Saturday, April 30, 2005

If I were a rich girl.

I'd hire someone to finish all my half done projects and all the boring stuff like ribbing on beanies.

However what I have bought, and it was cheap which was good. Is the new Get Creative magazine, there doing a focus on knitting, while there wern't a lot of patterns there was a lot of junk about how to and what you need.
Mainly I bought it because I really liked the Caressa poncho and the Trio - hat, scarf and mittens.

What I don't think I've told you about is the Panda Learn to Knit book I bought quite a few weeks ago. It's aimed at children and teaching them to knit, so some of it is probably way too simple and I should probably look to some more challenging stuff but some of the projects are very cool (I love the felted bags), they even have a couple of designs for knitted flowers to embellish your finished article with and the first project I'm planning to make from it is a child's beanie done on four needles.

I'm making Voodoo from Knitty which is my first project on four needles and they are wrist warmers, so I figure a child's hat would be a good next step up from that.
And I can send it away for Dulaan, so it won't really matter what colour (or possibly what shape it is).

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Fear not!

If you are reading this I have been obvioulsy kidnapped by wild cavemen and am convincing them to help me take over the world as you are reading this.
They are impressed by my sharp pointy sticks and amazing rack.

Yesterday I finally got those last four rows done on the Alien's fourth face. I bet you we're all sick of those four rows, I know I was. It only took me a fortnight to get them done and then I made inroads into the fifth face and the process starts over!

Today was my first visit to the gym, I feel super fantastic now - but tomorrow morning may be another story. Which got me thinking with all this hard work I won't just be a red head with an amazing rack and a army of cavemen armed with sharp pointy sticks - I'll be a red hot red head with an amazing rack and an army of cavemen armed with sharp pointy sticks (they'll be my bodyguards once I'm red hot and having to beat men off with a big stick (a big pointy stick!)).

My other goals? Aside from finishing another 12 knitting projects so my yarn diet is over, I'm hoping to find enough cash to purchase myself a ticket to see the man himself, ALICE COOPER!!!!
Yes, he's coming to my hometown for one night only and it's the only concert in my state so I want to buy my ticket sooner than later. This is where not buying yarn should help. Hopefully.

I'm afraid that's all I have time for today, the cavemen are restless. Someone has to make their dinner.

Until next time,
A bona fide cave dwelling red head and damn proud of it.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Not much to report.

I haven't got anywhere near as much knitting done as I would've liked, instead I've spent a good amount of time vegetating and doing nothing.

I was just four rows off completing the fourth face on the Alien and do you think I have lloked at it since? No. The in the round project gets picked up and a few rows done on it before being put back down again..

I know, what a wildly exciting life I lead!

Something that is exciting, I got the first newletter from Lisa G in my In-Box the other day and have been over to admire the new site layout and check out her new blog. Just started so not a lot in there yet.
For those of you not familiar with Lisa G she started out making her own needles (with her father's help) and other knitting accessories because she wanted something funky as opposed to the normal boring stuff available. If you haven't seen her stuff now is a good time, because she's adding yarn to her range - it's only hand dyed and hand spun for the moment but commercial yarn will be coming. Lisa G's home is here.

I'm afriad that's it for today boys and girls, perhaps I should go and do seomthing more excting.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Friday, April 22, 2005

A quick one.

It's a long weekend due to Anzac Day - I really don't like Anzac Day I find it very depressing and hard to cope with. And consequentially don't watch a lot of tv because it's all Anzac Day.

Something good will come out of all of this, I wil hopefully be productive and get some knitting done. I bought some odds and ends of htick stuff yesterday as well as three cones of thick cream wool.

The odds and ends I thought would be good for knitting some more of the Dulaan hats, I must look that pattern up again because it was very quick and easy.

As for the cones of wool, you'll all have to wait and see!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ahh it's been awhile.....

It has been awhile but first I want to start with the public shaming of some complete strangers.

No, I don't know these people but I do know that they drive a dark blue station wagon - one of the modern ones you know more rounded than straight lines.

I was in the car with my mother who was dirving me home at about quarter to four this afternoon (Thurs 21/4/05), when I said to my mother I can hear a siren. My mother's response is "Where is it?"
"I don't know, I can just hear it not see it" Like you can see a siren anyway, but you know what I mean I couldn't actullay see at first what it belonged to.
"It's an ambulance." says my mother. Now we were in the right lane coming across the bridge just past the Seaport, the ambulance was furthur back in the right lane so my mother pulls over to the left as the same time as the ambulance who'd obviously had the same idea as less traffic was travelling in the left lane at the time.

My mother moves back into the right lane, we're coming across the bridge, by this stage about halfway. Now I know I said there was less traffic and my mother moved back into the right lane, that dosen't mean the left lane is now devoid of traffic.

Oh noooooooooooo! Yes, I am referring to the dark blue station wagon. It's still in the left lane, with the ambulance - lights flashing and siren on - right behind it.
Acros the bridge, towards the traffic lights and the dark blue station wagon is just cruising along, I'm not sure of the name of that first street that runs down to Invermay Road but there's a petrol station on the corner.
The ambulance is still stuck behind this station wagon coming across the lights, after we've crossed the lights the ambulance has pulled in front of the line of traffic in the right lane where there was a gap. Now in front of the ambulance is one of these big truck-ute types it immedietly pulls into the left lane and the amubulance zooms off and we can see it in the distance turning down Foster Street where McDonalds is on the corner, the truck-ute pulls back into the right lane and throught all of this the dark blue station wagon is still driving along in the left lane at the same speed it was doing over the bridge in front of the ambulance. WTF?

Why am I so pissed about the dark blue station wagon? Because apart from being inconsideate to the ambulance crew and the people waiting for this ambulance by slowing it down, it's freakin dangerous to the people waiting. The person waiting may only have broken bones and a few seconds longer may not make a huge difference but the person waiting could also be having a heart attack, or have suffered some major injury that sees them bleeding everywhere, stuff like that every second does make a difference.

Starting right here, right now I don't know if these dark blue station wagon driving people will read this but I'd like all my fellow Launcestonians and Tasmanians for that matter to spread the word about these freaks, because Launceston isn't that small a place once you start talking to people.

Onto more positive topics, I had my first "session" at the gym Tuesday afternoon. Once I got over the temptation to say to "my" trainer just how old are you? He looked like he should still be in high school, but he was a nice guy and really seemed to know what he was on about so I'm less freaked.
Before I went I had this irrational and stupid fear that it would kill me, I knew it was stupid and irrational but still I was afraid. But i'm over that now, and I had a 10-minute session on the Versa Trainer - I think it's either a cross trainer or somehting similar to it. After 10 mins, I'd had it and my knees are like AAARRRRRGGGHHHHH!
But 30 seconds after all of this I'd become one of those happy perky people who irritate me beyond belief. I went to the supermarket after the gym and I'm happy and excited to be there in the supermarket. I'm just so excitied about being in the supermarket. They must be pumping something through the air conditioning at the gym.

My first project on the round is Voodoo (wrist warmers) from Knitty and is coming on really well I'm making it out of some Magnum Prints - the blue one.

I bought some more yarn at a ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) fundraiser for the Tsunami victims. The money will go towards a project in one of the ACWW nations hit by the tsuanmi. It's all thick stuff, some of it I'm going to use for myself, some of the others I'm going to use for knitting for Dulaan. But I donated the equivelent spent on yarn to charity, I like when that happens. I am still making my monthly donations thorugh my yarn diet to MSF and The Wilderness Society. But every little helps.

Also on the news front and one of the reasons it's taken me so long to blog, Matt Hardy - yes my beloved Matt Hardy, has been fired by the WWE. I'm sad I won't be seeing him on my tv screen amy time soon but i'm not sad the WWE fired him because basicly there kinda crap on a good day. I'm hoping if he does go somewhere else like TNA we'll hopefully have it in Australia by then.

I bought a new bra and it's my first black one! In honour of Matt's many losses, and because you know in my dreams..........

Well, I think that's about it for the last week. I'll have to get back to more regualr posting now.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Monday, April 11, 2005

How Cool!

The new issue of Spun is up and I am very impressed with the Memories Capelet. I love the idea behind it and it reminds me of a knitter I know who knits all her scraps up!

I've also dug into the shallows of my stash and started a new project, and my first in the round. Tomorrow will tell if it works or if it gets flung across the room and stomped on. Damn knitting! Why don't you do what I want?

Until next time,
A bona fide redhead and damn proud of it.

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Still New!

Yep, still new.

Monday is the release date of the new Spun I'm looking forward to it. I also got an e-mail about the Southern Cross Knitters and when the first issue will be up. I can't remember off hand. I'd look for the e-mail but that's more effort than I want to expend.

Nothing new on the knitting front.

However I did make Yorkshire puddings today, to go with the roast beef which I didn't eat. I can't stand the smell of beef roasting. But I love Yorkshire puddings! They came up absolutely massive and I did get a picture of them but it's in the camera so I'll have to get it and upload it. When I can be bothered. Hopefully soon. Also hopefully a picture of a finished product!

Until next time,
A bina fide red head and damn proud of it.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

New! New! New!

Yes, today is all about new since that's what stopped me from getting yesterday's blog written.

The new Knitty is up and I am in love. There are a couple of things that are must make list worthy. Cleaves, I Do and Hot Tamale top the list but above them all is Cocktail Monkey!

I've been working on the Alien but failed to finish the fourth face last night as hoped. There's always tonight I suppose.

And a shameless plug for my other blog, Darkside Inn. It has lots of pretty pictures! It's basically about my obsession about food and my love of all manner of weird kitchen gadgets, There be lots of info, links and photos of both.

Yes, I know a third obsession. One day I'll figure out how to get the three together - Matt Hardy, Knitting and Food.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Opportunity Knocks Once, But How Many Times Does It Ring?

At least twice.

The last couple of months I have been contemplating going back to the gym, yes this was prompted when something failed to fit as good as it should.
That's all I've done, think about it.

The phone rang yesterday and it was Opportunity itself. They made me an offer I wasn't keen to refuse and so it was this afternoon I went for an appointment. And I signed my life away - to this very demon!
Fate obviously decided I needed a kick up the bum. I can't thank it enough. All I could think, well I couldn't really think, when they were showing me round was ahhh, home at last!

Was I apprehensive? Concerned about cost? Worried I might hate it? No - none of this bothered me. I was excited, yes excited. Fate kicked at the right time. I wasn't interested in details and fine print I wanted to join! And may I say I do believe they are slightly cheaper in price then my first time round with another well know name.

On the knitting front, I worked on the Alien today. The fourth face is half way and I hope to do some more toonight. The cold must be passing - or I'm still on a high from this afternoon.

On my way home as I was coming through traffic stopped at the lights was a Winabago. A couple we're in it the man was driving and the lady in the passenger seat was knitting!

RED ALERT! RED ALERT! RED ALERT! Knitter Spotted In Public!

Okay I am off now, because I am just too excited to sit still and knit this! Yes it's purple time!

Until next time,
A bona fide and excited red head.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Desperate Housewives.

Well I spent this afternoon doing my very own Desperate Housewife gig, no where near as excting as Wisteria Lane however.

A bit of housework, oh how I hate it!

Tommorrow is SNB meet-up and I am looking forward to it. I must finish the Alien's third face tonight.

Look for a picture to follow real soon!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Is it that time already?

Apparently it is. I have a SNB meet-up on Tuesday. I can't believe it's that time again already. Not that I'm not looking forward to it.

I will have to get to work on the Alien and finish the third face since I had hoped to have it done for the last meet.

It'll be the first knitting I've got done in about a week imbetween the cold and well the cold I haven't really got motivated to do anything.

However while I haven't knitted I have baked and if you want to see the results you'll have to visit the Inn. When not knitting and not having colds my other great passion is cooking. Or more to the point baking. I love baking most of all. Watch the Inn space because I have decided to turn the kitchen drawer out and do a photo homage to my cookie cutter collection. Yes, I collect cookie cutters so I'm always on the lookout for more, especially unique ones.
I've purchased some more just recently but they may have to be censored before going in the Inn.

Back to the knitting, once the third face is done I will take a photo to upload for you all to see or not see as the case may be. It is an Illusion Scarf after all!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

We interrupt your normal blog reading to bring you this breaking news!

The unwelcome house pest was discovered alive and well in my hallway last night.

Yes, in my hallway. And I promptly informed my personal Spiderbusting crew by telephone of this fact. It's in the hallway, yes in the hallway. What do you mean what's in the hallway?

I so need to get a new Spiderbustering crew. My father was promptly dispatched to come around, he was out for his walk so he didn't have as far to come so you would've thought it wouldn't have taken long but it felt like an eternity.

So after this event I have decided that I really need to get a vacumn cleaner with a longer hose, more insect spray and I am going to try this outdoor barrier spray and see if it prevents them coming in.
I've also decided to take the plunge and buy one of these things that plug in the power point and emit sonar waves or something that drive all manner of creepy crawly things away. I do believe they are quite expensive to buy but the peace of mind will be worth it.

Not that I get big spiders very often, this is only the third the entire time I've lived where I am currently, that's about 5 years now I think. Touch wood there will be no more.
But just in case what do you think of this ad-in-progress?

Essential requirements:
Not afraid of spiders, cute, semi intelligent and preferable single.
Please note if you are Matt Hardy an application is not necessary.
You can just come to my house and take up a live-in position.

Non-Essential requirements:
Ummmmmmm.......................Let's see.
If you offer a "Tea, Coffee or Me?" service you'll get a bonus.
In which case I hope you like chocolate cake. Because I do.

Until next time,
A bona fide non spider loving redhead and damn proud of it.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Who You Gonna Call?

1. Matt Hardy?
2. Spiderbusters?
3. Dad?

Last night after I've gotten into bed and was lying there, reading my book, everything's just fine. I decide it's time for lights out and at first I thought the curtain had moved. I decided I was imagining things and then realised the it wasn't the curtain but something on the curtain. It looked a biggin too. EWWWWWW! I do not cope well with 8-legged invaders.

I tried to be brave, I even left it alone in my bedroom when I fled to get the vacumn. Came back, plugged the vacumn in, and went to suck it up. The bugger only went and moved and I sucked up the curtain which then got stuck in the vacumn and the unwelcome invader made a run for it across the curtain and disappeared behind a chair which was in front of the window.
After that any resolve to be brave went out the window which is where I would have preferred the 8-legged invader to go.

So I'm having a panic attack ( a speciality of mine), blubbering and too afraid to go anywhere because it could come out and go somewhere else.

1. Matt Hardy unfortunatly by the time he got here from America the thing will have died of old age and I will be jibbering wreck beyond help and spend the rest of my days in a small room shouting about spiders.
2. Spiderbusters - Unfortunatly they don't exist, but I wish they would. If anybody is looking to go into business please start this one.
3. Dad. He came out in his pyjamas moved the furniture and looked all over the curtains back and front and decided he couldn't see a spider and he wasn't going to start looking for one now (it was midnight by this stage) and that I had better come home and he'd come back in the morning and look for it.

Well there was no sign this morning, my mother thinks it probably left sometime last night and my father thinks the same but just in case we have gassed my bedroom with insect spray. Nothing emerged in a mad attempt to get away from the fumes so it's either left or already dead. However despite this I am not sleeping in my room tonight, I'm camping out in my own living room if I'll sleep is another matter. My brave volunteers who think the spider is long gone will however come round in the morning to check for bodies alive and otherwise.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.