Friday, February 19, 2016

We're just coming to the end of a fortnight off work. We wanted to crack on and get the house ready to go on the market - there were a few things that needed doing so we figured we'd never get them done while we were working. Progress has been pretty good and the real estate agent is coming to take photos on finally feels like things are happening! It's been a hard couple of weeks though and we're pretty beat. New carpets fitted in two bedrooms, the laundry overhauled, lots of other bits and pieces...

We got the front of the house painted so it's looking pretty good! Hopefully it won't take too long to sell - wish us luck!

There hasn't been a huge amount of crafting time either, but I have made some progress on Romantic Rose Garden. Just one corner and the beading to go!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Here I am on the first day of my annual leave - woohoo! No, we're not going away, we are going to try and finish the outstanding work on the house so we can get it on the market...and finally get things moving. The caravan is going this weekend - the dealer we bought it from is going to sell it on our behalf and apparently there are already several people interested. I'm sorry to see it go but it would be ridiculously un-cost-effective to take it with us. Hopefully the house won't take too long to sell because I'm ready to go now.

I'm pleased to say my stitching mojo is still alive and well although largely focussed on finishing my several Chatelaine wips. I've just about finished this corner of Romantic Rose Garden -

I received a package yesterday from Virtual yarns. This is going to be my magnum opus this year. I'm not going to start just yet because I want to finish up some other projects first (not least of which is a poncho for my granddaughter I'm halfway through) and we've also got the move back to the UK in there somewhere as well, but I WILL tackle it this year. I might not finish it this year, but I'll definitely start it. The design is Alice Starmore's 'Henry VIII' and it will be my first attempt at steeking - which might be better named 'eeking' hahaha (for anyone who doesn't know, steeking is knitting it in the round without armholes or anything, and then cutting it open with scissors before picking up stitches around the hole to knit the sleeves! Gulp!)

Monday, February 01, 2016

It's February. In Australia. In the middle of summer. Time to break out the shorts and thongs and sunnies, and tweed jackets...wait. What?

So obviously, I bought myself a tweed jacket. Made of wool. Soft, scrumptious, snugly warm wool. I've been hankering for one of Joules's Parade jackets for a while, and I finally gave in to temptation and splurged. It arrived today. What can I say? It's everything I hoped it would be. Did I mention it's warm? Too warm for an Aussie summer although it doesn't matter because...well, more on that later. The tailoring and quality are superb. Look at the mismatched buttons! Very quirky and cute- I love the foxy ones. And the velvet piping around the hems... There's even detail under the collar for if you want to wear it 'popped'. You might be getting the idea I'm in love with this jacket! Hahaha (I'm not affiliated with Joules in any way, I just can't stop raving about this jacket)

*sigh* Blogger is playing silly bloggers and won't let me comment further down this entry next to the relevant photos.  Anyway, I haven't done any stitching for the longest time...months and months. But last night I got the urge to pick up a needle again. I chose to pick up on Chatelaine's Rose Garden and there's a photo below.

Also, I've been knitting quite a bit. I'm not going to show all of it because this entry is pretty picture heavy already - but here's a couple of photos of my Sixareen Kep hat (Kate Davies design) I recently finished, with a fair isle brim all in pure Shetland wool.

Oh yes...and the reason it doesn't matter that the jacket is too warm? Well, for those that don't already know, we're moving back home to England after ten years in the land of Aus. We've decided we're too far from family, and all the things we like doing - like visiting castles and stuff. So it's time to go home.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Ah...this is the life! A lazy morning, a cuppa and some crochet...what could be better? All we need is for the sun to come out. Getting ready to go out for the afternoon, but I'll leave you with a couple of photos - from from inside the caravan, and the same view from outside, so you can see how close we are to the beach...

Monday, February 02, 2015

I'm pleased to report that today I'm feeling somewhat human again, rather than like an extra from Shaun of the Dead. Still a bit *ahem* snotty but otherwise not too bad.

Just as well, because we're off on our hols on Friday. We're only going down to the coast in the caravan for a week, but I'm really looking forward to it. We've been opening the van up, getting her ready to go. I love going away in the caravan! It's like camping, but without roughing it...right up my alley! Lol. She's a British van but we had aircon installed on the roof - an absolute must have in the summer here. There's no way I'm spending a week in a metal box without it! Hahaha

As a bit of a break from the Coast blanket, I picked up a sock I started a while ago, which got put away when I got distracted by shiny things. Last night I moved it on to my shiny new Celtic Swans (the gold coloured ones) but after a few rows I noticed they were leaving dirty marks on my wool! I don't know if you can see in the picture - a few rows in from where the needles cross. I've had to switch them back until I give them a good wash.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Hello my lovelies!

Well, this has been a pretty atrocious week. Last week I had to spend some time looking after someone who had the flu, and yes, you guessed it, I came down with it too. I've been sooo sick this week! Fortunately it was the light week in my roster at work so I had a few days at home. I thought I should drag myself in yesterday as I have three weeks annual leave starting on Monday, and I had quite a bit of admin to do. At lunchtime my manager sent me home again and told me to take the weekend off sick too, so I guess I won't be back at work till after my holiday now. At least they know I'm really sick and not just trying to get a bit of extra leave! Hope I'm better by the time we go away though. I have another week to get over it so fingers crossed.

Lying on the sofa wallowing in misery, at least I could still crochet, if nothing else. I'm now over halfway through my Coast Ripple's the latest photo. Also a gratuitous pic of the lovely Chequers, aka El Chequerlibre, who has frequently kept me company while I've been ill...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Twenty seven stripes into my Coast Ripple blanket, and I'm still enjoying it. Thank goodness for air conditioning though, else it would be far too hot to be crocheting blankets! I realised tonight that in my crochet n00biness I've gone and stuffed up the gauge a bit. You might think that, as a knitter, I would have known better. I suppose I must have just stroked out there for a while. This blanket is about 15cm (6") too wide. Not a huge drama, but I'm guessing I'm going to run out of yarn before I finish all eighty four stripes. So I have a decision to I crochet less stripes, or do I buy more yarn and do all eighty four? I'm inclined to go the route of less stripes as this blanket is more likely to be used as a throw than go on a bed.