999, 976 Sweet berry bliss

After sadly being unable to crochet the other 3 yesterday I was tired yet determined to finish the quartet today. 

Such pretty berry colours.

With two dozen (Twelvetimes x2!)  of these beauties off the hook I’m feeling like this project might actually be realised some time before she’s 18.

999,999 to go…999,998

I finally started my rainbow blanket project that I bought the yarn for last year.

I made a basic yarn pocket system to keep them in correct order.  This was one aspect which had kept me from starting this project. Wondering how I’d keep them in correct rainbow order to achieve the look I wanted.
This is my sewing effort, a storage plus a travel storage kit.  I allowed for 5 as each granny square has 4 rows.  Meaning I can make ABCD BCDE EDCB and DCBA before swapping out.  If I get really stuck I could also do CDE but add F later or CBA and add the one adjacent later.

I had to teach myself (thanks to YouTube) how to crochet the tails in as I go.

Edit: completed 2. The original size is a generous single and used 130 squares.  I’m hoping to make it larger. I figure once it’s cot sized I can drape it on Miss Bee’s bed then add rows as I go. Hoping it will be cot sized by Autumn given it’s currently Spring.

This is what it will look like except I added 2 additional colours to mine: I added 2 additional colours- a mid blue green and a deep teal.

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International food night Improvisation 

Well… It was meant to be Vietnamese but with all the carpet preparation that went out the window and trusty Italian saved the night.  

I made homemade pizza bases I topped them with pan fried chicken,  shallots, ham,  red capsicum,  olives,  avocado and lashings of cheese.  Not sure if that’s authentic but it sure smells yummy.   A glass of red should make it taste authentic. One base has tomato pizza paste the other pesto. That’s Italian enough for an exhausted chef isn’t it? 

According to Miss Bee they look “wow!  Pretty!  Hot?  Eat olive? ” According to hubby they look impressive. 

They look rather rustic (aka not round). 

Knitting tales

I have been on a beanie knitting binge.  I love knitting beanies as they are fast and I can usually finish one in an easy two nights. The most recent three were birthday gifts for my dd’s boyfriend and one for each of my parents. Mum hates hats because they squash her hair flat so I made a very loose style which she loves.

The pattern is called Rivendell and it is free on Ravelry.

My dad spotted the one I’d made for dd’s boyfriend and loved it.  So he got an identical one.  Theirs is called Bobblehead Ray also free from Ravelry.

The fourth beanie was for Miss Bee. Yes I confess she’s already got… Hmm.. 4 winter hand knitted hats…  But she was so intrigued by my knitting and I had leftover yarn so it all made sense.  At least it made sense until she saw the yarn…  “YUCK” was her verdict.  Then impressively she told me PINK GIRL HAT. Off I trotted in search of a cool pattern and most crucially PINK yarn.  Now to be fair the last item I knitted her was blue.  I buy her varied colours and she has a wide variety of toys.  Yet somehow my daughter is a girly girl who loves dollies,  tea parties and pink. How on Earth she worked out her gender stereotype is beyond me but hey..  If a toddler asks you for a pink girl hat you make them one (even if they’re a dude).

Here’s “Pink Girl Hat”:

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As you can see Miss Bee is rather happy with it.

The pattern is called Kaiya Mei and is free from Ravelry, I extended my knitting efforts to colourwork! Yeah.

PS that’s the blue jumper I knitted her!

 

Garden work

Keeping up with my goal we did some yard work today. I gave the apricot tree a prune. Not really completed to my liking but the main work made a positive impact so that’s something isn’t it? Better than last month when it rained.

Going into detox. .. confessional

Held lovingly.  Always close.  Gazed at.  Checked in upon. Seeking my attention.  No. .. Not Miss Bee. .. my phone!
Is it an addiction or is it just a mum at home alone wanting to connect for the sack of sanity?
Either way I am starting to notice my little digital device is often just in reach. I notice the “other person in my life” that I’m having an affair with is my phone. Perhaps it’s escapism? Or am I (*GASP) part of the next generation of now people?  Those people who I detest?  Impatient people.
Miss Bee is engrossed in play.  Am I enjoying a well deserved moment to chill out in peace while marvelling at her cuteness?  Nope. .. I’m using that moment to quickly check Facebook.  Wow. .   It’s the birthday of someone I haven’t seen since college. I better wish them a wonderful day after all I don’t want to look like I don’t care less.  Besides,  they are probably checking to see how many birthday wishes they got.  I don’t want them to feel like a loser now do I? So far they only have 3 messages!  Ooohhh and look. . my old  work mate from 7 years ago who I haven’t spoken to face to face for 5 years has checked into a cafe. .. They have a chocolate cake and latte art. ..On a romantic date. .. better like that. Apparently my other old school mate is most like R2D2 from star wars.  Hmm what are you trying to eat Miss Bee.  Ooops I was distracted by goodness knows what rubbish.  All I know it’s that this stuff is rubbish.  If that messenger message was critical they could PHONE ME!
Interested in toddler activities?  Spend 2 hrs on Google then open Pinterest… Good bye me time!
I want to be more present.  I don’t want to be addicted to the digital virtual world.  I want my quiet times to be just that. .. enough! Moments of solitude, mindful moments to reflect,  moments to do nothing.  Doing nothing is legitimate. Doing nothing is how people destress.
So being a good digital addict I Googled digital detox! Yes there is an app for that!

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Using my twelvetimes philosophy I had to choose which apps suck my time then decide which rules to apply. .  12x! 12 hrs per day?  12 times launching. .. In a day?  In a hour?  12 minutes?  Anyway I have set my app “rules” and I have started my detox today!  My first effort was calling a friend instead of texting. .. Go me!
I am hoping for more time to just be.
Let’s see how I go.  Have I put my Blog on rules?  Ummm let’s not rush things.

Finding my Twelvetimes groove

This whole Twelvetimes concept is working well for me.  Who would have thought that I would respond to a schedule?  I’m not exactly known for being an organised type. I’m often more the disorganised type.  Well that’s not entirely true.  Over the years I’ve had to be organised for some things.  Like work.  Like Christmas.  Like birthdays.  Big things where dropping the I’ve got my life together mask makes other people notice.  You can’t really forget to buy Christmas presents. .. Can you?  Actually I know of a guy who did. He ended up buying very expensive gifts at a Hyatt gift shop on Christmas Eve because all the other shops were closed. 

I tend to plan those big MUST NOT FAIL events that have an established date in advance. It was all the “one day”, no set date events that were being lost.  Events that if you forgot,  shrugged your shoulders on or let other everyday life things over shadow…. Well who’d know?  Well. ..I knew.  But the funny thing is even if nobody else knows I’m slowly knitting the next top for Miss Bee I KNOW.
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The bit I need to convince myself on better is the good enough bit.  I confess that despite having made craft,  dyed eggs with the family and had an epic Easter egg hunt I still hear an inner voice saying “that’s great BUT you didn’t make hot cross buns like you’d planned.  The Easter cookie cutters didn’t get out of the drawer this year either.”  I sigh at myself disappointed. Miss Bee would have love to decorate cookies. .. sigh.  I guess I’ll have to just make random cookies. .. Rabbits are cute any time of the year aren’t they?

Twelvetimes

Capture.PNGThe years whiz by. They wait for nobody. This year I am fighting against my busy life. I am making a stand to make my life the life I want. The life I want to look back on and be satisfied with. I want to live a wonderful life with my hubby Anthony and kids (three young adults and a toddler).  I am putting together a plan.  I am making sure that when the next new year’s eve rocks around I can look back and celebrate achieving my dreams big and small.  I am starting my year with a new idea that I call Twelvetimes.

This is how it works. I made a list of all the things I love doing, all the things that I value or look forward to and all the things I need to do. All those ‘one day’ things.

Then I decided that if I do things just once a month then by the end of the year I would hopefully have done all the things that bring me happiness and fulfillment at least Twelvetimes this year! 

Then there are the one off goals /seasonal type outings and ongoing projects (they have been added as a prompt to keep my focus on what matters instead of wasting my nights chillaxing by the TV when I would prefer to chillax by the TV with my knitting needles or crochet hook in hand!).

This is my massive goal list:

  • Go to the snow
  • Blue Lakes walk (buy a hiking baby pack)
  • Mt Kosciusko walk
  • go to Berry and look at maybe getting a cuckoo clock
  • monthly dinner with each set of parents
  • monthly bike ride
  • monthly bush walk
  • monthly gardening
  • monthly brunch of the month with mum friends
  • monthly dinner out as a couple
  • monthly Kids park- prefer with picnic lunch or snacks
  • monthly games night
  • monthly International dinner night
  • monthly meet up with friends
  • monthly breakfast or lunch out
  • Fire pit evenings 8
  • BBQs 10
  • craft on Tuesdays
  • beach at least 4 times
  • Taronga
  • live music -like 5150
  • Canberra Show
  • Multicultural festival
  • weekend away 4
  • train to Bungendore
  • Canberra Festival events
  • Botanic gardens
  • National Gallery
  • plan and book another big holiday… Great Barrier Reef? Fiji?
  • Knit 4 garments for Miss Bee
  • Knit my own cardigan
  • Scrapbooking
  • crochet rug

It looks kind of overwhelming but once I sat back and scheduled them into our calendars I started to get really excited about my year. There is a brisk pace but there is room to relax too. Part of my goal is to keep things achievable. It might mean that things are done in simplistic ways. Pared down to “tick the box” at times when life is break neck speed. After all, there is nothing ‘wrong’ with doing things simply. I tend to be the type who wants to overachieve and do things to an extreme. Enough is often not good enough. But this year it will be a change of pace. I will let ‘good enough’ be determined by the time available. Time is in short supply with a toddler. Plus, if I miss something one month well eleven times in a year is ‘good enough’ right?

I’m going to start this blog by doing a ‘rewind’ post to January. Which is good enough as I have been busy.