just because…

So – my youngest daughter is getting married in May.  They wanted a simple, sweet wedding with a vintage touch and I was tasked with making the invites.  Having done that I had a lot of pretty paper cardboard left over and on Sunday I got out the glue and the stickers and got carried away – back to about 8 years of age when nothing else existed except the absorbing task of cutting and pasting and making pretty.

There are more, but they weren’t finished and so didn’t make it into the photo.

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But…why?  You may ask.

Well, the idea came to me Sunday morning as I reached for my book and the torn off piece of hubby’s quick eze wrapper which was holding my place prompted me to think that there must be better options than using litter as a bookmark.

And so I got gluing and cutting and sticking.  It was lovely fun.

I gave some away.  My daughter Roo, asked me to make her fiance one as well and so I made him a man one – not in the photo – which was pretty spiffy. I wish I’d thought to take a photo of it.
Also, I thought it would be a cute idea to leave one in a library book every now and then.   I know I get a real kick out of finding little treasures in library books.

I’ll keep a lot too.  I have about 6 books on the go at any one time and will read whichever I’m in the mood for at the time.  Unless it’s one of those Can’t Put Down books – but I haven’t had one of those for a while.


Back in the saddle…

Oh my – it’s been a long, lo-o-o-ong time.  But, not to dwell.  My blogging mojo is back for now and I shall go with the flow and enjoy what comes.

Though I haven’t been blogging I have continued making.  A lot.

A few months ago my daughter, Roo,

was moving houses and one of the things that got severely de-cluttered was her wardrobe. Amongst the pile of clothes there, was a white ruffled skirt which with some snipping and sewing – and then some more snipping and more sewing, – I really need to do the measuring thing, it would save a lot of time and stitching – I ended up with this… 

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I think it’s super cute – and while it took twice as long to make as it needed to I am completely satisfied that I have added another pretty to the slowly growing doll wardrobe.

This is the pile of discarded clothing I have to choose from.  There are some lovely fabrics there.  They were all damaged in some way and so weren’t acceptable to donate to the op shop.  

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On the ironing board at the moment are the pattern pieces for a doll dress I started making ages ago and found this morning packed away in a plastic baggie while I was sorting out what doll patterns I had on hand so I have decided that it will be the next dress on the list.  Pictures of that as soon as it’s done.
You all know by this stage not to hold your breath waiting, though, right?

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Today is going to be partly dedicated to getting the yard looking reasonable.  At the moment the back yard requires mowing, autumn leaves need raking and the vegie patch needs to be weeded, dug up and fertilised so it’s ready for Spring.

I’m doing some windowsill planting inside for things like herbs and I have a sort of hothouse (plastic) and so am going to put in a pot each of tomato, cucumber and maybe some salad mix and see if anything comes up.

I also planted the lizard his own patch of radishes and carrots because he loves the leaves – his house has a UV light and so weather isn’t a problem.
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Starting the lizard’s garden.

Then I plan to make a chocolate cake – from a packet mix.  I bought a ‘That’s Life’ recipe book yesterday which looks amazingly simple and delicious so later on a trip to the shops is on the cards because the plan is to make something from it for dinner tonight.

After that and the lounge will be my friend where I shall pop on my earphones pick up my current knitting project – a poncho – and listen to Bill Donahue speak about the esoteric language of the bible – sooo interesting.
If church was like listening to Bill D – I would so be there.

OK – better go.  I hear the lawn mower has started up and my menfolk are out there being industrious so, it’s on  with the galoshes and out into the fray.

too kool for skool…

Yesterday I went shopping for a backpack.  The idea is to exchange my handbag for a bag that I can easily carry my knitting in also.  The added advantage of a backpack is that it leaves my hands free.

So I traipsed the streets going into every shop I thought might stock what I wanted, but for the most part had little luck.  There were plenty of backpacks, but they were mainly school types or too sporty looking or just too big.  I wasn’t having much luck and was running out of shops when I finally found what would suffice at Big W.

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Now, it’s layout is everything I want. 
Plenty of pockets:

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two inner compartments so as to keep the knitting separate:

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and it’s just the right size:
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The only thing I would have different would be a more interesting outer fabric design.

But, it’ll do very nicely. 

moving on…

Well, I must say I’m glad that’s over and that now I can get on with knitting more of the good stuff. 
The fun stuff.
The stuff I choose to make in the colours I choose to make them.
Without anyone waiting for me to finish.

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So what does a post request vest world hold for me?

I really want to make a baby dress from a pattern I found on Ravelry which looks adorable – and easy. There’s a picture of it in my last blog post.  I did cast on the 107 stitches for it, but twisted the join (it’s made in the round) so I took some deep breaths and put it aside.

I’ve also unearthed a pattern for a cute toddler top I have been looking for for close to a year, now.  Found it in my craft room while looking for something else. 

And, influenced by Tasha Tudor, I really want to knit myself a shawl – have wanted to for ages, but have only recently downloaded some potential patterns.

So, I don’t know what will be first out of that lot, but I have the pink basket weave baby blanket that still needs finishing so I’ll merrily knit along on that until one (or possibly more) of the others just happens to cast itself onto a pair of my needles.
The anticipation is delightful.

…and here we have Emily looking simply spiffing in her latest ‘to die for’ dolly wardrobe must have…

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I made this cutesy little outfit a month or so ago (could be more) from Simplicity pattern 2296.  I had to adjust the pattern somewhat as it was on the large size and slipped off the doll’s shoulders and that just wasn’t the look we were going for.
Emily may have to wait a little while for her next new outfit because my excursions into clothes sewing is fairly sporadic. 

And I’m (still) slogging through the black vest knit for my mother-in-law.  It’s nearly done, thank goodness.  I’m working on the last front section and then it’s just the band, the buttons and I’m going to knit up a couple of pockets to sew on and then it’s done.

Then I can start on this which looks like a quick and satisfying sort of knit.
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I bought the pattern, which is by Jennifer Alexander, from Ravelry.  

And for a little Friday night fun  – this evening my eldest daughter B* is having an ‘enyo’ and ‘body shop’ party and asked me to make scones to bring along. 

I can do that.

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I made this lot yesterday as a practise run.


Yesterday afternoon Hubby, Sonny Boy, Ari the big dog, Jinx the little dog and I all piled into the car and took our first drive to Lake Lyell.  Of course I brought my knitting along, but I didn’t get to do any of it because I was sooooo sick.  I put it down to having a cold and blocked ears, which then brought on a case of vertigo which along with a bit of car sickness then affected my stomach into which I’d recently stuffed a cheese and tomato roll – ooh, makes me sick just to think on it even now.  I think I may never be able to swallow another cheese and tomato anything ever again.  Yes, it was that bad.

So, when we finally got to Lake Lyell, which is really quite close, but to me, with my head lolling, my eyes closed and my stomach churning seemed oh so far away, my view, until I sufficiently recovered enough to take in my surroundings was this:

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I could tell I was recovering when I could appreciate the stark artistry of the scene above me enough to sit up and drag my camera out of my bag and take a photo of it.

A little while on and I was sitting up and taking in the scene about me.

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It was too cool to actually go in the water.


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Not too cool for some, though.

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Much too cool for sensible dogs.

The sick feeling returned on the way home and so I made that with my eyes closed also.  According to Hubby Rydal – a small village we passed through on the way, is a visual delight.  I’m sorry I missed it and have no pictures to show of it.  Hopefully our next trip to Lake Lyell will be made in a happier, healthier state.  Hubby was much taken with it.  I can only hope his enthusiasm for another visit hasn’t been put off by the first.