Friday, 13 February 2009

Fairy Floss

After a run of baby boys, my friends and relations have started to produce little girls.
Time to break out the oh so pretty pink yarn.

This lovely stuff was handed to me by someone who had acquired it from someone else etc etc. I'm glad it ended up in my hands. It's lovely and squooshy and soft, and oh so elastic! I never thought I'd like a crepe yarn so much.

There's some blue balls still in the bag, so looks like little llama gets some Superfine action too.

Also pink is my current 'long term lace project'.

I started this when I finished the Pretty as a Peacock shawl. I honestly think it's the perfect project. It sits happily with it's cone of yarn in a large ziplock bag ready for me to grab as I head out the door (along with the other bags of nappies, spare clothes, toys, blankets etc).

The lace panel in the centre is made up of an 8 row pattern. To be repeated 41 times. So I don't even need to pack the pattern! I'm up to my 32nd repeat, so will have to start concentrating soon .... the nupps are coming.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

One of those moments

We were discussing the bushfires in Mothers' Group on Tuesday, and again at bible study last night. The consensus has been that they're one of those events that stick in your head ... like the gulf war, Princess Diana's death and 9 11.

They bring a rather stoic, reserved nation to tears. There's something heartbreaking about watching your prime minister struggle to keep composed on television.

They show up the worst in humanity - arson, looting, the selfishness of people, a rejection of how God would have us live.

But there is hope too. In the 8 year old Girl Guide who asks her leader, "What are we going to do to help the bushfire people". In the blood, food, toys and clothes donated. The hugs given to the suffering.

We pray that those affected would know the eternal hope found in Jesus. We thank God for the generosity of total strangers, for the courage of fire fighters.

To donate to the relief efforts, click here.
To find out more about the hope found in Jesus, click here.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The problem with buttons

I have 2 blue cardigans sitting with my stash. They're sitting with the buttons I (eventually bought) to sew on them. One has been sitting there for over 12 months now, the other for only 3.
I just don't like sewing on buttons.

It doesn't take me long ... I sewed four on this top while feeding the (no longer particularly) little llama this morning (ie less than 10 minutes)

Do you like it?

The cables aren't as sproingy as in the pattern - to be expected when you knit in bamboo/cotton. But they don't look too bad, and it was a quick knit (except for the buttons).
Yarn: Patons Serenity (bamboo & cotton)
Needles: 4 mm knitpicks options
Modifications: None.

The most frustrating thing about the pattern was the number of ends left to weave in. If I thought about it more, I could have avoided a few. But by the time I was weaving in the last ends, I had to be careful not to try and weave an end under an end (and hence have an end pop out).

Also off the needles are these bootees (booties?). Really quick (and no buttons).

Yarn: Adrafil Floris
Needles: 2.75 mm Harmony dpns
Modifications: None
Comments: Doing a toe up cast-on on dpns is really tricky (but doable if you're persistent)

And finally

Wrist/ankle rattles. The bells are worked in as part of the knitting, so relatively secure. Just a couple of rounds of twisted rib, an easy morning's work.

Monday, 2 February 2009


No, not rejects. Pants!

Shaped around the back to fit the ample derrier of the cloth nappied baby.

Cable feature along the outside leg, and cuff.

Very cute. And designed by me. I even wrote down what I did in case I want to do it again.