Posts Tagged ‘yarn bombing’

Blue Mountains adventures

November 7, 2009

Please excuse my silence over the last week—with only a three-day working week after our short holiday, it’s been rather busy here. But I’m sure you’re eager to hear how the Blue Mountains were.

We drove up to our cottage in Leura on Friday evening. Tired and disinclined to cook, we ordered Chinese takeaway in nearby Katoomba. It was while we were waiting for our meal that we discovered almost all the poles, signs and trees along the main street had been yarn bombed. A good start to any holiday, I think.

yarn bomb!

Our cottage turned out to be the loveliest little place, tucked away amongst the trees on the side of a hill, and surrounded by gardens. Inside had a quaint and homey feel, from the retro kitchen fit-out, to the wood-panelled bedroom and the brown tiles in the roomy shower. I was particularly taken with the sweet-smelling jasmine that trailed over the fence.

cottage

This is the view from the kitchen window. Lovely.

the view

On Saturday we explored the antique shops in Katoomba, and treated ourselves to dinner at a restaurant right on the edge of the Jamison valley, with the most amazing views.

jamison valley

Sunday brought breakfast in a garden cafe in Leura, and a walk to Wentworth Falls. I like waterfalls—they’re so lovely to look at, to hear, and to swim under. Unfortunately (as it was quite a hot day) these ones weren’t for swimming in.

wentworth falls1

The falls turned out to be very high with several parts—above is a small fall near the top, just at the point where the track crosses the river. Below is the main part of the falls. We were standing at least 200m above the valley floor.

wentworth falls2

After climbing many steps back up to the carpark (and during the next few days Phil repeatedly expressed the wish of never seeing stairs again) we cooled off with an ice cream and continued down the highway to Faulconsbridge. Here we visited the Norman Lindsay gallery, a collection of Lindsay’s drawings, etchings, oil paintings, sculpture, watercolours and more that is housed in his former residence. Although I first discovered Lindsay through The Magic Pudding (as did every Australian child since 1918), these days it is his drawings and paintings that speak to me more. He had such a talent for making his subjects (both human and animal) come alive, and was definitely the most prolific artist I’ve ever heard of.

On Monday we visited ‘Scenicworld’—a name that smacks of tourist traps, I know, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it sounds. After taking a steep, fast trip down the scenic railway to the valley floor,

steep railway track

we spent a lovely hour wandering through the rainforest on raised boardwalks, spotting aged coalmining equipment from the days before this was a national park.

rainforest

We managed to catch a glimpse of the three sisters through the ferns,

three sisters

before taking the cable car back up

view from cable car

and hopping on the glass-floored skyway to the other side of the valley.

my feets

We managed to squeeze in a bit of scrambling over the Katoomba cascades before the storm broke and we headed back.

cascades

Feeling we’d now had enough exercise to last us the week, we slipped back to the cottage for a rest and a quiet evening.

On Tuesday we spent the morning in Leura, and caught the race on the radio as we drove home. All in all, it was a lovely a break—a good mix of exploring and relaxing.

It pays to advertise

August 12, 2009

Because good things will come from it!

Last Friday I gave a talk at work about knitting. Keeping in mind that I would be talking to a group of (mostly non-knitting) Astronomers, I wanted it to be simple. I decided to focus on the new and interesting things happening in today’s knitting community, and keep the technical details to a minimum. The aim was to both educate the audience, and convince them that knitting can be cool—and not just the pastime of quiet old ladies. I also yarn-bombed work in the days leading up to the talk.

The talk itself went off well. I knitted garter stitch squares while I talked (which everyone thought was a cool stunt) and everyone seemed interested—I got heaps of questions. Afterwards, I managed to teach several people (academics and students, male and female alike) the basics of the knit stitch. It’s cool how people find the act of knitting so fascinating.

Then this morning, our site manager brought me a huge bag of ‘munitions for your guerilla knitting’!

free wool is the best wool

Little things

August 4, 2009

I know I’ve been quiet lately. I don’t have much news, but I wanted to share some of the little things that have been making me happy lately.

Clean-smelling, beautiful native flowers from the farmer’s markets.

flowers!

There’s something about the scent of gum leaves that’s so calming.

Books with patterns I’m itching to make.

books

I bought these a couple of weeks ago from the Book Depository, and they arrived only a week later (pretty good, given they came from the UK). If you’re in the habit of buying books of any sort do check it out, for every book I’ve wanted to buy in the last few months they’ve had the best price. And what’s more, they have free shipping to anywhere in the world. Free shipping! Considering I have to pay at least $12US to ship stuff to Australia from Amazon US, that’s fantastic.

Unfortunately those lovely books will have to wait, I’m doing some rather time-sensitive (and secret) knitting at the moment.

Tiny, adorable sheep stitch markers from WeeOnes at Etsy.

sheeps

Aren’t they the cutest? (There is a fourth, but it’s adorning my secret knitting.)

And finally, yarn bombing at work!

knitted door handle