Tuesday, 17 May 2011


They haven't given me anything for free or anything but I'm still going to say I love appliances online. Cheap, fast, reliable, on time, helpful. Seriously, it's not often I can say that about a shopping experience. Anyway, the new dryer is rockin.

The washing machine is fixed now that the blocked spigot is unblocked. A simple thing, and the machine lives to wash another day.

So order has been restored to the laundry.

The germs in my throat have migrated South in a fit of pique so I'm now coughing like all get out and it's a delight to behold.

In other news I am preparing to send the girl child off on her first proper 2 night camp with school, a topic of much angsty talk as I am sure you can imagine. With this super cold snap too, it is the topic of several notices home from school which ask HOW WILL YOU DEAL WITH THE COLD? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DEAL WITH BEING WET? Nothing like a bit of alarm.

I'm also preparing for the making of a wedding quilt. No pressure or anything. I've got a pretty tight brief so I am going to need to buy quite a bit of fabric. I'm not real keen on buying fabric under pressure but I am hoping to get a good amount done at craft camp so time is ticking over and the days of lengthy pondering are shortening all the time.

I am knitting like a demon on D's jumper and fantasising about machine knitting. It's hard to find the big chunks of time you really need to progress machine knit projects. I keep thinking about all the ways that machine knitting is so very different to the hand variety. I'm definitely glad to have both but it can be frustrating to deal with the drawbacks of one over the other.

The bloke is off later in the week for yet another jaunt over the seas. My joy over his overwhelming career success must occasionally take a back seat to my bitter resentment. Only occasionally. Mostly it's just generic brand grumpiness at being a solo parent but there is a twinge of jealousy of getting to do the stuff you're really good at, for money and acclaim, unencumbered. A reflection on the limitations placed on my own work I guess. Anyway, ho hum same old same old.

At last the US dollar is strengthening, which means I can stop feeling compelled to buy yarn from overseas. Don't you judge me.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


There are so many germs in my throat they have formed their own union and are making demands for permanent residency.

The clothes dryer that has been limping on ever since the tenants shot the bearings has finally ground to a complete halt. I mean, we don't use the dryer much but we assume the tenants did, as do many Europeans and that the damage sustained was probably age plus overwork. Since we don't use it much we've managed for the last year and a half, using it when critical with lots of stopping and starting to keep the thermostat from overheating. But this latest rediculously cold snap has done it in completely and we've bitten the bullet and bought another one. Awaiting delivery.

And quite literally while making the call for the dryer, the washer decided it's over it too. I've always said how great my washer is - and I reckon 11 years without a service call and pretty much a load a day for the last 9 years isn't too bad at all. I have to wait a few days for the service guy, so my house is full of wet partially washed clothes, a lot of wet towels (part of the manual draining exercise) and drying racks filled to the brim.

The drying rack is mostly broken too, held together with yarn scraps and cable ties.

Grim times I'm telling you. Lucky the knitting is working out.

Friday, 6 May 2011


I blame the weather for a sudden consuming obsession with all things yarn.

grapevine wip





dyeing and

wearing (an extraordinarily generous gift from Amanda - perfection!).