Monday, March 30, 2009

I broke a knitting needle! Bah humbug

So once a year we have to go on a week long mission for Bible college. We don't cope very well with this activity. It's emotionally taxing and always involves activities that we feel ill-equipped to deal with but just have to do anyways. 

I guess it just comes with the territory of Christian work - there is always going to be things you don't want to do and people you don't want to talk to (not out of judgement but just pure exhaustion and lack of personal downtime and space). But it's all for a greater cause - telling people about Jesus which is always more important than my own personal comfort. 

But I need to get to the broken knitting needle story. 

So we don't own a car. We haven't for about 3 years due to a complete and utter lack of money. But we get by with public transport and scabbing lifts. But mission is next to impossible to do without a car since it's never near by and public transport never works out. So this year we borrowed a car from a college friend. 

And then we were involved in a car crash on the first day of mission and the car got totalled. *sigh* 
We were stationary and a guy crossed the double lanes and hit us at 60km/hr. We were propelled backwards and damaged the car behind as well. No one was hurt badly but Nathan got covered in glass. 

And my knitting needle broke in my bag. They were a really groovy pair from my Granny. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

I'm a little teapot

I've found so many incredibly interesting things I want to get into and do. There are just so many pretties all around. 

I've got 3 weeks of college holidays coming up over Easter. I've got a few crafty plans. These of course need to be smooshed around catching up on college work. 

I want to make a wool-eater blanket. The pattern is from Sarah London. This is a picture of Thornberry's WIP (work in progress). 

I want to do some paper cutting - Scherenschnitte. Like this:

My dad would love me to make him this:

(it's a beanie)

My big project will be a quilt. I love Frasson's quilting instructions. She makes it all seem do-able!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Here's a pretty from Kurt Halsey. Gorgeous emotive work.

I've been thinking and praying a lot for some friends. It has always amazed me that when you are in a relationship you are always influenced by the other person. Sometimes you can see it and are glad for it. Sometimes it's unintentional but natural to copy someone you love so much. Sometimes you fall so completely under their influence that you are unable to make decisions for your own anymore. That's when the relationship no longer reflects the good give and take relationship advocated in the Bible - where you become one flesh but remain who you are before God. 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Home desk crochet love

I'm still sick but am liking being at home. I'm doing an essay on the societal trend towards hand-made products and the general resurgence of skills like crochet, knitting, embroidery etc. It's an interesting topic and more involved than just a backlash to the Global Financial Crisis or the commandments to reuse and recycle to save the earth etc. 

My current workspace is the dining room table. We scored some free chairs and these tableclothes were all from Grapevine at College. It's a nicer place to work than my desk in the bedroom. Breezier here. And much closer to the TV. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Russian Kharasho

I'm sick today. I stayed home from college and watched a lot of bad US day time TV. I read most of 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' by CS Lewis and drank Russian Caravan from my favourite cup. 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sushi bars

I've been knitting a little over the last couple of days. I made a baby bolero out of One Skein for a friend's baby shower.  It took me nearly 2 full days of knitting - that's what happens when you overestimate your skills and start on gifts way too late.

I'm now knitting another bolero but in pink cotton. It's a little easier on the hands than the acrylic and working up with a lot more drape. 

The sushi title is because I really wanted to share this video. My sister shared it with me and I just love it. 

Friday, March 13, 2009

Earring Glass

I don't have a very large collection of earrings but the ones I do have are all dangly. I hung them all up a week or two ago and I think this is such a great idea. Since I'm still a full time student I really don't have that many good opportunities to wear them (practical dress is much easier walking to and from the train station) but I like how pretty they look on my dresser. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Finding Finds at the Op Shop

Every term our college puts on an internal op shop (thrift shop - we call it an 'opportunity shop'). Everything is 50c (it used to be 20c) or $5/bag. It's awesome!! These are some pretty shoes I picked up. So cute! The knit dress I'm wearing was from there as well.

Monday, March 9, 2009

For the love of books

Growing up I read a lot. I mean *a lot*. I get it from my dad. He's a chronic reader. He reads everything and anything. He's into a lot of fiction and just loves a good story. For me I think Dad's love of the mysterious has rubbed off on me the most. It's shown itself in my love of history books. But not the dry high school text books. I love first-hand accounts of historical and archaeological finds. I'm currently reading this: Lion Gate and Labyrinth by Hans Baumann. It's a biography of Schliemann and his discovery of Troy. It's fascinating. And so vintage-y. I adore book styles from the early to mid C20th.

 My favourite history book of all time is Dead Men Do Tell Tales by Byron De Porok. My dad gave this to me. It was a school present for him from 1959 for 'Most Improved'. The book is a first-hand account of travels through Africa in the early C20th and various archaeological discoveries of ancient African cultures. What an education I received at 15 when I first read this! I can now say that I know who Haile Selassie was!

I had always dreamed of being an archaeologist. I actually enrolled in a BA in Archaeology at LaTrobe Uni down in Melbourne. Ah, how things have changed. Now I'm a linguist/English teacher still doing tertiary education but now it's so that I can be a Bible translator!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Eeep! My wannabe tailor is leaping out. I dream so much about making things, creating things, becoming a rich yet work-free famous sewing/craft/scrapbooking/photography/art type person. But I hardly get the time to do any! 

Oh to be a stay at home mother with ooodles of spare time on my hands *said in sarcasm*. It does seem though that some of the most popular crafty blogs are run by Mormons with 10+ kids at home. How on earth do they do it??

Anyways, check this out! A free online sewing magazine! The first edition is free anyways.