Sunday, 24 September 2017

Yummy Hand Knitted Socks!!!

Like a lot of people I caught the sock making bug. I never actually thought I'd be able to make a sock but with a little help from my friends, a wonderful pattern & tutorial from Winwick Mum, & a teeny tiny circular needle I did it, quite a few times in fact! They are super comfy & very warm.

Knitting socks had always been on my to-do list so I was glad when the opportunity came along. I find most things just fall into place along the way. My Mum knitted socks for the soldiers during WW2. She was still at school at the time, & she & her friends, would go the home of a lovely local lady in Goulburn to make socks, & also camouflage nets. 

My great aunts used to knit beautiful wool socks for my Dad, they lasted for many years, & Mum would darn them whenever necessary, the socks not my great aunts lol. Though they did also last for many years, the last of the four sisters who shared a home, passed away aged 103. Aunty Lal was such a character she was by far the worst driver I've ever been in a car with, but somehow we all survived. She went through life calling everybody 'Love' as I'm not sure she actually remembered anyone's name. She was always a lot of fun & all her great nieces & nephews loved her. Ah getting a little nostalgic, back on track...

If you'd like to have a go at knitting socks here is the link to get you started.

Grab a friend who is also keen as it's fun to sockalong together & help each other if necessary. There is also a facebook page where you can chat to other sock makers & get heaps of help & advice if needed.

I found that sock yarn is a bit addictive & I have quite a nice stash of it. 
These beautiful hanks were bought from a local lady who dyes the most exquisite colours.
Pauline has a facebook page, Wild at Heart Yarns, so you can check them out for yourself. (No affils. just a happy customer).

My 1st pair!

These 2 pairs of self-striping yarn, very clever & fun to work with, are made from Spotlight's Not Just Socks 4 ply yarn.

I'ts not always in stock, & the colours change frequently, worth keeping an eye out for as it it is nice to work with, & is suitable for any project requiring 4 ply yarn. 
It's especially good when it's on sale, that's when I grab a ball or 2. :-)

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Hydrangeas & Alpacas - does it get any better!

I have no idea why, but as a kid I really didn't like hydrangeas. Now I love them! 
I snapped these pics at my daughter Emma's farm, the colours are just amazing. Knowing how much I love hydrangeas (now) she bought me the hydrangea kit put together by my fave crafter Lucy of Attic 24. I haven't started it yet, but I have made the Moorland blanket & it's been toasty warm through a very cold Melbourne winter. I'll share pics of it soon.

One of the highlights of visiting Emma's is catching up with her beautiful alpacas. 
She has 8 now with several babies due later this year. 

Here I am with Leydan, he is such a sweetie.

You can't beat nature for incredible colours.

Monday, 4 September 2017

My Yummy Crochet Hook Case

I treated myself to a set of Clover crochet hooks, oh how I love them! They are wonderful to work with & I can crochet away for hours on end & often do. Because they are so lovely I felt I really needed something special to store them in, so I made this holder. 

I actually used my gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics & thoroughly enjoyed matching each hook colour to the fabric. Actually there's a method to my madness as it turns out, because when I open the holder & a hook is missing, I instantly know what colour hook to look for.

I had trouble choosing a fabric for all the colours to be up against, nothing seemed to work, & then I remembered my black & white stash & it worked. The outside fabric is a Liberty print.

If you would like me to write up a pattern, please leave a comment & let me know. :-)

Note: no affils to Clover, Kaffe Fassett or Liberty, I just love their products.

Monday, 14 December 2015

December Again?

Maybe I should go back to school, time went sooooo slowly then, now it just flies by in the blink of an eye. Now my youngest has finished school, & has just finished his first year of work, it's going even quicker.

The past month or so has been a write off. Never really picking up after a routine colonoscopy, the symptoms the doctor described as 'normal' finally proved to be my first bout of diverticulitis. Not fun & what was even less fun was 7 hours in the local hospital ER waiting for a scan my doctor had phoned ahead & arranged. 16 1/2 hours waiting for pain relief was no picnic either. My many food allergies meant the kitchen, 'that takes allergies very seriously,' were able to offer me a glass of water. I finally managed to arrange to be transferred to the local private hospital where they had no difficulty giving me lovely meals. 4 days in hospital, it is very nice to be home.
Whinge over.

I started decorating the last weekend in November, I planned to do quite a bit this year so thought it best to start early. I couldn't decide what colour to use on the tree this year & dd Emma suggested going rainbow, so we did. I have to say I think it looks great.

  I usually fill the foyer with all sorts of cutesy Yule stuff but this year decided to go a bit more grown-up & I think it looks cool.

My tree collection. Dd Emma snuck the little teal one in while I was away wondering how long it would take me to notice. It was only a matter of seconds after I actually sat down & looked up & saw it, lol.

I fancied having a green tree too this year. :-)

I haven't done much pressie shopping but I'm not buying much this year. Nobody really wants anything, I think so many are trying to cut back on possessions, so what I give will hopefully be useful & not just get shoved in a cupboard.

My vintage stalls are ticking along, I gave them both a makeover & changed direction a bit. Deciding whether or not to continue with them next year, we'll see.

This is my stall at The Vintage Emporium Tyabb, next to the Vintage Shed.

This is my facebook page if you'd like to pop over & 'like' it. 
I only post occassionally so I won't fill your newsfeed. :-)

I have a new charity project I'm working on, I'll tell you about that in another post.
Here's a link so you'll now what to expect:

I started writing this & saved my draft. An unexpected trip north to NSW when my bestie from high school suddenly lost her husband. We drove up for the funeral & stayed on for couple of days. It was hard seeing all the changes to a town I lived in from age 10 to 16. We decided to continue north & visit my mum. After living with her, & then near her for 50 years, it was hard to realise it was 5 years since I'd actually seen her. We chat on the phone all the time but of course it's not the same.

Here we are going through all the family photos.
I also got a copy of this photo, a fave pic of my dad.
Dad loved cats. :-)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Out & About.

For the past few weekends we've had some beautiful Spring weather here in Melbourne. A couple of weeks ago we headed down to one of my fave places, Mornington, for a picnic. It didn't take long for the seagulls to discover us. They had us totally surrounded & thoroughly enjoyed sharing our lunch. The noise was deafening & they became braver & braver & were actually taking food from our hands.

Today we headed into the city, we visited the Finders Keepers market at the Royal Exhibition Building, the beautiful building in the background, it was very enjoyable,

then we sat out in the gardens & had a picnic lunch watching the ducks on the water. 

Then it was time to head off to the airport to pick up Rowan who has spent 2 weeks away. The first week doing a work course in Sydney, the 2nd week visiting my Mum on the Central Coast. It is wonderful to have him home again!

I've lived in Melbourne for a little over 5 years now & I've seen so little, agoraphobia has kept me housebound for as long as I can remember, & I've decided I've had enough & I'm really going to push myself to go places! Next weekend I'm hoping to go to the Miss Fisher Exhibition at Ripponlea. I managed to get there last year & it was fabulous, I'd love to go again.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Alice in Wonderland

It started out so simply. I happened to read that Alice in Wonderland was published 150 years ago this year & I thought it would be fun to have a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. It was also my birthday coming up, & as I hadn't had a party since my 18th, which was a 'few' years ago, I thought why not?
Of course as with anything, give me a theme & I'm off, lol. Well with google & Pintrest there are millions of ideas out there so I started searching. Here are some pics of the day.

Poor Alice floating in her sea of tears.

Painting the roses red!

The singing flowers.

The baby who turned into a pig in the kitchen. 
I crocheted a bonnet for the pig, as you do.

Which way?

I caught the white rabbit. :-)
I made my dress & apron, it was fun doing some dressmaking for a change. 

Paul going clubbing, lol.

I used some of my vintage tablecloths.

The food, lots of yummy treats. 
I made placecards for the guests using old playing cards.

The dormouse.