Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cracking Chrissie Korkies!

Well the festivities came and went with the blinking of an eye, and the cracking of a Korknisse!!
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I wanted to knit many more of these little korkies than I had time for, but next year I plan to be very prepared!
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These little fellows were knit up and packaged in pretty shiny colours in preparation for the gifting :)
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Very well received!
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It's a fabulous little pattern, originally sourced here, but Elliphantom's troops of 'nisse are VERY inspiring too! :) I altered the pattern somewhat - no ribbing and basically knit intuitively seeing as the design is rather simply (yet ingenious!!) and stopped/decreased when it seemed right!
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I loved these little people so much it was very difficult to part with them! I think I'll have to knit up a few to keep our mantelpiece company *grin*
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I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities with much laughter and love and remains safe and happy as we encounter the New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas times

A Christmas Meme for Christmas times :)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper! But generally some sort of unusual wrappings, this year was newspaper with hand made gift tags and colour co-ordinating ribbons - hurrah!!
2. Real or artificial tree? Artificial - I LUFF the tree situation - decorating, having one inside etc.. lovely :)
3. When do you put up the tree?
As soon as possible! This year I was behind the gun though and put it up late in the first week of December.
4. When do you take it down?
Take it down?
5. Do you like eggnog? The only eggnog I've had comes in a carton - pre-made flavoured milk! I've never tried to REAL stuff!
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My incredibly blessed childhood and family, and the magical sparkle-fest of love and wonder instilled in me
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
8. Hardest person to buy for?
No one :)
9. Easiest person to buy for?
Well I'm not really digging the "buy for" part here.. And everyone I know is fabulously fun to gift things too! Some require a little more thought and scheming, but that's all part of the fun
10. Worst Christmas present you ever got?
Gah! It's not a about the presents people!!
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Well, in theory mail them... but I don't think I've managed to successfully send out a batch of Festivuss cards yet!! This year I plan to send belated ones - they're GOING dammnit!! Late or not!
12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Ooohh.. I don't really have one actually!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
All through the year - see something perfect, snaffle it up. Have a great crafterly idea, get straight onto it!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Not in the sens of re-gifting one. But I've certainly gone through a few edible items and recycled the packages.. and such..
15. Favorite thing to eat on Christmas?
Oooh cherries! ADORE cherries and they come out around Christmas time here and I get stuck in!
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Clear lights, but generally none on the tree
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Hmmm... tricky as I have so many.. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire (The Christmas Song?), practically anything sung by Frank and Bing!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

Always travel of some description, but all our family are within the same state and city area so that helps.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer? I certainly can! And as a child it was my intention to have EIGHT German Shephards when I grew up, each named after one of the reindeer *grin*
20. Angel or star on top of tree?
A star :)
21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning? Sometime on Christmas day
22. Most annoying thing this time of year? The commercial nature of Christmas and how much people subscribe to that and get caught up in the pressure, stress, and performance anxiety of it all. It DOESN'T have to be about that, people!!!
23. Do you decorate your tree in any theme or color? No, the tree is home to a fabulous mix of ornaments and styles, each with its own memory and story :)
24. What do you leave for Santa?
This year he went without, poor love,though gauging by his waistline the odd house or two with no goodies isn't a bad thing for his health.. but normally a carrot or so for the reindeer and a glass of milk for the old fellow - yes, he gets MILK, we can't have him careening all around in this sleigh, can we?

(Sorry to have put you through this Sagish Rabbit!)

Festivuss Love

My little friends here and I hope you've all enjoyed a safe and snuggly time over the festive period - whatever celebrations you get into.
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May your days be filled with love and laughter, tasty treats and good company - and may your needles be ever-clicking!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gift Knitting

Oh, yes!! There has been much festive knitting!

But I cannot say more..

Oh, yes! I have pictures!!
festivuss 2007 knitting censored
But I cannot show more...

Such is the way with the sleuthing of Gift Knitting...

It must remain censored, until all knitted gifts have been gifted knittingly...


Monday, December 17, 2007

Happenings and not happenings?

I've been quite anxious lately, not about the fast-approaching festivities, but simply in life and from the happenings and not happenings of life! Cryptic I know, but basically I've been realising I this anxiety is something about myself that will not just go away on its own, that I need to work at it and constantly challenge myself.

Last night I was feeling extremely wound up and ended up, in very un-Sasha style, completely gutting, cleaning and sorting the entire freezer! Look at that puppy sparkle!!
sparkling freezer
I've set up a fabulous schedule of tasks I want to complete and items I want to do within a time frame so I can feel secure that everything will get done and all will be well - because the schedule has sorted that out :)

Part of that scheduling involved looking at how much of the Swallowtail Shawl I need to complete each day in order to have it ready by the 25th.... well... about 6.75% per day. Which equals about 4 or 5 rows - which is doable, even around my hectic scheduling of events!!
lace troubles
Unfortunately last night as I was determined to get a few rows in as a head start, I found that not only am I one stitch over my stitch count for the row I'm on (the second nupp row of the first Lily Valley section) but I've also managed to get the stitches sort of out of alignment too!!


I know!! How did this happen!? So I stalled last night and put it down for the time being. I need quickness of mind and longevity of patience to have a look at it again - today after work hopefully. I'm wondering if I can just add one stitch on the part that is one stitch too few, then do a double decreased later in the row where the extra stitches are... See, what's happened is on top of the extra stitch that's in there, the mis-alignment is caused by one area having one less stitch that needed, and further on down the row another section having TWO extra stitches - the extra stitch plus the one that should have been earlier! And if I simply ignore the misalignment and knit away those lovely nupp and yarn over fans will start off not so fan-nish, they'll be right on top of each other for that first pair.. hmmm.. don't know.. requires more thought..

Any suggestions please do fire away!! :)

Lovely weekend has been spent with friends and loved ones :) I saw a lovely friend's new house and gifted her some housewarming goodies wrapped up in an appropriately coloured knit face-cloth

Dad and I spent the afternoon putting together his new outdoor setting, after which we of course had to test them out with cool drinks and whilst eating our dinner looking out at the view from his porch!
Dad and Chill on outdoor setting (6)
Chilli decided, to our hilarity, that she wanted a chair too (this was even before the pizza was produced) and first up put her paws and chest on the little table, resting there and eye us off - part of the team. Then she went the whole hog and popped her little back feet up there and clung to the mini-table determined that she'd stay up there as part of our crew, not just the dog sitting on the floor!! Look at how gorgeous she is!!
Dad and Chill on outdoor setting (3)

The Chrissie deckies are gradually making their migration from boxes in the cupboard and hallway to their rightful place on the tree, mantel piece and household surrounds
But I'm not rushing into it this year - I want it to be a family affair and enjoyed by all :)

Rightio, must dash, I'm behind on my schedule now seeing as the whimsy to post and not COMPLETELY neglect my blog seemed to grab me spontaneously so I ignored the " take bike out to the shed " schedule task in favour of sitting here to blog a little!

Saturday, December 15, 2007


I figured out the NUPPS!!!

*crazy dancing*

If I do the nupp row stitches reaaally loosely then the purl 5 togethers are a piece of cake!! CAKE I TELL YOU!!!

*more crazy dancing and hysterical giggling*

Maybe I will have this shawl finished by Christimuss!!!

Can't tell more, am too tired, but will post pictures and more excited gabblings tomorrow *grin*

Friday, December 14, 2007

Raccooning Austen

icanhascheezburger always comes through with the goods, and last night was no exception. I was scrolling through their posts and found this one -
thowsand times
Which for a Jane Austen fan is doubley hilarious! hehehee!

p.s. no post for a while - I know. My wrist is playing havoc at the moment, though I'm not sure why, too much PDA backgammon? Too much writing/typing? Heaven forbid... Too much Knitting?!?! So I'm trying to go easy on it :)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Fruit Punch!!

Last week whilst meeting up with some knitterly buddies I was able to return Ann's yarn to her - now slightly more colourful than before!!

Behold!! I have named it - Fruit Punch! For obvious reasons..
fruit punch

So now I can share the details and photos I took whilst dyeing but had to keep aside lest I spoil the surprise!

I've finally got the knack down for preparing the bench in a safe and stain-resistant manner, so I was able to go at it!! Spreading out the skein and painting away..
anee's yarn 1
This photo shows the yarn before I added the black, which was intended to be stark strong black and contrast brilliantly with the popping fruity colours. But alas, you saw the outcome of that - murky and not at all what I had in mind! And so I redyed later, the results of which I used as that green sneak peek a few posts ago :)

So after besmirching it with black, then it travelled into the big pot, with a cup of water to ensure the yarn didn't dry out , and into the oven for a toasty moasty time!
anne's yarn 2

After rinsing and drying the skein out I pondered on my dilemma with the yellow/black section and decided, as you know, that re-dyeing was the best, only even, solution! And here is the final result, being re-skeined.
anne's yarn
The dye skein was to wide for my swift! Ack! So I improvised a handy box of books on the couch to help me re-wind!

So there you have it, or Ann has it to be precise! And I hope she loves the colours and enjoys knitting them up into something tangy and FRUITY!
fruit punch 2

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Well, I didn't complete my Hoodii within November, so I didn't do a very good job at NaKniJuMo!! Started late and didn't even finish - ha! Nevermind, maybe next year I'll be in a better place to get my teeth really sunk in to this fun knit along.

So how did I go? I finished the torso and after much measuring and re-measuring I completed the armhole shaping too!! Hurrah!
cphoodii torso measurements
So by the end of November I had a nice complete body section all done and dusted =D
cphoodii torso
I also started on the first sleeve, but I don't think that was technically in November! It's looking good though and I'm still completely smitten with Magic Loop:)
I plan to make the ribbing at the cuff a bit longer than the pattern, to match the longer ribbing at the hips. Plus this'll make the cuffs ultra-juicy in winter when it's super cold and I want to have the ribbing down over my knuckles too - and when it's not so freezey I can fold them up into a double cuff - yay!

Yesterday I sat with some of my lovely knitting sisterhood and learned yet another skill! The 3-needle bind off!
Ann is such an excellent tutor and had me binding off with the three needles in no time! It really is a very handy, quick and easy technique - I don't know why it's not more well known or commonly used?
So now my Hoodii torso is actually WEARABLE as a sort of incomplete vest! haha!
I'm really pleased with how it's coming along and have to FORCE myself to leave it alone while I do my frantic Christimuss Festivuss knitting!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Learning New Things

Festivuss is drawing ever closer, which means I MUST prise myself away from my Hoodii and get stuck into the Christmas knitting I have planned! I'll give an update on the Hoodii and how far I got in NaKniSweMo next time, but today I'm learning new things!

First up is the infamous NUPP. Oh yes, I'm into the border of the Swallowtail Shawl but have stalled there. I'm finding the nupps quite tricky. I tried the suggestion of [sl2, p3tog, psso] and managed one, but then I found even the purl three together was too difficult to get my needles under! So after a bit of reading today I've discovered a secret! On the preparatory row with the [k1, yo, k1, yo, k1] all into the same stitch I've been doing them with a normal tension - oh no my friend! The recommendation is to do those stitches VERY loosely, that way you're able to slip your needle underneath for a p5tog easy peasey! Plus the resultant nupp is nice, juicy and plump! hehe so that will be the order of the day! I shall unknit the prep row and redo it with very loose stitches and see how I go from there =D It's very exciting! I'm hit with the lace fever again!

The other form of learning came in a natty website called Free Rice.
A non-profit site that challenges you to work on your vocabulary by answering multiple choice word definition questions - the prize being twenty grains of rice donated per correct answer! The rice is donated through the U.N. and the site is funded by advertisers whose ads appear at the bottom of the screen in a pleasantly unobtrusive way. So far I've donated 740 grains of rice (about one bowl?) and am at vocab level 41. So go play! Improve your vocabulary and be involved in creating food for the hungry folks out there! But be warned, it's VERY addictive!!
chill look
This post was brought to you by our sponsor, the ChilliFund : an imaginary organisation raising bowls of dog-biscuits for food-obsessed insatiable hounds all over the world.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Add a splash of colour

It's like Mary Poppins said : "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.." but in this case, it's a pageful of colour helps the study time go fast!

I needed post-it notes, and lo, behold what I found!!
study post its 1
Aren't they fabulous?
study post its 2
And just the ticket to brighten an otherwise dull and un-engaging desk full of black and white (and read all over?!) research!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Fantastic new runners

I have them!
*big grin*