Thursday, August 14, 2014

August Knitting!

Our knitting group does charity knitting for KOGO (which is Knit One, Give One) to the homeless and needy so I have been making lots of mens hats as that is something that they need and I need to use up some stash yarns too.  All these hats were knit from Magnum 8 ply which is an acrylic yarn but isnt too hard or plastic feeling and is a bit thicker too.




 I also started my Bakery Bear (by Kay Jones on ravelry).  This is Mr. Bakery Bear and was so easy to knit up.  Of course when I went to sew the beads on for eyes I couldnt find them could I so I had to embroider them on.  If I find the beads before I gift it then I will replace them.  I used some Bendigo Rustic in a nice brown color and used half a ball of cotton from Kmart many years ago to do his clothing.  I think he is rather cute and I am hoping my 2 yr old nephew will like him too as a birthday gift.  Kay also has a knitting podcast with her husband Dan called The Bakery Bears podcast.  They live in England so in each episode they visit castles and show you around with a history tour which I find very interesting.  They are very funny too and knit wonderful things.

I also have lots of other sweaters I am knitting on at the moment for all my little nephews and niece and need to get around to visiting them when they are home so they can get some wear out of them for the last part of winter.


Okay now off to do some more knitting and I will hopefully blog again very soon!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hospital Is Tiring


Sorry that I havent been back in a bit.  I took my dad to the doctor's last Friday and then had to rush him to the hospital as he has oedema which was filling up his lungs with fluid.  He has been in hospital for nearly a week so far and is losing a lot of weight from the fluid reduction which is great.  Tomorrow he has more tests for his heart as they are worried it isnt working properly so fingers crossed that all goes well and they find out some answers which can be solved with medication or worst case scenario a stent if there are any arteries blocked.  I am hoping for the best and will return when things are on a more normal level.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wow June Already ...


Hello, long time no blog post.  Sorry about that but lots of things have been happening, not just great things.  I have been doing quite a bit of knitting though so I thought I would post some photos of the recent hats that I knit for my 2 little nephews and niece.  Up above is the green one for my nephew Atticus who looked absolutely adorable in it.  It is from King Cole Aran Book 2.  It is the Teddy Edward's hat although I omitted the ears from it.  I knit this in some Magnum grass green wool.  It knits up quite nicely for our cold winter.

This is from another King Cole book and it is just a basic beanie with the color changed just before the increases.  It just stretched enough to fit Harriett, my niece's head so I am hoping it doesnt get too small quickly.  It is also knit from some Magnum wool in pink and white.


This is the final hat knit for my nephew Felix.  It is actually a chocolate brown color and fit him with a wee bit of extra room.  It is the same pattern as the green one.

We also went out for dinner to celebrate my mum and dad's 46th wedding anniversary at a chinese restaurant.  My dad hasnt been very well since suffering from his spider bite and actually developed diabetes from the medication (which still isnt helping his leg).  On Monday I will be taking him to a new doctor to see if they can make his leg better and also to help him with other problems like hallucinating, not being able to eat or sleep.  He looks so worn out it makes me upset seeing him like that.
That is me with my sister.  She is 5 years younger than I am.  I keep getting told that I look old lately so I think the stress is catching up with me.


For those of you have been reading my blog for a while this is Isabelle with my sister.  She is 12 now and looking so grown up lately.

So onto the other things that have been happening:

- Isabelle broke her finger playing netball 2 weeks ago, xray and she played 3 days later with it.
- I had a blood transfusion in May and had to leave my job because I had no immune system and they thought I was going to collapse.
- I had to have a large iron infusion for 6 hours about 3 weeks ago because my iron was still too low
- I also found out that I have type 2 diabetes so am now taking medication for it.

With my health problems it looks as though I will be having a hysterectomy to stop certain problems.  I am a bit nervous about it.  I am hoping I will feel better when I find out more when I see the specialist about the actual surgery.  Women I have spoken to have assured me that I will feel so much better afterwards so I am hoping that I will and it will solve the iron problems too.  6 weeks of not being able to do anything at all will drive me a bit crazy I am sure but I hope I will feel like knitting during then.  Hopefully I can go back to work afterwards and get back into my routine.  My sister is actually going through the same thing too and it seems to be a genetic thing on my mum's side of the family which is unfortunate but not much you can do about it.

I have also returned to my knitting group which makes the week more fun.  It is great sitting down and talking with friends about new projects and also a lot of them crochet so I might get someone to teach me some more stitches and easier ways to do things.  I have quite a few projects that need seaming and pressing but I am not in that frame of mind to do it right now so I just tuck it away and cast on something else.  I am mainly knitting cardigans, sweaters and hats for my nephews and niece who are tiny and feel the cold.

I hope that you have been well over the last couple of months.

P.S. I have also joined instagram as Knitter Sue so if you would like to friend me I would love that!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A New Phone




Hello, I am back.  I finally got a new phone and it is wonderful, apart from Isabelle taking lots of photos of herself on it already.  I think this photo is the first one that she took and popped me into it too.   I am sure she added a special affect to it as her freckles are not normally that dark.   I am hoping that now I can take better photos than my camera I can update my ravelry page and blog more too.

I have finished knitting some items but I havent sewn them up as yet, and with the weather topping 41 today it wont be what I will be doing.  We are sitting inside with the air conditioner on and not doing anything much as it is too hot.

Isabelle started high school last week and is enjoying it, trying to get her head around the homework that now comes with it.  She is in the AVID class which means a bit more workload and she is learning Italian too which is exciting.  She was so cute when she came home and said I learnt Italian today but I cant remember it, as if she is supposed to already!

Here she is on her first day of high school and it was a nice cool morning so she wore her school jumper.  She doesnt like her school dress one bit but has to wear it so I am sure when the weather warms up she wont wear the jumper.  It makes me sad that I have no more little ones at primary school, end of an era I guess.

I suppose that is all for now and once I have some time this week I will take some photos and update the blog too.  I have been busy for the first month of January which is normal after Christmas so hopefully February will go at a slower pace.

Speak to you soon.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Looking Into The Past ...


Hello, sorry I havent posted much as January has just flown by and I havent done as much knitting as I would have liked.  My children go back to their studies next week so the house will be peaceful again for a while.  Paul has been working away from home since the start of January too so we only get to see him on the weekends which makes it a bit hard but hopefully soon he will be back at home at nights so things will be easier.

Our cat Lucy had another litter of kittens, 4 girls this time.  They are all beautiful and healthy and she is doing well.  Our cat Missy is still enjoying her little grey and black kitten who is now about 10 weeks old and so personable.  He waits at the doors for you to come out, he meows when he is hungry and sleeps next to you on the bed.  He has grown so much and to think he was the only survivor of 5 kittens makes him even more special.  Our neighbour's daughter is going to take him although we have all fallen in love with him so you never know what may happen.

I have also been doing the family tree again, or trying to.  It is so hard to try and find things out when a family has so many secrets.  I have been contacting organizations today to see if I can find my mum's older sibling who was adopted out at birth.  Apparently my grandmother had a little boy when she was 16 years of age and was sent off to a convalescent home until she had him.  No one seems to know where she was sent as it was all kept hush hush.  Her sister passed away last year but didnt seem to know much but my auntie did say that she was sent away as her grandmother told her.  I am hoping to find out more information in case this person who is now an adult is looking for birth information or other family members.  My grandmother passed away when my mum was 10 so she couldnt ask her anything.  My grandfather was not the dad but my auntie saw photos of her mum with a soldier and they looked like a couple so we dont know if he passed away or was kept away.  It was a year before she married my grandfather, and of course after she died he burnt all the photos as apparently they do that in aboriginal deaths so I am told, dont know if I believe that.  I have my fingers crossed that I can find out more to help uncover one of the secrets of the family tree that was never answered or given light.  The aboriginal side is still continuing not making much progress but I do hope to one day.

Starting next week I am hoping to get some photos of my knitting and start blogging again since I will have more time.

Speak to you all then.

Sue

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014!

Happy New Year to everyone!
I hope 2014 brings you all happiness, good health and time spent with loved ones.
I am hoping to be more organised, working more and crafting more (also noting it on ravelry too) and keeping everything up-to-date too.
I hope to be riding my bike (that I got for xmas) more and getting fitter and healthier.
I also need to use up a lot of stash and keep note of what projects I cast on and off and take more photos.  I havent been taking many pics lately so I am hoping to rectify that.
What are you all planning to do in 2014?

Sue

Saturday, December 14, 2013

November

 November came and was very busy for us, just as December is turning out to be.  Missy our 11mth old kitten had 5 kittens (OMG).  4 sadly passed away and just 1 was left, a little boy is so totally cute and super adorable.  I will have to take a photo of him very soon.  We had my BIL's wedding which was totally gorgeous up in Ballarat.  Up above is a very rare photo of Lachlan and Isabelle dressed up for the wedding.  Lachlan had never worn a suit before so he felt strange but looked good.  My gorgeous SIL and BIL were married outside a restaurant on Lake Wendouree.  The weather was absolutely freezing but she looked gorgeous in her dress that her mother had made.  We all had a great time and it was nice to catch up with all the relatives too.
We also got Isabelle fitted for high school uniforms and ordered her books.  I cant believe that she is starting high school next year.  I think when I started this blog she was in kindergarten and it seems so long ago.  December is proving to be just as busy with me working afternoon shifts for a few weeks, Paul working up in Ballarat for a week at a time and now Lachlan who is home to look after the animals while we work.  I still havent done half of my xmas shopping but hopefully by the end of next week it will all be completed and I can sit back and relax for just a bit I hope.  Speak to you all very soon I hope and maybe in 2014 my blog can come back to life as it has been a bit dormant lately.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

More FO's


 Hello there, how is everyone?  I have been busy lately so I thought since Isabelle was at the pools having a swim I would post some photos and catch you all up on what I have been doing.  First up the 4 little kittens have all gone to their new owners.  The 2 above are the little boy and girl that we dropped off into the city on Friday night (we went to the MCG for a presentation night).  They live in an apartment right across from there so we met them and they were very nice.  The lady looked like Pink's twin sister.  I am missing them all right now but am thankful that I dont need to clean that kitty litter anymore.
 Onto the knitting side of things I have been knitting and finally took some photos.  I dont like the brown carpet as the backdrop but it is easier to photograph on so here we go.  I knit a stripey garter stitch blanket for my nephew but it isnt big enough for him so this one ended up being a kitty blanket for them to sleep on.  It is from one of the Sirdar patterns and quite easy.
 Next up is the aran sweater with a ribbon from the Labour of Love book.  This is for my god-daughter and I really need to block it.  I knit it out of some 10 ply from the back room of Bendigo Woollen Mills.  It is a crepe sort of yarn so it is a bit heavy.  I am hoping the ribbing will stop curling once I block it.
 A little cardigan for my niece.  I love this cardigan as it so cute.  It cost me $2.00 to knit this as I bought 2 balls and didnt use it all.  The yarn is from Spotlight.  The pattern is another Sirdar one and I love the leaves on it.
 Another little sweater for a friend's grandson.  I love this color and the moss stitch really pops in this yarn too.  I think this is a Magnum yarn that I used.
 This sweater is for my nephew and I just love it.  I used Sirdar denim for the bands and sleeves, and Peter Pan for the body.  I never knew it striped in the fair isle pattern until I started knitting it up and I love it.  This is a King Cole pattern that I have knit before.
 Finally this sweater is for my god-daughter.  It is knit out of Patons Rainbow in the dark purple colorway but it looks washed out here unfortunately.  It is all garter stitch and is a cleckheaton pattern.  I love how it turned out, so squishy.
 Oh I nearly forgot about the little dress, another pattern knit out of Patons Rainbow yarn and the color looks right in this one.  I might gift this to our neighbour who is expecting in about 26 weeks, and it will be her second baby (that is if it is a girl).  I need to embroider some flowers on this one.
Okay last one now.  I didnt realise I posted so many FO's at the one time.  This is another Sirdar pattern from the Jack In The Box Knits.  This will be for one of my other nephews.  I need to find some buttons to put on it and give it a blocking too.

If you would like to know what the actual patterns are you can go to my ravelry page and look me up as snooks, and then go to my project page and they should all be listed.  I was unorganised and some of these were finished quite a while ago now so I forgot what they were called.

My current knitting is another Hitchhiker in some Soft Like Kittens yarn, Paul's sweater which I pulled out and restarted as he needed the smallest size after losing so much weight, and last night I cast on a Geno.  I dont know whether it will be for my sister or Isabelle as they are practically the same size now though in different proportions.  I am hoping with the errata on the pattern that it turns out correctly for me as last time I had trouble with it.

See you all later on and I hope you are enjoying your knitting!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Hitchhiker is finished!

The Hitchhiker is finished.  It turned out beautifully even though I havent blocked it as yet.  I used Solar Flaire Fibre yarns which Fifikins dyes up in Cairns and is a very nice yarn to knit with.  I used the Apollo base yarn this time and I didnt quite reach 42 teeth but it is still a nice size.  This is going to my mum for xmas and I have started another one which hasnt gotten very far as yet.  The pattern is by Martina Behm and you can purchase it on ravelry if you would like to knit it.

Hopefully I can get some more photos up on blog posts by the end of the week.  I have been very busy dealing with 4 little kittens who now know how to climb, especially pants and wanting cuddles which is so adorable but you cant knit whilst cuddling kittens.  We have found a home for one of them so far as they will be ready to go next week.  I think they could be models for those cat calendars as they are so adorable and I am sure that Lucy will miss them too.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hitchhiker in Progress


I have started my Hitchhiker shawl designed by Martina Behm for the KAL with Aussieyarning podcast, host is Joyce who I love watching.  She knits beautiful things.  I am using some Solar Flair Fibre yarns which is dyed by Fifikins who hosts the Down Under podcast (can you see the aussie theme) which are beautiful to knit with.  This is the Apollo base in the color Blue Rocks but it is much more teal in real life than blue.  It has a great twist and stitch definition and would be great to knit some socks in too.  I knit these 9 teeth whilst babysitting my 10 mth old niece and nephew and their 21 mth old brother.  They fell asleep around 7pm and I think I cast on at 10:30 whilst watching a movie.

My daughter Isabelle who is now 12 yrs old (where did the time go) got to go to her cousin's debutante ball last night and was all dressed up in a gorgeous dress.  She did her hair herself and her makeup and looked gorgeous.  She quite enjoyed herself dancing for 4 hours and had lots of fun with her cousins.  She was a bit tired this morning though and is going back to school on Monday after holidays for 2 weeks, and maybe I will get some time to take photos of some finished knitted projects too.

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather (well it is 24 here and sunny with a slight breeze)!