Wednesday, 28 January 2009

One down, five to go


DSC02954, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Coronet Doily: Project #1 of my 2009 Six Books Project.

Ravelled here.

I wouldn't win any prizes for my blocking technique, but I'm too busy admiring the centre petals to worry too much about the edging. And the honeycomb netting looks so effective.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

I don't want to go outside

We're all amateur meteorologists in our comfy air conditioned office - or perhaps just frustrated weather girls....

Anyway, it's about time for me to go home and I've been refreshing the current outside temperatures for the last hour and they keep going up - between 4 and 6pm this arvo it has gone from 30 (hot but manageable) to 36 (hot and pretty darn uncomfortable).

I'm not looking forward to the next 4 days - they're forecasting 40 degrees up until Saturday.

Not happy. Perhaps I should move to Minnesota where Garrison Keillor tells me it is way below freezing.

Monday, 26 January 2009

single lens reflex


DSC02950, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Over Christmas I asked R what he knew about digital SLR photography. Digital he wasn't so up on, but he brought out his old film SLR camera which has just been gathering dust since Mum got him a little digital compact camera for Christmas a few years ago. I've got it on loan while I contemplate the purchase of a digital SLR.
It weighs a tonne in comparison to my little Sony compact, but the sound of the mirror flipping as I depress the shutter makes me feel "like a photographer". I've yet to see any of the results - I collect the first lot of prints tomorrow. It's amazing how spoilt digital photography has made us. The instant gratification makes us so impatient.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Plum jam


DSC02948, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Today brings some temporary respite from the warm weather, so I took the opportunity to attempt some jam-making - not a skill that I've ever really attempted to develop before. I don't think it was too disastrous. The kitchen is now a sticky mess and this is what I have to show for my efforts. I hope it sets. If not, then I'll have a nice sweet plum sauce instead.

Monday, 19 January 2009

spider season

It's spider season here at Paisley HQ. I stepped on a huntsman yesterday afternoon with my bare feet. No harm done - I think I scared him (her? I didn't check that closely...) more than me. I scooped him up in a glass and popped him onto the front garden.
I leave most of the spider webs around my place intact in the hope that the spiders will eat up more of the flying insects like flies and mozzies.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Mr Greyjeans in progress


DSC02945, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Knitting up pretty fast and furious. It's been a pretty cool start to the year, although it may heat up a bit next week. It's been cool enough to knit without the air conditioner on, so I've been making the most of it.
This weekend I've been doing my usual trick of avoiding going to the supermarket. So yesterday I tidied up the pantry and the fridge, finding things to cook without having to leave the house. I made pareepu and rice with katta sambal. I hadn't made that in ages and I'd forgotten how satisfying that can be.
But now I'm out of milk and I really feel like some meat for dinner. So I guess it's Safeway or bust.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Pretty lace piccies


DSC02938, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Pattern: Amanda's Shawl from Yarn Magazine Issue 5 (Jan 2007)
Yarn: Marta's Yarns 2 ply merino (laceweight)
Needles: 3.75mm Addi circs

If I was given to a more floral turn of phrase, then I could wax lyrical about how floaty and delicate and wondrous this lace-work is. As it is, let me just say that I am pretty happy with it and that I can see more lace in my near future. Click the pic to see more detailed photos on my Flickr-stream.

Happy New Year.