Sunday, 28 November 2010

Depth of field

IMG_1273, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Lunch just called at the cricket, I've just finished half a pair of socks made from leftovers and I'm making an effort to start finishing off some log cabin patchwork that has sat patiently in a box for 9 years.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

New stripey socks

IMG_1248, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I do love a nice self-striping sock yarn.

I'm on a bit of a casting-off jag at the moment. I've managed to get my Ravelry queue down to 1 page, but of course the number of WIPs has gone up. Must get the camera out and take more photos.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

Lately there has been much discussion of shoes amongst the women I work with. Imelda Marcos I'm not, but it would seem that I have a much larger shoe collection than any of my female colleagues.

So this weekend I set to the task of taking an inventory of my footwear - slippers included.

I'm not really sure how this has happened. I don't think I buy a lot of shoes. I like to have enough that I can rotate through the week. [I read somewhere once that it was better for your feet to leave at least 24 hours between wears in order to let your shoes dry out properly.]

Perhaps I just don't throw them out much.

Perhaps my less-than-42-pairs colleagues are the weird shoe-deficient ones?


Saturday, 16 October 2010

The best room in the house...

IMG_1199, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble. now my bathroom.

Before and after photos here.

This was a surprisingly painless enterprise. The workmen all turned up when they said they would, they didn't break anything, it was quick and I love the end result.

Friday, 8 October 2010

No such thing as a free fleece

DSC03607, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I know... two posts in one day... what's the world coming to?

I finally got around to sewing the buttons on this cardigan last night. It's the Garter Yoke Cardi pattern by Melissa LaBarre which was very popular a couple of years ago. It's taken me a while to get around to making it. Of course now everyone on Ravelry has been making her more recent pattern Tea Leaves (which I will get around to... eventually....).

The wool is my own handspun and the fleece came straight off the sheep's back, shorn by C's dad. I love that I know the entire life-cycle/manufacturing-cycle of this cardi (well.... except for the buttons... they came from the Buttonmania sale and I've no idea where they were manufactured) and that I did everything except shear the sheep myself (I'll happily leave that bit to the expert).

Bathroom preview

IMG_1193, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

It's nearly done. Just the painting and the shower screen left to go. I love my mosaic tiles.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Raving over roving

So over the last week, I went on a bit of an roving-on-Etsy spree. I seem to have a thing for green.


Roving from: Skein (top left) and The Thylacine (right and bottom).

Then I went into Clegs and they had this yummy sock yarn called... funnily enough.... Yummy. I spent ages tossing up between two colours, before I caved in and bought both.


Bathroom renovations are in-progress. There is nothing left of the old bathroom. New cabinetry has been installed. The plasterer and tiler are next.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


DSC03592, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

There's plenty of knitting happening at the House of Paisley. These socks used up the leftovers from three other pairs of socks. Sock recipe is the Discovery Sock from Cat Bordhi's "Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters" which I'm enjoying a great deal more than I anticipated.
Also on the go is a handspun cardigan (just the sleeves to go), self-striping train-knitting socks, and some secret December-birthday knitting.
I'm getting quite excited as my bathroom is to be renovated (ie: completely gutted and replaced) at the end of September. I've lived with my tired, beyond-redemption-as-retro 1960s pink tiles for long enough. Hopefully all goes well without too many catastrophes and I will be able to post before and after pics in my October blog post (since I seem to be averaging just the one post a month at the moment).

Thursday, 19 August 2010

twick or tweet?

I'm twying out twitter. Not sure if I like it. It's all a bit random and all over the place.

Thursday, 29 July 2010


IMG_1032, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Ravelled here.

Friday, 9 July 2010

staying healthy this winter....

a gift from OHS, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The OHS team just breezed through the office, handing these out to everyone on the floor.
Everyone gets an orange with a little flag on it. In case you can't read the flag (crappy phone-camera pic), it says "health, safety & wellbeing" on one side and "Beat the cold this winter! Winter health tips are online now".
I guess they really do have our welfare at heart. :-)

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


In the end, resistance was futile. I've got a new toy. Here it is, nice and snug in a little cover that I made for it.


Peeking out the top....

A different screen-saver for each time-out

Now I'm having fun finding all the free Kindle stuff on Amazon. Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice were the first downloads.

Monday, 28 June 2010

As I was racing out the door this morning....

.... I grabbed my mittens and was horrified to discover they had holes in them. I'm afraid it might be moths....

I must investigate this evening. That drawer has all my hand-knit socks in it.....

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Monogamous knitting

IMG_1012, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

This is the only knitting that I've worked on for the past couple of weeks. I think it's going to be really nice when it's finished. But I'm not even half-way yet....
This is proving quite a challenge to my short-attention span.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Well I guess that question is answered...

IMG_0989, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

.... I cannot blog every day for a month.

Yesterday I did a crash course in the basics of how to use the manual settings on my DSLR. It's all about getting the balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We learnt about the nature of each of these variables and how tweaking them up or down will affect the exposure of the shot.
At lunch after the session I got my knitting out and applied my new found knowledge to shoot an in-progress shot of the green cardigan of doom. This is indoors without a flash and even has a little bit of depth of field. This makes me very happy. I now have the tools to experiment more and start really seeing what my expensive camera can do.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The one in which Paisley hides her lack of content behind an annotated list of links...

Right now my crafting mojo seems to be completely dominated by knitting, but I still have intentions of sewing stuff.

I love the black and red grandmothers flower garden blocks here.

And for something a little bit different, how about these skulls?

Or maybe some weaving?

Then there's these fabulous new fabrics in the shop I dare not set foot in...

Much better to take inspiration from this stash-busting example.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Accountability Wednesday

Ooops, missed a day. Bygones.

The scales and I have never have had a super-happy relationship, but at the moment I feel like they are teasing me mercilessly. They will not go under 100kg. They'll hover just above it, creep up to 101, creep back to 100-point-something, but they will not go under.
AW: 2010-06-09

Still, I guess it's better than where they were sitting in January this year.
AW 2010-01-27

And look how well the nail polish has lasted from the pedicure I got in Washington four weeks ago.

Monday, 7 June 2010

For me....

IMG_0913, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Now that the black cardigan knitting is done, dusted and wet-blocking (cold damp Melbourne weather means that it dries very slowly...), I can get on with a new winter cardigan for myself. Here is my sorry excuse for a swatch. I'm getting gauge, so let's just start knitting and see how we go. Hopefully I'll get this done before the cool weather is through.

Sunday, 6 June 2010


IMG_0914, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I finally finished the knitting on Seabreeze's cardigan last night. I swatched before starting this project. I even washed the swatch, which is unusual for me. So while I was knitting away, I kept looking at it, thinking, "this looks too small, it looks way too small..... but I got gauge after washing my swatch, so all should be ok.... I hope....."
The Yarn Harlot recently posted about wet-blocking before sewing up so I took inspiration and this morning I gave the pieces a little bath, then spent some time pinning them out so that they matched the measurements on the schematic. You know what? I think it's going to be ok.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Saturday afternoon

IMG_0909, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The coming of the cold weather brings the obligatory increase in the desire for soup. I had a surfeit of a-bit-too-old carrots in the fridge, so I tried out this recipe. Easy peasy, tasty and I had everything handy.
The cryptic crossword is from yesterday's paper. Mum will ring later today and we will compare notes and try and finish it off together.

Friday, 4 June 2010

The things I do...

IMG_0902, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I endure seemingly never-ending stocking stitch in black wool, counting the irregularly spaced increases on every right side row so that my friend SeaBreeze can have her very own Sunrise Circle Jacket.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Stash enhancement...

I am weak. Tempt me with hand-dyed self-striping sock yarn and I cannot resist.



Wednesday, 2 June 2010

This sock is growing very slowly...

IMG_0900, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...because I love this sock yarn so much that I keep stopping to admire how it knits up every round or so.

It's Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy. I get it from Simply Socks Yarn Company.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Do you suppose that it's possible...

IMG_0905, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

..that I could blog every day for a month?

Let's see how far I can get. Today I present the mitred ball-band hanging towel. Also known as, using up left-over bits of dishcloth cotton.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

How many fingers am I holding up?

IMG_0901, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A friend asked for toddler-sized gloves as she couldn't find any in the stores. I told her that they don't make them very often because it's such a pain to get toddlers little fingers into them, but that I would make one for her to try out. If she can get this on her little girl's hand, then I'll make the pair to go with it.
It's funny thing this glove. When I finished it I held it up and kept thinking there's finger missing. I counted the fingers and the thumb on the glove, and then counted the fingers on my hand, as if I had forgotten how many fingers can be found on a normal human hand.
The numbers match, but somehow it doesn't look quite right.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The answer

Broadly speaking: The USA.

Specifically: Scottsdale, AZ; Grand Canyon, AZ; and Washington DC (that last pic that looks like an Athenian monument is actually the Lincoln Memorial).

Monday, 19 April 2010

Saturday afternoon...

DSC03389, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

... I got a bee in my bonnet about using up some of my sock yarn leftovers and having another pair of good plain socks to take on my next holiday, fished out my recently acquired copy of Cat Bordhi's Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters and knit nearly this entire sock. I had to stop after The Bill finished as my fingers were starting to cramp, so I finished off the cuff on Sunday morning.
Second sock is well underway, but going not-so-fast.

Friday, 16 April 2010

The girl in the spotted pyjamas...

DSC03385, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...made a sock.
The colourway is called "Monet" and it really does have that whole waterlilies feel going on.

Monday, 12 April 2010

That's my hand in the sock...

IMG_0897, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

....not some freaky flattish set of toes.

My blogging mojo, which wasn't very vigourous to begin with, has dropped off a bit lately. I'm still knitting, still taking photos, still loving reading other people's blogs and hanging out way too much on Ravelry....

But the urge to write is not terribly strong right now. I hope to return, in some form, soon.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Half a pair of pairs

Noro Mojo / Leaf Litter Arch Shaped Socks

Both second socks are now on the needles....

Y popped in for an early morning coffee today.  She's going through her own sock yarn at a rate of knots at the moment, so I de-stashed some of my lingering half-balls and leftovers onto her since they're ideal amounts for making kid-sized socks.

We discussed the unexpectedly violent hail storm that we had here in Melbourne yesterday afternoon.  I got off pretty lightly in comparison to some.  I was home and not out on the road which would have been terrifying.  Most of the hail coming down was about pea-sized, although I did see a few golf-ball sized stones smashing down - and they were SMASHING down.  I got quite worried about my front window which seemed to be getting a lot of hits.  But luck was on my side and no broken glass.  Thankfully my car was also undercover, so no damage to it.
My neigbours across the road have one of their cars parked on their front lawn and the hail kept setting off the alarm.

Y had been visiting friends whose laserlite covered porch is now covered in holes.  They had been sitting out there and had to bid a hasty retreat.  Luckily none of them were hurt.  They saw lemon-sized hail stones in their part of town.

Saturday, 27 February 2010


IMG_0807, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I'm not sure whether the wires will ever be the same again.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Back home in warmer climes

snow shoeing near Hirosaki, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Catching up on sleep.
Watching Torah Bright win gold in Vancouver
Didn't get much knitting done in Japan - about half a sock.
Despite being able to take my knitting on the plane, I was too catatonic to do any in-flight. But it was nice to know that I could have.
Only landed on my bum three times on the icy streets.
Snow shoeing is really hard work, but the views were so worth it.
I think I left a t-shirt and pair of undies in Nikko.
The Japanese drive on the same side of the road as us, but on roundabouts, they give way to the left, so you can enter a roundabout, but then have to give way to other traffic on the left entering the roundabout.
Lots of photos here.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Snow... lots of snow

DSC03287, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

In Sapporo it snows a lot. I'm not taking many photos although I am getting better at wrangling my little camera with gloves still on. The big camera is not coming out much.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

mission accomplished

IMG_0477, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

It's amazing what you can get done when you're monogamous to one project.
It's really a bit too hot to be modelling woollen socks today. Two sleeps until I fly off into the cold Japanese winter.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

It's Australia Day...

IMG_0472, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...and I'm flicking between the tennis and the cricket on the box and knitting like a fiend. Do you suppose if I cast on the partner to this lovely sock this evening, that I might be able to finish it before I fly out next Tuesday?
Let's see.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Travelling light(er)

IMG_0466, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A new little box bag to carry my travel-sized toiletries. This is much more compact than my usual big sponge bag.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Reclaimed tweed

A few years ago I knit Teva Durham's asymmetric mock cable vest from her book Loop-d-Loop. It wasn't a great choice for me, especially given that the largest size written (38" bust) was always going to be way too small. But I thought that the mock cable pattern looked really cool, so I gave it a go using some Patons Shadow Tweed that I'd got on sale at Clegs. With a bit of tweaking and some negative ease, it fit, even if it didn't sit very nicely (the edges curling like the clappers was meant to be a design feature apparently).
I wore it once - to an Anzac day BBQ if I remember correctly - and a friend snapped a photo of me in it. I looked at the photo, decided that it made me look even more like a lumpy grey apple than usual and shoved it away in the cupboard, never to be worn again.
Then I started seeing versions of the Shalom Cardigan popping up on Ravelry and I thought "oh, I should frog that vest and re-knit it into this some time".
And finally, early one Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I got a bee in my bonnet and spent it frogging, winding, washing and hanging out great big skeins of bulky weight yarn. I cast on that evening.

I'm so glad I did. This is much better. Full project details are ravelled here.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Flashing some of the stash

Flashing some of the stash, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Today I took some photographs of some of the yarn stash. A couple of pretty recent acquisitions, but mostly stuff that has been sitting at the bottom of various receptacles for too long. I have plans for most of it, but I only have two hands.
Good thing that this stuff has a long shelf life.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

socks, plots and plans

Kitchenered last night:  (cuff-down) Train-Knitting (Simply Ginny) Socks


Cast-off last night:  (toe-up)  Riverbed in Vinnland Socks


Plotting and Planning:
  • next train knitting sock selection 
  • travelling-in-Japan-in-February sock selection
  • flights to the US in April/May (golf, Grand Canyon and perhaps a "popover" to DC)
  • and in the meantime, trying to stay cool in Melbourne's January heat.