Thursday, September 18, 2014

my creative space.

this week, i've been working on a pair of legwarmers for myself, to wear to ballet classes. because, why not?

i'm knitting them up in a k2p2 rib pattern, to give them the necessary stretch to fit over my full calf, while still fitting my ankle. oh and to keep them up while i'm getting my dance on!
and the lovely tweedy wool is one that i picked up from the back room of bendigo woollen mills earlier in the year.

they're aaaaaalmost long enough to start the heel shaping. or lack of heel shaping... i still need to work out exactly what i'm doing in the foot section, but i'm imagining it will take a bit of ripping back and re-knitting to get it right ha ha!
i'm hoping to knock these guys out over my weekend away because i really want to get to wearing them, but i also really want to get started on my other plans!

what are you creating this week? have you ever made legwarmers? or worn them?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

green love.

we've had heaps of rain in the last week or so, which has meant lots of growth on, well, everything!

the baby broad beans i shared last week, aint so baby anymore!

they've grown heaps! which reminds me, i need to fix my staking of them soon as they're most likely about to get super heavy!!

i've been super happy on my walks around the neighbourhood for the last week or so...

because it is FREESIA season! they are out in force and i LOVE to stop and give them a big whiff. one of my favourite flower smells for sure!

there's another exciting thing poking up out of the ground at the moment...

and that's my little asparagus!
it's still got a ways to go to get established and a bit bigger, but i'll enjoy those pretty ferns for the rest of the year!

and finally, with a bit of time on my hands this morning, i went out and got them dirty!

tomatoes are go! these are under my green house of course, and are still months and months away, but i wanted to get a jump on them sooner rather than later this year. hopefully all goes well!

what's growing in your patch this week? are you a tomato grower? excited about freesias too?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

sock wool love.

as i mentioned on sunday, i popped into my local yarn store on friday morning to snap up a few bargains in their spring sale!
since bring these beauties home, i haven't been able to get them out of my mind, and if i didn't already have three knitting projects on the go, i'd definitely be casting on with them straight away!
to keep my itchy fingers at bay, while i'm knitting away on my other projects, i've been planning what to do with each of my new purchases. that way, when the time is right, i'll be good to go!

this glorious stuff is destined to become a pair of socks for my mumma, potentially for christmas if i get my shit together quick enough!
i'm hoping to whip up another pair of simple skyp socks for her.
i loved knitting up mine, and i'm hoping they'll be a simple enough pattern for her to like too!

i may have fallen in love with a couple of the colourways in this wool, so this purple came home with me too (i was *this* close to taking home some grey as well...) and i think it will become a pair of sugar maple socks.
again a christmas present, again if i can get it together by then AND if i can get the book the pattern is published in from my local library.
fingers crossed for that one!

and then there is this beauteous creation. i have been um-ing and ah-ing with what to do with this one... i desperately want to turn them into another pair of socks, just for me, but then there's the hitchhiker shawl... but i might save that for the beyooooootiful blue colourway that i left at sunspun. it's been on my brain ever since it was pointed out to me by one of the lovely ladies there, and i definitely think i will be going back for it!
so this lovely skein will become some longjohn socks i think. yep!
just look at the colours though! don't they just scream spring? delicate pink blossoms, new green shoots. so. much. love.

do you make plans for your yarn as you buy it? or do you only buy yarn WITH a plan?

Monday, September 15, 2014

meal planning monday.

i have just realised, looking at the week ahead, that it's another busy one for me! best stick to my meal plans when i'm not running all over the place ha ha!

tonight, i'll pop some chicken, tandoori paste and yoghurt together and give it a good old bake. serve it up with a bit of rice and some steamed greens and it should be a great way to start the week!

tuesday night, i'm off to ballet, so i'll throw together some chicken burgers tonight, that way bb can grill them up when he gets home, and i can eat when i'm done dancing.

wednesday night is ncb night. i'll grab something while i'm out, and i'll buy bb a steak to cook up for himself. sounds good.

thursday night, i'm off to ballet again! last week was supposed to be my twice-in-one-week ballet week, but there were some horrific storms in melbourne on tuesday and i sooked out! so it's a make-up class tonight, but before i head off, i'll make up a quick beer batter and fry up some fish. should be lovely with a couple of oven chips and a big lot of salad.

and friday, i'm off for the weekend to hang out with some of my family, for our annual girls weekend away! i'm sure we'll eat super well, and have an absolute ball! and bb, well he can fend for himself ha ha!
i'll be back on sunday, but i can't think that far ahead at this stage, too much fun stuff in the mean time ha ha!

what are you eating this week? any great plans for the weekend?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

sunday snippets.

playing along with {tinniegirl} and her sunday snippets.

a few pictures, and some words, summing up the week that just was.

this guy, acting all angelic... but only while he's sleeping...

a shot of soon to be leafy trees while out trekking after work.

and my completely mis-matched work out gear. i definitely won't be missed by passing motorists!

i went for a quick visit to sunspun, on my morning off from work on friday, taking full advantage of their 20% off store-wide sale and filling my handbag with scrumptious yarn. get on it folks!

and finding my happy place after a fairly hectic week!
the spring cleaning bug has well and truly set in this week with mega tidying happening after and before work all week! definitely cutting into my knitting time though. not cool.

do you have some snippets to share from your week? are you in spring cleaning mode too?

Friday, September 12, 2014


this was the scene in my loungeroom on tuesday afternoon...

the lightbox that was on the to-do list for the month, is done!
well it's started... it still needs a few tweaks... and maybe some matching lightbulbs so there's not one 'cool' and one 'warm'

it did the job though! it meant that i could snap pics in the stormy light of tuesday afternoon...
and it meant that i've finally popped a beanie into the shop!

it was the only lonely beanie left from the stash that i sent to the beanie festival, and it's up in the shop here.

and speaking of the shop, i loaded this little beauty into the shop a few weeks ago now...

and it's available in the shop here.

are you an etsy shopper? or seller? what contraptions do you use to help with your photos?


CATS ARE SHIT! gaaaaaah! guess what i'm doing on my morning off today? *rageface*

Thursday, September 11, 2014

my creative space.

i have a sad tale to tell today...

the other day i was cleaning the shower, and had this idea come to me with a vengeance.
i'm getting inspiration from housework! bit sad, little scary too!

in any case, i was scrubbing away at the shower, and thinking i really should get one of those soft scourers to use in there...
but then i though, why don't i make one...

i grabbed out some twine and got to crocheting... i figured by making it myself, i KNOW what it's made of and i know that once i'm done with it, after i've scrubbed it to death... i can compost it!
less waste is always a good thing in my books!

what do you think? would you crochet a scourer?