>Goat Watch Central

>Yes people, another caprine delivery is immanent. PND and Brenda’s nanny was due between Sunday and yesterday but still hasn’t produced the goods although I’ll be really surprised if she goes past tonight. She looks like a beached whale and a bloody uncomfortable beached whale at that. Any comparisons to mature African elephants would also probably not be far off the mark either.
All day today I’ve walked the 100 metres or so up the block and back armed with the camera ‘just in case’ – getting my exercise in the process, as well as widening the already existing track worn between the two properties -but she was a good girl and waited for her mummy to get home from work. Brenda has just driven past so maybe now she’ll get a move on.
These soon-to-be kids have the same sire as Ruby and Rowan but will have more Anglo Nubian in the mix as their mum is a cross breed…. and before anyone asks, no I bloody well did NOT knit them booties or make them a quilt…
In the non- goaty news department, I went ahead and cast on for another pair of Bluebell booties in 8 ply [ sport or DK ] on 3.75mm needles.
18 stitches instead of 25, 4 sets of increases and decreases instead of 5, 8 stitches cast off /on instead of 10 and fewer stripe repeats across. Verdict – spiffy!
The yarn is courtesy of the stash and they do look pretty. There are three babies coming soon [ in fact my cousin Katharine is due tomorrow ] so someone will get ’em. There’s bound to be a least one girl in the bunch.
and to finish up – a totally gratuitous pic of my girls enjoying a post-prandial dustbath.


>Bluebell Bootees

>EDIT : my friend Jejeune has turned this pattern into a PDF which you will find here

I LOVE the people at Patons Australia.
I started these little bootees yesterday [ and just finished them ] from a vintage Patons book from the late 70s – 20 beautiful Booties C24.
Earlier this arvo I emailed them to ask if I could share the pattern with you – it being out of print and all – and they’ve already replied very sweetly in the affirmative. As with so many patterns of the era, it didn’t have a name, just a number, so I’m calling it Bluebell Bootees after the yarn it was designed for. Having said that though, I used Jasmin, which was another Patons yarn of similar gauge from that period.
NOTE: the original pattern has the ridges in a contrast colour but I’m giving you directions for a single colour as per the sample. Of course, if you like sewing in ends, by all means do the garter stitch ridges in a contrast. It will look fabulous but I’m too lazy.


Bluebell bootees
yarn: Patons Bluebell – less than one ball
length: 4 1/4″
needles: 3.00mm / US size 2.5 or 3
tension – 14 1/2 stitches to 2″ over stockinette
abbreviation – “inc” knit twice into same stitch

Using 3mm needles cast on 25 stitches
row 1: “inc” knit to end
row 2: knit
rep. row 1 & 2 4 times [ 30 stitches]
work 19 rows garter stitch
shape front as follows-
row 1: [ wrong side ] cast off 10 sts, patt to end
row 2: knit
row 3: K1, purl to last st, K1
row 4,5 & 6: knit
rep rows 3-6 incl 3 times and then rows 3-5 once
keeping continuity of pattern, shape toe as follows –
row 1 K2tog, pattern to end
row 2: pattern to end
repeat last 2 rows 4 times [ 15 stitches ]
row11: pattern to end
row 12: K1 purl to last stitch,” inc”
row 13 knit
repeat rows 12 and 13, 3 times and then row 12 once [ 20 stitches]
row 21 , 22 & 23: knit
row 24: K1, purl to last st, K1
Repeat rows 21 to 24 incl 3 times, then rows 21 – 23 incl once
next row – cast on 10 sts, purl across work to last st, K1 [ 30 stitches ]
Complete other side of back of bootee, working dec. on heel to correspond with other side.

Making up :
gather around edge of striped section, pull firmly, fasten off. Using a flat seam, sew up sole and back seam.

The original pattern has a 3/4″ pom-pon attached to cover the gathered section.
When I have more time and energy I’ll write out some full directions to replace that “work to correspond to other side” which is how most patterns used to be written.

Anyway now that I understand the basic shaping , I’m going to cast on for a pair in 8-ply/sport and slightly bigger needles and have a play with the numbers so that it still comes out no bigger than this – in fact I’d like it a wee bit smaller… newborn size
ETA the result is here
but you’ll need to scroll past the goaty stuff.

>Free Pattern: Crochet Scarflet


I made this early last year and always meant to share the pattern but somehow didn’t get around to it. More than once I’ve had to scrawl an approximation of the pattern for someone at a meeting or even in a coffee shop, so now I can just point ’em here. It’s quite versatile and can be worn as a little capelet or twirled and it becomes a scarf.

this pattern uses British/Australian terminology – for my American friends, tr = your dc, and dc = your sc

Yarn: Spotlight Basics Acrylic 8-ply [ yes ACKrylic. I bow my head in shame but it was an experiment . What can I say?]
any 8 ply/DK/sport weight yarn will do – 100 grams/ 300 metres
hook: 4.5mm
gauge: approximately 14 stitches and 9 rows to 4″ over treble

117 chain
row1 – tr in 4th ch from hook, tr to end
row2 – 3 ch, 1 tr in each st to end
row3 – as row 2
row4 – 3 ch,* tr in next 2 stitches, 2tr in next st,* repeat to end of row
rows 5, 6 & 7 – as row 2
row8 – as row 4
row 9 & 10 – as row 2
row 11 – as row 4
row 12 & 13 – as row 2
row 14 – as row 4
row 15 – as row 2
row 16 -edging -* ch 4, miss 3 of these ch, 2 tr in last ch,miss 3 tr, 1 dc in next tr* repeat to end.
I ended off here but you can continue the edging all the way around if you have enough yarn.

As always this is for personal or charity use only. Please don’t sell or teach without permission.
Knew you’d do the right thing. Thankyou :]


and foreshortened because I was standing on the table :]
started august 28th, finished about half an hour ago
…we will not speak of the insanity that prompted me to take off the entire wavy outer border yesterday and to reattach it.
I think there will be a period of mindless Christmas stuff now


>Last Saturday I was allowed off the leash for a few hours to go to the Goldfield’s Quilters Quilt-In [ which I’ll post about another day ]
Anyway, as I wended my way thitherwards, I passed a number of Garage Sales [Yard Sales] with only mild pangs of regret for potential missed opportunities.
THEN I saw the sign for a MONSTER garage sale at the local Historical Society and that was when I weakened.
One coffee mug later [ surprise – Christmas themed with a cat ] I was about to leave when I spied a shabby little relic slung over the verandah railing. Walking over as casually as I could, I picked it up and discovered that it was a crazy patchwork something-or-other in fairly parlous state, shredded in places and threadbare in others, but still gorgeous.
Keeping the visible excitement to a minimum I asked after the price and was told $1 with that upward rising inflection that tells you the seller is worried that they’re asking too much. Well, ‘casual’ flew out the window. You have never seen a purse open so quickly. DONE.
When I showed it at the GTG it was obvious most of them would’ve done the same although a few clearly thought that I’d lost my marbles.
Now as to what it is … there are two pockets on the inside almost like a book jacket, but it’s too highly padded for that, so I think probably a nightie sachet for keeping one’s pegnoir pristine.

Would it be criminal to cut it up? it really IS falling apart and I can kinda see it as the robe for a Victorian Saint Nick.

and while we’re on the subject of gorgeous textile treasures we have this :
what’s this??
Oh this is an Indian made, celtic design cotton sheet/bedspread bought for me in Edinburgh, Scotland by Ms Beryl J.
It may well just get bordered and quilted. Gorgeous, n’est-ce pas?

>meet the new neigh-bours

>Just before 5 o’clock this arvo, PND’s Brenda telephoned me to come over, so of course I thought that it was because Ruby and Rowan’s half-siblings [ due this week ] had arrived… but no… there was mummy goat clearly still enceinte.
Obviously though something was up. Brenda had a grin from ear to ear and a conspiratorial gleam in her eye.
and then I spotted these two
all together now …awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
no names yet so suggestions might be welcome

ETA Yes I guess it’s a bit hard to suggest names if you don’t know the sexes – the big one is a mare and the little one with the mohawk is a colt. Apparently the people were selling 40 of them – marriage break up and the hubby was refusing to feed them. Common tale around here I’m afraid… and no I’m NOT getting a horse. It’s expensive enough feeding four goats, three cats, two ducks and a partridge in a pear tree. I’ll just visit these.

>… but mu-um, the other kids will laugh at me

>I remember when I was young … I always had the ‘wrong’ clothes or the ‘wrong’ hair. I have vivid memories of being the butt of some fairly malicious teasing. Some of the scars are still visible if you care to look closely. Well not really, because they’re emotional scars, but you get the drift, right? Not one of the cool kids … not then and not now.
So you’d think I’d be more than usually sensitive to the ramifications of making a family member look ridiculous and then spreading it all over the internet, wouldn’t you?
I am an evil woman
in my own defense, I really didn’t have a lot of choice.
Robbyn gave Rowan a bit of a bad tempered nip on the tip of the ear a few days ago. Nothing really. I wouldn’t have noticed anything amiss if I hadn’t heard the squeal.
this morning the ear was hot and thickened up so I had to lance it… yuck [ she hates me ] and break out the spray-on antibacterial stuff [ she hates me ]
Should I offer to spray the other ear as well to make it look even???