8 October 2009

what's hot + what's not

Bandwagon, jump, etc.

Hot

• New dishcloth, as our old ones are kind of scuzzy these days. Easy moss stitch border with a basketweave patten inner.

new dishcloth

• Clue number two of the mystery socks was released today. This evening saw two rounds of the pattern completed and looking good.

• Sitting by the fire in the evenings, me knitting, Mr Soup and the children reading.

• Reading in bed before sleep. Current book is Tuesdays with Morrie which I am finding overly sentimental and not terribly well written. I'll probably get lynched for that - I know it was a huuuge bestseller.

• Picking up The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir at the library tonight on my way home from work. Loved her first novel Innocent Traitor so have high hopes for this one. At least you know the historical research will be spot on when it's a novel written by an eminent historian.

• Son #3's recent obsession with the idea of having a pet squirrel (never mind that there are no squirrels in Australia, this will not deter him). He makes me giggle.

The view from our windows, especially the last two mornings. Today I didn't have time for breakfast before leaving for school drop off and work because the minute I got up I simply had to grab my camera and spend 15 minutes photographing first the view and then a kookaburra.

• Birds in the birdfeeder every day. Rosellas one day, cockies the next. This morning a kookaburra was hanging around hoping for tidbits of sausage that we keep in the freezer but refusing to pose photogenically.

parrot

• Spring flowers. The cistus is blooming and two bearded iris are waving their frilly heads about. My two red single climbing roses are covered with buds.

• Ishbel. First four rows of the lace pattern complete.

Not

• Haven't seen the baby magpie for a few days. Hope he's ok.

• Huge clean up still to do in preparation for bushfire season.

• Bushfire season.

• Stupid long days at work.

• Ongoing worry and distraction while Son #1 is away.

• Vacuuming.

• Son #3's inevitable disappointment on Christmas morning when he realises he will not be getting a pet squirrel.

31 comments:

the nest said...

your "hots" ring familiar although our outdoor version is autumnal; your "nots" i can sympathize with too. about the squirrel, we have an abundance of them here in Michigan US, perhaps we could arrange a trade - perhaps one of those colorful birds?! ;)

cheers! -annri

Badger said...

There are no squirrels in Australia?! The things you learn in blogland. Next you'll tell me there are no armadillos either.

Tania said...

Could you call once Son #1 is back? I'm finding it worrying and distracting and I'm not in your shoes for years.

It's patently obvious the family has a responsibility to relocate to be closer to squirrels.

travellersyarn said...

My nephew told us that when he grew up he wanted to be a horse - it is awful that their bubbles get burst, isn't it. My girls want a dog - perhaps I should tell them that the squirrels at the Peak are their pet?

peppermintpatcher said...

What have you got against squirrels?

Tuli said...

I can not imagine a squirrel-less world. But then I can't imagine one filled with the colorful birds that you get to see every day, either.

Martina said...

My dog would love Australia. She HATES squirrels! Every morning consists of her ridding th eback yard of the furry tailed rodents! Rught now they are scurrying around laying in their winter stash and very distracted.

Sinda said...

NO SQUIRRELS??? I cna't even begin to imagine that.

I saw an armadillo this morning at work, Badger - took a picture even - silly thing was oblivious of me.

What yarn do you use for your dishcloths? I'm thinking this could be great work for my children!

Jen said...

A squirrel-free world! What do your spaniels worry about all day?

BabelBabe said...

i too could arrange a squirrel exchange program...

Tish said...

Maybe a felted squirrel would soften the disappointment. Fiber Trends (I think?) has a very cute pattern for a felted squirrel (also a flamingo, sheep, hedgehogs, and an adorable owl among others). We have red, grey-brown and black squirrels around here and they are cute but not always the best neighbors.

eurolush said...

I probably shouldn't tell you this...but I had a pet squirrel when I was growing up.

Her name was Petunia. She lived in our house, in a nest she had built in my mother's houseplant--out of pieces of the shag carpeting she had pilfered from the living room.

She would run up our legs and sit on our heads when we walked by. She could come and go as she pleased through a hole in the screen.

She was just part of the family...along with a spider monkey, a three-toed sloth, a toucan, 6 parrots, 2 kittens and 2 dogs.

Yes, I lived in a zoo.

PS-I didn't like Tuesdays with Morrie, either.

Renee' said...

OH, can I relate! Except we have zillions of squirrels running wild (North Eastern US). My son doesn't even notice those because he is set on having a giant tortoise for a pet! You know, the kind that get as large as a coffee table and live 200 years? Yah, those. Because we absolutely put our foot down with regard to pets that outlive humans, my son has now set about attracting one naturally (and then capturing it as I suppose that wouldn't be too difficult -- BUT attracting one would!). He figures if one just shows up in our yard he will get to keep it. He has read up on them and has taken measure to attract them -- I don't know what they are and don't want to. Can you just see some huge old tortoise crossing highways and waterways to get to my son?? LOL

Anyway, thanks for the post. I always enjoy them. Son #1 is just fine, you'll see.

Anonymous said...

I am new to knitting and I found your blog and well...Love it!!

I do have a quick question which I hope you find time to answer:) I have been knitting for about a month now and I am working on a scarf for my niece....but I am now having terriable eye strain. Has this ever happened to you? The other evening I knitted for about hours and the next day my eyes hurt so bad.

I love the dish cloth!!!

Renee

Fioleta said...

He can always come to England in his GAP year, there are plenty of squirrels here.

6p00e553f28a8d8833 said...

erm, could you ,mention to son#3 that squirrels need particulalry clean floors so perhaps he could practice by doing the vacuuming? Maybe that way at least someone else does your vacuuming until Christmas morning...Worth a shot...or not a chance? :)

Karen said...

Love the dishcloth. It looks so pure and unused!!!! Beautiful bird, too!

matty said...

Dishcloth is too lovely to use... Squirrels bite -- hard --- and can leave a mark... I am lusting after the Autumn dyed yard. DO NOT put it on etsy. I cannot buy more yarn now. If I do, I have to move because the house will explode. You wouldn't want to be responsible for my being homeless, would you? What is the shawl you are knitting now??

Lovely birds, btw. My son now wants to move to your part of the world...

innercitygarden said...

I didn't like Tuesdays with Morrie much either, and I'm trying not to think too much about bushfire season (it's not working).

telfair said...

How can this many people not know that there are no squirrels in Australia?

Hated Tuesdays with Morrie but I read Mitch Albom's column in the Detroit Free Press (the "Freep") every so often.

Thanks for the heads' up on the new Alison Weir novel. I am currently reading a rather dry history of Elizabeth & Mary Stuart and enjoying it despite myself!

Claire said...

So cute (and then sad) about the squirrel! Thanks for jumping on this particular bandwagon Suse! xx

librarygirl said...

I've now read so many Alison Weir and Phillipa Gregory historical Tudory-era novels that I can't remember which one is which - the Elizabeth one was good I think....

I think there are many Victorians dreading the approach of summer after the last one. Shudder.

Rose Red said...

I wonder if son #3 would be happy with a knitted toy squirrel? There must be a pattern out there somewhere?!

The Antidote said...

I didn't like Tuesdays with Morrie either, but I LOVED The Five People You Meet in Heaven, don't let TWM put you off, it is a lovely little read. And his other book too, which was so good I forgot the title!

Jacqui said...

There's no squirrels here in NZ either, more's the pity. And people are oddly curious about them too - as a Canadian transplant I get asked about them fairly regularly, exotic little beasts that they are! Personally I'm with Son #3, I'd like a pet squirrel and plan to smuggle in a breeding pair as soon as I can figure out how to get them past MAF in my underwear. I'm talking cute little red squirrels here though, not those giant mutant grey ones they have out East.

gis said...

After reading this I have downloaded the sock pattern... Let's see what happens!
Wiews from your windows are fantastic (whish I could say the same from mine!). Now I also need to take some pictures...
Thank you for the lovely posts, and do you still want the grey scarf?

kmkat said...

Count me among the ignorant who didn't know there are no squirrels in Australia. We get flying squirrels in our attic every autumn. Husband (biology major in college, never got over, "It followed me home/can I keep it" stage) used live trap to capture some. Said husband bought beautiful $100 cage for squirrels. We have had as many as seven, even had babies once.

Perhaps we should arrange for Husband and #3 Son to meet?

Anonymous said...

Yes, how do you find the time to knit? I gave up years ago after I reached the last stitch of a complex sweater and looked at the first stitch and said "NEVER AGAIN". Not a criticism, more a "wish I had your passion still".

I am fascinated too by the knitted dish cloth. An admirable and sustainable approach to domestic life, and also a return to earlier days. My mother used to knit them as well, as did her sisters and her mother. I'd like to see the men of the household knitting too - otherwise it may be 1950's domestic goddesses all over again.

alice c said...

Could you tell him that squirrels are just rabbits with long tails and then get him a short tailed squirrel for Christmas?

Jen said...

I assumed squirrels came along when all those rabbits were imported.

Linda said...

I'm sorry about bushfire season, we will be all glad when this summer is over I think. Gives a new appreciation for winter.