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So we moved house. Just up the road to a new house in the same neighbourhood. We still don’t have the TV or internet connected and I’m spending a lot of time unpacking. But I have also been quietly playing with yarn in the few spare moments when it’s simply too hot to keep unpacking or my feet are screaming for me to take a break.

Behold the last hippo for a while.

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With a friend.

finished grey hippo and friend

I taught myself to knit two colours holding the yarn in each hand recently. This is the result.

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The inside.

stranded hat inside

The band is a twisted rib. This hat also used up all of the coloured yarn out of my stash. I’m trying to use up the odds and ends this year. This little hat will go to a friend of mine and will be given to a child in the foster care system.

I’m going to go and talk to the internet company today, apparently arranging redirection is impossible over the phone. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back on line more regularly…

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I’m still working away on little African Flower hexagons and pentagons to turn into another hippo, but I have also snuck in a quick finish.

Here’s another hat that will be winging it’s way to frozen Michigan.

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Here are both hats.

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Not sure what I’m going to do with the last few grams of yarn.

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A month ago Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl went back to PNG without me. I’m very grateful to generous family members who have let me stay with them and for friends who have been keeping me busy and out of trouble,  but I’ve been missing them a great deal. Gorgeous Girl also racked up quite a few firsts while we’ve been apart. First day at a new school, first missing teeth, first music lesson (drums) first individual swimming lesson, and so on and so forth.

Anyway, a friend asked me to go out with her and some of her friends. When we got to the place we were supposed to be eating (Eat Street Markets – well worth a visit) she suddenly stopped and started fussing with her bag and phone and then pointed behind me and said “Who’s that?” I turned and got the shock of my life when a certain Gorgeous Girl came running through the crowd.

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Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl had flown down for a few days.  I was a touch overwhelmed and tears were shed. Gorgeous Man wins Valentine’s day this year.

They flew home today and I’m still in Australia waiting for visas to be sorted out. But I’ll be home in another few weeks and all will be right with my world.

In other news, there has been knitting.

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This is a child-sized hat. It’s going to a friend of mine in the north-east USA. She is a registered foster parent and is part of a network of foster parents in her area. The idea is to give her a stack of hand-knit hats, scarves, mittens and baby blankets to keep on hand for foster children that come into care. The knitted items will be one less thing that foster parents need to provide and in addition to keeping the children warm it is something they can take with them when the leave that foster family. A few of my Ravelry friend have joined me in this project and we are going to see how many we can make. Sadly there is a large demand in the county my friend lives in.

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I made this little lady for a friend of mine and she’ll be heading off in the post tomorrow. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. It’s a little smaller than the other two, but they are both in PNG, so no comparison shots.

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Look at that face…

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These are such clever designs. I have two more of these to make: one a thank you gift and one a commission. As much as I love this design I’m itching to knit and do something else. It’s very unusual for me to repeat a pattern so often and in such a short time-frame.

My visa process is one step closer to being finalised, so a few more weeks in Australia and then I should be able to head back to PNG. In the meantime Gorgeous Girl has lost two teeth and started a new school and we are all missing each other.

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I hope you had a lovely Christmas celebrating with family and friends. We had a quiet day, but it was lovely and relaxing. On Christmas Eve we visited a local Anglican church for their Christmas Eve service. Gorgeous Girl got to be part of the nativity play. Here she is waiting to go up.

Christmasangel

Christmas crocheting has been delivered. Purple bunny and blue cat were a big hit with my nieces which was a relief. Gorgeous Girl received a new hat.

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Colours are a bit darker in real life, but it’s raining outside.

Gorgeous Man received a seal.

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I’ve started working on Gorgeous Girl’s hippopotamus. It’s the same yarn as the blue one, but I’ve used a hook which is two sizes smaller, so hers is going to be significantly smaller.

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Again, colours are darker in real life…

Just a quick post to say I’m still around. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I pop back in again.

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I’ve been busy formatting and rereading the thesis. Just the conclusion left to write and it will be ready for submission in January. Kind of both exciting and terrifying.

In between that I’ve been working on some knitting, a lot of this has been done in the car (when Gorgeous Man has been driving of course). This is Wurm made from some handspun that I dyed the fibre for. Here’s the yarn.

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I asked Gorgeous Girl to model. She was not impressed and said she didn’t want to wear that “silly looking hat.”

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She didn’t stay grumpy though.

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Gratuitous shot of the top of the hat.

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Gorgeous Girl asked for a crochet sun hat so I’m working on that at the moment and will put it under the tree for her. Also on the hook is a Christmas gift for Gorgeous Man.

It’s been really hot here which has made scrapbooking unpleasant. I’m taking my art journal to Australia and hope to find some time to have a few sessions with my talented SIL.

We leave for Australia next week and even though I’ve made a few gifts it’s going to be a mad rush to get the rest of the gifts and  wrapping paper bought, plus a photo with Santa (if Gorgeous Girl will cooperate) and all those other Christmassy things done.

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Recently Karen at Faeries and Fibres posted about the scissor fobs she makes. (She has a really great tutorial here). If you haven’t checked out her blog you really should, she does amazing things with hexagons.

Anyway, I asked a question about her process and Karen very generously offered to send me some beading cord – beading cord being (as yet) unfound by me in PNG. The envelope arrived today and not only did she send me some beading cord, but she also popped a few bits of fabric into the  envelope as well. Thank you so much Karen.

Since I had emailed off a draft of my thesis to one of my advisors in the morning I felt justified in taking the afternoon off to play with fabric and beads.

I used the fabrics that Karen sent because they were so darn cute and the beads came from the bead stash.

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This is the back.

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Gorgeous Man was very impressed (when he thought it was a Christmas ornament). Actually, that’s not a bad idea and if I find some free time after the thesis is finished and the Christmas gifts are made I may whip up a few for that purpose.

I say whip up a few because really this only took an hour or so to make, the longest part was sewing the beads around the edges. Nothing like instant gratification and another Christmas gift done off the Christmas list.

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