Lady Grey’s Tea Party


skulls and hearts and the whole crafternoon
June 26, 2008, 2:57 pm
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Well isn’t this a surprise! I actually made something! It was a friend’s birthday on Sunday so I thought I would make her something for a gift. She makes chunky beaded bracelets and she likes to draw skulls, hearts and stars on every available surface, including people if you stand still long enough. So combining these two hobbies, we have skull and heart beads!

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Inspired by all the etsy sculpey and fimo users and their fab creations.

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I spent a relaxing afternoon watching The Office (British version) on dvd and getting brown lint and fingerprints embedded permanently into their little baked bony heads. I like to think of it as character, spotty, graying, slightly hairy, character. It is the little things, like lint and fingerprints that give an item that hand-made feel. Some might call that unfinished, or unprofessional, or poor quality. But I prefer to call it ‘the personal touch.’

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These are simply brimming with ‘the personal touch,’ which thankfully can’t really be noticed from a distance. I think she liked them…



the potential of pretty
June 18, 2008, 12:59 pm
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On Monday I went to Wondoflex to get needles for my Tangled Yoke Cardigan, and what’s a girl supposed to do but browse? This is my end of semester present to myself, one ball of Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I found a variety of these hidden up the back with all the self-striping sock yarns, but as far as I’m concerned this is in a whole different class. The colours are so beautiful and they make me think of ponds and waterlilies, sort of in a Monet kind of way, but brighter.

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I purchased this one ball, some circular needles, hopped on a tram to a friend’s place, and immediately cast on 30 stitches and swatched my little heart out. Even though I know I’m going to unravel it and start again, I can’t stop knitting my little (but increasingly larger) garter stitch swatch. The colours! I just want to see the next colour!

I did a lot of reading about this yarn and it does feel quite stiff on the ball, but it softens as its worked and I can only imagine that it gets better with wash and wear. I even love the way the yarn goes from thick to thin, which gives simple garter stitch texture and interest. (I am a little bit obsessed with the flexibility of garter stitch, it works with everything! Plus the mindlessness = yay! Or nay, depending on your mood I guess.)

All I know is that I want this to be a scarf. As I see it I have a few options…

(1) Plain garter stitc

(2) 1×1 rib

(3) A selection of large garter mitered (mitred?) squares sewn together

(4) Garter stitch log cabin squares same as above

(5) Bias garter stitch

Oh why can’t I decide!

I will have wide, extremly colourful (but thinnish) scarf, gosh darnit. I will!



bear with me here…
May 20, 2008, 1:49 pm
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…because it’s almost the end of semester and as things continue to get more and more frantic the state of my mind, my house, my laundry basket, and, I suspect, this page, will all get seriously out of control. In fact I’m afraid it’s already too late for the laundry basket. So, really, it’s just a matter of time before all the others fall by the wayside and I’m shuffling around Uni in grimy track pants and baggy undies, eating too much take away and muttering to myself.

So I’m really looking forward to some time off in June because I’m itching to finally get around to casting on for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, and looking forward to finally tidying up and organising this little internets spot ‘o mine. So yeah, basically it’s a mess, and I plan on tidying it all up, and in that way I guess it’s a pretty accurate reflection of my life as a whole!

I can’t wait for the holidays…



the end is the begining is the end is the…
May 17, 2008, 1:26 am
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Laminaria is finished. And I don’t quite know how I feel about it. Well, it’s more that I do know how I feel, it’s just that I feel about a freakin’ bahjillion different things at once. I’m happy to have such a beautiful F.O., but I loved the process so much that I’m sad, almost mourning the fact that it’s over. Happy, sad, frustrated, exhilarated, no wonder people love to knit lace, it’s an emotional roller-coaster. Yes, it was frustrating at times, but after all that frustration came excitement! fun! and now that the journey is over, I really miss all the drama!

On top of all of that I know that this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between lace knitting and I. My time with Laminaria is at an end, but there will be others, oh yes, there will be others…

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I’ve been wearing it as a scarf everyday, to work, to Uni. Every now and again I take it off, look at it, sigh, and then try wearing it a different way. I find this endlessly satisfying.

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I’m easily amused.

.Yo! It’s tha Specs!–

Pattern: Laminaria from knitty.com

Yarn: 1 ball of Jaggerspun Zephyr wool/silk in Mahogany.

Needles: 3mm bamboo circulars (LIFESAVERS- if I had to continue to deal with slippery lace weight and metal needles…It…Not…End…Pretty!)

Size: The little one. Shoulderette.

Time: One month and ten days.

It had never occurred to me to knit a lace shawl/stole for myself before but this was love at first sight. It’s the curving, botanical forms, the large teardrops in the border, the blossoms, the sweeping bat’s wing shape, OH, stop me now! *sigh* I never tire of looking at it.

Mods ‘n stuff: I added an extra repeat of the blossom chart and had about 80m of yarn left over. It wasn’t a difficult pattern to follow. Yes, I did come unstuck a couple of times, but I blame myself entirely, not the pattern. Pattern not hard, knitter stoopid.

Final words on the subject? Love, love love! Love the pattern, love the yarn, love the result!

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(it was really windy today)



and now, just quickly…
May 13, 2008, 8:36 am
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Proper pics and the whole sordid story when she’s dry and I have the time.

So… I’d say about 2010.

*sigh*



Mr McHearts-alot
April 29, 2008, 1:56 pm
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Hello there little fella!

This is Hearty McHearts-alot of the McHearts-alot clan of south-eastern Melbourne. We met him briefly last post. He came to stay with me a few days ago because I need someone to help me study. So far, not so good. All he’s done is sit there staring at me with his judging little eyes. He can’t even answer basic grammar and spelling questions! But, despite this and his two-packs-a-day smoking habit he is pretty good company.

*sigh* back to my essay.

PS- How cool are the colours in that pic? They’re the sort of colours I want in my new apartment when I move out of this place in……. November. Is it jumping the gun a bit to start looking at decorative items and furnishings in April/May? I’m just excited!



laminaria and i – learning to get along
April 27, 2008, 6:24 pm
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yes, yes, the rumors are true, we are back together. Trust is still an issue, as you can see from the amount of life-lines I’ve kept in, but over time all wounds will heal.

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I’m nearly up to the border. It’s been pretty uneventful but rewarding to knit since the ‘incident’ (see post below). Learning to relax and not take it too seriously has been a part of that. Now I’m giddy with love love love love love!

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