Friday, 23 June 2017

White Winter Scarf



Today I finished my White Winter Scarf. It's so soft!



The pattern is the Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia, a free Ravelry download. I used 4 skeins of 10 ply merino from The Australian Wool Store on Etsy.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My First Socks



Today was a dreary, miserable day here in Sydney (oh, how we miss Brisbane...), which meant that a lot of knitting was done. See here the result: I finished my first pair of socks!!!



I love them, they look great and they are so comfy!
I found the pattern (Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley, a free Ravelry download) very easy to follow and the yarn (Zitron Trekking XXL) a pleasure to work with.
And I had a ball making photos of the socks while wearing them!



Of course I have already started on a new project: a white cabled scarf, to go with my new black winter coat. The pattern is the popular Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia, also a free Ravelry download (gotta love Ravelry!) The yarn is a lovely soft merino from The Australian Wool Store on Etsy.



And here is the Sydney Temperature Scarf with the month of May added - which had the first day this year where the maximum temperature did not reach 15 degrees Celsius:

Friday, 9 June 2017

Sydney is off to America!



Sydney is going to the US! I heard today that it has been selected to be judged at the World Quilt Competition 2017 and will hang on display during the event from 17-19 August 2017 in Manchester, New Hampshire. After that it will tour the United States and be displayed at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September; at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in California in October; and at World Quilt Florida in January 2018.

I love it when my quilts go to places I've never been!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Melbourne



Last week I was in Melbourne for the National Gymnastics Championships - my eldest son Hugo competed in Level 8 Under 14. Hugo did well and his team won gold, so he was very happy.



I stayed in South Yarra and spent quite a bit of time photographing the beautiful art deco buildings in this suburb:





More photos of these buildings on my photo blog.



I wouldn't normally go to McDonald's without the kids, but I took the bus to Clifton Hill to have lunch here. Isn't this building fabulous!



Afterwards when waiting to cross the road these two beauties passed by!



Of course I had to quickly check out the street art in AC/DC Lane and Hosier Lane:



More street art pics here on the photo blog.



I also found a yarn shop: Morris & Sons in Collins Street.



I bought some self-striping sock yarn and a beautiful screen-printed project bag:



I spent a lovely day with a Dutch friend and her little boy in St Kilda - more art deco, and, of course, the Luna Park:





This was my sixth visit to Melbourne - how come I never noticed the building with the café wall illusion before?



A few years ago, when I made my optical illusion quilts, I planned to make a café wall quilt. It didn't happen and now it probably never will... I would like to make an art deco quilt though!