31 August, 2017

Book Week 2017

Our school was late with this event this year.  But they did it.  

BJ - Ash from Pokemon.

DJ - Saucepan Man from The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton

& now the op shops can have all their pans & shirts back.  

25 August, 2017

Taking Stock - August

Making :  socks & socks.  Oh & Lego!
Cooking :  as little as possible & leaving it to Stuart.  
Drinking :  to much coffee.
Reading:  True Colors - Kristin Hannah
Trawling:  The e-magaine of sock patterns.
Wanting:  more hours in a day.
Looking:  at my stash to see which sock yarns suit some new patterns.
Deciding:  On Christmas gift making....  & some birthday gifts still to come this year.
Wishing:  I didn't get sick.
Enjoying: watching the calves playing over the road.
Pondering:  Scrap sock yarn.  Oh the potential...
Listening:  Zac Brown Band
Buying:  bins to sort a pile of Lego into.  We will see if the sorting lasts.
Watching:  Foyle's War starting over at season 1.
Hoping: I don't get sick again for ages.
Needing: a little more time to get my knitting ideas done!
Smelling:  all the washing trying to dry inside.
Wearing:  layers.   Lots of layers.
Noticing: spring is on the way.
Knowing:  It is going to rain on the weekend.  Again.  For about the 8th weekend in a row!
Thinking:  up ideas to use the scrap sock yarn.
Admiring:  some really talented knitters in the sock world & what they create without patterns.  
Bookmarking:  to many sock patterns.
Disliking:  that the year is flying by.

24 August, 2017

Thursday Thanks

  • Getting better!
  • Some extra hours at work.
  • Good work days.
  • A boy that is getting to sleep better.
  • A new tactic for us to help him.
  • Reading Enid Blyton books to my own boys now!  Woohoo!
  • Fresh eggs that make a great egg & bacon pie for our tea.

21 August, 2017

Super Excited!

I just finished up my brick socks.

I'm also sulking as everyone in the house is asleep including the dog who is snoring behind me.  But she is colourblind anyway so won't appreciate the rainbows.  

They are King's Cross socks, inspired by Harry Potter's platform 9¾.  I left off that bit & just went with the brick work as for these, it's all about the colour isn't it!  

I'm just pleased they are done.  I had 3 days of no knitting as I was sick, but today wanted these over with.  

Now I've shown someone, I'm going to bed.  Happy now.  :-)


Socks # 11 - 2017

19 August, 2017

Pop Up Dig

Science Week has been on in our area for the last week or 2.  

I was excited to find an event in a brochure about a Pop up Dig for kids being put on by the Universities here.  

So booked the boys in & we went.  I managed to go too.  Fortunately there were seats so I could do lots of sitting after still getting over bugs.  

The boys had a great time though & learnt quite a bit & loved being hands on with the different parts they could be hands on with.  

Sorting out different types of "rubbish" that has been dug.  Listening to info on ageing it.

Aboriginal history too which in Australia is quite important as yes, if you find stuff it will probably go back to aboriginal times.  

Also learning to dig which isn't actually digging but scrapping!  Finding & sorting out different things they dug & sifted.  

All good fun!

13 August, 2017


What can I say really?

It's so pretty though.

Almost done, just the cuff to go.

Then the tough job of deciding where to start the colours on the next one as I don't want them the same of course!

10 August, 2017

Thursday Thanks

  • Signs of spring.
  • Art in nature.
  • My chickens.
  • The eggs which my chickens give me.
  • Easy ideas for gifting to children.
  • BJ's effort in a bit of extra tutoring at home (with me!) .  It is helping & he is encouraged by that.
  • DJ's progress with his reading.
  • Stuart that does the reading with DJ.  
  • Great days at work.
  • Lovely customers that appreciate your helping them.
  • Not being too old to learn new things!


Sewing Again

Suddenly birthday season has come about again.  

A party for DJ to attend on the weekend.  He chose Star Wars fabric for his little friend.  I really like this one.  

BJ has been asked for a play date for a birthday friend.  Not a party so no presents but hey, what's a birthday without a little present.  This is today.  So I spent an hour doing both the pillows at once.  Quite an efficient use of time I suppose.  

Pillow Presents 11 & 12

09 August, 2017

Harry Potter Socks

Ok, so not Harry Potter exactly but certainly Harry Potter inspired.

I am in a facebook group that is all about knitting socks.  They published an e-magazine last week with 56 Harry Potter inspired socks in there.  I bought the magazine as I really really really needed the pattern for the ones they showed on the cover.

I started today.  I have been waiting all week & now I just did it.  This design is based on the train platform at 9¾ where you go through the wall.  So this design is basically a brick wall!  I'm looking forward to see the colours change.  Stay tuned.

06 August, 2017

More Knits

I'm still working on socks too.  I have started a pair for Stuart.  I counted mine & ummm... I have a few now.  But Stuart needs more.  So I will be kind & make him some.  Almost my usual pattern too but I have added a little rib in at intervals.  Looks quite interesting.The yarn is one I got from Knit Picks.  I really like it.  The colour I did buy with Stuart in mind so he's lucky he gets this Coffee Shop colourway.

05 August, 2017

Can't Beat Homemade

Pizza anyone?

We haven't had homemade pizza in ages.  It is actually BJ's favourite food at the moment & he can eat more of them than Stuart & I can.  BJ & DJ both topped their own & Stu & I had to share one.  But far out, they were so good.  Also not dripping in grease which is a bonus & not making you desperately thirsty either like many seem to do.

Must do it more often.  It's not difficult at all.  Plus we know what is in it.  We do the base from the Chef's Toolbox recipe but we put them in the oven this time so they all cooked together.  So good!

01 August, 2017

Hook In Hand

It's been ages since I have picked up a crochet hook.  Can't remember the last time I did actually.  Last year I think though as I can't recall anything but knitting & sewing this year so far.

After knitting the big thick blanket for my nephew I still wanted to do a light cotton one.  I ordered in the greys in the Heirloom 8ply cotton at work.  Yes, I did.  lol  I do most of the yarn ordering which is fun.

It took a little while to decide on a pattern & although I went with this one it still isn't quite what I had in mind even though I love it.  Meet Me At Mike's have a really good tutorial on this one if you want to give the Larksfoot design a go.  I do enjoy doing it & try to do a couple of stripes a day.  It won't be huge though & should be done shortly, with time to spare before the next visitor goes to visit Diesel & can deliver it.