Thursday, 15 December 2011

Six Books Project 2011 done

Another Six Books Project is completed.  There's no modelling shot of the pink socks as they are a present for a little someone with much smaller feet than I.
Somewhat accidentally, this year's projects mostly ended up being socks.  Some of my planned projects didn't go ahead, but I have completed six projects from previously-un-used knitting books in my stash.

Floral Lace Anklets from Lace Style
Good Plain Sock Recipe from Knitting Rules!
Denmark Socks from Knitting on the Road
Cable Top Socks from Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles
Brattleboro Hat from New England Knits
Wedge Socks from Knit. Sock. Love.
IMG_1615 Stripey sock Saturday IMG_1521 Cable Top socks 001 IMG_1398

See the projects on Ravelry.

So what's my challenge for next year?  I may regret this, but I'm going to try and make 12 Pairs of Socks in 2012.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

matchy matchy quilt and bag

Made for a friend's little girl who is not well.  She's 4 and she loves pink.

Not being a huge pink fan myself, I was amazed to find how much pink I had in my fabric stash.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Shoe Inventory 2011


Shoe Inventory 2011, a set on Flickr.

More than last year, but not by much.

Last year's count was 42, this year it's 44. I've scored some gorgeous new shoes this year, including two pairs of gorgeous Fluevogs and some blue suede shoes (for channelling my inner Elvis?).

One of my colleagues has pipped me at the post though. She leapt from 39 last year to 53 at the present count.


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Stripey sock Saturday

Stripey sock Saturday, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Six Books Project 2011 project number 5 done and dusted.
Two months and nine days left to do one more project. Should be a doddle?

Friday, 21 October 2011

What tree is this?

What tree is this?, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Any arborists out there?

I walk past this tree on my way home from the station and I think the foliage is so pretty. It's a deciduous tree. This is the fresh spring leaf growth and it has a smattering of fuzzy white flowers.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Vitamin C in progress

Vitamin C in progress, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

So this is a reasonable illustration of a snippet of my days at the moment. I'm slowly plugging away on the Vitamin C cardigan (we had a small incident with not reading the instructions super closely enough and consequently having to rip an almost completed sleeve back to the arm pit... ahem...). I got fed up (boom boom) with Lite N Easy meals all the time so I'm trying to cook for myself more, hence the appearance of Nigella's wonderful book "How to Eat" on the coffee table, with pages marked. And I've started watching Lark Rise to Candleford which is a delight.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I have a new toy. My sadly neglected blog may find itself plagued with iPhone snaps of daily mundanity (which probably isn't a word).

Sunday, 2 October 2011

of cats, copha, coconut and smurfs

I'm not a close follower of football, but yesterday was the AFL grand final so I headed off to C&D's place to watch the big game on their big screen.  I made some blue and white coconut ice in an attempt to replicate the Geelong colours.  (Navy food colouring didn't appear to be stocked in my local Safeway)

I struggled to cut it neatly and ended up with a lot of leftover crumbs.  It looks a bit like I got a bit carried away and put a Smurf in the blender.

For the record, Geelong won the match much to the general delight of the room and the kids were successfully told that this blue and white stuff was not "cake" and we thus avoided the joy of toddlers on sugar highs racing around the house.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

New cardigans

Just as winter comes to a close and the warmth of spring is starting to make itself felt, I've churned out a quick but cozy cardigan in some 12 ply wool crepe that I got in the bargain packs at the Morris and Sons sale in July.
I'm loving the designs that Veera Välimäki is coming out with at the moment.   This is my black version of her Golden Wheat Cardigan.

Black cardigan, green buttons

And a new cardigan is now on the needles.  As voted for by blog readers and personal emails, work has commenced on the Vitamin D cardigan in orange.  A Vitamin C, if you will.


Sunday, 28 August 2011

bags are my bag baby

A few years ago I made bag for SeaBreeze.
Christmas bag reverse
It has been so well used that it no longer looks like this. The fabric is worn through in various spots and looking rather grubby.

So I was asked for a new bag "just like it". The original bag was improvised both in fabric choice and size and I didn't feel that I could re-produce the bag satisfactorily, so when Noodlehead published her new "Go Anywhere Bag" pattern last week, I thought it might produce a pleasing alternative.
Go Anywhere Bag
Just like the original? No, but I hope its more sophisticated stylings will suit the new owner.

Monday, 15 August 2011


Right. Counting up the votes on the blog and the votes canvassed via private email, it was a fairly close result.

Vitamin D - 6 votes

Celery - 4 votes

So Vitamin D in orange it is.

I still plan to make the Celery cardigan at some stage. Perhaps I should find some green wool for that.

The last word goes to my step-dad who emailed me this little gem.

"Replace the orange wool with another colour or find a pattern called "Carrot".
Knitting Fuehrer"

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

decisions decisions

The global financial crisis part two may be crashing down around our heads whilst chaos and madness reign, but I need your assistance with my first world problem.

I have some bright orange wool with which I plan to make a cardigan. I've narrowed it down to 2 "healthy-sounding" designs, but I can't decide which one.

So I'm canvassing opinions and/or votes.


Monday, 8 August 2011

Much better

Photo 58, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The extra length sits much better I think.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011


IMG_1542, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Cataloguing is a big part of my day job so I was really tickled by Felix's concept for adding meta-data to finished objects. I ordered a couple of her meta-badges and they arrived yesterday.
This is my latest finished cardigan. It has now been tagged with a "Striped" meta-badge.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

all set

IMG_1526, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Gryffindor socks - tick
New blue suede shoes - tick
Re-listen to Stephen Fry read HP and the Deathly Hallows - tick
Re-watch Deathly Hallows pt 1 on dvd - in progress
I'm just about ready to head out to see the grand Potter finale.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Thursday morning cardi

DSC03638, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Well, we're half-way through winter and I've finished this year's winter cardi. It's toasty warm, snug-fitting and I'm loving it with my newish "skinny" black jeans.

Note to self: How about moving the clothes horse out of the background next time you attempt self-portraiture?

What you can't see in the picture is my Eiffel Tower earrings in honour of it being Bastille Day (le quattorze juillet).

Friday, 24 June 2011

Sock Washing Day

IMG_1519, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The hand-wash-only socks tend to accumulate until I get around to doing a big batch.

Sunday, 19 June 2011


IMG_1492, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A long-standing UFO is U no more. If memory serves me correct, I pieced this quilt about 8 years ago. And I may well have pieced the back and sandwiched it then as well. Then it kept on being bundled up as the quilting was put off, and put off. Then a few weeks ago I got a bee in my bonnet and pulled it out of the cupboard. The quilting is really quick and rough - just a running stitch done with two strands of embroidery thread.
The fabrics are mostly reclaimed clothes. The brown fabric on the bottom border was from a second hand pair of trousers that I got at the market when I was at uni. They were made from the softest corduroy I have ever come across in my life, and I had to have them even though they were way too small. I opened up the side seams and put inserts in to make them wearable and for several years we were inseparable. Eventually they were beyond patching and I was no longer a scruffy student, but the cord lives on in this wagga quilt.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Blood red?

IMG_1488, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I got up just after 5 this morning to look at a rusty-red total lunar eclipse. It was cold, but clear and still in the pre-dawn.
The photo is a little blurry as I don't have a tripod and hands are generally not steady enough for these longer exposure shots.
The news reports here are all gushing over the moon turning "blood red". I suppose this description stems from the phrase "blood red sky", but the colour was really more a rusty red. I guess that doesn't really sound quite so romantic.

Sunday, 15 May 2011