Showing posts from March, 2005

away away!

G'day all!

We are going for a bit of a drive. Don't know where we are going exactly but hopefully we'll find some cheap accomodation along the way! Don't know how long exactly we'll be away for either. Possibly until Friday, maybe earlier.

Have a wonderful Easter break and I'll talk to you


Nathan's sock

G'day all!

Wow, our first almost frosty morning for the year! Very clear skies last night. The heating even kicked in! (We didn't have the thermostat on zero. No we are not Canadian....)

Two days ago I showed Nathan his new sock (note the singular sock). The I gave it to him.

Harry Potter fans, guess what he said next?

"You gave Nathan a sock. Nathan is FREE!"

He still hasn't tried it on and until he does try it on I am not starting the next one.


It fits! Details next time.


Has Lynne gone nuts?

G'day all!

I have been reduced to posting garbage bags on my blog:

But wait, is there something in that garbage bag?

I think there might be!

Let's take a peek inside:

It looks grey and sorta furry and shiny.

Let's take a closer look:

and here's a bit on my hand, which is about 20cm/8" long ( I have big hands for a female...)

Guess what it is?

I'll tell you next time I blog.... One hint - it is NOT cat fur!


My first novelty yarn

G'day all!

Now I know what you are thinking. Lynne has gone off her nut and bought more novelty yarns.

But no! Looky this:

This is the first novelty yarn I've spun. Well I call it a novelty yarn - you might call my other efforts novelty yarns too! LOL! I dyed up some yummy merino/15% silk:

in what I hoped would turn out to be dark and rich, brooding colours but the blasted deep blue went powder blue instead:

Then I spun up one ply with the occasional dash of a bit of purple or carmine fleece and another ply with some of Jacinta's hand-dyed silk wrapped around the ply. The silk is amazing, btw - when you fluff it up it becomes absolutely gorgeous. Light bright and wonderful! I plied the two singles together and threw in the occasional little bit more silk to add some more colour. It is mostly between what we in Australia call a 5 or an 8 ply (DK or a thin worsted). There is over 120m in the 50g

Then I gave it to a friend for her birthday. I had dyed it up for her - sh…

A few pics from the S&C show

G'day all!

I have been very slow getting these pics up! This is partly because I had to finish a couple of present for people over the weekend and also cos I had sooo many pics to edit!

The Stitches and Craft show is one of the biggest events in Melbourne for crafters. It has a definate female bias.... Lots of quiltworking, needlework, scrapbooking, beading, various weird things that you may not have heard of, and a random selection of yarns.

So what goodies did I get?

OK, let's start off with a confession. Yes I did buy the novelty yarns, six for $5 per bag. Two bags cos I really like the fake fur in purple and in red, and the funny white/green/brown one will be just someone else's cup of tea:

Plus I bought three balls of a 100% wool. No it is not black and white. It is black, white and lavender only lavender is not a good colour for the camera to pick up against such contrasty colours:

OK, confession over. Here's the good stuff.

A minute amount of Colinette from Sar…

El quicko!

G'day all!

Just a quick one. It's been an interesting few days. Went to the Stitches and Craft show. Others thought it dull, I enjoyed it. Each to their own.

I shall do some pics of the new additions to the stash tomorrow- it is too late for me to do them tonight. 'Twil take about another hour to code them in and I have to get up early tomorrow and go to **** - that horrible four letter word.

Much sadness - one of the skeins of Noro that I bought is stinky with mothballs. The most expensive skein is the stinky one of course! Mothballs/naphthalene makes me as sick as a dog. I'll stay sick for a day afterwards. It does something weird to my nervous system it seems. Anyway, what this means is that I can't use the skein of wool as it is. Any ideas?

One of the cats is a right escape artiste - she managed to get out of the cat run when I thought it was cat proof.... Not that the cat run is particularly large or well made since I spent the morning enclosing the …

You know you are a sad puppy when...

G'day all!

I am a sad puppy - I sit and read my own blog and get amused by what I write. Golly, some of this is sorta interesting I think. It is the sorta stuff I like to read. Plus some of the pictures are pretty good. Oh heck, this is my blog!


OK, what have we got today?

More pictures! Yes, after a famine comes a feast of pictures. I think I'll have to spread them out a bit.

Here's some recent spinning. I've been slowly spinning up a fairly fine yarn with the pale gelati fleece. Here's the fleece all prepped and ready to rock and roll:

and here's some singles

and here's a little hank - about 24g and well over 100m, only I can't remember what I counted on the niddy noddy now. It is skewed to the blue end cos that is where I broke off the spinning - it had more blue repeats than any other colour.

In actual fact, rather than spinning it slowly, I am spinning it very very quickly - you should see how fast my poor treadling foot has to go to spin thi…

A perfect Sunday drive

G'day all!

What a marvellous weekend it was!

Perfect weather - in the low 30s compared to about 12 the week before. We are talking real numbers here - Celsius. Blue sky. Sun. A drive to the beach.... Air conditioning....

I drove down to Dromana, which is about 60-odd km southish of where I live, except you have to take a bit of a detour eastwards around Port Phillip (the bay that Melbourne sits on/around).

My reasons for driving down were ostensibly to visit this shop, but despite the website saying it is open on Sundays from 9-3, it was unexpectedly shut. The lady in the craft shop along the way was surprised. I was a little disappointed but hey I was at the beach and everything was alright!

Really, I wanted to go to the beach. I haven't been to the beach all summer and I figured this was my last chance. Himself doesn't like sand and didn't come along. He had other things to occupy him so I took off.

Bay beaches are very quiet, gentle sorts of beaches mostly. If …

It lives!

G'day all!

Yes it lives! It is also mighty glad that it can't smell a thing at the moment (admittedly this means it can't taste anything apart from things like vinegar either, which is a downer). Yes while this critter lives, apparently another one has died under the house again. This is an ongoing saga that we are getting somewhat over.... Anyway I can't smell it so it isn't affecting me.

What a week it has been. I've spent 3.5 days at home with this rotten bug and I still sound like someone has put a peg on my nose. You reckon Aussies are nasal normally? Well if only you could hear my husky nasal voice right now!

On a different note, my boss fanged on me yesterday about something where I was trying to save work's money and I nearly resigned on the spot. Totally over work. I have this need to feel like I am contributing and I don't feel like I am contributing at all at present. OK, so I am getting a work trip to Brisbane next week, but honestl…

martian death sinuses

G'day all!

Well what a fun couple of days it has been. The sorts of days that make me really really glad I don't have kids. Yes I rediscovered the joys of infected sinuses! Yaaaaaay!

I have been doing things slowly but jeez, it has been slow! A bit of spinning but cos it is a fluey type sinus thing I can't sit in one position for long. A bit of knitting, only Cheshire has taken a liking to attacking the knobs on the end of the needles and appears to have a very high pain threshold cos when they whack her she just keeps on trying to bite them.... I am not particularly sure that she is very bright cos she hasn't put two and two together and realised that I control the needles. (though she just opened a sliding door!) I am trying to discourage her with flailing needles, NO and finger taps on paws and noses but alas she just does not get the hint. Plus I discovered that the BLASTED MICE had gnawed the knob on the end of my 10mm poplar needles! The ones I bought in Lo…

Melbourne blahs

G'day all!

Well what a week of contrasts it has been. Started the week off feeling pretty good but waaaay TOO HOT! Now we are wishing we had a bit of good weather. It was freezing yesterday (in the sense that a Melburnian understands it, which really means that we had about 10-15 degrees Celsius to go before it reached freezing) and today it is mild but no more than that. Blasted weather should be much nicer today cos it is the day of the Melbourne Grand Prix (yes, the rest of Australia calls it the Australian Grand Prix, but it is OURS! All OURS! Well at least for as long as the world motor sport body decides we should have motor sports here).

Let's have a picture or two of some of the things I've been spinning recently:

This single is one from the recent dyeing experiments. It came up like the colours for a football club that used to be in Melbourne but merged with a power team in the league and moved to Brisbane. I've called it Fitzroy.

And the Navajo plied yarn…