Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SIT ~ In which I appear

I am not a fan of photos that include myself, but in the interest of full disclosure, here are some that I have seen popping up from the big weekend away.  I look tired in all of them, next time I might skip the shopping and sleep instead (or not!).

Good friend Kylie and I on the last morning.

Stitching away with Renae and Posie

Kylie and I again on Saturday night :)

I shamelessly stole these photos from Kylie and Kathy.
If I see any more pop up I will add them in.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SIT ~ The Shops

Calico & Ivy.  I LOVED this shop.  So many beautiful bits and pieces, including both fabric and yarn.  I bought 12 balls of Debbie Bliss and a pattern book.  I also met Amy Badskirt.  My head is still spinning!

Prints Charming.  More love found here!  I bought quite a lot of panels, a Christmas decoration kit and a Scrap pack.  I will be busy!

How wonderful for us to be able to sit in the studio for a stitching session complete with bubbly and nibbles.  This was a highlight of the trip for me!

In addition to a workshop held by Kathy of Material Obsession held on the Saturday, we also got to go to her shop on Sunday.  Kathy's shop is BEAUTIFUL!  So much colour, so many great quilts and her enthusiasm made this just a little bit special.

I bought the Material Obsession book, and nearly 8 meters of fabric.  I also bought a wedge ruler (who didn't?) and a flying geese ruler.  Kathy said tools were a great way to help you use your stash, she has also   blogged about SIT here if you would like to look :) 

There is plenty more to show off, but this is a good start for today :)

Carry on?

Both children wanted to come to Sydney with me, Blue tried to pretend he was carry on baggage and Possum crafted her own ticket for the plane trip.

I missed them!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Creative Space ~ Abalone

Yesterday in between sipping a Latte and eating Vanilla slice at Playgroup (I love Playgroup!) I finished sewing the ends in on the Abalone cardigan I have been knitting.  I don't like sewing ends in so had been putting it off but I want to take it to Sydney with me for the weekend so had to get it done.

I really loved this pattern.  It was interesting enough that i didn't get bored with miles of stocking stitch and the wool is Malabrigo worsted which is just perfect!  I am going to enjoy wearing this a lot.

I liked this wool so much that as soon as I cast off this cardigan I knit myself a beanie seen here on Possum.

The pattern is Abalone found free on Ravelry, or here for the non Ravelers.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rainy Day

Possum loves this pink Charlie and Lola umbrella she was given last Christmas.  A rainy day is more fun when you can go outside.  Blue had a turn too, but I think he needs to work on his technique...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekend Fun

We had a great weekend here.  We had visitors which involved scones with homemade fig jam and at least two teapots on the table.  It also involved a wonderful roast lamb lunch with all the trimmings. 

I also finished knitting my cardigan (pictures soon) and with the same wool, cast on this beanie for myself.
It is a free pattern on Ravelry, or available here via the designers blog.  It was quick, easy, and used less than 50g of worsted weight wool.  Perfect for a quick weekend project!

Possum has already tried to claim it as her own, but she is out of luck with this beanie.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Friday

Wishing everyone a happy weekend full of fun stuff.

I have knitting planned, I am on the last few LONG rows of my cardigan!!  I also better factor in some time for cleaning and cooking given we have family visiting on Sunday.  I am also starting to get excited about my trip to Sydney to catch up with some friends, have fun and go shopping!

Lots of fun stuff here :)

The kids both discovered that putting rocks in your gumboots is only fun until you try to walk somewhere...  At least it kept them busy for awhile!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kitchener Stitch

I am nearly up to joining the shoulder seams on my Abalone cardigan!  And thanks to videos such as this found on YouTube I know I can do it, Hurrah!  This knit is going to be the BEST thing I have made yet, and it is for me!  Am I excited*?  You bet! 

I have another quiet night of knitting planned this evening!

Dunks on Ravelry linked this easy graft tutorial as another way to do it too.

*I am not excited about the miles of garter border or picking up 1 million stitches so I can do it, but you can't have everything, and I will be excited to be able to wear it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Egg and bacon pie with spinach

I love this simple pie and with spinach growing in the garden and eggs from the chooks it does not cost much to whip up either. 

4 rashers of diced bacon
1 tsp olive oil
1 diced onion
200g spinach
1/4 cup cream
4 eggs
1 sheet of puff pastry.

Preheat oven to 220 deg C.
Grease dish and line base with puff pastry.
Mix other ingredients and pour in.
Bake approx 35 mins.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday School

Once a month this tiny Church opens it's doors.  There is a Sunday School for the children and there are always twice as many children as adults running about.  It is nice and family friendly. 

Did you know neither of my children have been Christened? Moving and renovating got in the way when both were small.  They will be Christened soon, right in this small church, just 1km from home. 

Friday, March 11, 2011


Both of my babies are sick.  It would happen as we were home alone last night.  By 1am I had lost track of who had woken when and which way was up.  I am normally long asleep by that stage.  Possum ended up spending the night in my bed, tossing, crying.  They are both feeling bad today too but night is worse.

My house is messy, terrible. Shamefully like a bomb went off.  I need to make a start but it is hard when babies need cuddles and books and baby vicks.

I hope they are back to smiles and laughs soon.

edit:  I took this photo the other day.  We went to town to buy a replacement printer for work and I came home with a new lens and bread machine too!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Name tag

The countdown is on until Sew it Together which I am off to later this month.  I am looking forward to catching up with friends and meeting new ones too.

There is a huge list of fun stuff that will be happening over the get-together weekend but the fun has already started here because today I received my name tag from the swap.

This came from Fiona and it really is quiet special.  I can take the badge clip off the back later and use it as a pincushion if I like.  And I love the little snippy scissors that hang from the bottom! 

How lovely is the cross stitch detail!  Lucky me!
I can't wait to wear it :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Flea Market Finds #6

I don't have anything to show from a recent trip, but two of my favourite things from last year instead.  I decided that they deserved a mention because they are both wonderful.

The old phone. 

The children love playing with this (hence the grubby prints) and it is plugged in upstairs.  It is nice to know that in a blackout this phone still has us covered!  I found it at a church fair and I love it a lot.  Even better was the $2 price tag.  A real bargain I think.

And my kit bag.  A $3 pick up in my local small town op-shop.
This is a wonderful bag and I use it all time, for storage, and for crafty getaways too.

More Flea market finds here :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Creative Space ~ Shalom

Hurrah!  With all the knitting I have done it is hard to believe that this is the first time I have knit something for me!  I have already ordered wool for the second 'me' project so I am reversing the knit-for-children-only trend this year.

This is the Shalom Cardigan.  It is knit in 12 ply on big needles so didn't take long to finish.
The pattern is free here via Ravelry, or here on the designers blog.

I feel like my knitting has turned a corner of late.  I even managed to modify this pattern to add the 3 buttons to the front instead of just the one the pattern called for.  I also manage to add the increases and decreases in the body to fit me, which involved taking out a heap of rows too.  I am glad I did as it is actually a pretty good fit for me now.

I am surprised I have had time for knitting with all the other stuff going on around here.
There is the new pupstorm damage, and ram woes.  Never a dull moment!

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