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Let's Talk About Socks, Baby.

A much better photo of MrsDrWho's Mr Spiggott Socks. I found the second sock on the chair outside the back door. I do not know why. It is a mystery.

The Mr Spiggott Socks 

Here is what greeted me when I came home from feeding MrsDrWho's kittens today:

Gilly and Peri at the gate
Our walking schedule has gone to hell in a hand-basket this week, and so they are all confused. I found some broad beans, scattered in the garden for them to find and devour, ameliorated the problem.

Here are my first two pieces of my Annus Vestis ( Year of the blanket, I tried quilt in the online translator but it translated it as 'quilt' so I improvised!!)

AV 1,2 I made some calculations and found that if I made the rectangle 12 x 24cm, my finished length would be 43.8m and I would have 17 'drops', each 24cm wide. That would give me unfinished dimensions of roughly 4m by 2.5m. Not very coin quilt at all. I revised the measurements to 10 x 18cm, which makes it a little easier to cope with.

I have decided I shall embroider the name of the month on the First of each month and then just the date number every other day. I did the $ because it is the start of the Financial Year and I think the colours in the fabric are suitably wintry. The second piece is Amy Butler and was a gift from Nora and so I embroidered her name. Two down, 363 to go!!

Such A Dazzling Vote Of Many Colours

I hadn't thought that people from other political systems might not know how our Westminster system works. We have three tiers of Government: Local, State and Federal. This is about the Federal  system. Here is an explanation, of sorts.

Our Federal Parliament is bicameral: two houses.

The House of Representatives is the Lower house and all the States and Territories are divided into Single Member Electorates containing roughly the same amount of voters. Tasmania has fewer people and so fewer members than NSW, for example. The political party with the most members in the Lower House forms Government and this party elects the Prime Minister from amongst their number. The Lower House alone can introduce Money Bills and that is why the PM is there. Apparently!!

The Senate is the Upper house and is basically a house of review. Each State has the same number of Senators, 6, and the Territories have 2 each. The Senate can block the Supply of Money bills.

The ALP has the numbers in the Lower House right now, but the Liberals plus some Green/Independent have the numbers in the Upper House. So that makes for some 'fun' times.

The voters do not have a direct vote for the Prime Minister, unlike the Presidential elections in the USA. Although many campaigns here are Presidential in style, it is up to the winning party to elect their leader, who then becomes the PM. That's why our PM can be peremptorily changed over night: the party in Government can just vote in a new PM.

Thank your lucky stars I don't have the inclination to explain the Hare-Clark system our state uses!!

OPAM time is here again: One Project A Month. Magically, my mittens have transmogrified themselves into an Eyelet Cowl for MrsDrWho's birthday. It is from Vogue Knitting (Designer Knitting here now) and I used one whole ball of Bendigo Luxury plus a little 8ply to finish the last few cast off stitches and the drawstring. I used a  5mm circular needle. I cast on 102 stitches instead of 90 rather than use 5.5mm needles. 5mm really are my comfort limit. It is so, so, sunny that it is hard to take a photo, so this is just to be going on with. Oh I have named this George Cowley!!!

George Cowley
I also finished MrsDrWho's socks. I have walked around with one sock looking for its pair to no avail. I know there are two but I can only ever find ONE. So I have named these the Mr Spiggott Socks. I based these on the Thuja pattern and just knitted a K2 P2 rib. At the heel I juggled the stitches so the top of the foot would have a K2, P2...K2 set up. I used almost one ball of Naturally Loyal 8ply for each sock. Again, this is just a photo to be going on with until I locate the other sock. I am sure it is staring me in the foot...

Mr Spiggott Sock
This week I have been Rip van Winkly: I slept in till 10-35 on Monday morning, on Tuesday I didn't even get out of bed apart from feeding The Labradors until late afternoon and Wednesday I plonked myself on the couch until tea time. Today The Labradors had a lovely walk, it wasn't raining like Monday or Wednesday, but there were plenty of puddles and little extra creeks.

Happy wet walk
And here's a close up:

The Labradors are lovely
The Australian Women's Weekly has a list of their Top Ten Cakes and I am thinking of having a little bake-a-thon of them over the next few weeks. Here is the list:

  1. White Chocolate Mud Cake
  2. Lemon Sour Cream Cake
  3. Raspberry Hazelnut Cake
  4. Mississippi Mud Cake
  5. Strawberry Hazelnut Gateau (MrsDrWho prefers raspberry)
  6. Moist Coconut Cake with coconut icing
  7. Tiramisu Torte
  8. Grand Marnier Fruit Cake (Hmm maybe closer to Christmas??)
  9. Black Forest Cheesecake
  10. Pistachio Buttercake with orange honey syrup (no honey for MrsDrWho though)

I like a list to work my way through and the Gentle Readers like step by step photos too, which is not a problem!!

I am going to have another nap soon because tonight it is Knitting Dining Out!! I must organise some knitting to take with me, maybe my mittens which are now for July.

As it is the start of a New Year (albeit financial) I have decided to start my new quilt. For quite a long time this will mean sewing one rectangular piece of fabric to the previous day's piece: day by day. Obviously there's not much to see today so I'll post a photo tomorrow. Maybe!!

Oh and I forgot to show my new cardigan. Mrs Valley found it Garage Sale-ing. It is a lovely Granny Smith apple green and matches my new top perfectly. It is very lovely and I have worn it every day. Best of all, it cost Two Dollars, yes $2!! I am very lucky. Mr and Mrs Valley also gave me a set of Jamie Oliver DVDs and some lovely lavender soap that is gentle on my skin. Happy days!!!

Ho Ho Ho Cardigan