Oh, Hi! Ive been taking a mini break from blogging and social media for the last couple of weeks. Well, when I say social media I mean Instagram and when I say a break I mean I deleted it off my phone but have a browse on my computer twice a week rather than every couple of hours. I do love it but had been finding that all the pretty was a little too stimulating so I thought a rest was in order. As far as the rest from blogging goes that wasn't really an intentional rest, Ive just had to focus my attention on some other things of late. I have a little of my free time back now so here I am!
We've been having lots (and lots) of early mornings. One perk to this is the pretty light on the toaster but its cold now and really, I’d rather be snuggled up in bed. I’m not bouncing out of bed like usual at 5am of late and am putting it down to the weather. Ed on the other hand thinks the early starts are for sure, the way to go. The “terrible twos” have most definitely kicked in. We are trying our best to nip certain behaviours in the bud but this being our first time as parents, we are just hoping we are not doing anything to make it worse or prolong it. “No” is Ed’s favourite word- said with a smirk and looking me straight in the eye with defiance. I have a tinge of pride in these moments that my lad has a mind of his own but at the same time I want to cry and scream out of frustration “GET OFF THE TABLE BECAUSE I SAID SO!”… sigh. He throws in a few moments of sublime sweetness through out the day, though, which makes the harder parts more bearable. He has just learnt to give eskimo kisses with his nose and I tell ya what, every one I get just bursts my heart.
Ive been busy baking and making over the last few weeks. Biscuits, cakes and scones but my favourite has been this Anzac Cake. Its soooo delicious. I was going to make Anzac biscuits for Anzac day this year but decided on the cake instead and am glad I did. Its been hard not to bake another one as soon as the last one is finished but Ive resisted because, well, I just brought a new pair of jeans and I’d like them to fit for longer than two weeks. I found the first one a little crumbly so for the second one I made I added an extra egg and it worked out better.
On Tuesday Wal and I drove to the city to see Motley Crue. It was a great show but I am feeling a bit sore in the legs today still from standing for so long... and my back might be a little sore too *blush.
I mentioned to my dear friend, who happens to be the worlds best op-shopper, that I was after some old school Tuppaware and that I was interested in trying my hand at dying yarn (because I don't already have enough hobbies!). On her op-shop travels she came across some books and Tuppaware. This is the second lot of Tuppaware she has managed to find me. I never seem to come across it when I go looking but she has been blessed by the op-shop gods and seems to always come into luck on her adventures. I am feeling pretty lucky to have such a sweet friend and one that loves the op-shop hunt so much.
I finished the knitwear design class I had been taking and have a nice little sweater to show for it (drying on the blocking mat as I type). I am now starting a cardigan using the same pattern and I have added a simple purl stitch after every couple of knit stitches to for a bit of texture- I am not sure what this stitch pattern is called though I’m sure it has a name. I recently purchased this book and am just waiting for it to arrive. I’d like to design a cardigan using a stitch pattern from the book to enter in our local Agriculture show thats held in November but I’ll see how I go.
I made these mittens for my Soul Sista. We have been calling them the “Outlander Mitts” because I was watching the series while I was knitting them and we are both obsessed with don't mind the books and show. We also think that Claire (the leading lady) would wear them. The pattern is really called Morganeve’s Mitts and is by Jerusha Robinson. I enjoyed knitting these mitts even though they took me aaaages and I had to really concentrate- no mindless knitting in this pattern. The details are ravelled here. I am excited to have finished theses and I can't wait to gift them. I love knitting for loved ones, it really is the best kind of knitting. Do you like knitting for friends and family?