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2013!
January!!

Short Hiatus
Saturday, 26th January, 2013 @ 9:20pm



Time to bid you farewell! Only for a little while!!
I'm popping the site on hiatus for a few weeks while I take a break away. However please feel free to leave tags or shoot me an e-mail as I may be able to get access to the net here and there on my travels
I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on everyone's works when I get back! Sadly I won't be taking my crocheting with me....
Which may send me bonkers (more so than I am now) but hopefully i'll be alright !!
So until we meet again, stay fun and funky and happy hookering !!!
Mwah Mwah!!
Lee xox


Hip Hip I'm OLD!
Thursday, 24th January, 2013 @ 10:35pm



"Hip Hip, Lee's OLD!!!" !
I'd like to extend a massive thank you to those who sent in lovely birthday wishes It was very sweet and I thank you very much for making the day an extra special one !
I had a lovely day and if Windows Movie Maker would just get it's shit together i'd be able to show you the coolest present known to man, but i'm going to be annoying and keep it hush hush till I can get the 10 second clip to work Don't mean to build the tension, but seriously, it's totallee worth getting excited about!
In extra-super-happy-awesome-news, it's time for an unveiling!!! Of sorts?!!!!




Allow me to introduce a NEW MYSTERY CAL!!!
For those funky new kids on the crochet block, a mystery cal = me popping up a pattern and the colours needed, but you have no idea what you're crocheting!
Sound nuts?!
Excellent! Because it totally is! !
For any curious cats, feel free to check out the PATTERN ARCHIVE and have a squizz at the first totallee mystery cal !
Or! If you are a true ANIMAL LOVER (I'm not quite sure but I think that may be a hint folks ) you may like to mystery cal number one and go straight into this new one!
Which I had better link to!!
MYSTERY CAL #2!!!!!




Now, the only slightly awkward confession I must make in regards to this mystery cal is.....that I haven't tested the pattern........
However! Sadly I am about to pop the site and all my blogging on a few weeks hiatus cry my a river little man...
So! I wanted to part ways with a little gift! So if anyone out there has been idle with their hands, or looking for a handy stash busting project, this is it kiddies
And remember! If you do decide to give it a red hot go, I wanna see the pictures !!!
Alright, time to close off another birthday with some shut eye. The diet was put on hold for today. Looking at the damage on the scales incurred thanks to this decision can wait a few days....




Lee xox


Watching-this-guy-and-his-mad-jacket-skillz-appreciation-post.
Monday, 21st January, 2013 @ 5:44pm



Lee xox


Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Sunday, 20th January, 2013 @ 10:09am

20%!





Lee xox


Accio Amazingness!
Thursday, 17th January, 2013 @ 8:00pm





I have been on the most AMAZING high today courtesy of the absolute GENIUS that is MARGARET
Margaret spent 2012 crocheting the entire Hogwarts bunch into THE MOST PERFECT BLANKET I'VE EVER SEEN for her AMAZING granddaughter Phoebe !!!!
Margaret is the best grandmother in the world people !!!!!!!!
Margaret you LEGEND!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE the colours, I LOVE the trim, I LOVE the placement, I EVERYTHING!!!!
Such a stellar job!! I'm so so happy!! AGGHHH !!!!!
If you would like to have your very own Hogwarts Bunch Blanket the patterns for each panel can be found for free in the PATTERN ARCHIVE



Lee xox


CAL-rificness!
Wednesday, 16th January, 2013 @ 5:00pm



I believe it is time for Totallee to get it's CAL on once again !!!
I've been fiddle-farting around with a few ideas and I think i've found a good picture to work with
6 colours in all, but two of those are black and white, so really it's only a palette of 4 shades of the one colour folks would need to get their hands on Because I do know how much of a pain in the arse it can be to hunt down 6 !
My only problem is the timing!! I leave for the beautiful, heavenly country known as New Zealand soon and will therefore be on hiatus for a while, so i'm not sure whether to wait and make it a true crochet-along that we can all do together, or if I just pop up the pattern and let those who wish to work on it, do so in their own time (aka. put it up as a free pattern), or door number 3, make it a mystery CAL!
AGH! Decisions decisions!!
Let me know what you would prefer peeps !!




In New-years-rezzie-news, i've decided to get a move on with one of my resolutions for 2013. Learn a language!
Well, BEGIN to learn a language!!
I picked these discs up from the library today !




Due to my current obsession with Kpop, Korean dramas and Mr. Sexy-as-all-hell, aka. Lee Min Ho




PHWOAR!
I've decided to have a crack at Korean!
(This way, I might be able to concentrate on him rather than the subtitles !)
Right, back to Beatle-ing!



Lee xox


"Girl, you've got to carry that 'yarn'.."
Monday, 14th January, 2013 @ 7:41pm



So I had a hankering to turn off my mind, relax and float downstream with the kings of EMI last night and this happened...




Yup, McCartney scored the beginnings of a snoz!
So worthy of a hyper thrust - !
PLUS we have substantial George chin and the start of some Lennon chin !!
PLUS a pair of Lee feet! I mean for christ sake! How thrilling can it get?!?!
. Yup.
Anywho! I've decided that i'm going to shake it up (baby now!) as far as what i'm working on goes Luckily I have about a gazillion pieces on the hop, so i'm just going to let my moods dictate what gets worked on The upshot of that is that I shouldn't get bored or fidgety or turn into a raving lunatic by working on one piece for too long. I'm looking at you Canberra landscape !!
I gotta say it's feeling extra sweet to have the hook back in hand! Back to things working like clockwork again !



Lee xox


You Must Be A Weasley!
Sunday, 13th January, 2013 @ 33:48pm






WEASLEY SWEATER!!!
Started: 25th December, 2012
Completed: 13th January, 2013
Pattern: can be found HERE! (Go on! Give it a go!), courtesy of Alison Hansel
Stoked?: FRIG YEAH!!! !!
I'm still in a state of shock! I actually KNITTED and FINISHED something"!!
I would like to take this opportunity to cyber worship at the feet of Alison Hansel for providing a pattern that even I can follow!!
I also have to tip my hat to the folks over @ Mochimochiland.com who have a FABULOUS easy-to-follow tutorial on the matress stitch !! Major kudos!!
I seriously had a freaking ball making this! If you have ever wanted to give it a lash, I would dive right in because this was fun as hell! It's definitely given me the confidence boost to have a go at more knitted projects So god knows what is in store this year, but i'm excited to widen my fibre repertoire !
SIDE NOTE - couldn't help but laugh at my girl's reaction....as you can see....she's totallee chuffed for me...




Thanks babe...
Lee xox


A Pair of Arm Coverings!
Saturday, 12th January, 2013 @ 9:06pm

Back, f-front, sleeeeeve, WHAT! ANOTHER SLEEVE?!!!




I'll be trying out some circular needle action for the very first time tonight in order to complete the neck! Which will mean that tomorrow = sewing up the sides and the sleeves and tucking and weaving in all the little ends and then VOILA! Posing time!!! Unless the bastard doesn't fit... in which case you're all in for a beautiful photo of me scrunched up in the corner crying and blowing my nose on it ...
Let us all take a moment to pray for the former eh?!
AGH! Can't wait to get into it !!!
Lee xox


Sleeeeeve
Wednesday, 9th January, 2013 @ 9:44pm

Sleeve number #1 done and dusted ya'll!!!






Lee xox


The Power of the Flame
Monday, 7th January, 2013 @ 7:33pm



So I know i've been banging on about the heat lately, but tomorrow we are set to have "the worst fire conditions seen since 2003" - which happens to be the year my town went up in flames and over 500 homes were lost, along with 4 lives. So nervy feelings of de ja'vu are bubbling up to the surface tonight ...
Nervy feelings have also been stirred up when I learnt that last night as I was swearing like a mad woman at my air-conditioner which had suddenly decided to take part in a suburb wide blackout, a house fire had compromised the power lines. The fire had consumed a house that I walk Dee past every day. Just last week we walked past and waved hello to the 65yr old man who lived there. His body was found in the home. He didn't make it out.




May he rest in peace.
So it's been a day of crazy old fears and feelings resurfacing....
Bushfire survival plan is in force. Which is basically - get out at first hint of fire being anywhere remotely near the edge of town.
But hopefully things don't come to that and everyone stays calm, cool and collected...
Cool being the operative word.
As long as we take our lead from these lads we'll be A.O.K !



Lee xox


Feeling Hot Hot Hot!!
Sunday, 6th January, 2013 @ 7:07pm

Uggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Got to 40.1 degrees yesterday, 38 today, tomorrow, i'm too scared to look.
So i'm afraid the will to do anything that involves moving has been absent. However! The presence of a fan in one's face has the power to provide a little bit of relief!
Enough to get down and funky with some sleeve action
Sleeve #1




So after I calmed the fudge down about terms like 'grafting' and 'ssk' and knitting stitches together, I managed to join the shoulder seams together and then with the aid of my crochet hook, get the beginnings of sleeve number one to come into life Stoked!
Now I just have to get to the end, cuff it, do the same on the other side, finish off the neck, sew up the sides and VOILA! a Weasley jumper I won't be able to wear for 6 months Awesomesauce.



Lee xox


Sizzling!!
Friday, 4th January, 2013 @ 6:07pm


HOLY HEATWAVE PEOPLE!!!!! 37 DEGREES TODAY, 39 TOMORROW!!!
This is nuts! I think I asked every customer at work today if any of my face had melted off, because by god it's severe out there !!! It's that kind of heat that zaps you of all energy, brain power, appetite, will to live, etc...
UGH
So what do I do to combat it? Knit a jumper




I should have my head examined, but then again I swear my brain has melted into a puddle, so I guess it kinda makes sense for me to be doing something this dumb !
So, I now have a back panel and a front panel, now comes the scary collar-forming, shoulder-constructing, sleeve decreasing parts ! However, the possibility of me working on it over the next two days is a little low. I will most probably be copying this fellow...



Lee xox


2013 BABY!!!!
Tuesday, 1st January, 2013 @ 8:48pm



HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
I'm feeling bloody fantastic about 2013 already! No idea why! Just have a really good fuzzy feeling that it's going to be a good one! Nay, a GREAT one !!
I welcomed the new year in my tradtional fashion. Was in my jimjams by 9:30, in bed by 10 and in my semi-conscious state I awoke to some loud BOOM BOOMS, gave an obligatory "Woo!" and promptly dozed off again
Crazy, wild, party animal.
So after getting up at sparrows to take the dog for a walk (taking the opportunity to have a laugh at all the taxis still zooming around with green-faced people hanging out the windows), it was a day to spend indoors because holy frig it was a scorcher today !
So with 30+ degree weather I was completely sensible and decided to bake! Cranking the gas oven into full steam...warming the entire house by 10 degrees.... .
But I managed to make some cracking shortbread !




Pretty no?! Well, the beady little eye at my elbow thinks so....
I figured nothing says 'Happy New Years' to your co-workers like shortbread! I bet it's just what they'll want after a week of stuffing themselves over chrissy
I. Am. So. Not. Going. To. Be. Popular. Regarding. Peoples. I. Want. To. Lose. Weight. New. Year. Rezzies.
Anywho!
Check this out!!!




The beginnings of an initial!!!!
Happy days! Happy days indeed!
Unfortunately I had to ditch the gold thread I had due to being unable to come to a compromise. I wanted it to work, it wanted to fray. We had to part ways . It's okay, it was all done peacefully. So I wished it the best of luck for the future and waved it farewell as it went sailing into the 'Odd Bits' box
So I went with white instead! Bit boring, but there's no point in having an initial that is going to blend into the background
So now to finish off this front panel and then comes shaping the shoulders....
......
Which I totally know how to do.....
......
....
... HELP!!!!@#@!$!!...
Lee xox