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The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Failure to Launch

I had visions at the end of last week of long hours finishing my cardigan while the children played happily and the sun shone down. Well, the children did play happily for the most part but there were other distractions I’m afraid.

I rose very early Saturday morning to get on with four loads of washing that needed folding, children’s drawers that needed sorting, bedrooms that required complete overhauls in terms of tidiness, floors to vacuum  . . . and the list goes on. Then my dad turned up to erect my garden shed.

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As with most men any construction job requires a person to stand, admire, hand the odd tool and give a wall a shove when required. That, for a great deal of the morning was my job. I did manage to juggle my time between the house work and the shed and we were pretty much done by the time I had to drop the kids off at Nanas while I went to music practice for the afternoon. Needless to say, after a day like this I was in bed very early so no knitting in front of the telly.

And Sunday has turned out to be only slightly more conducive to knitting. We had an early start again with practice before church but I held out hope for this afternoon. Alas, more interruptions . . .

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Our lovely friends John and Chris arrived with all this box hedging. Their gardener has removed it from their garden and they brought it to us knowing that I could use it. It’s a lovely gift and one that will take more time away from completing my project. I intend to get the sprinkler out this evening and soften the ground for planting tomorrow. I’m hoping there’s enough hedge to plant a little along one side of my patio. We’ll just have to see.

So, to sum up I’ve only completed one and half borders of the front and haven’t even made a start on the hood (which I’m thinking of swapping out for a collar instead). Maybe I’ll adjust my goal to completion by the end of this week.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursdays

My littlest darling (Janae) has just started a full day at preschool and I can’t believe how much you can get done without having to change dvds or pretend to be superheros down the hallway calling out “to the rescue” or drink pretend cups of tea every five minutes.

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I dropped everyone off this morning and joined the long line of traffic heading into town to get the groceries. Even taking a sneaky shortcut I only managed to get there in 35 minutes. But it was worth the wait as I chose the yarn for my next project . . .

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It’s a gorgeous denim blue cotton. I’ve changed my mind (don’t act so surprised) and I just had to make this amazing cable jumper before something lacy. I’ve been pouring over the stitch pattern for days now and it’s all starting to make a lot more sense so I couldn’t resist giving it a go.

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And finally I’ve cut the grass. This job usually takes about an hour and a half as I have to keep popping indoors to check on little angels, referee arguments or see to other little dramas. This morning I stopped for a five minute chat over the fence with neighbour Tony and then straight back into it. I’ve been putting this particular job off for days in hope of rain as an excuse but it’s let me down when I needed it most so I just couldn’t avoid it any longer.

Now I have two hours left before I start to collect the children one by one so I’m going to put my feet up and keep on with my red cardi in a bid to keep my promise of finishing by the end of the weekend.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Furious Knitting

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I’ve spent all my free time over the past two days trying to get the cardigan finished to a stage where I can sew it together in readiness for the hood and borders. At last I’m there.

I’ve tried it on and I’m happy (reasonably) with the fit and more than happy with the look. The length is perfect for keeping the lower back and bum warm in the cooler months so now I’m trying to keep the motivation going to get it completed.

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Because I have this strange habit of always folding over the bottom of my sleeves (it’s probably got something to do with having abnormally short arms) I decided to make the cuffs slightly longer and put the detail on the “wrong” side so that when I turn them up you don’t lose all that hard work. I’m really pleased with this.

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I had planned on doing both borders at the same time on one needle but then realised I’ve only got one ball of wool left so that won’t work. Alas I’ll have to be pleased with one at a time. It’s only 18 stitches so it shouldn’t take too long, so long as I keep pressing on. You never know, If I work hard, I might have it done by the end of the weekend. In fact, I might just go chose the wool for the next project to keep me going. I’ll let you know how I get along.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Harmony

You know, I find it a little disturbing but I’m quite looking forward to the summer holidays. We stay at home, bask in the outdoors, warmth and sunshine, eat when we’re hungry, sleep when we’re sleepy and just relax. This long weekend has been exactly that and it’s been fabulous.

We’ve spent time cleaning Granddad’s hunting buggy.

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We have cuddled lambs to make them feel better for losing their tails.

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And I’ve really started towards the home stretch of my cardigan.

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There’s still quite a way to go . . . complete sleeve, make hood, make front borders and then sew together but I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere.

So, as you can see, if our summer holiday is as peaceful, relaxing and fulfilling as this we’ll all be sad to go back to school by February.  Oh, and a big thank you to Nana who has had a different child every night for the past three nights and is coming to look after the children tonight while I go to a quick music practice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kindy Bliss

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Once again it’s been an age since I’ve posted. It never ceases to amaze me how life just gets in the way sometimes. But, being busy has also been rewarding . . . especially for Rogan.

He started at kindy last week and, apart from being a very tired little boy, he’s a very happy little boy. He is in absolute bliss hanging out with other big four year old boys; he’s got loads of fun things to do all day every day; he’s bringing home lots of his creations (mostly to do with paper and flying machines). But his best day was yesterday when he was allowed to bring home the kindy camera to capture some of his favourite things from home.

I had to edit the shots after he’d gone to bed as there were many grand features such as an empty sofa, the base bricks of a wall, and countless shots of the back of Janae’s head.

Here are a few samples of Rogan’s “favourite things”.

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Two of Rogan’s favourite things in one shot . . . his little sister and the television.

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And his train set, hiding under his bed waiting for a rainy day.

Creatively it’s been a slow month. I’m currently working on my long red cardigan . . . yes still. It’s coming along, but I had a wee glitch I’m afraid. I completed the fronts and the back and decided it would be a good idea to lay it out on the table to see how it looks. I then discovered that the fronts were a good three inches longer than the back. Hmmmmm, how could that have happened. It was not an error in the pattern (which I was certain had to be the case) but instead it was my need to get it finished before the weather became too hot to wear it. Instead of 12 rows between increases I’d only done eight. Alas it required pulling apart and fixing which, thankfully, hasn’t been too arduous.

I’m also eager to complete this project as my fingers and brain are aching to make something else. I have in mind a little lacy something for the summer. These days my wardrobe tends to be developed on clothes that would be appropriate for singing on Sunday mornings and a nice, sedate but elegant jumper I’m sure will be just the ticket.

I’ve also been making little paper boxes for Mainly Music. Our mums are very reticent in telling us when their birthdays are so we’ve decided on “spot” prizes each week. I had the bright idea of making boxes and putting some chocolates in them.The only trouble with bright ideas is that they have to be undertaken. It took me about three hours to make seven boxes but I’ve now borrowed a guillotine to cut the paper so it should be much quicker going; and Kim’s offered to come round for coffee, cake and an helping hand one evening so we’ll be all set in no time.

Well, that’s enough knitting procrastination. 24 rows to go before I’ve completed the back . . . again. Best go. Have a wonderful day.