Thursday, April 28, 2011
I'm seriously considering wearing a hat on Friday as I watch the royal wedding on tv ... I watched Charles and Diana, and Andrew and Sarah, and Edward and Sophie, and even Charles and Camilla. I will totally be watching William and Kate! I'm not a monarchist by any means, but there's just something about a royal wedding which totally appeals. It's probably the frocks. And the hats. I'm sure it's the hats!
Now what hat to wear on Friday...I think it should have some feathers...
Friday, April 22, 2011
The first is Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life, read by himself. I love his travel books and I thought this sounded interesting - a history of private life, themed around each room in the 19th century rectory house in which he lived in the UK. It's an interesting book, crammed full of facts and anecdotes, but I found it a bit of a slog. I'm not sure if it suffered by being an audiobook - it might be better read in the traditional way, because it would allow you to skip around to find whatever next takes your fancy. It also doesn't display nearly as much of the humour Bryson has in his travel books.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
On the shelves was this book. For $1. I couldn't leave it behind!
Published in 1984, when oversized shapeless bright knits were totally IN! Not that I think I'll ever knit one of these garments - but I might one day incorporate one or more of the uniquely Australian motifs into something I knit - maybe a version of Bellyphant with kangaroos instead of elephants, or something like that...
It would be cruel of me not to share more of the patterns (there is one for each state and territory as well as a few more general patterns).
This one is for the Canberrans:
And my Tasmanian friends:
Friday, April 15, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
And of course, there is an excellent yarn store down that way, which was a "must see". And maybe I bought some yarn...
Not much, really! I was very very restrained. But you see, to celebrate 3 months of no yarn purchasing, I bought myself 3 new books - I figured a book a month was a suitable reward! And one of the books has these socks: I LOVE Missoni - the way they use colours, and how they have made the chevron pattern iconic, I just love it. So I had to have that sock yarn in that exact colourway, so I can make these for my very own!
I was also lucky enough to win a prize from MissFee: I cannot tell you how many times I have almost bought this yarn in this exact colourway! Weeeeee, now it is mine without even needing to purchase it, and since it is gift/prize yarn, it doesn't count, heh! And now that I come to think of it, it would look pretty good as Missoni style socks too...
I'll tell you more about our holiday in another post, but for now, here's my March StashDownUnder totals:
In: 2 x 50g (or 4 x 50g if 8ply equivalent)
Actual balls used: 5 x 50g - but 3 x 50g if the "in" yarn is taken off
8ply equivalent: 9.5 x 50g (lots of 4ply and laceweight knitting this month!) - but 5.5 x 50g Metres used: 1030m (I'm not going to take the "in" yarn off this, I'd like to use it as an actual record of what I've knit for the year)
Actual balls used: 18 x 50g
8ply equivalent: 24 x 50g
Metres used: 3203m (woohoo, over 3km!)