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>No clever titles today

>Bear and I found a new denizen of the block during our daily perambulation, and if you’re wondering how I have totally failed to discover it in the past, I should perhaps point out that it is smaller than my smallest fingernail and so far I have only found a very small patch of them.
Most of the little native orchids only bloom for a few weeks anyway so it’s been rather hit-and-miss in terms of finding them.
I have no idea as to its formal identity but the dawg thinks it could be a Bear’s Orchid.

EDIT TO ADD: After consultation with the rather poor line drawings in “Common Orchids of the Castlemaine District”, followed by a Google Images search, I am now reasonably [ well a little bit ] confident that what I have are the ‘fairly common’ Parson’s Bands eriochilus cucullatus … it even says that they flower through to April.

>Baa Baa White Sheep have you any wool ?

>I found this cute little cheapie Sheepie at Chickenfeed for … well … chickenfeed.


I walked past her
backed up
gave myself a stiff talking to …
because, y’know, she’s cheap and bright and probably not all that durable
and I did put her back and walk away

and then came back the next morning
Yeah, lead me not into temptation, I can find it perfectly well all by myself !

and did I mention that she’s a moneybox

So what I’m thinking is that I’ll put my gold coins [ $1 & $2 ] in Sheepie and that will be my spending money for the Sheep & Wool Show in July.

and now, because I was asked nicely, even if it was only by one person:
here’s the specs on the pink shawl [ and those of you who are sick and tired of the parade of lace can just move along now – I’ll never know if you don’t tell me ]

It’s a slightly late birthday pressie for my BFF in Tassie who is basically the queen of hot pink
and as it is currently winging its way over Bass Strait, it’s a bit late to get a better pic. Ahh well.

pattern: [ as if you didn’t know ]
Forest Canopy Shawl – yes again … I needed to do this fast and on autopilot – as in 4 days go to whoa.
15 repeats of the lace pattern and no mods.

Bendigo Woollen Mills Baby 4ply in Frost, overdyed with Landscape Wild Rasberry
[ and this next unblocked photo is truer for colour plus it gives you a sense of how much the lace opens up when wet]

I used just over half of a 200 gram ball

KP Harmony 5.5mm and cast off on 6mm

and it ended up slightly over 70″ wide [ 1.8metres ]

>Nearly Finished ??

>The ‘Either-Very-Late-Or-Exceptionally-Early-Christmas-Strippy’ is back from its sojourn to deepest darkest Bendigo, having thoroughly enjoyed it’s stay with Jodi Abel of Daisy Patch Quilting.
As you can see, MissC has thoroughly CATscanned it,

and found it to be most acceptable to her refined tastes, and she is just waiting for the household staff, aka ME, to :

a] finish washing the green fabric for the binding [ which I’ve had forever, and already washed once but there was a distinct and pervasive odeur-de-chat so it’s in the wash again ]

b] iron it

c] cut it into enough 2.5″ strips to go around the quilt

d] join them together and iron ’em in half lengthwise

e] Machine sew to the front of the quilt, making nice neat mitres at the corners, and an imperceptable join where it all meets up again

and finally

f] Hand sew 30 odd feet of binding to the back

so I guess we all know what the rest of this week holds for Catsmum, eh?

and with no attempt at a clever segue whatsoever, here’s just a glimpse of the gift that’s going into the mail tomorrow

yes, yes

I know

it’s another Forest Canopy Shawl

I’ll spare you the details*

*unless you really want to know

>FMS inspired Friday Fotos

>Sometimes I show you stuff because I think it’s a neat photo, interesting subject, a potential quilt or somehow visually pleasing

and sometimes it’s because I feel like posting but I really don’t have the energy or inspiration needed to craft a halfway decent post

in this case it’s kinda both

I’ve been totally overdoing the ‘hooray-the-fire-restrictions-have-been-lifted’ raking, piling and bonfiring, and I’m completely and utterly cactus
really, really bone-tired exhausted of the ‘need to lie down because I’m too tired to sit up’ variety

but also I think this old rolling stock that’s been abandoned beside the line near the Castlemaine Station is kinda interesting. I been driving by it pretty much daily for 5 years so this week I pulled over and went for a walk along the line:

plus there is probably some unwritten law about how many Forest Canopy Shawls I’m allowed show you in any given month