Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fun outdoors

In a cloud of dandelion pollen we cycled out to one of the many playgrounds in town last Sunday and enjoyed a blissful lunch out in the sunshine. After the kids had finished running about like lions, devoured their sandwiches and gulped down their juice, we cycled past the allotment to pick up some lettuce and rhubarb. On arriving home, the sun had really decided to put in an appearance, so we decided to drive out to the beach.
Of course, as soon as we got there, the sun decided to disappear and it was quite chilly with the wind, but it was fun nonetheless. While I protected the fort and did some more knitting, the kids and Steve went off like proper beachcombers and came back wit a bag full of treasure, which will be used to decorate some picture frames and mirrors in the weeks to come.
Yesterday, we braved the wind again and visited one of the many farms in the area on Open Farm Day. We all love cows (especially the little calves), and when the farmer actually has a bouncy castle, a fake cow to milk, facepainting and free banana milk - well, who wouldn't want to spend a few hours in the hay?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Back home!

After only one night in hospital, I'm back home: still with two ovaries but without the annoying cyste and a clean uterus. Just a little bit of sore stomach muscles, but nothing that some R&R won't cure.
I have been knitting, the first ball of yarn was knit up just before I had to go in for my operation, and I will start my top again as soon as I've finished my book, which is captivating and almost finished. ;)
More news to follow soon!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Call to arms!

I finished Sam's knight's chainmail tunic Sunday, and on Monday morning saw that what I had already feared, had happened. The decreases as per instructions in the pattern just didn't work. I brushed a few tears away when I told the little man he had to take it off again and that mommy would fix it as soon as she got out of the hospital, and put it in the knitting chest again.
Big was the surprise when I was told I could go home today, as my operation (not a biggy, no fear) is not until tomorrow afternoon. So, after all the doctors had a good poke and prod, after enough blood was taken to help out in a war, I got back on the bus home. And of course, finished the knitting ;) And now I have a happy little knight man. Who is blissfully asleep, dreaming of fighting dragons...
Sam with his outfit and his huge dragon sword and armor.
Who can say no to a face like that... Yes, I will be making pants to go with that (anywhere I can get some cheap leather(ette) stuff?) and a helmet!
The clasp does look a bit 'girly', but the little man thinks they're nice and shiny and 'real' silver. And we are talking about men who wore thights, aren't we?

Pattern: Modern Chain Maille, Alison Stewart-Guinee, from Fairy Tale Knits (my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Drops Karisma, grey, just over 8 balls
Needles: KnitPro 6.0 mm

Friday, May 14, 2010

An image says more than a thousand words

This is how they've slept the last two nights. Two little angels (don't ask how they behaved during the daytime, because the sleep only comes after a lot of laughter and playing and music, ergo short nights, ergo cranky kids)! I'll have to miss this sight a few evenings next week, as I found out today that I have to go into hospital on Monday for a planned cyste removal. It's a bit eh... sudden! I've been on the waiting list for weeks, and it turned out they had the wrong phone number. The fact that it was right on the official forms and that I'm listed in the phonebook apparently didn't matter. Anyway, just enough time to ensure that the kiddies and daddy are taken care of and that other appointments are moved (which was not easy, as it's a day off today for a lot of people, and I also had a work appoint halfway across the country today - thank God for e-mail and Internet!).
It also means that I'll be printing out a few knitting patterns for the hospital and downloading some podcasts for the Blackberry. I have to be there a day early, to give them enough time to run through my medical history 5 times (note to self: I should put in on tape and just play it, to save my voice), take my blood pressure 10 times and to give all the relevant doctors and nurses the opportunity to poke and prod me. Joy.
Anyway, I hope to be back with my wee angels (and darling hubby, the responsible adult on duty) on Wednesday, cyste-less and painfree! With a few FO's ;)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

From head to hands

This week was chockablock! Not only did I finally get the feedback on my book and did I manage to hand it in hours before the designer had to send off a proof to the publisher (yup, but still in time, haha!), but also fit in one knit night, one theatre performance, a Freedom Festival and some pimpin'. And today, after a busy, mostly dry week - some gardening! As pictures say more than words, here they are!

The cabinet pre-pimp, but after I had already painted the top two drawers ;)

The cabinet post-pimp. With new chrome slimline legs, adding some height, painted dusky pink and beautiful knobs.

I had the choice between marguerites and edelweiss buttons, and as we are slightly crazy about 'that' musical, I chose the edelweiss. Aren't they gorgeous?
While I was painting, my yarn pimp rang. I had ordered loads of Drops Delight and Alpaca (for this and this), so while the paint was drying, I quickly cycled out and picked up my stash.
After clearing out my yarn basket, it now looks pretty and coordinated again, and very inviting! I bet some new projects will be started before Sam's tunic is finished... 
While clearing out the yarn basket, I came across one of my crochet projects I started last year, shortly after Queensday - a year ago!!! And as promised, I immediately finished it and Hannah got to use it today!
It's based on the bag I crocheted last year on Queensday, but a bit smaller and with just two strands of yarn, one sock yarn (Fabel) and one strand acrylic, in shades of pink and purple. I added a flower on the flap, crocheted some picots around the edge and then sewed on two little flower buttons. She's chuffed as a peacock! And that is before I actually lined it ;)  I'll rummage around my bits of fabric to see if I have something flowery, as it could use some strengthening, especially the strap.
Today I also ventured out to the allotment. Even though the weather is quite dismal, it was great to get some work done (until I did a split on a grassy patch - should have worn my gardening overalls...)! Everything is growing and sprouting like mad (unfortunately, the weeds do to)... We will definitely have enough strawberries this year for a few jars of lovely jam! I also sowed the curly cale (a bit late, but hey...) and parsnips (like, loads, as last year we had a horrible harvest). Below you see our pear tree. I love the way the leaves uncurl, and the texture with the red bumps on them. Can't wait to see if it will give some fruit this year! More about the allotment on the gardening blog, which I will try and update today as wel...