Year of the dog

Happy new year!

Phew. Moved and in nearly all unpacked. Slowly settling in. Spud is becoming less and less demanding with his nocturnal activities. He’s rediscovered a chair which has been in storage. The craft space is still to be organised, but I’m getting there slowly.

Only crafting happening here at the moment is sock knitting (overdue birthday socks from December 05), oh and a new garment on the needles. A Jo Sharp, 2×2 rib knitted sideways and in one piece (my sort of knitting) in her DK Cotton. I’m knitting the long sleeve version in thyme.

I’ll leave you with Spud and the unfinished craft space. More soon!

crafty stuff



Hi everyone! Hope you all have a safe, fun festive season. Thanks for all your participation here at Craftapalooza this year. It’s been a blast! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all my cyber friends and also meeting some of you in the flesh!

No post is complete without a pic, I leave you with this rather silly (and unflattering) picture of myself at my work Christmas dinner this week.

Big boobie hugs to you all! (.)(.) Nicole


Movies, movies, movies!

What with all this relationshipendingmovinghouseandotherlifedecision stuff that’s been happening here for the past 6-8 weeks, I feel like I’m behind in movie viewing! There’s so much great stuff out and coming up. The two weeks I have off over Christmas, hear that peeps, TWO WHOLE weeks I’ll be crafting, going to the cinema, watching DVD’s, cooking and generally decompressing.

So what’s to view? Here’s the what I’d love to see over the break and some movies coming up in 2006 that are compulsory viewing:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
King Kong
Me, You and Everyone We Know
Brokeback Mountain (not out until 26 Jan)
Walk the Line (starts Feb)
Capote (with Philip Seymour Hoffman, excellent, starts Feb)
North Country (starts feb)
Jarhead (starts Feb, directed by Sam Mendes, American Beauty)

Tonight I’m off to a preview of the new Jim Jarmush film Broken Flowers with Bill Murray and a bunch of others. I’m excited!


Hi! All moved in without too much pus. Great removalists, which makes a huge difference. Over and done within 3 hours. Not too shabby.

New place is good. Crap everywhere still, but reckon by this weekend will all be sorted. Spud moved in pretty well. He spent the first morning meowing for about 4 hours. But quickly got over it. I had a Tammy moment with Spud (Tammy’s had some very amusing and painful stories about her pets!). He was investigating the kitchen cupboards as I was putting stuff away. I had pulled out the bottom drawer and hadn’t realised that he’d climbed into the space behind the drawer (obviously it smelt real good). I’d finished with the drawer and was shutting it. As the drawers are old and a bit stiff I gave it a good old shove. Drawer wouldn’t shut and dammit there’s something squishy back there, ok give it another couple of real hard shoves (no people, the cat is saying NOTHING, just taking it all sweetly). So finally the "thing", Spud, that is stopping the drawer from shutting comes flying out of the cupboard. I have a "oh crap, I’ve crippled the cat" moment and he’s looking at my like "what the heck is wrong with you, you’ve made me move house and now you’re bashing me". He wouldn’t talk to me for about 1.5hours! He kept running from me. Horrible, but now looking back funny. He eventually forgave me and I got to check him over.

Only downside so far is that I went to use the oven last night to make some shrinkies (old electrical, BLAH) and realised that there are no temperatures marked on the dial. DOH big time! I have plans to do some Christmas baking on Wednesday night so I think I’ll need an oven thermometer. How silly did I feel. Very!

Trying to get ADSL connected….looks like it’ll take about 3 weeks! So if you email me and I’m slow to respond this is the reason.

Hope you’re all well and staying sane this silly season. Hugs!

Packing Spud


It’s moments like these I wish I was a cat! Spud is very helpful with packing…NOT. Well he is if you count laying in and on boxes, using boxes as scratching posts and darting in front of me whilst I’m carting boxes. Tomorrow I move. Today I pack…..Yep. Left it to the last minute. Just finished the study and it’s 10am, think the study is the worse will all my craft crap stuff (today if feels like CRAP). Now I’m on to the bedroom, then the kitchen. I’m going to keep on going until it’s finished today.

Tomorrow morning up at 6am to drop Spud at new place and back by 7.30am for the removalist. I did request non-whinging removalists who don’t mind stairs 🙂

I hope to resume normal craftiness next week, I have a plan to make a skirt by next Thursday…shut up…it’s not funny! Oh and to knit a gift for someone and maybe bake some Christmas gifts…Well, we’ll see! Hope you’re all well and having lots of Festivus crafty fun.

I’ll leave you with a link I stumbled across today via my stats…Knitting News feed site.

EDIT – A fellow West Aussie, Jane (Jane, you have a blog?) sent me this illustration she did after reading this post. Put a smile on this dial! Thanks Jane.


Help save Gocco!

Savegoccodotcom I don’t have one, but would love one. Apparently it’s going to be discontinued.

Email I received today….

Date: Dec 12, 2005 9:16 AM
Subject: gocco needs you!

hello everyone i know!

my research for an upcoming article about  gocco for make magazine coincided with riso corp’s announcement last week that they’re discontinuing the "print gocco" system.

the gocco system, for those of you who don’t know, cleverly combines the basic priciples of screenprinting and rubber-stamping, enabling anyone to easily produce multiple color images. it’s the awesomest li’l gadget ever for artists and designers and will be sorely missed if it does indeed go "out of print."

while riso’s decision appears to be final, maybe, with our help, gocco can find a new home with a manufacturer outside japan.

to that end, i’m refashioning the forthcoming magazine article, and ed and i have quickly put together a website for the evolving "save gocco" grassroots campaign.

please visit for more information and ideas, and help save gocco!

thanks for your help!

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