31 May, 2017

Amazing What You Find

Haven't loaded pictures from my camera for a few days.

Funny what you find hiding in there!

29 May, 2017


As much as I love this little blanket, I have got to the end of the second skein & I have decided it isn't right.  So bye bye to that.

I will save the yarn now for a jumper or something later on.

28 May, 2017

New Jumper

Finished my new jumper on Saturday.  Came up quite well.  Interesting in this multi colour too.  Finally something that isn't blue as I tend to go for all blue yarns.  This pattern is called "Tea with Jam & Bread".  A nice sloppy jumper for the cold days coming in winter.

27 May, 2017


Phoebe & Lotte.

Yes, it happened.  The crazy chicken lady that lives here wanted a couple more chickens.

These 2 pretty things are Leghorns.  In my mind they are Foghorn Leghorns.  Don't ask me in a hurry what they are as I will probably tell you Foghorn Leghorns.  

Stuart went to collect these from what turned out to be a breeder today.  These are faulty birds though that can't be shown.  Phoebe has a floppy comb.  Not sure what Lotte's problem is but we'll live with it.  They are still pretty stressed after the move but hopefully settle in soon & lay us some lunch.  

Doris is the boss though...  Doris & Hettie are both in charge around here it seems.  They don't care that they are smaller either!  

21 May, 2017

Quick Gifts

I had another quick present to make.  I had trouble finding soccer themed fabric though.  

This was the closest I could come up with!  (bargain fabric too!  Under $10 for this one!)

Pillow Present #9

20 May, 2017

Special Party

We had a bit of a party today to celebrate our wedding anniversary with a bunch of special people.  

Was a great day for all of us despite the 52mm of rain.  A little rain wasn't going to dampen the mood.  
Also an update of our wedding party from all that time ago.  One bridesmaid missing & the page boy.  But we aren't looking too bad for the rest of us!  

19 May, 2017

Taking Stock - May

Making :  lots of knitting things!
Cooking :  A few different things for 
Drinking :  coffee to warm me.
Reading:  The Beekeeper's Secret - Josephine Moon.  Enjoying this one.
Trawling:  Ravelry for blanket patterns.
Wanting:  it to rain so I can test my new wiper blades on the car!  hahahaha...    
Deciding:  on a plan of action for BJ's birthday.  It's tricky with this kid.  Think we have found a great solution that will be exciting for him.  
Enjoying: knitting a jumper again.
Waiting:  for my new niece/nephew...  can't wait.  About 6 weeks to go!  
Liking:  the cool educational history books I found at the second hand bookshop for BJ.
Loving:  my chickens & our first egg!  Woohoo!  
Pondering:  knitting patterns for a baby
Listening:  Lady Antebellum - 747
Considering:  birthday gifts for our 2 boys... 
Buying:  wool
Watching:  Chicago Fire season 1  - for the third time...  
Hoping:  for more great days at work with lovely customers & lots of patience for them.  lol
Marvelling:  at our 25 years of marriage!
Cringing: at the sudden coldness.
Smelling:  beautiful flowers that were given for our anniversary.
Wearing:  many layers
Noticing:  more people are knitting now it's getting colder.
Knowing: it's still getting colder & colder.
Disliking:  being sick last week, but recognise the need to take some time out.  
Opening:  cards given to us for our anniversary.
Feeling:  happy & excited for Chris & Lexi, having just moved into their own home!  
Hearing :  the chickens right behind me when I go out into the orchard.  Love it!
Celebrating:  Our 25th Wedding Anniversary this month!  Wow!  But Yay for us!
Pretending:  that Aunty Sheila isn't leaving soon.

18 May, 2017

Thursday Thanks

  • 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Getting & feeling better.
  • A husband that is there "in sickness & in health".  lol
  • Special day for Mother's Day.

13 May, 2017

Pretty Presents

I've been unwell, but somehow have managed this one for a party that I miss out on going to.  Oh well.  At least Miss Penelope newly 3 liked it.  

Pillow Present #8

07 May, 2017


Four eggs means lunch for each of us to sample the joys of our own eggs.

Thanks to Doris!

05 May, 2017

Thursday Thanks

  • Birthday celebrations.
  • Marshmallows!  lol
  • Good days at work.
  • Lovely customers.
  • Chickens.
  • Egg laying chook!  
  • Great neighbours.
  • Fun times with neighbour children.  Creating memories for them all I hope!
  • OK start to term 2.  
  • Good planning in advance for BJ's birthday to alleviate pressure & worry.  


04 May, 2017

Crazy Knitting Lady

I have really crossed over to the dark side...  the woolly dark side.  

I have always been a one thing at a time crafter.  I used to cross stitch flat out.  Always finished one before starting another.  

With my knitting over the last few years I have had 2 on the go at once as usually I have a small project like a cowl or socks that is travel sized for carrying with me.  

This week I have got rather over excited.  Mad even!  

Saturday I finally got started on a baby blanket for a gift after much umming & ahhing over what design to do.  It's coming along nicely.  

The sock yarns that I caked up last weekend I also finally made a decision.  I used the very technical way of asking BJ to hold 2 of the balls behind his back & I picked one hand.  That is a regular method of choosing in our house so why don't I get to actually use it myself.  I did!  I am even trying a new pattern for socks including cables!  

Crazy knitting lady is doing 2 cable knits at once!  

If that wasn't enough of a job with both of those, one of the pages I follow online has a May Sweater Challenge.  Ok, so I am in Australia & we don't wear sweaters!  Jumpers yes.  Sweaters no.  So after much umming & ahhing again over yarn colours I went with this & cast on this as well!  It got so cold this week suddenly that I needed some fresh new woollies to pull on.  I did actually bother to get the oldies out & give them a wash but there's always room for another.  

So stay tuned for updates!  I wonder which will be finished first!

Also I am pleased for Thimble-Its.  I have a hole in my finger from all this knitting so the thimble-its are saving me some pain...


A two year old's birthday present!

Pillow Present # 7

03 May, 2017


Yes, & it isn't even Easter!  

I found an egg today!  I am super rapt!  One little blue/green egg!  

Our first chicken egg from my girls.  

01 May, 2017

Man Size

I can't show these very well.

They are too big.

But I did a good job of stripe matching.

Some socks for Stuart from some stuff I had in the cupboard!  Yay!  Another skein bites the dust.

I have a great collection of sock oddments now though.

I am making up my mind on what to do with them all.

I would like to do something like a blanket but I also think that it would be a very LONG term project that I would get fed up with.

I think really I would be better off just doing scrap socks.  They would be fun too I think.  I could even try two at a time that way.

What have you done with sock left overs?

Sock count 7 - 2017