Another grey hippo

I’m making another grey hippo. It’s nearly finished.

grey hippo body

Then it will sit in a cloth bag for a few months until I go to Australia and post it to The Calico Cat. I hope she likes him. I’m kind of charmed by the colour combo.

Why I love my stash

On Wednesday last week Gorgeous Girl received an invitation to a birthday party today. There’s not much in the way of kid’s toys to buy in Papua New Guinea, the market is filled with cheap plastic toys from China like imitation Barbie dolls and the like. So Gorgeous Girl and I raided the stash. She found some pink fabric that I was sure that I would never use. I’d received it as part of a friend’s destash when I was living in South Africa. Next we went through the 2.5 inch pre-cut squares and chose the ones she thought her little friend would enjoy the most. Using this pattern as inspiration. I sewed a cushion cover.


Have I mentioned that I’m now gainfully employed? Thesis is finished and I’ve been spending my days writing lectures and marking assessment items.

This means less spare time and I’m falling woefully behind on my blog reading and my own blog posting (sigh).


More spinning

This is some malabrigo nube fibre that I picked up in Poland in last year.

polish haul

It’s the one on the left. I turned it into this:



Colours were hard to capture. They are brighter and there’s more purple.

Spinning is on hold for a while. Gorgeous Girl has commandeered my favourite wheel and is spinning. She’s doing about 5 minutes a day and is doing really well. This time around she’s starting to draft and we are planning to ply the yarn when she’s done. Her previous skeins have all been chunky singles. She knows how to knit now, but only picks up the needles once in a blue moon, but I’m thinking we’ll see if she can knit a hat or scarf out of this yarn, depending on how much she ends up with.

Time Travelling

When Gorgeous Man saw this layout he commented that I was time travelling, these photos are from late 1994/early 1995. I’ve been trying to work up some of the older photos that have been sitting in a box for years.

Now that I have internet again, I decided to play along with a scrapping challenge as I always find them very inspiring. This layout was based on My Scraps and More Sketches, sketch #102

This is the sketch.

I chose to do a double layout.


I used some washi tapi to make a frame for the bird stamp. Bird stamp was an image I received from my SMIL who graciously gives me her scraps.


The “Amazing” chipboard comes from Scrapmats. I was lucky enough to win some of their chipboard last year. Due to having it sent to my SIL Australia rather than up here to Papua New Guinea, and then accidentally leaving it behind on one of my visits, I’ve had to wait until now to play with it. It’s lovely, and perfect for the page, I think.


I used some map paper I had as the background. This had the price written on it in Rand, which means I bought it while we were living in South Africa, making it at least 4 years old. Better used late than never though, right? I’ve been hoarding saving it for just the right page.


If you look closely at the price on the ticket. I paid 50 jiao (Chinese cents) to get into the park.


I’ve been trying to find a way to scrap these photos for a while and love the inspiration the sketch gave.

A thank you gift

I tried very hard to get this little fellow finished before I left Australia, but it didn’t happen. She’s a thank you present for the relatives who let me stay with them during my long visa wait.

white hippo 1

I’m glad she had to come home to be finished because it means that she could meet her siblings.

hippo butt trio

Blue is 8ply cotton done with a 4 mm hook, Pink is the same cotton made with a 2.5 mm hook, White is a 4 ply cotton/acrylic blend made with a 1.75 mm hook.

hippo trio2

hippo trio1

hippo trio follow the leader

Would you believe I’ve started making the flowers for a 5th one of these? After that I’m going to just knit for a while.

Gorgeous Girl is wonderfully photogenic. She certainly doesn’t get that trait from her mother… Early in 2013 we attended a family wedding. It was an outdoor wedding and the bride provided parasols for the guests to use. I took the opportunity to have a little photo shoot with Gorgeous Girl. 2 years on I finally got around to scrapping those photos.

umbrella scrappage

I received the main papers from my SMIL for Christmas, the paper that the photos are mounted on was coloured using food colouring and water in a spray bottle courtesy of Gorgeous Girl. Serendipitously it matched the other papers very well.

We have major issues with our internet at home, so I’m scheduling this post in the hope of maintaining a somewhat regular blogging presence despite the near constant outages. Fingers crossed it works.


I made some yarn.

green yarn1

I really missed my spinning wheel.

green yarn2

It’s going to marinate in the stash for a few years while until I decide what it’s going to be when it grows up.


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