Monday, August 7, 2017

Crochet Claudia Scarf

I haven't felt much like crochet or knitting this past week thanks to a dreadful upper respiratory infection that made me feel absolutely miserable. Things are on the improve and I've picked up the hook again and would like to finish off my Claudia scarf that I'm making with the gorgeous yarn hand dyed by Lillian. Here's a progress pic - not much yarn left so it shouldn't take too long before I can tick one item off my Year of Projects list.

Winter has returned with a vengeance here in the Australian Capital Territory! It is currently 6 degrees celsius, dull, raining and windy.  OK, we're still 3 weeks away from the start of Spring but this is ridiculous. I wonder if its not too late to prune the roses? A couple of weeks ago, I had to go to a meeting which started at 10am .... look what greeted me ... solid ice on the windscreen and at 9.34am it was just 1 degree.

On that note, I'll say bye bye and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hand Dyed yarn kicks off new Year of Projects

After failing miserably with the Year of Projects last year, I'm giving it another go this year. The idea is to create a list of things you want to make over the next 12 months, put that list on your blog and if possible link each project to the pattern on Ravelry. Then each Sunday write an update with photos of your work and post a link to your blog to all the other members in the Ravelry Year of Projects group. Its a great way to make new friends and be inspired by everyone's beautiful work. It is also a great motivation tool which, as you all know, I desperately need. So here's my list (excluding charity work which I'll be doing throughout the year)

I seem to be on a bit of a scarf thing at the moment but I do like 'almost' instant gratification and prefer quick projects. My stash also consists of lots of smaller amounts of yarn so its a good way to put it to good use.

A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with a lovely lady who works at one of our local yarn stores. She has recently started hand dyeing wool and very generously offered to dye some for me. I picked it up from her last week and have started the Claudia scarf which I'm thoroughly enjoying. I don't often work with 4ply (fingering) and am really loving the way it looks and drapes. Progress so far ....

Look at all those gorgeous colours in this yarn. The base is Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply (machine washable) in off white. I have 150g (495m) which should give me a nice length scarf and I'm hoping to get it finished so I can show you next week.
Before I leave you, I promised Teresa that I'd show her a few pictures of my grandmother's butter (cheese??) dish. Teresa is interested in old crockery, glassware etc. and often posts pictures on her blog - along with lots of other interesting things like crochet etc. My grandmother was born in 1897 in Ballarat, in the state of Victoria, Australia. She married at the age of 20 so I'm thinking this dish is fairly old. I have it on my kitchen bench to keep the butter at a spreadable consistency. 

Well, that's it from me for this time. Thanks so much for visiting. xox

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crochet Catch Up

I have been procrastinating!  Its been sooooo long since my last post and I imagine anyone who used to follow me has long given up and moved on to other bloggers who post more often. For months now I've been thinking I should start regularly posting again but to be honest I haven't had all that much to write about so just kept putting it off. So this post will just be a catch-up on a few things.

Stash enhancement (and there's been quite a bit of that) .. included two 100g balls of this King Cole Glitz

Can you see the shiny bits through it? I'm not sure what I'll be making at this stage but would welcome any suggestions.

Finished projects (not many of these I'm afraid as I've had a major dose of start-itis and very little finish-itis) .. My CWA branch had a function earlier this month and we decided at the last minute to include a craft stall. For my contribution I made three pairs of fingerless mitts and a cowl .. (oops, forgot to download the cowl pic). All three pairs of mitts sold @ $15 a pair so I was happy about that.

I've also finished a blanket for Oliver which I'm pleased to say that he seems to like. Here he is having an afternoon nap ..

And for Knit4Charities I've done a few items for 'angel' babies ..

Premmie Blanket

Finally, Nanna brag time ...  Oliver is now 2 years 7 months and is growing up way too fast.  Here he is playing on one of the sculptures at the National Arboretum here in Canberra a month or so back ..

My two grandsons are great mates and enjoy fooling around together. I think its been awhile since I've shown a picture of Ryan who is now 14.5 years old - here's one of my two boys.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fiddling Around

I missed Sunday's check-in for the Year of Projects but to be perfectly honest, I really don't have anything much to report. The weather has been cold, wet and miserable and I've been in one of those 'bleh' moods which has resulted in me just fiddling around and not achieving much.

Decided to do a bit more on the poncho which I started when issue 25 of Simply Crochet magazine came out - they're now up to issue 44 of the monthly mag, so let's see, that makes this WIP nineteen months old.

I think a few more rounds will be enough then a nice border rather than fringing will finish it off. Can you see all those ends I'm going to have to sew in? Ugh !

So when I got tired of working on the poncho I rummaged around in my craft room for some nice yarn and started this scarf. Nothing like a bit of variety to brighten things up eh?

I haven't used this Red Heart Boutique Midnight before but it's quite soft and nice to knit. I don't think you can see the silver shiny bits in the yarn but it livens it up in a subtle kind of way.

Work is still going on in my front yard and if it wasn't for the wet weather, it would have been finished about 2 weeks ago. As it is now, the landscaper told me yesterday that we probably won't be able to drive on it for another 2 weeks. My daughter is parking her car on one neighbour's circular driveway and my car is at my other daughter's place but tonight I'm going to ask the other neighbour if I can leave my car on their front yard as I really need to go to a few appointments later this week. Oh dear, such a bother but it will be worth it in the long run. Here's where we're up to ...

That's all from me for now. If you'd like to see what Year of Projects is all about, pop over to Ravelry and be inspired by the other bloggers taking part.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Year of Projects - week 3

Its been a cold, wet and miserable week in my part of the world and I know lots of folk would say 'perfect weather for crochet or knitting'. Alas, not so as I've been really sick again (third bout) with this horrible bug that seems to be going around. Like a cold but nothing I have experienced before. Anyway, hopefully it is slowly starting to get a bit better so I might be a bit more productive this coming week.

I finished off this little Angel blanket for Angel Blankets Australia (NSW) which is one of the Knit4Charities projects for July. I used King Cole Baby DK and its a free corner to corner pattern which you can find here.

Since upgrading to Windows 10, all my photos have got mixed up. This is really bugging me and if you know how to get them to display in year order (from recent to older) please let me know. While looking for the shawl picture, I came across this little token thingy which I made ages ago. Its the perfect size for either a dollar coin or one of those tokens you put in the slot to release a shopping trolley. Video tutorial here. Very handy to have on your keychain.

My poor landscaper is just about tearing his hair out with the way this weather has been hindering progress on my front yard. We are a little further advanced so fingers crossed that next week might see a few sunny days.

Almost time for bed but I might do another 8 rows on my Hitchhiker which is growing ever so slowly !!

Have a good week.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Never Ending Hitchhiker

Some time ago (possibly six months or more) I joined in with another blogger friend to make the hitchhiker scarf which seems to be going on and on and on. I must admit this has been hibernating for awhile but now that I've joined the Year of Projects, I'm now motivated to get this finished. Managed a few more 'teeth' on the weekend so here's my progress report ....

Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply - 4.5mm needles. My plan is to go as far as this ball will take me, then finish off.

The weather here continues to be overcast and wet, whilst great for staying indoors and knitting, isn't so good for the landscapers doing my front yard. The road base for under the pavers went down a few days ago so at least its not too bad to walk on but not being able to park our cars is a pain in the proverbial 'you know what' !! Here's how it started off -

Progress so far -

As I write this, the dog is going berserk and I hear the workmen arriving - let's hope for some sun (well at least no more rain) and a bit of action today.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Back with a Plan

Apart from being sick with a horrible viral infection for several weeks, I have been in a bit of a rut with regard to blogging, crocheting, knitting and just things in general. Its now time to try to get back to normal and so I've decided to join the Year of Projects (Year Six) which is a Ravelry group well worth checking out if you're looking for lots of friendship, support and motivation. SO, without further ado .....

As this is my first week, I need to provide my list for the year - in no particular order (links provided)

That should do for a start. As you know, I do lots of projects for charity so the above won't be the only things I hope to make this year. Oh, by the way, Year of Projects runs from July to June so if you want to give it a go, there's still time to join in.

Since I last blogged, I have been supporting a few of the Knit4Charities monthly projects, the most recent, to provide chemo hats for the Canberra Oncology unit. I made six - here's one of them ..

For my regular visitors, its been a few months since you've seen my little grandson Oliver who will be 20 months old next week, so here he is helping celebrate my birthday yesterday.

That's it for now. Hope I still have a few friends out there in the blog-o-sphere (its been sooooo long).