Scarf Knit-A-Thon

In April of this year there was a mine collapse in Beasconsfield, Tasmania. It didn't receive too much coverage here in the U.S. except that it came on the heels of the devastating Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia. In the Beaconsfield case, three men were left unaccounted for after the event, with one man dying and two being rescued 14 days later. This Scarf-A-Thon is a joint event to commemorate the event. If you're interested, all the details are here, including the address to send your scarf piece.


A couple of FOs!

Other than my Picovoli, I haven't been knitting much. Fetching is almost done, but I'm waiting on a bit of extra yarn. So how do I have FOs? Well, I don't - but my mum has been using some of my stash to make little things for herself. Here are a couple:

A book cover for her notebook.

A little purse.

A view of the purse open.


Almost an FO!

Picovoli has been on the back-burner for a while, but I pulled it out today to finish the bottom. Now all I have to do is finish the sleeves. Here she is:

I'm back at school next week and then the week after that I will have school and work to keep me busy so I'm hoping to get some projects worked on and/or finished next week.

Because you've always wanted to know

I went to the National Zoo the other day and this is what greeted me when I went into one of the bathroom stalls...

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The text reads: "Legend has it that the gods created the hippo to be the lawn mower for all the other animals. Because the sun was so hot, the hippo pleaded to the gods to swim in the Nile river by day and, mow by moonlight. The gods agreed, only if the hippo promised not to eat any of the fish. For proof, the hippo fanned out its poop with its tail to show there were no fish bones. Now, all hippos fan their poop with their tails!"


Goodbye Pluto!

This just in...apparently Pluto is no longer going to be considered a planet. I know this isn't big news really, but I feel sorry for Pluto - just because it's not big enough, it's getting the boot!


Fruit Picking & Blog Trolling

Those are the two things I've been up to in the past couple of days. First, my mum and I went here, and look at what we got:

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Yep, two buckets of blackberries…picked with our own hands.

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A close-up of the yummy berries. I got up close and personal with some bugs to get these wonderful blackberries.

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And here we are at home…all hot and sweaty…but very proud of our berry haul!

I’ve also been blog trolling and found a few interesting things…two books that I absolutely want now!

Amy at Angry Chickenblogged about Sew-U, ) by Wendy of Built by Wendy. I am looking to get into making some clothes and this looks like it might be helpful.

Not only was Amy guilty of blogging about this book, but she also mentioned that another blogger, Kelly, at Buzzvillehad a write-up about Amy Butler’s new book In Stitches. This page on Amy Butler's website has cool photos that will make you want to buy this book. I’ve been attracted to her patterns since I picked up the Weekender Bag pattern (I’m still going painfully slow on this project!) and this book looks like it has so many wonderful things in it. Kelly’s blog has some photos of projects, but you can see a few more by following the above link.

So these are two books to add to my Amazon wishlist. Since I got a promotion at work (yeah!) maybe I'll be able to afford them too!


It's A Wristlet World

When I got home from work today there was a package waiting for me from Bekka. She was my partner for Kelli's It's A Wristlet World swap. Look at what she sent me!

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This box contains my wristlet (close-up photos below), this, 2 balls of Sugar n' Cream yarn in colors Swimming Pool (I just bought a ball of this yesterday!) and Neptune Ombre, three small spools of ribbon, a pack of playing cards, Nancy Drew's Guide to LIfe, some smelly soaps (nice!), a cute notebook, one tube of white sugar & mango lip gloss, mandarin orange lip balm, and three balls of Artful Yarns Cinema, oh! and some cute ladybug magnetic page clips (which will come in handy since I'm an avid reader). So, THANKS SO MUCH Bekka.

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I'm going to use this as my little toiletry bag that I carry in my every-day bag.

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A closer look at the lining - cowgirls!


What have YOU done?

Found this via Bekka'sblog. How many have you done?

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (well, actually I all ready have one, but this counts right?)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe (went to Europe – no backpacking though!)
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cd's
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild [aren't all mushrooms gathered in the wild?]
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents (4/7 ain’t bad though!)
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat (yummy!)
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach (squished one maybe!)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language (can you say hand signals in Japan?)
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts (no, but hubby has)
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life

The Results

Drum roll please! Here are the results of my first Kool-Aid dyeing experience.

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Slammin' Strawberry

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Cha-Cha Cherry. The one on the left was made with 2 packets of Cherry Kool-Aid, the one on the right with 3 packets. I like that one better because it's a little darker.

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Sweet Pink. This is my favorite color.

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I'm calling this skein Rockin' Red. It was made with 3 packets of cherry, 1 of strawberry and 1 of watermelon cherry.

I'm very happy with how my first attempts have turned out. I am thinking of trying to re-dye some of the skeins because there are obvious light spots (not just lighter color, but lack of color). I think the only one that doesn't have this problem is the last skein of Rockin' Red. I would appreciate any feedback from more experienced dyers.


To Dye For

After having purchased this yarn several months ago, I finally got around to trying my hand at Kool-Aid dyeing. I'm not sure why I chose to start today after all this time, maybe because I had to work tonight and I didn't want to spend my day doing anything stressful (read: cleaning the house for my mum's upcoming visit.)

So without further ado, here are my pics:

Prep work: the soaking.

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Prep work: preparing the kool-aid.

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Cooling: strawberry #1

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Cooling: strawberry #2

I am working on using Cherry and Watermelon Cherry as well. So far, the cherry isn't looking much different from the strawberry, but we'll see when everything is dry.

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Cooling: cherry #1

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Cooling: cherry #2

Up next...

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Cooling: watermelon cherry #1

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Cooling: watermelon cherry #2

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Cooling: 3 parts cherry, 1 part strawberry and 1 part watermelon cherry. This seems slightly darker than the strawberry and cherry batches.


This and that

Today is a boring Monday. Since I don't have to go to work I'm definitely going to have to clean the house...or some of it. My mum is coming to visit on Saturday and I always like to have a clean house for guests.

I do have an FO to report. The garter-stitch blanket is done, sans photos since I finished it only a couple of hours before the baby shower it was meant for. I completed changed it and didn't end up going with the Debbie Bliss blanket, which is why it was only finished then. Of course, I put everything on hold for that this past week so now I have to try and finish Picovoli, make my wristlet for a swap, and cast on for two new projects (Fetching and French Market Bag from Knitty.)

My things to do list for today (wish me luck):
1. Clean out email INBOX. Done
2. Cast on for Fetching. Done
3. Work on Picovoli.
4. Clean downstairs bathroom, lounge room and kitchen. Done
5. Finish wristlet for swap.
6. Grocery shopping. Done

Whew! That's going to take a while so I guess I'd better stop messing around with my blog and get going.



Okay, so I'm going with Westerly Whimsies (the name of this blog) which was suggested by Strikanfall. This name never even occurred (two r's?) to me so thanks for the suggestion!

Well...I've decided I am going to open an Etsy shop selling handmade crafty things - knitty and not. But before I do that I need to settle on a name and that's why I'm asking for your help. Below are the names I have come up with. To vote for your favorite, just leave a comment. All of them are nicknames I had as a child and growing up - I have a favorite, but wanted some input.

1. Peewee
2. Becky Sue
3. Sweet Pea
4. Little one


What kind of flower are you?

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"You have a shy personality. You tend to hesitate before trying new things or meeting new people. But once people get to know you, you open up and show the world what you are really all about."

Hmmm...this is only partly true. Yes, with people it takes me a little bit to open up BUT the rest, not true. I don't hesitate to try new things or meet new people - if that was the case I literally wouldn't be sitting here. I would have stayed home in Perth and never gone anywhere, let alone moved halfway across my own country and then halfway across the world away from all my friends and family. Anyway, go try it if you want to.