Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Take two

I've just spent an hour writing a carefully crafted post
uploading photos
polishing each phrase and sentence

Blogger ate it

I'm tired, it's 2 degrees and I can hear my 'lectric blanket's siren song, so I'm afraid you're getting the bare bones version:

- Nadie and The Boy are back from balmy Queensland and she's probably still complaining about the weather in Victoria as I type ... it was zero degrees last night. She has a point.

- The Boy made sure that I had split fire fodder before they left [ definite future son-in-law points ]

- Sophie, Oakley, MissC and especially Bear are happy that the greycoated invaders have gone back down south

- After complaining bitterly for 5 days, Suki didn't want to go home and took refuge under my bed.

- I didn't end up going to Quilting - tired, sore back, couch, quilt, zzzzz

- the 'black' eye is now mostly yellow

- question for you - should I sew this up as a beanie ? or leave part of the seam open, add some red ties and call it a bonnet?

- another dozen squares to go to South Africa [ that blue and red one in the bottom left corner is cashmere and alpaca - minute leftover balls of beautiful yarns that I couldn't bear to throw out, so this is a perfect use for them ]

- started this yesterday morning:

because if I keep knitting 2ply lace shawls, I'll never make a dint in the stash, but I need to take a break from making squares so this little shoulder warmer seemed like a good way to use up some Moda Vera Arcoboleno from S*******t [ heartless, souless big-box craft chain store ]. It's a wool/acrylic thick and thin singles yarn of the sort that is generally described as looking like handspun ... except that any spinner I know would be embarrassed to produce anything this uneven. It has character and texture and a glorious mix of blues, purples and teal which this night-lit photo doesn't do justice to, and will knit up quickly on 9mm KP Harmony circs

- and the new quilt
I found a good sized piece of this batik at the Op Shop for the princely sum of 50 cents and for a reason that I can't fully verbalise, I could just see wattle in bloom. Why I don't know, because there's no yellow in it and precious little green ...
so out with the gold oil paint
there's no guarantee that this is what it will end up as, but just to give you some sense of the genesis of an idea
bare winter landscape, pieced in tree trunks, and drifts of bright wattle, to make a robe shaped quilt ... perhaps for Ameratsu the japanese goddess of winter
less tree trunks I think
but you get the idea


Robbyn said...

Umm, I like the bonnet idea myself, but I keep wondering if the beanie would be more practical?

I shall avidly watch the progress on the new quilt/robe - interesting piece of fabric. Hooray for Op shops :)

ozjane said...

are we talking baby bonnet...big headed baby.......
Yep even I am feeling must be......
of course idiot me had a sore tummy so I turned the heater off.
Very silly move.
Moggie is in bed....Mummy is coming....
check out my Word for Wed for cute grat...whatever photos.

Blessings each day said...

So sorry to hear blogger ate your hard does some sad things to me, like eating my comments, esp. if they're long and I put time into them!

That would be such a pretty bonnet, but it will be pretty no matter hat your choice. Can we see the final product?

Nice to have visitors (Bear might not even say that) but so nice to get things back to your way, too!!

Haven't seen a shoulder warmer in my knitting books, but it looks good and would come in handy around here when it's cold as Michael doesn't believe in heat.

Guess what? Due to you and the patient explaining and all, I CAN see wattle in that pattern! I like wattle.

blessings and hugs,


Bernie said...

I too like the bonnet idea but I am sure whatever you do it will be lovely.
I love what you started yesterday, especially the neck line, did you call it shoulder warmer?
Hope your feeling better my friend, love and prayers...:-) Hugs

Kylie said...

I'm going to disagree with the others and say beanie.Sorry. I really like your shoulder warmer :)
Stay warm.

Lynne said...

I agree with your description of the chain craft/fabric store! But sometimes...

I look forward to seeing the progress of your homage to winter!

It's cold in western Sydney too - 2*C at 8am!

Anonymous said...

A bonnet.
I can also see the wattle. LOL
Glad the eye is getting better.
That Store is good for somethings.