Thursday, February 26, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I will be far less scared of picot edges now, because of this great method!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Awww, sweethearts! (My favourite is "get real" - heh!). Part of a lovely gift from my valentine, MadMad. Only problem is, I think she might be cheating on me...
I didn't really realise how big the Americans are on Valentine's Day, until I read about it on various blogs today. It's nice, but I always think that it's much nicer to be given chocolates or flowers (or whatever) on any day of the year, as a surprise, rather than on one day a year when everyone gets something (or at least everyone in some sort of relationship!). I guess the beauty of the way Americans celebrate Valentine's Day is that you can "love" as many people as you want - which is a lovely generous way of looking at things.
Anyway, back to my day. Started with a lovely sleep in. Husby was going to set the alarm last night and I convinced him to turn it off so we could just wake up whenever. What a luxury to still be in bed at 9am!
Showered, put on the first of 4 loads of washing done today, and made some toast for breakfast - with peach jam, for a change - felt like something sweet today (must have been the candy hearts!). Checked blogs and Ravelry while having breakfast - so pleased to see the donations total on Jacqueline's blog - she is having a fantastic giveaway for bushfire victim donations (via the Red Cross) - for every $10 you get a ticket in her prize draw - fantastic prices like Wollmeise, Sundara, packets of DB Baby Cashmerino, patterns and lots of other great yarny and crafty prizes! So donate, if you haven't already.
Saw the back page of the SMH, with names and photos of bushfire victims. Every time I see coverage on it, I become teary. Partly because of the terrible terrible losses, but also, now, because of a feeling of pride in the way Australia, and the world, has responded.
I wish we could send some of our rain down there - for most of this week, it's been around 20degC, and raining. A nice change from the heat of the previous weeks but weird weather to be having in summer. But it does mean I can wear my handknitted socks - huzzah!
Husby and I went to the shops for lunch and to buy a birthday present. And we did the grocery shopping while we were there. Time for a cup of coffee when got home, and husby decided to hang our clock in the lounge room. So because it's been a while, here's a husby butt shot for you. As you can see, husby didn't mind at all. But sorry ladies, he's all mine!!
We've had some bananas getting riper and riper on the bench for the last few days, so I thought I'd better use them up - time for a new recipe - banana bread, from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess.
While it was in the oven baking, husby made dinner - crumbed chicken, with couscous and vegies. Crumbed chicken is his new specialty, and he does an excellent job at it.
After dinner, time for some knitting while watching Toy Story (husby LOVES his Pixar movies!!). And a lot of the extras too - I love the dvd extras!
Had to try some banana bread with our cup of tea - mmmm, it is good!
And then typing this up, with Nelly asleep on my lap. She makes herself so very comfortable, I hate to disturb her when I have to get up. A good excuse to knit a few more rows!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Pattern: Bartholomew's Tantalising Socks, from New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One by Cat Bordhi. Followed the pattern pretty much to a T, except for making the leg a bit shorter to compensate for the relatively short yardage on the Koigu - I didn't want to get to the toe and find I didn't have enough yarn to finish them. I did, however, do the gusset decrease bit on the second sock different (it's the part on the bottom of the foot, after the heel turn) - but that was only because I misread the pattern! So it's plain stocking stitch (on the right below), instead of reinforced (k1, sl1, then purl back) (on the left below). I'm telling myself it's so I can make an informed decision about which I like better!