I've been a busy little owl. My sweet senior class have their big performance for the examiners coming up, and we've been so busy with that. Knitting wise, I have also finished a modified version of Peonyknit's "Anthropologie inspired" capelet (it's more of a top!) but I haven't photographed it yet, and I've made these cabled footies. They're very pointy, but they're for someone who likes fairies, so I think they're very fairy like.

Yarn: Patons Jet
Pattern: Cabled footies by Leigh Radford
Notes: VERY easy and quick. Jet is not a good sock yarn, though, which is unsurprising as it isn't actually a sock yarn. Very pointy toes. Surprisingly pointy, in fact. I hope the recipient likes them!

We have also had Book Week, which includes the annual staff dress-up day. I went as the Queen of Narnia. There were some awesome costumes this year - even a merman! I made the skirt and the collar. It was all brown and furry and Aslan-y.

Bought two magazines this week - "Simply Knitting" - the July edition (which only just hit the newsstands on Friday) and the Australian "Creative Knitting" (not to be confused with its American counterpart). "Simply Knitting" is a strange beast. It straddles kitsch and interesting uncomfortably, like Cosmopolitan does in the way that it is no longer interesting to twentysomethings, but too old for teens. The thing I like about "Simply Knitting" is that they have a good relationship with Rowan (oh, and can someone talk me out of spending $120 + P&H on a Rowan Membership??) and publish select Rowan patterns. This issue acually has a Rowan pattern that they highlighted in February and I fell in lust with but had no way of getting, Rowan being rarer than good men out here in the boondocks. I plan to make it for summer. Yay summer!

"Creative Knitting" is also a strange beast. They recently got a new editor, who has made some changes for the better - more ARTICLES! YAY! - but they still seem very wobbly about who their target audience is. Their adult patterns this issue were rubbish - allegedly "figure flattering" designs that outside of a studio look like sacking. At least they've stopped with the bikinis. Their article structure is starting to become like Interweave, but their patterns are "You Knit What" for the major part, with the occasional gem (like the crochet plastic bag) - except for their always gorgeous childrens wear. I'm not into small children. Nothing personal. Just not gonna make any kidswear.

And warm fuzzy of the week comes from two places. Firstly my Crochetville SP, who sent me this cute bear:

And in his natural habitat, a.k.a my office wall:

And secondly from S__, who is president of the radio station where I spend Thursday nights. S___ is very funny, very lewd, and wouldn't know sensitivity if it hit him with a stick. He also wants me to run for secretary. I mentioned that I'd knit in committee meetings. He expressed surprise. I was wearing my Tubey (for the first time, because I am still not certain it suits me).

Me: I knitted this!
Him: Did you? It doesn't look like it.

Ah. S__ is now my new favourite person!


doggie bag

I am so pleased with this. It's for my Knittyboard SP, who said in her questionaire that she liked dogs. What do you all think?

Pattern: "In Bloom" from Stitch and Bitch: The Happy Hooker ed. Debbie Stoller
Yarn: JJ's handpainted 8-ply (I don't think this is an 8-ply. I think it's at least a 9 in weight, not construction).
Modifications: I made the body of the clutch a little longer, and then I felted it. Lined with puppy-dog fabric from the local quilt shop (I suck at sewing!). Small felt dog instead of flower - I drew the dog, and then traced it onto the felt.

Here's the little puppy dawg...

And here's the lining....

What do you think? Am I am overly proud bag-lady, or should my SP get a kick out of it? I think I'm becoming a better upstream SP as I go, mostly by virtue of having had some great people as my upstream pals, and from snuffling around the swap boards on Craftster (heck, they are INSPIRING!). I'm not so stumped as to what to put into packages. Which can only be a good thing, right??


just a little...

It's Cpurl's Blogaversary. Go and take her quiz!

I've been feeling a bit ick, so I made a bright pink hat to cheer myself up. Yep, that's the yarn my SP sent me. It's so quick! And very pink. I like my pink hat. I have a lot of other projects in the works, but this one was just quick and cheery. The fulled bag isn't dry yet! Argh! I wanted to take a photo - and maybe even send it off this week!

Other than that, I have been accused of enabling by fellow knittyboarders, because I posted the link to the most wonderful tank EVER. Look! Look! DNA cable!

Moi? An enabler? Never!

And my kitsch kitchen has got a new denizen. He matches the curtains, and was $10 from the antique-shop-that-sells-stuff-that-isn't-really-antique. He is very cute, in a very scary sort of way. I figure that if I am ever serving tea to anyone, then they'll get a kick out of it!

Yes, I have cat curtains. And I didn't put them in! They were here when I moved in!

I swear!


SP package!

Hurrah! I got home this afternoon and found a lovely pink SP package. It has the BIGGEST yarn and needles that I have ever seen in it! Look!

That's Big yarn in pink, and two different fun furs. And chocolate. Which someone ate once the package was opened (doo-doo-de-doo). And big needles, which are cute in a weird sort of way. Thanks SP! And it's PINK! I love pink. Even when I was a moderator on a goth website, my avatar had pink in it.

Another score this week, and a CPurl inspired photo...

I went to the thrift shop, and found this little package - yep, 10 balls (150m+/ball) of mohair in a pretty grey. That's Stabby checking it out. SCORE! It's sitting in my freezer at the moment, to freeze away any nasties, and giving me the heebie-jeebies when I open the freezer and forget it's there, and think something furry and grey has taken over.

Otherwise, I have been making something for my own SP. It is not pink - it's bluey coloured. It's also my first attempt at fulling - and it worked. A bag. I will post pics when it's dry (I have almost 100% certainty that she doesn't come here!). And I have also been party to the making of ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

No, the picture is unrelated to the ice cream, but it's a cold pic! I took the picture in my laundry on Tuesday, when I went in there and kicked the dog water bowl by mistake, only to discover it frozen solid. In the laundry. I put the platypus on it to make it obvious that it was frozen.

But liquid nitrogen ice-cream! I went and visited a physics class (basically to avoid doing my marking!) Ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen + ice cream ingredients. So sugar, milk, cream, vanilla, and we crushed up some cookies. After all the crappy jokes about Iron Chef...

Today's Theme Ingredient: Liquid Nitrogen! Ah, liquid nitrogen. I remember it well. I encountered it first in junior school science classes as a way to shatter fruit quickly and easily...

...we got down to it. You tip the liquid nitrogen into the bowl, and stir. Lots of smokey-looking ook comes off the bowl, and cascades over the counter. You feel that you need Igor there just for the ambience. Keep repeating until the ice cream resembles ice cream. Put into cones. Eat.

It was actually very nice (it should be, it cost quite a bit because of the cost of the nitrogen) and I could pretend that I'd run off to warmer climes, instead of warmer classrooms. I could give you the scientific explanation, but whaddoIlooklike? A science teacher?


tutus, dogs, and a leaky roof

9am. Saturday. I took a school excursion last night to see the wonderful Bell Shakespeare company (basically Australia's answer to the RSC) do "Romeo and Juliet", so I wasn't too lucid. It's a nice interpretation, by the way.


There was a man at my door. The real estate, apparently unable to raise me (haven't they heard of work numbers??) had sent him across to fix the roof. My roof is now drying like this:

I hope to the gods that it doesn't rain. It's rained all week here. With some snow flurries. I've got no knitting done, mostly because I have been running around the place gibbering with stress. There was a major official stuff-up this week, which caused panic attacks in teachers of my subject all over the state. When I FINALLY got hold of someone to say "Um, you guys made a mistake. You have to have made a mistake. I checked everything a googleplex of times" the woman on the other end of the line said: "Oh, yes. We've had some very distraught people ringing in." Lady, we were all distraught because if it HADN'T been your mistake, then we're looking at resigning-under-a-cloud territory. Grrr.

Two cute things to sign off on this week's entry:

1. Overheard in the playground

Boy: You know, it's true. Money CAN'T buy love.
The person he was talking to mumbled something.
Boy: No, no. That's buying MAKING love.

No, I don't know why that conversation happened either. I was just standing behind them.

2. Last night I came home to see the dog asleep on a tutu. She looked very guilty when sprung, especially as said tutu had been in the mending basket (it's a costume from work) and she'd dragged it out to snooze on. It's just cute.

Snoozing away so peacefully that she didn't notice the camera

Until the flash woke her up and she was sprung!

Oh, and my SP contacted me. Thanks - I'll email you back soon :-) I'm sorry I've been such a crap SP. My poor SP is trying very hard, and deserves chocolate and applause for doing so.

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