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Archive for February, 2009

Give Away 1

Please head over and visit Kerin’s blog here.

She is giving away a set of three artist trading cards. She is also extending the giveaway deadline (because I am a terrible friend and didn’t post about it here in time).

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Gorgeous Girl has a new quilt.

I finally finished sewing the binding on last night.

I spread it out on the floor for Gorgeous Girl to find in the morning.

I think it’s a hit.

The colours are truer in the pictures with Gorgeous Girl.

Another scarf arrived this week from Vikki.

She was also very naughty and included some fabulous handmade stitch markers. I will post a picture of them in my next post.

Today was weigh in day at my gym. I’ve had 13 sessions there. The only place I’ve lost is 5 cms from my hips (that’s about 2 inches for you folk still using imperial). The chest area actually gained 4 cm! And body fat has reduced by half a percent.

Not as good as I’d hoped, but I do feel fitter walking around our very steep and hilly campus, so that’s a good thing. I’ve got another few weeks to keep working before the next round of measurements.

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It seems that at the moment it is taking me roughly three days to create a blog post. One day for taking pictures (I now have to do this when my helper is asleep). This is what happened at the last photo shoot she helped with:

She likes her yarn šŸ™‚ One day for editing pictures on the computer and loading them to Flickr, and then a third day to type a post.

I have finished a doll. This is my first attempt at softie making.

I think that there will be more…I have plans to make another one of these for Gorgeous Girl with fabric matching her pants and with arms. This was fun!

Oh, what’s that? You’d like to see some of the fleece I dyed?

There was 2 kinds of blue.

Some pinks and brown.

Some burgundy/pink/multicolours

Purple, yellow and green.

Both the yellow and the green are brighter in real life.

Orange and green.

This is the green that I was aiming for, sadly this is not an accurate representation of the green. It still looks good, just different to what I had in mind.

Teal.

and an experiment that turned into a happy accident.

These were not the colours I was aiming for, and it’s terribly felted, though I’m confident I can work around the felting, and still spin it. I am liking these colours though.

Now I just have to find the time to spin it all…. See me rolling on the floor laughing hysterically…

Still working on sewing down binding on a quilt, and I have alpaca on the wheel resting. I’ll try and ply it tomorrow.

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Sometimes it’s hard living in a country that isn’t your own.

Sometimes it’s hard because life here is different to what you are used to and you long to slip back into that which is familiar and comfortable. Where you don’t need to worry if you are making a cultural faux pas or saying the wrong thing.

Sometimes it’s hard because of what is happening in your home country. This last week has been one of those times. When I log on to my computer my home page is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s news page. I have shed many tears this week watching fire tear through my beloved country. Logically I know that there is nothing I could do if I was there, but my heart is heavy nonetheless.

Gorgeous Man and I spent 2 years living in country Victoria and one year in Melbourne and our familiarity with the area has made this all the more difficult to see.

There were some bright moments this week though.

The first of our Scarves For Africa project has arrived at my house.

This lovely bottle green beauty comes from Vikki, a South African knitter I ‘met’ on Ravelry. She may also have included some delicious hot chocolate which I would never buy for myself because it’s so delicious and I have no self control it’s too decadent to have in the cupboard. But since there’s no longer any evidence, you’ll never know.

Thanks Vikki!

A few weeks ago I won a contest on Leah’s blog, She has the Logic of a Puggle. Her wonderful prize arrived yesterday.

Given my current feelings of homesickness. I have to confess that I got a little teary eyed when I opened up the parcel and saw this fabric with little Australias and the names of some of my favourite Australian places printed on it.

Inside:

The fabric for the doll pattern is currently sitting on the table waiting for Gorgeous Girl to have a nap so that I can cut it out and make a few.

Thanks Leah!

I got sick of Gorgeous Girl’s toys being scattered from one end of the living room to the other, so I visited Plastics 4 Africa (that’s the actual shop name) and bought a small washing basket that she can easily reach into. We are now working on putting her toys away before getting new things to play with. Right now she is packing up her beads so that she can play with her Tupperware shape ball. She’s grasped the concept of packing away well, as long as we tell her. We aren’t quite at the stage of packing up independently yet.

This week Gorgeous Girl started threading plastic beads onto laces and that has become a favourite toy.

I’m off to do the Mummy thing and hopefully sneak in a bit of sewing…

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New habits

I hate buying clothes. I loathe it with a passion. I can never tell if something looks good, or if it’s going to match the rest of my wardrobe. So what usually happens, is that every once in a while Gorgeous Man comments that I have nothing to wear and heads into a clothing store while we are out shopping together.

This happened last week.

I took the size that I usually wear off the rack (this is a size larger than when we arrived in South Africa) and started trying on clothes. They didn’t fit.

I stood in the changing room and had a revelation. I could spend several thousand Rand buying new clothes in larger sizes that I wouldn’t like or feel good about. Or I could spend half of that and get healthierĀ  and fit into clothes that I already own and like.

So IĀ  have joined a woman’s gym. It’s half an hour a day with a set programme. They will weigh and measure me once a month and help me keep track of my progress.

So far I’ve made it to the gym 4 times last week (I’m aiming for 4 days a week) and I have actually enjoyed it. Which is really something because I have never liked exercise. I am a woman on a mission, hopefully the motivation will maintain high.

Because of the gym, there has been less crafting than I’d like, but I figure health has to come first for a while.

There is binding on the snake quilt partially sewn down, but we’ve had a temperature spike here (not as bad as the one in Australia, but still HOT), so no sitting under a quilt to sew binding this week. I have my Free Radicals quilt group meeting on Monday, so will take that along to do. I like sewing down the binding, it means that I’m nearly finished, but I’m very slow at it.

I’ve been spinning a little. I am for at least 10 minutes every day, with Tuesday’s dedicated to spinning.

This is 72 grams, 133 metres (2.54 ounces/145 yards) Navajo plied.

I’m alternating projects on the spinning wheel. This is some of the green fleece that we used to soak up the excess dye.

There’s a hint of blue in places, which I just love.

I belong to the Spinners’ Study group on Ravelry and they are spinning alpaca this month. Since this was a fibre that I actually had in my stash (most of the stuff they spin I can’t source locally and exchange rates prohibit international purchases at present) I thought I’d jump in. I’m spinning white alpaca as fine as I can. I have 100 grams and want to try and get a shawl or at least a scarf out of it.

There has been knitting too, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of the WIP.

Hope all is well in your part of the world. I hope that my Australian blogging friends are out of the way of any fires and are managing to keep cool.

Thanks for stopping by.

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