Sunday, December 20, 2009

Back after a hiatus...

After months of not having the urge/determination/whatever to update my blog, i'm back. I've picked up my needles, dusted off my boots and am (attempting) to get life back on track.

Having my relationship with Fin end was one of the most painful experiences I've ever been through, and that combined with finding out my Nan is dying, has made 2009 one of the worst years ever.

The Boi and I are working really hard at being friends (we're living together still) which is a blessing at least.

Bring on two thousand and femme!

Looking forward to Tropical Fruits in Lismore for New Years - i've never been but my pal Kylie says its awesome. I'm really suprised that i've lived here for 5 years and never been, bring it on!

Despite the crap, some good/memorable things have happened recently:
- being a 'femme voyeur' for a Mistress that I know
- Thelma and Louise car trip with my bestie Kylie to Melbourne (with massive op-shop spree)

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- helping organise 'Butch As' - a cabaret night with a performer from the UK

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- seeing Marilyn Manson in concert
- getting my first cutting (in years) and having the guts to take a play piercing (i am really afraid of needles)





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So now, what does 2010 hold I wonder? Hopefully, nothing too stressful thanks!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Title-less

Wow - what neglect on the blog front.
Lots of ups and downs are taking my energy away from the things I love (knitting included). Le sigh.

Taught a really great knitting workshop for the Cut + Paste Sustainable Craft Fest on Sunday. A lovely combination of queer crafters, sunshine on a roof top garden, tea and scones. Everyone picked up knitting really fast (my big fear was failing as a teacher) and it was nice to just chill and chat to people.

Still havent got my knitting-mojo back on which saddens me. I had to force myself to pick up the needles and make the stitches - the passion is missing at the moment.
Everything ebbs and flows, I know if I give it time it will come back.

On the house front, we've finally put up the last bit of hardi-flex = the house is now sealed. Hopefully we will be able to undercoat and paint this weekend sometime.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Doors - we have them!

The doors got put in yesterday and they look fabulous!





YAY!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Cat Mittens by Jorid Linvik







These mittens were a drama for me - I had to frog and re-knit one of them due to gauge issues, and also snapped 3 of the DPNs, so in total took me about 3 months to finish.

Details:
Yarn - I used black Patonyle and over-dyed Merino Bambino (blue/yellow food colour).
Needles - 3mm DPNs

The Pattern:

No gauge is listed and that makes it a big PITA - took me three tries to get a nice fit, and even then they are a bit small (thank god Tania has small hands). If I was going to make again I would probably use 5ply and 3.5mm needles.

The instructions are a little vague, but I think thats because the english is a second language for the author.

The fairisle is really clever, and a lot of people have commented on the mittens as i've been knitting them (and already I have requests for more - will have to think about that).

I'm really happy now they are done and dusted, and glad the recipient likes them!

Gratuitous kitty photo!


House Renovations!!! Eep!

The Boi thought french doors in the kitchen, to open up onto a deck would be the way to go - and that we should do all the buildery type stuff ourselves. I had real reservations about doing this but it all came good in the end. It wasnt that hard either - I love that Fin is so capable (capable butches = yum!) and i'm feeling really confident about gyprocking the kitchen later on.

Onto the before and after pics! (big thanks to Kylie for the help on Saturday :D)


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DURING and AFTER







(this is what I came home to on Thurs)



















Next - the French Doors are being put in today, pictures to come soon! The full Flickr Set is here too BTW

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Actual, honest-to-goodness finished stuff!

Yay!

Firstly - Merletto Mitts, for my sister's birthday.






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I used The Knittery Cashmerino Sock, cant remember the colourway though. The pattern was OK, had to do some mods for my own taste but otherwise really happy them.

Second - Spats!







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These were a bit of a bastard to make, but oh so fun to wear! Its inspired me to make a fetishy-circus performer outfit for Inquisition. The buttons on the side are decorative, and they lace up down the back - made out of PVC if anyone needs to know.

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Also for my sister - she doesnt know if the spawn is a boy or a girl. Its the pattern from Habitual - best pattern ever!
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Gratuitous Kitty Photo

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Latest Anti-Craft is up!

Sometimes AntiCraft is a bit hit and miss, but I think this issue is pretty awesome.
So much I want to make:
Gothic Lolita Apron!
Very appropriate embroidery!
Skull embroidery pincushion!

The pincushion idea is fabulous - I always loose my sewing/darning needles.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Hanky Panky

Tonight is the Femme Guild Hanky Panky Party at the Red Rattler (raising awareness of the Hanky Code amongst other things).

My contribution to the Guild was to sew hankies for sale - just basic little numbers in the most (mainstream) popular colours to sell and raise money.
Unfortunately, a friend who is performing needed 30 hankies for her show - in a string, to pull out of... well, nevermind. So every night (and some mornings) this week i've been sewing my fingers to the bone - but i'm done! Exhausted, but done.

My next mission is to nail down 100% what I want to wear tonight.
This might sound self-centred: since I always try and make a big effort people have come to expect it of me. Don't get me wrong - i love spectacle abd i love dressing up, but its stressful! Trying to think of a new outfit everytime, without having to buy a lot of new clothes is down right difficult sometimes.

And then sometimes you stumble on a site that makes it look so easy - DestroyX. Ouch! So much awesome hotness! Inspiration overload!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Just did my tax...

And worked out I get $115 back - not including deductions (thats another $300!).

Yay. Totally justified the $90 I just spent on this cincher from My Baby Jo.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kawaii! And Queer! Oh My!

Animals should be dressed - otherwise they are naked. I'm a firm believer in this - from a cute collar to a full on outfit, animals should have the same rights as the rest of us (dont get me started on how much of a fashionista my last doggie was - seriously).

Introducing the most kawaii piglet i've ever seen! Too cute for words!

Ok... deep breaths.... resist making every animal I know a similar outfit. It doesnt help that some friends of mine have the world's cutest pug.

Had an up and down weekend - volatile but ended nicely.
Someone I had a bad history with 10 years ago recently moved to Sydney, and has gotten heavily involved in the queer scene. I've worked really hard to put a lot of heavy feelings aside - I mean, I was a different person 10 years ago and i'm sure they are a different person now? Right?

We both recently attended a queer/trans workshop, but a few others and myself left early because we didnt agree with what was going on (which is fine - not everyone has to agree). This person then took it upon herself to exclaim loudly on the interwebs that it was people like (us) who ruined the queer scene by not supporting this particular issue, that we were haters, passive aggressives and down right no-good.

*Sigh* Just because my queer politics are different to someone elses doesnt mean mine are bad. I dont have to support something I'm not happy with (do I really have to list my community involvement pedigree to prove my queerness?). I was stewing over what she said the whole weekend, about whether I confront her or ignore it. I realised confronting her won't acheive anything, so the best thing to do is detach from the situation. Its just a shame that the scene is so small that i'll be forced to interact with her sometimes - will have to work on some boundaries.

The weekend ended wonderfully though - knitting the courthouse crew and afternoon tea with friends (and pug love!). I finished my red/black stripey socks, but realised I forgot to take photos!

T ook Tempest (my moped- named for Tempest Storm) out for the day - and rode home in the dark and rain - two of my big worries. Made it in one (wet) piece much to The Boi's relief.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Femme Outing - Sydney Femme Mafia

A few weeks ago I created an event on Facebook for a small group of femme friends to meet up at the Zanzibar, look fabulous and get slightly drunk. Last night was that night.

The even itself took off (I invited 10 people, and 40 people showed interest) - but out of the 20 RSVPs only 7 people showed up. Well, it was rainy and freezing so fair enough! I got wear a wiggle dress I havent worn for years (yay for weight loss) and my favourite hot shoes.

Still was an excellent night - I only knew two of the other girls but we all really connected over issues that face femmes everywhere: tiny hats, hot shoes and hotter bois/butches (lol).
Ended up staying until after 11pm (they shut the bar on us), drinking too many lychee martinis and telling hilarious stories to each other. It was so great to be in a group of empowered, vibrant women and connect in to what made us so different yet the same.

Cant wait for the next one - we are thinking of crashing the next Bear's Underwear Party in July (where else can you dance in your best Bettie Page knickers and have other girls admire them for what they are?).

It was suggested we call ourselves the Sydney Femme Mafia - not to distract from the Femme Guild, who feel to be more about the politics. This is more about the social side of being Femme.

Turns out one of the girls and her boi love Marilyn Manson - we just got tickets this morning for his October show and I cant wait to go. Its been ages since i've met someone who likes the same music, let alone want to go to a concert.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

WWKIP and Intolerable Cruelty

Wheee! I love knitting, so knitting in public, with 80 other people makes it 100x better.












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Also a great excuse to take Intolerable Cruelty out for its first public showing (The Boi insisted that a cincher was needed to complete the outfit).





Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back at work, back to life

It feels so good to be back in Sydney, even if my head is going a little crazy. I really miss the weather, the people watching and just the general atmosphere of a (big) city.

Mentally, i'll be honest enough to admit the last few months have been a struggle. I know there's a problem when I can't get excited about knitting/sewing! Realisation of my character defects, seeing my family interact, and finally learning that someone close to us attempted suicide while we were away has led to some intense moments.

I'm still working through some issues, but I know everything is going to be ok - making the effort to go to the Morris and Sons SnB last night (even for 20 mins) was totally worth it.

Counting my blessings really shows how lucky I am:
I have a great Boi who loves me no matter what,
my family (while a tad dysfunctional) are still around me,
I have my health, a roof over my head and food in the fridge,
I have a great job,
and finally - having a crazy kitty that is adorable!
(side note - my parents have sent down their moped for me, which means i'll also be more mobile! excellent!)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Katherine + Mataranka

Day 6: Up at 5.30am for a dawn cruise down the Katherine Gorge. Awesome. Really, really, really beautiful. Its so hard to describe what the gorges look like - i guess its easiest to say just go yourselves!


In the afternoon we drove 101kms to Mataranka Hot Springs - clear aqua water bubbling out of the ground and 34c all year round. Fin loved it - but it felt a bit like the Florida of the Northern Territory... I think we were the youngest people by about 30 years hehe...


Day 7: Home!!! About 350kms back to Darwin and The Boi did it one stretch - well done honey! While there was heaps to see in Katherine, the physical aspects (i.e. sore legs and not much sleep) were getting to us. It was very tempting to drive the 600kms to Wauchope and The Devil's Marbles but we just too worn out.
So now we're just chilling (The Boi is watching LaInk and LondonInk on cable) and i'm trying to get up the urge to keep knitting even though its sweltering (knitting addict for the win!).
Back to Sydney on Saturday - and our poor little kitty-cat! Meow!

Kakadu

Well, The Boi and I survived our week long trip into Northern Territory's most famous sites. We had an excellent time, took a million photos (some of which are here) and thorougly enjoyed each other's company. BTW thanks to the parentals for loan of the car and trailer ;D.

I'll break it down into Kakadu and Katherine, and try not to ramble on too much!

Day 1: We drove 3 hours out to Mamkula Wetlands (not as wet as we hoped!) and trekked around the outside. I think we were the only tourists crazy enough to do the walk and this sets the tone for the rest of our trip hehe. Then drove onto Jabiru and unpacked the parents campertrailer (with much swearing from The Boi).

Day 2: Got up early and visited Ubirr - one of the most picturesque landscapes with Aboriginal Rock Art that was thousands of years old. Totally gorgeous! This is what you think of when you think Kakadu.


Then onto Cahills Crossing, which is the main crossing into Arnhem Land. We didnt think my Dad would appreciate us taking the sedan across a crocodile infested river so just looked at it from the bank.

We did Bowali visitors centre (to get a taste of the history/culture of the area) and then back to camp for a nap and a swim!

Day 3: Drove to Yellow Waters/Cooinda and re-set up camp. This involved much less swearing as we now have the knack! After lunch, we set out to Nourlangie Rock (more Aboriginal art sites and much scampering over rocks) and the associated walk (2 kms is easy right? in 33c?). We wanted to see Arnbangbang billabong cos its on all the postcards, but it was closed.... or so we thought.

Instead I suggested the Nawurlandja hike to the lookout (not sure why it was labelled 'moderate' when 'steep like a biatch' would have been more accurate). Off to the side was a trail to Arnbangbang.... what the hell. Turns out it was closed because the water was still over the trail and crocs were about - we got as close as we dared though.


After the hike from hell to the top of the lookout we went back for another nap and dinner.

Day 4: Did the obligatory tourist cruise on Yellow Water - not really worth it in my opinion. We did see some crocodiles but not much else (unless you love herons and egrets I guess).

We decided to push on to have a look at Gungurul lookout (about 50 kms away). Really glad we did - besides all the crocodile warnings, the river bed was pretty dry and we could clamber around down there. Didnt bother climbing to the lookout cos we were hot and exhausted!

Drove back up the road and visited Mardugal - really pretty billabong, again full of crocs (Fin seemed determined to get near the edge).

Day 5: Packed up and left Cooinda. We obviously hadnt seen enough lookouts yet - lets walk to the top of Bukbukluk. Views wernt that spectacular but pretty enough.
Highlight of the trip - Gunlom!!!! It was 37kms over unsealed, corrugated roads (The Boi swearing the whole way hehe) but worth it. Emerald green plunge pool that just screamed lush. Another 1km walk ('steep' is understated) up the side of the cliffs to the most beautiful place we'd seen so far. Cascading clear pools that run right to the edge of the waterfall and drop over the side. We really, really want to go back. Spent alot of time up there, but are thinking of coming back just to visit Gunlom again. Only fell on my butt twice!


Decided to push onto Katherine (about 250km) as we were exhausted from the climb. Next post for Katherine.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Welcome to Darwin

Yup - The Boi and I have come to Darwin courtesy of the parents for a 2 week holiday. We're off to Kakadu for a few days, and then Katherine Gorge as well.
You know when you really, really need a holiday? Thats us at the moment. The house seems overwhelming and we've been biting each other's heads off over the smallest things. Time to relax. Having a hectic social calender hasnt helped either - trying to fit in renovating a house, being with The Boi and still see my friends has been really hard. (photo from Plus One launch - the night before we flew out)

While i've been here i've found: a craft shop that stocks Mission Falls 1824 cotton, a friend of my dad's who spins alpaca and the local tiny library in Karama has a decent range of knitting books! I havent done any knitting at all at the moment - the heat is almost unbearable (The Boi loves it) so i've been hanging out watching TV and reading. We head off to Kakadu on Wednesday and i'm really looking forward to seeing some gorgeous nature.
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Oh - my parents gave me mum's old moped which means I have wheels! Looking forward to more independance from The Boi and public transport. Take care all! xxx

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Snapped, sapped and femmed out ;)

I snapped 3 DPNs that I was using to finish the cat mittens. I need to trek into the city and buy more - possibly on Sunday.

So the mittens are on hold for the moment - but look fabulous. I also scored some plain Patonyle which I dyed red with food dye to make black and red striped socks for a friend - hope they like them.

Went to the Femme Guild meeting last night which was really interesting. Its great to be involved in a group of empowered, political women and I can't wait for the next meeting. (we're organising a party at the Red Rattler in Marrickville). I so wish Emily was here for this - you'd love it hon! As the resident sewer-craft person i'm going to be pretty busy soon making stuff - yay! *note to self - check overlocker still works*.
Not to mention TuTu SnB on Mondays as well - making anigurumis next week...

Forgot to add!

I won a door prize at the ArtSpace - an hours massage! Two prizes in 2 days - yay!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Leather Pride Week

Well, so far its been rather interesting. The Leather History talk was good (with a break down of flagging - make sure you pick your sides!) and amusing.

I was exhausted by the end of Leather Pride Fair Day but have worked enough hours to get 2 x free tickets for Inquisition, one for The Boi and one for me. (We both worked the Launch Party the night before as well).
I also won $100 Sax Leather gift voucher for best dressed female on the day - very chuffed! Although, there was only a handful of women there... hehe.

Tonite is the ArtSpace at Aurora Galleries in Newtown - always a fabulous affair, people in thier best outfits. And Leather Person of the Year will be annouced too (not me, I dont wear enough leather hehe).

We finally got our free insulation installed too - thanks Mr Rudd. Its made so much difference - i advise everyone to get it done ASAP!

Monday, April 27, 2009

My poor little neglected Blog

Poor thing.
But with Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, LiveJournal etc etc I havent had much time to spend on you. I hope you'll forgive my inattentions.

Hehe.

Wow, the past week has been so full of up and downs - crazy. It feels so overwhelming sometimes - one moment great, the next crap, that I'm not sure where my head is right now. Its Sydney Leather Pride Week though - and i'm really looking forward to some of the talks and get togethers. Yay!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Taxi Fare Calculator for Sydney

I think this is pretty accurate - and awesome!!!!
WorldTaxiMeter.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009

must...knit...this...

In the new Bendigo Wool Mills Luxury 4ply? When I finally get a shade card.

Fin even said "You could make this right? For under $100? And I bet yours would look better too".

Monday, April 13, 2009

A little Broadband advice please?

The Boi and I are thinking of upgrading to broadband, but are looking for a good deal - anyone got any recommendations?

We were looking for about $30 a month and a min of 5gb. We'd prefer one of those roll-in deals where you get the line rental and the broadband, so i guess about $50 for that?

Is there such a deal?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene

Gay scientists have isolated the gene they believe makes people Christian.

In other news, I was watching dyke soccer last night with Calamity and someone recognised her from a photo they saw on the internets (along with fabulous shoes). Hello there random person!!!
I feel minutely famous.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Shoes came!

Yep, hottest shoes ever arrived! (mandatory kitty in photo)



I was going to post some photos of knitting (promise) but then the camera died....

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Kitty overload

for MissFee, as requested....

A hard weekend

With some heavy duty chainsaw action. (here is an idea of what we removed)

Most of the trees in our front garden were awful - thorny twisted trees that didnt even provide good shade. Two days worth of chainsawing later and we have a bare front yard, nearly ready for replanting (Lillypillies and Chinese Tallows).

After a big day it was time for a nap.

And then to the Butch/Femme/Trans afternoon get together which was really good. A lot of friendly people who were easy to talk to - just what you need on a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our new fur-baby, Calamity


When we go shopping we always look at the puppies in the pet shop - one day we'll get one we keep saying (but not from a shop!). This time, the girl asked if we wanted a kitten.

Turns out, some guy just walked in with her, dumped her on the counter and said he didnt want her then left. They couldnt sell her - they had tried the RSPCA and Cat Protection Society both which said they are overrun with kittens at the moment. The girl was desperate to give her a good home...

Well - The Boi is a softy for bundles of fur, especially kittys.
She's adorably cute, full of pouncy energy one minute and a sleepy bundle of purrs the next.
(and yes, i've already knitted 2 mouse toys and a ball-rope thing for her - International Cat Hats here we come! hehe)
 
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