There have been some changes, again, in Canberra and we have Kevin Rudd back as Prime Minister. I thought Julia Gillard's speech as she left The Spill was strong and positive and she made some very insightful comments at what was a most difficult time.
"...The reaction to being the first female PM does not explain everything
about my prime ministership, nor does it explain nothing about my prime
ministership... What I am absolutely confident of is it will be easier for the next
woman, and the woman after that, and the woman after that, and I'm proud
of that." From ABC News
I do believe that she was subjected to greater personal and professional scrutiny because she is a woman. And I noticed as the days passed, many commentators spoke positively about her term as Prime Minister. Still, as a country we elect local members to Canberra and the party with the most members, or people who will vote with them, form a Government and choose the leader, a Prime Minister. We really have no say. I do hope there will be a next woman and a woman after that soon. As a knitter I am pretty cheesed off at the flack Julia Gillard received about her knitting. No-one seems to pooh-pooh a golfer or a cyclist. Bah humbug.
Well, I've been garnering my strength and we've been having extra naps. I've had a few headaches, but they seem to have gone away now. Napping seems to have paid off, because yesterday I started two new socks: Froot Loops, which has yet to have a better name and my ordinary plain sock in some beautiful Regia hand dye effect in long green repeats. Yay, I am already at the gusset decreasing.
Yesterday I planned out the Tumbling Blocks for our next Sewing of the Craftsy Block of the Month 2013. There are some discrepancies between the video and its captioning and the information sheet, so my triangles are too small I think. I can really see the blocks tumbling though. I bought a 60* triangular ruler which should make cutting the real pieces easier and more accurate.
This afternoon I sewed a Jelly Roll quilt top for my NextDoor Neighbour's Christmas present. I'm going to give it to her early, so she can enjoy it in Winter. I decided on a MrsDrWho alternative construction: the jelly roll had to be supplemented with some plain Homespun and so it ended up long and narrow.
I had an awful lot of technical assistance with the quilt photos. My assistants were eager for a treat after all the work they did. Peri was so ready she did her best trick, which is 'Drop' and then usually 'Roll over' too. Gilly was just unprepared for the camera's flash.
I suspect MrsDrWho is still engaged in Family things to do with her birthday, so I can post a picture of her Boo!! socks, which are complete. I just loved using this Opal Surprise wool, and I would knit another pair like a shot. They are so colourful, but don't hurt your eyes.
I bought the new Colette Hawthorn dress pattern from SewSquirrel. The cost was $18 and the postage free. It is great to be able to buy it in Australia as the postage from the US was $14. The photo is from the Colette site. There's to be a sew-along. I may not sew along in real time, but the hints will be useful. I borrowed a couture sewing book from The Library and I have learned quite a few new tips and techniques.
Gilly has a new trick to try and get all the attention at the gate. The other day they'd opened the wooden inner gate and were waiting for me at the wrought iron one. Gilly likes to be taller than Peri and, well, any one else really. It is hard to be bottom of the pack.
The weather has been extremely warm, 16*C here and 19*C on the East Coast. Yet today we had nuisance showers, the kind where you can't even have your windscreen wipers on intermittent because they squeak on the windscreen as there's not enough moisture. At least we didn't have the destructive winds that hit the South.
Tomorrow we shall have Morning tea and then I will be cutting out and sewing my Tumbling Blocks block and baking some TimTam Brownies for supper at Sewing. I should also start the Cronuts. I am dreadfully afraid of the yeast part of the process, but I shall put my apron on and give it a red hot go!!!