Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Well I'm home.

I'm home at last from my 'gap 1/4 year' . I don't think I would have had the energy for a full year and any way I was missing DH. So nice to see my daughters and granddaughter and spend so much quality time with them.

I had a difficult job with the packing as I'd accumulated so much in the three months I have been away. And here I am simplifying my life. lol. Most of my acquisitions are yarn or sewing related and came from local yarn shops or op shops so I'm very pleased with them. Here is are the needles, accessories and a very good book on knitting stitches. This has come in very handy with the afghan I am making.

I also managed to pick up the Readers Digest Needlecraft book Rhonda Jean mentioned sometime ago and a pocket book of embroidery stitches.

A few squares for the Afghan up to forty something now but not much chance of any this week as so busy. I haven't even dug over the allotment and so much needs sowing. Number one son has offered to dig the whole plot as a Mothers day gift and I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. As he digs I can be preparing and sowing, should catch up eventually.

I've been trying to upload my photos but this dratted thing will not let me. I add them later if that is alright.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More Knitting.

I have been back to Ettalong for the week and the knitting is coming out thick and fast. B and A don't have the internet and TV reception is very poor because of the mountains so lovely peace and quite.

I love the way I travel to visit. From D and A's home I take a bus trip right along the Northern Beaches to Palm Beach and then the ferry to Ettalong. What better way to travel in this lovely weather. I not sure about the ocean crossing in the winter months but I don't have to think about that for a few years yet.

I go home next week and I have been trying to get a real head start with the afghan, I'm up to thirty something squares now, as when I'm home I won't have so much free time.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Starting my Afghan.

I,m knitting along with Rhonda Jean on the 'Down to Earth' blog and I need to record my progress. We are making an Afghan, rug, blanket, call it what you will and how big it ends up is more to do with time then anything else. Well with me it is.

I made a good start when I went up the coast at the weekend. Not a thing to do but go for a stroll and knit. I don't know what I will be like when I eventually go home to the UK after my visit. At least I will have missed the worst of the winter.

Well back to the Afghan, I have chosen greens, browns and pinks, all my favorite colours.

Here is the first garter stitch square. I am using a size smaller needle just because I love this pair of needles I bought at the op shop a few weeks ago. Squares are coming out at about 14cm. Ten down only another one hundred and twelve to go.