Life in General

New things

4 September 2011 · 4 comments in Life in General

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Handspun scarf

New sandals

Summer nails

Cookies before

Cookies after

I’m still enjoying my new camera, and some other new things. I just finished a scarf from some of Sarah‘s beautiful handspun. It’s just plain 2-2 rib, but the yarn makes even the simplest stitch pattern beautiful. I just hope I’ll have the chance to wear it gets too warm.  Mostly, though I’ve been starting to get ready for summer. I’ve got a new pair of sandals from the Swedish Hasbeens sale and gave myself a nice summer pedicure. Today, I also made chocolate chip cookies for my last day at work, using this recipe that I’ve been dying to try. I can’t bring myself to make 5-inch cookies, but they taste pretty great anyway.

Things are starting to get pretty busy around here. James and I are off on a two-week trip to the US on Thursday and when we get back, I’m starting a new job. I can’t wait to try the 7D out on some more interesting subjects than my loungeroom and backyard. Not that those cookies don’t make my mouth water.

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21 August 2011 · 2 comments in Life in General

Thanks for all the well wishes on my last post. We’re slowly starting to think about wedding planning. I’m sure I’ll share more at some point. 7D! Last weekend, I finally purchased something I’ve been saving for and lusting after for a long time, a Canon 7D. So far, I haven’t really had the chance to test it out properly, but hopefully this means the number of pictures around here will increase soon. Joanie! 20110821_0762 We’ve had some beautiful weather this weekend, so I took the opportunity to clean up my bike and we made lemonade with the lemons from our backyard. Yum! I’m looking forward to summer and getting to spend some time outside.

Big news!

8 August 2011 · 11 comments in Life in General

Big news!

So, the publication of Neko wasn’t the only big news I’ve been sitting on. A couple of weeks ago, James and I got engaged and we couldn’t be more excited. I’m also head over heels for my gorgeous ring, made by local artist Shimara Carlow. We commissioned it through Pieces of Eight gallery, which was a fantastic experience and I ended up with am perfect ring. I’m ridiculously picky, so James was nice enough to let me help choose. I knew I wanted something simple and timeless, but a little bit different, and I love knowing that it was made just for me.

And just in case you’re wondering, we have no idea when/where/how, but are just enjoying being engaged for now. It still hasn’t quite sunk in, so we’re calling each other “fiance” as often as possible in the hopes that eventually we’ll get used to it.

On the way to Canberra

Last weekend James and I went to Canberra for the long weekend, both for the first time ever. You might think I do lots of travelling in Australia, given that I just blogged about my trip to the Great Ocean Road, but that’s not really true. These two trips were the first time I’d been travelled within Australia since New Years 2009, and the reason was pretty boring: I had to visit the Swedish Embassy in Canberra to renew my passport.

On the way to Canberra

We drove up on Saturday. Door to door, it took about eight and a half hours, and as we were getting close, the light outside the car was so beautiful I couldn’t resist getting my camera out and snapping some photos through the windows.

On the way to Canberra

Throughout the drive, I couldn’t stop marvelling over the unique Australian landscape. I rarely get out of the city, and the vegetation here is so different from what I’m used to in Sweden. Of course, James found me ridiculous: “It’s just normal Australia.” Yeah, after six years here, I’m still a tourist.

Parliament House

One of the first things we did was go to visit Parliament House. We walked from the hotel, which was really bizarre because it was so quiet and empty. We were sure there’d been a zombie apocalypse. Parliament House itself wasn’t really that exciting, but we felt like it was something we had to do, given that we were in the nation’s capital. The most interesting part was just knowing that this is where all the decisions get made.

Parliament House

It is, however, a pretty interesting building, which looks sort of like a fortress, set up on a hill and buried under the ground.

View from the top of Parliament House

You can also take the lift up to the roof and look out over the city.

No knitting in the House of Representatives!

Next, we visited the old Parliament House, which has been turned into a museum. In many ways it was much more interesting than the new building. James pointed out this sign: no knitting in the House of Representatives!

Australian War Memorial

Overall all though, the highlight for me, if you can call it that, was visiting the Australian War Memorial. I didn’t think it was going to affect me that much, but walking through the museum inside which details Australia’s involvement in World War I and II gave me a lump in my stomach and made me tear up more than once.

Australia War Memorial

Seeing all the exhibits and then the names of all the people who gave their lives was incredibly humbling. This is something I won’t forget for a long time.

Australia War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

Great Ocean Road

This post is about two weeks late, but I still wanted to share these photos from the Great Ocean Road. My mum visited me for a week at the beginning of the month, and we drove up the coast together with a friend of my mum’s and her daughter. Even though I’ve been in Melbourne for over six years now, I’ve never been up the Great Ocean Road, so it was about time.

Great Ocean Road

We saw the Apostles, went up into the Cape Otway lighthouse and generally acted like tourists. It was great to spend some quality time with my mum and see some of the beautiful sights around Victoria.

Great Ocean Road

I won’t go into more detail right now. Hopefully I’ll have more to say next week, maybe even about something knitting-related!

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Brighton Beach

Melbourne is a funny, unpredictable place, especially when it comes to the weather. This week we’ve mostly had cool, autumnal days, but today it was full-on summer again, so James and I decided to go on an adventure to Brighton Beach.

Brighton Beach

Even though I’ve lived here for six years now, I’ve only been to the beach three times, including today. That’s the CDB across the water up there, so it’s not very far. It’s particularly surprising considering how much I love being down by the water. It makes me feel at peace, even if that was difficult with the intense sun today.

Brighton Beach

It was, however, the perfect day for walking along the beach and eating ice cream. I also loved the colourful and iconic bathing boxes. Unfortunately, my camera battery died right about here.

Prahran station

Instead, I’ll share some silly pictures that I took at the train station on the way down. I love how Melbourne this wall is, with the faded paint and colourful posters. And the obligatory arm’s length shot because who can be bothered to lug a tripod around with them everywhere?

Arms length at the train station

Melbourne’s had a pretty pathetic summer this year, weather-wise. Today may technically be at the beginning of autumn, but it felt like the perfect summer day to me: warm and sunny, but not too hot.

Reading in the backyard

This kind of weather makes me want to be outside. I spent some time under the market umbrella in our courtyard with a cold drink and a good book. I’m usually a one-book-at-a-time girl, but at the moment I’m reading three books: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Luckily, none of them is a particularly difficult read, because I’m not really giving any of them my full attention.

Sausages on the BBQ

In honour of the weather, we threw some sausages on the BBQ, Aussie style, for lunch. I’m not a huge fan of the Australian way of doing sausages, but these were pretty good. Plus, does anything beat eating outside in the sunshine?

New shoes - WAY overdue

Then this afternoon, I got up the energy to get out of the house long enough to get a new pair of Bensimon lace-ups. As you can tell, it was way overdue. I love these canvas flats for casual wear and I figured the navy colour would fit perfectly into my wardrobe. It’s nice not to feel the pavement through the soles of my shoes anymore!

Power outage

5 February 2011 · 1 comment in Life in General

Power outage

This weekend has seen some crazy wet weather in Melbourne. Last night, I had just settled in to a lazy Friday night in front of the TV when the power went out. The first thing I did was dig out my Ikea tealight stash. The second thing I did was look up a bread recipe online before the batteries of my iPhone ran out.

Power outage

I have a history of baking at weird times, so making bread during a power outage made perfect sense to me. Luckily, the power was only out for three hours, just enough time for the dough to rise twice. The power came back on just as it was time to turn the oven on. I wasn’t 100% happy with the way the bread turned out, but that had nothing to do with the unusual circumstances under which it was baked.

Power outage

Having no electricity really made me realise just how reliant I am on technology. While I was able to get some crocheting and reading done by candlelight, I was itching to turn on the TV and check out the internet. I really need to make an effort to switch off every now and then. But tonight, I’m going to do what I didn’t get to do last night: marathon The Office. Oh, and I might get some knitting in as well.

Power outage

{PS: I took some time to redo the design of my blog last week. Please take a look and let me know what you think!}

My new love

8 January 2011 · 3 comments in Life in General

Happy New Year!

I hope everybody survived the holidays. I did, even if I ate my weight in Christmas food and chocolate. I was lucky enough to be able to go take James to Thailand over Christmas and New Years (my birthday!) for 10 days to see my family and generally relax. We had an amazing time, but are happy to be back into our everyday routine.

Bike!

Since I returned a week ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about New Years resolutions. I reviewed my list of 25 things to do before I turn 25 today, and while I wasn’t quite successful (I only read 47 books and stopped taking daily pictures some time in February), I did manage to complete two-thirds of the list. I also did lots of things that weren’t on the list, like selling my knitting patterns online. All in all, 2010 was a great, and momentous, year for me. After all, it’s not every year you finish your Masters degree and start your first full-time job.

Joanie!

For 2011, I don’t have any real resolutions, but I’m hoping to make it another memorable one. I’m going to continue to knit and hopefully publish a few more patterns. I’m going to do my best to make the 50 book goal. I’m going to be happy and healthy. I’m also hoping to make blogging a bit more of a priority and will aim for weekly posts, but first I have to work out what I want this blog to be.

Joanie!

If you’re wondering what pictures of a bike have to do with anything, that’s my parents’ wonderful and generous gift for my 25th birthday a week ago. Her name is Joanie and I love her to bits. I haven’t riden a bike since I was a kid and have very little experience riding in traffic, so I’m slowly working on my bike confidence. Hopefully I’ll be taking her to work with me in a couple of weeks!

Bike!

Trading

5 December 2010 · 5 comments in Life in General

[Don't forget that there are still a few hours left to get 20% off my patterns in my Ravelry store with coupon code PEPPARKAKA (which is Swedish for gingerbread).]

One of the best parts of clearing out my wardrobe and sending my sweaters off to other corners of the world was being able to trade with some of my favourite people. When I sent Owls off to live with Marianne, she sent me this gorgeous handspun in return.

Handspun by Marianne!

It’s a fingering weight 3ply and it’s going to make some really gorgeous socks. The fibre was dyed my friend Jeanette of FLUFF, so there will be a lot of love going into this knit.

I also sent Ropes & Picots off to live in Chicago with Jocelyn, and in return she sent me sent me a big box full of American treats.

Choccies!

I have a weakness for chocolate of any kind and it’s especially fun to get a taste of the stuff we can’t get here in Australia. I’m lucky to have such awesome friends. Thanks, girls!