Friday, May 30, 2008


Wow, how time flys by!

I've been busy being busy doing nothing much exciting.

I haven't been doing much knitting lately, but today I picked up the needles and made a drop stitch scarf.

I bought this hand spun wool called "Brazen" from Wooldancer at her stall at a local independent school open day last year.

I wasn't sure what to do with it. I love the greens, pinks, plums, reds to brown colours in the wool, and how there is little bits of gold thread spun into the wool that shimmer in the light.

I started the drop stitch scarf but I didn't have enough to make a long wide scarf. So, I unraveled it and started again. This time I cast on 8 stitches and knitted up a thin scarf that I can wrap around my neck a few times - it's more like a woolen neck lace I suppose?

I just have to be careful that Little Loopity Lou doesn't pull on it and choke me.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Little Piggy

I finally finished my second knitted toy from Toymaking with Children by Freya Jaffke. This pattern is so easy - just increasing and decreasing and then sewing it up.

I bought the wool at a local independent school's autumn fair. I love the mixture of pinks and oranges in the hand dyed wool. The pig knitted up bigger than I thought, which I liked.

You should have seen the sheer delight in little Loopity Lou's face when I gave it to him. Of course, he gave it a mandatory bite just to taste it (for quality assurance and yes, it did pass). He played with it for a few minutes and didn't even throw it away!

The only reason that it took me a week to knit it is that I have 3 other projects or ufos to finish - a mother's day Edgar scarf for my Mum, a Warrick scarf and a knitted Dinosaur for little Loopity Lou for his birthday (which is this Saturday - I can't see my self finishing it by then. Oh well, Christmas is only 7 months away).

Here are pictures of pigs having a mud bath by Katie (7) and my son who is 4 (the back squiggle down the botton is a mud crab having a mud bath with the pig!).

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day

It is Mothers Day today.

We went up to the Blackheath growers market to get some fresh fruit and vegies. I got some vegie seedlings - leeks, kale, lettuce and some herbs. I can never get there early enough for the duck sausages!

I bumped into a friend and her son. The kids were playing in the autumn leaves. We made a leaf mountain and buried each other. Even little Loopity Lou had a go (and a nibble on some of the leaves!).

Me being a big kid making a leaf angel!

Afterwards, we went to the Common Ground Cafe at Katoomba. I love the way it was decked out with wood, stone and rusted metal. The table tops are solid wood. The cafe has a beautiful fireplace giving it an olde world feel about it. The staff were friendly and a lot of love and attention to detail has gone into the building of the cafe - even on the floor there was beautifully hand painted flowers on the step.

A mural on one of the walls off the main street in Katomba shows the animal and bird life of the Blue Mountians.

Happy Mothers Day to you all!