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2012!
December!!

Twenty Twelve Go Bye Bye
Monday, 31st December, 2012 @ 9:53pm


Lee xox


"I'm bringing 'A' sexy back!"
Sunday, 30th December, 2012 @ 6:54pm



You said it old timer! Well, generally I don't, but this one is moving along very quickly and..
a) I've understood everything the pattern is saying so far and...
b) I HAVEN'T EFFED UP MONUMENTALLY YET!!!!
I have finished the back panel! Woop Woop!!





Also known as: 'Big long purple rectangle'
I really don't care if it ends up being the most shapeless piece of shit the world has ever seen! This is the largest slab of knitting i've done that has turned out this nice! So if I stuff up the other bits, this bit is going in a frame. In the museum of Australia. To be admired. Not joking. Very serious.
My only moment of 'Ohhhhhhh crap' came about 15 rows from finishing this piece. I hadn't done a 'trial wrapping' around my back yet.
BANG lightbulb moment!
I grabbed one of my more baggier tee shirts and laid the panel on top and VOILA!




It lines up pretty close to perfectly! That's a good thing right?! I bloody hope so, otherwise i'm stuffed ...
But as for right now, i'm stoked!!!
Next stop is the front panel, which is exciting because it incorporates some intarsia with shoving a big letter 'L' right on the front! Where on the front? We won't know till I get there I think if I follow the pattern I should hopefully get the placement on the chest. Which would be desirable. I'm just hoping it doesn't end up on the tum tum. Would be slightly awkward, wrong and well...a disaster really....
Anywayz! Onwards and upwards!
Why the frig I decided to start this in the middle of summer is beyond me. It is boiling. I won't even be able to wear it till like...APRIL! Probably! UGH! !!
Lee =
I shall leave you with this...
Get ready to applaude this screen...
Like I did for a good 30 seconds...





Lee xox


Groooooooowing
Thursday, 27th December, 2012 @ 9:24pm

Chugging along nicely !





Lee xox


"I'm so proud" - Mrs. Weasley
Wednesday, 26th December, 2012 @ 9:21pm



Mr. McCartney's ovaries have every reason to explode!
Check it out people!!!







The dazzling star that is JENNY has whipped up Sir. Paul as a Christmas present and he looks FREAKING ACE!!!
Amazing work Jenny and thank you for the pictures !!!!
I hope everyone had a FAB Christmas for 2012! I am still stuffed to the eyeballs. Two words... coconut prawns. Holy crap. If you've never been there....go there immediately!!!! BEYOND YUM!!!!!! Specially with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce....Oh my god, I can't even !!! I feel nirvana doesn't even compare to the sensations my tongue was feeling ... SO YUM!
Apart from all the deliriously happy-head screaming over the tasty prawns - it was a lovely chrissy . Although late last night, whilst replacing some dvds in their rightful places, a certain film jumped out, as it always does and a particular scene became rather relevant...




I felt a pang of longing....for my very own Weasley jumper.
So, in a trance, I tracked down some sticks, some yarn, a pattern and 24hours on, thus is our destination...




I feel I need to remind you...that I SUCK at knitting !!!!!
Plus i've never made a jumper before, so this, my friends, is going to be bloody hilarious !
However so far we seem to be on the right side of 'no gaping holes' which is both a massive surprise and relief !
(Just quietly, i'm actually feeling a tiny bit optimistic about my prospects !)
I decided on a lovely deep royal purple colour - because it's easy to get if I run out, but more importantly, I shouldn't run out since I have balls of this colour coming out of every orifice...
Too much info?!?
So i'm thinking a nice bright white 'L' initial orrrrr I do have some of that sparkly gold thread left over from Captain. Kirk's border....however that stuff is totally shitty to work with....so perhaps not
Either way I can't WAIT to try this baby on!!
Still can't believe i'm knitting man... ....



Lee xox


And To All, A Good Night~!
Monday, 24th December, 2012 @ 11:15pm




MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
I've been racking up some serious milage on 'chrissy telly' these past 2 days!
National Lampoon's Christmas
Home Alone
Wallace & Gromit
Love Actually
A Muppet Christmas Carol
Vicar of Dibley Christmas specials
The Santa Clause
Now A Christmas Carol from 1938 is coming on which has the bloke who played Admiral. Boom in Mary Poppins, playing the part of Scrooge! Small world!




Mind blown.
Sorry but I just have to take a moment to share one of my fave scenes featuring the Admiral...

Admiral Boom: Ahoy there, ahoy! Good day to you!
Mary Poppins: Good Morning, Admiral.
Admiral Boom: Michael, what fine adventure are we out upon today? Going to fight the hotten-tots? Dig for buried treasure?
Michael Banks: We're going to buy some fish!
Well played Michael, well played son...
Speaking of all things Miss. P...
10%!




I do believe there is a hint of a silky sleeve and a stripey jacket !!




So as I polish off my first box of chocolates and begin on another (Eff me I Christmas!) i'd like to wish everybody a safe, happy, healthy and fun christmas!! Santa Party Time Ya'll!!!
I hope the fatty in the red suit is good to you all and more importantly I hope you all eat like pigs, then I won't feel so guilty ! Seriously though have a wonderful day guys !!
MWAH MWAH!!!!



Lee xox


Practically Perfect In Every Way~!
Friday, 21st December, 2012 @ 10:00am

Well! I would like to extend a humungous "THANK YOU" for all the lovely comments left via the blog, e-mail, Rav, LJ, FB, the list goes on and on and on... on my Hometown Birthday piece !
Now it's time to breathe some fresh air into some older WIPs!!




Starting with these two!!!
Frig it's been a while! However when looking over the pieces left to complete, this one stood out.....
Probably because it happened to be on telly the other night !
So over this chrissy break, keep an eye out for some superca...superca... sweet updates !!


Lee xox


HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOMETOWN!!!!
Tuesday, 18th December, 2012 @ 1:28pm








Happy Birthday Hometown !!!
Started: 19th August, 2012
Completed: 17th December, 2012
Stitches: 41,370
Feeling?!: ....




This took one hell of a MASSIVE EFFORT but i'm so glad I gave it a shot
For any new visitors to the site, this piece depicts the picturesque National Carillon, which is a monument/building that was donated to the city of Canberra in honor of it's 50th birthday by Queen Elizabeth II
The white splodge to the right is actually the top of the James Cook water jet that shoots water up into the sky and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, so although it looks a bit odd, it should (I hope) be instantly recognisable to the folks who come to see it on display in February !!
The tension is a bit wonky, especially as I had to use a thicker yarn for the dark blue, which kind of stretched the top of the piece into a bit of a wave, but once it's backed and boarded things will be smooth as a baby's bum !
I can't believe the bloody thing is finished !!!!!!!!!!!
This totallee calls for M&Ms and a hot chocolate STAT!
Man, do I know how to celebrate rockstar style or what ?!?
So although this almost stole my sanity for good, i'm pretty darn stoked and have already started fart-arsing about with another landscape idea I know, I know....
However, that will come a little way down the track because by god I have some neglected pieces that I really need to get back in touch with !!
But right now we are CELEBRATING PEOPLE!!!!!!!
AGHHHH IT'S FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!



Lee xox


Flash your wares!
Saturday, 15th December, 2012 @ 9:30am

EDIT \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

80%!! + my DeeDee




About 30-ish rows to go now !!! Finishing this big bugger is seriously going to be the best Christmas prezzie a girl could wish for !!!!!!

EDIT ///////////////////



Okay, time to show you some of my favourite purchases from Melbourne town !!!
I think my best gets bargain-wise were these two cute bags they were only $15!! SCORE!!!





I've been dreaming of a cute satchel style bag for a while now and when this one popped up in pastel pink...well...destiny and the purse-like clasp on the brown one was too adorable to leave there !
The first dress I laid eyes on was this one and by god it fits like a glove!! So stoked!!




The pleated skirt = twirly goodness and although you can't tell from this far away, the little black buttons on the front = heart shaped. IT'S TOO DAMN GORGEOUS!!!
A HUGE trend for summer appears to be lace, which is definitely unknown territory for me! However these two, although they don't look much spread out on the floor, look surprisingly lovely on !!






Now we come to the most FUNKILICIOUS purchases...
Hold onto your socks kiddies...check these out...






A shimmery mirror-ball dress and the sweetest faux leather jacket in the known universe these two on together is a little overwhelmningly fantastic to be honest So awesome!!!
So those are a few of my new fave pieces and I haven't even covered accessories or jewelery see how awesome the shopping is down there!!!
You know what else is awesome...GT's on Swanston street...




Yes. I pretty much lived here at meal times.
I miss Melbourne already!!!!!



Lee xox


Melbourne'd Out!
Friday, 14th December, 2012 @ 7:02pm



Howdy Doody People!!!
I is back from my Melbourne travels feeling like absolute poo !!
I had such a mammoth time!! Problem is that FUN + shopping like a maniac + treking your arse around the entire city + 35+ BOILING HEAT = !!!!
So since jetting down last night my body has been de-Melbourning with some severe fevers and chills and aches and UGH, but man it was ALLLLLLL worth it!!
I spent the bulk of my time (and ) at the famous Queen Victoria Markets !!




I'm yet to unpack, but when I do, there will be pictures! Oh yes, there will be pictures !!
Suffice it to say, I shall not need to go shopping for another 3 years
In check-out-how-freaking-beyond-fantastic-Miss-Valerie-is news,




It was a great surprise to see Mr. McCartney hiding in my inbox upon my return! Valerie, you absolute speedy crocheting legend He looks UNBELIEVABLE!!




Speaking of peace, love and yarn, another 'forgotten' pattern has been posted in the PATTERN ARCHIVE !




The 'Peace Man' pattern is now nestled in between a host of other patterns for you to get your hook stuck into !
Ugh. I so have to go and grab a cuppa and restore my chi to it's faithful centre....this summer shopping...i'm not cut out for it man....


Lee xox


60,000!!!
Sunday, 9th December, 2012 @ 5:23pm







Can you believe it?!?!
Totallee.net has cracked 60,000 HITS!!!
This is NUTS !!!
I would like to thank everyone who has dropped by the site over the years!! Unfortunately you cats are stuck with me a little while longer as I just renewed the site for a further 12 months! Woop Woop 2014
But that's a lil way off yet! So for now Cheers guys for your continued interest, support and love !!
In rubbing-hands-in-excitement-to-the-point-of-almost-producing-flames news, I have just sealed the envelope which contains the entry form for my 'Celebrating Canberra' piece!
The thing still isn't finished but I just guesstimated the final dimensions (shhhh!) and am ready to post it off !
Apparently I won't find out if it's been accepted for showing until the end of January.....but I can't see there being any major issues !
Now I get to go and drag out my suitcase and pack pack pack !!!
Am off to the land of MELBOURNE for a mini break I bloody it down there!! Can't wait!!!
Shall be sure to take pictures !
Have a FAB week angels!
Happy Hooking!



Lee xox


9 and 3/4... minus the 9.
Friday, 7th December, 2012 @ 9:33pm



MAN this piece is proving to be a tedious slog!!!
Things are moving slower than a freaking snail, but we have finally made it to
75%!




This is such a shocking progress picture! Ack! Lighting doesn't show the shades in the sky properly and it looks as though I took the thing nestled between every chair and computer related appliance in the universe !
Still! 75% ain't nothin to sneeze at !! Which is a pity because with my freaking hayfever right now I'm sneezing at every bloody thing
Time to go tripping on my nightly dose of antihistamines!



Lee xox


Secret Housekeeping Business!
Wednesday, 5th December, 2012 @ 10:43am



Pssst! Guess who was cleaning out her choc-a-block website hosting server and stumbled upon a forgotten pattern !!
THE MYSTERY CAL !!!
How could I have forgotten about it !!!
So you will now find the pattern and associated pages over in the Pattern Archive!
I can't believe I forgot about it! What a toolbag !!
I also have a few other patterns to pop up so be on the lookout for those over the coming days !




Lee xox


Here Comes The Sun!
Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 @ 7:31pm



Summer is finally here!!!!!!!!
About freaking time too!! I've been waiting for some scorchers and last week was treated to some mid-thirty degree dazzlers, now, i'm over it and want winter back !
Actually, no, i'm looking forward to getting my arse down to the pool asap! The sucky part is that after 20 years of having nothing fun down there. Aka. just a boring normal kids pool, now they've got bloody slides and fountains and water spouts and a little garden thing for kids to play and get sprayed in
Back in myyyyyy day, wearing floaties was the epitomy of awesomeness...seriously...kids these days....s-p-o-i-l-t l-i-t-t-l-e %-#-$-@-!-'s
Where was I going with this?....
ANYWAYZ
It's been a bit of a rollercoaster week, i've been sick, i've been fab, i've been working and I managed to have a bit of fun at a gorgeous wedding on Sunday
Pity the weather didn't play nice....




The venue was overlooking the gorgeous Illawarra coast..problem is the always dependable Illawarra fog made itself known...
Still! It was a lovely day and an amazing turn out! 238 PEOPLE! I don't think i've met that many people in my life... makes you wonder how much the thing costed !!
The room was massive and was so pretty!




Lastly, dig the set of wheels the bride rocked up in...




HOT OR WHAT!!!?
So all in all, it was a fab day full of love love love !
You know what else is fab?!?
70%!




I'm hoping to go ballistic on it this week! That's if I can learn to stay awake at night longer than I have been!!



Lee xox