Sunday, December 30, 2007

361 sleeps until Christmas

Christmas over for another year! I'm pleased to say that we kept our Christmas wrapping /rubbish to a minimum. Most of the kids toys this year where made in Germany so there was little packaging. Santa chose quality over quantity this year.

My partner and I where trying to get away from big branded toys/ plastic toys with all the packaging that required wire cutters to get into it, or toys that require batteries to perform for the kids, rather than the kids using their imagination when playing with a toy. I find that once the batteries run out, the toy becomes a dust catcher in the childs room and replacing all the batteries ends up costing a fortune! The exception for battery powered toys was my daughter's camera which she got last Christmas. I bought rechargable batteries and when I remember to charge the batteries she has a great time with it!

I have a soft spot for wooden toys. My 7 month old son got some plain wooden blocks for Christmas. They where a hit. His older siblings have been building castles and boats. Little Loopity-Lou has had great delight in knocking them over and giving them a good gummy.

Ok, It's time I picked up the needles again.

I went down to The Wool Inn at Penrith to see what I was doing wrong. I showed the Lady behind the counter my tension square (I called it a spaghetti square). We had a giggle - I'm such an L-plater. It was as simple as having my yarn behind and not in front. She pulled up a chair and watched me knit a few rows to make sure I was on the right track. I thanked her and I was on my way.

The Cardigan that I'm attempting is a Patons Book 1212 Lush Luxury Mohair Blend Cardigan with a crew neck and long Sleeves (page 15, style 9B). It seems simple for an L-plater like me - well a good place to start anyway. The yarn that I'm using is Moda Vera Sentiments. I like the colour of the wool and it was on special for $2 a ball so if I bugger it up, it hasn't cost me a fortune in nice wool.

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