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A progress update

Just a quick update to show I am actually getting somewhere. My vintage jumper knitting project is looking a little bigger now. I am just about ready for armhole shaping, but I think I have a cable cross to come first.

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The indoors garden is only going half as well as I had hoped. Only the mustard is sprouting. This is understandable as the seeds were all very old. But I had hoped that maybe two out of four would take. Oh well, at least I know now.

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Lazy afternoon

I’m having a relaxed day today, it is lovely. I’ve slept in, flooffed away the last of my morning, popped on my new Erstwilder brooch, then set out to trawl a local op shop. It just seemed a good start to a fairly aimless day. I came away with some interesting vinyl records and a cute pinstripe pencil skirt, so yeah, good.

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Now I’m getting in a few rows of knitting while I test out a new local bakery cafe. I have been meaning to get to Lift for some time and I’m not disappointed now that I’m here. The staff are lovely and everything looks tasty and exciting. I’ve just polished off a homemade chicken and leek pie with salad. I’m not usually a side salad fan, but this one I liked, I actually ate it all! The pie was impressive, I don’t ordinarily go in for those either, but it helps when the person recommending it to you is the one who made it (and is proud of their work). It was especially flaky on top and good and chunky inside. What’s not to love?

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So now I’m knitting away, sipping on an in-house soda, pine mint, and contemplating finding room for a homemade eclair and a cold drip coffee. Perhaps to take away, that doesn’t sound do bad, right?

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A ‘garden’, out of the blue

Looks like there may be call for a small tea party or crafternoon tea around here in the near future. I have, rather randomly, decided to do a bit of sprouting again. It’s been at least 2 years since I did it last. That’s a long time between cress cream cheese cucumber finger sandwiches!

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That is cress on the left and mustard on the right, another classy sandwich favorite.

I have some spring onion and baby spinach going too. I haven’t sprouted those before. I’m unsure yet if I’ll cut them young for use in salads and sangas, or if I’ll turn them over to my housemate Miss Betsy for replanting in her slightly more legitimate garden.

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Testing, testing…

Test post sent from WordPress app on my new mobile phone. Let’s see how it goes.

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Dodgy impromptu pic of my WIP taken on this mornings bus ride to work. Yay for commute knit-blogging!

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Oh my, wow. Just wow.

Check out this amusing article I just spotted in today’s MX (the free transit newspaper here in Brisbane).

Who knew knitwear could be used as a get out of jail free card?  Not me!
Who knew knitwear could be used as a get out of jail free card? Not me!

ROFL!!!

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Iron Cake

It was the boyfriend’s Birthday yesterday.  I had made the mistake of asking what design he’d most like to see immortalized atop sponge.  Normally I just surprise him and considering how difficult his choice turned out to be, I will go back to choosing for myself next year.  So I present to you all, my latest creation, an Iron Man cake.

 

I wish now that I had included something in this pic to give a sense of scale.  As I did not, you will have to take my word for it.  This baby measures up at just over 30 cm square.

Sadly not my best cake ever, but it does look somewhat like the Golden Avenger, and I assure you it does taste great.  How I managed to make ol’ Shell Head look so overwhelmingly sad, I cannot say.  Those white dots?  Well, yeah, it is harder than I thought to make your icing look like outer space.  LOL!

 Maybe I overthought this one.  In an attempt to be more organized about the whole cake decorating process I made up templates and colour references galore.  I did help I suppose.  This is the first time I have been on time with one of his cakes.  Ordinarily I am either up all night the day before or still elbow deep in icing halfway through the party.

For next year I am thinking maybe I’ll do Hawkgirl or an Ant Man.  Dunno.

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I finally did it!

I got a tetanus shot, whoo!  Yeah, the same one I have been putting off since mid September last year.  I am a huge wuss, it goes without saying.  I knew I’d be fine, but I am unreasonably fearful of needles.  Unfortunately knowing just how unreasonable it is, hasn’t made it go away yet.  Not good considering that it is my goal to donate blood someday, it would seem that it will take me a long time to work my way up to that.  Oh dear.

 So anyway.  This now means I am allowed to process raw fleece, about time too.  I have some stinky corriedale, English Leicester and alpaca.  I have carders (thanks again Dad for getting those, you rock) too.  Now I can make me some rolags of spin-able fibre, yippee!  Actually, maybe I’ll begin with one of my bags of bright mystery wool from the fibre stash (Yes, I already have one of those.  Yes, I know that is sad.) 

Yeah, maybe this one?  Well, as you can see the investment was not a large one and it is certainly colourful enough.

I have a finished object to show you all.  For once *ahem*  Last Friday, the boyfriend casually mentioned we had a 1st birthday party to attend on Sunday.  Aw crap, seems he still doesn’t realise that events like this require knitting.  Though I don’t think he had a whole lot more notice himself, so it isn’t a huge deal.  So what can I whip up in just over a days knitting time?  Well, technically most little kiddie items can be whipped up in a day and a half if you don’t have anythingelse to do and you are not attached to working in fine gauges.  But see I decided to go with something small, considering that I am not to be trusted when it comes to crafting within a set time-frame.   So here it is…

The pic doesn’t really show it, but I made this thing a tad big.  It is my hope that it will be a perfect fit by winter.  I was able to get it over my noggin without trouble, so it should be right.  Poor little fella was not impressed at having to wear this thing in the lunch-time heat.  I don’t blame him and was quite happy for him whip it off in a second.  His grandma kept putting it back on though, I couldn’t tell you why really.  Like I said, poor little fella.

Here is one that shows off the yarn.  I am quite proud of the dye-job, which I did as soon as I got home Friday night after work.

Everything I had in stash was too girlie.  Some would have been OK had he been a newborn still.  But this little man is into running about and I didn’t see him crawl once.  So he isn’t a baby anymore, he needed a more blokey hat.  I nearly went with a camo look, but I am so glad I went with blue over khaki.  It suits him.

The green and blue are both Easter egg dyes, though the green has been brightened up with a little fluro food colour.  A recent acquisition from the US that.  The black is food colouring.  What’s new here is that I didn’t use Wilton’s for once.  No,  I used Queen, an old Aussie staple.  I am quite surprised that it worked wonderfully.  I loved the way the black behaved and I was able to get it to do exactly what I wanted without fuss.  I will be buying more of this for my stash for sure.  It is hard to get in the black mind you, I have only ever seen it once (Coles, Myer Centre in Brisbane just for reference).  I started buying Wilton’s because I like to used a fair bit of marzipan when I do flash cake decoration.  Queen is no good for it, being liquid.  The powder colours I have found around here suck, so I ended up with Wilton’s gel.  I have been using it ever since, so never considered liquid for yarn dyeing either.  Well, after this weeks success, I will be testing out more colours.  Stay tuned.

Now, just what on earth do I do with the other 2 and a half balls?  Heh 🙂

I have been making progress on the monumental nursing shawl I am knitting for Lady Llanalla.  I have reached the halfway point, yarn-wise.  However, I have not reached the halfway point, length-wise.  This means I need more yarn, of course.  A significant hurdle indeed.  Not only did I choose tho use a yarn that is not available in Australia, it was ordered about 7 months ago.  I have Buckley’s chance of getting more of the same dye lot.  Pooh!  So I have been searching Ravelry for Knit Picks shine sport in peoples trade/sell pages.  I figure that with 2 balls of cream and another two of an entirely different colour will do the trick.  Oh yeah!  I was waaaaay off the mark.  I have found a number of prospects and have been sending out messages, I just hope I get a bite.  I found a fair few stashes of other tempting things while I was searching.  Like alpaca/silk blended Andean Silk and Shimmer, which is a pretty lace weight.  Heh, just another reason to love Ravelry.

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