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Friday, 26 June 2009


So having had a small time free of orders to get some much needed UFOs finished I find myself again in the grip of orders to fill. I am far from complaining!! Very much happy to have them. I am just amused that they all come at once instead of a slow steady flow.

I am currently working on a pair of leg warmers for a 7yo girl who's mother I went to high school with. I am hoping to get them done quickly. The pattern is going to be time consuming and need concentration (runs 2 different cables at same time) and it's also in black so going to be a "work in light only" thing (which ya know, is damn near impossible in winter in Tasmania!!!)..

My other order is for an adult woman's jumper for winter as well as a beanie for same person. I am looking forward to doing these. They will be nice mindless knitting while watching TV because they are very much round and round stocking stitch so no worry. It will be done in BWM midnight tweed which is a gorgeous colour that I have also for myself to knit a jumper at some point.

I currently have no piccies to show you all. I am waiting on an sms from the little girl who received the 7th in 12 child's jumper, I hope her mummy hasn't forgotten. It was handed over 2 nights ago and it seemed little Jasmine loved it very much. No one else was allowed to touch it. She danced around the room with it. And then tried to put it on over the top of her jacket and jumper she was already wearing. And her mum loved it too and thanked me a lot.

The weather here has been sooooo lovely!! Nice and cold, some rain (would love more!!). Perfect winter weather.

Happy knitting all! Hope you all have a great weekend! It's a double header for me. Saturday night is Moto and Sunday night is Superbikes! So whooohooo!!


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Friday, 19 June 2009


Since finishing my cardigan I have been productive and working my way through my UFO list.

First up I finished Rachelle's School Convertibles to match her school hat. I have plans on writing this pattern up and making it available because I honestly think they are very useful for children on cold school mornings.

Then I finished up my 7th child jumper out of my 12 in 12 kids jumpers for 2009. It's much smaller then the pattern claims it would be. I am not sure if this is a pattern fault or a Katt fault because I didn't use cotton like the pattern calls for. But its gorgeous and soft and now I need to find a little 2-3yo to fit it (I have one or two in mind). I made the sleeves longer then the pattern called for so it would at least suit our winters in Australia.

I am now going to be working on my Finnish friends socks for winter. It seems their summers aren't so warm either (though its big Finnish "mid summer" celebrations this weekend with bonfires and drinking. Antti is off to his friends summer house for fun).

I have also started work on my new pattern design. Child's jumper (which will be 8th of 12 in 12). Hoping it comes out even close to how I have it visualized in my mind. We will wait and see I guess.

With my carers allowance recently that came in I got my Wii and Wii Fit! I have been working out 1hr each day hoping to see signs of it working SOMETIME soonish!! Feeling it in my calves though!! Yikes they hurt..Lets hope its all worth it in the end!! Oh and the girls are loving using it too.

Happy knitting all


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Tuesday, 16 June 2009


And now time for what you have all been waiting for!!!!

Mr Green Jeans! Purple style. Excuse the wrinkles on the sleeves. (I think
hubby needs to weed the cement a tad too)
My Skull and crossbone buttons.. *LOVE*
Cables across the bottom of the back (oh wrinkles!!)

And a better view of the colour of my hair. Its faded a little since when first done. Have to give it another go again soon I think.

So now you have seen my first BIG project for me. In the end I took the single button off. Sewed close the button hole. Added 2 big studs inside and put the button (and the spare one I had) on the outside. I am much happier now. If I make this again I will be making it with 2 button holes to start with.

Okies folkies! Take care! Happy knitting. Have a great week!!


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Monday, 15 June 2009

Pumpkin Coconut Curry Soup

1 baby butternut pumpkin (peeled, gutted and chopped)
1 medium sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
1 medium onion (diced)
800ml of chicken stock
curry powder to taste
1 can of coconut milk

Put cut up veggies into a pot with the stock. Simmer til veggies are soft. Add curry powder to taste. Simmer another 10 minutes. Mash with a potato masher til mostly smooth.

Add coconut milk and simmer another 15minsutes.

While at end of cooking make your own croutons to add to soup.

Cut up Bread into 5cm cubes. Place cooling rack on baking tray. Lay pieces of bread on tray and bake @ 100C til bread is dried.

Serve in bowl with croutons.

Regular postings will resume soon with piccies. Had to share this, girls and I had it for dinner tonight.


Saturday, 13 June 2009

Its done

Yet to be photographed but was worn today to the WWKIP day Tasmania edition (held at Ross). I have made something BIG for me! And I love it mostly (I can now see other modifications I would have done if known). Wore it out tonight while grabbing dinner and ooooh so warm!!

I notice the knew Knitty is up. Nothing overly thrilling as far as I am concerned though I will be making a pair of Outside In socks...And its very good to see a pair of Vulcan friendly handwarmers (inner geek in me there screaming to get out).

But best bit is now I am past the demand knitting. I can relax and finish up UFOs and cast on new things and enjoy knitting at a casual pace again. I have to get my butt into the 12 in 12s again finish up number 7 and keep going (plan on using these to work on a design or three).

While at WWKIP day I splurged out and got myself some very lovely hand spun, hand dyed wool from Jo. She is soooo talented I hope to be as good as her one day (if I learn to spin! lol) I am yet to decide what to do with them. I got these (Rav links!!) Puddle Jumping and Warm Autumn Days. I am considering doing the girls a jumper each with a complimenting colour for main part and Jo's work in either cuffs of a pattern of some sort. Will have to think about it.

I also picked up 2 balls of Cascade 220 Heathers I am yet to work out what to do with.

Okies folkies that will do for now. Next time piccies for sure!! Have a great weekend and Happy knitting.


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Monday, 8 June 2009


Fin!! And I dont mean the nordic kind. I have finished the ordered lil devil sets!! I am soooo glad to see the end of them too. As much as I love making them, I am sick of them because I have done so many hats and pants in the past 2 months. But I am happy with how they ended up. Even the light pink set which I was a little wary about but finished I am impressed with and think it will look very cute next to the twin in the red set.

So now I can get back to other things that need to be finished before Friday (which is when many from all over Tassie are getting together for our WWKIP day get together).

I am going to have to organise what I plan on knitting next Saturday too.

I would love to get my 7th of my 12 in 12 kids jumpers finished..I so want my beret done before it gets much colder. And my finnish friend has made mention of wanting his socks cos it seems to be cold in Finland at the moment (even for summer).

I have a new pattern design swimming around in my head I would love to get free moment to get my hands into getting on the go. A childs jumper which if it ends up like my vision will look great!! But time is not my friend at the moment. Though I think it will be one of my free jumpers I will be giving out when done (that helps with testing and the challenge..lol).

It would seem that hubbys cousin is out of hospital. If anyone reads the local newspapers for Tasmania she was the "ambo driver" that was in hospital (the only Tassie to be put in hospital for it). I havent heard anything about how the baby is doing though.

Ok everyone. Stay safe. Take care and happy knitting to all!


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Thursday, 4 June 2009

A few on the go

Finally we are getting rain here!! I love rain! Best is laying in bed listening to rain fall on the windows at night while going off to sleep. Winter is certainly coming! Which is great. I love this weather..

Hubby has been working a lot of late. Not many people at work with 2 of the office people off on holidays so he is pulling 7 days this week. By Sunday he will have worked 11 days straight!! Bet he is going to be a moody male by then.

The girls are on school holidays at the moment. Have entertained them as much as I can with no transport and bad weather (Taxis cost a bit of late). Planning on taking them to the movies next week I think. Would have loved to have gone to see Grandma this holidays but unless Hubby gets days off next week its just not going to happen.

Today I thought I would show you a few of the project I have on the go currently (almost full list is on Ravelry for anyone interested).

Firstly is the socks for a dear friend of mine in Finland. I have a while to get these finished because its only just gone summer in Finland. He likes the colour so far so thats all that matters. Using 2 balls of sock wool held doubled, no point in making sock weight wool socks for someone in Finland. I want his feet to be WARM.

Below is the 7th childs jumper of my 12 in 12 for 2009. I just have the sleeves to go, which I will be making long sleeved with ruffles at the bottom. This is meant to be a size 3-5yrs. I think it will be lucky to be a 3yo. Currently it looks lovely as a size 1 dress.

Below is a rather long on going scarf I am making for myself (started several months ago and not very far into it). Its the Yarn Harlots 1 row scarf. Being done in Malabrigo Igot for myself. I have hardly touched this in weeks/months. I really should work on it sometimes to get a few more rows going on it. Maybe..I have no time! The beret I made out of same wool I ripped back and have restarted into a new beret for myself (which I am finding the small rolled brim is not looking big enough. Only done 11 rounds might rip back 6 of them and do a few more for a bigger roll).

Today I am finishing up the second hat of the little devil sets I am doing. Then just the pink set to go and I am done. To say I am rather over this order is an understatement. I have enjoyed doing them. But I so wish to be knitting other things. I want to finish up UFOs..I want to cast on new things. I just want to be doing something else. But they will be done soon I hope and then I can get back to other knitting.

Got a phone call today from the BIL. Hubbys cousin has been diagnosed with Swine Flu. She is in hospital. Make it worse she is in second trimester of her first pregnancy. We are just hoping both her and the baby are ok. Havent seen K in a long time. Will be holding off on knitting for the baby I think til I know her and it is ok.

Okies folkies..Quick post for you all to see what sort of things are going on in my life at the moment.

Happy knitting all!


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Monday, 1 June 2009

Drowning in knitting

I am still working my butt off on knitting projects. Working through projects on the go and filling orders.

Yesterday I cast on and finished an ordered brim hat (to break my bordom of the devil sets). While at it I wrote up the pattern and tossed it up on Ravelry for everyone to enjoy the use of. I have made this hat before and have one for sale through my etsy shop (the one pictured below is that one for sale). I finished up Trevs black version of it yesterday only several hours after starting (the joys of chunky knitting).

I have gotten down to 1 leg needing to be done on the second set of baby pants (oh and the tail and icord tie), then the hats and the second set is done.

FINALLY my bendigo wool has turned up!! Adam picked it up on the way to work today so I have to wait til he gets home. took them 11 days for it to turn up mind you!! Shocking considering it doesnt have to travel very far!

I have also worked on the 7th of my 12 in 12 jumpers (wouldnt mind getting the body finished today before getting back to the baby pants). Would love to get the sleeves for my cardigan started soon. Oh, and I have been working slowly every so often on the gloves for Rachelle for school.

The weather is lovely of late..I just wish it would rain a bit!!

The other day I made an apple cake and a banana loaf. They were both all gone 2 days later! No sooner had the cake come out of the oven had we cut big slices off it whacked cream on it and ate it warm!! Soooo good!! And the apples grew in my own backyard!!

Currently the house is in different stages of snuffles. Mine started out as a sore throat over a week ago and now i a snotty and congested a little. Its amazing how slow its moving. But I have no urge to snuffle for truffles so that's good!!

Tomorrow (or day or two later) I will try getting few piccies of knits I have been working on. And a good piccie of my hair!! Every time we have tried getting a good piccie it shows it as more brown then it is now.

Okies folks! Have a great week! Happy knitting


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