Christmas present

Posted 29 November, 2014 by perigrine
Categories: craft, crochet, ideas

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So exciting!

The lady I used to walk with left this at my place while I was out. I’m not sure of she means for me to finish the blanket she started, (and give back to her,)  or whether I can use this for my own projects, but it is still exciting to have.

I am loving that variegated yarn in the square. Unfortunately, there isn’t any more of it. :(

There are quite a few 3/4 done African flowers, but just looking at the ones she has done, I’m not sure that my tension will match hers. I’d *like* to finish what she started, coz it seems a waste. But while checking out the stats for this blog, I saw that someone has looked at the Italian 3D flower blanket. This got me thinking about whether I could use the ready made African flowers and turn those into 3D ones and make a blanket from them that way. I checked out the 3D flower pattern I’d linked in that post and I’ve fallen in lust with the colors in one of the pictures. The colors in the picture are much the same as what I have here.

I was struck by the green background in the first instance, but then I looked further and saw that not all the backgrounds were green. Mine could be of course.

The colors, left to right, top to bottom seem to be:

1) BG – light pink. Flower – light pink centre, dark red petals

2) BG – green. Flower – mid blue centre, light blue petals

3) BG – mid blue. Flower – dark pink centre, light pink petals

4) BG – lime green. Flower – mid blue centre, amber(?) petals

5) BG – dark pink. Flower – light pink centre, white/cream petals

6) BG – lime green. Flower – white centre, amber (?) petals

7) BG – light pink. Flower – dark pink centre, white petals

8) BG – lime green. Flower – pale yellow centre, sun yellow petals

9) BG – dark pink. Flower – light purple centre, lavender petals

10) BG – lime green. Flower – dark pink centre, dark red petals

11) BG – lime green. Flower – dark pink centre, light pink petals

12) BG – mint green. Flower – mid purple centre, lavender petals

13) BG – lime green. Flower – dark red centre, funny pinkish (salmon?)petals

14) BG – light pink. Flower – light blue centre, mid blue petals

15) BG – lime green. Flower – pale lime green centre, sun yellow petals

16) BG – lime green. Flower – unknown centre, white petals

17) BG – lime green. Flower – light yellow centre, sun yellow petals

18) BG – light lime green. Flower – dark pink centre, white petals

19) BG – light blue. Flower – light pink petals, dark pink petals

20) BG – light pink. Flower – lavender centre, mid purple petals.


Oh, look what I found! Magic Rainbow baby blanket.

Here are some more color choices for the above flowers. I seem to recall finding a granny square color generator once upon a time. Since my color choices don’t inspire me, I look at other peoples and see what I like. My brain doesn’t find them all by itself. I may have a play around with the generator, and the above colors to see what else it will ‘make.’

First iteration – Granny Squares Color Pattern Generator.

Second iteration – Granny Squares Color Pattern Generator 2 (forgot to add the yellows). The yellow is nice and cheerful. Of course, being able to choose the ‘right’ colors on a web page is a bit tricky, so the colors in person would be a bit more muted. I might try it…or work on the Cape Portland blanket. What I would have liked on the generator is an option to have the background color static. Or round. So a check box to say “Make Round 1/2/3/4/5 static: choose color.”

Anyway. Time to get on with the day.

Meme – first done 2007

Posted 27 November, 2014 by perigrine
Categories: miscellaneous


2014 answers in purple.

Favorite Color: er…this /black
Favorite Food: Pizza /fruit mince pies
Favorite Month: February /January
Favorite Song: this week…none /none
Favorite Movie: Sister Act /Brave is the one I want to watch again
Favorite Sport: Rugby /none
Favorite Season: Summer /Summer
Favorite Day of the week: Saturday /Monday
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla / Cookies and cream
Favorite Time of Day: Morning /morning

Current Mood: regretting bringing the puppy home /resigned
Current Taste: in what? / what?
Current Clothes: trackies, black t-shirt, purple polar fleece top, socks, slippers /robe and slippers
Current Desktop: green /a man in from of a rock wall
Current Toenail Color: au naturale /naked
Current Time: 9:59am /7:22am
Current Surroundings: animals, mess /stuff
Current Thoughts: I’m going to take that dog back, I should watch the movies off Ebay, and clean up /neighbour needs to shut up

First Best Friend: not sure I’ve had one yet / Robert
First Kiss: uh, smoochy one? Grade nine, I think. /as before
First Screen Name: perigrine /as before
First Pet: my own? a cat, Glass and a half. /as before
First Piercing: Ears, involuntarily /as before
First Crush: Erin Tyres’ brother, buggered if I remember his name though :s /as before
First CD: Cd? ah…have no idea /as before

Last Cigarette: never /as before
Last Drink: Coffee, ten minutes ago /as before
Last Car Ride: Yesterday, in Darkies ute /Monday
Last Kiss: Last Wednesday /Monday
Last Movie Seen: For Richer or Poorer / Stargate Ark of Truth
Last Phone Call: I made? Darkie. /TNT last week 
Last CD Played: The mixed girl one on now. /no clue. 

Have You Ever Dated One Of Your Best Guy/Girl Friends: No /as before
Have You Ever Broken the Law: Yes /as before
Have You Ever Been Arrested: No. /as before
Have You Ever Skinny Dipped: yes /as before
Have You Ever Been on TV: No /as before
Have You Ever Kissed Someone You Didn’t Know: No. /as before

Thing You’re Wearing: clothes /as before
Thing You’ve Done Today: put up a fence for the dog /woken up, had breakfast and coffee, this meme, texted, thought some
Thing You Can Hear Right Now: music, rats eating and playing, birds, dog /neighbours music, neighbour hosing, car engine, birds
Thing You Can’t Live Without: gees..sunshine, books, internet /as before
Thing You Do When You’re Bored: Think about things I should be doing to keep myself occupied but which I cannot muster the energy to start. /as before mostly I guess, or find new books to read. 

1. My back yard /bathroom
2. My neighbours yard /kitchen
3. My other neighbours yard /front door
4. Kitchen /office

1. Anything? no one then /as before
2. My blog /as before
3. My cats /as before

1. Black or White: Black /as before
2. Hot or Cold: Hot /as before

Find someone to live [harmoniously] with /as before (actually, I think I have found that, whether I could do it is another matter)

Something to remember

Posted 26 November, 2014 by perigrine
Categories: miscellaneous



Loom bands

Posted 11 November, 2014 by perigrine
Categories: craft, ideas

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This started at the course the other week, with Jess showing us how to make the basic thing. I said I didn’t want to ‘get into them,’ but that sorting the bands out would be just my thing. So I had a look in Shiploads and found some, bought them and spent a lunch hour sorting them out. It was very satisfying. Jess got to keep them all, since she doesn’t like sorting.

So last week, I found some more in Kmart for .25c a packet (of 300). This seems to be about average, since the Shiploads ones were 1.99 for 1000 and 2.99 for 2000. I bought $5 worth and had a great old time sorting them out. They were meant to go to Jess, and half did, but some were glow in the dark ones and I wanted to see if I could make cords(?) for the GPS or torches for camping. (Now that I’m thinking about it…could I make a decent size ball of bands and use that for a night light of sorts? – DIY bouncy ball)

Anyway. I put the picture of the sorted bags on Facebook and then shared a picture of a dragon scale cuff bracelet. “Everyone’ wanted one, so I had to make my own loom, since the one that came with the kit from Kmart doesnt have straight lines (travel loom? yep). I thought to start with a two color one, thinking that would be easier, but it turns out it isn’t. A rainbow one would have a distinct sequence of colors, while the two color one I have to think about. I had to start it twice. Not sure how I messed up the first time. Half way through that I found the hexafish bracelet and added 6 nails to my ‘loom’ and started that. It worked ok, but I didn’t like how tight things were pulling, so I improvised with an old pill bottle and more nails.

That worked splendidly! I started it yesterday and finished it today. I like how the colors ended up blending nicely. After that I went looking for a chart for nice color schemes (didn’t find one) and found this rainbow bracelet. I also like this one, and this one. I like this one bestest. Not sure why.

I thought that the first one to make would be tricky, but I wrote a list of colors, in order and it has gone along swiftly so far. My DIY circle loom thing is sealed at the end so I have to fiddle about when it gets long, but I can cope. With a $20 price tag for an official circle loom, I had better!

Chances are this phase wont last long, mainly because I don’t want to have thousands of rubber bands around the house, but for now it is quick and fun. When I get sick of it, I can give all the bits to Jess. Or sell the individual colors for 50c a bag or something. For now though, I want to get the ‘orders’ filled and see what else I can make.

Various things

Posted 5 November, 2014 by perigrine
Categories: craft, crochet, Garden

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So, all the beans sprouted and all but one have been planted. The last one took a bit longer to sprout. I think I will plant that one out the front on the wire. I may even soak another few to have them cover the wire. The peas in the container are chook food peas that sprouted after they got rained on. I have no idea what they will taste like if they manage to grow, but I’ll give them a chance anyway.

The existing pea plant is now up to the third tier and growing well. None of the planted (on Saturday) ones have emerged from the dirt yet.


Weekend before last I accidentally bought a pile of tapestry yarn. I bid $6 on it and forgot, not being in the market for more yarn. I ended up winning and it got here yesterday. I am impressed with the amount. There is some ‘crewel yarn’ which I have no clue how to use, and some ‘Persian yarn’ that looks like 2 ply and is fuzzier. I’m sure I will use them, somehow. The crewel yarn could be perfect for reinforcing the almost worn out strands of sock heels before duplicate stitching them. There is a lovely assortment of colors.

Ideally I would have all the colors individually bagged and stored. I cant seem to find my ‘pinks and purples’ bag though. I’m not sure where that could be. I know I used some yarn out of it to mend the tapestry socks not that long ago. Its a big bag, so it can’t just disappear.


Final pics are a foal and mum I passed today on the way down the hill. He is very little.

I’ve been sort of working on a few more Alex’s squares, and the Cape Portland blanket I started well over a year ago. I need a LOT more yarn to get it finished. One of my previous Alex’s squares is a great deal smaller than the rest. I’m not sure why. I am thinking that I will redo that particular one. The original blanket is here is you want to look.

Northern Caverneers

Caving club webpage


my (sometimes) crazy explorations of Tassie wilderness and mountains


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