June 24, 2005


Because I can't afford to retire from work, I'm retiring from blogging. At the moment I don't have time to even check my emails, and what time I do have I'd rather spend knitting!

Thanks for the few fans I had, and maybe when the soccer season is over I'll resume!?!

May 02, 2005

I Loved this...

You Know You're From New Zealand When...

You know what to do in an Earthquake: get into the nearest doorway before any other bugger and say, "Nah, i don't reckon it's the big one this time. We'll be right"

You can hum the theme song to Coronation street.

You know what apples really taste like (and that there are more than four different kinds)

You know rugby league is not, and never will be, an international sport.

You're not sure about cricket, either. Or hockey. Or netball. Or swimming. Or the women's 400m. Or any other sport in which Australia are world champions. Yes, you're even having doubts about real rugby.

You know what happened to the lead singer of Push Push

You're seen split Enz, or former members thereof, performing live at least once

You reckon anyone who carries on about how great they are is an up-themselves wanker. Or an Australian.

You wouldn't dream of wearing thongs on your feet. Thats what jandals are for.

The name "Chappell" still makes you queasy

You know someone who worked on The Lord of the Rings or Xena

You wish Fitzy, Zinzan and Josh were still playing for the ABs.

The dairy sells more than just stuff from cows

You rolled Snifters, rather then Jaffas, down the aisle at the movies

You know something's horribly wrong if you've been driving for more then 2 hours without the scenery changing.

The words "NZ cricket victory" just don't sound right, somehow.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from New Zealand.

May 01, 2005

This should be good! Posted by Hello

This is a really bad photo... but its a really cute jacket! I still need to crochet loop buttonholes and buttons. I am pleased as punch with this, it was knitted with no pattern. The neckline is better than what I was expecting. The sleeves initially seemed snug, but they do fit my forearm, so I expect they will fit a 3-5 year old. It is designed to be an overjacket kind of thing. Posted by Hello

This is the Jacket! (sorry about the camera phone quality) I have to say as each day goes past I love this jacket more. I was being heavily influenced by Moghul style court robes whilst knitting this! The only design feature which really does reflect this is the neckline, when I initially basted the fronts to the back I was mortified by the narrowness of the neck, but once it was on, I loved the way the neckline sat, the little black collar highlighted this nicely. The design in my mind was to have front plackets for the buttons and side splits but as it knitted up I felt the fabric was too thick for this.

So my inner European is Italian!

This is one quiz I liked the response to! There was a "what yarn are you" quiz somewhere -I was acrylic double knit or something... Needless to say that's one quiz I considered to be bollocks!

This week has been very relaxing, the last week of the school holidays so I made the most of it. Next week back to early starts, homework tantrums and trying to remember which sports ground at what time on which day! I even took half a day off to go to Robots with my son. What a great movie! It was most enjoyable, I loved the imaginative world where everything was quite different to the human world especially their take on public transport!

Knitting has been as relaxed as I have. And its been all about finishing this week, I've finished the jacket for Dulaan, I'm attempting to finish the gloves - but for some reason the middle finger isn't making sense this time. I've also whacked out a beanie for my son to match the jumper I knitted last year for him. Am also chugging along with Kiri - managed to do another pattern repeat, and this is what I'll work on today.

I am yet to decide on the next garment project, my stash options are; the white acrylic/mohair/wool mix for daughter - it didn't look appealing in a garter stitch swatch which was to be the Cowl from SnB1 so back to the designing board with this one; the blue Utiki yarn in a cable zip cardi for me - currently don't have the patience needed to wind this into balls; a scarf from the lonely ball of black mohair silk (Naturally brand) - don't feel like knitting a rectangle at the moment, although am talking myself into a cowl with it; so maybe it is time to just do a few small projects - maybe a hat for me, or maybe a jumper for the cutest nephew in some stash homespun... aaah the dilemma!

Friday night was knitting heaven for me, after work I made the pilgrimage to the LYS in downtown to choose some yarn for a jersey planned for DP. Ah it was bliss! Lots of too-ing and fro-ing, lots of touching and rubbing, and fortunately the shop experienced a lull and I was able to start question time with the manager - she was great! The final decision was a Touch Yarn 8 ply in cranberry which is to be ordered with an ETA of 2-3 weeks. After all the touching and rubbing the only choice was Touch Yarns, her yarn is so soft and nothing else compared, even though the temptation to use 10 or 12 ply for speed, the scratchiness of most of that ply was just too off putting - after all this is going to be for the number one man! What else was great was to just chat to the lovely LYS manager about everything knitting, she has been in the trade for 25 years and is still passionate! That is cool.

Ok my friends, until next time.

April 29, 2005

Your Inner European is Italian!

Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.

April 25, 2005

This is the bad knitting... before it got frogged. I'm glad I frogged it! Posted by Hello

this is the re-beginning of Kiri.. she has grown much more since then! Posted by Hello

Hope you are enjoying Anzac Day

I must confess I didn't get up for the Dawn parade.. We went for the first time ever last year and whilst I'm glad for the experience, its not something on my annual calendar! But I do think about what we are commemorating a lot, I think a lot about the innocents people around the world who don't have remembrance days - the estimated 10's of millions who died as a result of famine and other atrocities in communist china mid last century, the 10's of millions who died during partition in India - a direct result of the way British Empire handled their exit, the genocides in Africa and Eastern Europe, the number of people who have been killed in countries with border disputes - Palestine/Israel, Kashmir, the number of people who are dying in different wars - drug wars around the world, the wars the are launched in the name of peace/new order - Iraq, people who die daily because someone wants to force their will onto another. I'm not even politically active in any way and yet I know all these things have and are happening, I dread to think of all the other unreported atrocities which humans are capable of.
Maybe if the world spent more time knitting we might not have time for this, unless of course their was a wool shortage and we started stealing the next tribes yaks....

Obviously I haven't been knitting enough this week either! Too much time for thinking...

I've bitten the frog bullet and have re-done the sleeves on the jacket and am now quite happy with it, photo will follow once my phone has recharged... Also have finally stitched some pleats into my turquoise sweater so it now fits snug as a turquoise sweater should. We had an autumnal cold evening last night and it was a smug little me all toasty in the turquoise sweater...

The body of the boxy jacket for Dulaan is done, sleeve's and bands will be in a contrast colour as the main has run out, I plan to do a hat in the contrast. Now I am planning what next? I'm 80% set on The Cowl from snb1 for the daughter in a white acrylic/wool mix purchased from TradeMe, it's all in garter stitch which should contrast nicely with still having Kiri on the go.

Last Wednesday was our monthly SnB, we had two new members and a regular attendee's Mum, my guest was to have been my neighbour but she was unable to attend due to painful knees (she is in the waiting list for the required operation) My neighbour is a long term knitter and her current project is teaching herself to do woven fairisle - I haven't seen it yet but I imagine it is what is also called jacquard knitting?

On a funny note my asthma wasn't asthma, I found this out after a panicked visit to the local White Cross, I had woken with a tingling left arm which wouldn't go away after an hour or two combined with the short breath, well it turned out it wasn't my heart either (whew) but it was muscular/skeletal - somehow (I blame the gym) the area around the lungs was contracting causing the tightness of chest feeling. I was also very relieved to find the tingling wasn't carpal tunnel... There is no way I'd blame knitting if it was... Also as this was on Wednesday my main concern whilst waiting for the doctor is how would I let the knitting group know I wasn't coming?....

Time to get on with the rest of the day! Enjoy!

April 18, 2005

If knitting really does reflect life then

I'm stuffed! Especially if my constant frustrations around garments I knit for myself is anything to go by!
Yes the jacket is finished - yippee! however I'm a bit frustrated about the fit around the shoulders, (I do still need to block the bugger... hoping for a blocking miracle)therefore I am frustrated, pee'd off and generally not showing anyone because of my despair.

GENNY GET THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE (or prospectus as someone I work with says!)

why? well you didn't use a pattern - it fits nice (apart from the shoulders) the design works well and it is finished really neatly (yes even after the cut and graft episode)and you can't help that you look like a nana in it after all you are a 37 yo with hips, juicy butt and belly - not a vogue model! Seriously though - you look fine...

so there!

and on further knitting news, the shawl is a treat to knit and I'm about a 5th of the way.. really only get about 8 rows done at a time.

Am halfway through my Dulaan project - a boxy jacket in green with a maroon stripe, knit from edge to edge in tight garter stitch using the leftover wool company 10 ply - should probably fit about a 5-6 year old (oh yes, I'm flying with no pattern again!)

and there is one mutant glove still awaiting the birth of its twin.

and as far as life goes - I have been in the midst of a very busy and stress inducing week or two, I'm going through a learning curve combined with a deadline at one of the jobs, throw this in with a bucket load of abusive, mean, vile teenage behaviour directly aimed at the woman who is "not even a proper mother" plus other poetic words from her I've blocked out! Thank god its the school holidays and I can pack her on a plane and ship her off to my brother and his wife. Mind you knowing my luck, with them being proper mothers and fathers, the teen will just come back with more examples of good parenting to compare my inadequate attempts to!

Then to top it off I seem to be having trouble breathing! (connected you think? no...) I haven't had asthma for YEARS (8 at least). It is a bad season for asthma, my DP has had to increase his puffer intake, either that or it's a reaction to the supplements I've just been given. Nothing serious, and a good reason for a bit of self pity I say!

I do have some photo's from the phone to upload when next I'm blogging from home.

have a great monday - and I look forward to catching you all later

April 12, 2005

she done gone crazy

why? Well my friends, knitting can do that to a girl.

The Jacket is 90% done workwise but boy do I have 50% of the frustration to go! I was soooo pleased with myself, I worked all the weekend to get the bulk knitting done, on Sunday when it all the pieces were complete and nicely stitched together - and I mean nice backstitched with nice neat stitches close to the edge - I sweet talked DP into driving me to the LYS so I could get a contrast yarn for the edging (beautiful Rare Yarn boucle in a natural black). The sleeve edging is perfect, the tiny stand-up collar is just right, the hem edging was fine - until - I laid it out this morning and saw to my horror the right front hung on an angle 1 inch longer than the left front... slash my knitting wrists I say. The irony? well as you know I was knitting this on the down - the right front and the back were the exact length and perfectly even - the left front was longer and I slipped my needle through the stitches and frogged to level, if anything this should be the front I have issues with! In a double irony - the uneven front (right) actually looks nicer than the nice straight one (left)... so I've threaded a circular through the left, am going to cut the bugger do a few short rows and then graft. Confused - I am. I'm not looking forward to it, my grafting is dodgy to say the least. Will keep you posted.

On a second frustrating note, I had to frog the kiri shawl, I had somehow ended up 5 stitches to short on one side, this compounded with a glitch which I was prepared to ignore earlier on. So I thought bugger it, frog it, and re-do it. And like a phoenix from the flames it is reborn. This process was the learning experience I needed to understand how the pattern was working. Once I had it off the needle - I saw how the shawl was built, I hadn't realised that the edging which I was knitting would become the top edge. Also somehow by doing all this, my brain began to "see" the knitting better - so I am able to immediately pick up any errors from the row below - make sense?

I'll pop some photo's up of this in the next couple of days.

I've been catching up on my blog reading, how on earth are other knitters so blimmin prolific? I've got knit envy...

Anyhow - better get on with work.

catch ya soon