Monday, 31 December 2007

Road Trip

Having fulfilled all familial Christmas duties, Joe & I hopped in the car, and headed south!
He thought I wanted to stop at the woollen mills in Bendigo & Wangaratta. I'd heard from a reliable source that they're closed this time of year. I didn't let on, though. The real reason for the trip was so I could give him his Christmas present ... tickets to Monty Python's Spamalot.

My trickery was so devious that he had no idea, until we were in Melbourne, figuring out what to do for dinner.
The show was great. Very funny, including all the best scenes of the movie.

So what else did we get up to???

Here are the stats (courtesy of the fancy car computer thingo).
over 2000 km driven (in 5 days)
25 and a bit hours driving time.
average speed of 88km/hr
average fuel consumption of 7.2 l/100km

More interestingly ... we had a lovely drive along the Alpine Way through Kosciuszko National Park, shopping in Melbourne, the theatre (Spamalot), a day at St Kilda (including swim, stroll and lunch on Acland St), a quick trip through Bendigo (stopping in at Bendigo Pottery), and plenty of beer, wine and naughty food.

Scenery in included bushfire affected regions of the national park, and Hume Lake, that has heaps of dead trees in it.
On the knitting front, I finished the first Jaywalker sock, and have started the second. I also lauched my summer knitting project, a round blanket along the same lines as the Hemlock blanket. Here are a couple of photos.

It's in 8 ply cotton. The pattern is an old knitted doily pattern that I found for free on the net. I've just about finished the pattern, and now I'm figuring out how to keep the increases going - I needed graph paper or excel to chart what I want to do. Hopefully I'll be able to figure something out.

Monday, 24 December 2007

Baby Fern

It's done. Here are the pics.

Yarn: NZ Artisans Laceweight
Needles: 2.50 mm
Pattern: adapted from Jo Sharp's Lace Panel Sweater.
So here's my question .... How much of your own idea, does an item need to be before you can say you designed it? I adapted the lace pattern from another pattern (for a jumper), (see here)but changed it quite a bit so that it would work well as a scarf, with the yarn I wanted to use.

Baby Name Confusion

'Tis the night before Christmas, and I thought I'd share about something that used to confuse me.

Did Mary and Joseph give their son, Jesus the wrong name?

In Matthew (the first book of the New Testament) an angel appears to Joseph and tells him
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)
But then Matthew goes on to say
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us" (Math 1:22-23)

From the time that people decided to go it alone - leave God out of the picture - He planned to restore the relationship between Himself and humans. All through the Old Testament (even in Genesis) God gave hints or glimpses at the person who would bring peace, between rebellious people and a holy God. In Isaiah, this person is given the name Immanuel.

So did someone make a mistake? Was it Isaiah, the prophet of verses 22 & 23? Was it the angel? Did Joseph mis-hear (a case of Chinese whispers) ? Was it Matthew writing it down wrong? What name is the Son of God meant to have ... Jesus or Immanuel??????

The answer lies in the meanings of the names. The name Jesus means God saves. The name Immanuel means God with us.

So God's saviour has both these names. It is through God, dwelling amongst us, and being with us, that he saves. This concept is HUGE, and gives me big goofy grins whenever I think on it. Here's the really amazing part ... God is holy, and as such, can't be at peace (ie not at 'war') with people who reject him, but because God is with us (Immanuel), now when he looks at us He sees Jesus (and so God saves). When we fast forward to Easter, we see God with us in Jesus dying on the cross - he took all our rebellion on his own head - and so God saves. And fast forward even further, to when Jesus returns (the Second Coming), and there we have an amazing picture of God dwelling with his saved people.

So have you accepted that Jesus is Immanuel?

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Not the hand!

I had a small mishap yesterday morning. Can you see the blisters?

I know it's not very clear, the challenge of taking a photo of your right hand with your left. Here's the culprit.

The steam button was stuck down, and I tried to pull it out, but then grabbed on to the base for a better grip. Not a good move, considering that I'd just finishing ironing the work shirts.

The medical centre at work did a wonderful job of fixing me up, with special burn cream, and a dressing. My hand spent all of yesterday bandaged up, which meant everyone asked what I'd done, and no knitting got done. Not good with the all the projects I want to knit before Christmas.

But when I got home I figured I was up to some crochet (and a beer) . And this is what I made.

I like! Was going to be a pressie, but this one's for me. Now I've got the pattern sorted, the other 2 (or 3) will be heaps quicker!
In other news, the octopus can see! Thanks Charmaine. I thought he might need pupils. The eyes are needle felted, so I grabbed a bit of wool, and a needle, and voila!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Boys & Toys

We bought a hedge trimmer yesterday.

Guess what my husband was up to this afternoon.

I think he really wanted a chain saw, but there was no way that was going to happen.

We found a birds nest in part of the hedge. I don't think it's in use anymore - well certainly not after the hedge got pruned.

I finished the Octopus. I think he looks like he's blind. Not sure if I'm happy with it or not. I think it might be a little too scary for a kid's toy.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

One down, one to go

I decided earlier this year to knit a lace scarf for my mum, and my mother in law. I think it's safe to talk about it ... I'm pretty sure they don't read this.

Well I've finished the first scarf. I really love it. I'm always amazed how much of a difference blocking can make. Here it is hanging on a wardrobe door (as scarves do).

And here's the detail of the pattern - taken when I had it blocking.

Details ...
Yarn: 2 ply hand dyed (colourway Iris) bought on eBay - sorry can't remember seller
Needles: 3.5mm knitpicks options
Pattern: The lace pattern was taken from Ogee Lace Skirt, Interweave Knits Summer 07.
I cast on and worked the charted lace until I ran out of yarn (I had a 7cm tail at the end).

"So what about the other one??" Be patient, and read on. Here's what I've done so far.

The yarn was bought when I was in New Zealand, Artisan NZ Merino Lace Weight. Green is my mum's favourite colour, so an obvious choice. The pattern I chose is meant to resemble a fern, and has been adapted from Jo Sharps Lace Panel Sweater in Issue 2 of knit. This yarn is lighter than the other, and can be tricky to knit with in a car on a bumpy road (like on the way to work). I started it last Sunday, so should be able to have it blocked and wrapped in plenty of time .... providing I don't get distracted!

Now what could possibly distract me?????

Less than $6 at the local book fair. Hurrah!

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Quick Sticks

Look what's jumped on an off my needles!

So it's not obvious what it is .... an octopus of course! Well, what you're looking at is the flattened out, unstuffed head. This will probably end up as a Christmas present for my nephew. He's really into Thomas at the moment, but I figure this is a lot quicker & easier to knit up. Now there's only 8 tentacles to go.