After procrastinating about this - I actually sat down yesterday and spent the day concentrating on getting this finished. I needed to do the green border - the heart - and the 5 of the roses...
I think its very sweet and a very appropriate Wedding Anniversary gift for Andre. November 26th is our 7th Anniversary.
We've had quite a bit of uncertainty in our lives for the past month - over his job security - and we still do not have any real answers - hopefully this week. To be honest I am over worrying about it and am at the stage that I just want a yes/no answer so that we can move on with our lives. So at this point in time who knows what the future has in store for us - but I do know that whatever happens we will be facing it together... for many years to come!
After my last post and the lovely messages that I received I decided that I will continue to persevere with my knitting... Perhaps concentrate on smaller items for a bit and practice, practice, practice...working up to bigger and better things as my confidence grows. I decided that I would knit some dishcloths for presents for upcoming Birthdays and Christmas...
But then I looked around and almost everywhere I looked I could spy a UFO... or maybe a neglected WIP? Into this category I also included University Textbooks for my studies.
It seems over the past few years I have became a chronic starter :( and not much finishing gets done.
Andre and I have had quite a few arguments over the years about varied things and invariably he raises the issue that I never finish anything. (Which motivated me at the time... to not only start but finish his fathers day card!!)
I know that he is not only referring to craft, but he is also referring to the fact that I have been putting off my University studies for lots of years. So I made a decision.... its time to finish Uni... face my fears and just do it. I have currently completed 4 subjects but due to living here in Daylesford I can no longer complete the degree in Environmental Health that I was working towards. We simply do not have the available cash for me to travel to Rockhampton 2x per year to attend residential school. So I have to change study track :( After many decisions I have decided to study Environmental Sustainability... and then do a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Environmental Health). Unfortunately only 1 of my previous subjects can count towards the Bachelor of Environmental Sustainability... so I am virtually starting over... and that's a scary thought!
Study term starts November 26th... so until then I have time to try to attempt to get some of the craft UFO's in order...
The following are in no way all of my UFO's... these are just the ones that are visible from where I am sitting on the computer! (OOPS) So without further ado let me introduce the following projects.
This is a doily that I started ?? I am thinking maybe January this year. I do know that I originally started it as a gift for my mother-in-law for her birthday as purple is her favourite colour. SO... last night I dug it out and added 4 rounds to it and plan to finish it off for her for Christmas. :) I figure even if I manage one round per day it should get finished in time. I am using Paton's Gem cotton and a size 2.00mm hook. (can you even purchase Paton's Gem cotton any more?)
This is the Wedding Anniversary gift that I started for Andre ... its progressed a bit from the photo a few posts back. Deadline for this is November 26th.... so I will need to make sure that I do a few stitches every day to get it finished in time. I might utilise a few of Xanthe's Kinder days to just sit and stitch on this.
This is the latest progress picture on my Aurora Cabin piece. (please forgive the wrinkles) I am thinking that perhaps I should concentrate on going back and filling in some of the missing bits ... but picking a blank area and working on it for a few days straight still holds lots of appeal. I really enjoyed seeing the house come to life. This will be finished sometime in my lifetime as it is the biggest and most complicated piece that I have ever stitched!
This is a Dinosaur's head :) I started it as a gift for Annie's birthday. As her birthday was September 21st perhaps I should finish it as a part of her Christmas Gift? Before you ask why I am making a blue dinosaur for 10 year old girl... Annie is Dinosaur mad and blue is her favourite colour.
Here are some slippers that I started for Miss Xanthe. This is the sole and I guess I need to finish them soon or her foot will have grown or it will be too hot for her to wear them.
This is a tunic style jumper that I started for myself. I have not even finished crocheting along the foundation chain of the first row. I kinda stalled and wondered if I would really wear a jumper made of hot pink? Short answer is probably so I guess I will progress with this in the hope of completing it before next winter. Once some of the other things above are finished it will give me something to do when I am procrastinating about studying... ?
I dare not hunt any deeper for any more UFO's... Admitting to the above was bad enough. How many UFO's and WIP do you have??
I admire those that can knit. I admire the beautiful creations that they produce with the rythmic clicking of their needles. I love the look and feel of knitted articles.
Problem is - although technically I can knit... I am not very good at it.
I know that with practice I will get faster and my tension will improve.
I am a thrower... and I drop my needle each and every stitch. I think the average knitter watching me would quickly become frustrated for me at the cumbersome non productive way that I knit... :( I have tried to learn continental style because as a born crocheter it makes sense to me to hold the yarn in the left hand... but believe it or not I am even slower knitting this method and end up reverting back to my throwing.
I dream of a day where I can knit myself or my family a
lovely article of clothing that will actually get worn... that doesn't
take forever and that will be done in a reasonable time frame. My slowness means that I lose patience, and *heart* and I put it to one
side eventually as a I realise that the person whom I was making it for
has definately outgrown it....
Should I persevere? Or just give up the dream that I will ever be anything other than a crocheter who dreams of being a knitter?
Ok so its not tomorrow but I have been really busy this past week - I also have a love/hate relationship with blogger at the moment as I have tried to type this message on two other separate occasions and when I went to upload blogget ate it! Lesson learnt - so today I am going to copy what I have written prior to hitting publish so that I don't lose it... oh and before you say "did you check your drafts"- yeah not a jot so for some reason it didn't save?
Anyway - on to the matters of my health...
In June I discovered that I had Gall Stones. I had quite a few episodes of severe pain. On one occassion I once again presented to the hospital and not even Morphine dulled the pain...I was transferred to Ballarat Base hospital and given IV antibiotics as they discovered I had an infection. After that admission I was bumped up the hospital waiting list and sent home. Several more bouts of pain - most of which were dealt with by taking Endone (A extra strong painkiller) which left me tired and washed out.
By the time July 26 (operation date) rolled around I was OVER IT!!
Its been a slow recovery as I am still in some pain, (which according to the hospital should be gone) and I have had to have more blood tests done last week to test my liver function. During all of this my liver function tests showed that my liver was sick to put it mildly. So if the bloodwork shows something wrong with my liver I have to have another ultrasound and the merry-go-round continues?
Last week I also had to have ANOTHER ultrasound done on my ankle as it has been aching, and unexpectedly giving way on me. Some of you whom have been reading this blog for a long time will know that I originally injured my ankle in May 2008 prior to moving to Exmouth in Western Australia and its been an ongoing issue as I have a tear in my peroneal tendon that has never been fixed!! I've had plaster - I have stayed off it... BLAH!! So we will have to wait and see what the latest ultrasound shows? and how this doctor will deal with it? I want it sorted so that I don't have to deal with it later in life!! Anyway - enough of the health talk!! Yesterday I had a new cross stitch start :) Its a smallish chart that I want to complete as an Anniversary present for Andre. Not bad for an afternoons stitching?
Its hard to believe that we have lived in Daylesford since April.... time sure is speeding by at an alarming rate.
In that time we have watched the leaves on the trees mark time for us as the weather has slowly gotten colder and colder.
Here is a shot of the *acorn* tree in the fairy garden in May...
Here is a different angle of the same tree mid June... Surrounded by thick fog... Looking from about half the backyard towards the house.....
These 2 photos were taken on June 27th... shots by Andre of the same tree - all red now and shedding leaves at an alarming rate..
Every morning I gaze out at this spectacular tree and marvel in its beauty and the fact that every day it looks different. If we are still here next Autumn I might take a photo a day and capture this natural beautiful phenomenon. After living in warmer climbs for the past few years the changing of the seasons is still novel to us :)
Since being here..
I have discovered that I am enjoying the cold weather - slowly we are acclimatising. We do not have transport so walking to school when there is frost on the ground certainly is invigorating :) Its been great for our fitness levels and the three littlies and I have enjoyed some wonderful conversations about the hows and whys associated with the season changes etc.. I think its been a bonding experience overall.
Suddenly there is a demand for my hand-crafted items. I now have a long list of things that everyone would like me to make for them. At the moment I am in the process of designing the littlest princess a crochet tunic style dress. I couldn't find a pattern so decided to just make one. I really should finish it but she asked me with the sweetest look the other day to make her a scarf - so since that is more the priority I immediately cast on a scarf for her... yeah I need to finish that also :) I also need to put a few more rows on Andre's footy blanket and start one each for the boys.
I've been doing a lot of contemplating about life - and where I want to be...what the future holds for me...
Do I want to continue to study?
Do I want to go back to work?
Do I just want to stay at home and be a mum and housewife?
I don't really know the answers yet - but I do know that I am learning to be contented with what we have and make the best of every day. Not feel guilty if I don't achieve stuff. Not to beat myself up over it - or get angry - rather to just do my best and express to my family daily how much I love them.
Life is way too short!!!
This was all brought about because I have been sick. Not entirely sure what is wrong with me yet - lets just call it the "mystery illness" for now until I get my test results (tomorrow afternoon) and I may or may not share - depending I guess. Lets just say the pain (and remembered pain) has been enough for me to do as I am told - stick to the bland yucky plain tasteless diet and give up caffeine - for someone that used to live on coffee and Pepsi Max its been incredibly hard to do. I have to say that the caffeine withdrawals took 3 days and were incredibly hard to suffer through (whine) so much so that I am unsure that even if allowed I will ever eat/drink coffee or drink cola again... I have been amazed at how much better I feel without the caffeine in my system - less tired that's for sure... which is funny really as I thought caffeine was supposed to keep you alert and awake?
I am also going to make a commitment to blog more... no excuses... its a great way to diarise my life.
Just a quickie to let you know that we are safely in Daylesford. Here is a shot of the littlest princess and I enjoying the view from our new backyard :) Yep we managed to secure a rental. Adjusting to the colder climate has been a bit of a challenge for all of us - I have to keep remembering to THINK LAYERS!! After living in Queensland and previously Western Australia we have really forgotten what cold is all about!!
Our furniture took the long route and arrived late - but its been a week and I am finally starting to feel like I am getting to the end of the unpacking.
The children have settled into their new schools well. Miss 12 had to make the jump from primary school to high school and seems to be coping with it. The twins have settled into grade one at Daylesford primary and thankfully were able to be placed into separate classes so that they can continue to grow and learn as individuals. The littlest princess started 4 year old kinder and is happy and confident and more than ready to make the jump to prep next year.
Andre has started his new job and is enjoying it so far - fingers crossed that he continues to enjoy it and that we can settle here for a bit.
On that note I had best go get my outdoor gear on and walk to town to collect the boys... Hope that you are all safe well and happy and I will be slowly catching up on my blog reading soon.
Andre managed to secure a job in Daylesford Victoria so we are moving there ASAP :) His start date is MONDAY 23rd April.... So things here are a mad rush of packing and cleaning. We have our flights booked... just need to secure a rental and doing it from this end is a NIGHTMARE.
Hopeful for some good news and an address this afternoon.
When our Internet service is back up and running I have a finish to share :) I finally finished Micayla's blanket. You can see the beginnings of it here.