It has been a month of WIP frenzy. Each night I put my hand into the Big Bucket o' WIPs (tm), and play Knittlotto (tm), knitting on whatever gets hauled out. A little concentrated effort on a couple of projects which may have been hanging around for a while has resulted in this:
Clapotis 2, started in May 2009 finished in November 2009 (Touch Yarn Merino and utterly gorgeous)
Radiate from Knitty.com, in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Single Silk in Citrine
and some secret Christmas Knitting (which isn't all finished yet)
There are also a couple of single socks and a bit more done on several other projects which have been lurking in the undergrowth for a while.
So the whole stash honesty thing doesn't look nearly so bad at present:
Knitted: 1300 grams
Inward enhancements: 1700 grams
Slightly better stats this month!
The aniversary of Mum's death passed with a family trip to beaustiful (but slightly rainy) Strahan on the West Coast of Tasmania.
There was some of this:
And some of this:
And almost a whole day of this:
The trip on the West Coast Wilderness Railway was a wonderful day despite the rain. The original was contructed over a century ago, and has been revived as a tourist route, with a 50 year old diesel locomotive for the first section, from Strahan to the base of the mountain, and then a 111 year old stem engine - named Percy because he is green - takes over and the line becomes a rack and pinion (sort of like cogs) to go over a mountain and down the other side to Queenstown.
The train stops at all the old stations along the way, includes a lovely lunch of Tasmanian gourmet bits and pieces and the kids had a wonderful time. A long day, but really interesting.
Strahan itself is lovely - and I'm ashamed to say that I haven't been down there for 17 years. We had crayfish and the local hotel had a wonderful restaurant. The old railway link between the town wharf and Regatta Point is now a walk along the side of the harbour. Macquarie Harbour is, in fact, the second largest in Australia after Port Philip Bay (Sorry, Sydneysiders!)
I intend to visit again, long before another 17 year hiatus!
There have been lots of things happeneing - mainly at the school, with the year winding up - I have atteneded sports carnivals, inter-school sports, swimming lessons, the fete, the garden opening, and have the disco (lots of kids from 5 to 12 in 'crazy' dress hitting the town until the heady hour of 8pm) and the school picnic coming up.
The time thief has struck again, because I cannot believe we are currently in December - woe is me!
Back to the scheduled Christmas Knitting!