Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bits n Pieces

Today I was the recipient of a random act of kindness which was a new, and I must say lovely experience for me. I was walking in to the local supermarket when an older couple approached both carrying boxes of chocolate coated pretzels. The man walked up to me, handed me a pack and wished me a nice day. At first I thought they were giving out samples of a new product but the lady explained that 'he' liked them (that's why they had so many) and he wanted to make me happy.

Mission accomplished - I felt great, they were happy and I have something yummy to enjoy tonight!

Received another interesting parcel in the mail the other day. While I was doing a bit of online shopping from a shop in the UK, I saw these Addi Weave-Knit needles. They weren't cheap but I had to have some.

With these needles you can knit and weave at the same time so it will be interesting to have a play with them when I finish my other 5 UFO's.

I've been fiddling around with little things lately as I haven't had much time to devote to my crochet or knitting. I made these Pocket Book slippers for our CWA craft stall coming up in July.

Before you put them on, they look like little pocket-books, hence the name. Apparently nursing homes love these as they stay on much better than some others and are good for people confined to bed. They'd also be good for travellers on long flights as they're small enough to pop into your handbag. (I've tried several times to rotate this next pic but it doesn't want to play properly so you'll have to skew your head sideways to see it properly - sorry.) If you'd like the pattern, its here.


That's all for now - hope to have something more to say (and show) before too long. In the meantime, see you at your place.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Crochet find

After having lunch with an old friend today, I popped in to the Vinnies op-shop for a bit of a browse and came across this pretty throw which I couldn't possibly leave there. As a crocheter, I can appreciate the time and effort that has gone into making it and feel it would have been rather sad to have left it sitting there.

At $7.50 it was more than a bargain and I'm almost certain its made in wool as its quite heavy and has that wool look and feel. Measures 40 inches x 36 inches and has 90 little squares. There's not a thing wrong with it either so I'm very happy.

Have a great weekend everyone. I think I'm going to have a bit of a read-a-thon this weekend.  xox

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Busy Time

Gosh, I've had a very full month but things are starting to get back to normal so I hope to be blogging more frequently. I do read all my favourite blogs by other people every day and have enjoyed your lovely photos of crochet, knitting, gardens and travels.

The biggest of our events was on Easter Saturday (April 19) which was my eldest daughter's wedding. You know I want to show you some pics don't you? Here are a few ... to start with, of course we had to get a quick look at the reception set-up the night before.

The first pic was taken in the evening after the decorating people finished and the second one taken, as you can see in daytime.

Here comes the bride - about to leave home.

The new Mr and Mrs along with the not so new Mr and Mrs, my grandson and me.

My very dear friend L was official photographer on the day and I will be showing you some of her wonderful shots soon.

As far as crochet goes ..... well, it hasn't really been going anywhere much. I whipped up this hat one night and started two more projects while I was away doing some family business on the north coast of New South Wales week before last.

I feel a bit ashamed of myself with regard to that last one - I couldn't help myself and ended up buying enough of this cheap horrible acrylic yarn to make a baby's blanket. I was staying in a motel and had to fill my evenings in somehow .... didn't I?

Anyway, with the house on the market and all the associated tasks done, on the day before I was heading for home, it occurred to me that I probably won't ever be going to Forster/Tuncurry again so did a little drive around to take one last look. This really long bridge links the two towns and spans Wallis Lake about a kilometer from the heads. Dolphins are often playing in the area and I was hoping to see some but unfortunately it wasn't my day. Mind you, it was low tide so that may have had something to do with it.

And so the sun sets on Tuncurry beach. It was around 5pm and while those in Canberra were freezing, you might notice some people here at the end of the beach were still in the water enjoying themselves.

Its Mothers Day here in Australia tomorrow - also in the US I think, so I'd like to wish all the mothers and grandmothers, a very happy day. xox

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 .....