Thursday, May 14, 2009

Constructive time apart…and some soup

It was such a busy week last week that it is already the Thursday of the following week before I get around to updating here.  Phew!  And only today because I am home sick with a Cowboy Flu!  Yep.  I visited some cowboys and they gave me the flu.

Last week I packed up my new corporate work uniform, work car and knitting needles (to be explained) and headed west with a Colleague to man the College stand at the Roma Show.  The show was a bit slow but we had a great time checking out the other stalls, watching some show jumping and generally relaxing away from our usual jobs.  The best bit, however, was that my travelling companion is a knitter and not just any knitter but a show-prize-winning knitter from New Zealand!  The best kind :)  As soon as I found out that I was going to be away for a few days with her I picked up the knitting needles again, not held since childhood, and got back in the swing ready for some intensive lessons. 

First attempt was focussed on not dropping stiches!  Once I got the hang of that I moved on to plain knitting and started working on this scarf:


That one is still a work in progress, over a metre long and going to be warm as warm can be!  I am knitting a blue acrylic yarn together with a white wool, as when I first started I couldn’t handle only the one thread.  Then I learnt how to purl.  Yep, the other kind of knit!  After much trial and error I figured out how to knit a row then purl a row and have been working on this little skinny scarf for my buddy Sarah:


It has been coming along and should be finished before she arrives.  It is a variegated acrylic and once again I am knitting two strands together.  But then came the big lessons.  When my mother visited us a little while ago she was kind enough to bring me some knitting needles, yarn and a magazine.  In that magazine was a headband which I thought would be a great first project for pattern following.  So after some quick instruction from my travelling companion I had it on the needles and away!  This time in a variegated wool yarn.  And over two nights and a few glasses of wine, I cast off my first ever finished knitting project all on my own!

Image0063Very, very satisfying!  And keeps your ears warm too!  When I got home I got stuck into a larger scale version in purples and whites which I use as a cowl, either around my neck or around my head hippie style :)  Next plan is to get my scarves finished then launch into trying some patterns for whatever I want to make!

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So apologies all around to those of you who are here for the nature shots and building progress.  Sometimes I will use this blog to brag about my knitting :)

So, while I was wiling away the hours in western Queensland, Dom was busy on a chainsaw course as part of his traineeship and then got busy on the block fixing the tin in place.

When he arrived at the block on Friday he found the evidence of critters making use of our shade shelter!  Yep.  Poop!  If anyone out there can identify it, please let us know.

        100_1339Then with much workplace health and safety and the occasional text to his wife in Roma the tin became a roof! 

100_1342  100_1344 100_1345 100_1346 100_1347Thanks Dom!  There are still a few gaps at the rear, near the shed.  We plan to head out to the scrap yard that doesn’t sell timber again this Saturday to find some shorter lengths to patch up the gaps.  Then a little silicon of some sort in the holes and away we go!

Oh and on the way out the gate Dom stopped off to do a little fence fixing as can be seen below.  


100_1349On the Sunday after I got back from Roma we headed out to the block so that I could see the wonder that is our roof for myself.  Dom’s Mum dropped in for a visit while Dom was Batching it too so a family lunch by the fireside was called for.

First job was to plant out a lovely native that Dom recently acquired.  It is a lovely sturdy little fellow called Banksia Serrata.  So Dom dug a nice big hole and gave him some healthy soil to spread his roots into and with a good feed of fish emulsion and a dripper left for company he was settled. Let’s hope we have more success with this guy than the last planting attempt!

 100_1356Then it was time for Dom to demonstrate his new professional chain sawing skills.  He not only learnt how to look after his chainsaw and do safe, simple cutting and trimming, but he was taught some bush craft as well.  The tradesman explains and demonstrates:

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Then before we knew it a bush stool was created.  Check it out in the little video below:

100_1387  100_1376Next on the agenda, after all the hard work, and witnessing of hard work, was lunch.  We had brought out a little left over potato and leek soup and Jane quickly had it bubbling away on the fire.  Lovely!            

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So, things are really moving along.  We are out there again this week to get the shelter tidied up. And then plan to go to the Toowoomba Home Show this weekend to scope out some local builders.  One tiny step at a time :)


The Old Dairy on May 16, 2009 at 5:55 PM said...

What a great job you have done with your knitting!!!I would love to get the pattern for the cowl/headband as it would be so good for cold winter Saturdays at soccer...My daughter was working at the Roma show at the Irrigation and pumps stand, she loved it....Hope you had a good time as well..
Do you think you should put a liitle fence around your tree to save it from the wallys?
Have a great weekend.

Dominic and Katrina on May 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM said...

Thanks Mandy!
I made up the pattern for the cowl. But the headband is:
Cast on 70 st.
1st Row: K2, *P2, K2, rep from * to end.
2nd Row: P2, *K2, P2, rep from * to end.
For the cowl, I just cast on 82 stitches I think and then knitted K4, P4 until I felt it was long enough to warm my neck :)
And it does!
And you were right about the wallabies. We went out again on Saturday and all the little new growth buds had been nipped away! So we put up a chicken wire fence to protect it. It was still alive though! Which is a great improvement on the last attempt :)
Thanks for your comments. Have really enjoyed reading your blog too.


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