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Not So Fast

It has been slow going for my  Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers.

I have frogged 3 times:

  1. I read the pattern wrong.
  2. I knit them wrong.
  3. I wanted to the opposite colour: instead of going dark to light I decided (after 30 rows) I wanted light to dark.

But I have almost finished the first one, thank fucking lord.

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Although I love love love the colour of my Noro Kureyon, I am not too impressed the extreme thick/thin properties of the yarn. Plus, my yarn snapped and broke! I expect a bit more from $12 a skein.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2006 in WIPs

 

Fur n Feather Friday

From now on Fridays will include a post highlighting an animal (I won’t always stick to fur n feathers – Australia has too many reptiles, insects, fish and amphibians for us to ignore) of one kind or another.

Today’s furry friend is the Koala.

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  • Koalas are marsupials, meaning their young are born tiny and live in their mother’s pouch drinking her milk until they are big enough to come out.
  • There are three different subspecies of koalas.
  • Their habitat ranges from northern Queensland to South Australia.
  • Southern koalas are bigger than their northern relatives.
  • The koalas’ closest relative is the wombat.
  • Different species of eucalyptus grow in different parts of Australia, so a koala in Victoria would have a very different diet from one in Queensland.
  • Koalas sleep for 18 hours a day due to the low nutritional value of their diet (primarily eucalyptus leaves) and their very slow metabolic rate.
  • Koalas are very cute.
  • Koalas are harmless to humans (unless you try to pick a wild one up).
  • Koala babies are known as “joeys”, just like the kangaroo.
  • Koalas are born pink, virtually hairless and the size of a jellybean.
  • Koalas are quite particular about what trees they will use for shelter, socialising and most importantly feeding.
  • Koalas have opposable digits on their front paws, just like humans.

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Koala in my parents’ backyard on 6th October 2006.

Cute koala, evil eyes.

Koala Myth Busting:

  • Koalas are NOT bears. They never have been bears. They never will be bears. The term koala bear is rarely used by Australians.
  • Koalas do occasionally drink water, particularly during times of drought, despite their name which means “no drink” in several indigenous dialects.
  • Gum leaves do not make koalas drunk. They are as sober as popes (assuming the pope hasn’t been hooking into the blood of christ).

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Save The Koala

  • Koalas are listed as vulnerable.
  • Dogs, cars and most importantly, loss of habitat through tree lopping and deforestation are the koalas’ biggest threats. All of these factors are directly linked to humans.
  • The above kill an estimated 4000 koalas a year.
  • Since European settlement in Australia an estimated 80% of all eucalypt forest has been destroyed.
  • For more info go to www.savethekoala.com

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Next Friday: The Terrifically Temperamental Tasmanian Devil

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2006 in Animals

 

Rupert

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Rupert is 10 years old and I have been lucky enough to have him since he was a tiny baby. I bought him at a horrible petshop for $2 where he was suffering from malnutrition, full of worms, anemic from being covered with fleas and just a little bub, far too young to be taken from his mother. This baby photo was taken the day I bought him; he is all wet and gremlin-like because the first thing I did was give him a flea bath (the water ran red with blood from his flea bites). I had to teach him how to use a kitty litter and how to eat from a bowl. Now he is a great sooky cat who loves having his belly rubbed and climbing under the covers with me and warming his freezing cold paws on me. He has the best unimpressed expression I have ever known in an animal, feline or otherwise and dribbles when he purrs. I am undoubtedly his human which is high praise indeed considering how sparingly he gives out his love.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2006 in Animals

 

Day Tripping

I went to Threads And More on Saturday (I always have to click “refresh” on my browser before it will open up the Threads And More  homepage). 

I went without the intention of buying anything (yeah, sure) but ended up getting two skeins of Noro Kureyon in #124 – teal/indigo/purple/cerise/red. Just gorgeous. I have stayed away from Noro Kureyon in the past because it felt so rough to touch but I decided to get some because of reports that it gets softer upon washing and handling. Besides, it really is so beautiful to look at. So now I have the Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from Stitch n Bitch Nation to add to my WIP list.

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Posted by on October 23, 2006 in Knitting

 

That girl needs therapy.

Hydrotherapy that is. Since getting out of hospital I have only had one hydro session and although I really enjoy being in the water especially swimming pools (when my family finally settled in Queensland my dad invested in a beautiful inground swimming pool for us all and my brother and I practically lived in it) I don’t like over-chlorinated, luke warm (34 degrees C, just 3 degrees cooler than blood) pools. I was the only out-patient at my first session, with the other 11 patients all being still in-patients at the hospital, but they all played volleyball and pass-the-ball and went into the huge spa at the of the lesson but I wasn’t allowed to do any of that. I had walk frontwards, sideways and, just to shake things up a bit, backwards in the water, twist gently with a pool noodle, lift my arm up and down using a paddle, do some embarrassing humping exercises and float in the deep end with a gimpy little floaty ring. No fun-time or spa for me. But I did feel quite good afterwards and went for a walk around the block when I got home.

I went to my session last Monday but we got kicked out of the pool about 10 minutes into the lesson due to an large amount of unsavoury algae that started to come out of the jets. Eew. So the pool has been closed for a week and two of my hydro session have been cancelled. The pool is now reopened and I was meant to go today but I found a stitch protruding out of my back on the weekend and it seems to be a bit infected (my back is very red and angry around the stitch). What’s the big deal, you say, it is just a stitch. Well, I was only stitched up in the inside with those dissolving stitches. On the outside I got stapled (not much fun getting staples taken out, let me tell you) so this stitch has worked its way out from inside my back and has not dissolved. I am going to the doctor tomorrow to get it all sorted out and I have just put a band-aid over it for now. It might not be a big issue but I don’t want to risk getting an infection in my back. I hope you are not eating while you are reading this, or if you are, I hope you have a strong stomach.

I rang up the hospital to let them know about this recent development. The physio said I could make up for the sessions I had missed in November which is fantastic news. Yay for the Australian public health system!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2006 in Stuff

 

Enough about you, let’s talk about me.

I am a 31 year old woman living in Brisbane, Queensland. I’ve two cats: Rupert & Indiana. I grew up in South Australia and Queensland but I have also lived in New South Wales and Victoria. I have been married and divorced, lived a colourful and somewhat misguided youth and I have very rarely ever been truly bored.

I have mustered cattle, hand-milked cows, trained Standardbreds (probably my favourite breed of horse), driven coaches and carriages, been a fish & chip delivery driver, volunteered at the RSPCA, volunteered at a drug and alcohol rehab in Northern NSW, studied science and secondary education (I quit education three years into a four year degree), child-wrangled at an after school care centre and worked in an office (the worst and hardest job I have ever done). I started uni again this year, studying zoology, but was forced to defer yet again due to my back problems. When, oh when, will I finish my degree?!?

I love reading, especially JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Robin Hobb, Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Tolkien and Neil Gaiman. I learnt to read at a very young age and have always been attracted to the escapism fantasy and sci-fi fiction offer. This love translates into what I like to watch: Buffy, Firefly, Star Trek, Star Wars, Pixar, Disney etc.

I have been passionate about music since I was a young, wee child, listening to my dad’s Beatles, Buddy Holly, Queen, Rolling Stones and Goon Show records and tapes. At about age 12 I grew some very strong music tastes of my own as I discovered U2 and INXS. As an older teenager my music tastes matured with The Cure, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pixies, Violent Femmes, Nirvana, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Stone Roses, Blur, Pulp, Sonic Youth and The Smiths. I still love going to see bands, dancing at alternative music clubs all night long, playing pool and having a beer. My “newer” music interests include Sigur Ros, The White Stripes, Scissor Sisters, Gorillaz and The Devastations.

I started knitting in ’05 (with a horrible red feathery/furry kind of yarn that was extremely forgiving which was good for a perfectionist like me) and I made a bag, an ipod cozy, two scarves and a hat but I lost interest as the end of the year loomed and summer drew near, preferring to play my PS2 than knit. Due to a car accident in January of ’06 which meant I could not work for about 6 weeks, I found I had a lot more time on my hands to both play the PS2 and knit. I went back to work where I injured my lower back by lifting a box of envelopes. My back never got better, resulting in back surgery in Sept ’06 and I haven’t stopped knitting unless, of course, I get a game that I just have to play and can’t put down – curse you Kingdom Hearts and Ico.

I have always enjoyed making things with my hands but I have never been particularly artistic or creative. I like knitting so much because I find working from patterns is very structured and formulaic, much like a science discipline. I will never be able to design intricate and complex knitting patterns, nor do I feel the need to when I can create my own work of art following someone else’s instructions. I guess knitting from patterns is a way to be creative without having any artistic talent. Like paint-by-numbers but way cooler.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2006 in Profile

 

I heart Triceratops

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I desperately needed a new bag but as I am just a babe when it comes to sewing (or knitting for that matter) I was feeling rather overwhelmed by most of the bag sewing patterns I could find. That is until I found across this pattern for the “Easy Peasy Tote” on Craftster. I altered the pattern to make it a messenger bag rather than a tote and found a tricertops picture which I tweaked a little as well before printing it on to an ink-jet transfer. The bag is made from light-weight black denim and some red patterned cotton and it also looks much better IRL than in this photo. Trust me.

Important things I learnt during the making of this bag:

  • Always iron the material flat before using the iron-on interfacing
  • Sew on button, zips or snaps before finishing the bag
  • Don’t sew after 2.30am – you will make mistakes and lots of them

I would do lots different if I had to do it again, but as I am learning this whole crafting thing solo with naught but the internet to guide me, I am bound to make a few stuff-ups.

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Posted by on October 16, 2006 in Sewing