Thursday, 16 September 2010


A big thank you to everyone who helped out with my tea problem - you'd think I'd have learned to use the internet by now, but apparently not. All I had to do was Google the damn tea. Ahem.

But I also wanted to let my fellow Mac users know that I've found a brilliant new feed reader - it's called NetNewsWire and it rocks. It looks just like the Mail application on your Mac, and works like a dream. No more Google Reader for me!

And after some happy news, some sad news.


I have my mother's hands, and they are hands I'm damn proud of. I've taught my hands to make lots of different things over the years, and they're always busy, and they've never let me down.

But now, my hands have turned against me. I'm not sure what it is - maybe Carpal Tunnel? Anyway, both arms and hands are in a silly amount of pain, and I'm off the knitting, the sewing, and the ukulele playing for the indeterminable future. I've also quit smoking, just for good measure.

So expect lots of book reviews from me in the future, cause I won't be making anything any time soon. The three jumpers I have on the needles will have to wait, as well as the embroidery for my favourite band.

I have, however, bought a loom off ebay, so perhaps weaving is the answer? Less stressful on the hands, or so they say.

I'll keep you posted, and in the meantime, I will try my best not to stab anyone out of sheer boredom. Wish me luck.


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

a plea....

Funny how being on holidays makes the blogging mojo come back - I've taken five days off work, and suddenly I have the time to devote to this space again - it's lovely.

I've also managed to catch up on all the laundry, including all the hand knits. A sure sign of a knitters' house would have to be a lounge room floor covered in towels and flat jumpers, shawls pinned out all over the place, and one stern lady keeping an eagle eye on the cat.....!

Anyway - on to the pleading part of this post.

It has come to my attention that I am perilously close to running out of my favourite tea. I was sent this in a swap parcel from Sweden once - it's strawberry, passionfruit and rhubarb black tea with rose petals in it. It's bloody marvellous.

best. tea. ever.

Now, according to my Google Analytics, (which I haven't read in ages, by the way - who knew people were still reading this???) there are people in Sweden who read this blog.

I am hoping I can bribe one of you - or anyone else who has access to this tea - to please send me some? I can send you Tim Tams, or Vegemite, or Fruit Tingles, or any other weird Aussie delicacy!


Okay - pleading over...

Back to normal transmission - I want to thank everyone who came over and bought some yarn from my shop today.

The cool thing about being on Ravelry, is that you can see where that yarn goes, and what people make out of it:

Gillian Welch + Natural:

Jeanette Winterson + Debbie Harry:

(I actually own this set - a gorgeous Rav friend knitted them for me, and they're REVERSIBLE. Amazing.)

Georgia O'Keefe:

Debbie Harry:

A big thankyou to all the lovely knitters who have made something from my yarn - it makes me feel inordinately proud.

So, two days of holidays left - perhaps you'll even see me again tomorrow?


Monday, 13 September 2010

Miracles - and an update....

Turns out miracles do happen.

I would have preferred for our first female Prime Minister to be voted in on a landslide victory, but hey - beggars can't be choosers....

Here's hoping the next three years mark a rare period of Politicians Keeping Their Shit Together. Fingers crossed.

But away from politics, there's a wee shop update going up tomorrow at noon:

Shop Update

The update is scheduled for Tues 14th September at 12 midday here in Australia. (ACST)

That translates to Mon 13th September at 10.30pm EDT and 7.30pm PDT in the States….

If you need to find the right time where you live, please go here: World Time Converter

You can see a preview of the coming yarns in my shop now….all the prices are in Australian dollars.

Hyena In Petticoats @ BigCartel

I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Once this update is sold and posted, I will be putting in an order for more yarn, and embarking on a new adventure - self striping! I look forward to having some stripy goodness ready for you all very soon…. Now that the weather is warming up here, the dyeing process becomes a million times easier - perhaps the next update will be a more timely one.....

Now, I just have to figure out how to wind a skein twenty feet long........ ha.


ps: I see that Bloglines is closing down - does anyone have any other Feed Reader ideas? I'm a little stressed out that I'm going to lose all my blogs, and I've already decided that I hate Google reader..... help! xxx