Thursday, 17 April 2014

Yarn Along


Abbey has on her needles a new cardi  which is done on circular knitting needles and dpns so it becomes a seamless cardigan


View of back


I'm finding it fascinating how she stops at the sleeves and then via the circular needles knits the back and front - Imagine no sewing up!


This is the third garment Abbey has used MadelineTosh wool. It is hand-dyed merino and she loves how the hand dying gives little flecks in the knitting. I know Abbey brought her wool from Eat, Sleep Knit, but not sure if it is sock ply or 4ply, I forgot but you can always ask Abbey .


The last two photos show the true colour of the wool - she's soo good and always does a knitting swatch.


 Front view of the cardi pattern she is knitting - Grace by Jane Richmond


Back view of the pattern (Photos from designer's Raverley page)

Raverley is pretty awesome from the the above page you can click onto projects and see the other 339 knitters from around the world that are knitting or finished the same Grace pattern. 


Books...

On audio the book I'm listening to is Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough  - I'm quite enjoying this family saga about four Australian sisters (two sets of twins). Colleen wrote The Thorn Birds which of course I loved.

I download my audio books from the Wellington Library  which  I joined up as a distance borrower and particularly like the books in the Bolinda digital library - many of the books are set in Australia. And the books are free (a good thing!)

Linking up to Yarn Along.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A very special gift


We had a wonderful surprise today - Annabelle a New Zealand, artist arrived with a very special gift - A framed water colour of our dear old Molly goat.
As you can imagine - I burst into tears. Such a wonderful portrait of my dear old friend and hasn't Annabelle captured Molly's character perfectly!. Her eyes are amazing.

Sorry about the reflection in my photos- she has special UV proof glass to keep her safe,

This is one of my prized possessions.
I'm totally thrilled with it and can see myself as an old lady with this Molly painting hanging on my wall. It has already been on display in an art gallery & people have wanted to buy it - Well.... its not for sale now.


If you were also a fan of Molly, you can too have your very own Molly card. Annabelle has made cards of Molly and you can purchase them from her website Drawingafineline.

One of Annabelle's friends saw the painting and said "Molly is the "Mona Lisa' of goats.



Sunday, 13 April 2014

Magica and Lordy








I'm saving Jo Moore's photos she took to share for Saturday's Critters over the next few weeks - We just adore the photos Jo got of Magica and Lordy - their personalities and playfulness just oozes out doesn't it.