Saturday, December 29, 2007
First, there was the winding of the balls. Of wool etc.... I love my swift and my new ball winder, and I think that if I ever divorce my dog (because I have to marry him), then I will propose matrimonial bliss to my ball winder. That's right, no life.
Then, my garden man has been laying pavers (it is not my place to judge.....oh boy, did I warn you about the shockingly bad jokes??) along my driveway. He also top-dressed my "lawn", and tonight I water-soaker-stuffed it, and watered it for the first time in about 6 years. I hope it works....can't water again til Wednesday, and there's another few 39+ degree days forecast....feels a lot like a waste of resources...might re-think that one, eh?
Oh!! Christmas came and went, Mum and Dad celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary yesterday, and today I spent a lot of money - new outdoor setting, from which I plan to compose my next post (one with actual knitting content!!), and air-con for my little hot-box of a house!!! It's been ten years of searing heat, I won't know myself when it's installed next week!!! I re-financed my mortgage in July, and with the extra moolah I'm doing a lot of things that have been waiting patiently to be done - gardens, air-con, carport etc.... I'm such a grown-up!
Right, and now I'm tired, so will leave you with:
my Christmas Day breakfast at Mum and Dad's;
a leadlight mermaid that my Mum made - she's a very clever lady!
my brother Nick. Yes, I know he's a dog. He has my eyes...
That's your lot. For today, anyway!!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Plus, it sounds stupid when I say it - it's not a word designed for the Aussie accent: yaaaaaaaaaaahn....
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Connor however, IS asleep. He's too lazy to close his eyes...
Is it wrong to want to paint his nails? And why is my thumb so wrinkly?
I'm going back to the laying-down position. With two cats balanced precariously on my bladder....
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Went to work again, only this time I achieved something - tidy desk, purged 4 years of junk!
Ate a microwaved croissant for breakfast, paid over $5 for the privilege....
Yarny goodness in the letterbox when I got home - pics when light is better (Artyarns, felting book, Yarn Cafe yummies....)....
No school tomorrow - am highly delighted at that happy fact....
Lucy-Bell with the glowy-eyes....
Poster of me in my classroom (yes, there are mathematical formulae superimposed on it) - one of my Year 11's improved it.....(he asked me first, a polite vandal....mind you, it's a disgusting pic!)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Hmmmm....... big day today, went into work and cleared my desk....okay, I went into work, with Connor, and mooched around all day, not achieving much - except for photocopying the Christmas day sing-a-long songs (our ripper idea to liven up the day!)!! I took down the Chrissy decs, and wandered around the empty school, perved on a tradie who was ripping up carpet in the staffroom, pinched a coolie from the drinks fridge (okay, I owe a dollar), and finally declared myself knackered and went home via Hungry Jack's drive-through....
Finished a sock yesterday, and it is delightful. My camera, however, is not. It has a flat battery, and I cannot locate the charger at this time.... so just hold on to your excitement for a day or two...! I tell you, I don't think I ever want to knit a sock in sock yarn ever again! This sock is the squishiest, softest sock (knit in 8-ply crepe) ever, and it knit up really quickly - I don't love needles smaller than 4mm, so how am I ever going to use the twentyeleven balls of sock wool that are languishing in the bottom of my knitting basket/sea chest? Maybe I could knit with doubled yarn....
Yesterday I started my Christmas knitting - I'm only making three gifts this year (after my epic 2006 efforts....), cotton face cloths for my cousins wives/girlfriends. They're getting a face washer and a bar of Nutrimetics soap, and that's it - I think I'm finally learning my lesson about giving gifts to people who don't appreciate/deserve my affections! So, I'm keeping it simple - one is a mitred square, done in lemon/lime/white and teamed with a lime soap; one is plain white moss-stitch, with frangipani soap; and the third is pinks and whites and matched with a wild raspberry soap - and not turning up empty-handed! Finished the lime/white one, an inch into the other two.....
Look closely, what can you see....? (scene in the foyer of the venue the Year 10 Dinner dance was held at this year...made me giggle a bit....)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
These are the instructions:
“It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based on the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I will now Pay It Forward to you THREE, I wonder who you will be?! Please, be a PIF! You will enjoy it just as much as we do!”
And, remember…you have 6 months to get your gifts done! Come on, you know you would love to be one of my angels. Then, one day, but you don’t know when….you will get a gift that I have made especially for YOU!
I love the sound of this.... so if you'd like to be involved in the loveliness, just leave a comment saying so, and post this (or a message like it) on your blog - first three (do three people READ this?) get a gift from me sometime in the near future!
Here is the sock that I am currently knitting (sorry, ONE of the SOCKS that I am currently knitting...):
It's a really bad photo, because I'm really bad at TAKING photos....but Connor's foot is there next to mine, which is a bit lovely.... and I shaved my legs last week, so no-one should be losing their last meal whilst viewing this post....
Last Wednesday I had the dubious pleasure of attending our school's Year 10 Dinner Dance. As the person who organised this spectacularly underwhelming event will never ever read this blog, I feel safe in bagging the crap out of it.... Staff had to pay $35 to RUN THIS THING. If we don't go, the kids don't get to go, so I'm still unsure why we teachers have to pay... anyway, it was a DINNER dance, so a meal would be nice, right? WRONG!!!! It was a COCKTAIL FOOD DANCE....(can't really call it a Cockdance now, can we Lisa) So, for my $35 I ate: one quarter of a stale chicken sandwich, 2 twice-fried mini-spring rolls (you know the bulk party packs you get in the freezer at Coles?) with sweet chilli sauce, 1 triple-fried mini-samosa (see bulk comment), 2 squid rings (again with the bulk) and 3 ex-frozen wedges. No sour cream. I shouldn't complain, the kids had to pay $45.... After the lavish meal, I volunteered to go outside and do "duty" on the balcony (had to get out of the windowless room that was pulsating with what kids call music these days - oooh, I just got old...), and I was SO glad I did - this was my view (still broad daylight at nearly 8pm) :
I stayed outside till the peace was shattered by bloody kids having a good time, whereupon I plonked myself down with a cup of tea and continued being old.
On a Christmassy note, here is my desk at work:
The two clowns in the second pic are co-workers - one is my immediate superior (or so he thinks, anyway), and the other is the out-going Year 12 Co-ordinator (I'm 'it' for 2008). The "circle of love" is a highly effective discipline tool I have developed over the years, particularly useful in the stunning and maiming of Year 9 boys. It is a non-contact method, involving the encircling of the child with outsretched arms and channeling "love" towards the child....they love it....I once chased a kid around the quadrangle to implement this strategy...is that wrong??? Once utilised correctly, this method often renders the affected child speechless and immobile for up to two whole lessons.
Okay, I need a nap....
You Should Be a Social Worker
You are deeply caring and empathetic.
You are able to take on other people's problems as if they were your own.
Sensitive and intuitive, you understand human emotions well.
Helping others gives you the most joy in life. You feel like it's your purpose in life.
You do best when you:
- Have a lot of responsibility
- Greatly impact someone's life with your work
You would also be a good philanthropist or stay at home parent.
You Are a Marble Cake
Eclectic, inventive, and peaceful.
You are never willing to accept what's "normal." You live to push the envelope.
You find it hard to make up your mind. You prefer to have everything you want, right away!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Some knitting, not a lot:
The lovely Jolly Jumbuck yarn (the yarnis called Aphrodite, the colour is Athabasca) is becoming my very first toe-up sock!! This pic is from Friday, when I hid out in my classroom at lunchtime...I'm now up to the gusset increases, and I think all is well!
That's it. The rest of the week went by in a blur - Friday night at Jules', with the Rottnest crew, then I slept most of Saturday (I know how to manage my time....). Sunday was housework in case of an impromptu visit from Mater - turns out she let me know beforehand this time!!!
Okay, last week of school (for the kiddies at least, I have a couple more days next week), and I'm running late already....
Monday, December 3, 2007
Until I got home and found these goodies in my letterbox:
My prize for being a new sock-knitter - from Southern Summer of Socks (CHEERS to Rose Red, Bells and Shazmina Bendi!) - cute little beaded stitch markers, and a wee tape-measure!
Dk WA Merino, Athabasca colourway, from Jolly Jumbuck (and the lovely Irene has treated it to a soak in a Spiced Plum wool wash, so it smells as good as it looks - and feels!!!) - check out the Jolly Jumbuck stitch-markers!!!!
So now I'm smiling, and am only troubled by one thing - what pattern should I use the plummy-fragranced for....??
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I've also decided that I need (okay, "want"...) a new camera... maybe I'll treat myself for Christmas.....(the colours in this bag are much nicer in person, much richer - Mum reckons they're real "Australian colours", and I think I agree.
Okee dokes folk/s, I'm off to the land of nod - see you later!!
- only half a sock to go and SIL's birthday pressie is done (not needed till January,maybe they can wait!)
- quarter of a sock to go for Jules, aiming to get these finished this week
- half an entrelac bag for Mummy - I ripped it out and started again, much neater now that I know what I'm doing! My picked-up stitches were shocking.....!!
- Lady Eleanor for me has begun! I already had a stash of Silk garden just waiting for the right project, and I'm waiting for more to come (a mighty fine eBay purchase!!!)
- in the middle of lining my Bag-a-holic bag-swap bag, for Cynthia
- stash enhancement (can't remember "brand", but the colour is "Strawberry"; Lorna's Laces "Jeans"; Araucania in pinks; Seawool....can't remember the colour, and I've wound it into a ball since this pic...lost the band)
- and more stash enhancement - Berrocco Peruvia, red, black and cream, for a felted zebra-striped bag
Will try to get some pictures of actual knitted items today - if I can crow-bar my lazy arse off the sofa!!
Fast forward nearly twenty years, and I went to sign up for a gmail account - I typed in 'Lushy' as my username, and it came back with "that username has been taken" and suggested "lushorama" - hence my email addy, and the name of this blog.... and maybe a set of pink personalised plates for my car....
Now only my nearest and dearest call me Lushy, and they aren't lecherous (well, maybe Jules is) or sleazy, so they must mean it with love!
So there you have it, an explanation of my blog name.
Fascinating stuff, eh?
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
You know when sometimes you have to go to a conference/seminar for work? Is it wrong to knit through the keynote address? Is it wrong to brazenly walk out before lunch-time? Personally, since I actually finished a whole sock (okay, it was an ankle sock...), then I don't see the problem.... hope my boss feels the same way....
I just wanted to come home and see my boy.....
Sunday, November 25, 2007
He was very tired....being so handsome is very draining.....
I love him.
I think I want to marry my dog.
I need to get out more.....
- Panda Wool - bamboo/wool/nylon - I'm in a bi-monthly sock club, this is my first package!
- Daddy-o's birthday socks (cashmere 4-ply blend - from theknittery), don't you love the turned-up toes? What a poser....!!!!
- can you say "fixation"....? (just found some more, had rolled under the bed....) - anyone need cotton socks??!
- some lovely Lopi, destined to be something felted...
- who farted?
- my first attempt at entrelac - going to be a felted bag for Mummy - wondering whether I should block it lightly before I seam it and felt it....?
- pre-felted bag for Bag-a-holic swap partner Cynthia from New York (Jo Sharp in Pistachio, and one ball of my precious Silk Garden for interest) - will be lining it this week, and so will post pics when it's done!
- delicious Noro Silk Garden, in the queue to be a Lady Eleanor (now that I'm a fancy-pants entrelac-er!)
Phew, I'm exhausted......
I need/want a new camera, these pics look a bit washed out....
I'm off for a lie-down...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Can you wait that long, dear Reader...???
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My bag for my Bag-a-holic exchange is nearly done - felted and embellished yesterday, now onto the drying and lining and filling with goodies (my partner is in New York, so I'm going to go Australian-goodies!)! I'm always amazed at how a big, baggy blob of knitting can magically become a fancy-pants handbag after a go in the washing machine...gets me every time! I think that maybe the nervous pacing in the laundry must help.....
Jules' socks are nearly done, too - halfway through the foot on the second one. She saw the finished one yesterday at lunch, and tried it on - much to my happiness, she loves it! Went out for lunch with the girls yesterday - Princess Fiona comes down every month and we go for a good laugh at one of our favourite places by the beach in Rockingham. Fee is a mad crafter, she makes the most brilliant hats and toys:
Hat for Melbourne Cup Day - of course she won the BEST HAT prize!!! (this year at Rottnest, we decided that we'd have a dress-up day, and Fee went as an aquarium - I've never laughed so much - or been dazzled by such cleverness with a needle and a sewing machine - her imagination is awesome, and I love that she's able to make it concrete!)
Sewn toys for the assorted nieces and nephews (Fiona is multi-skilled, she sews, knits, crochets, makes stickers, looms - you name it, she'll do it!!!)
Started a Christmas present yesterday for my SIL - making a pair of house-sock-slippers, with some ghastly teal/sparkly yarn. I say ghastly, but it's actually knitting up quite nicely, it's very soft. I've lost the label, but I'm guessing it's acrylic, so it'll wear well. I'm knitting the soles with a double strand, after I saw a pattern in an Interweave Knits magazine, hopefully they'll be nice and springy.... Just basic sock-construction, top-down, bit of ribbing, then an eyelet pattern on the leg and on the top of the foot....we'll see! Was knitting on them at the doctor's yesterday, and a lovely little lady commented that it was nice to see someone knitting, especially with dpn's! Then a little old man wondered why I didn't just go and buy some socks, it'd be cheaper - so I told him it was because it's hard to find sparkly socks these days....
Speaking of Christmas presents, I have made an enormous decision. Every year, I go to great lengths to make/buy presents for my extended family that they will like (fingers crossed!). Last year, for example, I made the girlfriends/wives of my cousins all a summer-shawl, you know, handy to chuck on at a cool summer bbq. Before I made them, I asked them about the colours/styles that they would like. Presented them, and ........... nothing. They didn't even try their shawls on. One of them, we shall call her M, actually does love hers, and has worn it a lot since then (and she does always buy me a gift - it's always a tea-light holder or hand cream, but that's not the point - oh boy, I sound so very childish, I hope you know what I'm trying to say...) - do I sound churlish and petty?? I hope not, I was just so disappointed (money is a huge thing for them, they've got a lot, but in all the years that they have interacted with my family, they have never thought it necessary to return the favour and perhaps give a small gift...)....maybe I'm just needy.... Anyway, back to the point! This year, they're all getting a handknit cotton face washer, and a bar of soap from Nutrimetics, and then I haven't wasted my time and emotion, and I haven't turned up empty-handed (which is what I really want to do, but never could!). That does sound petty. Easter was the same - I knit and felted a tiny handbag for them all, and filled them with fancy little solid/cream eggs. Nothing. Oh, except for a completely melted chocolate in a cellophane bag from one of them (she had left them in the car, and they all melted. Dad and I joked all day that we'd gotten rabbit-poo in a bag for Easter). AND I WAS WORRIED THAT MY (token) GIFTS WOULD LOOK SKIMPY, SO I WENT AND SPENT $50 ON MORE CHOCOLATES THE DAY BEFORE!!!!!! Not again. Never again. Ever. I think I should maybe just worry about and focus on my immediate family, the ones I see more than on holidays and special occasions, the ones who obviously love me and value me.
Easter chicky - light relief....
(disclaimer: I love my family. I love my cousins - they're all boys, so are inherently selfish and oblivious - but I'm struggling to love their partners. I'm tired of trying.... I sometimes feel as though I'm incredibly immature for a 39-year old woman....!)
What else, what else.... OH!! I've learned myself how to do entrelac (now I just need to work on grammar)!! It's been one of those things that I just assumed would be too hard for me, but the other night, I found a pattern (men's scarf) and the explanation was so clear that I was able to adapt it (making a bag for Mum, using Jo Sharp and Silk Garden, and will felt it) and before I knew it I'd done 3 tiers!!! I'm SO proud of myself (photos on camera, waiting to be transferred to the lappy-top...), it's working out beautifully!! I'm so inspired, that I'm going to make Lady Eleanor next! Got some Silk Garden....
Spent about twenty-ten hours on Ravelry last night, browsing the forums, adding to my queue, getting side-tracked reading everyone's blogs....I fear I'm becoming an internet whore....
Okay then, I've had a rant, and I feel a bit better.
hahahaha - surely you didn't think I'd post WITHOUT a picture of my sweetyheart-good-boy??? This is what I see when I wake up, he sleeps in my room.... he's all lovely and clean now, he had a bath with Jules' dogs yesterday (Samantha Joanna Banana and Dexter) - he's recently discovered the joys of digging and laying in a hole in the black sand....
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Lucy's heard it before....
Connor's far too tired to care....
So here's a cute photo of me and my daddy-o, to distract you from the fact that there is still very little knitting content on this knitting blog....
Saturday, November 10, 2007
So, I leave you with:
a massive wheel (from memory I think it may have weighed just over 1 kilogram...) of stinky blue cheese that we transported to Rottnest one year (we go every winter, for a week of guffawing and thunderstorms and wine).... "That's a lot of cheese!!" I hear you say - it had to last us for SEVEN days, and there WAS quite a few of us.... hey, why am I trying to justify cheese consumption?? We enjoyed it a LOT - in soup, on crackers, in wedges the size of small rodents (get it? cheese? rodents???), on fingers, with wine, with breakfast cereal....I think we even experimented with strange and exotic cheese sushi rolls towards the end of the week, in a "waste not want not" binge....
...this may have been taken just minutes after the first....
- and a nostalgic shot - My Dad and me, just days after I was born. Dad had come home from Vietnam just days before (he was drafted to go and fight, but was allowed home three months early on compassionate grounds, so that he could be there for my birth). This pic makes me teary every time I look at it, he was so young, and I wonder what must have been going through his mind at the time....
Alrighty then, enjoy your weekend, knit lots! Tomorrow I'm off to Jules' parents' 50th wedding anniversary - I'm going to be a serving wench - what a happy day!!!!
See you soon,