Monday, 17 December 2012

Aussie Swing

Is now available on Ravelry!!!!

Swing on over and have a peep (side-bar link)

Merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year

MIA till mid January

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Aussie Swing Pattern - Baby / Toddler Cardigan

My new pattern   :-)

My ripple version
Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply cotton in Honeydew & Wild Lavender

And another interpretation

My holey version
Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply cotton in Pomegranate

Still being test knitted

Will definitely be my go-to for Knit 4 Charity througout the year

Very simple, with just a little brain-wave needed   :-)
Perfect for me  ;-)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

A little Christmas knitting

Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Cotton in Pomegranate and Snow
Pattern - Jean Greenhowe, on her web page and free!  These will be used as gift tags this year and then they can be decorations for future years
Tree - new addition to the family and is raw and un-painted still.  Great for small spaces as it can be flat-packed

Other knitting has been going on, but still no working computer

Merry Christmas to all

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Southern Star Projects

For those who have been reading my blog for a while, or who have had a good look around, you will have noticed, and maybe looked at my Southern Star pattern.

Well I have just worked out how to put the Ravelry project counter on my blog    :-)

Quick. aren't I   :-))))))

And now there are 50!!!!!!! projects   :-)

Here is one of my latest
And yes, I have been modifying the pattern as I go   :-)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Testing an email post

Another One!!!

Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply cotton in Snow, New Ochre (discontinued), Honeydew
Pattern is my own fiddling

Thanks Blossy from , for the tip about email blogging

Now let's see if it works

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

a couple of little ......

..... recently completed projects

Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Cotton in the new Pomegranate and Snow
My own spin on many free Ravelry patterns

I did say projects
Sorry, but no access to the other photos on this computer
But you can see them on my Ravelry

I remember my Nan used to do the Feather & Fan pattern for nearly all her baby outfits.
I thought it was an "old-looking" pattern
But I spotted a couple of projects - shawls, baby, adults etc etc
And my thoughts changed

I have fallen in love with it
So simple and easy for me to remember

Fresh look at something old
My Old is New again Projects

Friday, 12 October 2012

I'm still here

and still don't have easy access to a computer
nor have I worked out how to blog via ipad

but I thought I would share this with you

Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply Lotus
Size is the smallest

Hopefully this will start off as a dress and grow into a tunic with the baby

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

IPad help required

I require advice / assistance / guidance please

My computer is feeling very tired and most times now the screen will not wake up

So temporarily my iPad is my only form of Internet communication

Is there any way for me to blog easily (very easily) via iPad?

Hope your all having a great day

Friday, 24 August 2012

Yarn Shop Video

This link was shared on Knit 4 Charities group

And I just had to share it

Just wish our shops were like this one

Have a wonderful weekeend

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Blogger Moderation

Just a quick post from me
Not really a whinge but an explanation

Some of Blogger's moderation requirements are totally ridiculous

One post I tried to comment on
The first square was almost totally black with a tiny little glimmer of white, only when you really stared at it - this is where the number is suppose to be

And as for some of the letters - some run so much together, that it is pure guess work if I get it right or wrong.

I am reading your lovely blogs

But may not be commenting
But I do TRY!

I do understand why it is there
But they could at least give us a chance to read what we are suppose to be typing in!!!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sights and Wonders

Just a couple of photos of our short break away in the Megalong Valley at Kanimbla, Blue Mountains

The sunset view

Panorama Sunset


Our friendly neighbours Smile

Two headed horse

And some small projects.

Not much done, as I found the view entrancing

Holiday projects

Wool at top is Bendigo Classic 8ply – Pumpkin, Aztec, Raven, Smoke & Brick Red

The other wool is a long held, but now used stash – Yeah!!!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Baby Vintage Patterns

Do you remember this?

Chickadee Vest inside

The Chickadee Vest with Mods


Well, I decided to re-visit this pattern and actually work the pattern it’s suppose to have

Chickadee Singlet 8ply Cotton

I again modified the pattern a little – Chickadee Singlet

The original does have the rib hem, I worked garter

And the lacy bit is supposed to be in garter.  When I tried that it just reminded me of a beginner knitters project with holes  Smile.  I also knew I was limited in the amount of cotton I had, as you can see by the contrast crochet around the neckline and armholes – I ran out. So I tried it in stocking stitch.  Much prefer it that way

Yarn used is Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Cotton Daffodil (so very soft) on 3.75mm needles

Pattern worked up about 3-6mths size


The pattern is from this old Patons booklet

Patons R18

Have a lovely weekend

Here is another singlet I made from this pattern book

Again with mods :-0

Heartbreaker Singlet 8ply Cotton

Heartbreaker, again with mods (worked a lace border on bottom and in the round)

Again from Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Cotton New Ochre on 3.75mm



I’m off for a romantic, freeze-your-butt-off holiday.

Will tell you about it on my return – maybe Winking smile

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Big Balls!!!

Found online
Please sing along  Smile
I like, big, balls and I cannot lie
You other knitters can’t deny
That when a yarn rolls up with a four-ply twist
And a fuzzy thing in your fist
You cast ON
Wanna pull up gauge
Cuz you notice that yarn was sage
Deep in the ball it’s roundin’
I’m hooked and I can’t stop pouncin’
Oh, baby I wanna get wit’ ya
Fondle ya and then I’ll knit ya
LYS done tried to sway me
But that ball you got
Makes me so cray-zay
Bendigo Luxury 8ply Citrus, Forest, Leaf, Orange
Now of course this is the type of balls the song is referring to  Winking smile
Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 200g balls!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Old is New again Wednesday

Anyone out there remember when I mentioned reworking old patterns??
Well I thought I would share a few I have made
Cary Brick Red outside
Cary, in Bendigo Woollen Mills (BWM) Classic 5ply from Patons R26 with a few mods
Cary inside
Another Cary, in BWM Luxury 4ply, only mod being the change in colour
Chickadee Vest outside
Chickadee Vest, in BWM Classic 5ply, another Patons R18 pattern
Singlet Teal
Singlet in BWM Cotton 8ply, Patons Heirloom 4ply pattern ( a new book with old patterns)
Pam Singlet
Another singlet, called Pam, from BWM Cotton 4ply, Patons R23 pattern
Rosebud (which for some reason wants to go sideways  Smile) in BWM Luxury 4ply, Patons 2429

And the very lovely Dorothy, Hooks 'n' Grannies, sent this beautiful old pattern book, which I can’t wait to use
Australian Home Jouranl Baby Book No.4
It will definitely have mods though as they are so intricate

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Knit 4 Charities–June donations

Sorry, a short and quick post
The dreaded flu has struck
Even knitting and crochet have slowed dreadfully
And I’m really keen on a large crochet project, but yet to buy the wool
There may be another request shortly which would be very urgent

So June’s donation is for ‘Care for Street Kids’ on the South Coast of NSW
2012 Jun Care for Street Kids
One Scrappy Cowl, two Knit 4 Charity Pattern Beanies, and a Knit 4 Charity Pattern Fingerless Gloves
All links above are to my Ravelry pages
All made from Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply

Monday, 28 May 2012

K4C May Charity of the Month

so I sent these items off for The Footpath Library
A granny square blanket
Birthday Cowl (Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic)
Plain thick garter stitch cowl
2012 May The Footpath Library
The nights and mornings have been chilly for Sydney
So I’m glad these will be of use to someone who may not have a home

Hope all is well in your section of the world  Smile

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Weight Loss & Craft


FC Knitting Weight Loss

From Family Circle Winter Edition

and for the Crocheteers!!

FC Crochet Topper


Pattern is included


There is also a scarf that is finger-knitted with a particular yarn

Pattern included – ha ha ha


I have absolutely no affiliation with the magazine Smile

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Granny Slippers

I have just seen these lovely slippers on Karin's blog
With our cold weather approaching they would come in very handy

Karin works such lovely colour combinations
Pop on over and have a peek

Monday, 30 April 2012

April’s Charities of the Month

This are the items that I sent off to the Australian Inland Missions collector
2012 Apr Australian Inland Mission
For some strange reason it is rotated  Smile
2 x Milo’s (top of photo) ; 1 x Hexagon Baby Jacket; 1 x Southern Star

To Sydney Homeless Connect Day collector
Sorry no group photo as I forgot because I was trying to stuff it in the post-pak, but it included some scarves and …..
Granny Square VestGranny Square Vest
Surreybelle Scarf Surreybelle Scarf
Orange Fingerless Mittens
Bow Knot Scarf

Chullora Chullo

Friday, 20 April 2012

One day it was there

and the next it had disappeared!!!!

The last post that is.  Only found it had disappeared because I wanted to edit

What is going on ?????????????


It went something like this


Sorry for not posting so often

But the needles have been busy with lots and lots of projects

Knit 4 Charities this month has two I want to contribute to – Australian Inland Mission and Sydney Homeless Connect Day.

Plus a lot of challenges that I would love to contribute to, but just don’t know if I will get time.  And nothing in the appropriate in the project drawer

Family and friends have had requests too – Yippee!!!

A selection of their projects below.  More can be viewed on Ravelry – AussieMaria


Lailah's Ladybug

48 hours notice for a gift for a special little girl’s 1st birthday

Pattern - is my mix of 1,001 patterns

Yarn – Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply Poseiden & Sequest


Snuggles Wil

A request from SIL (a new motorcyclist) who feels the cold

Pattern – Snuggles by Drops Design

Yarn – Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply Raven


Warrior XandaWarrior Phoenix

Two little supporters (6 months on left, 2 years on right) of a local League team for a friend of DD3

Pattern – Little Hoodlum

Yarn – Heirloom Easy Care 8ply Green, Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply Raven & Almond

The reason I love top-down knits – the one on the right was 5cm too short.  Very quickly remedied  Smile


Twinkle Macy

And for hubby’s cousin’s little girl

Pattern – Twinkle

Yarn – Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply Celery


Bye for now

Fingers crossed it stays put  Smile

Monday, 26 March 2012


That time again
This month I am supporting NSW Women’s Refuge
The co-ordinator/collector is a fellow blogger Aussie Knitting Threads
2012 Mar NSW Women's Refuge
2012 Mar NSW Womens Refuge 2
And I just managed to squeeze the Pimpeleisee Scarf/Shawl in
Pimp folded
And just so you know – No, I am not a speed crafter/knitter/crocheter
I do like having a variety of patterns to work
So I make them up and store them away for the right charity
Since I have supported this one before, I did have a little stock-pile
But note to myself – next year, make items for 4+ year olds
Not as many crafters for the LARGER sizes  Smile