61. Dinner at work. 62. Chuck Norris. Best action figure ever, recently acquired by Partner for his colleciton. 63. Bike rack. Yes I'm so artistic. 64. Typical view of Sydney, during a quick visit for a fun run! 65. A quick knit. 66. A treat for myself. bestshowever. 67. Another treat for myself! Her name is Ingrid. 68. Amazing product for the iced-coffee addicted. 69. A favourite book, used frequently. 70. Ridiculous artwork on City Link. Apparently this is called the "Cheesestick"!! 71. Mother's day high tea at Franga RSL. 72. EVIL DEAD OMG 73. Lovely stamps on a postcard from Taiwan 74. I like big balls and I cannot lie. 75. The Kitten. That face. 76. Partner won me a Jake! 77. Quick snap on the walk to the station. What's this called? Dusk? Twilight? 78. Resurrecting a hibernating project. 79. Looking up at the Melbourne Town Hall. 80. Shenanigans with The Kitten.
I watched The Amazing Spiderman at the movies. It was forgettable, and not as good as the Sam Raimi versions. But anyway, during the movie, one part was particularly memorable. Gwen Stacey/Emma Stone rocks up at Peter's place for some reason... wearing this friggin amazing beanie! I could not focus on the movie because of this magnificent pice of knitwear. Just look at it!
Don't cry Emma, you are wearing an amazeballs hat!
Of course, some clever Raveler wrote this up as a pattern!
Here's my version. Can you believe I hadn't made a hat for myself? This hat has EVERYTHING a girl needs. BOBBLES. CABLES. A BIT OF LACEWORK. EVERYTHING.
Once again, photography stylings of the wonderful Clara.
Pattern:Gwen Stacy. I've noted on my project page the mods I've made - essentially lengthening it for maximum slouchiness. Srsly, I thought it was too slouchy for a while, but it seems to have relaxed a bit and is just slouchie enough. I used this blocking method and am now addicted to blocking hats! Yarn:Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply Ravelled here.
Seriously, is there anything better for quieting the mind than starting a new project? It's funny that this is true for me, given that the cast on is my ultimate least favourite part of knitting. I mean, ugh - all that counting. And the fiddlyness. And then knitting the first row, it being all tight and hurty for the fingers (yes, I may be doing something wrong). And don't get me started on working in the round and the stress involved in making sure the cast on isn't twisted and that it joins properly and doesn't ladder.
It must be something about requiring 100% of my concentration, everything else fades into the background. And then, the amazeballs feeling of seeing those first few inches. Bliss. I'm loving this new project. I mentioned it as one of my 'hopefully one day I'll make this' projects a while back and have since had the sudden urge to cast on.
This urge was borne of the slight panic in knowing I have a HUGE project coming up, and the yarn is right now on its way. I've also recently finished a bunch of things so felt justified in starting something new. So I'm in the eye of the storm. Stress + excitement. Knitters will get it.
Lookit my progress anyways, only started this mid last week. I have less than 10 inches left to knit. It's been super fast and satisfying to knit. One of those projects I step back just to admire every few rows. I've got a bunch of kitchener stitch
A bunch of people on ravelry are all 'boohoo so much stockinette'. This isn't even stockinette dudes - I consider real stockinette is alternating your purling and knitting rows, where as this is a big knit tube (btw, I am still amazed at how knitting in the round = stockinette). No freaking purling, no sir no way no how. Suck it purl, nobody likes you anyway. I'm loving this. The enormous needles, the fluffy yarn, the speedy progress. This is zen knitting.
Oh yeah, I've gone backwards on Venus, which is super annoying but I had to rip out row 8 because I stupidly read my dcs as US rather than UK dcs, and then I tangled all the yarn. Back on track now, but progress is slow. I can do one and a half shells per train ride.
My sincere apolgies to my sister Jacks, I just had to have eggs benny without you! It just wasn't the same, I assure you!
Location:Sally's Kitchen, 295 Exhibition Street Melbourne Dining companion: Lermm Dining date: 17 May 2013 Ordered: Grilled asparagus with poached egg, hollandais & prociutto; skinny latte
A very cute and cozy location. Lermm arrived first and I could literally not see her from the entrance way. Service was pleasant, but frightfully slow. The table we habitated was teeny tiny and the plates were huge. Maybe that's supposed to be charming but somebody needs to do their math.
My eggs benny (for that is what they were, regardless of the fancified language) was ok. Sauce was tasty but lacking that special something. One of the eggs was slightly overcooked. Ciabatta is not my favourite base for eggs benny, and I don't enjoy sharp edges on my toast in any case. I have now decided that panchetta is not for me - it's all stringy, how is that enjoyable? So overall an average dish.
Sally's Kitchen's eggs benny gets a score of 5 out of 10 Benedicts!!
Don't get me wrong, the dining experience was very pleasant and I will definitely put Sally's Kitchen into my regular roster of breakfast locations!
This cowl was by special request. Partner's mother saw my camera strap cover and immediately requested a scarf adorned with kitties. In suitable football team colours. I tried to tell her the pattern wouldn't work as a scarf, and that I could do a cowl isntead, but even then it might be stiff. She wouldn't heed my warnings and continued to insist.
Many thanks to Clara for taking these magnificent photos!
Pattern:A perrrrfectly wonderful tapestry crochet kitty bag. Obviously this is not a bag. If I make another cowl I'll tapestry-crochet the whole thing. I did a few rows of stripes either side of the tapestry in hdc and they tend to curl over a bit as they lack the strucutral integrity of the tapestry section. You live and learn, I think it looks rad anyway. Yarn: Some odds and ends I scored from the bargain room at Bendigo Woollen Mills, both of which are 8ply, the white being Celeste (I think) and the blue Persian. Ravelled here.
Location:Manchester Press, 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne Dining companion: Lermm Dining Date: 10 May 2013 Ordered: 2 x skinny lattes, fruit bagel with wildberry marscapone, strawberries and 'pistashio dust'
My bagel was super delicious, if a bit excessive. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but there really was copious amounts of marscapone. Oh, don't get me wrong it was delectable - but I couldn't eat the whole thing, and that's saying something!
The coffee was great and the service was friendly. It has a great atmosphere, and I love how hidden away it feels. Will definitely go again!
Can't say much more than that - it's a bagel - deal with it.