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Jan. 3rd, 2007


New Year, New Blog

Don't worry. I'll still be kicking round LJ. Because I truly love it here.
However, I am kind of moving on over to
Please come hang with me there!

Dec. 20th, 2006


Sticking it to The Man

State High School system says:
"get under 75 for your UAI, you are destined to collect garbage/fry fish/clean toilets".
My College Acceptance Letter!! says:
"We are pleased to offer you a position".

Hows that for an early christmas present?

Dec. 16th, 2006


And so it is

A little belated, but in all it's glory
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The Edmund Barton cardi. I still need to seam it, and knit the front band on, but let me tell you now. It is perfect. The fit, the shape, every tiny little stitch, is wonderful. I am in love. Seaming will be next week, after I stop drooling over my new order from Bendigo.
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This is for Sesame, from Magknits. The colors are not even close to being accurate, but it's been a glorious tropical storm day here in Northern New South Wales, and the light is terrible for photos.
And this.
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200 Grams of pure beautiful red alpaca. It is the most delicious thing I have ever held in my own hands. It'll make a lovely hat and mitten set to match my new black winter coat (the first I've ever owned!)
Did I tell you that it snows in my new city? And there is no palm trees? Or tropical storms, or 110 degree 100% humidity heatwaves?
It's going to be blissful.
I havent quite worked out a pattern for it, but ive been playing around with some different cable patterns. I need to find something that is as beautiful as the yarn.
For now, though, I'm going to enjoy this wonderful weather, watch Gilmore Girls and turn a heel.
See you tomorrow, sweet people of journal land.

Dec. 13th, 2006


It's starting.

12 days till christmas!
My gifts are all bought, our house is decorated, and today I got my first card. It came from Allie in Washington D.C. and it made me smile all day.
Thank you, Allie, it was a beautiful card.
Now that I am truly in the christmas spirit, I'm going to start writing my cards. Last cahnce to tell me that you want one! Leave your address in the (screened) comments, or email me at kateheathcote@hotmail.com
Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the season. It really is the best time of the year.

(Edmund will make a special blog appearance in all his entirety tomorrow. Mark it in your calendar. Kate started knitting something. And Kate will finish knitting something! It's a christmas miracle!)

Dec. 10th, 2006


Damn Straight

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The dyelots match. But Jason and I sure must have looked crazy in Spotlight. I was sitting on the floor of the Cleckheaton aisle, and he was reading out dyelots to me while I tried to match them with the ball band I'd brought from home.
Five extra balls, and I think I'll only need three of them, but I want to be on the safe side. And who doesn't need extra snuggly soft merino?
And a little something to calm my nerves.
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It's Patons' Jet, 70% merino and 30% alpaca. It's not as soft as Inca, but I liked this colorway so much and thought it would make a nice snuggly hat. And I cannot say no to yarn.
I tried to explain myself to Jason in Spotlight. You see, he's a non knitter, in a very knitterly world. You would have thought he'd have soaked some of it up by now, but obviously not. I, his very best friend, am a knitter, our third and fourths are knitters, as are all our parents. He, I am sad to say it, is immune to yarn.
He cannot tell the difference between a fine cashmere and a scratchy acrylic. If he doens't knit by now, he never will.
He laughs at my stash, and he's only seen the tip of the iceburg, if you will. He hasn't seen the 5 trashbags of unprocessed fleece that lurk somewhere in the cupboard under the staris (very Harry Potter, I know. I tired to convince my parents to let me sleep in there, but they never would. What good are they?) or the handsome collection of Patonyle that I keep in my guitar case. Actually, nobody knows about that. Lets keep that one between us.
The boy just won't knit.
After I'd purchased yarn and started breathing again we headed off for the bookstore. Whoops
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Here's what I'll be reading over the holidays.
This afternoon was portrait day. I look hideous in photos. Here's an example.
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There's more that I might post later, but for now, all I want to do is curl up with the Gilmore Girls and get to work on this sweater. The end is in sight.
If I finish something I might feel better about the $80 order I placed with Bendigo today. The yarn for Sesame is on it's way, along with some deliciously Red 100% alpaca to make a hat and mitten set to go with my new winter coat.
Did I tell you that it snows at my new school?

knitting time + yardage of yarn = oh hell. I was never good at math.

So last night, in a fit of panic that only those knitters who are close to running out of yarn before the end of the knitting will ever be able to understand, I knit through three episodes of the second season of The O.C., and then all the way through Flashdance. Somewhere in my crazy panic kintters mind was the idea that the yean will not run out after x number of rows knit, but rather after a certain amount of knitting time. Therefore, I had to kint lots, fast. I did 3/4's of a sleeve in one night.
This was very productive, but definately did not acheive the making the yarn last longer cause.
So I'm off to Port today, to try to find some in the same dyelot, or at least something similar.
At worst, I get something kind of close, and pull out the seed stitch basks and redo them in the new yarn.
I'll be able to kill multiple flies with one swat, as we like to say here in the tropics, and get my ipod cable and hopefully a few christmas presents as well.
I've got to go make myself presentable, unless of course, that the whole of northern New South Wales wants to see me in spanky pants and a tank top that looks like it was rescued from a dumpster in 1994.
Hit me up in the comments if you want a christmas card. I seem to have lost the list.
They'll be screened, so if you want to say anything scfeen-worthy, now is your chance.

Dec. 9th, 2006


Beyond me.

I don't understand, and I don't really think it can be true.

The pattern called for 8 50g balls of yarn. So I bought 9, incase the yardage in my substitute yarn was less, and just to be on the safe side.
I'm up to the first sleeve and I only have one and a half balls left.
I'm not going to make it. I bought this yarn in October and doubt that they will have the same dyelot, but I'm off on an emergency trip tomorrow to try and find some.
Wish me luck!
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Getting on with it.

I have been neglecting the blog. This, I believe is due to two things. Let me enlighten you.

1.) The To-Do list on my dry erase board is getting longer every hour. The list is breeding, and there is nothing I can do about it. Where last week there was just normal, christmas related chores, now there the list has extended to the kind of mind-nummingly menial tasks that I would prefer to ignore and hope that they do themselves. Examples of things in this category are mending my clothes and writing my college applications. But really, I should get on that last one.

2.) The past two weeks have been that busy that I have barely had time to breathe, eat and stroke yarn. This is not healthy, and I'm working on getting that in check.

edit: I wrote this on Sunday morning. It's Thursday afternoon now. That's how things are going. I did have the last two days off work, and managed to get the to do list down to mending clothes. I even even pulled out all the clothes with problems and made them into a nice neat pile in the sewing room. I'll get around to them on the weekend.
College applications are done and just need to be signed by a justice of the peace before I can send them off on monday. I'll know in 10 days whether or not I'm in. I have high hopes.

I am not doing any christmas knitting this year. I am rationalizing this by telling myself that nobody wants to recieve wooly gifts in 110 degree heat, even though I know that this is not true. My gift reciepiants love my knitting, no matter the season.

My dad came home on monday and it's absoloutely fabulous to have him home. I forgot what wonderful comfort it was to know that there are two parents there. Today we had lunch together and then he came with me to the electronics store where I'm trying to sort out the ipod cable deliema.

Let me fill you in on the rest of this saga.
All the cables and devices and pretty much everything with wires in it that was in my checked luggage when I came home from the USA is broken. No longer works. Gone. Luckily, my camera and ipod were in my carry on and are fine. I can't explain this, and neither can the airline. My travel insurance doesn't cover it and it's just a giant pain in the ass.
So when I got home (this is six weeks ago) I went into the local apple retailer to get a replacement cable. They don't stock them. They have to order it from Sydney. They'll call me when it gets there.
6 weeks go by and no call. I've been to busy to stop in and see about it.
I go in on my way home from guitar lessons and the punk ass kid behind the counter tells me that becasue I don't come and get it in time that they sold it to somebody else. They can get me a new one. It'll be there at noon on tuesday, but I have to pick it up by 1pm or else they'll sell it to somebody else.
I go in at 12.30 on tuesday to find that they ordered the wrong one. They'll sned it back and have the new one here on thursday (that's today).
I went in today on my lunch break and its not there. They say they'll call when it gets there, which should be later this afternoon. I tell them that I'm at work so they can't call. Then, and this is the best bit..

punkass kid(from now will be shortened to PAK): "do you have an answering service"
me: "yes, but I didn't turn it on today"
PAK: "well, can you turn it on?"
me: "no. because im at work. and if i wasn't at work, then there would be no need for the answering service anyway."
PAK: "ummmmmmm..what?"
me: "do you speak english?"
PAK: "uhhhhhhhh.. I'll get the manager"
me: "dont bother. If I wanted to see the whole primate family, I'd go to the zoo"

well, not that last line. I just told him that I'll come in and check again tomorrow. I wish I could have thought of something good to zing him with. All I can say is that if I dont have my cable that I paid $15 for six weeks ago tomorrow, some ass will be kicked. Any suggestions of best ways to handle this will be more that welcome.

In knitting news, I have discovered the most wonderful mail-order yarn company ever. It's called bendigo woollen mills, and you can email them at sales@bendigowoollenmills.com
They'll send you a lovely little envelope filled with color cards and order forms and they'll give you a 10% discount for your first order.
And it's incredibly cheap.

Superwash 100% wool is $10 for 200 grams! thats $2.50 per 50g!!! I'd been paying $6.50 for cleckheaton, and this is as good as, if not better quality.
Shipping is free on orders over $30 and it came in just 3 days!! Incredible!
I don't know if they ship outside australia, but it would be worth emailing them and asking.

Look at what I got for $66!

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Theres 600g of 100% cotton to make this
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and 1kg of superwash merino to make this
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The colors in this photo are more true-to-life than the other pictures
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I know thats alot of blue, but I like wearing it, and it looks good on me, so I figures, why not?

These are next in line after the socks and the edmund barton cardi which will look like this when it is done
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I'm excited.

ps. i promise near to daily bloggage from now on. I'm getting organised!! woo!

Nov. 21st, 2006


strike that, reverse it.

Let's do something different for a change. I'm going to work backwards through my weekend, starting with today (monday) and ending on friday. I hope you're all as excited about this as I am.

So.. today I got a new guitar. It's something that I've been wanting for ages, and my guitar teacher has been bugging me to get a steel string, so today I just went and did it. It's beautiful. See for yourself!

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It's not as red in real life as in the picture, but the sun had already gone down so I didn't get the chance to go out and take pictures in the real light.
I've been playing it all night, and my fingers are so sore. It hurts to type. After playing on a nylon string forever, its strange and painful to switch to steel string, but I love the sound. And it's so much easier to make the chord shapes and to change between them.
I'm learning Blackbird at the moment, which isn't one of my lesson songs. Since Peter (my teacher) kind of zinged me last week becasue I hadn't been practicing, I wanted to learn a song on my own to show him. So far I've got the first 8 notes down pretty well. Wish me luck!

Work today was so-so. Liz came back from Bali with little gifts for us all. The girls got cute little calico bags with flowers embroidered on them, and inside was a loofah, some scented soap and some scented oil. It's really cute and good-smelling, and I'm thinking of making some bags similar to them to wrap my christmas gifts in. There's something else to add to the ever-growing list.

My bike is making funny noises when I change to the higher gears, so I'm going to have to take it into the shop again. I think they're getting annoyed with me. I've had the bike for one month, and I've taken it back to the shop 4 times already.
They were the ones that said I could bring it in for service free of charge for the first three months, so it's their own fault.

Sunday I had possibly the laziest day of my entire life. I stayed in bed till 8am, and then sat in the couch knitting and watching Gilmore Girls all day. I did finish the back of the Edmund Barton cardigan, and started on the front.

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I didn't realize until after I took the picture that i'd actually hung it over the branch the wrong way, so what you can see in this picture is acrually the wrong side of the work. This pattern is perfect, so you should all go knit it now. I'm trying to spread the Jo Sharp love to the rest of the world.
I had to go to the store to pick up some velcro for my Mum, and look what I found in the sewing department!

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The cutest tape measure ever! Pull on the end, and as much as you want comes out and locks there. Press the white button and it rolls back in. I love it. It's amazing.

Saturday I went to my guitar lesson, which I had to share with some annoying kid this week. It was okay anyway, but he knew that I hidn't been practicing. We did the second and third parts of Sweet Home Alabama, which is fun to play. He gave me a song called Hall of the Mountain King that he wants me to learn for next lesson. I've heard the riff before, but it's sort of boring, and I can't really get the hang of it.
Then Jason and I came back to my house and made christmas cards. We weren't very productive beacuse we were too busy laughing about whatever it is that we laugh at and can never remember.

In the afternoon I made this:

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Yes! It's a double pointed needle holder! And those pieces of dowel are double pointed needles in progress. I bought the dowel a few weeks ago, but have never really gotten any further than that. I want to do it on the sander thing in my Dad's workshop, but he's away working for at least another two weeks, so I've got to wait until he gets home to help me out.
I'm super evcited for hom to get back. I haven't seen him since I left for America in May. That's a long time in Kate World.

Anyway, friday night Jason came over, and we hung out and ate pizza and watched Pirates of the Carribbean II, which neither of us had seen. I'm okay with Johnny Depp in a pirate costume anyday, and he seemed to enjoy it too. We played trivial pursuit, which was disasterous, as it always is.
We have the 1973 edition, and none of us know any of the current events for 1973. And all the sport and leisure questions are about Boxing, which, apparrently was a very popular sport in 1973. Let me know if you have any insight into this, or a more modern edntion of Trivial Persuit from which you would like to lend us some questions.

Anyway, it's nearly family time, so I've got to go. I'll leave you with these pictures of my garden, which is beautiful at this time of year.
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Nov. 16th, 2006


Yesterdays post that the storm ruined

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Today I had a very wonderful day off, thank you for asking.
I got up, at the leisurely day off time of 7 am, after reading in bed since I woke up at 6, which is a good sleep in for me. I'm not a good sleeper at all. I'm lucky if I get 4 hours a night, and those are never all in a row. Sleep for an hour, watch some TV, go sleep some more, do some ironing, read a book, sleep again. That's how it goes.
I had a leisurely berakfast, and watched Sunrise, my favorite breakfast TV program. I took a shower and washed my hair and put on a dress.
I took a drive to my Mum's work to show the girls in reception the photos of my trip, becasue I'd been promising them since the day I got home, and now I've got my laptop it's much easier.
When I came home, I put on Gilmore Gilrs and got out the Jo Sharp cardigan (which will, from now, be referred to as 'The Edmund Barton Cardigan') and worked on it a little more. I'm 1 inch away from the armhole shaping, and excited to be done with the back.
My friend Emma came over, and we watched Gilmore Girls together, drooled over the Jo Sharp books that my Mum got for me, and knitted together. Emma has been knitting for only a year or two, and has never knitted anything other than garter stitch afghan squares.
She was knitting them for an afghan for har boyfriends dorm room, but they broke up six weeks ago (and I'm trying hard to be sad for her, but he was an absoloute jerk and she's better off without him) so now I'm trying to get her to knit something other than the squares.
We're making a trip to a Spotlight (Australian version of Michaels or Joanns) 3 towns north, which isn't the one we usually go to. They have a much bigger yarn department, and I'm going to make her buy something to knit a hat or some mittens, or anything other than a square.
Anyway, we knit, and drooled, and ate some home fries and talked about how she's dating my sister's ex boyfriend now. It's a little weird, that my best friend dates my sister ex, but they are Seventh Dy Adventist, and there are a limited choice of Seventh Day Adventist teens in town, and they don't date outside the religion. Anyway, he's a nice boy, and she's a nice girl. I hope it works out for them.
After we'd watched too much Gilmore Girls, and eaten too many processed potatoes, we went to town, for want of something better to do.
First off we went to our favorite clothing store (It's not hard for it to be our favorite. It's the only one there is, but they do have amazing clothes) and tried on matching dresses. The guy who works there laughed and asked if we were starting a girl band to which the logical answer could only be "YES!!".
Anyway, I tried on two amazing dresses, both of which I love. One is navy blue satin with a floral print, halter top and circle skirt. The other was a 50's style strapless dress with pink and green flowers and a bow. They both fit me perfectly, and I really do need some new dresses. The first one was $45 and the other one was $65, so I think I'll go put them on lay-by tomorrow on my lunch break. Emma is going to take her Mum there tomorrow and get her to get them for her for christmas.
Then we went to Barsby's the local department store. Their yarn department is one shelf, and they never get anything new. I get all my needles there, though, but today there was nothing I needed. They do have the entire range of Patons Patonyle sock yarn though, which is the only yarn that I ever buy there.
We flipped through the pattern books, and I write down some that I liked so I can get them at Spotlight, where they have 20% off patterns for club members.
We went to the two other craft/sewing stores, but they had nothing at all.
She had to go get her nails done, because it's her formal tomorrow night, which is similar to Prom, but more.. formal?
So I came home and put Gilmore Girls back on and started work on my christmas cards. I wanted to get them all done today so I can start working on christmas shopping lists and other holiday plans.
I only got three done, and I'll probabaly make around 20, so I need to get cracking.
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I'm happy with the way they came out though, considering I'd never tried these designs before.
The light was so good today that I decided it's about time for some pictures. So, heres the best kind of garden...
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Since I'm getting in the holiday spirit, and making cards, I'd like to send some out to all you lovely people in journal land. Email me your address to kateheathcote@hotmail.com if you'd like some festive cheer in the form of a home made card.
Also, Emma and I are planning on haivng a formal dinner party, becasue we like to cook and decorate and wear dresses. So if anyone has any ideas for themes, let me know in the comments. Bear in mind that it's summer here, so we'll probabaly serve seafood, because it's too hot do do anything that involves turning on the oven.
It's killing me. I'm sure that this will be the year that my skin melts right off my face like I've been telling my mother that it's going to since I was 7.
I'll keep you posted.

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