>Doug Savage is a genius


Lovelovelove Doug Savage and his chickens . .. especially this one:

>can I get a yee hah?


There’s this really strange stuff appearing in the goat paddock. It’s kind of green … and soft… and it smells kinda nice when it rains. The girls aren’t at all sure what to do with it.

I believe it’s called “grass”. Of course I could be wrong. It’s a long time since I’ve had any actual experience of a lawn persuasion.

Some folks have rushed in and stated the drought has broken. Up here, I guess the feeling is more one of cautious optimism.

That being said:

I guess you could say we’re getting a bit of rain today.

>we now return you to our regularly scheduled Blogging


Normal, sensible people probably know their limits.

Normal, sensible people, when they are unwell, probably rest.
I have never claimed to be a normal sensible person.

Broken bum
Zero energy
So what have I done in the week since I posted last? Actually the fact that I went more than 2 days without posting is probably a clue of some sort…
  • Knitted a scarf and another almost finished something which I will unveil later this week
  • participated in eleven and a half hours of dance classes
  • taught my twice a month quilt class here
  • had another session over at Maryborough for the VicHealth Arts project I’m not allowed to tell you about yet.
  • hiked next door to feed PND’s goats and dogs each day for a week and a bit.
  • joined David up to the local gym
  • chopped wood
  • read The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber. [ Okay I guess. Wouldn’t bother buying them or rereading them – and that, for me, is saying something. If I’d read A Good Yarn first I probably wouldn’t have bothered with the other one. Fluffy, predictable. Underwritten. Unrealistic characterisations but pleasant enough no-brain reads … they’re set in a yarn shop which is the only reason I picked ’em up in the first place but it’s a little too ” Hey, I’m writing a novel about knitters!” ]
  • helped a very stressed friend move house in a hurry
  • made samples and wrote up project notes for a magazine article … more about that later ]
  • fallen asleep on the couch several times [ I wonder why ]

Housework : bugger all

Gardening: minimal

If I stopped dancing, I’d probably hurt less, be less tired and bounce back more quickly, but if I can’t dance, I’m not a very happy [ or pleasant ] girl, so I choose to dance. Last time I had to stop dancing for 2 years while my knee rebuilt itself, I compensated by going to the gym every single day. Yes I’m obsessive. I know it. Was this really a surprise to any of you???

>Quilt Meme [edited and edited again ]

>After that last post I thought I’d make up my own quilt related one for you all to try and pass on
Same rules

Bold for stuff you’ve done [ I’ve also used purple again to make it easier to read]

italic for stuff you want to do and leave the rest normal

nine patch

log cabin

curved piecing by hand

curved piecing by machine

hand applique [ needle turned ]

hand applique tacked edges

hand applique with fusible / blanket stitch

reverse applique [ hand or machine ]

Afro-American improvisational style quilt

hawaiian applique / tivaevae

machine applique


whole cloth

english paper piecing by hand

american piecing by hand

american piecing by machine

strip or string piecing

kaleidoscope or mandala [ not stack and whack]

stencilled quilt

hand quilting

machine quilting


quilted commercially with a longarm machine

3D folded flowers

made a quilt on commission

sold a quilt other than a commission piece

taught quilting at any level

stack and whack

stack and slash

Anjii’s Angles [see link in side bar if you don’t know what this is ]

embellished with embroidery, beads, etc

celtic applique / bias work

Amish style quilt

Cathedral Windows

stained glass quilt [ any method ]

had an original design published

written a quilt book [ or in my case part of one ]

scrap[py] quilt

baltimore applique

sampler quilt

japanese design

foundation piecing

crazy patchwork

silk fabrics

cotton fabrics

woollen fabrics


row by row

1930s or feedsack fabric [ only once for a shop so it doesn’t count ]

1880s reproduction fabric

tea cosy

item for an animal

hand dyed fabric [ yours or someone else’s]

round robin


non-traditional quilt

traditional quilt


full sized bed quilt





patchwork or quilted clothing


christmas themed [ quilt, wallhanging, stocking, etc ]

medallion quilt

raffle quilt [ all or part ]


baby quilt

landscape quilt

participated in a group challenge

exhibited a quilt overseas

made a prize winning quilt
… my darling daughter very quickly came up with several I’d missed. She obviously spent WAY too much time hanging with quilters when she was growing up!!! so:
impressionist flower garden quilt
doll quilt
biscuit puff quilt
One-of-a-Kind Quilt [ a la Judy Hopkins ]
and ones I meant to add and forgot:
freehand rotary cutting [ no rulers ]
bargello [ gawd how could I forget umpteen gazillion of them at class ]

if you want a giggle go visit Tanya who has posted a BAD quilting meme as companion piece to this one :]

>Knitlist Meme

>It’s been fun following this one around the Blogosphere and seeing what various people are /were/will be into.
You all know the drill:
Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing. It was a bit hard to see the difference between the bold and normal so I’ve also done the bold in purple

Afghan/Blanket (baby)
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire [ maybe ]
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up [ one day ]
knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down

Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns [ was reading a how-to article today actually ]
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting [ not sure what they mean here ]
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn [ soon soon ]
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental Knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)

Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit [ dozens and dozens of ’em back when I was teaching Primary School Art /Craft in the 70s and early 80s ]
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO

Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn [ yes I admit it ]
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine [ nope but I’ve bookmarked plenty ]
Rug [ 70s!]
Knitting on a loom [ when I was a kid ]

Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets [ does a crochet and felted cat basket count ?]
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

>unrelated bulletpoints and a bunch of photos


  • the cold has progressed to what the pharmacist euphemistically referred to as a ‘productive’ cough. In other words it has taken up residence in my chest and … no you don’t need the mucus details. Use your imagination if you must. Of course, the only cough medicine that isn’t going to reak havoc with my meds is so foul as to almost take away what little breath I still have.
  • Pete-next-door has lost two of his does in the last couple of weeks. The vet thinks it was due to their being fed incorrectly not some dreaded goat pox that could waft over the fenceline and attack MY goaty girls. I’m looking after the remaining four next door for a few days while PND has a holiday. They all look fine thus far.
  • Still on the subject of goats, it is now pretty safe to say that Ms Rosie’s one night stand with Blackadder was successful. There will be cute kid photos in mid September.
  • I have just found the cutest ever free pattern for a baby/toddler jumper here at Jimmy Beans
  • We have had enough rain this last couple of days that the signed floodway on the road leading to MY road is actually flooding for the first time in years. Doesn’t look like much I grant you, but the unwary might be in for a nasty surprise because there’s a dip of the ‘slow down or risk taking the bottom out of the car’ variety right at that point. It’s not like there’s really been THAT much rain … maybe 3″… probably wouldn’t be over the road but for one salient point: the brains trust that designed the golf course which abuts the right hand side of this photo built one of the fairways right over the creek. So when it does actually rain, the water has nowhere to go.
  • David gave me THIS for Mothers’ Day: yup a Sheepie Knitting Bag
  • and THIS is why I can’t get up to answer the phone mid-raisin toast.


In today’s post Caity did a riff on old quilting books and where people were at, when she started quilting back in ’92 or ’93 or so. Boy did that Country Bride book take me back. I HATED those bloody things.
This is not a ‘traditional versus contemporary’ thing and not even a ‘pieced versus applique’ thing. I’ve made a gazillion or so tradional style quilts… admittedly mostly pieced either by hand or machine rather than applique … and about the first hundred or so were hand quilted to boot … but I have never ever ever been into ” nauseatingly sweet and pretty applique quilt that the whole world is copying “

So here’s what I was doing in ’92 and ’93

and I’m trying to remember what my favourite books were back then.

Ah yes

these two:

some things never change