Sunday, 9 October 2022

Socks, socks, socks


As mentioned in the previous post, I started on the Florentine Lace Socks in August. This is not the sort of knitting you can do while watching tv, so I started another simple pair of DK socks as well, with the gorgeous Kookaburra yarn from Heathermaid:

This pair is for our eldest son, who is now studying in the Netherlands. When it was finished I got my middle son to model them (with a little help from Shaggy):

And then I sent them off to the Netherlands:

Three weeks later, they arrived and Hugo loves them! He sent me this photo. The weather had just turned cold, so they were very welcome :-)

In the meantime I had finished the first Florentine Lace sock:

It is beautiful, but this may be my first case of second sock syndrome... Instead of casting on the next one, I started on a pair of socks for my youngest son:

This pattern is the Rustling Reed Socks by Lisa Wicks. It looks very cool, but again I am not really enjoying knitting it! Maybe I should stick to basic socks... The yarn is Peacock from Stray Cat Socks in New Zealand, that I bought back in 2017!

When this sock is finished I may start on the second Florentine Lace sock, and alternate working on these two pairs. I have also ordered more DK sock yarn from Heathermaid, for some uncomplicated simple sock knitting!

Friday, 19 August 2022

And even more socks


This winter has been very productive! After the rainbow socks that I showed in the previous posting I started on a pair of DK socks for my youngest son. I used the Fast Forward pattern by Kate Atherley again, and knitted these two at a time. I was quite proud of myself for mastering that skill, but to be honest, I didn't enjoy it very much, so have gone back to knitting one sock at a time. No second sock syndrome here so far ;-)

My son was very happy with his socks and our dog Shaggy liked them too! I immediately started on a pair for my middle son, again with DK yarn from Heathermaid, this time using the Sail Away DK Socks pattern by Felicity Ward. I also used my new Addi Sock Rockets magic loop needles - so much better than the old one that kept twisting.

These socks were a succes with both my son and our dog...

Sadly Shaggy got hold of one sock less than a week after I finished them...

I have mended it, and once again reminded my son not too leave his socks lying around where Shaggy can get them!

I had ordered three balls of DK yarn from Heathermaid, planning to knit a pair of socks for each of my three sons. But as our oldest is now living in the Netherlands, where it is summer, I decided to knit a pair for myself now, and a pair for him later in the year, to give to him when we visit the Netherlands in December. 

I wanted to try something new, so made the Sailors Rope DK Socks, also designed by Felicity Ward. Love the cable! I finished the pair earlier this week. When I tried to make some photos, Shaggy wanted to be in them as well:

That was my sixth pair of this year! And I'm not done with sock knitting yet. But winter is almost over, and before long we won't need warm socks here in Queensland, so I've started something a bit different: lace socks!

I bought some very soft alpaca/merino/nylon yarn from Heathermaid and have started on the Florentine Lace Socks. To be continued!

Saturday, 2 July 2022

More socks


My Rainbow socks are finished! I brought them with me on our winter holiday to Tasmania and knitted at night in our cabin, sitting near the wood stove, very cosy :-).

 This is my fifth pair of socks, and the first with a so-called afterthought heel (as it is called in the pattern), although I have found out that is actually a peasants heel or a forethought heel, because some scrap yarn is knitted where the heel needs to be, and then removed when the sock is finished to knit the heel. While I am very happy with these socks, I did not really enjoy this process and don't think I will use this technique again.

In Hobart I found a yarn shop and of course I had to buy a small souvenir...

More sock yarn! ;-)

It will have to wait its turn, as first I need to finish these DK socks for my youngest son:

For these I am using the Fast Forward pattern from Kate Atherley again, and this time I am knitting them TAAT (two at a time). So far, so good... The yarn is again from HeatherMaid on Etsy.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Winter is here


Winter has arrived Down Under, and here is another pair of socks! These are for hubby, who really needed some, as our new rescue doggo Shaggy had destroyed his favourite socks...

This is my first pair of toe-up socks, first knitted on Magic Loop and first made with DK yarn! I used the Fast Forward pattern by Kate Atherley and enjoyed making them - it really is a kind of magic, the way a ball of yarn is transformed into a pair of socks. The yarn is called 'Fireside' - handdyed DK yarn from HeatherMaid on Etsy.

Now that hubby's socks are finished I've gone back to my rainbow socks. The first one is almost done!

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Winter is coming

 It's almost winter here Down Under and the nights are getting colder. Recently I dug up my beloved handmade socks again, the very first pair I ever knitted, back in 2017 when we lived in Sydney. Oh no, there was a hole in one of them!

I could have mended that hole, but the soles were also getting very threadbare... Time to knit a new pair!

In May 2017 I bought some blue self-striping sock yarn in Melbourne, when I was there for the National Gymnastics Championships. I made a start on the first sock (they were meant to be for my gymnast son), but then in July we went to the Netherlands, where my mother-in-law taught me to crochet... and the sock disappeared from sight... until a few weeks ago!

I was pleased to find that I still knew how to knit, and surprised at how much I enjoyed it! After a few weeks of knitting regularly both socks were finished (I had to Google how to cast on, as I had completely forgotten!). They fit very well, just like the previous pair (I used the Basic Ribbed Socks pattern by Kate Atherley for both pairs).

I'm very keen to do some more knitting in the coming months, so have ordered a few balls of self-striping yarn from HeatherMaid on Etsy.

I've already started knitting with the rainbow yarn - it's so much fun to watch the colours appear!

For this pair I am using the Pin Striped Socks pattern designed by Julia Swart. Can't wait to add the afterthought heel to my sock-knitting repertoire!

PS I am also quilting the t-shirt quilt, bit by bit. I tried an all-over pattern, but that wasn't a success, so I am now quilting in the ditch. It's about halfway done. Not really enjoying that part, but still excited about the quilt itself. Stay tuned!

Monday, 25 April 2022

Mandala Pillow 4


Here is another Mandala Pillow - this one's a present for my middle son's girlfriend.

Again I used Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton 8 ply - this time the colourway Blush, that I also used for the legs of Ringo the Flamingo.

Here's the pillow together with the first one I made:

And here are all four I have made so far:

I've already started the next one! That one will be for my youngest son.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

T-shirt quilt top finished!

 Ever since my eldest son started gymnastics, back in 2009, I have saved all his club/team/squad/event t-shirts, knowing that one day I would make them into a t-shirt quilt. And that day has finally arrived!

After washing all the shirts (some of them had been in storage for more than 10 years!) I sorted them, and finally came up with 30 shirts that I wanted to use for the quilt. Here are the oldest (2009) and newest (2018) shirt from the collection:

I cut out the logos and ironed fusible interfacing to the fabric to make it easier to work with. Here is the initial lay-out of all the cut-outs:

Things got moved around a bit, as you can see in the first photo!

And now for the next stage, the quilting... That has never been my favourite part of the quilt making process, and still isn't. I haven't quite decided what to do yet - probably an all-over design. I am hoping to finish this quilt during the Easter long weekend.To be continued...

Thursday, 31 March 2022

I'm back!

It has been very quiet here on the blog, but I expect that is going to change very soon!

Our eldest son has moved out - he has gone to the Netherlands, where he will start at university in September. I miss him, but we keep in touch via Skype, Messenger, Instagram etc, and we will see him in December, when we will finally visit the Netherlands again.

In the meantime we have taken over the room that was his bedroom (our small bedroom is now a study) - and that means that I finally have room for my sewing machine again!

 I'm so excited, and I have plans for so many projects! The first one will probably be a new cover for the sewing machine, for this one is not looking very good after 16 months in the garage...

I also want to make a quilt! Yes, the first one since 2017! Stay tuned...

The reason why I haven't posted anything here in the last three months is that I've spent all my free time studying, instead of creating. I've started a Bachelor of Arts at Open Universities Australia, majoring in History and Art History. I'm so enjoying it! I've just finished an essay for my Australian Art course about Grace Cossington Smith, one of the early Australian Modernists. I had never heard of her, but now I adore her work! Her painting Trees (c. 1927), pictured above, is probably my favourite, but there are so many other painting and drawings that I love. Like this one, Things on an iron tray on the floor (c. 1928):

Or this drawing, part of her magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge series, Great white ship at Circular Quai (1931-1932):

 You can read more about her here - and a Google Image search will bring up dozens of beautiful artworks. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 December 2021



Macramé is something I have wanted to try  for a long time. Many months ago I bought this kit at Spotlight and last week I finally sat down and made the plant hanger.

I really enjoyed the process and was very proud of my hanger.


Sadly, a few hours after hanging it up on the deck, there was a loud crash... The knot at the top had slipped, the pot was broken and my poor fuchsia plant only barely survived...
Although I had done exactly what it said in the instructions, it obviously wasn't working. I bought a new pot (plastic this time instead of stoneware) and added some glue to the knot. So far it's still hanging!

I also bought supplies to make some more macramé projects, like a bag and another plant hanger. Stay tuned!