Friday, November 18, 2005

Needle exchange

I promise I'm still trying to post that picture of the wool up. However, today at lunch I nicked over to Rubi and Lana's to pick up the rest of the maroon wool which I am using to make my vest. I talked to Paula about needing some new needles to knit a shawl with the alpaca wool I recently purchased. She recommended a 8mm circular so that it can be "holey" and it will hold all the stitches. When it came to paying, I realised that I was about to fork over $17.50 for these needles. In the big scheme of things, this probably isn't a lot to pay for some quality needles. However, I really can't imagine when I would need 8mm needles again as I normally like to knit on finer needles. I'm starting to think that I may need to start up some sort of safe needle exchange. Where knitters who have those needles, that they used only once to make that couture piece with uneven wool, can get together and swap them for another pair of strange sized needles. Oh, if only I was a "do-er" rather than a "think-er/day-dreamer/wishful thinking-er"...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Of Alpacas and silk

A couple of weeks ago when I went to Canberra with a couple of girlfriends, we stopped by at Kingston markets. I met a woman by the name of Penny Pearce who was selling some Alpaca wool and also knitting this beautiful shawl at her little stall at the Markets. Of course I had to engage her in conversation and found out that she only lived a couple of kilometres from my parent's place in Goulburn. I got her card and promised that I will visit and buy some wool off her. Well, this weekend, despite some serious tree planting at my parents and sporting a terrible runny nose, I made the effort to give Penny a call and asked if I could pop over. So, along with my rather uninterested sister and curious mother, we drove down Braidwood Road past Tobermoray Stud farm to Penny's place. She was waiting outside next to her white letterbox in case I had missed it. She showed me the lovely wool she had from the other week. Some Alpaca and silk which she spun herself. She said it was slightly finer than 5 ply. She also showed me the shawl she had finished. I bought 200 grams not really knowing what I'm going to make with it. The Alpaca it came from was named Batman. So we went down the paddock to meet Batman and the rest of the crew. They were incredibly cute!! I love Alpaca's and in my usual day-dreaming state, I think that one day we will have a couple on the farm. They have the most beautiful eyes. Anyway, below is a picture of the wool (at the time of this post, I seriously thought I could get a picture up, but blogspot doesn't like dial up connections - so the picture will go up on the next post). Penny has invited me to come back whenever and I thought I'll ask her for some spinning lessons one day. If I get the hang of it, you never know, I might get a couple of Alpaca's and start shearing, cleaning, spinning, dying my own wool!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Pick a stitch and the rest of knitting as well

I learnt how to knit from a childhood friend who only managed to teach me how to cast on. We never got beyond that. I remember when I was younger, I really wanted to knit but my parents were never too supportive of my creative pursuits. I think it was because I had the attention span of a goldfish and I moved from one thing to another. I become very passionate about something and then for some reason, I lose it and move on to the next thing. I don't really embark on a hobby with lukewarm enthusiasm, but rather my enthusiasm depended on how many books I can find on the subject. Anyway, back to knitting, I finally learnt how to knit instead of just casting on by following instructions in a book. So knitting has been an on again, off again hobby. I've recently finished my second pair of socks which I gave Raymond for his birthday. This pair is made using wool which knits into a sort of fair isle design. I'm not sure if I would have had the patience to change colours all the time.

The other thing I'm making is a vest. I bought this pattern ages ago but never really started to make it. Here is a picture of work in progress. Lets hope that it does not stay as a work in progress. Although I still have to pick up the rest of the wool from Rubi and Lana's wool shop.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Alice, Floriade, and back again

Well Alice Springs was so different, yet so what I imagined it to be. The dirt really is red like in the photos you see. Since it has been a while since I've travelled alone (all the business trips don't really count), I was quite apprenhensive about joining this tour on my own. Turns out that the tour was full of young school children but there were a few adults. Mainly backpackers from Germany. But that was okay. There was only one other person travelling on their own. This French guy called Julien. It was amazing how quickly he got together with this other German girl. Very surprising to see. But I guess people behave very differently when they are in a foreign country. I missed my latte's the most. I had a few shockers but for some reason I persisted. It was as if Central Australia lacked fresh milk. Most of my photos consisted of rocks and more rocks. Considering the tour was quite short, people's nerves were getting frazzled after the second day. I'm not sure if it was because we were supposed to share the cooking and cleaning and some people, always feel that they are above it all and refuses to do any of it. Anyway, I'm not complaining. Raymond thinks I complain too much in my blog. I probably do have that whiney, whingeing tone to most of my posts but ummm.. come to think of it, thats how I am... whingey and whiney. There is always something to whinge and bitch about. Life would be too dull if everyone was polite and politically correct about everything.

A couple of weekends ago, we went to the Floriade. This is 2 years in a row where the flowers were just perfect. We took so many photos. I think when you are no longer restricted by how many rolls of film you carry but rather how many photos will fit on your memory card, and the fact that you don't have to develop the dodgy ones, the amount of photos you can pose for quadruples. It wasn't until we realised that all the photos from this year's Floriade look very similar to previous year's ones that we finally stopped.

Becky and Jenny finally got to see the house in Goulburn. They made suitable amounts of oohs and aahs...

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Looking forward to...

I can't quite remember the last time I was really excited about something and can't wait for a certain day to arrive. That's how I'm feeling at the moment. I'm finally taking a holiday even though it is tacked onto the back of work. I'm going to Alice Springs next week for work and I've booked myself onto a camping-mini bus tour. I can't wait. Even all the work I have to do for the client before I go hasn't put a dampener on things.

I just finished reading Katie's blog and couldn't stop laughing when I read about the joke she played on her dog Jonty. Reminds me of the poochies. Along with visiting the parents, I also make the trip down to Goulburn to visit the Charlie, Mei Mei, Snowy and Cherry. Thats right, all four of them. My father doesn't want the dogs to run around the property, worried they will somehow fall into the dam or even worse get out onto the Braidwood road and making their way to Braidwood. I personally don't think they should run around because I feel sorry for the neighbouring cows which they seem to take great pleasure in terrorising. So they are allowed out onto the verandah (which my father got the builder to specially make a gate - specifically for the dogs) when not supervised. The dogs run up and down the verandah and it seriously sounds quite war-like.

I spent a good part of my time this weekend clipping the dogs. Lucille bought a clipper set thinking it would be cheaper than taking them to the dog groomers. It would be if the dogs didn't think that we were trying to give them a lobotomy. The way they carry on!! However, once I got going, I just kept clipping! Their fur gets matted quite easily and so I was trying to clip off the matted bits. But this means that they look even rattier than usual. My mother was horrified with my handiwork. I thought Snowy had that rogueish look about him that a lot of guys try to replicate with large amounts of gel and hairspray. Very funky indeed.

Monday, August 08, 2005


I've been getting into a bit of trouble lately because of what I've been writing in the blog. I have to admit that not all my witty comments have been my own. So without further inflaming the situation which may bring upon copyright and intellectual property law suits, I am offiically acknowledging Becky (guess I will not name full names in case she becomes "google-able") as the rightful owner of such thoughts as "event-going", etc (I say etc because I repeat so much of other people's stuff that I don't really know what belongs to me and what doesn't).

Lucille, my younger sister has also accused me of stealing stories and lacking in original thought. Seeing as that may be case (oh no!), I will (from today), endeavour to sprout my own blabbings or try harder to find obscure Seinfield episodes to quote... "have you seen that episode of Seinfield where..."

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Now regarding that bit about culture...

Last Sunday Becky, Mara and I went to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the Archibalds. As with anything I do, this was more to do with the fact that I can litter my conversations with "so, I went to see the Archibalds this weekend..." and "I loved the way the artist was able to map out Gretel Killeen's expression in this year's Archibald". Secretly, I thought that Gretel Killeen made a terrible subject and without makeup! As for the winner of the Archibald, ummmm.... what can I say? Did he forget there are other colours in the spectrum? Becky pointed out that the little blurb next to his painting described him as the Australia's greatest painter. Is that why he got in? Had she or I submitted the same work, would it still get judged the same? Would it even get a mention? Would it even have made it to the into the city, let alone to the judges?

So, if the trip out to AGNSW was not about the art, then for me, what was it all about? Perhaps it was the challenge of getting there, driving round and round in circles looking for that elusive thing called a parking spot, then scrambling through the wilds of the Botanic Gardens. Or perhaps, it could be about the serendiptious moment when I realised that it was Casey Donovan of 2004 Australian Idol fame practising outside of the Museum of Sydney. Or it could even be the chance sighting of the guy who was in the now defunct Aussie Queer Eye. Can't remember his name, seeing how memorable the Aussie version was. Good looking, shame that he is gay. Seems to be the current catchcry in Sydney of late.

I can't say that I'm a great Art enthusiast, I can't tell the Rembrandts apart from the Picasso's (so shoot me!), but I'm definately a keen "event goer". I'm sure most people are, although admitting it freely will make them a fraud...well, look at Rodney Adler. Now, where is my brochure for the Royal Ballet?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mara, Me and Becky at the Art Gallery for a bit of culture.
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Mike in the kitchen.
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Mum in the living room - carpet still needs to be done.
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Front verandah
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Main bathroom
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Mike and Khoan at the front left hand side. The skillion roof still needs to be added. Observe the wide front verandah.
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Mike and Khoan on the boring side.
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The family on the boring side of the house.
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The back of the house with the landing - 2 backdoors, one sliding and the other a normal door.
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The footings and back landing (still needs the handrails)
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View from one of the windows - its all brown!!
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One half of the living room - notice the cathedral ceiling.
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Built in - main bedroom (no doors yet)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Mei Mei - hosting for my avatar
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Friday, June 10, 2005

The mecano set
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With some walls and I huff and I puff
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Can you tell its going to belong to me?
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Frame of house
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The house that Lien built...

Well not built by me personally, although if I had to I'm sure it wouldn't be that difficult. The house is in Ulludulla at the moment and then its going to be transported to Goulburn. The builders told me that they will insert the footings around the 20th. I'm not as excited as I should be but I think thats because I'm kind of over it by now. The silly thing has taken so long to eventuate. Anyway I'm posting some early photos. I've got some more recent ones but I'll have to upload those later.

Harrassed with an eye infection

Yesterday I felt really harrassed by this one client. She wanted to be able to cut and paste information from a web page into a text or word document. However she is running old and outdated software and operating system so it wasn't working properly. I don't believe its my fault that some companies choose to take the cheaper alternative and not upgrade!! Anyway, she keeps calling me and debating with me as to whether the problem she is experiencing is a limitation to our software or a browser problem. I find out later that she's schizophrenic. Great...

I think it becomes an OHS issue when I have to deal with unstable people. I was starting to get really annoyed at her. My other problem is that I've got this slight eye infection which is preventing me from wearing my contact lenses. So I've been wearing my trendy but uncomfortable glasses. Its such a pain and I look like such a nerd (they're trendy glasses but not perhaps not on me). So not only do I have to deal with weirdos, but in uncomfortable glasses at the same time. Despite the fact that I hate wearing glassses, I still persist on purchasing a new pair every year even though my eyesight has remained the same for the last five years.

On a much more fun note, I've discovered iPodder. A software that allows me to download other people's podcasts so I can listen to them on my MP3 player. Love it. Although I have downloaded a few dodgy ones which don't play on my MP3 player. Ahhh.. wish I had an iPod but that is outright commercial consumerism as I already have a fully functional MP3 player that Nathan bought me for my birthday.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Mei Mei
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Charlie Bear
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Friday, April 01, 2005

Well I guess its been a while since I've made an entry in this blog (how many other blogs continue in this manner?). But I did start off with good intentions. So lets see whats happened since? I've been to Adelaide twice for work. And how did that go? BAD!! There was only one word to describe it. Thats why I had to go back. I hate to admit that it could perhaps be my incompetence but I like to think that I'm still rather inexperienced which is why everything went belly up.

Adelaide was one of those experiences where I just wanted to curl up and die right on the spot. But at least the clients were kind of okay about the whole thing.

Anyway, since I hadn't been to Adelaide before I thought I'd make a weekend out of it. That was nice. Adelaide is a city I can live in. Not like Brisbane where its humid all the time. Although it has been described as one large country town. There is a really nice place called the Apothecary (a wine bar on Hindley St) that is so cool. Its been fitted out with everything from an old English pharmacy. I also saw this really bizarre movie when I was down there. Bubba Ho-tep. It was about Elvis in an old person's home fighting a demon mummy with a black guy who thought he was JFK. Luckily the movie was free and I had a glass of wine before I went in. You had to be on something to go see that movie. I just wish I'd had something stronger than a glass of white.

Well I'll post my photos next time.