Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
- Knitted a scarf and another almost finished something which I will unveil later this week
- participated in eleven and a half hours of dance classes
- taught my twice a month quilt class here
- had another session over at Maryborough for the VicHealth Arts project I'm not allowed to tell you about yet.
- hiked next door to feed PND's goats and dogs each day for a week and a bit.
- joined David up to the local gym
- chopped wood
- read The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber. [ Okay I guess. Wouldn't bother buying them or rereading them - and that, for me, is saying something. If I'd read A Good Yarn first I probably wouldn't have bothered with the other one. Fluffy, predictable. Underwritten. Unrealistic characterisations but pleasant enough no-brain reads ... they're set in a yarn shop which is the only reason I picked 'em up in the first place but it's a little too " Hey, I'm writing a novel about knitters!" ]
- helped a very stressed friend move house in a hurry
- made samples and wrote up project notes for a magazine article ... more about that later ]
- fallen asleep on the couch several times [ I wonder why ]
Housework : bugger all
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Bold for stuff you've done [ I've also used purple again to make it easier to read]
italic for stuff you want to do and leave the rest normal
curved piecing by hand
curved piecing by machine
hand applique [ needle turned ]
hand applique tacked edges
hand applique with fusible / blanket stitch
reverse applique [ hand or machine ]
Afro-American improvisational style quilt
hawaiian applique / tivaevae
english paper piecing by hand
american piecing by hand
american piecing by machine
strip or string piecing
kaleidoscope or mandala [ not stack and whack]
quilted commercially with a longarm machine
3D folded flowers
made a quilt on commission
sold a quilt other than a commission piece
taught quilting at any level
stack and whack
stack and slash
Anjii's Angles [see link in side bar if you don't know what this is ]
embellished with embroidery, beads, etc
celtic applique / bias work
Amish style quilt
stained glass quilt [ any method ]
had an original design published
written a quilt book [ or in my case part of one ]
row by row
1930s or feedsack fabric [ only once for a shop so it doesn't count ]
1880s reproduction fabric
item for an animal
hand dyed fabric [ yours or someone else's]
full sized bed quilt
patchwork or quilted clothing
christmas themed [ quilt, wallhanging, stocking, etc ]
raffle quilt [ all or part ]
participated in a group challenge
exhibited a quilt overseas
made a prize winning quilt
... my darling daughter very quickly came up with several I'd missed. She obviously spent WAY too much time hanging with quilters when she was growing up!!! so:
impressionist flower garden quilt
biscuit puff quilt
One-of-a-Kind Quilt [ a la Judy Hopkins ]
and ones I meant to add and forgot:
freehand rotary cutting [ no rulers ]
bargello [ gawd how could I forget umpteen gazillion of them at class ]
if you want a giggle go visit Tanya who has posted a BAD quilting meme as companion piece to this one :]
You all know the drill:
Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing. It was a bit hard to see the difference between the bold and normal so I've also done the bold in purple
Knitting with metal wire [ maybe ]
Socks: toe-up [ one day ]
knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns [ was reading a how-to article today actually ]
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting [ not sure what they mean here ]
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn [ soon soon ]
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit [ dozens and dozens of 'em back when I was teaching Primary School Art /Craft in the 70s and early 80s ]
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn [ yes I admit it ]
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine [ nope but I've bookmarked plenty ]
Rug [ 70s!]
Knitting on a loom [ when I was a kid ]
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets [ does a crochet and felted cat basket count ?]
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Saturday, May 19, 2007
- the cold has progressed to what the pharmacist euphemistically referred to as a 'productive' cough. In other words it has taken up residence in my chest and ... no you don't need the mucus details. Use your imagination if you must. Of course, the only cough medicine that isn't going to reak havoc with my meds is so foul as to almost take away what little breath I still have.
- Pete-next-door has lost two of his does in the last couple of weeks. The vet thinks it was due to their being fed incorrectly not some dreaded goat pox that could waft over the fenceline and attack MY goaty girls. I'm looking after the remaining four next door for a few days while PND has a holiday. They all look fine thus far.
- Still on the subject of goats, it is now pretty safe to say that Ms Rosie's one night stand with Blackadder was successful. There will be cute kid photos in mid September.
- I have just found the cutest ever free pattern for a baby/toddler jumper here at Jimmy Beans
- We have had enough rain this last couple of days that the signed floodway on the road leading to MY road is actually flooding for the first time in years. Doesn't look like much I grant you, but the unwary might be in for a nasty surprise because there's a dip of the 'slow down or risk taking the bottom out of the car' variety right at that point. It's not like there's really been THAT much rain ... maybe 3"... probably wouldn't be over the road but for one salient point: the brains trust that designed the golf course which abuts the right hand side of this photo built one of the fairways right over the creek. So when it does actually rain, the water has nowhere to go.
- David gave me THIS for Mothers' Day: yup a Sheepie Knitting Bag
- and THIS is why I can't get up to answer the phone mid-raisin toast.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
and I'm trying to remember what my favourite books were back then.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
and saturday sky about 8am and up to 5 degrees from an overnight low of 3C .
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Just so you know: those teeny triangles are 1 1/2" square !!
For those who commented yesterday: the caboose is better today [ drugs! Lots of drugs ] which is just as well cos I spent the whole day learning how to do Nuno Felting. About which I will blog tomorrow.
Yes, you have to wait.
Practising patience will be good for you.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Apollo Bay [ or Polla Bay as the locals like to call it ] is a tiny hamlet on the southern coast, a holiday and retirement colony accessible only by one of two equally tortuous and dangerous roads and my destination for the weekend.
Once a year I make the 300 km/ 4 hour trip down to the coast to stay with my friend Judy and teach something to her patchwork group.
Of course the prospect of spending that long in the car with the broken backside wasn't thrilling but you've made a committment so that's what you do, right? ...and anyway if Judy could contemplate a visitor for the weekend and a 2 day class when she was getting back from CHINA about 2 hours ahead of my arrival ... well, nuff said, eh?
Okay. So the house was cleaned, provisions laid in for David and the live-in Carer, notes copied and bags packed.
First stop after one hour ... purely in the interests of taking the weight off my coccyx you understand ... was at Sebastapol near Ballarat and the best quilt shop in Victoria IMHO : Gail's Patchwork Emporium. I know some people rave about Quilter's Barn down at Loch and I know that the owner there is a great entrepreneur but it's never really been my cup of tea. For my money, it's always been Gail's, dating back to the days when it was called The Silver Thimble and operated out of her rumpus room. Back then, a carload of us would make pilgrimmage up from Melbourne a couple of times a year because she was the only one selling bali batiks, Hoffmans and hand dyes. Hard to believe now I know, but in the late 80s no one else was game to take the risk and carry fabric that was 'different'. These days, even though I only live an hour drive away, I mainly catch up with Gail at Symposiums and the like except for the annual jaunt to the coast.
After the obligatory free cuppa and bikkie and trip to the loo, the plastic was bent thusly: [ surprise! it's all japanese ... apart from the super cute santa pattern which was an astounding $18 for 2 pieces of paper and a photo, so I'd better make sure I use it, eh? ]
Back in the car, chugging across interminable stretches of farming country through Rokewood and Cressy until another hour or so later, I turned for the coast near Colac.
This last hour of the trip is up and over the spine of the Otway Ranges along hairpin curve after hairpin curve with vertiginous drops, and breathtaking views that I couldn't see because my eyes were glued to the road. I swear the sheep around there must have legs six inches shorter on one side because they'd fall over otherwise.
It wasn't too bad Friday because the rain had stopped but I have to tell you that this is NOT a road you want to travel in the rain [ like last year ] or after dark. The curves are so tight, and the road so narrow, that you can't see oncoming traffic until it's about 10 metres in front of you so no matter how vigilant a driver you are it's hairy to say the least, and there's about 40 km like that.
Note to the driver of the 4-wheel drive with boat trailer and cabin cruiser attached who rounded a curve on my side of the road : thanks for prooving just how good my tyres and breaks are fella!
Pleasant evening catching up with Judy's China news, good tucker, later to bed than was probably prudent ... didn't much matter. I had a pretty disturbed night's sleep anyway but that's normal ... and up bright and early for the day's activities: a Mystery Quilt class again. This time it was one I'd designed in probably the early 90s that fitted the brief the girls had given me: smallish and able to be manifestly completed in the 2 days.
That's probably enough photos for now so I'll show you the actual class stuff tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
- First up we have Happy Squishy Mail on Monday:
From Julia's unbelievable De-stash contest, this: glorious stretchy cotton / lycra handpainted sock yarn and pattern from Greenwood Fibreworks and one of Yarn Harlot's books.
Also a trio of magazines plus two at the newsagents. Two NZ Quilters, one QNM, one DUQ and Simply Knitting. It's all too much to take in so after a quick flip, I'm rationing myself. My brain goes into meltdown if too many mags arrive at the same time. Anyone else have that problem?
- I was booked to do a bellydance demo om Monday morning with my teacher for a bunch of senior cits. Woke up convinced that she wouldn't show so I took the CD player and music with me and threw in the clogs as well to be on the safe side. Ever heard of a self fullfilling prophecy? So I ended up doing a couple of eastern dances and then changed into the taps and gave them three clogging numbers: Sold, Old Hickory Lake and Bad Moon Rising. Guess who I ran into in town a half hour later and who is NEVER going to be allowed to forget that she forgot :]
- Yesterday was Purls' Princesses [ SnB without the bitching ] over at Daylesford so I showed off all my happy squishy mail, checked out the new yarn colours and knitted on the Hug Me Tight from Knit2Together. I just luuuurrrvvve this design. I'm doing it in BWMs Caprice [ 50% wool 50% alpaca 8-ply / DK ] and cast on 170 stitches last Thursday. First you knit a big rectangle in 2 x 2 rib which gets folded in half and partially seamed for the sleeves and then knit the lace separately before sewing it all together. Of course there will be amendments made. The lace in the pattern, pretty though it is, is an 18 row repeat with no plain 'resting' rows so I'm substituting one which is a 12 row repeat with alternate rows in plain knit. Don't know about anyone else but there is no way in hell I'm doing over 80" of a 6" wide lace pattern that I probably can't memorise and don't much care for anyway.
- I spent some time on the weekend hand painting some 12 ply [worsted] wool/angora from BWM and after rinsing and drying it, had it on the swift so that I could wind it into nice, neat centre pull balls with my nifty wool winder. I wandered off to feed the goats so Oakley in his infinite kindness decided to help me take it off that funny spinny thing. Whatwas a single 200 gram ball is now one big ball and one little one. Any suggestion s for what I can make with it? I have a couple of small balls of purple and blue in compatible weight that could go with it.
- The colour in that photo is more pink than it actually is so here's a closer approximation
- oh and this is Nadie looking very exotic at Cirque de Soleil last week. We didn't purchase the mask which was an absolute steal at ONLY $160 something. [ yes that was me being sarcastic in case you couldn't tell ] but she looked gorgeous so I snapped the photo as quickly as I could. She also took one of me but you're not seeing that one cos I deleted it.
- and last but not least ... on the quilting front I am out to the borders on Riley's Quilt and the next THREE projects are lined up and ready to go. What??? That's normal, right???? No I'm not starting them just yet. I have a Mystery Quilt Class to teach this weekend in Apollo Bay which involves a four hour drive each way so the broken coccyx and I are not planning on any unscheduled sitting at the machine, or in fact any where else if I can help it, for probably the next week... or two. Except for Mothers' Day. I'll have to drive down to Melbourne AGAIN for that I suspect.