>status quo



>Did we skip a season?

>I just saw the overnight forecast
Great googlie mooglies – it’s going to get down to 4 degreesC [ ETA: yup it got down to 3.5C and was 4 when I had breakfast ]

and yes,yes,yes, before any of you that are currently living the snow bound life on the other side of the planet chip in, yes, I know that probably doesn’t strike you as particularly cold
but just bear in mind that less than 2 weeks ago we were still getting temps around 38C / 100F every day.
So it’s all about being acclimated.
Which we are not

and of course there is the problem of whether the recently hypothermic Ms Rosie will cope with a cold snap [ she has a very sparse, short coat and currently no body fat reserves ]
When she was ill and not moving much, I could keep her goat coat on her but now – well can you say ‘lost cause’?

on the plus side there has been about an inch of rain over the last three days.

and now with no hope of a halfway decent segue, we have an official FO and an almost FO
Rainbow Hat was started yesterday to use up some leftover Moda Vera Susan [!!!] that was going to be a beret for friend Robyn a couple of winters ago until I saw something else that I thought would work better … and for the life of me I can’t remember what I did with the rest of it but I must’ve done something because it wasn’t a full ball…

anyway because it has mohair in the mix which none of us will wear – which is odd when you remember that I snuggle up to goats on a regular basis – the yarn has just sat in the stash, so now it’s a happy little hat and will go to the first person who needs it. It may get donated but really, I just love the idea of carrying hat or booties or whathaveyou in the bottom of my bag and gifting them to the first babe I see with bare feet or head.

4.5mm circs and dpns
no pattern
size – probably about 6months

and I just realised that you hadn’t seen a progress shot of the Surplice Baby Jacket since just after I started itand it’s been at this stage for a couple of weeks now.
Baby-that-it’s-for is overdue and once he/she arrives, I’ll pick up the live stitches at the sleeves and knit contrast cuffs in either hot pink or bright aqua, and then finish with matching buttons.

I’ve also finished a pair of hot pink booties but forgot to take a pic so you’ll get them tomorrow maybe. They are the same Saartje’s Booties that I’ve made about a dozen pair of, so you probably don’t need photos… and I’ve just found out that it’s pronounced ‘Sarkyie’ which is nothing LIKE how I was saying it in my head.


>Yesterday, instead of Easter eggs and the usual huge Italian family Easter feast, I sat in a hospice and held the hand of my dying brother-in-law, knowing that, because I live 2 hours away, I probably won’t get to see him again… that when I said goodbye, it WAS goodbye.

I’m not saying any more about that

This morning I sat on the verandah just after sunrise, with breakfast, book and cat, and drank in the [relative] silence along with my chai … the only sounds were the early birds talking to each other of wormy things and the snuffles of contented [fed] goats.

Easter is about death but also about life, rebirth, renewal and for now my balance is restored.

>My Daughter the Easter Egg

>Nadie is not one to do things by half so when she committed to colour her hair to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, she was serious about it.
First she had to bleach her normal very dark brunette to blonde so that it would take the colour

which meant it needed to recover for a couple of weeks before letting loose this weekend:
The Boy likes it!!
anyway, if you feel this effort is worthy of recognition, it’s not too late to make a donation no matter how small

Nadie isn’t the only one dyeing for the cause
JeJeune is now an interesting shade of purple

>taking it slow

>there is


and grace

in simplicity

in basics

in making

in creating something purely from the work of my hands, my heart and my head

enough of the zen – my first finished object made from my very own hand spun.
Every lump
every bump
every irregularity
it’s mine
and I made it

the Yarn Harlot’s One Row Handspun Scarf
5.5mm needles
” knit until you run out of yarn”

this took about 214 metres

started knitting on tuesday [ march 18]
finished this morning and then washed and blocked

the yarn is slightly underspun in places so it’s very soft and cushy [ but may pill like buggery but you can’t have everything]

>Happy Berfday Baby [ again ]

>Due no doubt to some strange compression of the space time continuum, my firstborn celebrates his 33rd birthday today. I’m not sure where those 33 years went.

Happy Birthday Stephen
[that’s him in the middle with Nadie and David]
I do rather like this person you’re growing into and I’m sure your father would as well.