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 😀 .

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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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Hot Chips

Here in Australia when you buy hot chips from most places, they come wrapped up in butcher’s paper.  So when my Brooklyn Tweed, Loft arrived in the mail today I had a little bit of a giggle.

I got a bag of hot yarn!  Hee hee.  The colourway is Blanket Fort, which is a grey purple kind of colour (more purple then grey but definitely grey undertones throughout).  It has flecks of pink, blue, and red throughout and actually reminds me of balls of fluff.  It really does look like it could be the colour of an old blanket, the sort that you’d find in the back of your grandparents car.  I love it!  There’s always a fear when I buy yarn online that I won’t be happy with the colour, and this was no different, but I honestly can say that I couldn’t be happier with it.

The funniest thing about this yarn (can yarn be funny?) is that there are bits of hay throughout it.  It makes it feel even more rustic and more like that blanket I would have seen in my grandparents car.  The yarn is spun from Targhee-Columbian fleece and is 100% American, I even got a little card thanking me for supporting American yarn production.  To be honest, that made me a little sad, Aussies don’t seem to take the same pride in what we produce.  Most of our woollen mills have been closed down, a massive percentage of our fleece is  sold overseas and/ or is processed overseas (if not all of it).  It just doesn’t seem right for that to happen considering how great our merino fleece is.  Where’s our Aussie pride?

Anyway, I’ll get off my high horse.  I will be knitting Jared Flood’s Sempervivum with it and I’m really looking forward to casting on :D.

I realised the other day that I only showed you Marin wrapped around my 8yo daughter and thought that maybe you’d like to see the completed project whole.

I sent it off to my friend the other day and I know that it’s waiting for her at the post office.  I should know some time later today if she loves it or not (and I’m a little apprehensive).

This past week I also got a postcard from another raveller.  I joined the Postcard Chain in Ravelry Games and it’s such a fun and easy swap.  It only costs a little bit in postage and a postcard, for those that are on a tight budget but want to be able to participate in a swap it’s perfect!  I sent a greeting card that I cut in half and then decorated the plain side with sheep and knitting stamps.  It’s a simple way to be creative and I’m really glad that I joined.

Artichaut and the Sunlight Shawl for Sad People are still in progress (well to be honest I haven’t touched either since last week), I joined an unofficial Cookie A KAL on Ravelry and I’ve been diligently working away on Kai-Mei.  I’ve finished the leg and I’ve been working on the heel flap, photos next time I promise!  I’m really looking forward to working on the bias lace pattern which I hope I can start tomorrow at the Pink Craft Day run by my Thursday Craft group.  It’s an all day crafting event where we raise money for breast cancer research.  Last year and again this year we’re giving the raised funds to people in our church community that are battling cancer.  It’s actually motivated more people to donate and be involved in the craft day event because we’re supporting someone that we know, it’s brought the whole concept closer to home.

Well the girls are home and little G is currently nagging me to play Just Dance 4 on the Wii.

‘Til next week

Christy