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)!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lucy's Kittens

We seem to be like an animal farm at the moment with all the new ones here.  Lucy had her kittens the night Paul had to go to Wallan to work and stay the night.  She had found a box in the garage and had them on the Thursday night and on Friday morning she came running out of the box to tell me.  They were so tiny but perfect, and I had to cut them from the placenta as she hadnt been able to get to it because of the angle of the box so 3 of the kittens had their feet tangled up in it.  A bit of a messy job for me but I managed.  They will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and already have their eyes open and are walking around a bit.  The 2 little white ones and the stripey one are girls, whilst the little black and white one is the boy (and the heaviest).  My niece loves the stripey one but isnt allowed to have it as they already have an older cat who wouldnt like it at all.  If you know of anyone who would love a kitten in their lives in the next 5 to 6 weeks when these should be weaned and eating and toilet trained then let me know.  They are all very healthy and loved being petted and cuddled!

Dusty is also doing well and survived his 12 week injections, and then we were informed that we have to wait another 2 weeks to be able to take him out for walks because of the parvo virus.  So he is getting a bit bored, having chewed up 2 of Paul's shoes, the arm of the couch that is in the garage and also Missy the cat who he loves to jump on and play with but is much too rough.  He is a cutie though and if you ignore him he will sit there and tell you off with his barking.

Lots of knitting has been done too so I must get organised and take photos of it all.  I sat there watching podcasts the other night and sewed up about 5 things but some need buttons which I have not worked out as yet.

My sister also returned on Monday from Europe and travelled to lots of wonderful places.  She bought a little backpack handbag in Venice and it is just gorgeous, teal with a brown trim.  She also bought some little candies from Harrods for me which have all disappeared.  They even tasted like real fruit instead of just sugar like they do here.  She seemed happy and is returning to work tomorrow so will be exhausted by tomorrow night.

Okay must go and get some napping done for a little bit before Paul is home from work.  I hope your all healthy, well and happy!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Meet Dusty!


Hello there, sorry I havent been posting but we have been busy lately.  Since losing Tess I just couldnt handle not having a doggie companion and thought I would look on the internet to see when kelpie puppies might be born and low and behold we found a litter that was the perfect age.  This is dusty, a pure kelpie who comes from 2 working dogs up in Wallinduc from a big sheep farm.  He was one of a litter of seven and it was very hard choosing one but he was cheeky so we picked him.  Most of the day is spent playing, picking up poop and cleaning up wee but we do adore him already.  He loves our kitten Missy but she is so fluffy that he keeps trying to wrestle her and bite off her furry tail.  I think he just wants a playmate his own size.  I am hoping in time that he will get used to sleeping by himself as he is only 6 weeks old and doesnt like being by himself.  I have to phone the vet tomorrow so he can have his needles so I am hoping he will be okay, feeling like when I had to take my kids for their first immunisations.

Knitting is slowly being done and as of today I havent managed any knitting.  I have quite a bit of seaming to do on some projects but havent been able to sit down and do it as yet.  I might have to take it along to knitting group so I can get it done without a little puppy trying to help me.  I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tessie 15th January 2004 to 14th August 2013

We lost our little Jack Russell this afternoon.  She was in her doggie basket just lying there after school and Paul discovered her.  Tessie we will miss you very much.  Sadly this laptop of mine doesnt have any photos of her for me to use but I am sure there is one in the archives.  Losing 2 doggie members in 2 years is very hard and I am sure the kittens will miss her too.  She was so tolerant of them and looked after them when they were very small like they were her own babies.  We love you Tessie and hope you are in doggie heaven playing with Jake!

I found one from an older post, gorgeous girl she was!