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May the Force be with you.

Summer was recently invited to a party with a theme of “dress as your favourite Star Wars or Indiana Jones character”. So here I present to you Princess Leia.


Her dress is a 2 metre length of cheesecloth I bought years ago for some long forgotten purpose. I cut a hole in the middle for the head, and tied it at the waist with a sash that rather conveniently matched the light sabre.

Summer’s hair isn’t quite long enough for what I considered to be an adequate Princess Leia hairdo, plus I am completely incapable of doing things by halves so I made her some buns.

leia-hairI plaited several lengths of black wool into two long plaits, rolled them up, hand sewed them into position and then sewed them on to a head band I made by cutting a strip off the leg of a pair of pantyhose that was fairly close to Summer’s hair colour.

She looked gorgeous, of course.


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Today’s Handy Tip

Water boils a lot quicker if you turn the stove on.

Trust me.

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Mmm…pretty wool

I decide the other day that I must have a vest. Now.

So I went to Big W and bought this:


It is Panda Concorde 12 ply. The colours are a bit brighter than they look here.
And with it, I am making Vestivus (partly because I love the name)
I will post a progress piccie soon.
Blogging has fallen slightly behind for the moment, as it’s school holidays and the children have a whirlwind of social engagements. We’ve had a few quiet days at home, but I really like the fact that for both of them, their idea of a great day out is a trip to the bookshop and a hot chocolate. We spent quite some time at Borders the other day; them reading and drinking their hot choccies, and me reading, sipping my chai latte and knitting my sock.

A very civilised way to spend the afternoon.

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Today’s Funny

A cop driving along the interstate pulled up next to a car and saw, to his amazement, that the woman behind the wheel was knitting as she drove.

He rolled down his passenger-side window and shouted to her: “Pull over!”

She shouted back, “No, cardigan!”

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Look what came in the post today!!


And here is the one I want to knit. Immediately.


However, I need to finish the Flower Petal Shawl first. Plus, I’m going to order my wool from Bendigo Woollen Mill, so hopefully that will give me time to finsh the shawl.

Then, of course, there’s the socks. See, I bought a new pair of shoes today.

Aren’t they pretty?

They’re just crying out to be worn with  some interesting socks. Given the dearth of sufficiently interesting socks out there in the market place, what else can I do but knit my own?

So I went to my favourite wool shop and bought some sock wool, and a set of very snazzy shiny metal double pointed needles.


I’m  just dying to get started on these. I’ll start with something fairly basic at first, but really, the possiblities are endless.

I ordered some really interesting sock wool (and some pretty stitch markers) from an Etsy seller today, so there’s another pair lined up already.

I think that sock-knitting is a fairly portable hobby, so I’m hoping to be able to get away with some quiet knitting in lectures at uni. Either that or crochet scarves etc. If I don’t do something I just doodle and daydream. Knitting/crochet helps me concentrate. Hopefully my lecturers see it the same way.

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Things I want to make…

I have ordered this (once I found someone who would send it to me for less than US$35 postage) becuase I absolutely must make the “Must Have Cardi”.

I am stalking the postman.

Then starts the fun of trying to find appropriate wool. American patterns and Australian wool do not mix all that well. I may have to order that too, but I don’t want to wait that long.

Check this out. I feel I may just have to make this: Tree of Life Afghan

Also, I bought this pattern last night: Cable Luxe Tunic. I don’t know when I’ll do it, but I just love it. I do have an awful feeling that it may not flatter the larger bosomed. Reports on Craftster and Ravelry suggest it is thus.  I’ll make it anyway, and if it looks dreadful, I’ll cry a bit, then rip it out and make something more flattering. I may even make it as a cardi.


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