Saturday, March 30, 2013

Egg Cosy

Would you pay $5.00 for the pattern for this egg cosy ?

Neither would I.  It took me about two minutes to work out the pattern and about four minutes to make it - no rocket science here folks.  However, I was surprised (well, maybe not really) to see that someone has posted a pattern just like this one and is charging $5.00 for it. To me that's just wrong. There are so many wonderful people who share their beautiful patterns free of charge but if you want to make a simple granny pattern egg cosy you're expected to pay $5.00 - just wrong !!!!!

Almost April 1 here in Australia - I wonder if this is an April Fools joke?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter

Thought it was time I popped in to let you know that I haven't dropped off the planet - also to take the opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Easter.

I've been working on my baby blankets (yes, I too have multiple things on the go at the same time) but don't seem to be making very much progress. Perhaps I really ought to just stick to one thing at a time. To break the monotony, I dabble with quick things in between and have just finished a crochet dog coat for an animal rescue who have especially requested small coats.

Its very hard to photograph a dog coat without a dog inside it but our little Tasha is sound asleep and I don't like to disturb her for a modelling assignment. Besides, she needs a bath !! This was a very easy pattern from I had some Red Heart Soft in my stash and used that with a 5.00mm hook. Because they're so quick to make, I might try another in our Australian 8ply and make the next size up. I think the one I made will fit a Chihuahua or a small Jack Russell.

Before I finish, have a look at this gorgeous hyacinth plant I've been enjoying this week. Love the fragrance.

I'm hopeless when it comes to gardening so I'm not sure how long I can expect the flowers to last and what I need to do when they die. I was told that because they're bulbs, I should get more flowers next year. I'm hoping one of you lovely people can give me a bit of advice on how to look after my little plant.

Hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of lovely eggs.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ta-Da - Aussie Swing

This afternoon I finished this dear little jacket which was designed by Maria T, one of our very talented members on Knit4Charities.

As you'll see, its knitted sideways and I just love that the only sewing needing to be done is stitching on the two buttons. The pattern is easy and well written - I enjoyed making this jacket and will be doing more in the future. As Maria has pointed out, you can substitute the feather and fan for any other stitch so its quite a versatile pattern. Maria is donating all proceeds from the sale of this pattern to Knit4Charities to help with expenses.

Another friend, a different Maria from The Next Stage blog has been doing a lot of reminiscing lately and following up on a comment I left for her, we got to talking about when I worked in Sydney radio many years ago. It was an exciting time as many overseas artists were coming to Australia on promotional tours. Of course, being a programme arranger (selecting the music to be played) I got to meet quite a few interesting people. I spent a few hours the other day looking through some old photos and was only able to find these two with Dudley Moore (remember Peter Cook & Dudley Moore).  Dudley was a talented musician and was here to promote his records.

I'm sure there are other photos lurking around somewhere but goodness knows where !  These photos were taken at a cocktail party hosted by Dudley's record company and that's me in the black dress. Some of my Aussie friends might recognise Phil Haldeman (radio announcer) on the left and Gayle Austin on the far right. Gayle at that time was working with us in the record library but later went on, at 17 years of age, to be Australia's first female rock DJ on 2JJ now known as triple J in Sydney.

Before I go, I have to share something with you - found this on facebook and figured that all of us bloggers might find it amusing ...

Better be off now before you all accuse me of breaking rule #8 !!!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

About a Teacup

I was going to call this post "Storm about a Teacup" but that wouldn't be quite right.  My daughter is giving me a hard time at the moment - because I've been hinting about getting another dog, she wants me to get one of these ....

What do you think ? By the way, this is how big this furball will grow and it is called a 'teapot' pom.