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Taking Stock: April

Making: The Arlo by Michelle Wang for Brooklyn Tweed for my eldest’s best friend, at the beach!

Cooking (aka dyeing): Easter eggs in true German tradition. What are your Easter traditions?

Drinking: Rooibos tea again….after a fairly long time…and it’s delicious!
Reading: Making Stories Magazine and I want to knit every single item.

Wanting: to have more time…to do what I love to do!
Playing: silly faces with my youngest in the morning.

Liking: culling things before our move into our own home!
Deciding: and trying to convince my other half what we need to buy after we move…new mattress, new TV, things for the garden…the list goes on.
Wishing: I had more time!
Enjoying: My eldest’s first and last camp as a Joey before he moves up to Cubs in Scouts.

Wondering: what will pop up next at work…it’s been pretty full on!
Loving: the bond these two are developing in the last month!

Pondering: what to knit for myself next!
Considering: whether to have another glass of wine.
Buying: yarn….so much yarn!!!

Watching: all the Marvel movies in the order they were released….it’s fascinating and my husband thinks I should move onto Star Wars next or Harry Potter… I have yet to be convinced!
Hoping: my eldest feels better in the morning!
Marvelling: at everything Tanis Fiber Arts comes out with.
Cringing: at the mess that inevitably goes with packing up a house.
Needing: new trousers…because Winter is coming!
Questioning: nothing!

Smelling: the most amazing flowers I received from my friend.

Wearing: nothing special.
Following: through on things I promised to do.
Knowing: that I will love tomorrow’s bush playgroup with the littlies.
Thinking: about my best friend in Scotland…missing her loads.
Admiring: the ‘shelter’ the kids built during the school holidays at the workshop put on by the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens.

Sorting:…still sorting!
Bookmarking: nothing in particular.
Coveting: yarn…always and forever more yarn!
Disliking: all the things I have to do before we move.
Opening: yarn from Wren & Ollie.

Feeling: tired…and I really should get to bed.
Snacking: earlier in the day on Strawberries.
Helping: others by giving away two guitars I was gifted.
Hearing: the diswasher downstairs.
Mixing: yarns.
Splicing: spit splicing….my new favourite way of joining yarn.
Celebrating: from afar my mum’s 70th birthday!
Forgetting: to bring back books to the library!
Winning: because he finally let the dentist check his teeth!

Pretending: …
Sneaking: away with work to Manly Beach.


Embracing: family time on Easter Sunday at Kiama.

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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Taking Stock – March

I love the idea of taking a minute at the end of a month…to breathe…and to take stock…so I am using The Little Room of Rachell as an inspiration.

Making: my youngest a rainbow pillow mattress for his 4th birthday.

Cooking: pancakes…almost every day!
Drinking: Schoefferhofer Weizen on a recent trip to Melbourne. Wheat beer is my absolutely favourite.

Reading: the latest issue of PomPom Quarterly.
Wanting: more time to knit.
Playing: with my kids.
Liking: my eldest little felt heart that he made all on his own for his first crush.

Deciding: on outdoor furniture for ….see below under ‘buying’.
Wishing: for the ability to teleport to be able to see friends and family in Europe in the blink of an eye.
Enjoying: cooler nights as we head into Autum and Winter here in the Southern Hemisphere.
Wondering: whether I really should be buying more yarn from the gorgeous Imogen at 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co.

Loving: changes.
Pondering: what is happening in the world.
Considering: going out to get more wheat beer (I said it was a problem, didn’t I?)
Buying: a house!!!! So excited….move in date is end of May!
Watching: Killing Eve with Sandra Oh….
Hoping: for sun tomorrow for my eldest first officaly outing as a Cub with the Scouts!
Marvelling: at the view from Taronga Zoo, where we spent last Sunday.

Cringing: at everything that is happening with Brexit…I just cannot…!
Needing: more time…
Questioning: certain decisions.
Smelling: the bathwater with bubbles my boys are sitting in.
Wearing: these pants (sorry…trousers) from Uniqlo.
Following: gorgeous friends like european_ali_with_a_twist, naroth13 and visualstories.photographer on Instagram.
Knowing: that I want more knitting and more importantly more yarn in my life next month!

Thinking: about what to make for my mum and my niece for their birthdays, coming up in April.
Admiring: socks, jumpers and shawls…on Instagram…and on Ravelry.
Sorting: clothes….
Bookmarking: my eldest son’s new programmes: reading, maths and spelling…I never had any of these and still managed…it’s baffling.
Coveting: outdoor garden sets…for the above purchase.
Disliking: being far from friends and family.
Opening: up to new experiences (being photographed in a 3D exhibion while out with the au pairs I look after)…working.

Feeling: happy and excited.
Snacking: on nothing at all!
Helping: others by getting rid of toys and games this month.
Hearing: my kids in the bath, listening to their Toniebox.
Mixing: ….
Slicing: through cake earlier in the month for my youngest birthday… my good friend made the most amazing cake for a joint party.

Celebrating: birthdays!
Forgetting: that life can actually be absolutely amazing!
Winning: at yarn chicken….bought two skeins of this Brooklyn Tweed Peerie yarn and only needed one for socks for my eldest.

Pretending: to be an expert at WordPress…I really have a lot to learn!
Sneaking: an episode of ‘Killing Eve’ in during the week…when I was meant to be working.
Embracing: my gorgeous son on the way to the zoo…I love him to the moon and back (both of them).