Sunday, December 7, 2008

our house - before..

Well after chatting with people on NC about renovating and being that my renos have picked up again, I thoguht i should begin blogging about it, so first i should show you some before photos...

of the lounge/dine

the kitchen

and the back room some how didnt get any pics taken..... but will show a mid reno pic soon which should give some indication of the horid colours....
so that is how these rooms started... a bit feral.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Crochet from long ago - well not THAT long

Just thought I would take some time to show you a piece LOVELY crochet, this was given to me when I was a baby. Its just devine.. I love the little rub stutches, shame its made of acrylic :(

Monday, November 10, 2008

February lady SOCK - Pattern

This is the pattern for the sock/s I have made from the lace pattern used here.

please note, I am most defiantely NOT a pattern writter, just doing my best here :S

4mm DPNs
4mm 30cm circulars
Darning needle
stitch markers


22 stitches by 30 rows

Using your prefered stretchy cast on, co 42 stitches onto the DPNs, place stitch marker.

working in circular,work either a k1,p1, or k2,p1 rib (which ever you prefer) for 4-5cm, or what ever length you like. change to 30cm circluars

Lace pattern
round 1: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1. Repeat around.
rounds 2 & 4: knit
round 3: k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk. Repeat around.

Work lace pattern for 6 inches, or what ever length you wish the ankle of your sock to be finishing at the end of round 4

Heel flap
working over 21 stitches(3 pattern repeats) knit the following..

1. (s1, k1) 10 times, k1, turn
2. s1, p20 turn

repeat these rows 10@ (11 times in total)

Heel short rows
1. s1, k12, ssk, k1, turn
2. s1 purlwise, p6, p2tog, p1, turn
3. s1, k7, ssk, k1, turn
4. s1 purlwise, p8, p2tog, p1, turn
5. s1, k9, ssk, k1, turn
6. s1 purlwise, p10, p2tog, p1, turn
7. s1, k13

picking up heel stitches.
Along the edge of the heel flap pick up 11 stitches, place stitch marker (marker 1).
knit the next 21 stitches in the lace pattern starting at round 1, (oringal marker, should be here, this will become marker2). you will continue to knit these 21 stitches in the lace pattern.

pick up another 11 stitches along the 2 side of the heel flap. and knit to marker 1.

stitches should now be,
21 stitches across the top of the foot (lace pattern)
37 across sole and heel.

heel gusset
1. work lace pattern to marker2, k2, k2tog, k to 4 stitches before marker1, ssk, k2.
2. work lace pattern to marker2, k to marker1

repeat these rounds untill 40 stitches remain in total, 21 on the top of the foot and 19 on the sole.

continue working in the lace pattern on top and stocking stitch on the sole until the length is 2 inches shorter then that of your foot, finishing on row 4 of the lace pattern

change stitches from 30cm circs back onto DPNs, with stitch markers still inplace at each end of the lace pattern begin toe decreases, starting from marker 1 (end of lace pattern)

1. k1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before marker2, ssk, k1, slip marker, k2tog, k to 2 stitches before marker1, ssk.
2. k all stitches.

repeat these rows untill there are only 8 stitches between markers (16 total)

Using darning needle close toe usin kitchener stitch, run all threads in and block... repeat if not too distracted by other patterns :D
please lmk if there are any errors

Sunday, November 9, 2008

so following my previous post...

.. I began the dress last night

winged it and it turned out ok so far..

the bust is together but just pinned to the skirt and without lining. I think i will bone it as it is a little droopy in the bust, boning should fixed that.

I may need to wear a sucker inner-er for the bulge factor.. lol

Also not sure if I want the skirt to be pleated or gathered.

ok so here it is
full length
close up with ribbon
close up without
and full length shots with and without... I am leaning toward having it.. think it finishes it nicely

My wedding outfit

WE have a wedding to go to this coming weekend, I have no pattern or any idea what i actually want. But this is the fabricc, shoes and cincher i have to use... stay tuned, will see what I can come up with

Saturday, November 8, 2008

My new camera

I got my new camera today. no one is home to take pics of!! but heres some photos i have taken with it, just playing around, it does lovely close ups

A Fujifilm J150w

A silkworm a thomas toy :D

lol Bryns left over lunch!!!

The stormy sky outside

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In the Dye pot today

Just a quick 12 step colourwheel to test what the quilters cotton availbale here locally is like, turns out its crap, doesnt absorb the colour good enough for my likings... will order some online tomorrow

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I am not the Devil.... lol

this is for all those who thought me the Devil Woman for forbidding DH to buy another Thomas item for Bryn for his birthday.. THIS is why.... believe me now??

Top row...
suddery swing bridge, water tower, mountain overpass, 2 arch bridges, spook hill (back), and rock tunnel

Middle row...
signs, buildings, trees and people. then all the rest is assorted thomas engines (now remember theres are $10-20 each... THATs why i a have put a stop to it...

bottom row...
oil depot, assorted generic engines, tenders for larger engines above, rest is assorted carrages, etcc...

on the table...
special engine shed, Maron tunnel, crossing station, stop and go station, carg odrop station, double engine shed

all the track plus 2 turn tables, and the take-a-long case.

ohh and the table lol...

Jealous much??

This is what arrived on my door step this morning...

I was still in bed...

What a way to be woken....

30 balls.. all Noro.... off to roll....

Monday, October 20, 2008

more wormies

and we are thriving.. they are being very slow to hatch this year.. i blame the on off cold hot... crazy weather..

as always Bryn is positivily taken with them

here they are anyhow

Click on the image to make it big enough to see the tiny blighters.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Well I have been sock knitting again..

I am allowing myself 2 pair at a time so that I can take breaks between each. Hoping this will help protect my fickle knitting mojo...

So,,, I thought I would try a sock pattern out of my one of my old vintage knitting books.... well this is what I knitted...

Is this not the ugliest sock EVER!?

suprisingly though.. it looks fine on! and fits great!! go figure.. should have taken a photo of it on as proof, as it really does look like the proverbial sitting there like that lol.

This is the other sock I am working on... I think I am only a repeat or 2 off starting the heel...

its a FLS(ock)

I attempted a February lady sweater but tbh.... my heart just wasnt in it. I did, however fall in love with the lace pattern, so i have started socks from it.

If anyone is interested I am happy to write out the pattern for what i have done...

... provided it turns out half decent

Friday, October 10, 2008

Experimentations with chanelle

Is that how you spell it?? probably not.

Anyhow I came across this Technique and really liked it... so thought i would give it a go

I did a little sample today that sewed up in under 15mins and I love it

I used lots of colours to get a feel for how the different colours work together.

I am inlove iwth it now its done

Its sitting over the back of my dining chair and I pat it every time I walk past.. so being that it gets the tick of "irresistable patability" then I must make a full sized one.

It is alot lighter then i thought it would be when i was sewing 5 layers of cotton and one of wool together.. even Hubby spent 10 minutes with it on his lap patting it... so that says alot lol
so one chanel quilt quilt to add to the to do list
This trial is the perfect dolly quilt size.. anyone have a little girl with a cold dolly?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


we have hada birthi n the house.. sort of.

We had our first silk worm emerge this morning, so teeny tiny.

will do piccies when there is more then one to show you lol...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Yarn and Fibre

Well are having a sale on Noro..

I was blissfully unaware of this till Lis (AKA "The Enabler") PMed me to advise me!

Well I visited, and in one of the most horific shelf stacking catastrophies of this month, dozens of balls of noro fell into my cart :O

Well as any selfrespecting wooly lover can understand, there was nothing i could do but take them through the checkout process...

It is just lucky that ALL the balls that fell into my cart are ones I would have picked myself and there is the perfect amount of balls (30) to make that full size noro Lizard ridge.... one day...

I will share pics when the parcel (ohh imagine that this parcel will be like!!) arrives!

Friday, October 3, 2008

February lady sweater.

I am quite enjoying this... details to come when i am NOT realing from a 22 hour day!

aand bad pics again... or is it my eyes that are blurry?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

FO: mini lizzy

well i finished this a while ago.

I am so very completely happy with it that i plan to do a big noro buy up and do a full size noro one. after i finish my Vintage one that is
Sorry for the bad Mobi pic. will do a proper one on the camera soon..

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Wow over a month..

I feel soo ashamed! I dont know what happened I have so much to blog about of late, I think I have just been plain lazy.. the thoguht of uploading photos... typing WITH punctuation!!

ohh all just too much.. well I am trying to be better, Thus this month is Blogtober! I will attempt to post EVERY day for the month of Blogtober, in an effort to renew blog enthusiasum.

I dont think i have shared my Mini lizzy with... must do that tomorrow! :D

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aarons Debut

What sort of a big sis would I be if I let my Little brother debut in the ring, looking any less then then a pro, ok even if it is just amateur (is that how its spelt?).

Hes been training on and off for years but only now that hes had lazer surgery on his eyes and can actually see across the ring is he finally getting the chance to fight, he fights this weekend at the Central Coast.

It was a great opportunity for me to master my embroidery machine, which untill now I hadn't really touched .. shame on me... so this is what he will be wearing, Looks very proffesional if I do say so myself, and he is stoked, however I beleive there is now another 5-6 guys that he trains with hoping to get a custom made pair each...

please excuse the fact they arent pressed, actually they are half wet there, from where i had to dunk them to get the blue lines off used to line up the embroidery

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tropical Cyclone F.Ugly

aptly named By Dh and DBro.... hmmmm
Well its done... the patchwork centre of it atlest.. I am off to spotlight to look at border colours this arvo.. I am thinking a nice deep coral colour....
anyhow this is it... very FULL ON and maybe not my thing and i wouldnt do another but I had to give it a go.