Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
There's a film being planned, with Kenneth Branagh directing and Kate Winslet as Juliet, and location filming on Guernsey. All good. I think I'd like Clive Owen as Dawsey.
One of the most touching moments was based on a real event, one of the characters talking about the return of the children at the end of the war. This edition of the book has photos of Guernsey in wartime, including one of this. I'll put it in another blog entry for you to see.
Love it. Love the thin stripes and thicker stripes. I went cruising on Etsy and found some mini-skein bundles of sock yarns.
But at some local markets I came across these. They're intended for tapestry, or embroidery. I think some are 4 ply-ish. Others would need two strands to be so. The market lady and I did some back and forth bargaining, and I ended up with these skeins for a price that made us both happy.
I'll start with the thin stripes. Might need more yarn when I get to the thick stripes, but for right now I have exactly what I needed: small quantities but many colours, all wool and some hand-dyed.
The crochet project is finished and given; my photos aren't great so I'll wait for better ones when the twins are out and about using their stripey blankets. (The twins aren't born yet.)
I seem to be in a stripey phase.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Diana Gabaldon books are ones I have read avidly as an adult. And listened to Davina Porter's excellent audiobook renditions.
There are other books on this shelf: all are keepers. I've come to realise that some books are in transit in this house, and I haven't missed any that have travelled on. But these are keepers.
The softie figure I found in a craft gallery in Victoria on a road trip a couple of years ago. I'm not sure exactly what it represents, apart from itself. But I like it, especially the simple, effective machine-stitched face. It looks like it has stories to tell, too.
This photo is of crochet gift I've been working on for a while and that is nearly finished. My own pattern/ idea that's working out nicely.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
This one caught my eye as the label is a short version of my name. But also - rue? Not flour/sugar/tea? And it's a reasonable size, not a little herb/spice canister.
I went hunting online. Pest eradication, some medicinal applications, and dried and powdered, a tea. Hmmm. I can't think of the last time I used rue, if ever.
But I'll cheerfully keep this container (empty).
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This wonky daisy looked like I felt. Still blooming, kinda, but drooping round the edges, a bit on the wonky side. Just the one flower on the plant, as though that was the best it could do.
P365 done for today.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Near day's end, the skies are grey as they have been most of the day. There are birds calling, individual and different calls, not a cacophony but single sounds, from chattering to several-note songs to single notes like a bell. It's peaceful, day drifting into evening. Time to slow down and rest before the busyness of the week accelerates tomorrow morning.
Monday, February 11, 2013
This is the sort of photo that is an ultimate Project 365 image: something I might never have noticed without the nudge of a daily photo to find. Glad I did.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
So I was happy when this photo was unexpectedly and serendipitously beautiful.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
As you can tell, there's something I rather like about photographing piles of fruit and veg. Colours, shapes, the consistency yet variety. Something.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Not a fan of eating beetroot. Although I have stored somewhere a recipe for chocolate brownies that included beetroot, which I found intriguing....
I once lived in a very old house which, I discovered, was visited by slugs at night.
You only forget to put on your slippers the once.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
I really like this photo!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I could have any colour I liked as long as it was this one. And now I can type the word colour without autocorrect Americanising me. Yay! Thanks, Brenda!
Photographed on a crochet square using Poems wool and destined for a charity blanket.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I've had it for nearly a year, and other boxes of tissues have come and gone at work, and this keeps being my reserve box, the one-day spare. Because I'm still knitting, and it's still cheerfully colourful, and it reminds me of a friend's thought and kindness.
I'm amused to have comments on yesterday's post from fellow Sindy girls. No Barbiefolk have emerged from the woodwork, though. I remember poring over the pink Sindy clothes brochure. I could practically recite some of the descriptions without looking.
PS Dear Mr Jobs (dec),
I live in a world of neighbours and colours, not neighbors and colors. Please stop trying to 'correct' my correct spelling. I am not in the US and do not use US spelling. It is driving me nuts. Especially when you sneak it in when I haven't noticed, and then my blog entries look less literate than they should. There are other countries and other ways to spell English. You sold me my Apple device in a country with neighbours and colours; why is the spellcheck still American?
Monday, February 04, 2013
And every Christmas, she gives me Barbie (with one diversion represented by Twilight's Edward). I had no Barbies as a child - I had Sindy. (English, less tarty. My dear mama had no opinion of that flashy American Barbie).
And now I am not a Barbie collector, but a Barbie recipient. They are on display in my office at work, and provoke conversations and reminiscences.
This isn't all of the Barbies (I've known my friend a while...). There is another shelf...
(And do I still have my two Sindy dolls, and the sets of clothes, and her little sister Patch with the hair i should not have washed, and...? Yes. I do.)
Sunday, February 03, 2013
And buying from http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ also provides funds for literacy. Win-win.
Right now, they have a Bargain Bin deal, 7 books for $35 US. Used books from BWB (not sellers on there, but BWB themselves, which is millions of books) is FREE worldwide. Less than $5/book if you buy 7. What's not to like? Go and have a browse....
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Made for only about ten years, from the end of WWII, in Kent, UK. They have quite a clever case. I'll post more pics when I have the machine. It's an attractive decal. The machine has a long bobbin/shuttle, and is a hand crank.
If you click on this photo and look on its right you'll find a link to a set with more of these faces, in china, photos, artwork.
Or just use this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rooruu/sets/72157632619959567/
Friday, February 01, 2013
1. I like it . All those subtle blacky-purply tones.
2. It was stinkin' hot and sticky-humid today. (Although red onions are less insistent than their brown or white cousins, they still have a fragrant presence.)
3. I didn't take a photo today, and hadn't used this one before, so...
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
(No point folding them, they're going back where they came from, so beautiful and fresh as they are).
I don't much enjoy summer heat, but it's nice when the washing dries so well...
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
(And this yarn is on special at Spotlight at the moment for $1.79 a ball, 50g/100% wool, instead of $2.99/ball).
I will blog progress/result. This project/gift has a baby deadline...
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
The little Ikea sewing machine she got for Christmas worked well. It's not a toy, but solid and serious enough to be a good starter machine. (it's called Sy, and in Oz is $79. I've sewn on a fair number of new and old machines, and this had a good sound to the motor, enough weight not to jump around and made a perfectly acceptable stitch. It would be worth considering as a portable workshop machine, IMHO.)
Such a pleasure to see her joy at turning a length of cute owl fabric into a pair of pyjama pants, and the aha! moments that were part of the process. I think I've kindled what I hoped to... (note the tape measure round the neck! - she took to that with gusto as dressmaker attire/tool to hand, she wearing it, not me.)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It's going to become a self stripe scarf in the Noro striped scarf style like this: http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com.au/2007/04/noro-scarf.html
I will practise doing a long tail cast on
And am so happy that YouTube makes it easy to find out how to do such knitting things as long tail cast ons and i-cords.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The wind was so strong! Some gusts enough to nearly knock you off your feet. But it was neither hot nor cold, but salty-sandy, exhilarating, blowing all sorts of cobwebs away.
1301 14/365 Bar Beach, Newcastle in wild, windy weather
Originally uploaded by rooruu
1301 14/365 Bar Beach, Newcastle in wild, windy weather
Originally uploaded by rooruu
On Nobbys, there were flags out but no one swimming. At Bar Beach, from this lookout, it seemed like only a red ?warning flag.
We stopped at several lookouts on the coast road. Each one windy, the waves whitecaps of energy.
At the Ocean Baths, a bridegroom, his attendants, celebrants and guests awaited the bride. I hope they weren't blown away! (A picturesque wedding location for sure, but the Victorian wedding cake bandstand in the park a couple of kilometres down the coast might have been easier...!)
Sunday, January 13, 2013
This one, weathered grey, looks so sturdy with its ironwork hinges and the thick timber supporting beam/lintel, and the large blocks of sandstone.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I've known of key lime pie from American books and magazines but hadn't actually tasted it till today. It won't be the last time.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Another spotted-but-not-purchased item in a vintage/old wares/antique shop. (But a couple of other things did follow me home...).
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
And then back to today's To Do list. Which isn't short and may be ambitious...
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
In this blog entry she shows another quilter's leader/ender project, 1 1/2 in squares.
I am not as methodical; I've been using the cutting scraps in the size they are. After all, when cutting for a quilt you often have similar size cuts, 2 inch or whatever. I began by piecing pairs with one side the same size, and built from there (sometimes skimping on the 1/4in seam so I could use a piece). I built each assemblage until it was slightly bigger than 4 1/2in square, then trimmed it to 4 1/2in square. I've pieced these into nine patch blocks.
There are four of the ninepatch blocks in the photo, 36 of my little leader/ender scraps-into-gold blocks. I like 'em!