The Knitter's Last Stand

Sunday, October 30, 2005

What kind of rocker are you?

You Are a Chick Rocker!
You're living proof that chicks can rockYou're inspired by Joan Jett and the DonnasAnd when you rock, you rock hard(Plus, you get all the cute guy groupies you want!)
What Kind of Rocker Are You?

Hey Suzi here's another one for you to try.

Baby elephant walk.

My secret project from the vega 91.5 radio station is finished.

He's a lovely orange elephant and he looks beautiful in my garden bed with the new green bean plants behind him (or her).

This lovely little elephant is eventually on his way to the ambulance station as they give soft cuddly toys to their patients to help to settle them down when they are in crisis. These gifts are not only for the youngsters as sometimes the adults like something to cuddle as well.

To the right is the yarn that I got from the Knitting Yarn Shop which came on Monday I think. It's been that crazy around here that I keep losing track of the days.

The lovely purple is a wine coloured 'zest' 8 ply yarn. It is no longer in the hanks that it came in but in 7 balls that I wound up on the wool winder that I now have thanks to Sharon. The other yarn is described as premium second 8 ply variegated wool - dark purples. It's quite pretty and I will be taking a ball to the local S'n'B on Tuesday so that everyone can have a fondle.

I have been busy in the garden as you can see by the bean plants that are growing behind my elephant. The greenery in front of the elephant are my pea palnts. They have just come through. I have also planted lettuces, carrots,butter beans and sweet corn. The children have also planted pumpkins which have come through a treat. (Hopefully all the seed won't germinate as I think they put about 20+ seeds in 2 holes.)

I don't usually plant sweet corn but the garden has been so productive in the last few years that we've been in this house that I decided to give it a go this year.

I think that's all for now so until next time keep on knitting.


Monday, October 24, 2005

How weird are you?

Thanks Dandy for another great quiz.

You Are 50% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird...But too damn weird to do anything about it!
How Weird Are You?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Vega 91.5 secret project

I have been knitting the Melbourne radio station vega 91.5 secret project and it is going to be a toy elephant.

My efforts are pictured on the right. The photo doesn't do the yarn justice as it is a pretty, bright orange not pink as the photo shows.

This site has also been mentioned on Bugsy and Lynne's blogs as well. Hopefully they will get in and knit the secret project as well.

Until next time keep on knitting.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Yummy cake recipe

I went to the local S'n'B at the Kameo Cafe today. We had a really good time knitting, eating and even more knitting.

At the moment I'm knitting the secret project from the new Melbourne FM radio station vega 91.5. I started the project last night where the on air knitters started the 4 week project 3 1/2 weeks ago.

I've been very slack on the knitting front lately as I've been doing a bit of cross stitch as I had a small cut on my had that hurt when knitting. (It was ok for x stitch though as I can't go without doing any craft work.)

While at S'n'B today we were mentioning recipes that we cook and I mentioned that I make an old fashioned rhubarb cake so below is the recipe for Cindy and Sharon. The recipe was originally in lbs and ozs so I used my trusty scales and modernised the recipe for the imperially challenged among us.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

30g butter
190g brown sugar
1 tspn vanilla
1 tspn bicarb soda
1 tspn cinnamon
1 egg
150g plain flour
grated rind of 1 lemon
125ml sour cream
250g chopped rhubarb


80g brown sugar
1 tspn cinnamon


Using a wooden spoon cream butter, sugar, egg & vanilla.
Stir in sifted flour, bicarb soda & cinnamon followed by sour cream.
Add rhubarb & lemon rind.
Pour mixture into round tin.
Sprinkle with topping & bake in a moderate oven for 40 - 60mins.

Nice as a dessert topped with custard.

Hey Sharon the wool winder works beautifully. Thankyou very much.

Until next time keep on knitting.


Sunday, October 09, 2005

A frogging we will go............

As the title suggests I did a little frogging today.

I was knitting my first jaywalking sock from the latest Magknits and I got about half way along the foot and realised that the sock was going to be too small to fit onto my foot. Bummer.

I had to frog the sock all the way back to the rib as this sock was started at the top. (I usually prefer to knit socks from the toe up.)

The sock is supposed to be knit on 2.25mm needles all the way but as the tension is too tight I have knit the rib on 2.25mm and am knitting the rest of the sock on 2.75mm needles.

I am now about 2/3 of the way along the foot on my first sock and the tension is really good on the 2.75mm needles (and the sock now fits my foot).

Until next time keep on knitting.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What type of sock are you?

Super long sock
Wow! You would have been a pair of socks as long
as it's possible for socks to be before they're
tights - and all multi-coloured with pretty
patterns and detail all over the place - then
you could stand and admire your sock-self all

What type of sock are you?

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I thought this was a great quiz borrowed from Dandy & it's perfect for someone like me who's hooked on knitting socks.

Until next time keep on knitting.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

More finished socks!!!!!!!!!

Above is a my pair of socks knit from Opal Brasil 5001 in the falling leaves pattern from Knitty. As this pattern was knit on smaller needles the texture is a bit closer and the tension is a bit tighter.

To the right is a pair of Opal socks that have been knit to the lacy socks pattern from the latest Creative Knitting pattern book. The yarn is Opal Rodeo 1158. These socks were a pleasure to knit. They are a Christmas present for a friend. I know I'm safe posting this picture as she doesn't get onto the net as far as I know.

Another project that's finished is my secret santa item for our local S'n'B group.

Startitis has hit again and even though I have done the back and one of the fronts of Miss 3's cardi I've started the back of a jumper in some lovely Magnum Prints 8ply in a beautiful shades of purple. The pattern is the same as Miss 3's cardigan that I knit in the Bendigo wool. It's the lovely pattern with the textured bands and the moss stitch hearts on it.

At the moment I have DD and GS staying for a while so I have DD knitting a scarf for herself. She's been knitting since she was about 8 yrs old.

It's quite hectic with 2 children in the house as GS is almost 9yrs old so he is attending the local school. If we're not going one way with one child we're going the other way with the other one.

This seriously puts a dent in the knitting time.

Until next time keep on knitting.


Saturday, October 01, 2005

What pattern is your brain

Your Brain's Pattern
Your brain is always looking for the connections in life.You always amaze your friends by figuring out things first.You're also good at connecting people - and often play match maker.You see the world in fluid, flexible terms. Nothing is black or white.
What Pattern Is Your Brain?