BJ's birthday party wasn't your average kids party. He didn't want one.
So having told us that a few weeks ago we came up with some other ideas on what we could do together instead.
He chose the Queen Victoria Museum. It was going to be a big day anyway, so it turned out OK that we didn't do it on his actual birthday in the end with him under the weather still then. He wouldn't have enjoyed it at all.
So today we had a road trip & quite a few hours at the museum.
We had done a bit of research on what was being shown at the moment. He was really keen to see the World War 1 display & also the ship that sunk. Mostly he was interested in "The Blacksmith Shop". Lucky for us, being there on a Sunday, we got the tour of the blacksmith shop which was good. He was really pleased about that.
A great time there & then lunch at a place in the area that he also loves so that was the makings of a great birthday!
Oh & I must not forget the party bags which was actually a few things we picked at the Museum shop, so both BJ & DJ got to enjoy those bonuses.
What turned out to be a quieter than expected day...
He hadn't been well & was still a bit weary from his cold, so we chose to stay home today instead. He didn't mind. He of course had new presents to play with. Even a present from the dog & another from the chooks. See if you can guess which ones they were!
He was quite spoilt of course.
He chose pizza for tea which included his grandparents that were available. A great day even if not feeling 100%.
I've been around about! Just been knitting stuff. Lots of stuff.
But I did squeeze in a couple more pillows today. My little neighbour girls have birthdays coming up, so I saved myself time & did them both at the same time. Not quite what I had in mind but they look pretty & cute for little ones as they are.
Finished my new jumper on Saturday. Came up quite well. Interesting in this multi colour too. Finally something that isn't blue as I tend to go for all blue yarns. This pattern is called "Tea with Jam & Bread". A nice sloppy jumper for the cold days coming in winter.
Yes, it happened. The crazy chicken lady that lives here wanted a couple more chickens.
These 2 pretty things are Leghorns. In my mind they are Foghorn Leghorns. Don't ask me in a hurry what they are as I will probably tell you Foghorn Leghorns.
Stuart went to collect these from what turned out to be a breeder today. These are faulty birds though that can't be shown. Phoebe has a floppy comb. Not sure what Lotte's problem is but we'll live with it. They are still pretty stressed after the move but hopefully settle in soon & lay us some lunch.
Doris is the boss though... Doris & Hettie are both in charge around here it seems. They don't care that they are smaller either!
Making : lots of knitting things! Cooking : A few different things for Drinking : coffee to warm me. Reading: The Beekeeper's Secret - Josephine Moon. Enjoying this one. Trawling: Ravelry for blanket patterns. Wanting: it to rain so I can test my new wiper blades on the car! hahahaha... Deciding: on a plan of action for BJ's birthday. It's tricky with this kid. Think we have found a great solution that will be exciting for him. Enjoying: knitting a jumper again. Waiting: for my new niece/nephew... can't wait. About 6 weeks to go! Liking: the cool educational history books I found at the second hand bookshop for BJ. Loving: my chickens & our first egg! Woohoo! Pondering: knitting patterns for a baby Listening: Lady Antebellum - 747 Considering: birthday gifts for our 2 boys... Buying: wool Watching: Chicago Fire season 1 - for the third time... Hoping: for more great days at work with lovely customers & lots of patience for them. lol Marvelling: at our 25 years of marriage! Cringing: at the sudden coldness. Smelling: beautiful flowers that were given for our anniversary. Wearing: many layers Noticing: more people are knitting now it's getting colder. Knowing: it's still getting colder & colder. Disliking: being sick last week, but recognise the need to take some time out. Opening: cards given to us for our anniversary. Feeling: happy & excited for Chris & Lexi, having just moved into their own home! Hearing : the chickens right behind me when I go out into the orchard. Love it! Celebrating: Our 25th Wedding Anniversary this month! Wow! But Yay for us! Pretending: that Aunty Sheila isn't leaving soon.
I have really crossed over to the dark side... the woolly dark side.
I have always been a one thing at a time crafter. I used to cross stitch flat out. Always finished one before starting another.
With my knitting over the last few years I have had 2 on the go at once as usually I have a small project like a cowl or socks that is travel sized for carrying with me.
This week I have got rather over excited. Mad even!
Saturday I finally got started on a baby blanket for a gift after much umming & ahhing over what design to do. It's coming along nicely.
The sock yarns that I caked up last weekend I also finally made a decision. I used the very technical way of asking BJ to hold 2 of the balls behind his back & I picked one hand. That is a regular method of choosing in our house so why don't I get to actually use it myself. I did! I am even trying a new pattern for socks including cables!
Crazy knitting lady is doing 2 cable knits at once!
If that wasn't enough of a job with both of those, one of the pages I follow online has a May Sweater Challenge. Ok, so I am in Australia & we don't wear sweaters! Jumpers yes. Sweaters no. So after much umming & ahhing again over yarn colours I went with this & cast on this as well! It got so cold this week suddenly that I needed some fresh new woollies to pull on. I did actually bother to get the oldies out & give them a wash but there's always room for another.
So stay tuned for updates! I wonder which will be finished first!
Also I am pleased for Thimble-Its. I have a hole in my finger from all this knitting so the thimble-its are saving me some pain...
This is some beautiful wool that I bought for myself last year.
BJ was in hospital & I got to go for a walk into town when Stuart came up to visit for a few hours. I nearly didn't get this one. I left the shop but turned back to get it after all. It is gorgeous. 50% alpaca. What's not to love right?
Definitely will be a little bit of luxury on my feet in autumn winter.
Can you believe it? I even tried a new pattern. Fish Scales & Fairy Tales Socks. (I think I picked them because I liked the name!) They are not my regular super duper mindless sock pattern. I did have to think about this one a bit more & ummm... actually have another pair of socks going at the same time which were my mindless knitting moments. I hadn't done that before with two pairs going at the same time but it is useful. Rainy days & movies where all the lights had to be out were definitely the mindless sock knitting time. That was Monday! And Sunday! And Saturday!