You know what you don't want in between lots and lots of family staying at your house, when the sheets and towels are being changed at a mindblowing rate of knots? You don't want your washing machine to suddenly start screeching loudly, followed by the acrid stench of something very bad happening, with the finale of large belches of smoke that signalled the end of my 12 year old LG front loader washing machine. As soon as the shops opened after New Year, we whipped into town and bought this beauty, another LG, I decided that I wanted to go back to a top loader and I was really pleased to find one that uses what I consider to be an acceptable amount of water, about the same as the standard front loader. So, a gazillion loads of washing later, I am almost up to date and I am really pleased with the machine.
Our last lot of family visitors were my brother Pete, nephew Dee, niece Steph and her boyfriend Hunter who is visiting from Utah. Our kangaroos kindly hung around so Hunter could enjoy seeing them, I was very pleased. It was great to see you all! :-)
I said hello to the roos, this is Andre, he is Growler's 2 year old, basking in some rays of sun. He is a gorgeous little boy, feeling a bit left out as Growler keeps shooing him away as her newest joey spends time out of the pouch.
Starflower Mandala pattern
Attic 24. Lucy showed photos of this great method for keeping tabs on your colours and how it helps to make decisions, by winding a small amount of yarn over pegs. I didn't have pegs but Steve had plenty of long bits of scrap wood that he cut and smoothed down for me.
Mandala Madness. Basically it's another mandala, but this one ends up a massive 1.8 metres across, and is made up of zillions of rounds of different stitches! Some people have made them with only a few colours, but others have gone to town and made wonderful colourful, happy creations. And that's what I am going to do, which is why I had a buy up of many many colours, my Mandala Madness will be a riot of colour! I have to cull my colours choices down to about 16 though, otherwise I will never be able to decide what to use. I plan to start today, having been a good girl and done all the washing and cleaned the house, so I'll start posting a few progress photos on each blog post.