Monday, April 7, 2014

Good and Bad !

Well, the good news is that I've now got Outlook back as my email program which I much prefer to Windows Live Mail that I sometimes find a bit frustrating. However, the bad news is that my desktop pc has presented me with the black screen of death. Actually I don't think its actually 'dead' - my eldest DD and my son-in-law were trying to do things on it this afternoon while I was out shopping and 'somehow, something went terribly wrong'. Have to call a geek in the morning as its beyond my 'expertise' !!!  Thank goodness I have a laptop to fall back on. Its three years old but has only had about 2 weeks of use and has spent the rest of its life in a bag. I'm a bit concerned about all my files on the desktop as I need to prepare a financial report for a meeting on Friday.

My life has been so hectic lately - DD1's wedding is less than 2 weeks away now (April 19) and last minute details are underway.  Not much time for knitting and/or crochet I'm afraid - just an occasional row now and then when the opportunity presents. As a pre-wedding 'experience' my girls visited the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra to Meet a Cheetah. They're braver than I would be ....
 At the moment I'm collecting, on behalf of Knit4Charities, donations for a charity called Warming Beautiful Souls (search it on Facebook if you're interested) and one of our members made this wrap which I think is rather lovely.  Might try something similar one day. Its made up of 8 inch and 4 inch squares.
Finally, I want you all to know that I haven't forgotten you - each morning over breakfast I enjoy visiting your lovely blogs and I hope you'll forgive me if I sometimes don't leave you a comment. After the next few weeks, perhaps things here will get back to normal.

Bye for now. xox

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Just popping in to say hello and hope you're enjoying your weekend.

I've just recently discovered a new trick with Google+ and am experimenting here so please just bear with me.  This picture is of a Pug litter we bred many years ago - maybe around 1981. No digital technology back then so the quality isn't the best.

How about a few flowers ....

Would you like to see where we went to look for possible wedding pic sites ?

The future Mr & Mrs

How about this one of Quincy last Christmas? We don't even get snow here and certainly not in the lounge-room !!

Ha ha .. that poor guy must be tired doing all that walking. Oh dear, I'd better stop before you get totally sick of my playing around.    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xox

PS ... In case you were wondering, that wasn't me doing the stretchy cast on in my last post. It was our CWA craft officer Ann L.  I was the expert videographer !! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Very Stretchy Cast On

I've been meaning to show you this short video which I made at our CWA craft group a little while ago. The cast on is for 1x1 ribbing and gives a very professional look. Once you get the hang of it, its not that difficult. Excuse the amateurish video but we're just novices.

 I've been frantically trying to get organised for my daughter's wedding on 19 April (Easter Saturday) plus all the other things going on in my life at the moment. Not much time for crocheting - just a couple of hats for charity.

This is the popular Skater Beanie which is free on Ravelry. I used worsted weight and BWM 8ply for the stripes.

And one of my favourite patterns for a little girls hat, the Perenni, designed by Deanne Ramsay (a fellow Canberran) which is also free here.  For this I used Bendigo Woolen Mills 8ply wool.

I'm looking forward to having lunch with my dear friend L tomorrow. We're both like-minded crafty souls so its always a very enjoyable occasion. If she agrees, I might be able to share some of her try-out photos taken about two weeks ago. L is a very good photographer and will be doing my daughter's wedding pics.

No more news from me today .... see you at your place. xox

Monday, March 3, 2014

Australia's Most Livable City 2014

My hometown, Canberra was today named Australia's most livable city according to an annual survey by the Property Council of Australia. We have nudged Adelaide out of the top position which it has held for the past few years.  As we were out and about this morning I thought I'd take a few pics of our lovely city to share with you.

This first picture was taken from the spot where my daughter is to be married in April. If you look hard you can see the Telstra Tower (one of our well known landmarks) on top of Black Mountain across the lake.

The next three pictures were taken in Nara Peace Park in Yarralumla - some wedding photos will be taken here.

You can also see the Telstra Tower in the background of that last shot - I zoomed in for a closer look.

Its hard to believe that all those pictures are within coo-ee (Aussie talk for very close - about half a mile or 1km) to the CBD and our Federal Parliament House. Here's the city zoomed in from Nara Peace Park.

Before I go, my youngest DD bought these lovely flowers from our local supermarket on Sunday. Aren't they gorgeous?

I love the shades in this next picture ..

Well, that's about it from me for now.
Til next time .....

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Productive weekend

Not in a crafty way, but I did achieve a fair bit this weekend. Yesterday I picked up my outfit for my eldest daughter's wedding which is in April so all I need now is to get my shoes and bag.  After that youngest DD and I visited PetStop for some supplies for Quincy and a little doggy chocolate for him. Its such a wonderful place and you could easily be tempted to part with lots of money - but we resisted. There was a little toy poodle there doing a bit of shopping too. Its fun when the dogs accompany their owners and this little guy was such a happy puppy. By dinner time, with DD's help, we had managed to sort through my wardrobe (to make room to hang the wedding outfit) and ended up with three big garbage bags of clothes that are now too big for me. Yaay ...

This morning my grandson came to spend a few hours. He and his aunty did a bit of cooking ...

Pizza Pull-aparts almost ready to go into the oven - looking good already.

Sorry I can't give you a recipe as this came out of DD's head. I do know that it contains ham, cheese, capsicum, tomato sauce and herbs and of course butter, flour and milk. We tested a small piece each and it was delicious.  Ryan will have these in his lunchbox next week.

Now for a recipe that I had saved from the 4 Ingredients people on Facebook - its called Chocolate Slice and is very very easy and very very nice.

Here's our little chef about to put it in the fridge for a few minutes before adding the finishing touches - then voila ...

If you'd like to make some, you can get the recipe here.

In the tidy up of my room, I came across some lovely yarn which I was using for a Queen Anne's Lace scarf but you know what ... I've gone off that pattern a bit so I frogged the whole thing and am now trying to find a knit pattern that I think will be good for this yarn. Also have a couple of almost finished projects which I want to get out of the way this week.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a lovely week ahead.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Show and Tell

First I'll tell you about my latest FO. That beautiful wool I received from Maria's blog give-away was just screaming 'scarf' and so I decided on a simple V stitch as the colours in the wool are the real feature of this scarf. It drapes well and I'm very happy with the result.

And now for the Show ... I was able to get some pics of the crochet and knitting exhibits at the Canberra Show which was held last Friday to Sunday. There are lots of different sections which explains why there are many awards. I'll just show you the pics without any comments other than something that my daughter pointed out to me in this first picture. Can you spot what she noticed? Leave a comment if you can.    (Click on the pictures for a closer view)

That last pic is a blanket knitted by the president of our branch of the CWA (Country Womens Association of NSW).

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lovely Surprise

Maria from The Next Stage blog recently had a give away and guess who won ??  Woo Hoo ... yay .... I was the lucky recipient of this cute bag that Maria got from the California Design exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. If you'd like to read all about this very interesting exhibition, Maria blogged about it here.

I could feel something squishy inside the bag and discovered this gorgeous ball of wool hiding away just waiting to give me a very unexpected but very pleasant surprise. As you can see it is 10ply 100% wool and is just on 100g - I'd like to make something nice for myself with it and would welcome any suggestions.

Thank you so much for having this very generous give-away Maria - receiving your lovely surprise today really made my week.

My daughter and I are going to the annual Royal Canberra Show tomorrow. We're planning to get there when the gates open so we can get a showbag that one of our local radio stations are selling. The bags contain lots of great things to the value of $1,000 for just $20 with all proceeds going to the Cancer Support Group. They only have a thousand bags to sell so you do have to be early. Hopefully I might also be able to take some pictures of the crochet and knitting exhibits to show you.