Sunday, August 31, 2008

Dog knitting and reading

Have to admit to being a little tempted by the dinosaur coat for Mouse, but she's brave enough and so I've opted for a more subdued effect. I quickly knitted up a basic coat from the Patons pattern book and she looks pretty darn cute in it. I will post pictures tomorrow when I've finished reading this

I can't believe I ignored this for so long thinking it would be mediocre at best, or too bland at worst. It is utterly absorbing, and I am already wishing that I'd bought the second book at the same time. If there are no blogs for a few days you know why.
For a review check here

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How many have you read?

Thanks to Sonya and Chan
How many have you read?

The Big Read is an NEA program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six.
*Look at the list and bold those we have read. I know NZ has a list and no doubt the Uk too. It would be good to share the other lists if any one has them to compare the reading tastes of the world.

*Italicize those we intend to read.
*Underline the books we LOVE .
That is just too much work, so I will make bold the titles I have read
Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Ok I have to admit, I did an English Literature degree and then worked as an English lit teacher for several years.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meet Mouse

Why is Peri looking so glum?

It may have something to do with a certain little bundle of fun who has joined our household. I mean is this anyway to be greeted on your own front step.

Not really the welcome Peri was hoping for. So who's the furry culprit?

Everyone I'd like you to meet Mouse

Mouse is a three month old Brussels Griffon. She's a tiny thing and at the moment she makes funny sqeaks instead of a bark. Hence the name chosen by my hubby who does have rather a way with names. It suits her even if she is likely to grow and learn to bark.

She is a pretty inquisitive young lady and Peri despite his absolute disgust at her arrival still feels the need to follow her and make sure she's OK, although he pretends he was going that way anyway.

I didn't plan to get another dog, in fact it was the last thing on my mind. Yesterday we'd gone into the pet shop to get hay for the rabbits where this little girl threw herself at the glass in a such a lovely manner, not yapping just excited, every part of her saying play with me. I fell in love right there and then but walked away. I already have so many beautiful babies, but her face wouldn't leave me. I kept talking about her so DH went back and bought her. She is utterly adorable and all the animals have adjusted so quickly to her it's like she's been here forever. Today Peri, Sasha and Mouse all followed me to the top of our steps and back down again. It was a real welcoming commitee, I can tell you. There's something very special about the loyalty and love you get from animals. I never feel as rested and as peaceful as when I am in the midst of my furry family

Mouse is a kind of birthday present I guess as it's my birthday today. Shhh only one more year until the big four Oh.
A subdued affair, book tokens from the girls, a pink Ipod from my son and a gorgeous Laura Ashley red jacket that I've been yearning over for a month.

Feeling a bit at odds on the knitting front now that the ravelympics has ended. I have one project to finish for it but now the whole impetus seems to have gone as out as the olympic flame. I think perhaps I ought to knit Mouse a warm jumper. It's still a little chilly here and she was shivering on her walk.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Busy weekend

I am so tired it hardly seems possible that I can still be awake, but somehow I am. The weekend has gone in a flash but I'm not complaining, in fact I'm quite pleased that it's Sunday. The reason is because I've spent the weekend at a guide and ranger camp and not a lot of sleep happened. It was an indoor camp so we had plenty of home comforts including mattresses. I think we had lots of fun, my six rangers chose to do line dancing, cooking, knitting and a scavenger hunt which had them finding very innovative ways to collect the items on their lists. All of the above where things they really wanted to do. They're a great bunch of girls. I had great fun teaching them all to cast on and knit. One girl already knew how to knit so I taught her to purl and another learnt to do YOs, K2TOGS and SKPSSOs (slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over. We also did a camp fire singalong, musical instruments, and lots of games. If we could have got the girls to sleep before midnight though it would have been so much better.
Hey Teach was finished on Thursday evening while I watched the USA Vs Belgium water polo. It was a great match. Although it was getting pretty late for me. There was no time to post until tonight 18.30 Sunday. Phew. So just by the skin of my teeth I made it to the end of the Olympics. 2 out of three ain't bad as Meatloaf would say.

Tomorrow I plan to catch up with every one's blogs and see what sort of weekends you've all had. Hope they were fun and have a great week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A truly beautiful award

Thank you Jayne for nominating me for this award. Knowing how hard it is to decide who out of the many should get this is always a challenge and I am pleased that my woolly ramblings give a bit of pleasure to someone. somewhere. I know that the blogs I visit never fail to give me something, whether it be a laugh, a piece of wisdom, something to try. I've found it all on the blogs.

Here are the rules as taken from Jayne's wonderful blog - go visit you'll love it.

Please take accept this award from me and ...
1. Please put the logo on your blog.
2. Link the person from whom you received your award .
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put the links of those blogs on to your blog.
5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them!

This is as I said the tough bit. Too many people deserve the award but if I have to choose then these are the ones
Queen of the froggers
- she has some stunning pics of wool and buttons and things.
Wool windings go see the beautiful socks she gets off her needles.
Chan check out the tales of Mugsy and Sissy, and a bit of knitting too.
Grace she always has such interesting posts
Jayne she makes me homesick but I love her posts.
Willow her photos are breathtaking
Leanne because you've got to love the things she makes.
There are many many others I could award this to. If I visit your blog regularly then I love it too.
I finally got one of my pairs of new glasses this week. It feels so good to be able to see everything clearly at last.
The new

and just for comparison the old

Peri of course was not far away.

Hopefully will have photos of Hey Teach to show very soon. Before the final ceremony of the Olympics. I have finished the back and the fronts and only have the sleeves to go. I am very happy with how it's knitting up so far.
Enjoy the rest of the Olympics everyone.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday routines

I love Sundays. AS a child I used to dread them. We never went out or did anything and Sunday just seemed to be a day of trying to stay out of sight as much as possible. Now Sunday has to be my favourite day, even if it tends to be a bit busy. I get up early and enjoy the first half hour on my own while everyone else snoozes on. I am quite content with my cup of Earl Grey curled up in the chair, the cat on my lap and my latest book in my hand. Bliss. I then wake the rest of the house up and leave them to breakfast while I have my one bath of the week. The rest of the time I shower at work.
Church is at 9.30 but usually we leave just after nine. It's not far away but with both daughters active as Sunday school helpers they have things to do before the start of the service,
After church we have a coffee and chat before heading off either as a family or in our own directions. Very often the youth group will have an impromptu activity and the teenagers disappear for the afternoon. If that happens DH and I go for a stroll or for a spot of window shopping. MY favourite is to go and have a Strawberries and cream in Borders because they let you browse the magazines and the books. Bliss state number two. I could happily spend several hours there by DH gets restless once his drink is gone.
In the evening, we light the fire and sit watching Sunday theatre which is usually a British BBC drama imported to NZ. I get lots of knitting done and Monday morning still seems a long way off.
What do you like about Sundays?
God bless everyone. hope you have a happy, productive week.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

First Ravelympic FO

Phew, what a race to the finish that was. Determined to get it done tonight Thursday 14th Aug. Finished at 23.35. Still need to add buttons but the knitting and the sewing is done so I can turn my efforts to the baby blanket ( not even started) and Hey Teach.

I think it looks so adorable especially when modelled by my doll. I really want to knit another one of these now I've seen how good it looks, but in another colour combination. maybe green instead of the watermelon?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lucky number seven

After watching Phelps and his team take the Gold in the swimming relay in under seven minutes I decided to have a closer look at the number seven. It's a distraction from the knitting. I have almost finished the hooded cardigan, and am onto the pattern part of the back for Hey Teach.
I almost thought of doing seven reasons why going ravelympics has been a good thing to do but these are more interesting and I'm sure you can all think of your own seven.

There are seven colours in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple.

There are seven levels that make up the sky. These are: atmosphere, exosphere, lonosphere, thermosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, troposphere. (please do not ask me how I actually know this information)

Pythagoreans called it the perfect number, 3 and 4, the triangle and the square, the perfect figures.

Seven ancient planets - the sun was the greatest planet of the ancient seven and next to the sun, the moon, changing in all its splendour every seventh day. Seven visible planets and luminaries (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).

Books ...The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence, Enid Blyton's Secret Seven series ... (personally my favourite, even better than the famous five)
Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ... Reiki and the Seven Chakras ...

Seven Deadly Sins. (can you name them all?)

The Trumpton fire brigade. (Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Magrew, Cuthburt, Dibble and Grub)

I loved this show as a kid. The forerunner of Fireman Sam.

Seven Seas

In Chinese culture, the seventh day of the first moon of the lunar year is known as Human's Day to be celebrated as the universal birthday of all human beings.

The number seven has a correlation with the cognitive abilities of a human being. The limits of human cognitive capacity lie within the range of 7 plus or minus 2.

There are seven basic musical notes, namely, 'do', 're', 'me', 'fa', 'so', 'la' and 'te'.
In Indian music they are ‘sa’, ‘re’, ‘ga’, ‘ma’, ‘pa’, ‘dha’ and ‘ni’.

I've never really thought of seven as a lucky number but it would seem there's a lot of significance attached to it. Has it been lucky for you? What is your lucky number

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Let the knitting begin

And the games of course. Stayed up until midnight here in NZ to watch the opening ceremony and was just blown away by the displays. It was quite amazing to see how many people they had performing in total unison. I can see just how China is able to become the single most powerful economy within the next ten years.
It is wondered then, when you see China's resources why they need to bother with Tibet, but I have to admit to being sorely ignorant of Chinese history and politics.
The main reason I stayed up so ridiculously late was in order to cast on two of my three projects for ravelympics.
I decided on Hey Teach as my entry for the vest vault. I like the cuteness of this but also its adaptability, wear it with a shirt or a singlet. Also being an ex teacher although still an educator of sorts I liked the title. I'm knitting mine in a bamboo/cotton blend and rather than going up to bigger needles, which I finds leads to loose stitches in this yarn, I'm just knitting a bigger size than I would normally knit.
I also cast on for the striped hoody cardigan from the Knitting institute
Yesterday (Saturday morning) I had done this much

Peri was hoping it was going to be a blanket for him. The original pattern had a blue stripe but I'm getting a bit bored with blue. I had the watermelon left over from Daisy's vest and thought it would liven up the cardigan.

I had also finished Daisy's vest top.

Daisy was very happy with her vest and had it on to pose for photos before I had even had a Chance to block it. It's another Sirdar pattern. I love the age range on their pattens 0-7 years. My youngest may be 7 but she's still wears 4-5 years. I did this in the age 6 and it has lots of room for her to grow. I used Wendy's Peter Pan, an acrylic mix but so soft. It was the colour that really grabbed my eye. Exactly like the inside of a ripe watermelon.

I am really liking the colour combination but DD Paige insists that having used the watermelon it must now be for a girl.

This was the progress made as at 8pm Sunday evening NZ time. The back, left front and half the right front done. Not to mention halfway up the back of Hey Teach. I had to make an emergency run to Spotlight after a little mathematical machinations revealed that I might not have enough yarn to complete Hey Teach. I needed 660 metres, but my bamboo cotton blend was only 75 metres. The problem was I only had five skeins. Eek. No way was I going to be able to get to Spotlight during the week and I couldn't bear to think of progress being held up for want of a few metres. I'll only be a minute I promised DH. Hmmm. He didn't trust me and insisted on coming in with me. Big mistake because now I wasn't feeling guilty about leaving him and Daisy waiting in the car I could actually browse. It was a different Spotlight to the one we usually visit and they had different yarn. I bought 5 balls of the bamboo/Cotton in a very subtle pink shade as I needed to replace the 5 I had decided to use for Teach. Well that's what I told myself anyway. Also bought some Inca which is going to be a present for DD next month. I am knitting the hoody and will present her with the pattern and wool for her to make the other top she liked.
I left feeling quite pleased with myself.
Spent much of the day knitting at the Auckland Botanical gardens. The sun was out to play for the first weekend in a month. Not that we can complain it is our winter here. Saw some wonderful tulips and Californian Poppies in bloom.

This sculpture is at the back of the visitor centre, if you sit in the cafe you are treated to a rear view! You can see the poppies in the background.
Well back to knitting. Enjoy what's left of your weekend and have a great Olympic week.
God bless everyone.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Some book reviews

The last few days despite a growing list of things to be done there has still ( by going to bed later and getting up earlier) been time for plenty of this

and this

and this

THe first book, which is this month's book club selection

Disproving the theory that women can't read maps, this is the story of Phyllis Pearsall, the eccentric British artist who single-handedly mapped London's A-Z and created a publishing phenomenon. Born Phyllis Isobella Gross, her lifelong nickname was PIG. The artist daughter of a flamboyant Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and an Irish Italian mother, her bizarre and often traumatic childhood did not restrain her from becoming one of Britain's most intriguing entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires. After an unsatisfactory marriage, Phyllis, a 30-year-old divorcee, had to support herself and so became a portrait painter. It is doing this job and trying to find her patron's houses that Phyllis became increasingly frustrated at the lack of proper maps of London. Instead of just cursing the fact as many fellow Londoners probably did, Phyllis decided to do something about it. Without hesitation she covered London's 23,000 streets on foot during the course of one year, often leaving her Horseferry Road bedsit at dawn to do so.
To publish the map, and in light of its enormous success, she set up her own company, The Geographer's Trust, which still publishes the London A-Z and that of every major British city

I am enjoying this book so far. Her father seems to be a right so and so but clearly passed his can do attitude onto the daughter. it is fascinating finding out how tough it was to get allthe information needed. We take such information for granted nowadays.

My current reading material is by the author Kate Morton

A lost child: On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her - but has disappeared without a trace.
A terrible secret: On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell Andrews learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.A mysterious inheritance: On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
This is really absorbing so far even though the author has three generations telling the story. It keeps switching between the three female narrators but I like the way different elements of the story are revealed. I enjoyed her previous novel

Within its four walls lay a secret that would last a lifetime.

Summer 1924: On the night of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, onetime housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long-consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

Also published as

I wish sometimes they wouldn't do that, call a book a different name and give it a completely different cover. It tricks me into thinking perhaps I haven't read the book. I am easily tricked.
Perhaps some FOs tomorrow, then again Ravelympics starting perhaps not.
It's nearly the weekend. Yippee

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

How do I....?

Make a drawstring bag that pulls in from both ends? I'm sure it's pretty obvious when you've been sewing for ages and ages but I just can't figure it out. I need it to pull in at both sides so my DD can wear it like a back pack. It's a birthday present, she'll be 15 in 11 days. She is totally dolphin and whale crazy so when I saw this material (see I told you I have a fabric stash)I had to buy it even though at that stage my sewing machine and I weren't even comfortable in the same room let alone able to spend quality time together. But then I discovered how much fun sewing could be and I thought I could make a bag. She'd love a bag and having made a couple as test objects I was ready to try the real thing. I am very very pleased with the bag so far. I didn't get confused with the lining fabric, even though it's the same as the outer. I used a fabric pen to write lining piece on each bit. My measurements were accurate ( minor miracle, but following advice from Lisa here on measuring twice before cutting) and I did straight (ish) seams and in the right space. Then I threaded the cord through and well got a bit tangled. Literally. It is not a pretty sight to see a grown woman struggling with some blue cord with a cat hanging off the end.
Particularly as the cat is supposed to be resting and not doing exciting things like chasing blue cord. Peri went to have a little operation and to be microchip. He was most disgruntled last night when there was no supper forthcoming and he spent a while sitting on the dresser mewling plaintively when fixing me with his most sorrowful look. He would then turn his gaze towards the box of cat biscuits and then back to me. There was no mistaking his message, "get out of bed and feed me woman. He then decided to try the I love you lots tack and I got an enormous amount of rubs and purrs, all very nice but it was heading for midnight and I really wanted to sleep. He did eventually snuggle down and sleep but was pretty fed up to find there was no breakfast either.
All went well. He certainly couldn't resist playing with the paper ball I tried to shove down the side of the chair.

I also finished the little pink cardigan and today that went into the post to Melbourne. It's only size 0-3 months but the baby was only 5.5lbs so it should get plenty of wear. Also finished the cream sleeping bag.

This will be the next project but will have to be knitted clandestinely so that it can be a birthday present for the dd who will be 17 next month. I had them very young you know.

Sorry for bad photo It's from Woolbaa's site
Off to the local high school's production of Grease tonight with the Ranger unit. Hope everyone's having a great week.

Friday, August 1, 2008

meme and more.

I was tagged absolutely ages ago by April from Cakes makes the World
These are the rules to the tag!

1. Link to the person who “tagged” you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is up.

Six random things about me
1. I am left handed
2. I do backward ticks
3. I was abandoned by my mother at a year old
4. My foster parents lived in Worthing, my foster sisters still live there
5. I love classical violin music, Vanessa Mae and Bond
6. I love eating but hate cooking.

I am not actually going to tag anyone else, I can't remember who's done this one and who hasn't. If you want to play along then please feel free and have fun.

I got my cupcake swap parcel today. Inside a reversible apron and some green tea which I love but it sends me hyperactive so it is strictly rationed by DH who can't cope with me bouncing off the walls and an American Cooking magazine. Lovely gifts. The material on the apron is so funky and vibrant that even though I never, ever cook (baking with the kids doesn't count, as they're cooking, I'm supervising) I am going to have find an excuse to wear it.

Peri had to been in the photo. It's not that he actually seeks the limelight, he's just so darn interested in anything I'm doing. Honestly I should have called him shadow because he's never more than a foot away from wherever I am. I love it. However it would seem that he's slowly taking over the blog. I might even have to consider letting him have his own. Well I would like a shot if I thought he could handle all that typing, but who's going to have to sort things out when he's mauled the mouse to bits. Moi!

I decided, foolishly I might add, to clean out the various boxes, bags and other containers which house current UFOs; not the ones which have no hope of being finsihed but the ones I'm still pretty happy to do a row here and a row there until completion.
I thought I only had four projects on the go. I've repeatedly told myself that it's too much to have more than four on the go. The brain can only cope with a certain number of items before things start to fall off. So here are the four.

The observant ones will note there are actually seven projects in the picture, a cream sleeping bag (still can't say who for) a brown, cream and pink ripple blanket, for Daisy's bed, Ophelia waiting for the final push awhile now, a blue cardigan ( baby size) and a red vest top for Daisy, a pinkie purple book cover, and a pink bag experiment that I forgot to put eyelet holes in. I didn't photograph but should have the pink cardigan which is awaiting buttons and will have them tomorrow. So that makes eight. I have no idea how that multiplication happened, I guess they just feel out the memory bank. Perhaps I ought to continue the search in case there are more?
I have also frogged some lilac cotton from a poncho given to my girls (the poncho had been made by a very helpful nanna and worn by the previous family's girls, ) we didn't want the poncho, but the yarn was too pretty to waste. I'm thinking, blanket or maybe a sweater. There's about 200 grams.

The photo doesn't really show off how lovely the colour really is.
Finally if anyone has bothered reading all the way to the end, and well done to you if you have, I just had to share these cute little scissors bought for me by my DH. Sometimes he can be nice.