23 August 2017


While trying to use up the rest of the Bendigo Wool I bought last year for Peta's blanket and scarf, I needed to buy a couple of extra balls of wool to add to the mix to make the pompom jumpers and that created more leftover wool (vicious circle).  The last of the wool has been knitted up into a vest that might fit my sweetheart next winter or the winter after.  She is very tall so I knitted size 3 width and size 4 length.  The cute buttons were a present from Awesome Auntie Jenni a couple of years ago.

My friend Karen had a ball of Bendigo Woolen Mills "Bloom" in Rainbow leftover and gave it to me.  There was no more Rainbow wool left on the BWM website so I bought a ball of purple to add to the mix.  The pattern is from Shepherd Yarns Book 1002, which was one of my sweetheart's Granny's knitting books.

Life is very busy these days and I have no time to sew on the weekends and very little time during the week.  I am working on some secret sewing and have 8 blocks to go before I can start sewing the blocks into rows.

Going to see "The Wharf Review" tomorrow night with Mum and Robyn - it's always such a funny/clever show.

Looking forward to seeing both of my sweethearts on Friday and Saturday.

14 August 2017


Rainbows (and the rainbow flag) are a very topical symbol in Australia just now.

A few months ago this brightly coloured wool appeared in my Instagram feed and I knew Elizabeth would love it, so bought 4 balls to knit something for my granddaughter.

The jumper and beanie will fit next year or the year after.

Last week Mum and I went to see "Dunkirk" - I've seen so many rave reviews about the movie but I could have done without seeing it.  I think the main problem was the sound was too loud in the theatre - probably would have enjoyed it more at home.

Had a very busy weekend.  Saw a local production of "Wicked" on Friday night - so, so good (except for one character) then the rest of the weekend was spent in front of a computer at Wollongong Song and Dance Festival - troupe weekend is always huge.

Hoping for a quieter week coming up - have some sewing that I really need to get on with and haven't switched on the machine for ages.

07 August 2017

Crochet Wreath

Over the last few months in my lunchtimes I've been crocheting all sorts of shapes:

2 Layer and 3 Layer Flowers
Holly and Leaves

Little Balls
 and making more pompoms

 all to be stitched onto a covered polystyrene wreath

 to make this

for my daughter-in-law's birthday present.  She was thrilled to bits with it.

All of the designs are from Lucy's blog - loads of photos and very detailed instructions.  Lucy is very generous sharing her very clever ideas.

Still no sewing but maybe back into it tonight - working on a special present at the moment and have a deadline.

02 August 2017

Pompom Mania

Last year I bought a load of wool

to crochet a rug

and a scarf

for Peta for her birthday.  There was a fair bit of wool leftover so I added a couple of other balls of wool from my stash and knitted jumpers for the two little ones for next winter.


I think the wool is magic - there's still more leftover.

Spent yesterday with my favourite little man - we had such a great day.

No sewing over the weekend but I did cut out two cot quilts - Kaleidoscope and Dresden Plate.  Looking forward to starting these when I finish up my current sewing.  (Think it's time for a new ironing board cover.)


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