Holiday project line up

After taking Amelia for a haircut and then rushing to the library to borrow a new stack of exciting picture books, I went in to school to enroll for second semester. There were ridiculous queues – I can’t believe in this day and age we still have to queue up to enroll for (in my case) one class! I did a lot of grumbling but it was also a good excuse to catch up with some of my part-time compatriots for some friendly, work-free chat. Now I am officially on holidays for three weeks. Of course, this seems a little silly to even consider a bonus when it’s a holiday from a one afternoon a week class but it seems to have made some kind of difference to my mood. Holidays! Woohoot! So what am I going to do with all this extra free time? Big plans are afoot.
Firstly there is a week long trip to Mildura to attend the World Hot Air Ballooning Championships. We are going along as spectators and groupies but mainly for a bit of a holiday. My family has been into ballooning for a long time. Many of my childhood weekends were spent standing in freezing cold paddocks at the break of dawn waiting for the wind to drop so we could put up the balloon, watch people clamber into the basket, take off and then chase them around the countryside sitting in the back of someone’s huge balloon retrieve vehicle. I would read books or draw while my brother would stare out of the window and dream about flying balloons. Now, many years later, my dad and brother own a balloon and are rather passionate about the sport. I am not so passionate about it (it involves getting up really early) but will happily toddle along to watch and marvel. Amelia will have a blast.

Other plans: the Kittyville hat knitted in many shades and forms. I have started one using a big ball of Bendigo rustic that I bought a while back. I have never used circular needles before and I can’t quite get a comfortable grip on them. Here’s a work-in-progress shot:

This is a kind of first run, but then I want to do one or two more using some weird and wonderful yarn from Marta’s to get some interesting textures and colours. I may do something other than ears but I really like the basic hat shape. By the way, here’s the stuff I bought on sale at Marta’s on Tuesday:

Delicious. Then there is also the Bag of Wonder with my drop dead gorgeous Rowan Polar to get my teeth into, a certain baby present now long overdue (present not baby), many other overdue presents, some more dolls, some bags to sell… But in truth, I will get one or two of these things started, but it’s nice to have big plans.

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12 Responses

  1. Claire, I always look forward to your posts! I love love love the yarn you purchased, you seem to be such a natural at knitting! Have fun ballooning, it sounds like a blast!

  2. Waw, I love that yarn. Have you ever knitted with Koigu KPPM? Fabulous too 🙂

  3. Argh, Claire! you must stop displaying all this knitty wonder as I have vowed to be all rebellious and stand firm against the tide of knitters… and what am I doing? Eying that beautiful amethyst ball of yarn and thinking “hmmm,,, I wonder ow hard it is to knit, really? Hmmm… maybe I should have a go. That bag is pretty fabulous.hmmmm….” And ballooning… how cool is that? Wow. That would make a terrific subject for a kids’ book. Ballooning Loobylu style… now that would be something to float about!!!

  4. Wow! How scrumptious those are! Loving the green one….*sigh!*
    It’s fun to watch the progress of your projects. You seem quite the seasoned knitter now!

  5. I can sypathise with the early morning for ballooning. My parents are passionate balloonatics too. I remember being chucked into any balloon basket that had a spare hole when I was a kid. Now I’m more than happy to stay home to cook the breakfast and drink the champagne afterwards!

  6. ayeeeeee!! i have been ignoring all the e-mails about marta’s sale, but after seeing what you bought, i just might have to go. i owe someone special a birthday scarf, and the purpley stuff on the right is exactly what i had dreamed up but didn’t think was available. THANKS A LOT, claire, for emptying my already thin wallet.

  7. perhaps it’s only one afternoon a week but the mental and emotional time one class takes up even while you’re NOT at class makes for a large chunk of time!

  8. kittyville was my first attempt at knitting in the round and it was a great project to start on. jst wait until you’ve got to start on the dp needles! woo eeeh!
    it’s a beautiful selection of yarns 🙂

  9. How are your stitches so uniform? I’ve been knitting for a year and a half now, and my stitches still come out uneven. I still haven’t managed to get past the scarf stage either. 😐

  10. Oh Claire!!! You are absolutely scumptious!!! My sort of boyfriend, best guy friend just came home from a semester in Australia and I think of you whenever he talks about it! I love your journal- you are sooo enticing!
    I have a question for you– if you made the “bag of wonder” is there any chance i would be able to buy one from you? I think it is the most delightful bag but my knitting skills are limited (i’m lucky if i can sit still long enough to make a pot holder). please let me know- my e-mail address is



  11. Hot air ballooning! Please do us some drawings!

  12. Oh, I LOVE circular needles! Once you get the hang of them, it’s hard to go back. 😉