Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Take Two .. tah dah !!

Its been so long since I've written a blog post, I'm wondering if any of my wonderful readers are still with me ?? I do hope so and I apologise for my slackness. I have been reading all my favourite blogs (the ones you'll find listed on the right hand side of this page) and needless to say, have enjoyed them very much. As some of you know, since my last post I've had a total hip replacement and was in hospital for 3 weeks all up, including the stay in the rehab unit which, believe me, was very hard work. I still attend day rehab each Tuesday but will finish there in two weeks time. Anyway, enough of that.

My crochet and knitting only emerged towards the end of my hospital stay as I didn't feel much like doing anything really, however I wanted to finish my little grandson Oliver's blanket so I made myself get on with it. I was worried that I might run out of yarn but was very lucky as you'll see in the first picture. The little ball was all I had left after doing the border.

Sadly, a few weeks ago, the crochet world lost a very talented and much loved lady by the name of Marinke (aka Wink). Wink has designed lots of patterns, her speciality being mandalas so quite a few crocheters were making mandalas in her memory. Instead of a mandala, I decided to make some of my favourite little hearts from Wink's very easy pattern - the link is here. They only take a minute or so to make and are useful little embellishments.

On a happier note, my friend Lucy visited recently and brought along her camera to take a few pics of our little Oliver who is growing up so quickly. Its hard to believe he's 8 months old already ! Here's one of L's photos which I think is gorgeous.

I don't want to bore you with baby photos but I do want to show you the little aviator hat I finished for Oli last week. He had the jacket and I thought he really needed a hat to go with it.

Finally, my order of ICE yarn arrived from the UK yesterday and I couldn't wait to start something to see what its like. I'll show you what I'm making next post.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Procrastinate no more .....

I’ve been promising myself to write a blog post for ages now but quite frankly, haven’t had much to say (or show).  I’ve been fiddling around with knitting and crochet – back and forth but not actually finishing much. I did make another Harriet square (see previous post for details) for my next partner in the AustraliaCrochet 10” square exchange.

Something I do want to show you is this blanket which was finished off by my friend Nola for our craft group at CWA (Country Womens Association of NSW). The strips were donated by a member and given to our group to join, add border and donate to charity. I think Nola did a wonderful job, don’t you?

May has been a dreadful time for our family. My cousin Janine who was only 65 years old, passed away on 3rd and the next day, in the early hours of 4th, my son-in-law Glen lost his battle with cancer. Glen and my daughter had celebrated their first wedding anniversary two weeks before his death. Such sad losses.

RIP Glen
19-5-1961 to 4-5-2015
Well, I don’t know how long it will be before my next post – this coming Monday I’m going in for a hip replacement which I’ve been putting off for about 7 or 8 years (cause I’m a scaredy cat) but its now got to the stage that I really don’t have any choice. Another CWA friend reckons that in a few months time I’ll be dancing on the tables at our meeting !!  Now that will be a sight to be seen.

Have to fly now to work out what hooks, yarn, needles etc that I need to pack.
Hmmm ..... ??

Bye ...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Crochet, Food, Baby and Dogs

As I write this, our daylight saving time is about to come to and end and in three hours we turn back the clocks which means we get an extra hour in bed tonight but also indicates that the cold weather is on its way to our part of the world. Time to crochet some winter warmers I think. I like to have a little supply of charity items ready for when needed and I've kicked it off this year with a neck warmer.

I found the pattern somewhere on the net (can't recall where - probably on Ravelry) but had to change it all to be able to use our 8ply wool. If I were to make this again I'd put two or three buttons on it as the top corner tends to curl down a bit.

Haven'd had a great deal of crochet time due to family issues but I did make this 10 inch square for my partner in the Australia Crochet (Facebook group) square exchange.

The pattern is called "Harriett Square" by Carolyn Christmas and its a free Ravelry download.

Before I forget, I must share this little gem with you. While on Facebook the other day, this caught my eye on the sidebar ...

I don't think I'll be recommending crazyforcrafts to anyone I know who wants to learn how to crochet !! Would you ?

A few weeks ago, my daughter's Pug Tommy (you can call him the Cap) was modelling for a photographer here who was putting together her animal portfolio. This is my favourite of what I've seen ....

Not to be outdone by a Pug, Quincy posed for me this afternoon - he's such a character. Stubborn too ...... I think he might be getting a little camera shy but then I wonder how he knows that I'm about to take a photo and not make a phone call ???  Who's a clever boy ?

Well, tomorrow is Easter Sunday and the bunnies are getting busy with all those eggs they have to deliver. Our special little bunny did his job yesterday when all my family went to visit my son-in-law in the hospice and share a wonderful seafood platter that my daughter had organised. I'll finish off for now with these reminders of our Good Friday.

Till next time ........ and I hope it won't be so long.

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 myfavouritemagazines.co.uk 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.