Little Things

I think some completed knitting should go on record… I love knitting things for babies – it’s so fast!

Two months ago, Esther’s basketball coach and his partner had a baby. I made a little newborn outfit and then very quickly a jumper from the same pattern one size up… because babies just keep growing!

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Black and White Challenge

A friend nominated me for a Black and White photo challenge on Facebook, documenting 7 moments over 7 days – no people, no commentary. It was actually good fun and made me aware of so many nice things I see everyday. Here are the images, this time with commentary!

Day 1

 

 

This is what my kitchen looks like every Saturday, when I return from the shops. I cook, bake, make stock – make a big mess, generally. And you can also spot a dog’s tail, somebody who always likes to be in on the action!

Day 2

This is my workbench. One of my favorite places in the house!

Day 3

On Monday morning I had to deliver a costume at Fox, so I left early and caught Sculpture by the Sea in the early morning light. No crowds, either! It was a great treat! I love this installation.

Day 4

This is our fridge. Jo’s HSC timetable, my travel bucket list, a lovely old photo of my granny and her first 3 children (…and grandad) and Mumentrolls from Finland…

Day 5

When I was dusting the other day, I thought our bar is actually such a cool feature of the house, especially when dust free…

Day 6

One of the perks of working from home is walking the dogs every morning. I go down these steps and get to a path that takes us around the golf course to a big oval where the pooches can run and play.

Day 7

Fairylights on our balcony…

There has been a lot of knitting been knitted on a particular and beautiful jumper (no photo yet, no spoilers) for myself. I have been sitting next to Jo whilst she studied for her exams to help her keep focus. But I have also started socks for Patrick. I think Vincent is also going to get a pair, since the second sock is also a left one – good job he also plays bass, and also a red bass! 

Finally, this little cutie has been spotted in a friend’s garden not far from here, not long ago… summer has arrived!

All of a sudden there is a lot of work, which is actually really fun. Some very tricky and challenging jobs, some numbingly boring. It’s cool…

 

Spring is coming…

… well and truly. I love the warm light and the warmth, all of a sudden I smell the Jasmine on my morning bush walk and life feels so much lighter! We also had a fire near us yesterday, that gave me a bit of a fright, but thankfully it was a controlled burn off. 

I have knocked back some work because I wanted to help Jo with her major works for her HSC, and now I am feeling a bit forgotten, because there is no work. But it doesn’t worry me too much, I actually am enjoying the time I have doing what I never have time to do. Like taking a driving course on a track and learning more about handling my car. 

Working away on this long neglected quilt top, a great thing to do whilst listening to amazing podcasts and radio programs.

Making a toile for my nephew’s wedding suit and hunting for suitable fabric.

Going for a bush walk with the Sydney Sole Sisters.

Walking on the beach with Patrick.

Working hard to create more block patterns.

Making new friends in an Asperger youth group with my girls and enjoying outings with them.

Cooking for old friends.

Picking up the work on the deck with Patrick.

In short… living the good life, full of gratitude for all the wonderful things around me.

 

 

 

 

This and That and proudly presenting something

Frantic Feverish Fingers have Finished this hat in no time! Huzzzahh! Tomorrow it will travel all by itself in a wee parcel to Canberra.

 

 

 

I know it is not perfect, I think the colour scheme is not what he had in mind and I have no idea as to the fit and size. This was quick, so the next version will be a piece of cake, until we get it right!

We had a nice start to the day in Daisy’s Milkbar in Petersham.

So Very Retro!  It was nice because Jo is studying for her HSC and has stopped leaving the house and socialising,.. so we have taken it upon ourselves to give her “outing treats”.

Yesterdays “outing treat” was a quick trip to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the three female trailblazers for Modernism, O’Keefe, Preston and Crossington- Smith. Yay. I DO like “outing treats” a lot!

Hope you had a great weekend! X

Morning Tableau

We had an amazing anniversary (married for 21 years, 😊) hike on the weekend. Deep in the bush, in winter, in the middle of nowhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I seem to have acquired this horrible cold that is going ’round and I have woken up again way too early with that dry cough. It will take it’s course and I will be fine, so I shall stop winging right now.

The upside of waking up early is sneaking in a bit of knitting time and HUZZAAH I have finished the socks I started in 🇩🇪. This is a pattern from my aunt’s old knitting book.

For my little project I also received from my aunt this gorgeous hand made project bag – I just love it 😍 .

I have quickly filled it with some yarn for the next small project – a hat for my brother in law Chris, which he has requested years ago. I know how cold it is here now, so I can imagine how cold it is in Canberra, so I must get on.

I treated myself to some fancy new knitting needles in Germany, since I could feel a ‘sock-knit-obsession’ coming on. Not sure what to say about them.

The tiny circular needle is strange to hold in the hands, since there is nothing to hold on to! They are great though if you knit a pattern that spans over a significant width, possibly over your dpns.

The set of light dpns is lovely, but since I knit fairly tightly, it irritates me when the yarn gets stuck in that tiny ridge between the wood and the metal. Am I hard to please? I simply think there is not really anything wrong with my ancient (bent) sets of dpns… sometimes I think all this new stuff is just a jazzy marketing ploy…

 

Midweek Sunday

It is Wednesday and it feels like a Sunday.

I have been working both of the last weekends. It has been glorious using the new table that Patrick put together for me one night after work.

So I am enjoying a day off, before starting on a new job tomorrow. It is school holidays, the girls are at home and my husband has taken a random day off work, just to chill, what a treat. Here you can spot him chilling while filling in a hole in the ceiling, he does so much maintenance on the house, I think it is just second nature, like breathing. 

Whilst I have been enjoying working from home, in particular the creativity, being in charge of the entire practical aspects of a job, not having to commute, listening all day to my favourite radio station, spending all day with the dogs (and fitting a walk in)… there have been really challenging aspects as well.

There is nobody to ask for advice. I am a men’s tailor, so making a fitted ladies’ outfit with a tight deadline was an added challenge. In a workroom I can always ask for an intervention “hey, WHY are these sleeves not going in?”, “HOW much ease ought to be on this sleeve head?”, “HOW exactly do I finish a faced skirt waistband?”. Home alone It’s simply trial and error and going slow and methodically.

Yesterday I dropped the said outfit and instead of a huge sense of relief, I feel worried that it is not right, having had only one fitting.

To divert my thoughts I have taken to the kitchen, as per usual when I want to relax. I put on two slow cookers with soup, ham and pea for the girls and pumpkin as the vegetarian option.

We had orange cake for lunch, while playing board games, yum.

On the weekend it will be our 21st wedding anniversary. Last year we did a 37km hike in the mountains and then stayed in a fancy hotel for the night. This year we are staying in the bush, so we have to take tent overnight gear, food and water. In preparation I have put some amazing gourmet dishes together for dinner and breakfast – they just need to be boiled up.

Final thoughts… it’s good to be the best you can and to strive towards always doing a great job… but it is really counterproductive to be haunted by one’s own perfectionism.

 

 

Falling into place

Like most people, I do worry about a lot of things. When I don’t have any work, I worry that I might NEVER work again. When I have work, I worry that my family will fall apart due to my absence.

Luckily I spent a few days after my return from Europe not worrying about these things too much, in fact the phone started ringing before I had the chance to worry. I am going to do some stuff for a commercial (from home) and for my favourite theatre company (from home). The best of both worlds!

So before I received these phone calls, I happily dug out a quilt that I started some time ago and made another two hexagons. I so enjoyed my workspace, the warm sun, the sounds of the bush and the dogs at my feet.

Today I started on patterns, and was really happy to use this beautiful space again in my professional capacity! I am extending my repertoire to ladies and childrens’ wear – I could have freaked out when I got these offers (really only being confident in mens’ wear), but chose not to be. It is great to have a learning curve with each and every job.

Things are falling into place sometimes, solutions approach us, better than we could have organised them ourselves.