Thursday, March 31, 2005

New Music!

I bought new music for the first time in ages.

Joss Stone - Right To Be Wrong
Usher - Caught Up
Nitty - Nasty Girl
Gewn Stefani with Eve - Rich Girl

Ah, new music. I am thrilled. I'm off to listen and possibly knit.

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Yes I was Absent Without Blog yesterday, but it was for a good cause. Yesterday I went to visit Cathy - my fellow SNB'ers will have met Cathy at the meet-ups and yesterday Cathy has joined the wonderful land of Blog!

The Knitter's Last Stand is Cathy's new blog. We should all watch with avid interest and in my case avid envy as Cathy can also crochet.

Since I was at Cathy's most of the night all I had time to do last night was crawl into bed. However I did work on the Alien this morning and he is closer to having a third face. I'm sure he'll be pleased.
I know I'll be pleased.

I'm still no closer to keep up with my SNB group or my e-mail, I've read all and most in that order. I still haven't got around to replying. I still have to finish checking in at everyone's blogs. Yes, I am reading I just haven't got around to commenting on a lot of your blogs. I will soon.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head with a cold and not so proud.

Monday, March 28, 2005

I'm back!

I haven't had a chance to catch up on all that has happened yet so I am just dropping a quick line to let you all know I'm back and plan to catch up on all the latest news and e-mails.

Sunday lunch went off alright in the end. I strongly suspected in the morning during preperation one or more of us would start channeling Gorden Ramsey. All of us ofcourse knew how Sunday lunch should be done right and camps were formed.

My responsibility for the lunch was the Sticky Garlic Potatoes - which turned out to be quite a success if I do say so myself. On Saturday afternoon, I made the Easter Nest Cake up in readiness for the lunch and made the choc-cream filling Sunday morning after the potatoes were done.

On the trip away I managed to knit half of the third Alien face, I got another quarter done Sunday afternoon before tea and never got back to it as I had a nap after tea. I've been confined with germy people and I am hoping with plenty of sleep, fluid and cold tablets I can beat it before it sets in.

On the trip back home today I did a few rows on the baby scarf, it must be nearly three-quarters done now. Once again I din't get alot done because I slept most of the trip back.

Well, that's all for today as I haven't had a chance to upload the pictures yet.

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

Friday, March 25, 2005

A Quick Update

Ah, I was meant to be away for the Easter weekend, I pictured myself incommunicado with at least three days to devote to my knitting with no distractions or excuses. Well the fact that I am writing this now means I obviously haven't got that yet. I'll be travelling tomorrow, baking the cake for Sunday's lunch when I reach my destination and then making my bed up and probaly spending the evening working on some knitting.

Sunday morning I will crawl from my bed and be thrilled to know I will be cooking a fraction less of Sunday lunch. Now that the numbers have increased everybody doubts the origianl menu.
My sister dosent' think we should be doing stuff for the first time on Sunday and my mother doubts everyone else will like the Saffron Roast Lamb.

Well I am still going to have my Sticky Garlic Potatoes, because I don't eat roast lamb or any roast meat for that matter so I will not be deprived of my potatoes!

Since I'm only cooking potatoes I figure that now gives me a bit more time Sunday morning to knit, and bugger them all I'll knit all Sunday after lunch as well.

I've got the baby scarf packed, mainly because it lives in my hand bag so I can get it out and actually work on it when i have spare moments - it's been worked on too! I'll have to carry something small round all the time. I've also packed the alien and hope to make progress on it's third face.

I think that's all, look for some photos after the weekwnd is over - it'll be Monday before I blog again.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Welcome to the Darkside Inn!

The place for fine wine, food and company!

Oh alright, the place for mostly chocolate cakes, anything with alcohol and possibly fine company. It'll be very fine company if Matt Hardy checks in.

At this stage it is very much under construction. The first posts will be after this weekend and will be the end results of my expedition into a kitchen. I have my pith helmet and machete at the ready, I am willing to take on all comers.

Sunday Lunch has gone from 4 to 6 to 10. Granted it's 8 and two small children - but that Easter Nest cake is just going to stretch. No leftovers or seconds. Sob sob!

I suppose since this is my knitting blog I should talk about it here and now. I worked on the baby scarf again - yes again! I might be hopefull but I think it has made it to the halfway mark or very close to it.

Oh I should probably tell you how to find the Inn, you'll find to the right at the top of the sidebar under the Darkside Hostess with the Mostess you'll see the option of visiting the Inn. A few links so far but that's it, I'm hoping to add more and lots of photos.
Probably they will mostly be me having a breakdown in the kitchen because there wasn't enough wine to sustain my culinary adventure.

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

What Flavour Am I?

What Flavour Are You? I taste of Death.I taste of Death.

Doesn't everyone want a taste of death? Well they should. Most people deserve death. Keep away from me unless you think you're better than that. I probably won't like you. What Flavour Are You?

Monday, March 21, 2005

If I were a rich girl.

Apart from owning my very own yarn store I would shopping here - at Vicious Venus.
Bound to be something to match the shoes......

I have been very remiss with my knitting today, I have done none. And I don't care. I might get some done tonight when I sit down to Crossing Jordan.

I am so not looking forward to work tomorrow it's meeting day, that's all I need umpteen dozen people yaffling at me all at once. Although having said that I know of at least three who won't be there so maybe there will be more?

We had a stall at the Franklin House Fair yesterday for my CWA branch, there seems to be the same five of us always running these things. I think we need a bigger branch I think there is at least ten of us. Not that you'd know it.

Ah it'll soon be time for Jordan I have to many things to organise, and dinally finish unpacking the shopping. I started. I also started a box of chocolates for Easter but I've stopped that now.

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

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Another day, another row.

I've continued to work on the baby scarf today, I did another couple of rows. No, I'm not madly rushing to get it done.

I'm debating about an outfit to go with the new shoes, I'll have to start shopping around I see "Boho Chick" is still in, that could be just what I'm looking for - providing it comes in the right colours.
Nothing pastel, nothing pink, not "chocolate" or any other shade of brown for that matter.

I look at some of the stuff there selling in the stores and think who buys this stuff? Then I look at what people are wearing out and about and I know who, you wouldn't think there's be so many badly dressed people out there. Just because there selling it dosen't mean you should be wearing it.

Ah, at least I can always knit myself a cool cardy for winter. I kind of regret not keeping up with my sewing now, I could whip up a top and skirt and then eventually knit up a cardy to go with it.

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

Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Bad Ass Knitter Strikes Back

The Bad Ass Knitter returns to run my knitting life again, she is very excited about this latest venture.

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Yes, we're going to flash our stash. Are you? Full details can be found here.

I am in major covet territory at the moment, the much admired and lusted after Matt Hardy has bought himself a 2005 model Corvette. A RED one at that! I am in major drool territory. Check this out! Full Credit must go to the very wonderful

I can't wait till I have my mid-life crisis. I'm going to get a fast blonde and an even faster car - a red one because they go faster! No, wait! A fast blonde with a driver's license and a fast red car!
I can just imagine it now, VROOM VROOM!

I wonder if you can knit a red car? Hmmm....I have found Knitted Dice to ahng on your rear veiw mirror OMG! How retro is that? I have to make a pair even if I never do anything with them - it's like the knitted lampshade.

Ah, I should probably quit rambling and actually do some knitting, I really need to get something else finished.

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

Friday, March 18, 2005

I have been knitting.

I have I swear. I have a bus load of witnesses. I didn't knit this morning because I ran the risk of poking someone non stop - yes the bus was that full.

It's still been on the scarf in 8-ply. I'm hoping to do something more exciting once it's sone, ot equally captivating.

Maybe I might be brave and foray into a Bruce Lee knit - if you check out the Awesome SKull Chart link under Skull Selection (it's right at the top possibly before Pirate Lil?) the knitter has also designed a Bruce Lee chart and it is way cool looking.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Yes, I have actually done some today, I did none last night after all because I have been feeling a little off the last few days but I think that's done with now.

I knitted this morning working on the leftover scarf, and I worked on it again on the way home tonight on the bus.

Baywatch the Hawaii Reuninon turned out to have some of the guys in it after all, the case lied! Pamela Anderson was, well Pamela Anderson. She does have that unique style all of her own.

Tonight since i am feeling better I think we will have the Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich - I am most looking forward to it.

Something else I am most looking forward to, Matt Hardy! Or more specifically Matt in his Hot Tub. Hmmmm, he should make a video In The Hot Tub with Matt an entire interveiw conducted from his Hot Tub.
I like it.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Another day, another something.

Well it's happened once again. I am knitting some one else's leftovers. I have taken up a scarf for a baby to toddler? I think it is in some 8ply. The prospect of moss stitch, as nice as it is, just pissed me off too much like so many other things at the moment. I know with Easter coming up it's all fluffy bunnies and chocolate - you'd think I'd be in my element, but no.

Back to weird kitchen gadgets that I love so much. This one is special for Easter - a set of Easter Cookie Cutters. There's a chick, a duck, a rabbit, a lamb and an egg. There all in pretty pastel colours - yuck!
But I love them all the same, now I just have to find the time and motivation to make some. I'm planning on cooking or attempting to cook Easter lunch this year. Saffron Roast Lamb with Sticky Garlic Potatoes followed by the Easter Egg Nest Cake, thankyou Nigella! Check Feast by Nigella Lawson for all of these.

Not only does the cake look great but Nigella's description of how many it'll serve makes me even more enthusiastic about it - it'll serve 8 to 10 but I'll make it if there is just 4 of us quite frankly.

I'm also planning to try and make Hot Cross Buns. I blame Nigella she made such cute little ones and raved how easy it was. Nigella is the Devil!

Proof that Nigella is the Devil I am going to be making the Fried Toasted Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich tonight, while I watch some trashy tv. Yes, it's supremely trashy. Baywatch - Hawaii Reunion I bought it today it was only $9.95 and a certain amount of trash is good for the soul. Although on closer inspection after purchase, I do believe none of the boys of Baywatch were able to come back......Only good old David seemed to be available to work with all the girls in bikinis which include Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra (has anybody checked out her new fitness DVD's? I might out of sheer curiosity and also because a little trashy exercise might be good for more than just my soul).

Ah well, maybe I can knit during all of this, maybe not I might injure myself while rolling on the floor laughing.

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

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Today is Sunday.

Today I made Friday Night Tunisian Meatballs from Nigella Lawson's book Feast.
And they were very yummy!

I know Friday Night Meatballs on a Sunday, but you get that and you move on.

I was hoping to follow with Chocolate raspberry Pavlova from Forever Summer, but I didn't get the pav made which was probably good because I don't think anybody had any room left for dessert.

Guess who's going to have to force themselves to gorge eat all those raspberries?

I'm goign to have to knit something I know, apart from Ken's Dulaan hat yesterday I haven't really been knitting anything of late. I've been thinking about it, I've also been thinking about Matt Hardy and Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova.

Thinking is not getting anything productive done, thinking will not get the Mongolians warm, so I should knit something. Anything, I need something new something different, something exciting!
Any suggestions?

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

Saturday, March 12, 2005

I Knitted Something!

Well round of applause please!

I made Ken's Dulaan hat from Yarn Harlot's blog. Very simple and incredibly quick to knit up. Probably because it's three strands of yarn on 12mm needles and only a child's size. 11 rows to do the main part of the hat!

Do you know what this means? This is project..............7? I think it's 7 or is it 8? What was that purple and grey scarf I did? Oh hell this has been going to long. I can feel another donation to charity coming on, I have no green yarn with which to make the Knit Hand Grenade Purse.

I'm feeling slightly bag lady at the moment so I may continue with this theme (and donations) making The Last Straw Bag from Roxy Craft. It's knitted out of raffia, this could be interesting.

To hell with yarn diets and impovrished Mongolians - Matt Hardy dosen't look to be coming to Australia any time soon or if he is the WWE are keeping it under their hat. That's probably all their keeping under there.......But I digress to assuge my pain of not seeing Matt, the BAK Shoes think we should make a Hand Grenade Purse and something with Skulls in it...........
New yarn shopping!

Oh that feels so much better - maybe I should knit Matt Hardy something? He apparently has no clothes, he seems to do everything naked. Or maybe I should knit a Matt Hardy? Hmmmmmmmm.

On that note I will end it for today, I must find a pattern to knit a Matt Hardy!

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

Friday, March 11, 2005

I'm Inspired.

I know, I know, I've been very lax when it comes to knitting of late. I'm lacking inspiration but all that is about to change, after this pattern was brought to my attention.

Drumroll please!

Knit your own Handgranade Purse!

Intrigued? Confused? Couldn't care less? What ever your response it's worth a look.

That's it I'm out - literally. No more thoughts, no knitting to report however on the weird kitchen thinghy deptartment there may be some more news. The only thing I love as much as knitting and Matt Hardy is werid kitchen/cooking gizmos and dohickeys.
No I don't cook, but I do create.

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

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Breaking News

Steal this!
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It's my first and new button for my blog, there will be other choices later, but this is it for the moment. A big thankyou to Amanda for the photo so I could make the button.

Another news flash - MagKnits has a new issue! How did I miss this? I love Pirate Lil.

Let me entertain you.

No, please I insisit. Oh alright, you entertain me then I don't really mind.

I missed yesterday, but I had my SNB meet-up which was lots of fun. I'll tell you all more later about that.

Actually I'll tell you more tomorrow, since I'm still sulking since instead of knitting a left mitten I have competed and done the thumb on a second right mitten. Head slap time.

I've been fiddling with the side of my blog again, all the NEW attractions are listed at the top uinder the Darkside Hostess. This is the place to find anything new, my latest interest or the best place to find links to stuff I've mentioned recently in my posts.

Enough for now, I'm not sure if I can knit again after the crushing defeat of the mitten.

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

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Alien does not have three faces.

I've failed the challenge of making sure the ALien has three faces by tomorrow's SNB meet-up. However I have recommenced work on the second mitten from the second pair of mittens in the Bendigo Rustic in the shade Columbine. 2 and a half rows so far and counting.
Tiny steps, tiny steps. A mitten today, an Alien's face tomorrow.

And to answer Sharon's question: Ebay the seller is Wicked Shoes and Boots (wickedshoesandboots). They have some fantastic stuff I can feel another purchase coming on.

In honour of the "Flames of Desire" check this out! You'll need to go into the Media section, my fave is the one of the hot tub. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Oh well, I had better get back to the knitting.

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

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Chocoholics Ahoy!

I want chocolate. And lots of it.

It helps me do my best thinking and knitting and movie watching. I bought Spiderman 2 today in the Video Ezy sale, they'd marked him down in price again.

I'm very excited, the only thing I like better than (or maybe equal to) Matt Hardy would have to be a superhero. My fave superhero is tied between Wolverine and Hellboy at the moment.
I do like bad boys - especially if they're going to bring me chocolate.

I did do some work on the Alien's third face yesterday. Hopefully I'll get a little more done while watching Spiderman tonight.

On the Dulaan front, our SNB group has accumulated a scarf, hat and two pairs of mittens. I do believe there is a second hat and pair of mittens in the making. We've done well, I'll have to get a picture of all our items together before we send it off.

I'm afraid that's it for today, hopefully the Alien will have a third face next time I write my blog post.

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

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Good Intentions and all.

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I think they may be right.

I intended to do some more work on the two-faced Alien last night while I gawped at Matt Hardy. Did I mention it's been quite some time since I've seen Matt Hardy?
I did far too much gawping and absolutley no knitting, however I got my tape measure out and thought about making Matt a sweater.
Six pictures down here should be about the right size, but I suspect my tv is not to scale.

I've found a fantastic new craft site I have fallen madly in love with and once again uttered the words if only I could crochet. - where they have a crochet pattern for a flying pig.

While talking about sites the button formation continues, Amanda may have the answer I need.
Yes I do talk about Amanda a lot. It's a close competition between her and Matt Hardy.

Speaking of Matt Hardy, there's new meat on the market! It's still kinda unofficial official at this point, but Matt Hardy may be a free man. Referring to him as if he's a walking side of beef may be slightly cruel since he probably has a brain and feelings - but the Bad Ass Knitter Shoes don't care. They think he could be Rocky Horror to our Frank-N-Furter.
The BAK Shoes and I are hoping he's coming on the WWE Austrlian tour. Because the Shoes and I will be able to offer him a shoulder to cry on in this hour of our his need.

Enough about me (yes, and about the Shoes. See I mentioned you, now be quiet or I'll put you back in the Closet.) I really should be getting back to knitting as that two faced Alien needs to become a three faced Alien.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Then some.

My sister and fellow knitter has purchased some Opal yarn, I am mega jealous. How long before I buy some?

Now we have to figure out a pattern for her to make socks. Any suggestions?

On the Dulaan front, Yarn Harlot has updated her blog and included a pattern for a hat she is doing for it. Very cool, I may have to copy it down or better yet print it off.

Sharon has struck again, this time with a recipe for Violet Crumble Ice Cream Bars.

The Alien dosen't have a third face, yet. I'm going to work on it some more tonight and I hope to have a third face complete and a fourth at least started by the time I get to my SNB meet-up on Tuesday.

Inspired by Amanda, I am trying to work out a button for my blog so people can steal it. Something that's appropiate for a Knitter from the Darkside.

That's it for today, I have to get back to the Alien. I am planning on some pro wrestling tonight - out come the DVD's again. Matt Hardy's been gone too long! Fingers crossed he's on the tour that comes to Australia.
Ah, well it'll be me, Matt and the two-faced Alien tonight. What better way to spend a Friday night?

With ice-cream! Perhaps I should make a dash to my local shop?

Thursday, March 03, 2005

You Have Been Tagged.

1. What was the last book you read or are reading? The Truth by Terry Pratchett
2.Where did it come from (library, bookstore, gift, etc.)? Bookstore sale $10 bucks and it's hardcover!
3.How many books do you read per year? I don't know some times I can get through 2 or 3 a week and then not read any for a month.
4.What is your favourite genre? Murder mystery!
5.Who will you tag now? Karen.

A big thankyou to Amanda and Sharon for tagging me!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Alien Has Two Faces.

Yes the Alien Illusion Scarf is now two faces complete with just four faces to go. I'm out of the wilderness and back on to my knitting. It's a wonderful feeling.

I was so busy having my mini Cher concert last night I missed the first episode in the new series The Medium.

I've also had the privelige to be tagged by Sharon I will answer that tomorrow I think it will have to be.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

If only.

I am very green with envy as some aquaintances of mine are off to the Cher concert in Melbourne tonight.

So to make up for it, I have bought Cher: The Farewell Tour on DVD, I'll have to have my own little miny concert in my living room tonight.

I apart form the Caterpillar I haven't got any other knitting done, hmm, I may have to work on something else tonight. Like something for Dulaan. I should really finish that second mitten.

I know there still short, I promise as soon as I get back to my knitting there will be more to tell you about. However having said that I have found yet another Illusion Scarf I want to knit, this one has snowflakes.