A little catch up…




Just popping in to share what I have been upto!

A little closer to the end for this bold and Stripy throw for my eldest daughter.  The grey band (at the top) is the last colour and as of last night I think I’m around 20ish rows from the end.  Hoping to finish soon so I can get on with some other knitting projects – perhaps finish my socks! This hasn’t been portable so have had to work on it in front of the tv.  I must admit I am not looking forward to weaving in all those ends! It has been a good stash buster project though.

These next two photos are little dresses I have made up out of hubbies old work pants.  The centre front and back seams are from the outside leg seams.  The Butterick pattern 4108 has a seam centre front and back so using the pant seam made these even quicker to put together once I made the time!

I now have the pant tops, the part from waist to crotch, to deconstruct.  If you have an idea on how to use those I’d like to know.  At this stage I think I will be just saving the haberdashery for other projects.

I think these are heading for a new home with a charity.  I used this pattern alot for my girls in all types of fabrics and there are no zips or buttons to fuss with. It was great to pair with tights/leggins and tshirts and jeans later on when the dress got a little short!

Some got a little brightened up with yoyos and buttons.

My aunt has requested some aprons for her grandchildren.  I hope she likes these when I catch up with her.

Again this is a pattern I have been making up for years.  It is from “My learn to sew book” I have had since I was a child in the 70’s.  My cover is looking a little worse for wear.

Hubby and my eldest daughter were away for 7 days in the recent school holidays so it was the perfect time to tidy up my craft space.  I moved furniture and re-organised my supplies.  So my space is reasonably tidy until the next postage delivery! I do have a rather large pile of NBUS and to finish off/re-do projects.

Until next time





A few things I’ve been up to…


Boy time does get away! Thought I would pop in and share a few of the projects I have been working on.

Firstly a throw for my eldest daughter from stash yarn.  You can find the pattern here.  The grey is left over from the throw I made earlier this year here

Second up is another knit project.  I purchased this yarn a few weeks ago whilst on a girls weekend in Healseville from Crumbz Craft.  Amazing already on the needles! A nice pair of socks for me using a simply sock pattern here.

Lastly 2 quilts I have completed from repurposed shirts. These are for a fundraiser next week.  I have 4 other quilt tops made not yet basted and quilted!

This first one is 2.5″ fabric stripes cut and recut into grid pattern.  Borders are also 2.5″.  This has cotton batting and the backing was gifted.  The binding is also from repurposed shirt fabric. Quilt measures 101 cm x 86.5 cm.

The next two photos are of a 5″ square quilt backed with gifted silky fabric.  Again I used repurposed shirts for the binding.  Pieced in  strip  and  recut, sewn  again into  9 piece blocks.  Blocks  laid  out  and  sewn  together.  Quilt  measures  115cm  x 138cm

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Boulevard Blanket…


Popping in to share a throw (blanket) I completed recently for Ms S (19).


I grossly overestimated how much yarn I would need for this project! I purchased 25 balls based on meterage and used just over 8.  Better than playing yarn chicken. Luckily Ms A (14) has put in an order for a grey throw as well. However I have started another throw for Ms E (23) so she might have to wait a little bit!  I started this back in April so I don’t think it has taken me long considering it really wasn’t a project I could take to the pool and work on.  I had thought I needed to purchase new needle tips for this project however after taking my tips into the city (way back on the day I attended the Altenew workshop) I found I had what I needed.  Common sense should have told me if you double 8 ply which you normally knit on 4mm you will need 8 mm.  Really makes sense in hindsight and you probably already knew that!


You can find the pattern for The Boulevard Blanket here


The finished throw is 94 x 135 cm.  Just big enough to wrap up in which is exactly what Ms S did as soon as I gave it to her.

I have a few other projects on the go or waiting to go! – not all craft related though so fingers crossed I’ll be back to share some progress.  I recently unexpectedly finished my casual position.  So as I undertake the time consuming and painstaking task of finding another position I will hopefully have some extra crafty time.

Until next time

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A finished jumper…

Hello again

A quick post today – just for a change 🙂

I finished the last cuff of my Tin Can Knits Flax Light at the weekend.  I found this a good knit. I have made with Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton in Arctic.  I used approximately 1.75 balls.

More details on my ravelry page here

Flax light in arctic cotton (493x640)

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Until next time



Knock knock…



I have been enjoying the hot summer here in Melbourne glad to see it has cooled in the last week.  Since Christmas we have had a 21st,  a 25th Wedding anniversary and I celebrated a significant birthday.  The partying from December has continued.  Miss S’s boyfriend also had a birthday in there along with a few of our friends.  We did get away for a week with most of the kiddos and their partners.  Mr M (21) had to work his part time job so he stayed home and looked after the dog whilst his girlfriend was away with her family.

School went back on 4th for my youngest (Ms A 14) whilst hubby and our eldest (Ms E 23) started work a few days before that.  Ms E has secured a lab assistants role and has also enroled to become a secondary high school science teacher.  She still hopes to get her dream job in forensics one day.

Mr M and Ms S (19) don’t go back to uni for a few weeks yet.  They have both been busy with their part time jobs and catching up with their friends.

Now some of the people are out of the house I have been doing some major tidying and decluttering.  Next week I plan on tackling the craft room whilst hubby is away on school camp. Wish me luck.  If all goes well I will have a nice tidy house and loads of crafty time.

I have managed a little crafty time.  I started flaxlight by tincan knits here in early January and am pleased with how it is coming along.  I am using Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply arctic.

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Until next time





My poor neglected blog followers.  I am sorry for lack of posts! No plausable excuse for my lack of posts and lack of comments on other blogs.

Warning long catch up post!

Today I am popping in to share a jumper I finished a few weeks ago and has taken me months to complete! If the weather stays how it has been the last few days I might get to wear it before next winter 🙂

Excuse the silly pose I was acting up for Ms 13.

I have created a few cards including sympathy cards that unfortunately went out the door faster than I could take a pic of them.  The kiddos have mostly been using my stash cards and I have added a sentiment or die cut number appropriate for the recipient. Mr M has requested “21” on all sorts of cards including a baby card! I recently sent some of last years Christmas card makes to Aussie Farmers I saw a collection for on Facebook.

Recent requested 21st cards
another view

I have also been busy sewing.  Continuing on with my contributions to Days for Girls and also a few presents.  These were a recent 1st Birthday gift.

Pinafore Leggins Unicorn PJ’sSomething to cuddle

In early November I decided to start a new quilt for an upcoming December Birthday. None of the quilts in my stash were suitable! I’ll share pics of that when it is completed – it is a secret project.

I am not going to make promises about regular posts from now til post Christmas there is loads on the calender. Between now and mid January my 4 kiddos have a birthday + 2 of their partners – 6 birthdays in about 6 weeks including two 21st’s.  We had one last week too.  We will also be hosting Christmas lunch. Ms 18 is squeezing in a 2 week trip to USA.  I wish I could get her to do some crafty shopping for me 🙂  She is in the first group of Victoria University students ever to go to NASA.  And to top it off my boss would like me to work full time so I have declined the offer and am busy job hunting again. Just quietly I would be happy staying in my craft room.

Many of my regular readers may be familiar with my December/Christmas calender – we will survive the silly season.  I hope you don’t feel to exhausted reading some of the things on my calender for the next few weeks. It will be OK. I have learnt over the years it is OK to say no.

Until next time





A little creative catch up…



When I posted yesterday I realised I had a few other creations I hadn’t shared. So here they are.

A recent 21st card for a Tigers fan

I used My Cute Stamps circus animals and SSS stitched circles dies along with SU Large numbers.

A planter box for a another significant birthday – this time for one of my walking/book club friends who happens to love gardening.

I used Bronwyn Eastley’s pattern here along with various SU stamps and dies.

A Unicorn card – a special request.

This time I used Jane’s Doodles and SU Beautiful Bouquet stamps & dies.

A little error here the kiddos also requested a unicorn card for this girl last year for her birthday and you guessed correct I used Jane’s Doodles Unicorn stamp set for the same girl’s card last year. (Insert embarassed face).  When I looked back at last years card it only had one unicorn so hopefully significantly different.  Needless to say next year I’ll either have to invest in a new unicorn stamp set or make another style of card.

Lastly an update on my Bernate Hi Lo Jumper.

Almost finished the front!

I have another request from the family and a pile of mending so I will get on with that in the coming days.

Until next time



Crafty update…


A little dark, wet and cold here in Melbourne today.  A good day for snuggling up inside.

Here is a little update on my crafty pursuits – cause you know I have been creating a little just haven’t shared!

Firstly the back of my Bernat Hi Lo Jumper.  I have started the front however there isn’t much past the cast on to share just yet.

This is a pic of what I hope it looks like when I am done 🙂

You can find the pattern here


I am using Bendigo Woollen Mills Savanna Fog its 30% Alpaca and 70% wool so should keep me nice and toasty warm when I get it finished (fingers crossed before the end of winter!).

This is an update on my hexie hand pieced quilt.  I started making hexies a couple of summers ago as a summer project.  It gets worked on from time to time but as there is no finish date I am just working on it when I feel.  I am using scraps from some of my other quilts and off cuts along with new purchased fat quarters.  I purchased a hexie die so I can cut my own papers from cardstock.  I played with placement of the Grandmothers garden but decided they needed white to help tie them together.  The colours didn’t seem to fight each other as much this way.  This is a long term project and most likely a never ending line of hexies!

That’s all for now.

Off to tidy my craft room because I need to make some space on the desk before I can make a 21st card for tomorrow and a 50th Birthday card for next week.

See you next time



Hello 2018


My poor neglected blog and followers! So sorry for my absence over January.

Hope your 2018 has got off to a great start.  Mine has been rather busy.   After a short break away with the family I have been lucky enough to pick up 3 more days work on a temporary basis.  So that means for the short term I am working 5 days.  I know a lot of you reading this do this already but it is a while since I have.  So far the house hasn’t fallen down but hubby and all the kiddos have been home doing all the washing, cooking and cleaning.  Mr M (20) even did the ironing one day.

Anyway what have I managed to do? I managed to finish a pair of socks.  You can find them here. I did have to frog (pull back) after the first sock as I realised I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to make the second sock.  So I decided to use some yarn left over from another project to make a contrasting cuff, heel and toe.  As I have more of this company’s yarn in other colours I will know in advance to pick a shorter sock or start with a contrast to save frogging.

Ms S is modelling for me

I made this shawl.

I used Bendigo Woollen mills yarn here no two balls are the same.

I must mention Ms S did really really well in her Year 12 exams.  She  made the high achievers assembly at her school plus had more than she needs for the course she wants to do.  She also got her licence so we are now looking for a car so she can drive herself to her activities.  In the meantime she is sharing with Mr M which means driving him to work so she can use his car.

It became to hot to do much else so I have been working on the never ending project of PP hexies.  I have decided I will make them into grandmother’s garden and outline with white to make up into a quilt at some time in the future.

I need to get back into some card making soon.  Miss A has 5 birthday invitations and she doesn’t return to school until Monday.

Until next time




A little show and tell…


School holidays are once again over. This time we visited the Vic Market at night.  Boy was that super busy. There were buskers with fire sticks and fire pits, loads of food, a silent disco (great fun to watch!) and some nice crafty stalls to visit.  We went a little later so we just grabbed a dessert.  We also visited the Werribee Zoo with one of Ms A’s friends where we once again went on the Safari bus.  I really wanted to visit the Melbourne zoo to see the updated lion enclosure however Ms A wanted to go to Werribee (again!).

I was also busy at the sewing machine and with my knitting needles.  I do have a few card projects  a friend has requested to, however they are still on my “To do” list.

I finished the HST quilt I shared a little while back.

finished size is 84 cm x 100 cm.

I followed the shape of the squares/diamonds to quilt just to try something a little different.  I’m probably breaking all sorts of quilting rules!

Ms A (12) and Ms S (17) put in a few requests for new clothing.  The following are a combination of fabric from my stash, a trip to spotlight and fabric recently given to me by a good friend.

Two pair of pj shorts for Ms S, a skirt and 2 pair of long PJ pants for Ms A.

I have also cut out a few other garmets which are yet to be sewn up.  I’ll have to share those another day.

The 2 misses also found 3 dresses which needed new zips. After Ms A removed the zips I did my best to insert new zips.  Not my favourite thing to do I must admit. Sorry no pics of those.

And finally a little knitting from yarn that I have been given.

A dog coat for the lost dog’s home.  I still have one of these on a set of needles which with swimming and netball training in the next few nights I hope to get finished so I can drop these in.

A hat and fingerless gloves for KOGO

A baby jacket and hat also for KOGO

Well that’s it for today.

Until next time