Friday, August 31, 2007
We have a house!

well... sort of..

We signed the papers over two months ago, but the vendor had requested a delayed settlement, to which we had agreed. Fast forward 66 days (as they requested)... and we still haven't settled! The initial agreed settlement date was August 27th. Last Thursday, however, our solicitor rang me to say that the vendor had asked for settlement to be delayed further as there were some issues with the discharge of THEIR loan! The proposed date was September 3rd, which made me rather please as that would save us a few dollars. The state government is abolishing mortgage stamp duty as of tomorrow, so settling on the 3rd means that we will not have to pay it. About 30 minutes later, our solicitor rang again to say that the vendor now wanted to settle on August 29th. I asked about just leaving it as the 3rd but I was told that if we want to delay it past the 29th, we would have to pay interest to the vendor. I was most unhappy to say the least. What could I do? I agreed to the 29th. The 29th rolled around and on THE MORNING OF the 29th, our solicitor rang again.The vendor now want to delay settlement (indefinitely!!!) but he had negotiated an agreement with them where we are allowed to take possession of the house and move in or paint or do whatever we need to do on that day. So we did!

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Oh.. and I heard from the solicitor again today. Apparently the vendor is now ready to settle on September 4th. I am not holding my breath, but you know what? It doesn't really matter that much anymore. The house is ours (sort of..) and I don't have to pay mortgage stamp duty!

So.. anyway.. we're moving slowly. the fridge arrives tomorrow and the carpet cleaners are also coming through tomorrow. I have booked movers for next Saturday and they will take care of moving all the bigger things (such as the bed, the dining table, the entertainment unit, the tv, etc.) We will move everything else ourselves.

You know what? I am really not looking forward to having to face my stash. The thought of that much wool in bags.. scary!

Just cos.. here's a picture of Alex.

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Yes, that IS a tea towel around him.. I forgot to bring a bib with us to my in-laws'. Oh and yes, his shirt does say "lock up your daughters". Brett gave that to us when Alex was born and he's finally grown into it.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

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I love how the colours are coming out. the pinks are not pooling at all and they look almost like a semi solid colourway although you can see the big differences in colour when the yarn is still in the skein.

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The stitch pattern is coming out nicely too. I like the amount of stretch the sock has. That is particularly useful, I think, when knitting for someone else. I also learnt a new heel method! I have no idea how well it wears. The heel flap for this pattern is ribbed. I normally knit a slip stitch heel which wears like iron, so I am hoping that this heel will wear just as well.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I found this blog while looking for a recipe for kuih bingka (tapioca cake). I love kuih bingka and it is almost impossible to find any here in Sydney, let alone a good one. There are so many recipes tehre I don't know where to start. I'd love to try the cake(kuih) recipes simply because it's so hard to find good kuih in Sydney.

I also like that she makes her asam laksa the same way I do.. or should I say she cheats exactly the same way I do! I love my Brahim's sauces! They taste home-made, or close enough anyway.

I have made a lot of progress on my Pomatomus socks. Only another 60% of a sock to go. I hope to be done by this weekend, but I may be overestimating how fast I can knit!

I also have a pair of green shortaloonies to knit and the buyer wants it embellished with little sheepies roaming around and maybe a couple of brown fences. How cute is that? I am loving it already. I am going to be using Jo Sharp DK wool in Forest and I am planning on using some cream coloured boucle wool for the sheep.

Okay.. back to knitting...

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Monday, August 13, 2007
Sock Progress and not much else

I know it's been a while since I last posted. Nothing much has been happening here - lots of work, lots of baby care and not much knitting.

I did manage to finish a hat that I made for a customer:

Aside from that I have just been plodding along on the pair of Pomatomus socks I am knitting.


I am using some hand-dyed yarn and it's coming out quite nicely, I think. Not long to go now...I am knitting.. really, I am!

My sockapalooza4 pal is (obviously) not as slack as I am. Thank you, Deb! This is what I received:
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The highlight of the package for me is the pair of gorgeous Hedera socks. It really is gorgeous. I have already worn them.

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