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Not your average knitter a Metalhead and a Ag show entrant

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Flying to the storm

A mixed day weather wise and even hobby wise. It was the day of the local open day and flight display at Albion Park and Sitch n Bitch. Due to the humid heat the aircraft were only viewd as they flew over my house and then I went to SnB and as the afternoon went along and the baby jacket progressed ever so well the weather closed in with a storm and beautiful rain.

It is not a flock of birds or a fleck in the camera lens they are the RAAF Roulettes as they passed over my house. In perfect formation they roared past and I was trying to do something inside which just got tossed up off my lap as I grabbed the camera to go outside.

Come the afternoon my front door looked like this outside. A good dose of rain has been falling. I have been able to relax back with the shawl and get it progressing closer to the end. I did get carried away and forgot the Iron Chef tonight.

As a treat we had a wonderful Thunderstorm on Thursday Night and Steve was in the right spot at the right time to do some wonderful storm chasing work and this is known as the pick of the 3 shots taken it has been liked by severe weather chasers and other organisations as well. I can admidt it takes a good working knowledge of your camera to get this to happen as it is over long exposure work.

I am plodding along well was very good and fixed the certificate pieces up a bit more today and just have on seam and the essay to do before posting. I have a friend at work who is making me have it all done by Mondays shift. The baby jacket just needs to complete the back then do sleeves and the collar before putting together. The shawl is coming along very well and the edging is growing. I will then need to finish the sock and knit a pair of bootees. If I can I would like to finish another baby cardigan and do a touch more in alpaca.

PRGE 2 Questionaire

1. How long have you been knitting/crocheting/spinning?
For a good 20 or so years both knitting and crocheting.

2. Do you consider yourself a beginner, novice or experienced yarn artist?
I'm somewhere towards yarn artist but still got alot of study ahead of me.

3. What fibers (materials) have you knit/crochet with?
Most but not soy, bamboo or hemp.

4. What are your favorite yarns?
I like nice soft pure wool or alpaca.

5. What fibers are you dying to try?
not actually a fibre but have never used any knitpicks products.

6. Do you prefer solid, self striping, or handpainted yarns?
Any am not to fussy.

7. What fibers do you dislike?
anything scratchy

8. What are your favorite colors?
Deep Reds, Blues, Greys and black.

9. What are your least favorite colors?
pastels and prissy pinks or girly shades.

10. How did you learn to knit/crochet/spin?
I learnt off my mother and grandmothers now I am studying my certificates in knitting with the NSW Knitters Guild.

11. What projects are you currently working on?
Show items then beanies for charity.

12. How old is your oldest UFO? What is it? Will it ever be finished?
About 2 months back a baby cardigan I have a little left to do on. It has to be completed for a show very soon.

13. What is the most heartbreaking project that you ever frogged?
cant think of one actually try not to frog too often.

14. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Straights not very happy with circ's they bugg me

15. Do you own a swift and/or a winder?
not yet one day maybe

16. Where do you keep your needles?
Im the big plastic mini bin I was given with chocolates in one birthday years ago or the 4 needle cases I own.

17. Do you enjoy helpful hints about your knitting or does it just piss you off?
yes as there is alot to learn forever

18. What techniques are you still a virgin in (lace, cables, ect.) and are you interested in trying them?
I would like to tinker with Estonian and Shetland Lace work I can knit lace but these are just like something for a play hobby one day.

19. What knitting magazines do you subscribe to?
A aussie one called Yarn

20. Are there any books, needles, yarn, patterns that you are dying to get your hands on?
Knit picks, love Socks that Rock and well love sock needles. I have been hankering Knitting on the road by Nancy Bush.

21. Do you enjoy knitting socks? How big are your feet?
I love socks they make great porta work. I have size 2 1/2 childrens feet but fat feet and need to use long military boot length.

22. Do you have a wish list?
If i did it would be knit picks but otherwise no.

23. What are your non-knitting, crochet, spinning hobbies?
Photography, planes, military things and playing my cornet.

24. How do you feel about sports?
Love AFL so Go Swannies, Love ARL up the Dragons. I do also watch a fair bit of Lawn Bowls as well. I dont play any but watch the games and watch my nephew play for the Wollongong Bulls U/18's and another nephew with his Bowls.

25. What is your favorite season? Least favorite season? Why?
I guess summer as I tend to sleep too much but dont mind winter can rug up and keep warm.

26. What is your favorite holiday?
Holiday well I work them all but I guess ANZAC Day on 25th April is my favorite. Seeing the reunions that occur from year to year of service personnell is great. Even better is watching the services I play at growing in mumber of attendance.

27. Do you like handmade gifts?
Yes cos who has time to make their own.

28. Do you wear jewelry that isn't real?
No not a big jewellery person.

29. What are your favorite foods? Scents that you love?
I love chocolate and food in general. Im not big on scents but the mild ones like sandlewood I dont mind.

30. What is your family situation? Do you live alone?
I live at home with Mum and Dad and the animals.

31. Do you have any pets?
Yes there is Boss plus another dog Annie who is rather old and watchdog like. We also have alot of birds.

32. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3's?
Classic 80's Metal. I do have an Ipod and can use mp3's

33. What are your favorite movies? TV shows? Actors?
I like military based ones and love the Aussie Drama Prisoner Cell block H. I tend to watch alot of military or weather doco's

34. What do you collect?
Military Patch and Pin Badges. Any type not particular service the more unusal the better.

35. What do you do in real life -- besides knit and blog?
I actually knit for 2 alpaca farms and do Call connect/directory assistance.

36. When is your birthday? Is it a national holiday or just another day?
24th June and well as Ill be 30 it is just to be another day thank you.

37. Do you have any allergies, medical conditions or disorders that your pal should be aware of (ie. diabetes, food/pet allergies, ect.)?
I have trouble with strong scents and Lavender. I also have MS which has slowed mne back quite a bit. Also sensitive skin.

38. Are there any scents, phobias, or sensory thing (ie, the way certain objects feel) that your pal should be aware of?
Sensitive skin and sensitive to strong scents and lavender

39. What is the most difficult thing that you have ever knit/crochet?
so far my knitting certificate sample known as the undies.

40. What is your personal style? Is there a time period/fashion movement that you take your cues from?
I am military based like all things military my dress is rather neat but sedate. I dont look like a 80'S metalhead any more.

41. Anything else that you would like to say?
Im a Salvo in full Uniform and play in the band. I dont do much else but knit when not at the other job. I also am a member of NSW Knitters guild and currently the secretary for the Kiama group.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A quick count up

I can hardly beleive it I counted up the items that are now on the finished side and since the new year it is 17 into the finished side with a few others about to join the crew.

The second ball has finally began for the shawl on the 40th round and this is the start of the edging. Soon another to add to the list plus the baby jacket is going well and a second sock is going great guns too. I canot ever remember getting this much int he heat done.

SO back to the work again it will be further along soon.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday in style the selfish way

My version of a selfish sunday morning knitting is hogin the TV in the wee hours to watch my shows I missed during the day in their late slots and working in the quiet of the house with dog at my feet. As the pictures proove I was working late past midnight and well some little show items updates ahead.

The crochet shawl which is about to start the edging it is just a tad warm under it with the current humidity. I am only working in Bendigo 4 ply baby wool but the Alien Balls of 200g seem to go on forever.

The baby jacket that I am working on and will use it as my take along piece this week. It is a very familiar pattern to me I must be able to do about 95% of it without the pattern. It will be teamed with a matching pair of Bootees and Beanie as part of a set to accompany the shawl and is already sold.

Our Knitters Guild was donated an extremely large amount of pure wool in various plys from a lady who was unable to take it to the aged care facility she was being moved to. To reduce a large glut of it I suggested we turn them into beanie kits as we support a Red Cross worker with pure wool hats who is currently in Mynamar (Burma). This one made it inside with my stuff but the boot of the car has a number of them hiding till after the show stuff. If I get time Ill knit some at the show.

No I havent gone batty this is a weather frog. He sits up the top of the ladder when it is fine and dry and if he is at the rock bottom with his butt on the bottom it will be bad weather about 24 - 48 hours away. Accuracy extremely dependable better than the weatherman. He came to the family as a gift from my Great Aunt to my Grandmother on one of her visits to our home from Mudgee. I have never seen another but rely on him to help me out.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Another weekend already

Yep sunny but humid and warm. Time for Knitters Guild and a maraton of fixing things for afternoon tea before I got there. I did getthe normal large tray of sandwiches with nice heartly sized helpings of salad as I came up with different combinations. Normally this is my Dads job as he likes to make the sandwiches to help and it is best to let him or he gets in the way. I also had a large plate of date and walnut roll and another of fruit slice. Not much was left over from it all.
On the working front the crochet shawl is so close to the edging being started despite the fact it is a bit hot to have it around but it must get done. Baby jacket started and going ok. Socks well I did start some but I found a good one that has had its friend started so I'll cheat and finish him. So that just leaves the Baby bootees to start. At this stage all is good. SO back to the work for me and hope to progress more tomorrow. Please send rain I need it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Want to stay away from work .........

Ask a stupid question get a stupid answer. A board at work went around want tomorrow off see the folks at Call and Resource. Day off great knitting day, even better I didnt want to work for Valentines Day. Today holds no significance to me and well I was more productive at home workig towards Robbertson show entries. I actually stayed at home inside and knitted. I whipped up a Tea cosy and finished it all up today and was rather impressed as I had to modify the pattern to look more professional than the pattern book says. So we have a new cosy for use after the show.
Even better today I finished a Baby cardigan that was intened for last years Robertson Show but due to time running out got put aside as a finish it later. I very painfully have finished it today and am glad so far the item count is a total of 3 items for the show. I will plug away on the shawl to get it done as well. Tomorrows work knit I think would be more than likely Branching out and either the baby jacket or socks.

If all goes to plan this weekend will be another good milestone to complete in the show entries. I hope it can rain on Sunday prompting a knit in day again. For now the shawl only has about 11 rounds till the edging starts so back to it I go as I catch up.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Its raining again please let it keep raining again

Add some nice wet stormy wethere and you get perfect Shawl making weather. That is after a slight bit of retail therapy and a trip to get some cleaner to remove the brown gunk that came on the seatbelt when I got the car and keeps marking my clothes. Gunk removed new book in hand I'm set. Getting a new book well getting The Friday Night Knitting Club to be exact gives a longish lunch idea to sit and read atleast a chapter. So far Im hooked I want to get right into it boots and all.
But the afternoon worked on the Crochet Shawl actually started it to be honest. In the early stages and then about a third of the way through the main section later only a few hours apart. I can crochet the shawl in 2 weeks normally so stay tuned. I must get the blue cardigan sen up and finished as well as knit a baby set of 3 pieces. I hope to have these and Branching out finished by 6th March. Lets see how I go then.

Boss has been good he just gets a bit cuddly when the storms are about. He has done his guard the work job today and at some stages had his body over one foot and head and paws on the other. His paws are one under the foot the other over in a cuddle fashion. I think he likes sunday afternoon worktime where he plays or guards over me depending if we are inside or outside. NO blocking was done due to rain as we block outside on a portable table and Boss plays in his area while I sit and knit or sew up things ect waiting for the blocking to be right. Hopefully this week Ill get things a bitter better advanced for now.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Stormy weather ......YIPPEE!!!!!!!

When you get a storm Boss wants to do this if he cant curl on my lap. Yes we got a storm it brewed all day and it got hotter and more humid and more annoying then tonight it all came along nice and presented a beautiful lightshow.

The pic was rather early when I went for Breakfast at Shellharbour. I looked north and went yep looks like a winner and that is what brewed today.

I am at the finishings for the certificate and hope to send it off this week. I have started the baby shawl and well Ill get the other spiral sock cast on soon. For those who want to know the STR is so soft and I loved working with it. I didnt have major pooling problems and was happy the way it conformed to the sock pattern. I will block and finish some things for the certificate and get somewhere on the shawl tomorrow. For now it is a bit of research I need a new First Aid kit for the car I keep patching myself up with the one I had and is on the very bare basics now.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Achievement Certificate Knitting - Stage 1

Plenty of people wanting to know more about this Certificate in Knitting I have been toiling on for 3 years. I would have got it done quicker had I organised myself or not got the many orders that have put it aside for this long. I am able to better my skills with this being a Member of the Knitters Guild NSW Inc it is there for those who would like to take the challenge at this stage there are 3 levels with the 3rd level in various parts. More detail go here. I have needed to do tension ladders and tension swatches and even some techniques in the knickers. I just have to finish blocking the items and mattress stitch the 3 10cm squares. Most Knitters Guilds have something like this as part of their standards. Why am I doing it I still cant answer it but ill strive on and try to all I can it may take along time yet but it will be done.

I have completed a Spiral Sock from a Guild pattern. I used the STR Titania that Marti sent me also. Note no need for heel shaping its a long tube. Ill get the other on the needles soon.

My penfriend and her son went to a war museum near their area at Duxford and sent me a little gift of a great deck of cards and a plane keyring. The cards are a regula playing deck but I have hid the details for a reason some may be able to identify the planes with out the extra info and its a challenge to me to remember which I selected to photo.
Now the baby shawl must get started and a baby set as well for the Robbertson show that is just a few more weeks away. So bring on wet weekends. I need the time to work on them.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

SHow me the way to my bed

Late night knitting again til I finish the project that I will block and enter into Robertson show. It is worked in very fine laceweight 70% mohair and 30 % silk blend and just an easy scarf pattern that was made by Church mouse yarns that was sent by Marti in my Parcel. It has yielded a very long scarf that I started before Christmas and worked a good deal on at the Knitters Guild Christmas Party. Hopefully I can block it tomorrow while I tend to a few other finishings on other things. I know that the background rug is very crude it is the ugly one I won at the May sale last year.

A close up to show the fine detail of the yarn. Now Ill go to bed.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

And now the end is near the final pieces will be knitted..

Ok regular viewing Saturday Sky let me say this is early development that later resulted in a severe cell to the west of our area. To those in the land of the unknow a cell is a storm.

My achievement Certificate stage 1 pieces nearly ready to send off for marking. There are swatches and tension ladders as well as techniques samples of different stitches. It has taken me 3 years to get these done as there have been so many orders and other things that have made me put it to one side and come back to it when I had time.

Today I finished the techniques sample affectionalty known as the knickers. It uses cable cast on as well as various increases and decreases. I used 2 different cast off and then a 3 needle cast off for the shoulder/crotch section. Other things like selvedges and short row shaping were also called for. Now the essay needs to be composed on this little time consuming piece. I next need to do 3 10 cm squares and use mattress stitch to join them in the set order they request. Send this all off for marking and if I pass it all I need to make is a garment with set in sleeves to fit either a large doll or a small child. We will se if I have to resubmit any of the samples first.