Busyness!

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This year has already been so busy, so apologies for the hiatus in posting…

I went fishing with friends and caught 3 baby bream. None were of legal size, so much to everyone’s disgust I kissed them, and tossed them back.

I got a part time nannying gig for toddler twins. Their naps have been prime opportunities for some lovely, restful puff-knitting. All I’ve been making is hexipuff after hexipuff, finally breaking the 1/4-way mark. Woohoo!

I celebrated 18 months with my man-half and ate until we wanted to die. And then had dessert.

The last 12 days have been tremendously full.

Regarding developments in my knitting: I decided that I no longer like the way I was laying out my quilt, so I undid everything I’d joined (sigh). I think I want all the puffs to face the same direction now, but I have zero clue as to how I want to place the colours. If you’ve any ideas, please let me know! You can see the palette so far over here.

Also, I’ll be away for the next while, out in open waters and then in the mountains. I’ll inundate you with posts after that, no doubt. But expect more silence on my end until February begins.

Sorry this post is a bit crap and a bit ‘I, I, I, me, me, me!’; I just felt I hadn’t posted in a while and should offer something up to the blog-gods.

Here’s some photos of my dog frolicking at the beach to make up for it.

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Cheerio for now, friend. x

Ze(k)nith

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I would not have made it through so many things in my life without knitting to calm myself. This last month I think I’ve particulary taken advantage of the healing powers of looping bits of thread through other bits of thread. Taking a moment to knit a row amidst the manic shoppers pre-Christmas made the whole process easier. Tinkering away during tense family interactions helped organise my thoughts and kept frustration at bay.
Oh, knitting. You rock.

I won’t dwell on the negativity that surrounded this year’s Christmas season, though there was much. Instead, here are the best bits!

These tea infusers – Mr. Tea and Mana-tea!

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This fabulous hexipuff-holder from my Gran, made by her clever quilter friend…

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She also sculpted the clay beads!

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This perfect gardening tool tray, made by my ever-gorgeous Pa.
So sweet, and holds plenty of seed trays!

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The moment when I found the cat doing this:

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Our dorky table setting, complete with fairylight-ified Van Gogh print!

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A bizarre Skype session with relatives…
(Note my dog’s paw sneaking its way into the frame.)

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And then the brilliance of knitting at this beautiful place:

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Today, my mum and I offered to deliver a Christmas gift (a garden gnome taking a bath) for someone, which entailed a drive into the mountains. Since we’d made the journey we decided to spend the day there. We had lunch in the bush and then a glorious swim (my first in months). Great respite from the madness of the last weeks.

But in all honesty, what I need now is ginger beer and video games. My brain is tired.

Hope you all had great Christmases and are relaxing and recuperating well. x

Heatwave Cabin Fever

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Aaaaaaaand the Christmas heatwave begins. Here come the weeks of bunkering down: windows shut, curtains drawn, pants off, every ice-tray in the house filled…
How can it be 6 in the evening and still more than 32 degrees Celsius?
In fact last year the Bureau of Meteorology added new colours to their temperature scale because they couldn’t cover the temperatures it reached! Just gross.

Having locked myself away in the comparatively, but not really that much cooler house, here’s what I got up to today:

I washed my hair (for the first time in two months – not as gross as you’d think!). Not wanting to go back to my old shampooing ways I tried bicarb soda paste and apple cider vinegar. Sadly no volcanoes erupted from my scalp. Though I do smell slightly tangy…

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That said, it worked surprisingly well! The bicarb made my hair very dry at first, but the vinegar did an awesome job of evening the oils out again. I added a bit of coconut oil to the tips just in case. I’m making an effort to treat my hair right and grow it out properly.

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I also made these purdy purple puffs while watching a super interesting doco on last meals for death row inmates. Confronting, but very insightful towards he human condition.

As you can imagine, I started to get pretty cabin-feverish. And so very logically, I pincurled my hair. Yep.

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Even though I somehow had the energy do do it, I didn’t have the energy to do it neatly.
I have a Christmas lunch tomorrow with some good friends so I’ll take it out for that, and if it looks remotely good I post a photo of it styled for you.

I also made some iced tea using Strawberries and Cream tisane, frozen berries and lime. A+ stuff. Though the ice melted between putting it in and grabbing my phone to take a photo. It’s more like slightly-cool tea now.

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Oh, I also uncovered this lost ball of my favourite (now discontinued) Noro Kureyon sock colour. There’s not quite enough for a decent pair of socks, so I might stripe it with something else from my stash…

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My body feels so sluggish and resistant to this heat, and it’s definitely not great knitting weather. But all in all, not too bad a day.

I get the feeling that many of you hailing from America, Canada and the UK will be experiencing a very different from us here in Oz. I faun over all the delightful snowy, knitty, foody posts you all have.
If you’re a commenting type of person, I’d love to hear your Christmas plans and such-like!

Ah well, you get what you get. And as long as I’m plied with iced-tea and not wearing pants, I’ll cope! x

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I’m back!

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Well, that was quite a break! There’s so much crafting to catch you up on. The fractious fair-isle jumper is complete. The hexipuff quilt is taking shape. I’ve made mittens, socks, hats, scarves and blankets. So, there’s probably going to be quite a bit of show and tell over the next few posts.

Here’s where the quilt is at:

I tried laying out the puffs with all the colours mottled together…

Matching puffs and feet!

Which looked gorgeous! But I found it hard to disperse colours evenly.

So I tried putting them into little clusters of like colours like this…

Hexiflowers

And this…

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It makes them easier to put together and means I can join them as I go. This way I don’t have to wait until the very last puff to see how much I have of each colour and disperse them evenly throughout the quilt
It’s safe to say the quilt is going well. Slowly though, as I only just broke the 200 puff mark earlier this week. (Summer here is brutal and not ideal for hexipuffing!)
Here’s the Ravelry page for it all.

And just for a wee bit more eye-candy, here are some of the yarns…

Green yarns for quilt

Next time I can catch you up on my winter knits from last year. I made a bunch of things for my chilly travels to Europe which I’m pretty proud of :’) I also bought some lovely Shetland wool from the undeniably lovely Kathy’s Knits in Edinburgh and used it to make a traditional fair-isle tam on the teensiest needles imaginable.

Yes.
Next time.
You must hold me to that promise so I don’t neglect this blog for so long again!

Much appreciation to those of you who used to follow this blog, and I hope I continue to post things that interest you again.

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Over and out.

(Temporary) Abdication Statement

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Dear reader,

I just want to profusely apologise for not doing a Fractious Fair Isle Friday post this week – not even on Saturday as is often the case when I forget. I’m giving the blog a rest for a little while. (I’m aware I’ll unwittingly make this post seem like an abdication speech or something hugely more important than the little explanation of my whereabouts it’s supposed to be. Watch out for that.)

Life gets in the way. I’m afraid that not only do I have less time to take photos and write, but I’m finding myself with less and less time to actually make things worth showing you. I’ll still be crafting. I’m sure that by now many of you have made note of my obsessive and prolific qualities and know that nothing could truly get in the way of that. And this may culminate in the rarest of posts.
But for now, I must say a temporary farewell to the world of craft blogging. I know, with absolute certainty, that when I return I will have numerous things to show you, but for now I just can’t commit to sharing them with such regularity.

I’ll admit, another part of this excuse is that I’m going to be participating in the Ravellenic games, which will require full devotion to an entirely new project that isn’t my Fair Isle sweater. I’m going with this cardigan by Amy Christoffers. (Finally some stash busting will take place when I put to use that rust-red Country 8ply!) That said, I’m skeptical about even finishing such a task with such limited time despite all that obsessive drive on my side. Feel free to stalk my progress on Ravelry.
In fact, if you have Ravelry, let me know. I’d love to have a sticky-beak at everyone’s projects, queues and favourites.

You know, I thought it would be cruel if I didn’t keep you sated with a few photos of my hexipuffs so far. So, here you go! I’ve made a few more since taking these, but the light has gone now.

You have all been really welcoming, encouraging, inspiring, and just generally wonderful. I’ve loved rifling through your blogs, and having you do the same to mine. Numerous thanks to you for commenting on, liking, and even just reading the self-indulgent ravings that plaster the pages of my blog.

Stay wonderful. Keep making stuff. May your stash prosper.
So on and so forth and farewell.
For now.

Darcy x