Wednesday, October 31, 2007
1. Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake which I finally made this morning after realising the pears I'd bought last week weren't going to last much longer. There's a story behind this cake - I've been vaguely looking for a recipe for it ever since I left Wellington (that would be almost 11 years ago) as Clark's Cafe in the Wellington Public Library used to serve it. It was a favorite choice if I didn't fancy their Spinach and Feta Muffins that day. I came across this recipe in the Australian Good Taste mag I got in my Dove Pink Star Walk goodie bag. Talk about serendipity!
2. Sold in my Made It store this morning. Must get around to making up some more packs this weekend.
3. I finally mowed the back lawn this morning. I even did the edges. Obviously I wasn't paying close enough attention (and don't panic, the rest of the lawn was nowhere near this long...)
4. More Groovy Green Bags finished and waiting for decent light so I can take photos and get them listed in my store.
5. Pondering the fabric for the Pay it Forward gift I need to create.
6. A special order messenger bag finished and ready to go to its new home.
7. Lunch time: Real Simple and wash cloth #5!
8. Cutting out a pear doorstop (that would be a super sized pincushion with something heavy in the bottom) Princess B requested I make from a curtain offcut she had. Although it looks suspiciously like I'm making a Moomin...
9. And tonight's the first episode of The Librarians on ABC. I'll be watching it at The National Library with a glass of wine in one hand. As you do.
This is actually a momentous occasion (not the launch, which I always look forward to) but the fact I knitted on the bus on the way into town for the first time.
I had to revert to a Time Thief Watch Cap during the presentation though when I discovered that straight needles and confined spaces don't mix too well...The Link is still carpetless after February's hail storm (we suggested they should just polish the concrete and be done with it)and a good time was had by all (well, maybe not all as I'm sure some of the rest of us were feeling a bit sad that there is no Risky Manoeuvres next year...)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Even better I suspect this might be the perfect travelling project. Especially as cotton would be easier to knit in hot climates than wool.
Oh, and here's a tip from experience: don't use Eucalyptus oil to clean off the remnants of adhesive from your needles and then shove one in your mouth while counting the stitches on the other. Ergh! Even after a good rinse the needles still taste disgusting :-(
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Total In this week: 21
* 10 old UK marie claire magazines: donated to Lifeline Book Fair
Total Out this week: 35
Craft? What's that?!
Net items out so far during Seven Things Spring: 205
Friday, October 26, 2007
I found it odd that there were only 4 other people in total looking at the exhibition while I was there - maybe no one else waiting realised it was up there? (hmmm... Qantas - maybe you could change your delay announcements to mention it "we apologise for the delay but suggest you might like to visit our free historic display while you wait...Or better yet, spend lots of money in the shops and cafes!")There were models of flying machines and airplanes through history.Interesting things like uniforms through the ages (for the girls) and bits of engine and wheel (for the boys).Explanations of how the cockpits worked in the old days:Intriguing photographs,examples of the fitout of the new A380, including a stack of cotton bedding and a mohair blanket to tempt you into first class (I bet those blankets will be nicked left, right and centre. My fingers were getting twitchy just looking at them...) All in all I was most surprised. The time passed quickly and I left wishing I'd had more of a chance to check out all the old advertising and photographs on display. Oh well, there's always next time!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It was fantastic. And I'm not just saying that because there was someone sitting on stage knitting for the entire performance! (Damn shame Taph wasn't with me with her ready supply of TTWCs)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
To tell the truth I'm not really that keen on the figures along the bottom (although I can imagine a skirt made with the central section on the front, can't you?) but I really really REALLY like the top bits. Like the trees:and the umbrellas and fans:
Maybe I could take it with me and make something from it on board with my portable sewing machine...
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
* 1 cat carrier (grrr!)
* 3 rug wool measure blocks. I found these buried in the depths of a lurid yellow plastic sewing box at Salvos Mitchell. Obeying the number 1 frugalling law (always look inside everything!) I scooped them up and paid $1 for all three. They won't be used for their intended purpose but I think they are wonderful (remember "Cock O'th' North" rug wool. It's the best!) You noticed there are only two in the photo? One was a double up and found a new home with Taph.
Total In this week: 13
* 15 books: sold to Booklore
* 3 recent magazines and the Good Taste from the Pink Star Walk: given to Taph
* 1 red cat-feeding spoon which broke: thrown out.
Bags and Time Thief Watch Caps. Boring as. Sorry!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
The repairman is booked for Monday afternoon "sometime between noon and 5pm" For him to turn up costs $110, even before he looks at the machine. (When did Tradespeople get so expensive?!)
So I guess Do washing is off my list for the rest of the weekend... As is Spend money recklessly on fun and useless things.
Wonder what number three will be? (She says worriedly as she glances between her laptop and the digital camera...)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
This morning as I was lazing in bed waiting for 6am to arrive I idly though "gosh, wouldn't it be nice to go spend some of that money today?!"
I rather meant finding time to pop into an op shop or two (it's been far too long). Maybe dropping into the mall. Or driving out to Spotlight which is open late tonight.
What I didn't mean was having to spend $30 on a cat carrier (since mine is locked in J&M's garage and they're off cruising the Pacific.) And driving a 68 km round trip. With Nibbs in said cat carrier looking most perplexed and disgruntled. To give the vet $68.(Odd how the cat carrier suddenly looks like a fine place to be once you arrive at the vet's, isn't it?)
Finally there was the $2.90 I spent on steak to mollify him (the cat, not the Vet) once we arrived home.
As the Vet said "There are two sorts of fighters. Good fighter and bad fighters. Bad fighters get bitten on the bum as they run away. Nibbs got bitten on the face. This proves he's a good fighter." Errr... cheers. I think?
Monday, October 15, 2007
So I plopped myself down on the sofa. Tried putting my hand down my pants but they were too tight (must have been that birthday cake...). McDonalds wasn't an option as I'd spent all my spare cash on birthday cake and a pot of tea at NGA so I ate the chickpea, spinach, potato and tomato curry I found in the freezer with basmati rice, poppadoms and mango chutney.
Turned the TV on (after blowing the dust and cobwebs off it) and discovered Sunday Arts had an interview with Iota from Berlin (which I'm off to see next week). So I settled down to watch after deciding since I didn't have the money to buy McDonalds I certainly didn't have the money to buy Bundy and Cola so a glass of Sav Blanc would have to suffice.
And then At the Movies came on so I had to watch that as well. There were bombs in their review of Bomb Harvest but I'm not sure that's quite in the spirit of "scantily clad women, guns and lots of explosions"
Pity I don't play chess...
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Afternoon tea in the Members' Lounge. Best cupcake I've ever eaten (and not just because I was lolling on a Barcelona Chair, overlooking the lake and eating something that had a star on wire sticking out of the middle of it.... )
But I have to say I'm feeling satiated with culture after the week just passed. Am worried that next week will find me on the couch with my hand down my pants, eating McDonalds while watching some DVD with scantily clad women, guns and lots of explosions and chugging Bundy and Cola.
* Fall 2007 knit.1 magazine (subscription)
*September 2007 Wallpaper magazine (newsagents)
* November 2007 Madison magazine (subscription)
* October 2007 US Elle magazine (subscription)
* 2 new digital camera batteries
Total In this week: 16
Out: * 30 freedom catalogues dating back to 1996: recycled.* 2 mobile phone batteries, 1 camera battery: dropped off at a mobile phone shop recycling point.
Total Out this week: 33
* Sorry - too busy knitting Time Thief Watch Caps!
Net items out so far during Seven Things Spring: 154
Saturday, October 13, 2007
One in particular stopped to talk to us, and turned out to be Peter Travis, designer of the Speedo, colour guru, ceramicist and kite maker. I was honoured and overwhelmed (but that didn't stop me giving him a Moo card with my details (thanks to S as I was out of them) in case he's taking on more students in the future...)S and I had a great night and took fartoo manyphotos (the best of which might make it up to Flickr over the next few days. But maybe not tomorrow cause we're planning to go back for the open day!)
Tonight was particularly memorable for S as she'd worked as a waitress at the NGA opening 25 years ago...
Friday, October 12, 2007
I just happened to be at the opening this evening (of the exhibition, not the underwear!) and took the opportunity to corral Taph into coming over and helping me measure my dolls houses for my turn in the spotlight (you remember, I've been banging on about it for far too long.)
I caught up with Ampersand Duck and Co as I left but apart from that it was a quiet night as Taph was off to see a play and the friends that had told me they'd meet me at the opening before heading back to my place never showed and when I called them they'd left their mobile at home and were "out" (according to their daughter who answered the phone.)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I think the later option is the better one, don't you?
(Must bring own knitting when we go see Control. Must bring own knitting when we go see Control. Must bring...)