cannot say more)

Lets clean it up again

1. Rachelle's chunky wool jacket (probably would be quick if I got my butt moving since it IS chunky wool and she IS a small child!)
2. Rachelle's shaped cardigan (back done. Started one front. WILL get back to it soon..I swear).
3. Rachelle's jumper (just got the sleeves to go).
4 Harley's jumper (only just begun).
5. Socks for ME!!! (1 done 1 to go)
6. Chenille baby jumper (front and back done onto sleeves).
7 Green ribbed jumper (back done).
8 Stocking stitch socks (1 done 1 to go).
9 Baby socks (started second one).
10My Irish Hiking Scarf (yeah about 1/3 of the way through).
11Pink Cable and Rib child's jumper (done front..maybe back can't be bothered looking! lol).
12. My designed baby jumper for Kerry (onto the sleeves).
13. My designed baby jumper. (doing the body now).
14. Cardigan for Kerry. (only just started body all in one).

Looook!! The list IS getting smaller..Even though I am adding to it all the time! lol

Okies folks! That all for me for now! Have a GREAT New Year! Stay safe! Will get back to you real soon about the Contest! In the next few days!
Happy knitting!!!!!


Friday, 29 December 2006

Little Voices

Well I have been cruising well with my sock...I am about half way..I probably could get the first one finished today if I wanted to...

BUT I have a little voice in my head that wont leave me alone...

"Its only socks for you...As long as you have them done by winter, start something else"

"You have that baby jumper pattern you want to design..Start doing that!"

"You should be knitting stuff for Kerry!! You got like 4 jumpers/cardigans still to do for her!"

It's a nagging little voice...It needs a good kick in the pants! THIS is why I dont have anything knitted for myself!! As soon as I start something for me this little voice butts in...

Am I the only person that has this annoying little voice? Or am I just a tad crazy ;)

Ok I got tagged to do a Weird Meme thing..Here I go.

RULES:Each player of this game starts with the weird things about them. People who get tagged need to write on their blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says you have tagged them in their comments and tell them to read your blog.
  1. When knitting patterns with panel pattern repeats I have to finish the WHOLE pattern I cant stop part way through (even if its like a 16 row pattern). This can cause problems if say...the Phone rings and I am on row 5.
  2. I love staying inside. I could be happy with not leaving the house for a week. In saying that I do have times where if I dont leave the house I will climb the walls.
  3. I have to eat my M&Ms in colour pairs (this only applies for the big ones, small ones I dont care about).
  4. I have been a wrestling fan since I was 10y.o. (most people will find this weird..Wrestling fans wont! lol).
  5. I dont like coke-a-cola or straight pepsi. Its too sweet (I am a Pepsi Max girl)..But I have 2 sugars in my coffee!
  6. I feel guilty about buying sock yarn with the cost of it being far more then what I would pay to BUY a pair of socks (yet I have enough to make about 30 adults pairs).

Ok now I have to tag 6 people. I am gonna tag Karen, Vicki, Ragan, Natty, Cathy aaaaand.....Bugsy!!!!!!!

There I have done my bit! Catch you all later..Happy knitting...Will see next post if I have cast something new on, gone back to Kerry's things or have done more on my socks! lol


Thursday, 28 December 2006

Nearing the end and a comp

Well its nearing the end of the year now isn't it? What happened to this year? It's like I blinked and it just vanished! Each year seems to be going faster and faster as I get older. I don't like it!

I have finished up all my charity knitting for this year. I think I have done my soul a load of good....

Would you have thought of putting light pink and dark red together?

Lovely variegated wool and a plain blue mixed together to be warm

I dropped off the last 3 things to Cathy today for the India Charity thing.

I also last night cast on MY pair of socks. If I work hard enough on them (and exclusively) I will get em finished before the New Year..Gonna keep all pattern/yarn info secret until I get it all far enough to show off to you all!

I forgot to take a piccie of the pair of Adam's pop's socks but here is the piccie I took after finishing the single one. Doesn't it look great? Its in my mock sock thingy (a bent coat hanger) so that's why the top looks wide.

Adam has made it into the Poker APL State Championships!! Means he is in for REAL money this time..Its good, only about 100 Tassies out of over 1000 made it in! He did well. I just hope he does well in the finals!

Today I am going to start getting organised all the wool I am going to dye up to sell off..I got like TWENTY skeins to get ready (all sock wool)! YIKES....

Okies. When the New Year rolls in I am gonna have a comp up for you all! So get ready for it!

Happy knitting all! Take care....


Tuesday, 26 December 2006


Well looks like I survived the mad rush of having to visit nearly every soul possible! I had a great time though.

Nearly all pressies are at their new homes..Just a few to go and I am done for another year!

The girls got totally spoilt (of course). And I got some good things too!!

Gave Adam's pop his socks today (yes I got them finished! On the 23rd to be exact). He thinks they will be warm, I took this as a good response (though wont be surprised if he never wears them). The BIL got hold of them in a quiet moment and I honestly though that she MIGHT be about to say something NICE about them...But all she said was "they DO look small" (Cos I commented on how I was worried they wouldnt fit, though Adam's pop has small feet and they are only slightly small on Adam who as feet almost 2 sizes bigger). THIS is why she will NEVER be gifted anything knitted from me!

I am gonna spend the remainder of this year hopefully getting a pair of socks knitted for ME!! I am 99% sure I have a pattern picked and 99% sure I have the wool picked...So just have to put them together and hope they compliment each other.

On the way back from visiting Adam's Grandmother and his fathers side of the family we had to head through the Scamander Fire damaged areas. It was shocking! St Mary's Pass was a sight I hope I never have to see again, normally so lush with trees. The views of what was left of houses in Scamander (houses I had been past so many times before) that had burnt. The sight of houses still standing when EVERYTHING around them was burnt, goes to show that it does pay to stay and protect.

Okies folks. I am gonna head off now and pick up some needles. Sit back and relax while the children run wild around the house. Take care all! Have a great New Year if I dont get back before then! Happy knitting


Thursday, 21 December 2006

Merry Chrissie All.


Anyone who knows me knows I think most the time that one of my children acts like an angel..and the other like the devil.....Who would have thunket that we obviously got it the wrong way around!!! lol

This will probably be my last post before Chrissie..As of tomorrow everything is full on and I probably wont be able to wipe my nose if I sneeze before Wednesday next week!! YIKES...

The sock for Adams pop still isnt finished. Mmmm...Will have to get working on that. I want to take something to visit people that ISNT for someone else..something that IS for me...I want to cast on my first pair of socks for me...So will have to get that packed..As well as a pair of mittens to work on for Cathy and her friends charity (I feel awful about how behind I am getting something done for that...I might have to fall back on posting extra stuff over if I dont get much done).

Next lot of wool for my to dye has arrived..ALL for sock wool...Will get to sorting it out after Chrissie..Teaching my sister to dye tomorrow! Bet she will be a natural.

Tuesday was Harley's 7th birthday. She had a ball. Had a party with a few friends. Got spoilt. She loves it...

Okies folks...Hope you all have a Merry Chrissie..Or whatever it is you do..STAY SAFE no matter what! Catch ya on the flip side.


Sunday, 17 December 2006

My Special Pressies

my little baggie Cindy gave out to (and one of my
little jumpers thats mine)

Tootsie Rolls from Karen! YUM

mmmmmmmmmm Socks That Rock Sock wool!! from Karen

Such a cute little mug from Caroline (part of my Secret Santa pressie)

My gorgeous Scarf from Blogless Caroline! I ADORE it!!!

Face washer and soap from Caroline

Thank you to everyone who gave me gorgoeus gifts for Chrissie (and as a prize)..I feel so spesh!!


Saturday, 16 December 2006

Knitting we will go...A Knitting we will go!!

Well I am back in action with the knitting..I have dyed up all my sock wool (and sold it all) now waiting for the next batch to come in for my to get busy with again (that will be after Chrissie though).

Well..Lets pull up the list of Chrissie knitting I have to do and see how I am going.

  1. Secret Santa Knitting DONE DONE DONE..And given..Love?
  2. Adams Pops Socks (down to the second sock should get it done soon)
  3. Little Gifties (I said it was for one but it was actually a few for my knitting group friends) DONE and given..and Loved I think...
  4. Pair of Thujas for Adams step-dad Adam said to forget about these..I get the feeling from him he doesnt think they will be appreciated.

So I have started the last sock for Adams pop..I will get them all done in the next few days. So even with the cold I had I have gotten through it all. Though at the sacrifice of getting many things done for Cathy's India Project....I am hoping to get a few things done..But wont get as many as I would have loved to.

The little gifties I knitted for my S'n'B group were fun to do but after about 5 I got sick of them! lol. I took a few days (well...a week) break and then got back to the last 5.

My Secret Santa through my knitting group was the wonderful (but blogless) Caroline! She gave me such gorgeous gifts! I so cant wait til winter to use my scarf (I finally have one!! I was the last person in the house without one!!).

I got my wonderful parcel from Karen!! I ADORE it!!! And I was so spoilt!! I got some gorgeous Socks That Rock!!!! I have to work out the perfect pattern to go with the lovely colourway! I also got some Tootsie Rolls...They are yum!! Havent eaten them all yet..Been a good girl!

Okies..I would post piccies of all the gifties that were given to me from my knitting group and piccies of what Karen gave me...But blogger has stopped playing nice!! STUPID thing!!

Catch ya all later! Will post rest of piccies when I can!Happy knitting to all


Sunday, 10 December 2006

New Beginnings

Hello Folks! This past week has been a busy one for me!

I have created a new Blog for my wool I dye and sell. Go find it over HERE. I will be doing a button up for it later.

I cant believe how much I have sold already! ALL my sock wool has gone! And I have sold some of my 8ply too...I am doing well!

Thanks to EVERYONE that has purchased wool from me! It means so much to me. And thank you for all the wonderful comments people have made about the colours I do my wool. Its given me a big head!! lol

I do plan on doing up more sock wool early next year. I think I will lean more to sock wool. It seems to sell easier and well.

Knitting has been happening too..And I am running out of time to get it done! YIKES

Take care. Happy knitting..I am off to knit like a good girl! lol


Friday, 8 December 2006

Sock Wool

Howdy folks!

Ok here is the promised wool that I have dyed. Due to sickness in the family and me being so tired I am only going to show off the sock wool today (plus I dont think Blogger could live with me trying to show it all off).

Now if you are in Australia and you are interested in buying some of my sock wool please feel free to email me (at mummykattATbigpondDOTcom just change the capitals to whats needed to make an email address).
I also have close up of all the wool if you want to see the colours in more details. Some were a total pain to get a good piccie of too!!
Tell all Aussie knitters you know! This is first in best dressed so dont let time waste! I have sold previous wool to people in my knitting group so I am not a beginner. I am hoping to have more at a later date..And maybe opening up at Etsy store later so my overseas friends can buy too.

These are approx 100g of sockwool (4ply) Pure New Wool. There is approx 360m per skein. Tension is 28sts to 10cm using 3.25mm. These will be $15 per skein (plus postage). so CHEAP!!!!

Delphinium (its a flower...)

Fire In The Sky

Rosebud (this one was named after Harley)

Seashell (named after Rachelle)there is two
colours there its just hard to see.

Water Lilly

I have one dyed up for Metal and Knit but it seems Blogger has had enough and wont let me post piccies of Stormy Seas at the moment. Will post that later.

I also have 125g of watermelon that is drying in the sun as I type that will be available (for $20 though). You should be able to get at least 2 pair of childrens socks out of this much (or even an adults pair and a childs pair). I ended up with 125g due to a males inability to read a set of scales while helping me. Its ok..I forgive him. He was helping while I was sick. So if anyone is interested in that let me know (will post a piccie of it later).

I also have 200g of watermelon made up to order for a friend so I best contact her too! lol

Next time. My 8ply wool for sale (I have some self striping with that too!).

Take care. Happy Knitting!


Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Its that time of year again!

No I dont mean Christmas (though it is that time too). I mean IDIOTS on the ROADS!!! Which is related to Chrissie...But anyway!

I shall now tell you what I HATE about this time of year!
  1. I HATE the hot weather!!
  2. I HATE idiot drivers!!
  3. I HATE having to go into town and deal with idiot drivers in a confined space as well as idiot shoppers!!
  4. I HATE being short of cash and having to get HEAPS of Chrissie pressies as well as Harley's birthday organsed!

I have been a gooood girl! I have been dying wool today! When they are all dried and pretty I will show you all! I have already got 4 skeins of sock wool earmarked for people as well as 1 skein of 8ply...Which will leave me with 6 skeins of sock wool and 9 of 8ply (DK)...And they are at a great price!!

Alas being as I dont have paypal at the moment I will only be able to sell them to Aussies.

Note to self..BUY MORE GLOVES!!! My fingers/hands are a lovely shade of many colours!

Still have cold...Still have hay fever...Still have jaw though its a LOT better..It only plays up at night if I dont heatpack it enough or the right way.

Okies folks! that's all for me today. Must go take care of the last lot of wool that has just finished up! Catch you all later! Happy knitter!


Sunday, 3 December 2006


Great I now have a cold to add to my sore jaw..AND I think I have a sty in my eye...Sigh....I am falling apart! Harley is sick as well....

I am seriously doubting I will get all Chrissie knitting done now..I now have to work out which is the most important.

I have finished 2 odd socks. Yes I said ODD socks...I finished up one Friday. Then was heading down to the BILs place and though there was no point in starting the second one (the pattern needs me to concentrate a little and I wouldn't get that down there)..So I just took a normal Stocking Stitch one along. Finished that up yesterday. Yes they are both part of the Chrissie knitting. I will be happy if I can finish those..And the pair for Adam's pop.

I am waiting for my next order of yarn to come in so I can dye it up and sell it off to anyone interested. I will get enough for 10 skeins of sock wool and 10 skeins of 8ply (dk) wool...Just waiting for it to come in, organise it and dye it. Hoping to get some sold before Chrissie..Will help with the hugely tight budget (being as I never got the things for Kerry finished to collect that money for Chrissie).

The BIL had a teapot thing on at her gallery yesterday (those in Tassie might have seen mention of it on free to air tv it was mentioned in the ads for the Chrissie parade down there too). She was busy while there so I thought when I got the girls back to her place I would put a few things together for dinner for us so she wouldn't bitch about it. So...I made a potato salad...and got normal potatoes in a pot to cook (for those who don't like potato salad...Shell and Adam)...and cut up some carrots to cook too...She got ADAM (who had worked from 6:30am to 3pm then had to drive an hour to get to her place) to bbq the chicken pieces..THEN had the nerve to say while sitting eating it all "that was a quick and simple dinner"!!!!! For HER maybe!! I had to deal with super tired kids (cos they WOULDN'T go to sleep til after midnight..which is pretty normal down there..thy don't sleep til real late), lack of sleep for me in an uncomfortable bed and I am sick plus do all that ! She was lucky that she actually sounds GENUINLY grateful when I told her I did it.

Making Veggie Lasagna for dinner tonight (if I have the energy). I am off..Catch you all around! Happy knitting


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