Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Knitting, Natter and Seven Weird Things

It was a highly crafty weekend (unusually for me!). Three of us got together on Saturday for an inaugural NW coast KnitNatter at the Groovy Penguin, which was quite groovy. Penguin is a really pretty seaside town which is currently at the centre of a development furor. A gay couple from Sydney came down and bought and vastly renovated and developed the local market. Then they bought up large swathes of the town (before the real estate boom) and now want to do some massive developments of up to 8 stories, on the waterfront and through the sleepy and gorgeous town.

Many of the locals are against the developments (including me), but the couple are trying to make the anti development group into homophobics. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s not about homophobia, it’s about inappropriate development. I have no problem with gays, I just think the developments are too big and too ugly.

On Sunday, I went to a chenille class and made a beautiful bad in red,white and black Japanese fabrics!! It was gorgeous and I love the bag but almost took as much time and effort as knitting!

Georgie tagged me for the seven things meme – so first I’ll show you some pictures of the gorgeous birthday present I received from Bells and Georgie:

Look! Look! – A shawl book (Wrapped in Comfort!), 2 skeins of merino laceweight in lovely green aqua-y colours and a skein of posmerino laceweight in those plum colours I was talking about! – coffee beans and gorgeous chocolate and a beautiful card! Thank you – thank you thank you!! My challenge is deciding which shawls gets a guernsey (knitting pun) first!

Now, 7 weird things about me.

1. Sleeping in is absolutely impossible for me. I have never been able to sleep in, even as a lazy teenager (Of course I was – aren’t all teenagers?) The only time I can stay in bed late is if I am reaaaallllly sick!

2. I absolutely loathe throwing up – and will do almost anything not to!

3. I am an appalling spendthrift. If I have money, I spend it – mainly on knitting stuff – you know, yarn, needles, books, patterns, stuff! I have no idea where all my cash goes!

4. I can still do the splits and mounts, even though I am in my 40s, overweight and not as fit as I could be – if I get warmed up 17 years of ballet still works my muscles.

5. I am allergic to oysters. This is a great pity, as I absolutely adore them – but it leads to a terrible paradox – see number 2 above!

6. I am an appalling housekeeper. I am full of admiration for those who can keep houses clean and tidy (especially with children) but I can’t – too many piles of stuff around!

7. I love being spun around, heights and being turned upside down. I think fun parks are heaven and have done the big 5 at Dreamworld a lot! The schoolboys next to me on the drop thought I was so cool they saved spaces for me on the Claw, the Rollercoaster and the Wipeout because I sat there a giggled the whole time!

There you are – 7 weird things about me! So I’m tagging the Knightly Knitter, 2Paw, Amanda J, Madmad, Jejune, Catherine and Raven. Cheers

Ins and Outs


13 balls Bendi Cameo (thank you Mamasue!)
3 Amy Lane books, 1 T-shirt, 1 skein Shaefer Annie (Thank you Amy!)
1 Shawl book, 2 skeins merino laceweight, 1 skein of posmerino laceweight, coffee, chocolate (Thank you Bells and Georgie)
4 skeins sock yarns from the Knittery (Thank you Daphne!)
1 Cleckheaton pattern book
1 and ½ metres fabric
1 mug
(I am so spoiled!! An extra special ‘thank you’ to everyone involved – especially Amy, Bells and Georgie – you are so kind!)
DVD of Pride and Prejudice (the TV series –with Colin Firth in the wet trews!)
1 knit mag (Simply Knitting)
Lace Style
Knitting on the Road
5 balls Jo Sharp DK (for making Fibre Trends animals)
45 packets of yellow, orange and green KoolAid
1MP3 player
1 pair of PJs
1 pair sweatpants


2 shopping bags of stuff from the bathroom cupboard while I was looking for something else – elderly hairspray, conditioner, hairgel, coagulated moisturiser and suchlike!
3 Bags clothes (women’s refuge)
1 bag toys (women’s refuge)
2 infant/toddler sleeping bags (women’s refuge)
11 plastic softdrink bottles (I had been keeping these to make rhubarb champagne – but the rhubarb is struggling this year – so out they go!)
Yet more papers, B-grade children’s artwork (the good stuff has gone into scrapbooks), old accounts etc!

Shake it all about

2 metres of fabric turned into Chenille bag!

I can’t believe that with all this de-cluttering there is STILL a heap to go, but there you are. I will keep going.


2paw said...

I know it's a typo, but I ma so very amused that you made a "Bad'!!
I am imagining what nefarious deeds you will commit with your bad, and what you might carry in it!!!
Oh, I have not tried to do the splits lately!! Obviously 2 people in your family at least could run away and join the circus!!
So glad you had a great Knitting Meet Up!!!

2paw said...

And just to have solidarity, I made a typo too!!!

Taphophile said...

The development proposals sound hideous - good luck with the campaign.

Do we get to see your chenille?

frog ponds rock... said...

Eight stories high.. Akkk..

Alwen said...

I'm glad I'm not the only hopeless housekeeper in the blogosphere.

There's a reason most of my photos are either outdoors, or tightly framed shots of knitting. ;)

MadMad said...

Ooooh! I HATE spinning. I can barely even swing on a playset (when my bottom actually fits into the swing, that is!) without getting nauseated. Ay!

Amy Lane said...

Hee hee...glad to spoil you! And don't you hate it when politics turns one issue into something entirely different!!! If it's ugly, it shouldn't be built...isn't that simple?

Amy Lane said...

(And the weird things were a lot of fun--thanks for sharing...)

frog ponds rock... said...

There is something for you at my place.

cheers Kim xxx

frog ponds rock... said...
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frog ponds rock... said...

Sorry I deleted my last comment it was a bit messy..

here is how I do the techie stuff..

It is easy if you just right click on the image then... Save image as.. Then it should save to your desktop and You can upload it later just like you would a picture...

cheers kim.

Jejune said...

Good luck with the development stuff... pity when it could be such a good thing if done with style and sensitivity.

I've been tagged several times now, I'm going to have to do it, aren't I?! I can't stand ferris wheels and other spinny rides like that - too scary for me! So I'm impressed at your love of being spun and flung around :)

Donni said...

Tag! You're it! Want to hear the dulcet tones of Ceri (but not eating oysters)

Bells said...

oh so glad you loved it all! It was fun to choose stuff with George for you.

And i'm a sucky house keeper too. I just feel like there are better things to do with my time.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

I am so with you on the throwing up thing. And the housekeeping thing. Both are just plain icky!!!

gemma said...

Hi chick,
My sister is heading to Hobart for a quick trip very soon, do you know somewhere she could spend some knitting-type time while waiting for the husband to finish his work?
cheers, Gemma (gemma dot b @ gmail dot com)