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I finished a handspun shawl.

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I’m really pleased with how this turned out. I have enough yarn left over to (hopefully) make a matching hat.

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The arty tree shot…

And with the sun shining through

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It’s still unblocked. I’m going to leave it unblocked because I’ve got fancy new blocking wires on their way to me. Hopefully pick up in Australia on our next visit and anything blocked here and put into storage will need to be reblocked before wearing in December/January as things go musty. So I’m going to block it at a later date. Hopefully it will grow a little in the blocking process.

Yarn is a silk/merino blend and is a navajo ply. It’s been languishing marinating in the stash for at least 4 years. I think it was worth the wait though.

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Hats

I’ve been knitting some of the Malabrigo I bought in Poland into hats for our upcoming winter trip.

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One large one for me. I like to keep my ears warm.

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One smaller one for Gorgeous Man who doesn’t like his to turn up so far.

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I think I have enough yarn left to make a small version for Gorgeous Girl, but we’ve never been a matchy-matchy family and I’m not sure how I feel about doing that…

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Another hat came off the needles recently.

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It’s a little bit big on Big Dolly (she had a name when she was mine, but Gorgeous Girl doesn’t name her toys but rather gives them all descriptions). It should fit a pre-teen boy. It’s another charity knit.

I love the top of this hat.

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I’ve been on a bit of a hat knitting kick lately. There are another two hats waiting to be photographed. On the needles at the moment is a handspun lace shawl. It’s a busy time of the semester with student assessment due and exams needing to be written (they are all done, but student assessment still needs marking) so I’m only managing a few rows here and there at the moment.

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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.

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

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The inside.

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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’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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