April - the month of excessive spending. :D

Please note: I had this as a draft for like 2 weeks because I either didn't have time or when I did have time,
I couldn't be bothered... So yah - major update needed!

It's been a while since I blogged - so long that I forgot what I initially was going to talk about.

Easter came and went. My cousins from Dubbo were in town, and I took them out to see Monsters vs Aliens in 3D with my little brother Tony (who's not that little anymore) . It was okay. Celyna had her baptism on Easter Sunday, and she is very cute, and unfortunately the jumper I knitted for her is on the small side, but I shall knit up a dress which will hopefully be appreciated and will not be too small either. Mark got to meet my extended family, including my cousins that are my age (there's my age, and then there's the next level of cousins who are a little younger than Tony's age, so around 8-12 years old and Tony's 14).

Oh yes. My purchases. The multitude of unnecessary purchases. That was what I was initially going to blog about.

The Vintage Fair was held a couple of weeks ago mid April, and may I say that it was awesome! Lots of things in which I look at and go "awwww, want!" but restrained myself. Including a bowler hat! But I did buy 2 hats, a pair of earrings and 2 buttons on the first night (Friday night) when I went with Cecile and Kath, and some fabric when I went on Sunday (final night) with Carylyn.The vintage earrings... Have since replaced the screw on hooks with real hooks

The Purple Hat

The Purple hat from behind

Green hat! :D

After the Vintage Fair on Sunday, I dropped Caryl home after we had a catch up over lunch (sushi trains are awesome!), and went to Leichardt for the 2MBS fm Book and Music Bazaar. Bought Bartok for children, an early 20th century manual on how to be a piano teacher (it seems fairly outdated), and this interesting book on "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days". I'm actually tempted to take 3 weeks of my 6 week school holiday break at the end of the year and see if I can churn out a script! I kinda have an idea in mind - possibly something semi-biographical, but I'll see what happens! I also bought a stack of Broadway Musical recordings that were like $3.50 to $5 each. :D I was one happy camper, and all for a good cause.

I also bought quite a bit of yarn over the weeks. School holiday is dangerous because I end up wasting time online and just buying, buying, buying. Bought some Opal sock yarn, and some Knit Picks sock yarn and a couple of sock knitting books to start the sock addictions that all my other knitting friends have. My friend Birch brought my stuff over from the US since Knit Picks doesn't deliver to Australia, so I actually bought it a couple of weeks ago, but I finally got it after camp. Woot!

But the best part of the holidays was knitting camp over at Mt Keira in Wollongong. C R K Daisy Designs were the hosts of the event at the Scout Camp, and they were all so friendly and hospitible. It was just heaps of fun! I went down with Margarita driving myself, Jane and Lee, and shared a cabin with Kris, Fee, Lyn, Gemma, Kelly and Jody. Met heaps of Ravellers there - and I must admit I don't remember all their names, but they were all so friendly and cool! Lots of gossiping were had, and lots of wine and champagne and wine and alochol and wine.... I got a bit sick at one point. :P

One thing I forgot to do was bring my camera, so I didn't take any photos (and there were quite a few opportune times to take a wanky SLR photo). Participated in the dying workshop and dyed my 14ply yarn I had in my stash cupboard, and did the beanie contest - the quickest person knitted up a beanie in 1 hour and 15 minutes, the next person in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Jody knitted hers in 2 hours, and mine was 2 and a half, which I think is not too bad, considering some finished later on in the night! Played Trivia and I was on the losing team with Donna, which meant that I got lots of free yarn - odd balls here and there, which is fine by me, good to make random stuff with. :D

It was a great weekend away - leaving on the Friday and then coming back on the Sunday afternoon. All it was was knitting. And there wasn't the internet to distract me from the knitting, and I managed to get a bit done, despite my slowness.

And about a week and a half ago I bought my mum's Mother's Day present. I took a bus from uni to the city to go to M&S's SnB, and the bus stopped in front of David Jones. So I thought - might as well buy something for mum. I must have had the "Hmmm, wandering, pondering, I think I may buy a perfume" and got bombarded with 10 different fragrances all at once. Eventually I bought my mother a Hermes gift pack, and bought myself Versace Versences. :D I love perfume, and for me it's an at least once a year indulgence.

To finish off the line of purchases, I won a spinning wheel on eBay. Woo! Need to pick it up now. :D

There was also a point where I got into a sewing frenzy and sewn myself a straight knitting needles case. It has dodgy sewing...

Sew not straight!!!! (Geddit? :P)

And Mark also bought an amp in an attempt to make a voice box for Med Revue - but it didn't quite work. But look what was on the box!

You know it's been cheaply Asian made when the spelling is wrong...

So I was hoping that May would be the month of not spending much - but le sigh, I'm bidding on a clothes dryer on eBay - only because the weather's been so shite I can't do my laundry without the clothes getting rained on 3 days in a row!

Until next time peeps, happy spending! :D And knitting. And procrastinating. And more spending...

When I should be doing uni work...

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I sorted out my stash instead. :D

After a twitter post by missfee who was inspired by jp to count up and sort out their stash, I decided to do the same. Thing is, I haven't entered any of my stash since, well, the very beginnings of my knitting life, and that was around a year ago. And now that it's grown to something fairly big (in the space of a year, my gawd), I thought I might as well organise it, and control it.

So here's the mess while entering the data into my Ravelry Stash page.

I'm yet to take individual photos of each type of yarn - now, that process will be fun, seeing as I'm meant to have 74 types of yarn in my stash. That's around 270 balls/skeins, approx 15 kg and approx 27.618 km of yarn. Quite a bit. But probably not as much as missfee. :P

Tomorrow I'm going to buy ziplock bags and categorise them before I put it back into my stash cupboard. Although, I kinda like leaving them out in the open because sometimes I like feeling my stash. But I am going to at least photograph then organise them, that's for sure.

So I'm guessing the next time I want to buy yarn, I should look at my stash and go - I don't really need to. This does not count the 8kg of yarn I have as inventory for my stall.

Glebe Markets!

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Thanks for those who came by Glebe Markets today! Really appreciate the support and hopefully I've encouraged people that there should be more knitting in this world!

Will be back hopefully over at Kirribilli markets? And if I do come back to Glebe Markets, it may be with someone else helping, who knows? I definitely know that if I'm going to make an appearance, then it won't be until July at Glebe Markets due to teaching on Saturdays...

Still have a fair bit of inventory left, but that's ok - more for everyone else to buy at a later date, right? I made little info leaflets and cards, and my friend Derek helped me do the logo. I thought the cards were really cute, until my housemate Pascal pointed out a stupid mistake.

So see here - the front of the card, all cute and girly!

Excuse the blurriness but it's dark in my room, even with the crappy tungsten light on. :D

And here's the back which failed -

Ravelry was spelt "Raverly" - and seriously, it was fairly late last night when I was doing these (I should've done them earlier, but didn't because I'm stupidly a last minute person). Oh wells, I still liked how the cards turned out. :D A tiny bit cheaper than ordering them, but a little bit more time consuming.

In other news, I've created a wall on my cupboard of stash where I put polaroids of my friends. Remember how I scored a polaroid on eBay? Well I've bought (expensive) film and I've started taking photos of friends... I think its fun and something that I'm looking forward to filling up slowly. Excuse the blurriness again.

And lastly I finally finished my cousin Celyna's jumper. Hope it will still fit her! If not, it shall fit Tigger.

Good Friday...

And I has a widdle cold, so I'm lying in bed, surfing the nets. Wondering whether I should be a good Catholic girl and go to Mass or not - I kinda don't want to, even though the church is 2 minutes walking distance. Seriously, I'm that lazy.

Anyhowsen, thanks to Twitter and Perez Hilton, I came across a website which rated the top 15 Cupcake Bakeries in New York. Have to check it out! So the aim of the trip to NYC is: a) visit a whole heap of yarn stores, b) to watch a whole heap of Broadway shows and c) to eat lots of cupcakes! That's all I should eat, really, whilst I'm there. Cupcakes.

And I've been following a blog Wendy Knits, and she posted a video about the health benefits of Knitting - and this is why the whole world should knit.

I shall have another little nap, see how I feel about going to church, and then I HAVE to do some work... Gar, motivation!

Changes and excitement!

So I fixed my fringe, as you can see on my profile pic... I've made it longer and thicker. Under the advice and guidance of my friend Renata I just snipped it off myself. Man it was scary seeing long strands of my hair in clumps landing in the sink... And that was only my fringe!

Also - am going to New York and San Francisco! Am so excited! Going with my little brother, and we're leaving in October. Will need to book tickets soon for The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls on Broadway, and will need to make a list of all the yarn stores that I want to visit. :D

And lastly, I did something fairly out of the blue at work yesterday. It has upset a few people, and has caused a bit of a kerfuffle. But to be honest, I like to make things convenient for myself, and this year is a year for me. I don't always need to make everyone happy, and I don't have to care for everyone either. I think my compassionate, complying and sympathetic nature is maybe going away for a break for the next year or so, and the next few years will be solely about me. It's what I need.

Countdown to the Glebe Markets stall on Easter Saturday - 8 days! Everyone better come! :D Even if you're not a knitting fanatic, just come and say hi. I also hope it doesn't rain...

Here's a sneak preview!