Friday, 8 January 2016

Wow three posts in a week, this might become a habit.

Today, my daughter and I went for a drive to Springwood.  I was hoping to find some clothes there, but the shop I wanted to go to is so chock-a-block full it felt overwhelming.  On the way back dropped into a yarn shop.  I had a pattern with me that I've had for a year or two, I only went to check on suitable yarn and prices - honestly - yeah right $100 later, walked out with the yarn and an interchangeable circular knitting needle.

Put my crocheting aside for the moment, have started on the back already.

Perhaps I should have gone to the beach instead like I planned to, would have been cheaper.

Think this one will take me a while

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Getting an Owly start on Christmas.

Sorry about the punny title.

After days of rain we finally had some sunshine and blue skies today....... grrr...... had the last 5 days off and it rained for most of it, the blue skies and sun appeared just as I made the final turn into work.  Hopefully it'll be fine tomorrow, I have the day off.  Hard life hey?  I'll be working the weekend, then Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Have had the urge to start a crochet or knitting project, chose the yarn from my stash and then set about trying to find a suitable project.  How hard is it to find a 4ply woman's cardigan/jacket when I only have ten 50g balls?  I wanted something Boho-ish and most importantly free.    Spent a lot of time yesterday searching, only found one thing I really liked but it wasn't free.  Tightwad me.  I was trying to keep with a challenge of only using what you have.

Tonight there was a show I wanted to watch and I leafed through a craft magazine I bought last week (positive it was before I read the challenge ..... I think ..... well that's my story and I'm sticking to it).  Found a project similar to one I pinned yesterday, one I had all the fixings for.

This is how far I've gotten so far, it's going to be an Owl basket and could very well be the first Christmas gift project for this year.    You can see my ingenious idea of using an earring as a row marker.   I was going to use a marker I got from a friend at Christmas but couldn't find where I put it, thought it was with my jewellery box where I found the earrings.  Which I think are easier to use than the small stitch marker for this project.

And here is the MKII version, the hook earring kept falling out, which wasn't a huge problem as I could count the stitches but once I stopped increasing stitches I didn't want to run the risk of losing place. 

The yarn is 2 strands of Lionbrand Heartland, using 5.5 hook.  It's going quite quickly, would have been quicker it I didn't put it down to watch a show on The Crystal Cave.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Welcome to 2016

I'm an infrequent blogger, can't promise I will change, will try to make an effort.

Last year was an ok year, so many of my friends said it was a bugger of a year and are glad it's over.  Yes it had it's ups and downs but I am glad for the experience, knowing that I could overcome what was put in front of me.  Lessons learned are valuable.

My brother has had a couple of surgeries, some think just run of the mill surgery, I wanted to throttle a woman who told me that a knee replacement is a piece of cake.  But I had to remind myself that she has no idea of the physical difficulties my brother has and it would look bad throttling a 90 year old, no matter  how opinionated she is.

Brother's first surgery was to remove a plate put on his thigh to straighten his legs when he was a teen, they wanted the bones to heal before they did the knee replacement.  They found that he is allergic to one of the post op medications, full blown hallucinations and psychotic episode.  All he remembers was that he flashed back to the surgery when he was 13 and that all he wanted was Mum.  The knee replacement was in August and was the Surgeons "worst ever", he was happy with the result though.  It's taken the burning out of his knee but his hip is making it impossible for him to walk, he's not walked since before the operation.  The plan was to do both knees, then do both hips but it's the hip that is preventing him from walking, so he's getting his hip replaced next week.

Anyway back on the homefront, I've spent time since New Year in an attempt to clean and organise this place.  It's going to be an ongoing project, so far I've tossed the old tatty curtains from our back room, cleaned the room and removed a tub chair that I've not gotten around to recovering.  The room looks nicer without so much furniture in it and I rewarded myself with a plant.

Also started on the dining room, my collection of Arnott's tins have been washed, I had thought about clearing them out but do like them.  And if google is right, there's some value in them.

Also completed a quick craft project today, my second attempt at Macrame.   An unevenly knotted A RUSTIC jar hanger,  complete with battery tealight and a handful of gemstones.  

Saturday, 11 April 2015


I keep saying that I am going to post to this blog more often and never do.  Oh well, perhaps in my retirement.

The last couple of weeks have been spent at our big Agricultural Show here in Sydney,  The Royal Easter Show.  I've missed going for the last couple of years, usually spending a very tiring day, but this time I wanted to try something different, I applied to work as a volunteer and got accepted.  Was able to see the show at my pace by turning up for each shift a couple of hours early.  Took a couple of weeks off work using my paid vacation time so still got paid.

At the show I bought some beautiful Alpaca/Merino blend yarn and have been making a feather and fan scarf.

The pattern is really easy.

Cast on 70 stitches.
Knit 5 rows

1st row :Knit
2nd Row: Knit 5 stitches,  Purl to last 5 stitches, Knit 5
3rd Row:Knit 5, Purl 2 together twice, *yarn forward, knit 1 - 4 times, Purl 2 together four times repeat from * to last 13 stitches, yarn forward knit 1 - 4 times, purl 2 together twice, knit 5.
4th Row: Knit 5, purl to last 5 stitches, knit 5.

Repeat last 4 rows until the scarf is the length required.
Knit 5 rows 
Cast off. 

I'm not a fast knitter, hadn't even known what the style of knitting I did was called, until I googled it last night, I knit English Style.  Thought I would give Continental Knitting a try, so watched a couple of videos.  It feels a little odd holding the thread in the opposite hand, I started off much looser than I normally knit.  Did a few rows of English Knitting then tried Continental again, tension is much better but the stitches look messier.  It is faster but if I persevere I would improve the tension. 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Simple Scarf and Yellow Submarine update.

 Recently I found a new yarn called Moda Vera Hudson.  This brand is only available at Spotlight which has stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.  The yarn looks like a fine icord.  I played around with needle sizes because I knew I wanted a chunky knit, the free pattern that came on the yarn use 7 mm needles.  I used the yarn doubled to make it really chunky but none of my needle sizes worked, until I hit on the idea of holding 2 needles together.  Only because I didn't want to buy bigger needles for a possible one-off project.  I taped together 10mm and 15mm needles.   

Taped the needles near the end where the stitches would not catch on the tape.  Once I got used to them they were surprisingly simple to use.

Detail of yarn showing icord like construction

Free Scarf Pattern

This is a very basic scarf just knitted in stocking stitch with reverse stocking stitch stripes.

Holding 2 strands of yarn together, cast on 12 stitches

Row 1 :  knit

Row 2 : Purl

Row 3 : knit

Row 4 : Knit  - this is the right side of the scarf

Row 5 : Purl

Continue these 2 rows until knitted stripe is as wide as you want it, I chose 5 rows divided 3 rows of reverse knitting.  Just remember that  when reversing knitting to use the stitch as you used the row before. 

Result is a soft, chunky knit.  

This pattern is very basic and can be used with a variety of yarns, from lace to chunky.  More or less stitches, the choice is yours.   The stripes can be as thick or as thin as you like.  The stripes can be a different colour or yarn.  

Just have fun with it.

Update on Yellow Submarine.

 The project was a complete success, I am disappointed that I didn't get to see it in person.  I didn't get the time to drive the 5 - 6 hours one way trip.  I did try to get my parents to go as they were passing by the area for an Aunt's 90th Birthday.  Until earlier this year she lived in Holbrook.

It's now been made into blankets for animals shelters.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Yellow Submarine

Yesterday I found out about a project to yarn bomb a submarine.     The submarine in question is hundreds of kilometres from the sea, in a country town called Holbrook.  It's a real submarine, HMAS Otway, the top part anyway, the town originally lost the tender to purchase the whole submarine but was able to negotiate the purchase from the tender winner, saving it from being scrapped

Part of my heart belongs in Holbrook, it was were my Grandparents lived, as well as a couple of Aunts and cousins.   I'm happy to be able to be part of this project.

There's still a bit to do, the foundation  based on the Jewellery bag in my last post, the edging is crocodile stitch.  Not sure how big it's going to get, may do more pieces.  I'll be posting pics when it's ready to go.  I am hoping to get to see it in person if I get the chance.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

As usual it's been ages since I last posted here, hoping that it's going to change as thanks to my son I now have a computer in my sewing room.  Actually it started with my Father In Law getting a new computer and asking us if we could use it.  Then I asked son if instead of an old very slow tower taking up space if I could use his old school notebook, he just connected a full size monitor to it, I can barely read a notebook screen and a full size keyboard.  Here I am on the first day, I no longer have to wait my turn, or get kicked off husband's computer.

I have been busy since my last post, not just with craft but I actually have a SOCIAL life.  Last year I made a ton of new friends at a local Spiritual Centre and my life has been full.   I go there for Crochet Circle, Spiritual Circle and Psychic Development on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as call in on other days just because.  It's not only there, the social life has extended to other pursuits, Ghost Hunts, parties.  Tomorrow I am meeting up with a friend to visit a nearby historical village site and next weekend we are heading out into the countryside for a weekend away/ghost hunt.  It's going to be fun.
I have been busy with crafting, before Christmas a couple of friends and I held a market stall, I made Dream Pillows, scented with a Herbal mixture to promote peaceful sleep and wonderful dreams.  

The last few weeks I have been madly making Jewellery pouches, 

I needed something to carry my crystals in so they didn't get banged around and scratched.  My beautiful Amethyst point sits nicely in the centre section.  Of course the bags can be used for jewellery.
My friends love them and have asked if I could make some for them as well, the turquiose one in the top picture has since been given to one for her birthday.  The pattern is available for free from The Crochet Dude.  Tonight is actually the first time I visited the site, my daughter originally found it and printed it out for me.  From what I've seen over there definitely going to keep the site in my favourites.  The cream bag is made from the new Lincraft 4ply cotton and has crocheted up lovely and soft, while the Turquoise is Moda Vera Gelato, Acrylic/Cotton Blend, again a lovely yarn.

I recently bought Knitting in Tuscany by Nicky Epstein.  The beautiful crocheted Bella Bride's Dress is the pattern that sold me on the book.  I've decided that I am going to make it as a shorter dress or top for my daught in a Mint green.  I am trialling it in fingering weight yarn, but have noticed the measurements do not what the book says, I am going to have to add extra motifs or go up a size in hooks.  Right now I am using a 3.5mm steel hook.  Will test another hook later on, but right now it's time for bed.