Why I really REALLY dislike Monkeys and House Plants

Let me get things straight before you think I’m some horrid house plant, monkey hating horrible person.  I have good reasons, at least I think they’re good reasons.

Firstly I blame Jumanji for my monkey thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I like big primates, apes, gorillas, chimps (and right now I’m sure someone is going to tell me that apes aren’t a separate animal and I have no idea what I’m talking about and that’s ok, because I don’t want to have to ask Prof Google right now)….. speaking of chimps, what was that movie, I think it might have been a Disney one, made back in the 80’s about chimps that were test piloting nuclear war heads and they were all dying of radiation poisoning?  I’m sure it was a real movie and not something I dreamed up…. anyway, that movie made me cry….. ahhhh it was Project X (thank you Prof Google – such a relief that it’s not all in my head), starring a young Matthew Broderick and a young Helen Hunt, I don’t remember them being in the movie but I do remember the chimps (see I’m not heartless towards monkey type animals).  But Jumanji, now that movie scared the boogers out of me – not in a give me nightmares kinda way but in a heebie jeebies, those freaky monkeys are going to haunt me for the rest of my life kind of way, I’m still looking over my shoulder.  Plus there was that time I was at the zoo for a biology excursion in year 11 or 12.  I was eating a Vegemite sandwich (and yes I am humming that song in my head) and we were walking past what I thought was an empty enclosure, it was small, full of vegetation, no sign of an inhabitant.  Then next thing there was this tiny monkey pressed up against the wires looking at me maliciously and trying to get it’s little hand (? not sure what else to call it, it’s not a paw) through the wires to get my sandwich.  It scared the living daylights out of me.  One moment I’m thinking “Hey, that enclosure’s empty.  I wonder why?”  The next I was like “Holy Vegemite Batman, there’s a sandwich stealing monkey in there!”

So, what do monkeys have to do with anything and why on earth am I telling you this?  Because lovely peeps, I belong to the House of Monkey.

Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

As much as I don’t want to admit it, that’s me and that’s the house that I chose.  I’ll happily refer to and call my kids Monkeys, they act like it most of the time.  But me, I don’t want to be a Monkey (unless it’s the funky band the Monkees…… ooohhhhh ok, I’m a Monkee).  And yes, I know I should have started this yesterday but I have kids home on holidays that need to be entertained and needed new winter clothes, so we were shopping.

Ok, so now that we’ve sorted that business out.  I’ll tell you why I’m a Monkee, well firstly, I don’t have weird hair and no I can’t sing.  But I do knit, and I like knits that challenge me, even if I am a scaredy Monkee.  Since launching into sock knitting a whole new world has opened up to me and I’m more and more inclined to give something a go simply due to the success I’ve had with my socks, even dabbling in designing my own stuff.  I know me and I know I have a tendency to over think things and doubt my own capability but I also know that I can do it and all I have to do is just try.  Knitting is no longer just that thing I bring out in Winter and sort of pick at to stop myself from being bored; it’s my best friend, it’s at my side almost constantly, it brings me joy, warmth, frustration, a new way to stretch myself and something that I can always learn from.  For a full time Stay at Home mum it stretches my brain and provides an outlet for creativity and thinking that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

Why don’t I like house plants?  Because it’s something else that I have to take care of.  I love them, don’t get me wrong, I think they’re nice and all, but I don’t want to have to be the one to look after them and then when they die I feel bad….. not just for the plant but for the person that went to the effort of giving it to me.  I feel like I’ve let them down.  So, if you ever feel inclined to give me a house plant, a skein of yarn will be a perfect substitute 😀

Well, that’s it from me.  I’ll leave you with my theme song for the week ;P

A Bazillion Ends

Hellooooo lovely people!!!

I hope, wherever you are in the world you’re having a great day!  Me, well it’s Friday evening, Mr HK is home and the little people are on their way to sleep, what’s not to love about that?

On Wednesday – ooohhhhh I must be having an ok week, I can remember 2 days ago….  Anyway, I digress…..  On Wednesday I cast on My Superhero by Jennifer Lori.  This is my first intarsia project, ok that’s not entirely true, the first jumper (“sweater” for those playing in North America) I ever knitted had “colour work” on the sleeves.  Essentially it was a solid stripe of colour right up the centre of each sleeve, pretty basic intarsia if you could even call it that.  Anyway (I wonder if I can set a record for the number of times I can say “anyway” in a post….. yes I’m in a strange mood, but as I’ve said it’s Friday),  I knitted that particular garment over 10 years ago and I haven’t done colour work since then – unless I’ve blocked those memories because they are way too traumatic 😛 .  I’ve had the Superhero in my queue for a while and when I say a while I mean well over a year, if not 2.  I even messaged the designer way back then with questions about the difficulty of the colour work and printed out the pattern when I first added it, all with great intentions….. and then I baulked.  I chickened out, I got cold feet, I freaked out over my ability to be able to successfully knit this little project, I made excuses, and so it sat in my queue in the same spot, not moving and being blatantly ignored.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t trying to be mean, I could see those little masked eyes peering at me every time I looked at my queue (it was up near the top) but I would avoid eye contact, I would tell myself that I would get to it soon but I think those little Superheroes and I both knew that was a lie.  However, I paid for the pattern and that alone has kept it in my queue and held me to the need to knit a Superhero rather than banishing the pattern and the idea of intarsia knitting forever.

A little boy has his 1st birthday coming up and I need a gift for a him, so I thought to myself, what can I give a little boy that’s toddler friendly, isn’t going to cost a packet, but is still worth it’s weight in fun and play?  I thought about knitting a little jacket, or a hat, but neither of those cut it really, and then I remembered those Superheroes in my queue, the fact that I paid money for that pattern and my need to put that money to work, and I swallowed my fear and made the decision to cast on.

Those sneaky little Superheroes wormed their way onto my to do list.

So far so good, youtube is most certainly one of my first go to resources for demonstrating all things knitting.  The only problem, there are a million ends to weave in!

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Before I started knitting socks I freaked out, I thought that socks would be too hard, they looked good, they looked so good that they must be incredibly difficult and there was no way I had the skill level to pull off something that cool.  Then I discovered hand dyed yarns and those beautiful colours with their subtle semi solids and cheeky variegations slowly but surely won me over.   I swallowed my fear and when Mr HK was out one Friday night I launched in with a practice sock done in an 8 ply (DK weight) yarn.   A few happy hours later I had a miniature sock in my hand – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  The same is true of this, it’s not that hard, there are just so many ends to weave in.  At least I can say I can do intarsia, even if I never try it again.

Do you have a knitting nemesis that you’re too scared to conquer?

While I was reading some of my favourite blogs earlier today I came across a banner advertising the 4th Annual Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week (which you can read more about here) and after reading through the info I thought it would be a bit of fun to join in.  So next week, hopefully, there will be a blog a day from me.  I’ll try and keep them brief, especially considering that it’s still school holidays and I have 5 kids home to keep happy and entertained, but I’m going to give it a go.  If you’re a fellow blogger, come and join in, it’s bound to be a fun and interesting experience.

Well that’s it from me.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

Christy

I ♥ Autumn

Hello lovely people!

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We celebrated yet another family birthday last week.  This time my little G turned 3.  We have at least one birthday a month from November through to June between our family and Mr HKWT’s brother’s family – that’s a lot of birthday presents!  I’m thinking of doing a celebratory give away when all the birthdays are done!

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Have I ever told you how much I love Autumn (or Fall as our North American friends call it)?  Aside from the milder temps I love the colours.  I mean, I really really love the colours!  I get excited seeing the trees turn all sorts of amazing shades of reds, oranges and yellows.  I love them so much that I want to paint my house in those colours.

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On Saturday we took the kids up to Blackheath Memorial Park, it’s a great place for the kids to play with 3 separate playgrounds.  It’s also set on the side of a hill so it totally wears the kids out with all the running up and down the hill plus it’s great for rolling down 😛 .  It’s a great place for a picnic and so that’s what we did – fish and chips in the sunshine.  Perfect day!plane

Blackheath is a beautiful part of the mountains, it’s further up then Katoomba and well worth the visit, with lots of lovely shops to browse through (not that I get to do that with 5 kids in tow) and plenty of cafes.  In my opinion the place comes alive with colour in Autumn, I’m sure the same is true for Spring but as I’ve already said I love Autumn :p .  It’s also the home of a new and very cool yarn store, The House Of Wool (I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before) and of course we had to stop in and have a browse!  I was pleasantly surprised by lots and lots of new Australian indie brands, including Augustbird.  I stumbled across Augustbird sometime last week when I was trawling etsy looking for Australian yarns, so it was quite serendipitous that The House of Wool has started stocking this particular yarn and of course some of it came home with me 😀 .

"Wild" Rich Sock

I think my stash is growing faster than I can knit :/ .

It’s funny, I’ve talked a lot about everything but what I’ve been knitting over the last couple of weeks and yet I don’t really have much to show you (I still don’t, I have taken no pics 😦 ). I have finished Millrace.  I haven’t blocked it yet and I have no photos of the finished project BUT it is finished and I am so happy that it’s done!  I do need to take myself to Bunnings to get some more rubber mats so I can block it and that is near the top of my to do list.  It would be great to have it done soon, just so I can wear it as the weather gets cooler.

I started my 2nd Jaywalker sock while we were away and I am well and truly into the foot.  I’m still decreasing the gusset as I’ve been busy with other things and it’s pretty much become my travelling project so only gets worked on here and there.  I’m kinda at that point where I’m wishing that it was done already, just so I could move on to the next thing which should be finishing off another pair, or at least working on Mr HKWT’s Gimli sock.  Why couldn’t God have given us 4 arms?  I could get so much more accomplished!  Anyway, it’s closer to being finished then to being started and that’s a good thing!

I also finished off the right front of J.J’s Artichaut.  I had a migraine last week (reason why I only blogged once last week, I can only do so much when my head is throbbing) so took the opportunity to sleep and knit whilst Mr HKWT did everything else.  It’s so nice that now I only have one side and the bottom edge to finish off but I’m going to have to find the motivation to do that.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply is not a good yarn for anything beyond baby clothing.  (Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not claiming to be the next Clara Parkes) I think the yarn is plied rather loosely, making the yarn very lofty, airy and soft, but also making it rather stretchy/ elastic.  It’s beautiful on the skin but the weight of larger garments and the elasticity of the yarn don’t mix.  M.I.A wore her Artichaut a few weekends ago and it’s already losing it’s shape and falling off her shoulders.  I guess it doesn’t help that she’s a bit rough with her clothes (she’s a very active 7yo who likes to pick up her baby sister) but still, I would have thought that it would survive better than that.  As a result M.I.A took of the Artichaut before we went out and I’m not sure if she’ll be very keen to wear it again any time soon.  I’ve already decided that I’ll knit Sunny’s Petit Artichaut out of something else, just not sure what yet.  (I just google translated Artichaut from French to English…… it means Artichoke…….. mmmmkay 😯 )

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The first Hopsalots slipper out of that lovely hot pink Nundle yarn I bought while we were away has been started and finished – well at least the knitting part.  I still have to knit the ears, felt the slipper and then ears, let it dry and then attach the ears, then do the 2nd slipper.  But the knitting is done 😀 .  OH MY WORD!  The 8ply (DK weight) Nundle 100% Australian yarn is to die for!  It is so incredibly soft, smooth and a dream to work with!  I love it!  I tried the unfelted slipper on my foot and it was so lovely and soft and warm.  I can’t wait for these to be finished.  They’ll be my luxury slippers, for when I’m sitting around spending my afternoon knitting, or reading (yeah, like that happens very often.  Oh well I can dream).   I will definitely be buying yarn from Nundle again!

Aside from some swatching, I have cast on and knitted the first 4 rows of Sempervivum.  I will be totally honest with all of you and say that I’m totally disappointed with Brooklyn Tweed Loft.  But I think I’ll save the reason why for my next post.  I will soldier on with the project considering that I bought all the yarn for it and I’m dying to make Sempervivum but I doubt I’ll be buying Loft again.  I’ve been looking at the Rock Island (another gorgeous Jared Flood design – see I have nothing against the designer, just the yarn) and I have decided that I will be knitting that out of something from Skein in all likelihood.  On the upside, if I hadn’t have bought it I would have gone on wondering what it was like.  Well, now I know.  Fingers crossed the finished object looks great :/

Here in the Have Knitting household it’s school holidays and it’s raining today.  So, better tear myself away from all of you lovely people and get back to entertaining and feeding the troops (I’m sure they eat more when they’re all home).

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What’s your favourite season?

Christy

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The BEST Swing Set in the World

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On our way home from Toowoomba and the very epic Easterfest, we had a few adventures 😉

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The first was finding a crazy dinosaur on the side of the road.  I can’t remember what small little town it was but we decided to stop the car, turn around and all get out for a few photos 😀

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Secondly, we visited the Nundle Woollen Mill.  Nundle is a small little country town about an hour out of Tamworth (think Golden Guitar and Keith Urban) and about 5 hours drive from Sydney.  I was positively beside myself with glee at this little adventure and couldn’t wait to get there.

The mill itself is set back from the road a bit and there is off road parking, however Nundle is such a quiet town that parking on the street is no drama.  Outside is a lovely place to picnic, there are a few tables around and some trees to shelter under away from the hot Australian sun.

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Inside is knitters heaven!  When you walk in the door you are immediately in the shop.  On the left hand side is yarn, lots and lots of Nundle yarn that has been spun on the premises (and possibly some Noro).  There are lots of colours to choose from and a few different weights and blends.  There was also a beautiful display of Art Viva knitting needles, made from Tasmanian oak in Tasmania (ok, they were arranged in a tin bucket but that doesn’t sound as nice “display”)

The night before we went to Nundle I sat with my phone trying to decide on what pattern to buy yarn for, I was thinking of knitting up a cardigan, but when I got to the mill I realised that I would need around 1000 yards of yarn and that seemed to be a bit too much for my bank balance.  So I settled on the Hopsalots slippers by Tiny Owl Knits.  I came across this pattern a week or so before we left on our adventure and was totally in love with the idea of knitting and then felting slippers – something that I haven’t tried before.  The only thing that concerned me that there was no mobile phone coverage in Nundle and I couldn’t access ravelry to find out how much yardage I needed.

On the right hand side of the store were a range of clothes, socks, locally knit scarves – I didn’t pay a great deal of attention to these as I was there for the yarn, not the already made goods.  At the back of the store was a door that lead through to mill viewing area.  Essentially the mill is a 2 storey building, with the shop and the viewing area both being on the top floor.  Unfortunately I think everyone was out at lunch so I didn’t get to see the mill in action, BUT just seeing the machinery pretty much put my excitement levels into overdrive and I almost cried (I’m an emotional being).  There was also more yarn, a lounge to relax (and possibly knit) on, more clothing items, Ugg boots, lots of different books for both knitting and crochet, and a basket on a table full of beautiful ready to spin braids that have been dyed locally.

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After settling the kids down outside for lunch (they were going a little silly in the mill) I went back in to make a decision about my purchases.  That wasn’t easy.  In the end I settled on 4 balls of the 100% Merino 8ply in hot pink, perfect for felting (and if you’re wondering, my guess about yardage was spot on 😀 ).  When I got to the counter I asked the lady a few questions, trying to suss out if the yarn was completely 100% Australian, and happily it is (the ball band even has the Australian Made symbol on it).  Although that’s not true of all the yarns available from Nundle, it was for this one and I walked out of the store so happy to not only be supporting the Nundle Woollen Mill, but supporting the Victorian processing plant and the hard working Aussie wool growers.

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By the time I had finished my rather large family had moved from under the tree where they were enjoying their lunch to the playground that sits just to the side of the mill.  For such a small town it was one of the best playgrounds I have come across, with a cubby house, slide, swing set, and other various climbing on and over things.  It was great and the kids were having such a ball, it was hard to get them back in the car.

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The entire playground had a farm/ yarn theme, which for a fibre enthusiast left me wanting to play too.  Above and beyond all the sheepy and farm inspired equipment, there was one thing that stood out from the rest…

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A swing set, made of knitting needles and yarn :p

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Wish I could have one in my backyard!

If you’re ever in Tamworth, make sure you take a trip out to Nundle, it’s totally worth it.

Have you ever seen a knitting themed playground?  If so, where?  I’d love to see it – even if they are only pictures 😀 .

Christy

Route 86

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About a month ago the local Christian radio station that we listen to, Hope 103.2, was running a competition for tickets to Easterfest, Toowoomba.  Easterfest is a Christian music festival that’s held in Toowoomba, Queensland and has been going for the last 13 years.  I registered my name, not thinking that I would win.  I wrote on the cow blackboard (yes, I have a blackboard in the shape of a cow) that is hung near our kitchen what I needed to say just in case the radio station rang me.  I never thought that I’d win.

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Day 1 of the competition, I listened as I organised my kids out the door, no phone call.

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Day 2 of the competition, the older 3 had just left for school and G was nagging me to put the tv on.  I walked over to the radio to turn it off and they had just started the call out.  The phone rang on the radio and my heart dropped a little in disappointment, the phone continued to ring and eventually the broadcasters cut the call and started on call #2.  Again, the phone rang out and as the presenters were discussing the possibility of no one answering their phones that morning, my phone began to ring.  I quickly picked up the phone and said very timidly (just in case it was someone else) “Hope 103.2 send me to Easterfest”.  I instantly heard cheering on the other end of the line.  I won, I won a family pass to Easterfest 2013 with a premium upgrade.  I honestly couldn’t believe it!

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The next few hours were spent in a flurry of activity as I tried desperately to find accommodation for a family of 7 in the already packed to the rafters city of Toowoomba.  Finally – after a few tears – found accommodation in Postman’s Ridge, about a 15 minute drive out of Toowoomba, down in the Lockyer Valley (yeah, you read right, the place that had all that flooding, although I didn’t realise that until we were there).  I was quite hesitant when I rang Six Mile Country, the camping ground that amazingly enough had cabins big enough for my family, I wasn’t expecting them to have any spots left, so I was beyond pleasantly surprised when she said that the 8 berth cabin was available.  And the price, oh my, so affordable, especially in comparison to what we would have paid if we’d stayed in a motel.  After that it was easy to find accommodation on the road to and from Toowoomba – for those playing along at home, it’s about a 12 hour trip from the Blue Mountains in NSW (where I am) to Toowoomba, QLD (where we were going).  I guess if the kids were older we could probably have done the trip in 1 day (and to my darling husband, I don’t think I will be ever up for trying that!) but 5 -6 hours in the car is not fun, especially for the kids.  Plus with all the toilet and food stops it generally ends up being a lot longer than what we expect.

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It wasn’t until the week before we were supposed to leave it hit me that we were going away for almost a full week and then the pressure was on to get all the washing done, dry and folded, ready to pack.  What I accomplished in that week still astounds me, especially considering that I still managed to blog and get some knitting done in that time :p .

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There were moments on our journey that we both wondered what we were up to (me more than Mr HKWT, seeing as I won the tickets and he was only along for the ride) especially once we got to the camp ground.  There were only 2 showers and 2 toilets for all the people camping, and while that was fine on Thursday night/ Good Friday morning, by the time Friday afternoon rolled around and all the other guests had arrived, that was a lot of people using only a few facilities.  And folks, this may come as a surprise to all of you, but I am no camper!  I found the whole sharing amenities a little confronting – but for the sake of my personal hygiene I did get over it :p .

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But in the end it was more than worth it and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.  The people in the caravan/ tent set up across from us were also going to Easterfest and their daughters played so nicely with my kids.  They were also kind enough to lend us their GPS so we could find Queens Park (which really wasn’t that difficult to find) and told us where the “secret” parking was – aka free parking.

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There was a dedicated kids programme run by Scripture Union Queensland.  While Mr HKWT and I were rather tied to that particular area due to needing to supervise our children, the kids had a ball.  There was phenomenal face painting, a jumping castle thingy, a ball pit, a petting zoo full of little farm animals including the cutest tiny little piglets, games, activities galore, a sand pit, colouring in, a circus school – not once did I hear the word “bored” in the whole 3 days.  The kids had a blast!  And Mr HKWT and I did manage to get out individually to see some of the other things that were happening around Easterfest, plus drink some of the best coffee I have ever EVER tasted!

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Saturday was the epoch of the weekend for me and will probably go down in history as one of the best days of my life!  In an amazing twist of fate (sometimes having kids has it’s bonuses beyond the love, cuddles and kisses) I managed to not only meet the guys from NewWorldSon but I also had my picture taken with them, all the while listening to Audio Adrenaline, who were just over the fence, sound check.  Then I had my Audio Adrenaline cd – Under Dog – signed by Audio A.  That cd is now priceless!  To top off an awesome day, Saturday night was spent singing and grooving along at the Audio Adrenaline concert headed up by their new front man, K Max, originally from DC Talk.  E. P. I. C!  Now I know the vast majority of you will be wondering who I’m talking about and if you ever walked past any of these fellas you wouldn’t even bat an eyelid and that’s ok.  It was my epoch, my day to savour, my weekend to be forever thankful for, a memory that will always bring a smile to my face (especially after being told by 2 of the artists that I admire so deeply that I was wearing a cool t shirt) – and yes, I’m still smiling now, almost a full week later at the joy that weekend bought me.

NWSI’m the one in the middle that’s smiling so hard her face is about to explode :p

What did you get up to over Easter?

Christy 😀

I Was…. Then I Wasn’t

I bought some Kauni yarn in a very vibrant turquoise, online of course from Scandinavian Knitting Design.  I had originally earmarked it for Kate Davies (Get Off My) Cloud hoodie.  I guesstimated how much I would need and as the Kauni comes in big 600m balls I bought 2, thinking that 1200m of yarn would be more than enough for the project.  The yarn arrived yesterday, I purchased the pattern and printed it out……. there isn’t enough yarn 😦 . Well, that’s not entirely true, there is enough, but considering the length of the original project is 16 inches and I’m going to need at least another 5 inches in length I think I’d be pushing it to make it work.

Enter stressed, anxious and somewhat panicky Christy.  What was I going to do, what was I going to knit?  I considered leaving off the hood, even leaving the finished project at 16 inches.  But I know I wouldn’t be happy with the end product if I did either of those things.  So I went hunting around and found the Plain and Simple Pullover by Veera Valimaki (the same designer behind the very popular Color Affection Shawl).  It takes a minimum of 1094 yards to knit the small size and the length is only fractionally shorter than what I would want.  Considering that it’s meant to be layered, I don’t think it’s going to matter if I knit it to size as I can wear a longer t shirt underneath.  Plus it’s free, what’s there not to love about that?

I think I’m happy with that decision.  I think it will be a great knit and a great way to ease myself back into doing larger scale projects.  I haven’t knitted any adult sized jumpers/ cardigans for a very long time, simply because I have had too many failures.  I don’t want to fail at this type of project again!

Early last week I came down with a cold, which left me feeling tired and achy for a few days.  I didn’t want to knit but I did want to knit.  It was strange, but the best way to describe it is that even my fingers were sore, so the thought of making them work was off putting, but my heart wanted to keep at it.  I looked around for something easy to knit, something with a simple pattern and larger needles, something that I didn’t have to think too much about and something that wasn’t tiny 1×1 ribbing.  Millrace it was!  I’ve worked so diligently on that project for the last week that I’m almost up to the final chart (and when I say almost, it’s only a couple of rows away).  I’m so happy with that!  The project that felt like it was never going to end is almost complete!!!!

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When I pulled it out of my knitting bag last week all of a sudden I loved the colour.  Nice and bold.  It’ll be a great pop of colour during the cold dark days of winter.

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 By Friday last week I was itching to do some baking, it’s been a while since I’ve baked anything beyond a packet cake mix.  I remembered a blog post from Raspberri Cupcakes of cookies made from 3 ingredients – a tin of sweetened condensed milk, some flour, and some butter.  That seemed easy enough, so I whipped up a batch, adding a 200g bag of milk choc chips to half the dough, and rolling the other half in sprinkles (ok, it wasn’t quite half and half, there are definitely more choc chip cookies then sprinkly ones).  They’re not too bad, more importantly, they’re super simple and the kids loved them!  I used about 1/2 of the dough (there I go guesstimating again and I’m probably wrong) and I froze the rest to use later.  It will definitely be a recipe that I turn to again and again, just for the sheer simplicity and ease of it.  Although next time I might add some brown sugar and vanilla extract, they’re not as sweet as I would like them (says the lady that still eats fairy bread sandwiches for lunch on occasion 😉 ).

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Well, that’s it from me until sometime next week.  I hope you all have a wonderful Easter, however you celebrate it.  I can’t wait to share with you what I get up too 😀

Take care

Christy

xo

Fair Go

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The right to a “fair go” is the thing almost all Australians put at the top of their list when it comes to values.

Deborah Gough, The Age (you can find the full article here)

Australians are big on the concept of a “fair go”.  We all want to be treated with fairness and equality; whether it be in regards to wages, or our gender, feeling heard and being acknowledged, anything where the individual may feel discriminated against.  This concept runs through our blood.  I believe in a fair go for everyone.  On Thursday, at my weekly craft group, we had a woman from Fair Trade Down Under come and talk to us, and what she had to say was rather eye opening.  There are more slaves in the world today – 2013 – then in any other time in history.  Yes, today in our enlightened society were we value equal rights, we have more slaves then in any other period in history.  It just looks different.

Forced labour takes different forms, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms  of modern slavery. The victims are the most vulnerable – women and girls forced into prostitution, migrants trapped in debt bondage, and sweatshop or farm workers kept there by clearly illegal tactics and paid little or nothing.

(Found on the homepage of the International Labour Organisations website.)

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Even Australia is not immune to this scourge on our society, recently some men were arrested in Western Australia over a slave labour racket (article found here).  These people that are forced into labour of any kind in any country in the world do not get a fair go!

Last year I read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s “All Wound Up” (you can find her fantastic blog here), on top of being a hilariously funny read, she makes a very interesting point about crochet

Every stitch of crochet you have ever seen, every tablecloth, every curtain, every piece of lace trim or band on a hippy blouse at the Gap, everything was entirely and completely made by a human being exactly the way that you would do it if you were crocheting it yourself.  Human, yarn, hook.  That’s it.  The construction of crochet means that a machine can’t do it, and hasn’t ever yet.  Just think about it.

When I read that I was a little bit shocked.  At the time there was a lot of crocheted clothing in store and all of a sudden it dawned on me that someone had made those clothes.  Someone had sat there with yarn and a crochet hook and made lots of them.  In all likelihood that person got paid very little and worked ridiculously long hours.

Slave labour, forced labour, whatever you want to call it is not a joke.  It’s not something that we should just sweep under the carpet and ignore while we buy cheaper and cheaper clothes.  It’s something that we should be taking very seriously, because everyone deserves a fair go.

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