Wednesday, September 26, 2007

When the daylight fades and night invades

My last night of being 37 years old, and I think I almost had a heart attack and died from laughing so hard at The Chaser tonight. Gawd those boys are damn funny.

Given the lack of blogging and photos in the last month, I thought I'd better make up for it with a couple of shots of Projects I'm Currently Working On.

Exhibit A:

Short and sweet

This is the start of the back section to the Short and Sweet bolero from The Happy Hooker. I'm using the Lincraft Bamboozle and it's fun making it up, but this pattern isn't really very economical on yarn. I think I'll be making the bolero longer, so will require a lot more Bamboozle at some stage.
Exhibit B:

Cable swatch

One of the first magazines I bought when I finally worked out how to read a pattern was Crochet Today, a magazine I detest on one level for being a Coats publication and therefore only using Coats/Moda Dea yarn, but yet I also love it for the number of patterns in every issue and them being brave enough to combine funky patterns for News Boy hats with patterns for doilies.

Anyway, this magazine had a pattern for a crochet cable fisherman's sweater which I absolutely loved, but I'd be buggered if I could visualise how those cables were formed. Eventually I tried this swatch and it was so simple and yet clever that I'm going to make the whole jumper in this grey/mauve Jet.

A random question - I'm headed to Wagga in early November for a family wedding. Anyone know of any yarn shops I should be patronising?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Something's frying on the floor below

Shhhhhh! Don't tell Mr QM I'm on the computer - he thinks I'm sitting in my sewing room gazing off into the distance listening to Tony Delroy. You see, I have "shovel arm" from a heavy weekend in the garden, and I've been confined to the sofa to do *gasp* nothing.

Those who know me well will know that this is nigh on impossible. Nothing? No cooking? No quilting? No crochet? No shovelling of mulch and hauling in a wheelbarrow to the back yard?

Last time I blogged, I was about to launch head first into Spiderweb Cardigan heaven. Which turned into hell - the last time I touched it was at the last Northside SnB. I'm unsure whether I really do not like how it's turning out, or whether the night
left a bad taste in my mouth and therefore has doomed all projects from that night into Crochet Hades. My only comment on the matter is this - Dude, you'd better hope that your rejection of 15 hip young knitters and crocheters was worth it to your business, because I for one frequented your choice establishment prior to all the rudeness, but will hesitate to ever again.

While the Spiderweb Cardy has been wallowing, several things have happened but alas there are no photos. Yet.

1. I started on Short and Sweet from Happy Hooker, using the Bamboozle from Lincraft

2. I now have a cleaner backyard, two veggie patches, a mulched area for a wine barrel salad garden, a designated compost station and a world of pain for my efforts. It was worth it though. Plus we finally got rid of the remnants of this cubby/tree house and swing set. Only took us 14 months.
Cubby house

3. I've ridden to work 4 times, and back home again. I'm aiming for 2-3 times a week. Plus Mr QM got a bike - the same as mine but a blokey one.

4. I got my Ravelry invite. Sadly, my profile is a bit sparse - I need a week of no arm pain to fill those fields up.

5. I started getting ready for the arrival of my beautiful parents this week. "Getting ready" means getting manic about the fact there are still 2 cubic metres of soil and mulch piled up on my nature strip, my lawn needs mowing (with the mower they bought us a year ago and which we have only used three times due to the drought), and the guest bedroom closet needs cleaning out. Of course they don't care about this stuff - but I do. And I anticipate cleaning the bathroom on my birthday, just hours before I pick them up at the airport. Cleaning bathrooms on my birthday? Not what I had in mind!

Plus I have just spent two hours looking at sock wool to order. Do you think I can decide? Do you think it is tempting to say "Bugger it - I'll order it all"? You'd be right on both counts.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

The sun is low, the air is still

It happens every spring. That anxiety about not having enough hours in the day to work, garden, craft, blog, take photos, play with my Blythes, meet up with friends, cook dinner, exercise, ring my parents, sing at choir.

So I've started a routine again.

Ride to work = exercise.
All day Sunday = gardening.
After dark = crafting.
Talk to parents on phone while digging holes in yard.
Who needs friends? Or Blythes for that matter? Or singing? They can wait until summer, surely.

Obviously I don't do well with routines.

Changing the subject to other matters, I have become reacquainted with the ACT public library service. It is really quite fabulous, and much cheaper than spending my lunch hour in Borders or Lincraft (not that there is anything wrong with that). After getting books and CDs the other day, I realised I needed a library bag - and not just any bag (this coming from the queen of bagmaking). I needed this one:

Library Bag

I used a pattern by Fiona Dalton from "The Crafter's Companion" and it was quite simply the easiest pattern I have ever followed. I've have this book for a while, but now want to make more stuff from it - everything in it is so beautiful.

After making the bag, I got distracted by this ...

Latest distraction

... when really, I should be making this ...

And this is what I should be making

Monday, September 3, 2007

Joy in threes #2

After a trying day at work, these three things make me super dooper happy (not as happy as winning the lotto and retiring from work forever, but happy nonetheless):

Every day the sun stays longer
By Friday, I want to ride this baby to work.

I need to make a quilted clutch bag to hold my bike locks. I currently carry them in my basket and they make quite a racket as I tear along the footpaths of Ainslie. I think this fabric would be perfect.

One day this patch of earth will be a vegetable garden
One day this bare patch of earth will be our vegetable garden. One day soon, I hope - but in the meantime it is fun to dream of snowpeas and carrots and coriander and rhubarb.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Joy in threes

Here are three things that made me very happy today.

Pleated Bag
My new crochet bag - the Pleated Bag from Amy Karol's book.

Nectarine blossom Wahlenbergia stricta Nectarine blossom
Spending the entire day in the garden.

Half-finished sock
A half-finished sock.