Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Knitting hasn't been meeting my needs lately. I haven't thought much about it, haven't been scanning Ravelry, and just haven't been knitting. I think it's lots of things - the move, the new lifestyle, the new schedule. I haven't been able to effectively fit the knitting in, and haven't really made it a priority.

I had a little chat with J. the other day and that seemed to help the spark a little bit. Then yesterday I came home, and I went to the stash. I just looked. And moved it around. And put matching colours together. And smelled it. And tried to see what called my name (well, it all did, but what called it the loudest).

I pulled out a couple skeins. One new and one that has been lingering around. They screamed the loudest. I wound them up and have cast on something new. I want to knit it. It is sitting there right now, and rather than chatting with someone from home online, I want to knit. I want to knit rather than falling asleep (again) on the couch. It feels good.

It almost makes it feel like home.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Be Still

Lately, I have been enjoying quiet moments. These come infrequently and I cherish them when they appear. Life is hectic with work and life, a four year old who has found her voice and uses it constantly, an almost two year old who chatters and states her case with great force.

I find that when I have moment, I don't feel like talking. I feel like collecting myself and finding a little peace.

So I hope you are not offended if I don't blog as much as usual. I just need to catch my breath.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Four years ago, your dad and I woke up bright and early. We drove to the hospital and had a last minute discussion about your name choice.

Four years ago we found out what you looked like, but we didn't know you yet.

Four years ago we completed our little family.

Four years ago we wouldn't have predicted we would celebrate your birthday here.

Four years ago we would never have guessed you would turn out so amazing. You surprise us everyday with your will, your love and your charm. You are awes-mazing (your words kid, not mine).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Surely I Jest

I have a plan. I've made a schedule. I've wound yarn. I am on track for my Christmas knitting this year.

I am feeling so confident that I cast on the most adorable vest. I usually have so many projects lined up that new patterns get relegated to the bottom of the queue. I look at them from time to time and wonder what yarn I will use in what colour.

This issue of Knitty came at the right time. The pattern is cute and I love vests. It is smaller than a sweater and doesn't seem like a big undertaking. I had the yarn and buttons to match. It was meant to be! I've named her Jest (J's Vest).

The only problem is I keep stopping to admire the pretty diamond pattern and the soft drape of my yarn. I bought some Knit Picks City Tweed DK quite a while ago intending to make it into a little cardigan but other things came up and the yarn just didn't seem right. I'm so glad I waited and T is, too, since I sent her half the yarn I purchased so she can make a vest of her own.

I can't wait to wear it!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Welcoming Committee

Last week I was ready to get on a plane and head home. Next plane out of Perth and I was going to be on it.

Then I arrived home and saw 3 packages by my front door. One contained mail from home. One had our modem and set-up package for our ADSL. And the last one had this.

Sent from Amanda who lives closer to me than any other knitting friends (although its still a long plane ride.....

I have to say I was gobsmacked (see how I'm learning the new language?). The package contains 2 lovely balls of Bendigo 4ply luxury in colours that match everything I own.

Thank you Amanda - you brightened my day and you are introducing me to new Australian yarn!! I can't thank you enough