Monday, November 23, 2009

A bit of fun

A Wordle of my blog. Who knew I'd said caramel so many times?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The simple things.

So I'm knitting a blanket square to be a part of a blanket made for someone who needs some love right now.
In my brain, the effort put into the square should be proportionate to my knitting skill level, and to the level of love and support I'm wanting this person to feel. So I picked the wool, and trawled ravelry for the perfect blanket square/dishcloth pattern. The only requirements are that it is made from 100% wool and is 20cm square. I couldn't find anything that was coming close to my self-imposed standards, and I was beginning to get a bit flustered.
And then I stopped.
And realised the reality of the situation- the point is the love that it's made with, not how intricate it is. And not only that, but the joy of creating it, just simply creating, was far from my state of mind at that point, because I was trying to make it so perfect and impressive and wonderful.
So I stopped looking.
And then did this:

And breathed. And just let myself knit.
I even did this to check out my guage (because I do need it to be 20cm square for the sake of the person who'll have to sew them all up!)

And then undid it after checking guage. I cast on 44 stitches in lovely apple green 8ply wool and am doing a very very simple pattern.
And I'm loving it. And am hoping it lifts the spirits if it's recipient when it's done and sewn in along all the other squares knitted with love.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tonight's Work

I made some real progress on my little girl's quilt tonight. A friend told me about chain piecing- let me tell you it has already revolutionized my quilting life. Tonight I made 15 blocks - I can't quite believe it!
And here they all are ... With the rest of the blocks already done.

They don't look like much, but here are 35 9" squares, all sewn, ironed, trimmed and ready to be pieced together to make my first quilt top. I'm very pleased with my progress tonight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two creations, both delicious!

Two more important things in my life to share with you all.

Number one gets me through the day, and my palette has forever been altered so I cannot consume any bad or poorly created versions.

Mmm. Coffee.

And number two is more of a group of creativity than a singular creation- desserts! In this case I'll share a picture of an attempt to make a caramel tart. I'd boiled a tin of sweetened condensed milk (still in the tin, in a saucepan, the tin covered with water) to make caramel but I don't think I boiled it for long enough, the caramel turned out very light. I then blindbaked a circle of shortcrust pastry in a muffin tin, poured the caramel in ... Mmm. Very yum.

And yes, it is in my daughter's Winnie the Pooh Royal Doulton cereal bowl :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Some things to catch up on (since the camera cord is now found!)

Some fingerless gloves to wear on the train while going to work. In winter. Which is when I made these .... about 4 months ago. Knitted from Bendigo Woolen Mills Classic 100% wool.
And I did make two even :)

A lovely swirly dressup skirt made for my little girl while she had rest time one day. The whole skirt is made of fabric strips (from stash, of course) looped onto a black piece of denim type material. Not made for wearing outside the home, but for dressing up and spinning around in (as three year olds love to do).

And finally, just some vegies while I was cooking them. Why? I just love the purple and green yumminess that spanish onion, zucchini and green capsicum create.

Another confession to make

What's this then??

That can't be .... QUILTING ... can it??

But this little blogger isn't a quilter .... is she?


Apparently I didn't have enough crafts to not have time to do.

And, not only am I piecing, cutting, buying fabric (even though I started out wanting to use the fabric in my stash ... I was going to be so virtuous!), and buying BATTING of all things. Mmm. Batting. I don't think I knew what that was a few months ago.

Not only that ... but I can't start with something normal and simple like a doll quilt, or a baby quilt, or even a lap quilt ... it has to be a single bed quilt for my little girl. So she'll use it for a long time.


But enough melodrama! I've been cruising blogland and come across some things that really just inspired me to take my love of fabric in another direction - a very addictive, lovely, and in this case, red with touches of yellow, direction :)

One of my new favourite blogs is Amanda Jean. I've been so inspired by her creativity, the amount of WIP's she has and the amount of quilts she's finished, the fact she's doing it all with kids as well ... let me encourage you, it's well worth the read (and the ongoing web-stalking for new posts!)
And it was this quilt with this tutorial that signed the deal for me.

So there you go. A knitter, a sewer, a wool dyer (dye-er?), a cook, a domestic engineer, a worker, and now a quilter. As if there wasn't enough to try to find the time to do! But I am really enjoying it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Don't tell my mother...

But I really like gardening. Yup. So much that I lost an hour of my life tonight while weeding, pruning, and watering - but it wasn't a loss, it was totally a gain. I was by myself, the sun was setting, a bird came and sat on the fence and watched me sitting quietly in front of a big patch of weeds that soon became a lovely clear patch of soil.
Perhaps I'll grow some carrots there, or maybe some cucumber, or maybe a watermelon plant. Maybe I'll take down a patch of the white climbing flowery thing that hangs across a piece of lattice on the fence and plant some climbing beans. Maybe I should get a more established Rosemary plant because the cutting really didn't take. Should get into the front garden at some point too.
I love being outside. I love the fix-it high I get when you see a big patch of weeds, and pull them out and reveal the lovely brown underneath. I love seeing the rewards of your labour in such a tangible way. I love things I never realized I would like.
And that's why you can't tell my mother. She might think I'm becoming like her :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Spring growth in Gardenland

My garden has been growing and here's some photos to prove it. Firstly, a tomato plant that started it's life in my garden at 30cm high...

And some lovely little tomatoes on it ... With some weeds in the background too!

And finally, some basil. The background plant has been eaten by a hungry snail or two, the foreground plant somehow managed to escape that gastronomic attack.

I love my garden. Don't really know what I'm doing but I muddle on anyway.

Monday, November 2, 2009

What once was lost is now found.

Tonight has been an exciting night for this little blogger. I shall present to you in no particular order the reasons why.

1. My children went to sleep at a reasonable hour.

2. I worked out an acceptable outfit to wear to work tomorrow for Melbourne Cup Day (which for those potential non-Aussie readers, is the horse race that stops the nation!).

3. I found a very significant piece of jewelery which I havent seen for the last 2 months. There had been much searching and gnashing of teeth and I was beginning to give up on finding it.

4. I found my camera cord to download my photos onto my computer!!! This is not more exciting than finding my jewelery but is still right up there. 607 photos later (since April of this year) I am now up to date.

5. I downloaded this application for my (new!) iPhone, in which I am currently communicating with you. I forsee alot more blogging in my future as the continuing wonders of modern technology bring my thoughts to the blogosphere. I can almost hear the gasp of excitement from you all :)

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