Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The State Library of Victoria

I just cannot believe that I have never ever stepped foot inside the State Library of Victoria before! When we lived in Melbourne, I guess it is something I just used to walk past and with little children, I probably had no reason to go in there! Oh to even discover Readings Bookshop in the building many years ago alone would have been a treasure.
The teenage boys were more than happy to puttle through here with me - they too were blown away by the grandeur.

The entire chess room. A room with only chess books and table after table of chess players. That was pretty cool.
The library itself was completed in 1856 under the direction of the library's founder , Sir Redmond Barry, who was also the judge who sentenced the notorious Ned Kelly to hang in the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Ned Kelly's original armour is kept at the library too, much to the boys' glee and delight at finding it (and not knowing it was here!)
The dome and the Reading Room were not finished until 1913.
Such an incredible place and so, so quiet too with many studiously studying/researching away.
A real delight of my trip to Melbourne this time!

Saturday, 22 October 2016


All I'm doing now is exam study. The weather is incredible too - bah hum bug!
And along with that study is a lot of sock knitting - I'm now making pairs for people at school.
This one was going to be for someone, but I rather like how the Bendigo Woollen Mills sock wool is knitting up. I've had this ball sitting around for a few year...

I have finished a yellow/brown/green/blue pair, which is going to someone at school - not keen on how this Bendigo wool knitted up. I think I might use some of it for the next pair and make different colour ankles/heels/toes with this plain blue.

Study, study, knit, knit :)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

They want it moved...

My lounge floor at the moment.... Just as well my family barely watch tv or even really use the room!
Essay readings. - the easiest ways for me to find a particular reading!! A few more days and I will have submitted my final essay for the semester.
Three weeks to go and my exam will be over too.
Yippee. (this really is about as exciting my life has been and this essay has driven me insane!!!).

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Best City in the World

We are all just back from a total impulse trip to the best city in the world - Melbourne, Australia.
Every time I go I wonder why on earth we moved back to New Zealand 12 years ago...
I still totally adore the place. We ran around for 4 days, with the youngest two gobsmacked at the busyness and all the food vendors, the history, the volume of shops (ha!) etc etc.

Lots more pics to come.
I've two essays to finish from draft copies and exam study to get stuck into.
It has been the best hols and Melbourne was just what I needed.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Giveaway winners (LATE!)

Oh my goodness. I am very sorry everyone - this has been in the back of my (full!) brain and I kept on forgetting about it.

The two lucky winners from my blog giveaway are -

yarn/ wool - Jo

stationery - Tracy

Please send an email to me at  ladies with your address and I'll post them off - hopefully these hols!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

do you think??

Do you think my husband will have a good sense  of humour when I present this to him (all stitched and framed) on Christmas Day?

It cracked me up! A co-worker and I did a little bit of retail therapy today at Ribbon and Rose. We left before we spent too much money!

I also bought this gorgeous wool to knit a scarf and another Lizzie Kate kit. I think I might be back at the shop to buy a few birthday and Christmas gifts for myself...

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Knitting Works in Progress

The other day my cousin wanted to know how many knitting works in progress I had. So I went on a bit of a treasure hunt and OH MY. This is what I found...

Top to bottom -

Random knee high sock pattern from a book (which I need to find to continue). Knitted with NZ wool with a decent possum content.

A Tin Can knits sock - my first ever 8ply sock (so I added some extra wool in the heel with nylon in it). I think the heel is a bit big too in this one, but I'm not going back. I don't even remember what year I knitted this one!

Polygon - bought a new e-book last weekend and I've started making this blanket.

Falling Water - started a year ago as facebook told me the other day! Yikes. Knitted with gorgeous alpaca picked up in person in Peru by my mother in law. A pattern you pick up and do a few rows here and there. Just don't get lost or you'll never be able to work out where you were...

Memory Blanket - a great one for using up lots of random sock wool remnants. I'm knitting them individually and then in several years will sew together :). A project I only ever seem to do druing school holidays... This is a multi year long project...

Retiary - once you get the hang of this one, you are off. Learning to bead was an adventure and I have not picked this up for a while, so it might be another learning curve... One of the sock club patterns - I always buy Vintage Purls clubs, but still have to knit many of the projects...

Sock - a stock standard sock. I knit socks every day. Using Dorps yarn from the Wool Warehouse

Lodgepole hat - love this, but the pattern is awol somewhere in my paper piles... ugh - the paper (university work) is quite out of control... So I'm not sure where I was up to unless I find the pattern. Using Quince and Co (I think!) bought from Holland Road Yarn.

More random socks from Blendy Knits. Both these books are my sock bibles - they are used every single day too. Amazing patterns!

and finally (well actually, I think there may be a few random one socks from a pair out there somewhere too...)  Beech Hill. A lovely brainless knit, which I started about a month ago. Not knitting as long and probably now won't be wearing until next winter either.

I've plenty to keep on going with these school holidays... how big is your WIP basket/s ??
I think mine is pretty bad really... I shall try not to cast on anything else until I'vd finished a few of these... maybe!!