Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Relevant

Very. I got this book of postcards called 'Pride and Protest', postcards celebrating lesbian and gay visibility and activism...
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Considering whats going on at the moment I thought this was really, really relevant.


And for anyone who wants a cuteness overload - check this out!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Knit Girls

Ok, I broke my budget but I just had to get the "Will Knit for Tattoos" T-shirt


make custom gifts at Zazzle

Birthday Goodness!!!

Hi Guys!

Its my birthday in a couple of weeks; all and sundry are invited....

Where: Hellfire, Oxford St (if you dont know where it is, PM me)
When: Friday 15th Feb, 10pm
Cost: $20-25. It depends on how you dress. Really.
Why: Its probably the one and only time some of you'll ever go, and plus its my birthday!

What to wear: Basic black, fetish, formal, uniforms, anything thats a bit out there is good too. If you're stuck and want to come, PM me.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reclaim the Right Vigil this Australia Day

4 pm, Harmony Park next to the Surry Hills Police Station.

SSO reported that there have been 26 instances of homophobic violence in the past 5 weeks in the Surry Hills police area. The director of ACON has been described as a 'whinger' by the same police station. Enough is enough, and its not ok.

"The vigil is about the community coming together, for our many voices to be heard as one. It’s about opposing homophobic violence, inaction and apathy by police, our politicians and even ourselves. It’s about showing unwavering support for the victims of that violence and inaction, it’s about demanding justice, equality and liberty – we want to be able to walk the streets and be safe, we want to all be who we are. It’s about building an awareness – it’s time for positive change.
Speakers will include Clover Moore MP, Councillor Shayne Mallard and ACON’s Adrian Loveny. The MCs will be Steph Sands and Maxi Shield."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Years Res v.2

I've decided to alter the resolution

"Spend less on yarn" to "Buy better quality yarn, in colours I will actually use, and sell the cr*p that is cluttering up my spare room"

What am I thinking?

Last night, over cheap Indian food, The Boi and I were reminiscing about our adventures in India.

A lot of funny things happened over there, a lot of terrible, terrible things happened too (and I have since lost any fear I had of using dirty public toilets). India was hard, but it still has a certain romantic appeal.... Not to mention how cheap it was.

Maybe I need to have my head read (or get a bad bout of food poisoning to remind myself what it was like).

But then I look back through my photos and kinda wished I was back there...






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My Skull-tastic Vest is coming along well - nearly ready to divide for the neck and see if my maths is correct.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

It fits!!


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Yay! I was stressing it was gonna be too big (damn cotton yarn) but a negative 5 inch ease has seemed to fix that problem... yep 5 inches! I've never used Jo Sharp Cotton before, and I really like it (but not its price! I got this at the Tapestry Craft sale, its the only way I could afford 9 balls).
I havent asked what The Boi thinks of this top - he can be brutally honest, and I love this top too much to hear that he doesnt like it. If I dont ask then I cant be upset with what he says.


On other topics - here's the links I promised some grrls at SSK:

Crochet Tampons - so environmentally friendly...


Cloth pads - well, i can kinda see they could be cool, i mean skull fabric? Why not. But its the thought of them getting manky after a while... hmm yuk. And crochet tampons - i'm not even speculating on those ones....

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Yep, clowns are scary.

LONDON (Reuters) - Bad news for Coco and Blinko -- children don't like clowns and even older kids are scared of them.
The news that will no doubt have clowns shedding tears was revealed in a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital children's wards.

The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all the 250 patients aged between four and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary.
"As adults we make assumptions about what works for children," said Penny Curtis, a senior lecturer in research at the university.

"We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."

Growing

I love plants - i love growing things.
I also love this place for buying organic and heirloom seeds! Hopefully the ones i wanted will grow on my balcony...

I've ordered Purple King Climbing Beans (purple! beans! yay!), Amish Paste Tomato (supposed to be one of the best for sauces), Welsh Red Stem Onions (like a spring onion with red stems), Rainbow Silverbeet, Mammoth Basil and Coriander. Oh and dwarf Foxglove (i've always wanted to grow it, but having pets around isnt a good idea).
Now, before people get ideas, I dont plan on growing 20 of everything on my poor balcony. I want to grow maybe one or 2 at a time in pots, and hang a lot of the pots over the edge of the balcony. The Boi thinks i'm crazy.

But look!




Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Goth stitchery and finally some pics

I've been letting the photo department slide on the blog.... so here's some shots from last night's Goth SnB. This is Keffufal and Cailleach Beara (LJ names).

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And this is my favourite WIP so far. A skull vest of my own design (its gonna have some skulls in moss stitch on the front), knit in Jo Sharp DK cotton, colour Carmen. I'm shocked that i've been able to commit to just one project at the moment, although since most of my other WIPs are packed in boxes...... ;D

And my books finally came last night - yay! I've already got plans for 'An affair to remember' skirt from Romantic Handknits (the one on the cover), and I have enough yarn in my stash to make it too (thank you Ravelry).

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Abode...

The move has been completed. My new abode is 400m from The Boi's place, and 500m from the train station (and still within 'the Ghetto').

My place is full of half unpacked boxes, newspaper and some slightly worse for wear furniture (some has survived to move from Perth to Blacktown, Blacktown to Petersham, Petersham to Storage Container, Storage to Summer Hill).
If anyone wants to buy me new stuff feel welcome hehe...

Conversely, i'll have a bit of yarn and fabric that i'll be getting rid of soonish.... ;) keep your eyes peeled!

I hope to fully unpacked by the Australia Day weekend, and tentatively planning a housewarming around then :D.

Habu Sale

Hi guys - Habu has 25% off selected yarns....

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Secret Pal Bag Swap

I love the whole concept - stalking someone and then sending them stuff they like while someone does it to you.

Ok, maybe its just the stalking bit that I like (hehehe).

I'm thinking this bag from Yarn Mag for my pal - i've longed to make a felted bag and nows my chance. She has kids, so the bag is big enough to put books, pencils etc in. I'm going to line it and put extra pockets inside for more storage options.
Maybe make it a bit bigger too...

Its all very exciting - cant wait to start (maybe in Feb, too much on the plate right now).

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Better get my New Years stuff sorted

I've been thinking long and hard, so here we go:

1. Once i've moved, take up walking around Ashfield Park for excercise. (The Boi says its also a beat - so i might get lucky too hehe)

2. See more films and cultural activities this year. (Already started on this one, if Margaret Cho can be counted as a cultural activity)

3. Try and finish off most of my UFOs or frogg them.

4. Work on personal growth - and meet more people. Expand my group of friends.

5. Spend less on yarn (kinda blew this one already)

6. De-clutter and de-stash. I have too much stuff.

7. Get the guts to join ROLLER DERBY GIRLS!!! Oh man I want I want I want. I can't roller skate though.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Meet The Knit Girls

Welcome to the knitting world's equivalent of the Suicide Girls....

http://www.badknitgirls.com/

YARN SALE - look away now...

Ozeyarn has Patons Jet and Heirloom Cashmino on sale... I slipped and accidentally bought some Cashmino...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Year of the Sock

2008 is going to be my year of the Sock.
Too much sock yarn stash, too many sock patterns in my Ravelry queue. Its a mess! The aim is to try and finish one pair of socks a month, but in reality it will probably be one pair every 2 months. (Socks I design for other people dont count ;D).

I dont really want to do much in the way of New Years Resolutions, and not buying yarn is pretty impossible with me (i.e. Live2Knit has 25% off everything at the moment, and I just reworked my food budget for the next fortnight so I could buy some laceweight. I only now realise how tragic that sounds.)

THE LIST (of doom)

1. Snicket Socks (from MagKnits), in The Knittery slim merino, 'Petals' pink colourway. For me. Tre girly. ;D

2. Carolina (by MonkeyToes), in Lincraft HotSocks - my flatmate would love another pair for her birthday - these are it. Umm... the link is expired but I have these printed out.

3. Fawkes (by MonkeyToes), in Noro? Not sure.

4. Spiral Eyelet Socks

5. Wyvern Socks (by Marnie Mclean), I just love the dragon-scales effect. Some yummy green Lornas Laces for this one.

6. Nagini (by Monkey Toes)

7. Twinkleberry (by Knitzi)

8. Marilinda (by CookieA)

9. Primavera Socks

I think that will do for the moment.... I just cast on a pair of basic rib socks for The Boi, in a 70's inspired self-strip yarn from Lincraft - its all browns, yellows and oranges - he really likes it. They'll be my first month socks (hopefully), and all ready for hys birthdayin March.
I also have the 2nd Varanasi sock half finished - once i've done that one I can start on The List of Doom.

Off to collect my Noro Sock-Crack from the TC Snb tonite - cant wait!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A new start for the year...

Hmmm, first resolution - stop eating crap and excercise more.... Same as the previous years resolution...

And I have to add - CHO! The tickets for a group of us to see Margaret Cho during Mardi Gras have arrived, I'm so looking forward to going!

Xmas involved my beloved Boi driving us down to Geelong to see my family - he is such a hero. I knitted most of the way down there to kill time, and managed to finish a pair of socks for hym (fair reward I think). The Boi also really really suprised me by getting me CDs - its a suprise because he never buys me music, he hates what I like. This year he got me The Birthday Party and The Donnas and it was totally unexpected.
I got hym an NRMA membership. LOL.

Xmas with my family is never without some form of drama, but we survived ok.

New Years was nice and quiet, hanging out with The Boi and Flatmates. We ate waaaaay too much cheese, drank cheap and nasty wine (Verdi and Passion Pop) and watched the fireworks at dog-poo park in Newtown. Ahhh the simple things in life.

My good news is that a real estate called me and offered me a place in Summer Hill. 2 bedrooms, lock up garage and a balcony. Its a pretty ugly building and souless inside, but its only 400m from where The Boi lives so I said ok.

I'm on a dishcloth kick at the moment, buying that el-cheapo 4ply cotton from Spotlight and knitting it up like crazy (moss stitch rocks) - my sister has just bought a house so I made a wash cloth and hand towel for her kitchen in hideous 70s colours :D. And the purple socks for The Boi.