Thursday, 26 February 2009


DSC02966, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Finishing the second sock of this pair seemed to drag on forever. But now they are finished and I think they're pretty spiffy, so all is forgiven.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Stash buster

DSC02960, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Mrs Weasley's Bag of Stitch Witchery - from "Charmed Knits". An excellent knit-from-the-stash project. Even the bag handles had been lying around for far too long (purchased at a craft fair some years ago for a possible project that never eventuated).
The slipped stitch pattern was pretty easy to work and memorize, although the instructions could have been written better. I found myself having to take leaps of faith that what I was doing, was what was actually meant.
I've lined the bag with some left-over lairy purple fabric that I once made a dress from, but of course I forgot to photograph the inside.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Carrying on

A couple of years ago, I got one of those Keep Calm and Carry On posters from Barter Books after seeing it on apartment therapy sf. Then it seemed unusual and funky. It appealed to my constant quest for tranquility and quiet mindfulness. Mum hates it. Whenever she looks at it she just wants to tell the poster to "sod off".
(Now of course they're everywhere. (Google it and you'll see what I mean). I even saw a pic of Rupert Grint wearing the slogan on his t-shirt at the last Harry Potter movie premiere.)

I mention this because I think, for the most part, keeping calm and carrying on is what most Victorians are trying to do in the face of the most mind-blowing adversity. We are all terribly sad. Most people here seem to know someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by the fires. No more than one or two degrees of separation.

This is all I can say:

Donations to help people affected can be made to the Red Cross 2009 Bushfire Appeal

Donations to help animals affected can be made to the RSPCA Victoria

If you are in Australia and are eligible, please consider making a blood donation.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Living in the 70s

Nothing much to photograph on the crafting front at the moment. We may survived the ridiculous heat wave of last week [although my worms didn't :-( ] but we still haven't had a true "cool change". It's just not quite as hot as it was. So everything is still full of residual heat and knitting with wool or getting out the sewing machine seems to be just more heat-making. I'm knitting the occasional row of something. Stitching a wee bit on some quilting. Crocheting the odd treble or two. But no progress that photographs can really illustrate. Whinge, whinge.

However I do have a new toy which means that last night I went scanner-happy with a shoe-box of old photos. Here's couple which must have been taken circa 1978.

circa 1978

I haven't changed much. Behind a desk? Check. Telephone? Check. Spectacles? Check. Corduroy? Check. Mary-Jane shoes? Check.

first kiss

My first kiss? I have no recollection of this. That's my cousin A with the dark hair. Mum must have taken it since she was the one with a Polaroid Land Camera.