Archive for December, 2009

For not having a working car over the Christmas break. We are certainly saving money – no ducking out for take-away or hitting the shops for some post-Christmas shopping.

Gorgeous Man received a multitude of tick bites while he was away, and unfortunately has a dose of African Tick Bite Fever. If you Google it, you will see some lovely images ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve just linked to a medical explanation with no pictures.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate the day). Our Christmas was lovely. Gorgeous Girl had lots of fun delivering the presents around the room, and opening hers.

I just love this picture of her helping Gorgeous Man to open his gift. She helped to wrap it up.

Gorgeous Man’s mother gave her a plastic tote filled with crafty stuff and she has been gluing and painting and cutting to her hearts content since Christmas. My house looks like a confetti bomb exploded. She can’t cut out pictures, but she can certainly cut up the paper into lots of little bits, not too bad for 26 months.

I finished some spinning. This gorgeous stuff. Merino and bamboo in a colourway called Concord Grapes.

came from the Portland Fiber Gallery in Maine. Gorgeous Man bought it for me at the same time as he got the wheel. If you want some of this fibery goodness, you can check out theirย  Etsy store.

I don’t know what this is going to become yet.

Before Christmas I participated in Kirsten’s Mystery Sock Knit Along.ย  It was lots of fun, and I got to use this yarn that has been marinating in the stash for quite some time.

Inspired by the Santa layout, I did another layout for Gorgeous Girl’s scrapbook. This one is of her enjoying the chooks (Australian for chickens) at Gorgeous Man’s dad’s place in July.

I’ve decided that (once the car is fixed) I’m going to take a scrapbooking class. The newsagent at the local mall also has scrapbooking supplies and they offer classes. The classes are always on while I’m working, but I’ve got some leave coming up. I think it will be fun and it will give me some dedicated time to work on it.

Since it is summer here, we have been enjoying some bounty from the garden. This is the second lot of carrots that we picked, and the last of the lettuce. There are more carrots in the ground, but we tend to pick as we need them. The beetroot is an heirloom variety that grows red and white rings, I think it’s very cool. The dark green round thing at the back is a gem squash. We hadn’t had them until we moved to South Africa, but they are very tasty. And the light green round thing is an heirloom variety of cucumber – very fresh tasting.

The corn is now much taller than me (Gorgeous Man will tell you that this is not hard lol) and has lots of heads on it. We also have three varieties of pumpkin coming on. The watermelon is flowering, so we are hopeful that we will have some home grown watermelon before the summer is out.

I started hand quilting the fish quilt, but my frame has gotten brittle with age (it’s plastic) and is no fun. Also, it’s huge (what was I thinking!?) So I’ve set it aside until (I have the car back and) I can get to my local quilt store. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to convince the owner to do it on her long arm. Otherwise I’ll have to look for another long-armer in the area – easier said than done.

I’m also making a skirt for Gorgeous Girl – the tutorial one looks really cute. Let’s just say I’m going to reserve judgment on my version until it is finished.

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Hello. It’s been a long time.

I’m finally feeling almost 100% – bit of a lingering cough, but my energy levels are back.

Gorgeous Man was away last week, so apart from work stuff I didn’t touch the computer at all. I have been crafting though.

The borders are on the fish quilt and I’m currently basting that (in the spare moments that Gorgeous Girl is sleeping) so that I can hand quilt it. Pictures to come.

There has also been some spinning – there’s a surprise. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is some merino that I dyed myself. Very pleased with how this turned out. I’m currently spinning the other half of the roving super fine so that I can make socks.

This is already being knitted up into a scarf for a friend (also merino and also dyed by yours truly). Gorgeous Man commented last night that it was the nicest thing I’d ever knitted. I’m hoping that there is going to be enough left over for me to do a second one to keep. There’s over 580 metres (600 yards) so there should be…

Because it’s Christmas time, there has been some knitting for charity. (Since it’s summer here, these won’t be donated until later in the year and are just going into my charity bag).

Gorgeous Girl modelling a brown one in koigu. This yarn was donated to me to use for charity and has been marinating in the stash for a while. I think there’s enough to do another hat.

I love this picture of her, and I’d never have it if I hadn’t knitted for others ๐Ÿ™‚

Another charity knit.

We don’t do the Father Christmas thing with Gorgeous Girl. Her presents will come from the people who buy them, and she has had great fun this year shopping with me for Gorgeous Man. However, I do like the tradition of taking pictures with Father Christmas. This year (first time since we’ve been here) there was a Father Christmas for Rent (hey, that’s what my receipt says) in our local mall.

I even came home and scrapped the pages straight away, took the photos into the newsagent that doubles as a scrapbooking store and bought the papers immediately. Those pictures didn’t turn out.

This was an interesting experience. In Australia Father Christmas says “HO HO HO, what’s your name etc? In this case they just stuck her on his lap and started taking pictures. They were finished before I realised they’d started. So I asked them to retake them as she wasn’t smiling.

I then turned around and noticed that Gorgeoue Girl was being very stoic and trying very hard not to cry. I picked her up and we had a little cuddle and then we tried again. This time the photographer pulled out a funny toy to wave and actually interacted with her (as did the guy in the red suit) and so we managed to coax this smile.

Doesn’t he look like a great Father Christmas though?

Our car is out of action until the mechanic can see it on January 4, so I’ve stocked up on enough groceries to last us until it’s fixed (I hope lol). I’m hoping that since I can’t go anywhere I’ll get some more crafty stuff done, but since I’m working every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas, that probably won’t happen.

Well that’s you all caught up with me. Now I just need to get around and visit everyone else’s blogs.

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