Friday, 26 December 2008
GT has spat it big time. He won't talk to any computers and ActiveStink (aka Microsoft ActiveSync) isn't helping at all. Hasn't worked for around a month in any feed style. As a consequence I have deleted his hard drive and installed a new operating system but still nothing. AS spins but doesn't synchronise and no reasons are given for this. You just have to wear it. Because I have a new operating system, I can't now reinstall an old backup (tried it!) as the phone refuses to work then and that's fairly pointless - a PDA/phone without the phone bit - riiiight! So I have the phone but no contacts so I have to remember the numbers but hey, that's why I got the PDA so I don't have to do that. Doh! Think I'm over it all and have pretty much decided it's time for a new phone. Technology, who needs it! Anyone want to buy a slightly abused O2 Flame?
On the knitting front, things are doing OK. Finally finished my crocheted shrug/shawl and almost done with Landon too so took the Christmas opportunity to cast on something new - the Janet Lace Shawl. Also wanting to play with my drop spindle but need some time alone with it to really work out how this will happen. Stay tuned......
Finally back to bicycles - my Cateye has clicked over 3500 kilometres which I am assured is over 2000 miles total since I got the CX2. Worked down at the hospital on Christmas Eve and rode home with tinsel on the handle bars. Amazingly only one or two people bothered to comment and offer Season's Greetings. The place really IS going to the dogs.
Merry Christmas folks and a glorious and prosperous New Year to you all!
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
To bring everyone up to date, The Big Green Hat, my Icarus Shawl and my Lavender Lace socks were entered in this year’s Perth Royal Show. The Knitting Nanas who shall judge us all have decreed that the Icarus was a prizewinner and blue ribboned it (loud cheering and clapping…takes bow!). The BGH unfortunately achieved only a highly commended and looked very forlorn draped inartistically behind some jumper and a nothing sort of ‘scarfy’ thing.
The socks were a devastating disaster for me however. The Nanas obviously had no idea how to display socks and my beautiful stripy masterpieces were stuffed and poked into a corner. How the mighty are fallen!
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Since I last joined you in the ether of the internet and blogging world I have been to Adelaide for a week (work and catching up with rellies), submitted to the Perth Royal Show knitting display - pictures are attached - and completed the Perth City to Surf 12 kilometre walk in the most amazing (for me) time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 14 seconds. At least this time they weren't packing up when I got in! Friend Jane, husband Perry and myself secured that most sought after of walk prizes, the sausage in a bun and then, due to still-in-place road blocks, walked a further 3 km to our pick up point.
My knitting career is going from strength to strength - at least I thought it was until I checked in with the Ravelry Mission Possible 2008 forum and realised that out of my 12 designated projects, only 7 were completed. That leaves five in a state of "unstartedness" or "yet-to-be-frogged/reviewed-ness". Damn!
I have to say that one of the completed ones is my Rona Lace Shawl, aka The Big Green Hat named for it's awesome resemblance to a large Ecky Thump style beret/flat cap while on the circular needle. It did look fairly wrinkly before I borrowed some blocking wire and gave it a major stretch.
Also joining the shawl at the show are my stripey socks, started at a board meeting to keep my hands busy and my eyes open. The third item is my Icarus shawl. Now for some reason the ladies at the show (Nanas who Knit, hereafter referred to as NWK's) will only allow one entry per section. Crafty knitter here has flummoxed the NWK's by putting the Icarus into the lace section and Rona, knitted in KnitPicks baby alpaca 100% into the alpaca section. Hope they don't pick me up for that one but will let you know how it goes at the end of the month when I see how they went.
This may be the last year for entries as well. Yours truly can't see the point (other than out-and-out boasting) of entering such competitions without any feedback for my efforts. Case in point - my crocheted knee rug last year got a second. There was no first but there was also no feedback so I have no idea why I fell short. Had a long e-mail "discussion" with one of the NWK's regarding this and she was going to take it back to her fellows. We await the outcomes this year.....
Monday, 4 August 2008
On the knitting front, I have recommenced work on some socks, the Rona Lace shawl (after going one step forward and two back) and I've completed one hat and started the one promised to my nephew a month ago. Pictures will follow as will the gasps and exclamations when I sort through the disaster that is my abode currently. I seem to have been using it as a run through dumping ground and the piles are now falling over as I try to find something "I am sure I put here just yesterday!" That includes yarn and needles (good excuse to buy more as I can't find the stuff I purchased just the other day for certain projects!!)
The enormity of the cleanup is daunting. My reason for sitting in front of the computer just now is to deal with the tax thingy and get rid of that but before I can start - there's the filing. Heeeelllllppppp! See you at a knit 'n' bitch sometime soon.
Monday, 28 July 2008
Rumours abounded regarding a téte á téte she was seen having with teammate Thor following the race. It seems to have been a discussion over who would be leading the Team Crédit Agricole sprinters over the line on the Champs. No one was quite sure of the outcome as neither rider has commented. This reporter has been unable to confirm the story as Team CA management are being deliberately tight-lipped. We think that Oscar and Thor were at the finish by the scruff of their racing shorts but Hélène barely seemed to break a sweat. Only the final kilometres will tell the outcome of this Tour.
Friday, 25 July 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Here I am again to show the almost there Bon Chance (aka Bellini). I have button bands and collar as well as the buttons and have started the (urghh!) sewing up process. Just what is the right way to sew up a multi-coloured cardi any way?? If you use the yarn as is the colours just don't oblige by changing as required. The only real way of doing this is with itty-bitty bits of yarn to match the worked area. How much am I bothered?? Depends where the seam is I guess. Stay tuned. I hope to be wearing this to cheer the riders during the time trial next Saturday. If I wasn't typing this and freezing in front of the computer, I'd have it finished and be watching the Tour right now. Doh!
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Saturday, 12 July 2008
go team!) but my heart is still with Cadel. I note that Team Silence-Lotto is below TCA though.... I was trying not to look as the peleton went around that slick corner in Toulouse 'cause I could see that ending in a lot of tears. C'est la guerre! I console myself with the fact that after 24 cm of K2P2 rib, the whole back piece is only 56cm total. I'm almost halfway done with it when that's finished. Ha!
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
On a positive note, I have also enabled the New Widget, hereafter known as Georgie-Too or GT. GT is a replacement for the four-year-old Georgie my first PDA-phone. GT (admit you were waiting for this), goes faster but there are no stripes - that was my Top Gear-type reference in case you didn't spot it. Because of GTs bursts of speed, he seems to have a habit of going to sleep at inappropriate moments. Don't get me wrong, GT can work in his sleep but it is a little disconcerting to be doing something and the screen goes black. Pretty freaky the first time actually! Getting a bit used to it now.
When setting up the Widget I have always found that the putting on of the programmes is the tricky bit. Then comes the keeping them all running in a harmonious and central processor sharing kinda way so that you can use what you want when you like. With Georgie, I had issues at the start until we developed a good working relationship. I would load on all that useful info (like phone numbers and contact details and documents I needed), travel somewhere (like Sydney) and Georgie would promptly drop his bundle along with any useful information. This effectively meant that instead of Georgie the PDA-phone, I had Georgie the handbag weight. Hoping that apart from the sleepy time thing that GT doesn't give me the same issues because GT is easier to travel with. Less cables and other extraneous paraphernalia to keep him full of juice. With Georgie, I had to take the adaptor and the charging cable plus another cable if he wanted to chat with any of his computer friends. GT only requires one cable (same one as the MP3 player I already have) and that will do it all - no adaptor required. So for the price of two Widgets, I need one cable and a plug (or a friendly computer to sap the charge from!)
Stay tuned for the story of GT and his travels (will he respect Georgie too much not to do the same?) and the tale of Sockittome! and her death-defying project skills.....
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Liberty, bless her, responded to my "Bang Bang you're dead!" e-mail with an air of resignation. She asked whether she should continue knitting or just send me the socks. Given that I don't know whether I shall be alive when she gets my socks, I told her to keep going. I now live in fear of the postman!!!
Went with Mt Lawley SnB girls to see alpacas at Whiteman Farm again. Vicki & I rode there - Vicki with a flat tyre handicap start that turned into a flat tyre handicap finish. Two different bikes as well. Who'd a thought? We had to be rescued by the Knight on his White Commodore as the new tube we pain stakingly inflated and checked, refused to come to the party and do it's bike-ly duty once inside the tyre.
The 'pacas were good though but the best part was that f.a.b. fashion parade (see above) with those oh so stylish newbie recruits - wasn't that bloke fantastic girls?? Lunch also excellent and pretty much falling out of the bun. Coffee rated 2* out of a possible 10 though - not to be recommended! Overall a good day for 'pacas and a bad day for credit cards as books, suri alpaca and silk laceweight, as well as sweets and various childish wind-up toys went home with us to amuse all at the next Knit 'n' Bitch session.
I purchased the abovementioned yarn in two colourways in the end as I have become involved in a couple of Ravelry swaps - the purple - my first and perhaps not the best and the Good Karma/Guilty Pleasures for whom the yarn was purchased. The latter resulted in a stash enhancing two skeins of angora/cormo blend fingering weight yarn as well as numerous yummy items including a one pound box of Oreos - quite nice with ice cream we discovered here at Chez Harrow.
Also getting into the swing with this years Sock Wars and the debate around whether the Detonator has an 8 or 9 stitch pattern repeat - Exomod straw poll says 8. In any case at this writing I still live (cheers echo through the crowd) and my socks are done and free to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting Liberty - feel free to drop her a line in her demise on my behalf (SockItToMe! - Mwah ha ha ha ha ha! ) My socks were possibly not the finest in the land but they weren't a shabby pair either even if I did make them myself. They are at least in the required Tofutsies. Check them out and see for yourself. I say good but I await Liberty's assessment on this. I suspect they will be the droopy lay about socks that they started out to be and stay a comfy indoor sock variety rather than the stiff upper lip sort that will go out walking and wear hiking boots.
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
We said our final goodbyes to my Dad yesterday as Mum, Perry and I placed his ashes in the ground of the Remembrance Garden at Fremantle Cemetery (map here). He is under the seat closest to the 'A' garden near the Gazebo and has a lovely view across the gardens to what we think will be more development later but is now semi-bushland. It was a lovely sunny day as you can see from the pictures taken, some of which are shown here.
Monday, 24 March 2008
After freshening up, we dined at a boardwalk cafe for lunch and had a celebratory ice cream desert as today was my brother's birthday. He wasn't there you understand - he was travelling from one place to another (in this case Kalgoorlie to Australind preparatory to travelling from Australind to Townsville tomorrow - whatever!)
The initial plan was to catch the wonderful Mandurah train back to civilisation however the adventuress in me took over. My total on the Cateye approached the magical 2,000km mark and I was sitting on 1979 (an interesting year however to close to the target to leave alone!) New plan - ride to Cockburn Central and catch train then ride from Perth Central to home thereby clicking over the ****2000**** mark. Anyone who has ridden this stretch of Perth's cycleways will tell you that boring does not cut it on the stretch down to Rockingham. The only break in the monotony is to count the change in the number of new roof tops.
We achieved Cockburn Central however the Cateye twinkled at me - less than 10km to go. Don't give up now. New plan - Bullcreek or boredom but which would come first. Neither it seems and I ended up in a sorry state nearly 48km later at Harrow Street again. Dinner and a shower didn't fix the issues and I am retiring - not yet defeated - but with 2028.9km on the Cateye.
The sad news in all this is that I was far too knackered to go to KnB @ Exomod this Easter Monday. I have however not abandoned the knitting boat this weekend entirely. I completed my assigned animal - the Boobook Owl - from the Australian book researched by Kita and I also sewed together and completed my Noro Cuthbert jacket. Both look pretty good I can tell you.
Unfortunately to balance these achievements, I have frogged Mum's jacket sleeves but reknitted them using bigger needles. I discovered by trawling around Ravelry a bit this weekend that the yarn I should have used was a 10 ply and the yarn I did use is an 8 ply. Gone up two needle sizes and the completed fabric is still fairly dense and most suitable but a little better in size than before - I was almost on guage before but not quite you see. This only became apparent as the length of sleeve grew but there you go. A 10 by 10cm tension swatch would have given me a similar result except that I would have had a tension swatch saying guage was right when in fact over distance, it was wrong! Thus my case for the sleeve as a swatch - QED!
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Celebrations in the form of a lamb curry and ice cream brunch (don't knock it 'til you've tried it) went on for at least half an hour before the group, including trainer Perry, moved to the Italian restaurant renowned for the slowest coffee service on the planet. Unfortunately the riders were not aware of this. Helen did try to order at the counter - just three coffees - and was told that there was table service. Ten minutes later table service came and went and came again, this time with an order pad. Orders were placed. Orders did not appear and it seems now that perhaps we had ordered from a waitress who worked at another establishment as still no coffee appeared. Dejected, our intrepid riders returned home via TransPerth's most excellent train service followed by a quiet lie down and a cuppa.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
I have discovered for instance that I used to have a love affair with really bad 80's patterns (in crochet!!) That one got an almost immediate frog treatment which just leaves me with a pile of 5ply acrylic with no home (read project).
I can still knit as I don't seem to engage that finger so much. I only have to bend it slightly to knit and this is a good thing. Typing this is an issue as I can't use that finger. I never thought I did but now realise that I had actually learned to use more than just my index finger. Bugger!
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
I have discoved that bamboo doesn't appear to appear on the X-ray scanners though - or they don't pick up on what it is. For whatever reason, I can usually sneak a small project through for the day or so I'm away so that I don't suffer major withdrawal. The alternative - going to the Wool Baa or Cleggs and purchasing a new project and yet another set of 4mm needles (or circular) doesn't bear thinking about. I still visit these places when I can but don't feel as compelled to create knitting related opportunities.
Saturday afternoon shopping - Mimco Aisle store on Bridge Road a regular favourite. This time yielding a nice necklace, a current season's scarf at markdown that was used plus other assorted bits and bobs and Jazzy's gold shopper. Other stores to suffer under my scrutiny were Country Road and Ojay. Things required were a jumper (it was consistently 20 degrees or below and me a freezebug), a long sleeved T and a black cropped suit jacket - marked from $249 to $42. How could I say no?
Sunday and Monday full day meetings with flight home on Monday night and this is where it all went wrong. The fire alarms went off at 1.30am and I'm on the 9th floor - meeting at 8.30am remember! Missed "Robin Hood" and half of "Grey's" and forgot to remind husband to tape "Housewives". Could have done that while Qantas had us sitting on the tarmac for half an hour or so prior to take-off. Then the whole Perth airport experience - for a change my suitcase - checked in this time due to purchase of sharp objects - came off almost first. Queue for taxis and any other transport unthinkable so walking with luggage that was shopping and meeting enhanced, met HMV on the city side of the Brearly Avenue roundabout. Much easier if only the losers in 4WD didn't scare people by speeding so much.
End result of weekend from a knitting perspective - cast-on an odd-ball of maroon wool/silk to try and make the beanie seen in DJ's the previous week (see below for original) - it's working quite nicely thanks. Some lace weight joined the throng for yet another shawl. Long weekend next one so lots of knitting time - I hope - it is Labour Day after all!
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Saturday, 16 February 2008
The day commenced at 10am in Brew Ha in Subiaco with coffee and proceeded apace to Crossways. Following this, yarn was seen to be taken to an underground carpark out the back of Roberts Road - this does not bode well! We think an illegal yarn trade is commencing and IT WILL BE POLICED!
After a short train ride, Calico and Ivy was attacked with vigour and, despite the season and more hot and sticky weather still to come, a quilt left the premises firmly gripped in a knitter's hands. More yarn also escaped its shop-based captivity and the Knitter's went on to Fremantle and a well earned lunch at The Mill on Norfolk.
Yarns on Collie were the last in a line of LYS that received the brunt of furious shopping by the group who were last seen retreating to the safety of the Sail & Anchor for a cold drink and a quiet reflection on their day. Further expeditions of this type may be planned and yarn shop owners should be warned ahead that these frenzied purchasers of all things woolly are not to be stopped by mere dodgy price labels or the lack thereof!
Friday, 15 February 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008