Monday, March 9, 2015

Crochet (Knit) Catch-up

Oh dear, its been so long since I've posted I think I may have forgotten how to do it !!  I'll try to fill you in on what's been happening for the past few weeks in my life. It has been a rather hectic time in that we have eventually secured a lovely room in one of our better nursing homes here for my step-father. As his Enduring Power of Attorney, there's been plenty of things for me to take care of. He is now settled in to a nice big room (with ensuite) with plenty of space for a sofa, easy-chair, TV cabinet and of course telly plus some of his own personal things like paintings on the wall, framed photos etc. to make him feel 'at home'.

I have only been able to manage small crochet/knit projects but better small than not at all I suppose.

10" square for my Australia Crochet Facebook group partner

Moss Stitch Fingerless Mitts (probably for me)

Knit4Charity February donations for Rockhampton
 Homeless Connect Day

Oliver wearing his new hat made by Nanna. The first one was too big and came down over his eyes so he's saving it for when he grows a bit more !!!

I bought 5 balls of Bendigo Woollen Mills new wool to be released mid March. Its called "Bloom" - is 100% PureNew Wool, 8ply and comes in some gorgeous colours. It was a pre-release bargain so I just had to get some to try. I'm currently knitting a Diagonal Scarf from one of their BWM leaflets (PT8291).  I'll take a photo soon to show you how its coming along.

Tomorrow Oliver and his mummy are going for their first dip in the pool to see if he wants to attend baby swim classes. Naturally Nanna will be tagging along and will no doubt be tempted to take the odd photo or two (or three or .....).

Till next time ... take care and I'll see you 'at your place'.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hooks 'n' Needles

I bought myself a late Christmas present which arrived this week and am thrilled with it - almost as good as my Etimo hooks and they only cost me a total of $8.54US, (around $11 Australian) for the whole set, with free postage from China. How good is that?

If you want to get some, just email me (address in my profile) and I'll let you know where I got them from. The handles are soft and the shanks are lovely and smooth.

Further enhancements to my 'tools' collection are these beautiful knitting needles that were going to be disposed of by our CWA craft group last week. I offered to buy them but was told to 'just take them' so I did (thank you very much) and I can tell you, they will be treasured.

On a pair of these needles at the moment -

Can you guess what I'm making? Maybe I'll reveal in a day or two. However, I selected an item from my UFO drawer and finished off this lovely little baby's sweater from Marianna's blog. If you're not familiar with Marianna's patterns, have a look - they are incredibly easy to follow as she writes her patterns row by row (literally) so its hard to make a mistake.

Before I finish, I have to share a pic (well two actually) of our little man Oliver who is growing up so fast. We celebrated Australia Day on January 26 and he wore his special outfit and figured it was worth one of his lovely smiles.

And finally, here's one from his Christening Day which was on January 4. The gown he is wearing was the ribbon lace train from my wedding dress (1972) and was made into this beautiful family heirloom by my very good friend Gwen who now lives in the UK. The gown was worn by both my daughters on their Christening Days.

That's it from me for now. I was going to share a nice recipe with you but I'm hoping Pammy Sue is 'test cooking' it for me to make sure my daughter could remember how she makes it.

Till next time

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Lamp

This really tickled my fancy and I just have to share it with you ...............

A woman enters an antique shop and finds what looks like a magic lamp.
She starts rubbing it and, surprise, surprise, a genie emerges in a puff of smoke.
The genie says he can fulfil the woman’s most profound wishes.
She looks at him and says she desperately loves her husband. Will the genie grant the following wishes:
- that he will have eyes only for me;
– that he looks at me with interest;
– that I will be the only one in his life;
– that when he gets up in the morning he takes me everywhere he goes.
* * * POOF * * *
The genie turns her into an iPhone 6!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year & Page 1

I keep seeing messages all over the internet (probably mainly Facebook) that say today is the first page of a 365 page book so I figured I'd better at least write something!! Life has been rather hectic here lately, with the arrival of my new little grandson Oliver, then all the rush and bustle of Christmas shopping, a couple of parties, the pending arrival of overseas visitors ... and the list goes on. Somehow I managed to survive and at the moment its just me, 2 dogs (one being my DD's Pug who is being puppy-sat while they're away), and one cat. Everybody will be home again on Sunday morning, and at 5pm baby Oliver Edward will be Christened, followed by a small family celebration.

Although I've had plenty of time since Boxing Day to do some crochet and/or knitting, not much has actually been achieved. I'll give you a peek at two projects I'm working on (slowly) and hope to have at least one of them finished in the next few days. Firstly, a scarf that I've been doing on and off for about a month or so - using Red Heard Boutique Unforgettable in the Tidal colourway.

As you can see, I haven't got really far with this. I also get the urge to knit occasionally and last night I started this hat which will be going to Beanies for Babies and Kids at RCH, a charity that I support.

I haven't used this pattern before and wanted to see what it was like. The hat is worked sideways, is quite stretchy, so size-wise it should be quite versatile.

And, just because I can ...........

A butterfly - complete with the hair of the cat !  Can you spot it?

Back in September when I was in Tuncurry, on the mid north coast of New South Wales, I was really impressed with some of the decorations in the apartment I was renting. So much so that I took note of the website and bought myself this little plaque that was on the bedside table.

Cute isn't it? The little owl in the corner is 3-D. I also bought a set of coasters but forgot to take a photo so I'll have to show you them another time.

It seems the rest of the universe has received their copy of Simply Crochet Issue 25, except me. I've emailed twice and am still waiting on a response. I've been a subscriber for well over a year now and have just paid in advance, for another 13 issues. Not impressed!!  I saw the gorgeous Cowl Poncho that Pammy Sue made from it and loved it so much I thought I'd make one for myself. In desperation I purchased a digital single issue of the magazine yesterday for .99 cents via Google Play but now have to wait till I can get to the shop to buy the yarn I want. Naturally, I just can't seem to find what I need in my room full of yarn here !!  I bet you can relate to that.

Well, I think that's about it from me for now - other than to wish you all a wonderful new year and hope that 2015 brings you much joy, good health, happiness, yarn and lots of time to do whatever makes you smile. My only resolution made this year is to finish off all the chocolate left over from Christmas and I know I won't break that one.

Bye for now.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Best Ta-Dah .. but not of the crochet kind !

After being in hospital since Tuesday, was the wait worth it?  You bet !!  Sorry about the quality of that pic but recovery room staff are no doubt better nurses than photographers. If you don't mind indulging this very proud Nanna, I'd like to share some of the pics we took today.

Mum and Dad (above) holding their darling little bundle of joy.

My two beautiful grandsons - I don't know what Ryan (my other daughter's 12yo son) was doing to deserve the screwed up face and tongue poking out. Guess we'll never know.

I usually shy away from showing my picture but I guess there's no party without punch !!

How's this for a perfect FO ?  Can't you tell he's a much loved little boy? (That's his Dad's hairy leg you can see behind him there. I took the photo over Dad's shoulder and didn't realise his leg was showing.

Bye for now ....

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Crochet Catch-Up

Although I keep in touch with most of my fellow bloggers by commenting on their posts, I'm feeling a little bit guilty for not having done a post of my own for so long. Lots of 'things' have been happening in my life but I won't bother you with details. 

The most exciting news is that my new grandson will be here in a couple of weeks, with an expected arrival date of November 19. Of course this may change if he starts to grow too quickly - DD is now being monitored twice a week. She is going to be a 'traditional' mother and keep him looking like a baby rather than a little adult. I like that as they're only babies for a short time and there's nothing nicer than to see a baby in those 'nice little things'.  I've been busy with the hooks and needles, of course. This little matinee jacket is done in Australian 4ply with a 3mm hook. The pattern is from Vicki Moodie's book "Crocheted Matinee Jackets".  

Apparently he was a bit short on hats (according to DD) so naturally Nanna came to the party and provided these two.  With summer days approaching quite rapidly now (today is 29C) he probably won't be needing many but the knitted one is stretchy so might come in handy for next autumn.

 I can't remember when I started this pram/car seat blankie but with not much more than the last few rows and border to go, it was easy to turn this UFO into a FO. I used Bendigo Woollen Mills "Luxury" which is a beautiful soft Aussie 8ply machine washable wool.

The pattern is called Cloud Soft Shells and is from Leisure Arts book called "Our Best Baby Afghans". (Leisure Arts #2853). There are 54 gorgeous patterns in this book so if you're planning to treat yourself to something nice for Christmas, check it out. At the time of writing this post, there are 5 copies listed on eBay and a couple are priced really low.

I have a few other UFOs lurking around in my craft room and I've decided to TRY and complete at least one a month. I think the reason I have so many UFOs is that I see something I like on other people's blogs or somewhere on the internet and am motivated to make whatever it is myself. Then, especially if its something big, I get bored with it or see something else that I just have to make ...... and so it goes. Can you relate to this? Its obviously lack of self control but I suppose when it all boils down, if you're enjoying your craft, that's all that matters.

My son-in-law has been wanting to do a bit of gardening (surprise, surprise) so we went to Bunnings the other day and bought lots of plants - a couple of Nandina shrubs, lots of marigolds and petunias and this Kangaroo Paw plant which is my favourite. Kangaroo Paw is a plant native to Western Australia with flowers that resemble kangaroo paws. It is grown in home gardens and as a houseplant. Now its just a matter of trying to keep the dogs off the gardens and hoping that son-in-law retains his gardening mojo. Fingers crossed for a colourful display at Christmas.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Looky Looky - Lucky Me

A few weeks ago I entered a blog give-away at One Yarn After Another and was fortunate enough to be the lucky winner of this gorgeous yarn ....

It arrived today and is so soft and will be perfect for making something for a certain little man who will be entering the world in about 6 weeks time. I haven't seen this yarn before and am looking forward to searching around for a nice pattern to use. Thank's so much for this give-away Bev - it was such a thrill to win.