Saturday, January 30, 2010


It's been raining a lot this week. We've had over 400mm of rain!

These are photo's of the gully in my neighbourhood. Normally there are walking tracks, park benches, bridges, flowers and grass. At the moment, it's all underwater.

These pictures were taken when the rain had stopped temporarily, and at about 5pm this afternoon. It's so dark with all these storm clouds hanging around. The rain this week has come from 2 ex-cyclones, Cyclone Neville and Cyclone Olga. It's been messing up a lot of Townsville. We've had King tides, the Strand (the local beach) has been mostly eroded, water has backed up across streets, sewage pipes have burst and flooded people's houses, mains water pipes have burst, wind gusts that are bringing down palm fronds in our yard, and tree's throughout the rest of town. The kids all got soaked for the first day back at school. The weather forcast for the next few days is more rain, but at least it has stopped everyone from complaining about the heat. It's a wonderful 25 degrees celcius right now. Kinda makes up for the fact that my herb garden is submerged! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lavender Milo xoxox

A friend of mine who I have only ever met online is having her second baby (a little girl) in a few weeks. I decided on the spur of the moment to knit her a Milo.

I love this pattern; this is the third one that I have knit. The newborn size is especially fun, as it only takes a day to knit up and you get to have fun with the cable choices.

Project notes:

Yarn: Carnival 8 Ply Acrylic in Lavender
Needles: 4.5mm Addi Turbo's
Size: Newborn
Started: 11 Jan 10
Finished: 12 Jan 10

This is the first time that I have ever knit with acrylic, simply because there are no yarn stores up here apart from Lincraft and Spotlight..... and I am devastated that I am seperated from my beloved stash!!!!! Wah! Having said that, the yarn did knit up nicely and gave lovely stitch definition, and the garter stitch border didn't curl like the wool ones that I have knit. So that's a win. :)

Action shots to come.... I hope!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

This week, we all went up to Kuranda to see the Butterfly Sanctuary. It was a gorgeous, magical place, and it is the home to over 1500 butterflies. I was lucky enough to get some of them to pose for me. :) Jayden absolutely adored the butterflies!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Deejay's Felted Slippers

A few months ago, my partner Deejay asked me to make him a pair of felted slippers like Jayden's.So I did.

They turned out to be a perfect fit for him after being felted twice.

Pre-felting size was 40cm. Post-felting size was 27cm, or to fit a size 9.5 Australian.

Project details:

Yarn: 2.2 100g balls of Lincraft "Cosy Wool"
Needles: 6mm
Started 3rd January
Finished 9th January
Skill Level: Easy

The yarn did bleed somewhat, resulting in a lighter blue than the original yarn. My partner still loves them.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

I had a wonderful day! I was given some pandora charms for my bracelet, a pandora love pod "3 pod" ring, a swarovski crystal necklace and 3 lovely dresses. I went to the hair dresser and had my hair cut, coloured and straightened, got a lot of knitting done as well as being able to do some shopping and going out for dinner. It was awesome. It's too bad that birthdays only happen once a year!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 Knitting Intentions

I've been deliberating this for a while. Mostly, I am just going to be happy if I knit half as much as I did last year, 28 finished objects is a hell of a lot for me considering that I work full time.

Ok, here we go:

1. Princess Zia (on the needles)
2. Felted Slippers for Deejay (on the needles)
3. Pink Champagne
4. Devan size 3yo for Jayden
5. Luna Moth Shawl - This is going to be knit with 2ply pure silk in a gorgeous straw/golden colour
6. Felted Hexagonal Coasters
7. Farinelli
8. Playground Shirt size 3yo for Jayden
9. Basic Baby Socks on 2 Circulars (Baby shower gift)
10. Rosie Posie Tea Cosy
11. French Press Felted Slippers
12. Esther Socks
13. Tonks Socks
14. Knitted Then Felted Bag

The rest I am just going to wing it..... decide when I see a pattern that I like while flicking through a magazine or surfing Ravelry.

The best part about this list is I already have most of the yarn in my stash to make these things. Woohoo!

As for the rest of my craftiness, I would like to learn how to sew more. I am going to practice my crochet some more and generally branch out and expand on my knitting skills.

I would also love to knit this shawl: 1 ply Rosebud Shawl. It may not get completed this year, as it is going to be my long term project, but it will be knit eventually. This is going to be my wedding veil for when we eventually get around to getting married. Eee! So I have the pattern and the yarn, now I just need to be able to sit down and knit it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

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