Thursday, August 27, 2009

My creative space

oooh, this is my first time playing...

this is the beret I started the other weekend, for all intents and purposes finished, but, I just noticed - looking a little short. As per usual, it is important to actually read the pattern and check that you have in fact knitted all the rows. Now, I'm afraid, after all those satisfying k2togs, seeing each row grow shorter and shorter and quicker and quicker to knit, I must pull them all out.

I think it's important to be philosophical about these things...

(in a related story, I went to the Writer's Festival on the weekend and saw Kate Grenville, who is incredibly intelligent and articulate and was a joy to listen to. She also readily admits to being obsessive, which I think, if you write 30 drafts of a novel is a label you must learn to live with. But the way she describes it is, because she knows she will write so many drafts, for the first 15 or so she can let things go off in any direction they please. It sounds quite liberating...

I do not deign to compare myself to Kate Grenville, but I think in life perhaps we can all be a bit perfectionistic, and determined to get things exactly right the first time. When perhaps the best bits appear only after we have given ourselves the permission to make mistakes)

I digress. Here goes:

(sorry - bad pics - I'm at the office...)
Now to pick up all those stitches!

(more creative spaces over here. More red things here)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thinking about: wedding-y things

C & I are getting married next April - which apparently, in wedding time, is not very far away. I have visions of making, making, making - but what exactly, and when, is still to reveal itself.

Invitation inspiration has come from Erin Jang, who is a graphic designer from NY and has made some beautiful invitations, like these:

(all photos by Erin Jang)

Aren't they divine? I especially like the bicycles, I think they will need to be incorporated in ours, somehow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Why I want to live in the country...

Imagine being able to ride your bike in through here every day (well, maybe not every day, but whenever you feel like it).

I was in the Grampians for the weekend and managed a short training ride on Saturday morning. Even met a local out on the road who told me to watch out for deer. I asked him if they were a pest and he said, officially yes, but the tourists like them so much they don't do too much to manage them. Wonder if that's true?

I also made some time to start a baby hat:

and I almost got it finished before realising I missed 8 rows, and therefore it's looking oddly stunted. Will have to unpick and start again. Ugh!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Last night at Brown Owls we stuffed and sealed and labeled a few hundred pre-orders of the new Homemade recipe book. The book has been put together by some wonderful volunteers (and lots of volunteer helpers) to raise money for victims of the Black Saturday bushfires, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army. You can buy a copy of the book here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009


New graffiti just near my house - I have absolutely no idea what it means! Any ideas?
(oh, and that's my super-fast new road bike in the pic - just getting home after a training ride to Frankston. It's time to get off the couch!)

Molly #2

This Molly Monkey spent a few months looking like a zombie, but she finally got her eyes this week (why does it always take me so long to finish things?! It's only two tiny pieces of blue felt!). She's sitting on my new favourite chair I got from the second-hand furniture shop for $30.
Pattern is from mmmcrafts.

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