Friday, August 31, 2012

My first Mobius

Its finished ... ta dah !!!!  This was such a fun project and I'm certainly be going to make a few more. There was no pattern for this one - just a few rows of this and a few rows of that. Magnum 8ply Soft with a 4.50 hook.
It really fascinated me how you work out from the middle in a never-ending round.

I've just finished day 2 of the mystery KAL and here's what it looks like today ..

Don't think its a mystery any more, do you?  It is a very pretty pattern and I hope I'll be able to show you a picture of the blanket when everybody's squares are all stitched together. Tomorrow is the final day - I'll post a pic of my finished square.

Supermarket shopping has never been one of my favourite things and I've been putting it off for as long as I can. I'm starting to run out of essentials so I really must put down the knitting, get off the computer and go shopping. Yuk !

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Order and the Mystery

What do they say about the best laid plans?  I was set to get started on my baby blanket - had it all planned on paper as to how many of each colour etc. and was about to go into the stash to get the yarn when I had a phone call from my daughter saying that their office was very cold and could I make 2 pairs of fingerless gloves for her and her colleague and can they be ready to take to work tomorrow.  Well, what can a mother say but 'of course dear, what colours'?   Managed to get one pair done for her to take as requested but the other pair only got finished yesterday (just a day late).

You might recognise these - inspired by a pattern I found somewhere on the intetnet but heavily modified for our Australian wool and with a few design changes.  They're a big hit with the girls in my daughter's office.

The mystery KAL (knit-a-long) has started and I've just finished today's instructions which arrived by email this morning.

The KAL is being organised by Knit4Charities and is to run over three days. The squares (all either blue or white) will then be sent to one of our members who will make them into a blanket for a lady who, although not a member because she doesn't have a computer, is a very dear friend of the group and has supported many of our charities. She is facing a very difficult time at the moment.

I've always been fascinated by the Mobius scarf and especially so after receiving one in an Australiacrochet exchange a few weeks ago.  Because I'm easily distracted, I was playing around with some yarn last night and started a Mobius which is fun.  Now I have to finish it before getting back to that baby blanket. I wonder if other people are like me - see a nice pattern - have to try it, want some instant gratification - have to make something quick, and end up having lots of UFO's hibernating all over the place?

I'll pop back tomorrow and show you day 2 of the KAL but now for me, its back to the Mobius.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Great Granny

Hello everybody - hope your week has started off well. Its been a lovely warm day here and I'm really looking forward to Spring although this little hiatus will no doubt end and the cold weather will return for another month or so.

I've been going through lots of patterns and visited many internet sites on the weekend trying to find something to inspire me but the only thing that I really want to do is make a granny square blanket.  With my history of getting bored with projects that take a long time I think it will be a baby's blanket for charity.  I'm thinking of using the pattern from BobWilson123 - its the one on the right in this photo. I made these two squares yesterday for the September Australiacrochet square exchange.

There is no written pattern but if you look at the video and take notes, its very easy. I like the way the second round looks like little hearts ..

I'm thinking that 4 round squares and the join-as-you-go method might be nice. What do you think?

My need to knit will be satisfied later this week. On Thursday, members of our Knit4Charities group will be taking part in a KAL (knit-a-long) to make a square (to be made into a blanket) for one of our dear friends who has terminal cancer.  The KAL will run over three days so hopefully I'll be able to show you a pic next weekend.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The need to knit

I've been in a bit of a slump this last week or so and really didn't know what I wanted to make. At one stage I had an urge to knit and have ended up with one bootee (yes, the single 'sock' syndrome) and one mitten which I think might be a bit small so it will also remain 'single'.  You'll see a glimpse of the mitten in this pic of some squares that I managed to make for one of the charities I support.

I still have that urge to knit something and because I enjoy quick and easy projects, will probably end up making a hat as they're always useful as donations.  These two crochet ones are also on this week's FO list.

The one on my model is done in double 8ply on a 6.00mm hook - because of the post stitches, its quite chunky so should be very warm.

Had lunch with my friend L earlier this week. She is having a birthday on Saturday so I put together a gift bag full of 'girly' things including some gorgeous Canterbury Rose products. I edged this washer to go with them. Happy birthday my good friend.

Another blast from the past to finish this post.  Our first Pug litter - born in the early '80s.  (One of my hobbies around that time was basket making LOL)

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crochet n Craft Catch-up

Haven't posted for two weeks so thought I'd better pop in and give you a quick catch-up on what I've been doing.

Finished this little MyChelle cardi designed by Bev from One Yarn After Another and am very pleased with how it turned out.
Bev's patterns are very easy to follow and are well written. You can find the MyChelle pattern here.

Something else I want to show you is this gorgeous Mobius cowl which was an exchange gift I received from a dear friend, Jenny F from Bungendore. I love the colours.
I've never made a Mobius but will have to try one soon.  If I can turn one out half as good as Jenny's then I'll be happy.

We had the Craft and Quilt Fair here in Canberra last week. Of course I was there bright and early on the first day. So pleased that I booked in straight away for the Prudence Mapstone Tunisian lace workshop as in just 10 minutes after the doors opened, she was booked out for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It was an enjoyable workshop - we started a scarf using a beautiful chunky alpaca yarn.  Here's mine ..
Of course I went crazy and managed to do a bit of damage to the plastic. Here's just a couple of the things I bought.
The little ceramic beads are for a crochet jug cover. They're cute aren't they?

The quilts on display were stunning - I loved this prize-winning one depicting the Melbourne Cup in earlier days -
For my overseas friends, we have a horse race here in Australia on the first Tuesday in November every year - its called the Melbourne Cup and is known as the 'race that stops a nation' because just about everybody stops whatever they're doing and watches the race on telly. At the track, you'll see the ladies all dressed in their finest complete with the huge hats or fascinators, some gents are in dress suits and champagne flows freely at the Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. Workplaces sometimes have special lunches, people flock to clubs to watch the big screen and at about 10 minutes to 3 everything stops for the big race.

Finally, these are for my Australiacrochet squares exchange partner for August.

Thanks for visiting.