I’m back! I don’t have an exciting excuse for not posting but after my friend Lenka R asked what was happening with my blog I knew I had to return. I have started a new job in town. I commute 40 minutes each way by train. At first the train ride was an adventure then it became tedious. After a while I realised I should relax and enjoy myself. Sometimes I knit, other times I read. One thing I’ve noticed is when I knit I often have an empty seat beside me for the whole journey. I’m courteous – I use circular needles and keep my elbows tucked in but people just stay away!
Today is day two of a long weekend. Yesterday I decided I would check out a couple of craft stores – Lincraft and Spotlight. I was getting ready to go and thought of Annie from knitting group. Phoned her up and yes, she was keen for a spontaneous adventure. First stop was Lincraft at Toombul which had selected yarns 50% off. I was tempted by the yarns but maintained my yarn diet. I did find a gorgeous Vogue pattern (V8804) for a jacket. When I make it I will only do the lower pockets. There was also a book sale and I bought Knit Noel and Holly Jolly Christmas Quilting. Each book is hardcover and was $7.99. I could have bought 3 books for $20 but neither of us could find a third book we really wanted. Annie bought 21 balls of yarn.
The Lincraft lady recommended a deli in the shopping centre. Really good fresh food and a big thank you to Annie for buying my sandwich and drink. It was her thank you to me for taking her on a shopping trip.
Next stop was Spotlight at Everton Park. It’s ALOT bigger than Lincraft. Most of the yarns were full priced but Annie did pick up two balls for her crochet ripple blanket. I looked at the Christmas fabrics and bought 5 fat quarters. They were $3.99 each.
One of my groups on Ravelry decided to have a Knit-ALong (KAL) to keep away the hurricane season. A few of us chose to knit the Hurricane Hat.
I liked the pattern so I went stash diving and used some Lion Amazing.
The end result was a bit more colourful than I anticipated……
I enjoyed knitting the pattern. It was well written and has so far kept the hurricanes away!
Yesterday I had an adventure at the Brisbane Southbank. I caught the train in and stopped for a quick Yum Cha lunch at The Bamboo Basket. Polite staff, excellent menu and the food was cooked to order. I then walked to the 612 ABC studio where I was put in the green room and asked if I could cast off. I said yes and was given a rather long scarf to cast off.
The green room is a waiting room with tea, coffee and water. There’s a muted tv tuned to ABC24 and a speaker plays the 612 radio broadcast.
I then sat in a corner of the studio where I casted on a new charity scarf. Kelly Higgins-Devine did her show. When she wasn’t on air she happily chatted. I was briefly interviewed twice which was fun. The first time was about the 3 skeins of Royal Wedding yarn I spent over $110 on including postage. Next was my trip to Atlanta for Stitches South and the rowdy knitters at the PJ party.
I had a great time and was made to feel welcome. If anyone else in Brisbane has the chance to visit the 612 Knit Pit I recommend they do it!
I apologise for not posting lately but I’ve had two job interviews. One was a non-event and turned out to be an agency wanting to use me as a temp. I’ll do temp work but would prefer something long term. The second interview was for a permanent role and I should hear back at the end of the week after they interview other people.
I just finished my 132nd square using a Dragonfly yarn. I was given two of their mini’s at Stitches South.
They are both Djinni Sock in the colour County Fair.
It was a lovely yarn to knit and here’s my finished square.
I normally try to avoid putting similar colours together but I think it looks good.
Mr had to work on the weekend so my Sunday turned into a relaxing day on the lounge. I put on the first season of Army Wives. I have to say that Joan isn’t very likeable in this season.
I eventually decided to put on some nail polish and chose Play Date by Essie. I bought it on my recent trip to the USA and I love the colour!
Yes, I still need to practice applying colours.
After a day on the lounge I decided I needed to go for a run. I put on a pair of new runners and ran for 3km. It took a little over 23 minutes so I was slow but I will improve. I’ve discovered a fun run coming up in two weeks. There’s 2, 5 and 10km distances. I am thinking of entering the 5km.
I have knitted a few squares recently and this one I found interesting. I am told the colour name raupe = caterpillar.
I like how uneven the colouring is. I have alot of plain squares and neat looking colourful squares. This one is so different. I bought this and other mini’s in a destash on Ravelry.
If anyone noticed the background carpet is different it’s because I was on Aunty Karen duty and watching my nephew while I knitted.
My blanket has alot of ends that need sewing in. Quite alot. I was on Ravelry the other day and I saw a great idea for the ends. This woman was storing them in a jar! For now mine are in a zip lock bag.
I need to find a jar to store them in. We have a few in the cupboard – just need to eat their contents first!
Some of the ends are long. Not long enough to make a new square but long enough to be tied with a couple of other ends and make a colourful square.