Sunday, June 12, 2011

Newsboy Hat for Maddie

The past day or so I have been very busy crocheting one of the cutest things I've ever made.

I was lucky enough to get to test this for the amazing Jenny Weibe, who is jennyvangey on Ravelry and runs this blog which has some amazing photos of her life on it (seriously, stalk her, now). I don't have any pictures of this being worn yet, because I won't see my little model, Maddie, until next weekend, but it's still cute even without being worn.

The photos don't do this justice either, I made it out of double-stranded worsted, like the pattern told me to, and used pink and white which gave this really pretty effect on the real hat which the camera didn't pick up.

'Buy My 'Papes, Sir' which is the pattern I used for this, isn't avaliable yet, because it's still being tested, but when it's up its something I really recommend making.

You can make it in newborn, infant or toddler and they all look so cute that I have to make another one.

If you have a few hours spare and a child under two, I can personally recommend making this. It's quick, it's cute and it doesn't make you want to gnaw your arm off from frustration. If that isn't glowing praise I don't know what is.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I have just finished reading the first book in a long time that has not only followed me through every waking moment, but also through my dreams. This book was the debut novel of one Ms. Cynthia Hand, Unearthly, and I urge every one of you who reads this, be it today or in one hundred years, to find a copy and read it.

Unearthy sucked me in more than Harry Potter or Twilight ever did, though I did go through obsessed phases for both of them. It is a labyrinth of plot twists and romance which roughly follows a young quarter-angel, Clara, through a few months of her life where she receives her purpose in life, to save a young man named Christian from a forest fire, moves to the opposite side of the country and falls in love with her friends brother, Tucker.

It's all first-person, and Clara's thought processes mirror mine so clearly that I couldn't put this incredible novel down. The sequel doesn't come out until next January, but its already on my wishlist.

You can find the author at, and I beg you to do so.

Unearthly: Read it, I promise that you will never regret it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Moon Watching

Isn't it amazing how different the moon can look depending on when you see it?

In  the daylight it pales,

But in the moonlight it shines.

And no, my camera did not feel like taking a decent picture last night, so this was the best I could do. Sorry!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Daily Photo

Today's daily photo is of the tree outside the hut at Five Rocks hung with the buoys that have washed up on the beach over the past twenty-odd years.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Daily Photo

Today's daily photo is of the beautiful sky at 'Five Rocks' behind some of the new leaves.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Daily Photo

Today's photo is of the path back from the Point. I find that it moves around when I move my head.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Daily Photo

Today's photo is of the little fire at 'Five Rocks'. Isn't it pretty?

Note: A fire permit was aquired for this fire, it was constantly supervised and all children were kept well away.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Oooh, Pretty

Okay, so I've been a bad blogger... I didn't write for ages and ages, I didn't even manage to finish the project that I asked for testers for and I hardly ever post pictures with my posts. But, I am going to try to fix at least the first and third ones. I'm going to try to set up a picture-a-day thing for you for the next week or two at least. And I promise that they will be pretty, most of the time.

On to the first photo:

This is of the sunset on Easter Saturday from the Point at a beach called 'Five Rocks'

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Hello everyone!

I've been working on a new little pattern for a preemie beanie, pictures coming soon, and was wondering if anyone would feel like testing it? I will be very thankful for anyone who tests this for me, as I, naturally, need feedback on whether or not I've gone completely and utterly mad in thinking that anyone could follow this.

If anyone does want to try their hands at this beanie, it should take somewhere between 1 and 2 hours, depending on your speed, will be planned for DK with a 6 mm hook. I will ask for a picture of your finished attempt and would appreciate at least a few words as to how the pattern was to understand and any suggestions for improvement.

If you are interested, let me know by leaving a comment below with a way to contact you or by sending a PM to me via Ravelry (I am nevelyn there too).

Thanks in advance,


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It Must Be A Wednesday

Today, I spend 20 minutes stuck in an elevator with a 60 kg chior stand and a grade 9-er. This followed handing in a 1000 word essay on how housekeeping staff were linked to glassings and handing having to sing a song about Martin Luther King Day at an Easter service and was followed by a Japanses handwriting test and choir lesson where the 4 altos were louder than the 7 sopranos. It must be a wednesday.

Does anyone else feel this way? Like nothing ever seems to go normally? Nothing really seems to go wrong exactly, just strangely. And even though it goes weirdly, it actually makes the day better.

Wednesdays are those weird days in the very middle of the week when you are not quite on the downhill run to Friday, but not still hiking up the hill from Monday. Wednesdays are rather like standing on top of a mountain, I believe, with the feeling of being done, but the knowledge of still having a long way to go. They are at once a good thing and a bad, and are quite possibly the weirdest day of the week.

And that is why I know that today absolutely must be a Wednesday.