Thursday, 31 December 2009
Friday, 25 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
The Christmas knitting list appeared to be finished, so cool bananas, I went ahead and tweeted that I had finished my Xmas knitting. I should of known that I was tempting fate.
I knew I was tempting fate. So now I have the great unachievable demand, which of course I am going to attempt to do.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Do we all have sad masochistic tendencies, where we like to inflict pain on ourselves and those around us when we attempt knitting deadlines that are completely unrealistic.
So with the said pattern from a brand new magazine I attempt to find the yarn to start on this request. OMG it is a discontinued yarn and it is the latest magazine come on guys give me a break. I have two weeks to go. 13 days to go I find a replacement wool which I can:potentially have delivered before Xmas and pay for without losing an arm and a leg.
Now I have to get a colour choice out of the planned recipient. I go through the story of I'm sorry but I can not do it just like the picture cause the yarn is no longer made but I can do it out of this yarn while presenting Rh the colour chart. Mum it is too early in the morning WTF this is the child who has from birth been the earliest riser in this household. Is this the child who used to scream to get out of his cot at 5:30 am in the morning or WHAT???? Breakfast comes and goes - Rh is tinkering on a computer and still I cannot get a decision out of him. I tootle off to work and come back again and he still has not made a decision. I am now down to 12 days and still I not got a colour and my knitting time availability is shrinking down to zero.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to get the colour selection out of teenage child so you can attempt to knit his requested hoodie jumper in time for Christmas.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Christmas time in our family is when we take the opportunity to gather together and remember those who are no longer with us from our Christmas Pasts. Our family, like many Territorian families, have good and bad Christmas memories thanks to Cyclone Tracy.
Even now, so many years later, I still get anxious in the build up to Christmas and am not able to get a good night sleep until I have survived midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami brought back so many memories but also provided an opportunity to help others like we had been helped in the aftermath of Tracy.
The Christmas break is also an opportunity to take stock of where we are at and prepare for the New Year. I like many use the Yule time period as an opportunity to reflect on the past year and prepare for the New Year.
I don’t make New Year Resolutions but I do attempt to hash out a few goals so that we actually get something done.
This Christmas we will be taking time to catch up with each other and have some of that quality time which we can lose in our busy lifestyle thanks to the demands of work, school and other activities that make up normal family life in today's busy society. While we are spending time together, we will also be taking the opportunity to pass on some of our good fortune on to others though organisations such as Oxfam and Heifer.
So please have a safe and Merry Christmas with your family and friends. If you can remember someone who is not as fortunate as you are do so.
Merry Christmas from the Kota Atok family.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
I know that this Christmas letter is a little late cause the organised mothers would have sent this by the first week of November but I am a totally disorganised mother and this is why I am
Can you please send a team of your elves who work in your toy workshop round to my house so that they can help me with the following:
- Find the floor of my children’s bed rooms
- Do the house work that I am so behind with
- Help me to clean up the house and put everything away in an organised manner so I can find things when I am looking for them.
- Select, shop or make and then wrap the Christmas presents
- Make the Christmas cake and plum pudding that I normally do in the October half term and did not get to do because I was too ill and could not be sodding bothered. I could not stand up so how could I go shopping for the required ingredients give me a break I am not Delia Smith.
- Help me with an attitude change or some magic button I could press or tablet I could take which will actually put me in the Christmas mood cause at the moment I am giving the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge a run for their money in the Bah humbug stakes.
- Find the Christmas ornaments so we can put our tree up on Xmas Eve. See I am a little bit of traditionalist and I do maintain the 12 days of Christmas but at this stage if I can find the ornaments I am certainly not going shopping for more. I am too broke and I would rather buy yarn. I could decorate the tree with some of my stash that is an idea. Thanks I think I will uses that if push comes to shove.
- Give me enough breathing room so I can actually retain some of brain functions and not keep losing personal items such as car keys, work passes, purses, eye glasses and diary.
With the diary please see item b and c as the hunt for that made the mess in the house even worse. You would think the local customs and excise inspectors had been in tossing the joint. Nope it was me searching for the diary without which I was totally confused for about three days. My family was ready to exile me to the dog house outside it was that bad.
- Can we have some peace in our world but I would settle for some calm in our household were we are not lurching from one crisis to another.
If you could help with the above requests I would be most grateful and my family might actually survive the Christmas season with a reasonably sane mother instead of this head swivelling freak who looks like Chucky on a good day. I know that if I continue the way I am going I have a good chance of being an inpatient behind the wall at the local maximum security psychiatric hospital so can really please help with item f.
A good start would be finding one of the four cameras that you have given as gifts to members of this household in the last couple of years so I can use it and therefore update my projects in ravelry and the different blogs I have.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
ETA Photo as requested:
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
- coughing so hard that I was dropping stiches of my October lace KAL scarf
- so weak that I could not do a full row without at rest or two or three.
- could not walk more than 2 meters without a rest and therefore could not get the next ball to finish of some Auntie knitting
- was so sick I had to have almost 2 weeks off from paid work which is not good for stash.
- was still so sick I had to cancel a dye day.....
Friday, 16 October 2009
Knitting wise I seem to get a row done only to promptly fall asleep again. The Grand Aunty knitting is falling falling behind. I had cast on a Bucket hat a couple of weeks ago got so far and then ended up frogging it. So let recap in the last action plan. Got the birthday present knitted for K but did not get it blocked in time for the do so I have to give it to her next week. The BSJ was finished but then could not find the rest of the ball to make the matching pair of booties. The Kimono jacket back has been finished but I have not got any further on the left front panel. And I am now behind on my Christmas knitting tasks. I must get started soon on the Christmas swap stuff. I still have some things to finish for another SWAP which I need to get on with.
I think that half the problem may be my addiction to a Ravelry group called simply-nonsense-for-the-sake-of-fun. During the last couple of weeks my posting count has doubled and according to the last twelve months of statistics I have turned into a total chatter box in this group. So to counter the fad I think I will have to develop a new plan of action because I am not getting any knitting done at all. Another factor in the great knitting drought saga could be that I not really enthused with anything at the moment thanks to the start of winter. What autumn it has jumped straight into cold soggy days.
So the plan for this weekend is to do Chores. Yeap plan to do those horrible things like washing, cleaning, and vacuuming and maybe I will knit to procrastinate doing chores.
Action Plan for this week
- To do all the inane boring chores round the house and therefore I may procrastinate by actually doing some knitting.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
While it was drying I managed to complete the 2nd motorcycle girl Möbius.
- Complete Birthday present for K, ASAP!!!!
- Finish the BSJ which is currently on the needles and make a matching pair of booties.
- Finish the baby kimono jacket for FM
- One more item off the Xmas list!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
- Finish off the Travelling Woman No 3
- Finish off Möbius No 2
- Get another BSJ done for yet another sprog
- Start on Birthday gift for Kayleigh
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Well I thought it was time that I got down to work and started to tackle the Christmas Knitting List. I had ordered some yarn from Christine at Knits in the City for the Husbeast's next waist coat. I needed a quick knit and I had some lovely Rowan - RC luxury cotton DK in the stash and though of Ry. Ry's favourite colour is green and I had picked up a couple of balls just case it was a pretty green. Why is it the way that as soon as you like a yarn they discontinue it - Rowan does it all the time!
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Or it could be the fact that I am down to three needles and St Anthony has not kicked in and found the missing two other needles although there has been frequent requests. You are slacking St Anthony you are normally more efficient and effective than this.
Have a one sock hiatus in this household should technically be a problem as J technically only wears one sock – the stump sock. But I was not knitting for him I was knitting for our size 0 (US) size 6 (UK) Skinny Minnie of a daughter with her long and very narrow foot. Unfortunately this means that the finished sock will not fit on the stump. I could make it fit but the thought of even more amputation on that leg he just won’t agree to. Why what’s wrong with another two or three inches off that leg. “ More like 6 since it includes the knee joint”. Ok Ok so that won’t work but it was a potential solution to the issue.
So the solution is ....... Well we could do several things like tidy round the couch to find the missing dpns. Nah sounds too much like housework. Wait for the payments to come in and then buy a new set of dpns. Knowing my luck the sods will be slow in payment and when I finally get the cash the buggers won’t be in stock or I buy another set and the missing miscreants turn up. I think I will fall by that old faithful stop looking and then they will turn up all by themselves since they are no longer being the centre of attention.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
So I thought I had vanquished the Poison Dwarf who had been piling up my workload and found the top of my desk. So I thought that a wee dram would be a good celebratory activity but oh no I didn’t stop at one wee dram. Suddenly it was one dram, two dram and then three dram that was then matched by the knit 1, tink 2 and then who knows WTH is going on with my stitches here.
This morning after the abandonment of play very late last night there was a bear with a sore head walking around the house that found that she did not like sunlight and had a lot of ripping to do to get back to the status quo of stability in the pattern.
Friday, 19 June 2009
As some know we are a family of vertical filers in the household but my desk is one place where I really don't like vertical filing as it means that I lose work that I need to attend to as I have to work top down so that I can find the keyboard and the mouse.
At home I thought I had got the kids trained to leave MUM's desk well alone but lately with rearrangements this rule has seemed to go out the window along with many others.
Work wise it looks like I am being roped into lots of summer support for allied health students so that means I probably get split shift days which I don’t mind as it means I get some time to do things I like doing in the daylight such as dying and knitting complicate lace patterns. Yes I do have more than one project on the go as there are different projects for different situations ie kids football, school plays, waiting for students. Simple socks are a good standby for pickup and put down projects along with repetitive boring expansive knitting like miles of stocking stitch for the husbeast jumper/vest etc. [ the man has a very very long body from shoulder to waist!!!]
One of the real irks for me in the last couple of weeks has been how work has impacted on my knitting mojo and my lack of progression on several projects. It really really does not help when you are rolling in the front door at its almost 9pm at night and you have been up since before 5am and basically have worked for almost 15 hours with only very short breaks to get a sandwich or a wee wonder in.
Whoo hoo I actually slept in this morning and by 10:20 managed to clear the desk to the point where thought hey you can do all the updates you like and then spend some time knitting before seeing students this afternoon. So Update Done Check! Off to knit in the sunshine Check!
Friday, 12 June 2009
Knitting has been on hold as I have been flat out with work, coming home at night and then crashing out. I have been a quiet as the local graveyard on a cold wet snowy day. The end of the academic year is catching up with me. I really need a good week or two away recharging the bunny batteries. This Duracell bunny has run out of juice.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
It was a lovely day and I indulged in some stash collection activities which have unsurprisingly made their way home to my hummm its pretty pile and now have the question of will I have enough for whatever project I have envisioned.
Unfortunately by mid-afternoon I was totally shattered to the point where I could not keep the eyes open. I ended up calling up the tiddlywinks to ask for husbeast to come and collect me early. They have had a lovely day playing tourist and visiting the Cathedral sites! After a mini siesta in the coffee shop much to the amusement of other Ravellers I was removed back to the hotel for a further snoozing to recuperate from my over activity at the UK Ravelry Day.
Watch out I have already advised that family I am booking in for the week camp next year in Stirling and I AM GOING come rain, hail or sunshine! Which means that come hell or high water I will be there what that’s the plan any way.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Well the Rock Chick BSJ has been blocked and the Saatjee booties have been finished.
I have had some appointments cancelled today but I have to do some bookwork finished but the siren of knitting is calling. Knitting, Knitting!!!! But if I do some bookwork I will get paid – if I get paid that means more Yarn more Yarn means more knitting! So hi ho it is of to bookwork I go!!!
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
The lovely man aka Husbeast, the Silverback Gorilla or J has organised a treat for me since I have been working like the clappers in the day job for his birthday - he is sending me to a dying day.. whoo hoo I get to play all day.
... hang on is he organising this so he can laze the whole day away and not be roasted by this stress bunny boiler who happens to be his wife..
I think this could be the reason why he wants me out of the house.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Sunday, 1 February 2009
- Harrison Hoodies
- BSJ for Evie
- Weekend Lace Wrap
- Rh's Xmas Vest
- Sew a new Knitting needle holder
- Sew a new crochet hook organiser
- Do a felted bag
- Pair of socks for Ry
- Pair of socks for Rh
- Pair of socks for me
- Kimono cardigan for me
- Shawl of Karen S's Bday
- Shawl for Karen H's Bday
- Shawl for Karen S's Xmas
- Shawl for Karen H's Xmas
- Moss stitch washcloth for swap 1
- Moss stitch wash cloth for swap 2
- Little Fly washcloth for swap 1
- Little Fly washcloth for swap 2
- St Patrick's day cupcakes
- James Birthday 2009 request
- Lace edging for place mats for J&E wedding gift
- Peeps Ducks
- Peeps Bunny
- Soap Saver for swap 3
- Wash puff for swap 3
- Butterfly wash cloth for swap 3
Crochet dress for Ryanna if she ever picks the correct colourended up with a large swatch for this but since she has not settled on a colour it has been zzzzeded
- Jewellery for Summer gifts
- Easter cards
- Cupcakes for Easter
- Hand dye own yarn
- Ruby Red Cardigan
- James Xmas Vest
- Ry Lady February Sweater
- Rh New Years Socks
- Ry New Years Socks
- New Years Socks for myself
- Make up new curtains for Ry's room
- Make up new curtains for study
- charity caps for Girl Guides
- Baby knit for Bean
- Waistcoats for Kates' bubba
- Shawl for Katies going away
- Graduation present for Viv
- Graduation present for Natalia
- Graduation present for Hannah
- Motorcycle Girl Cowl
- Motorcycle Girl's girlfriend Cowl
- Cowl for Ry
- Cowl for Karen H
- Hat for Ry
Friday, 30 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Well baby Berry has finally turned up and is following his father’s footsteps about being late for everything and having his own timekeeping methods. Baby berry is Harrison John and has already been nicknamed as Harrison Ford by J.
I had already started a unisex Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise jacket for the Bump but all plans are up for revision since little Harry has weighted in at 9 pounds 4 oz. Bounced in would be a better description.
My 0-3 month old garment is not going to get to Australia in time and is not ever going to fit him. The photos indicate a well-built bubby so Plan B is the way to go. After consulting with Rh, a hoody design was suggested in a 3-6month old sizing. I do not want to do the stereotypical blue so I will have a look around in the LYS next Saturday. In the mean time I need to find a pattern as I had a rowan book that had a lot of patterns so I will need to dig it out in a hurry.
Thursday, 1 January 2009
As part of the challenge I have started this blog so that I have evidence in a real world place that I have actually undertaken activity.