Thursday, March 30, 2017

Busy week

I can't believe it's Thursday already. This week I have been swimming, visited the dentist, gone shopping with my daughter in law and continued knitting
I have made progress with the baby cardigan 
I will try and make the number make sense one day. But not in th mood to deal with it now. So this is my new go to pattern 
Just keep knitting now until it's the right length. 

Here are all the bunnies and chickens our group has knitted. The royal children's hospital cannot give them to sick children due to occupational health and safety but we're happy to sell them and use the money 
We didn't really want that. We wanted them to go to the children directly so Barbra our lovely leader found a local school for special needs children who said they would love to have them and share them with their kids 
So they will be going to them with lots of love from our wonderful ladies 
Spotlight had a sale on their Caron cakes so my daughter in law and I went off to buy us some. 
Well I bought me some lol 
I even got lucky and found some Caron cake mill ends. 
So the hunt is on for patterns to use these on 
 Cooler weather is here and we have had a lovely drop of rain 
Might even light the fire in a week or two. 
How are you all going? Have you been as busy as we have? 
See ya xxx

Monday, March 27, 2017

What a drama

Morning all from a very hot autumn morning here in Melbourne. 
But I'll leave that for another post 
Remember I started this pattern on Friday?
Well I couldn't get the stitch count right. 
No matter what I tried. 
I cast on  62 stitches and all was fine till that first increase 
Now I know I'm a nuffy and I don't really know what I'm doing. But I tried knitting four stitches and then making one by knitting in the front and back on the fifth 
Nope. Pulled it all out and then knitted three stitches and made one by knitting back and front on the fourth. 
So I got the shits and unraveled it all and found another pattern 

This one. And it's free! 
I paid for the first pattern and I have made it in the smaller size. It's only out by a couple of stitches so easily rectified on the next row 
But the large size is out by about 12 stitches and I have no idea what I am doing wrong. 
So I have now started this on and as of th first increase I have the correct number of stitches. 
If anyone can see what the hell im doing wrong. Please tell me. 
It's driving me crazy
Now as for this Indian summer .............
See ya xxxxx


Saturday, March 25, 2017

An ordinary weekend


It's Saturday night and hubby and I are home watching telly 
I've had my hips put back where they are supposed too so I'm supposed to rest for two or three days 
So I've spent all day today just doing regular housework, washing and crafting. Only doing lifts spurts and resting in between 
Hubby has been a busy boy outside. Mowing and wedding the garden beds   
I've finished two baby blankets and a baby girls cardigan. So now all babies have something hand made for when they are born
I've started this in threes cardigan with the loft over yarn. If it's big enough it will be for Melody but if it's not it will go to the charity pile at knitting 
Tomorrow we are having lunch at a friends  and then back home for an early night. 
Trying hard to cut down on pain meds. So I'm not going to push any harder than I have too
Have a lovey weekend all 
See ya 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Autumn equinox

Day and night at of equal time. 
Now the days will shorten and the nights will be long and cold 
Already today the weather is cooler. Much cooler than the last few days 
Hubby spent yesterday splitting this wood so we have a good amount to start off our winter with
More will be added slowly 

And here is the beginning of a bonfire 
I'll slowly pull out the summer crops and add to this. Anything that can't be fed to th chickens or sheep
Hopefully we will be able to light it once the fire restrictions are over
Rain is forecast for th next few days. We really need it. 
How's the wether at your place? 
Are you coming into winter like us, or are beautiful sunny days coming your way? 
See ya xxx

Friday, March 17, 2017

A new look

These drapes have been on our windows for over 23 years 
They were put up before we had the front veranda and had to keep the hot afternoon sun out
They are very faded in places and getting harder and harder for me to clean 

So I got some total block out blinds and yesterday hubby pulled down two sets of drapes and installed these. 
They will need a pain to cover the marks left by the old tracks. But eventually I will cover that area with a pelmet of some sorts
I have a few ideas. 
Just by removing the dark drapes and replacing them with the light blinds it already has made it look much brighter in here 

Here is the back door. 
A more modern look
Two more windows to change and then to save money for the next stage 
Hopefully hubby will be able to do it either tonight or over the weekend
Not a hard job. Just needs both of us on step ladders 
See ya xxx

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wirrawilla walk

We all went on a walk through the Forrest. It was a Baird walk to help keep us off the tracks and preserve the flora. There were little signs every telling us about the plants. It was very educational for the girls so they could go back to school and tell their teachers they learnt things while on holidays lol. Love walking through the forests. The thick foliage muffled all sounds and you can convince yourself your the only one in there. Totally alone. Bliss 
Hope you enjoy the pics
See ya xxx


Monday, March 13, 2017

Murrindindi- toolangi state Forrest

Here we are at camp just two families. The other two were at the camp site across from us 

Same camp site. But from other end.  My camper van is the white and green one the one with the girls is bronwyn and Dave's 
Our solar panels out in the sun keeping the battery full so we have lights 
Our camp fire. Always great to sit around and talk about everything 
Here is the back of bronwyn and Kay and I in the water in the middle of the water fall. It was freezing. But as it's like fifty steps down to it. It was very nice once you got in. 
Unfortunately you heated up again going back up to the top 
We are home now and half unpacked the van. 
I'm very tired but I've had a lovely relaxing bath and once the washing machine is finished I'll hang th washing and relax the rest of the night. 
I'll post more pics tomorrow showing the lovely walk we did through the bush 
See ya xxxxx

Friday, March 10, 2017

Getting away

It's a long weekend for us this week 
So hubby and I are going away for a few days. Taking the poptop camper
Going with the old crew so it's should be fun 
Taking my knitting and crochet with me and a good book
Son and daughter in law are settle in and slowly working out their routine so they will man the fort! 
Don't know if I'll have Internet. So I'll post when I get home 
Enjoy your weekend everyone. Drive safe
See ya xxxxx

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Yarn tails!


I've been busy, in between everything else, working on my crochet and knitting projects 
The purple cardigan was my first chevron baby cardigan in a while and I miss counted. I was two pattern repeats short! 
So I decided to add the fancy white down the sides. My daughter in laws sister liked it. So it's gone with her for her cute little girl to wear 
It's perfect to use over a dress. 
The pink and white one is one I made for a friend that lives in California. She really liked the one I had made for Melody so I've sent it off for her little girl 
Hopefully she gets it soon. It's already been a week since I posted it 

This is a baby blanket for my niece who is expecting her first baby in August. She is having a boy so no pinks or purples here lol 
I love that we can know now and make something specifically for their babies. Although I love neutrals I also love being able to make a blanket for a special someone 
And of course still making bunnies and chickens to add to the pile we are going to be sending to the royal children's hospital in Melbourne. We only have a few weeks until we have to send the parcel off 
I'll try and remember to take a pic and get a final count once we are done 
So that's what's been on my needles and hooks. Have you been working on anything crafty lately? 
See ya xxx

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fitting two into one

When children return to the nest, lots of stuff comes home with them 
There were boxes with kitchen written on them in my kitchen. 
So many boxes. And they all had food in them 
So we had to find room in the pantry to fit them all in 
So my wonderful hubby helped me clean and organise and fit it all in 
Look how pretty! 
Plus side. Don't actually have to food shop for a long time now
Nothing like necessity making do something that you have put off for months and months and months 
Totally exhausted now.  But it's done. 
Now let the cooking begin! 
See ya xxx

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Moving in day

Yup today is the day my son and daughter in law move in. 
So we are going to be busy busy busy 
Enjoying the relative calm before the storm 
Next time I post it  will be when the nest goes from empty to full again 
Enjoy your weekend 
See ya xxx

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

First day of autumn. Apparently

Happy first of the month 
Yup it's march and the first day of auntum here in Melbourne Australia 
This is kinda what I think when I think autumn. Lots of reds and yellows. Apples and pumpkins 
Frosty mornings and the trees turning into a wonderful world of colour

This is what we are getting today 
Blue skies, sunshine and hot weather 
Enjoy your day everyone. 
I'm going to take advantage of the sunshine and wash the bedding and just store up the vitamin D
See ya xxx