Insert Space Travelling noise

I’ve been dying to share my new update, but I wanted to wait until after this weekend when the first episode of the new Doctor Who series aired. Although it won’t appear on NZ tv screens until next weekend.
It’s called Space Traveler and it’s by David Hoffrichter. I thought new Doctor, why not a new start.

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I’ve completed one full page plus bits of surrounding pages which probably adds up to two full pages done already

I had been working on Knitariffic up until then and I now have only two pages left and it will be done.

24augmsThere won’t be much stitching going on over the next few weeks as I have a couple of orders for some shawls. Two of the same design, which I’ve done before, both in black!!
The yarn hasn’t quite arrived yet, so I will continue to get as much stitching done until then.

I also have to share some news about Turandot. If you are my friend on Facebook you may already know about this, but my darling Princess Turandot is currently on loan to the Christchurch Casino and is on display in the VIP/high rollers room. Tim, my husband, works there, and thought it might be a nice idea to see if the power’s that be might like to change up the room a little and he thought Turandot might make a nice addition. He thought she would be possible put on the wall behind the cashier, but she has been put on full display in the main area. She can even be seen from the main gaming floor downstairs.

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I was lucky enough to visit her a couple of weeks ago and I got loads of lovely comments about her. Although I do miss having her here at home, it is nice to have others appreciating the hard work.


New Knit a rific update

I’ve pulled out another of my slow WIP, this time it’s Knit a rific.
I’ve now completed the top row of pages

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I haven’t just been stitching, I’ve also finished the second Forgotten Love mitt that I started at Christmas. This has been my travel piece and with some recently travelling I’ve been able to finally complete it.

mittThey still need to be blocked which will allow me to try out my new investment, glove blockers.

IMG_0382I will be working on Mum’s shawl now until the 22nd Feb when its will be the 3rd anniversary of the Christchurch quake.
Time sure does fly.

To commemorate the event I will be starting Christchurch Shawl

TOTA update 4-July

Only one page (and some stray stitches) to go.

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I have another knitting start on the go, but I haven’t taken a full photo of it yet.

Here is a closeup shot I took of it last night with my phone. The colours are not quite right but it gives you an idea of what the full size must look like.

The pattern is called Rushing Tide Shawl and can be purchased HERE

There are also matching socks, and like the pattern for the shawl, I was lucky enough to be gifted this pattern as well. So look out for those in the future.

I also have another KAL planned with Petrina. We both are going to be working on a shawl called Taliesin.

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I’ve chosen a khaki green as my colour, and Petrina has chosen a blue, not to dissimilar to the blue used in the shawl above.

I just need to free up my needles and I’m all go for a start.

I will also be able to knit in the knowledge that I will be warm all the time. It’s winter here in New Zealand and if we don’t have the fire going we have the heatpump going. For the last couple of years the heatpump has been getting less and less heaty, and recently it’s been stopping and starting unnecessarily.We have had it in for nearly ten years now, and it probably could have lasted longer, but we have a feeling that all the shaking that the unit has had probably didn’t help with its longevity. Being lifted and dropped at the rate of 2g during the Feb quake probably didn’t do most things any good.

I finally convinced Tim to get the service people out to have a look and the unit had a faulty valve which would cost us a cool $1000NZ to replace. That was just for the part. Then there would be labour and refrigerant gas which is now longer used here.

So we decided to splurge and buy a whole new unit. Nearly $3000NZ all up, but it is grunty, hot and matches the carpet. LOL


b4and after….

b5It’s a lot blacker in person than the photo shows.

Knit a riffic update

I have really been enjoying this one lately and found it hard to drag myself away from it, but drag I did, and I will have an update on Spud next.26febs(click all images to enlarge)

I’ve also had my hands on the knitting needles. Here is an update on Guernsey Triangle. GT
And here is a new start, Isadora. I had thought of restarting this on some smaller needles as I thought the tension looked too loose, but seeing it stretched like this I think I will continue on. Thankfully I won’t need to block it too much, just pull out the pointy bits and I should look stunning.

I should add this is done in a Merino/silk blend so, as you might already know, I can’t get the colour and shine to show up as much as it does in real life, although you can see a little of the sheen in the photo.

And here is the finished driveway concrete. We need to redo the little garden to the right again. All the white rocks have to be replaced around the edge again so we’ll be weeding while we do that. It has been soooo nice to be able to part out of the view of the road again. We have a back section and have had to part on the gravel area for months now. done

SK Dragon – One page left

Only the first page is left.

It will be exciting to see the letters/words appearing out of nothing. The word “Mouse” is already legible as are few other letters.

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I was hoping to have this done before I send out the floss usages for the HAED Sal. That way I can fill my floss box with the bobbins for Theatre, but I don’t think that will happen.

Our driveway looks a little different to the last picture.

With the help of our mate and three mini skips, Tim removed over 12 tons of concrete rubble from just the area outside the garage.

Once this area is relaid he’ll start removing the strip that runs up along the house and that has nearly the same amount of concrete to move. Thankfully having the unbroken area cut into pavers will decrease the cost of removing this bit.

Did you miss me? A little dragon update

I’ve been a little preoccupied of late.

I’ve been doing the Christmas shopping thing and setting up the HAED bulletin 2013 Freebie SAL so the stitching has been a little amiss of late.

I do have a little update of my SK dragon though.

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I’m not the only busy one around here. We decided to take an insurance payout on the repair to our driveway and are organising the new driveway ourselves. So… Tim has been preparing the old driveway by attacking it with a jack hammer!!!

Not only can we blame the earthquakes on the damage, but we can blame the earthquake for Tim’s destruction of it. After he worked at the deconstruction of the Eastgate mall he has wanted to get a jack hammer and destroy stuff. Now he’s like a pig in mud.

Back onto the subject of the Freebie SAL, I thought I’d share what I choice and what I will be sharing WIP of next year.

QS Theatre of the Absurd by Ciro Marchetti

Home, finally.

After being out of the house for 10 weeks we finally spent our first night back in it.

Goodbye Southern Comfort Motel (click all images to enlarge)

I thought when we had the initial hold-ups that we might be living out of suitcases for my birthday and I was nearly right; it’s less than a week away.

We’ve nearly got everything sorted. We have all the big furniture in and here’s my new stitching chair, so the most important piece of furniture is in.

I also can’t wait to stick some holes in the newly decorated walls for my stitching and calendars.

We are now slowly starting to get back to normal. Things are coming out of storage and we are finding new places for all the bits and pieces. Some stuff won’t be coming home but I’m sure we will find new houses for them.

I started my “welcome home” piece last night…. SPUD!! (aka Couch Dragon) No photos yet as there’s nothing to see.

But I do have some of my HDF silk piece Teddy Bear Tree Stocking.

Nearly home

The move home is imminent so  I thought I’d best do one last update before we do the big shift in and things turn to madness.

Those of you on Facebook may have seen a pic of  the entry area I shared, well… I have a couple more for you. The cleaners are yet to go through still, they have been booked for tomorrow and once they are done we can organise to get the new furniture home.

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Thanks to Tim for the tracks from the tv cabinet. Also, the join will disappear once the vacuum has gone over it.

Until yesterday I haven’t been able to stitch on any of my HAED due to the room we were in having no comfortable stitching position available, at least no comfortable HAED stitching position.  So I knitted a hat, Dragonflies. Thanks to Jeannie-maree for the gifting of the pattern. It’s done in a merino/angora mix and it’s soooo soft!!! It still needs to be blocked, but I stuck it one my niece Jessica for a photo anyway. I’ll block it once we are settled back at home.

I was also able to start a new stitchy project. It’s something I’ve seen done before but never attempted myself; a biscornu.

Don’t you love the edging? The joys of having the sewing machine in storage. You use what you have handy.

I have yet to stitch all the pieces and attach the beads and sequins I need to complete the full project, but once I have them all done I will have a Christmas tree of descending sized biscornus. What is a biscornu?

A biscornu is an interesting little eight-sided pincushion that has become very popular in recent months.  The word biscornu (sometimes written biscournu) is derived from a French adjective, meaning skewed, quirky or irregular.

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I would put a picture of the finished piece up but why ruin the surprise.

I have another update of Teddy Bear Tree Stocking. I did some on it a few weeks back but pulled it out again last night and thought you might like to see an update.

I will go now and get some more done on the Teds since I won’t get much done once home.

The only needle I will be picking up for a few days will be the sewing machine needle. I have net curtains to hem!!!