Friday, April 30, 2010


Look what arrived in the mail today.

Some time ago Mainland Cheese had an offer to collect 4 cheese wrappers for your choice of a subscription to various magazines. I don't normally bother with things like that but we eat a lot of cheese so I thought why not. Today along with the bills came the first of my magazines. I have to admit that I do love magazines. Interior decoration, entertaining, garden, knitting, art and craft, quilting and sewing, cooking - it doesn't matter, I love them all. I chose the Australian House and Garden magazine and I can't wait to take it out of the wrapper and get flicking through those glossy pages.

Is it starting to look like I have an obsession?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


This is a fun pattern. Quick to make and an interesting granny hexagon. The pattern is the African flower hexagon by Lounette Fourie & Anita Rossouw. As soon as I saw some of the beautiful colourful examples of this pattern I had to try it myself.

Monday, April 26, 2010

THE CITRON designed by Hilary Smith Callis

My fabulous Citron is finished just in time for the Melbourne autumn weather. It looks so spectacular knitted in the Malabrigo Lace yarn. The yarn is perfect for the project and I have to thank Erin again for her thoughfulness in sending it to me all the way from the U.S.

The fine, delicate yarn shows off the plain and ruched layers so well. I love everything about this yarn. The colour is the most beautiful pinkish mauve and the texture is so soft.

The pattern is fun and interesting to knit and I although I want to wear it I would have loved to keep knitting this for ages. Can you tell how much I love it??

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Waiting for the big one...

Caught the big one...
You can lead a horse to water but can you make him go in...

Yes you can...I've heard of swimming with the dolphins but horses!

and of course there has to be a youngen that likes a night out on the town...

Mr. Daredevil in the middle!

This is a link to more photos of the easter clinic horse camp. You might be able to pick Marnie out in lots of the photos.



Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Smile for the camera!

Don't be shy now

What! I have something between my teeth.

Are you sure?

Hope your day makes you smile too.

Monday, April 5, 2010


At last there is a new knitting project on the go. This project is the Citron by Hilary Smith Callis, an awesome pattern and a fun and interesting knit with the contrasting ruched and smooth strips radiating out. It is coming along nicely and for a fine yarn this project is knittting up quite quickly. BUT I have to take a step back and start at the beginning. I've looked at this pattern since it first appeared and have been inspired by many others that I have seen and admired. All of my favourites used the gorgeous Malabrigo Yarn Lace and I searched everywhere for it but couldn't find any. Then an unexpected package arrived from the US and it contained a skein of the sort after Malabrigo Yarn Lace in the perfect shade of mauve, so fine and delicate, it made my heart jump! I had to cast on immediately and of course I did.

The pattern is easy to follow and the yarn a delight to knit with. The light, soft, delicate yarn like gossamer is perfect.

And now for the best bit thank you Erin for being the best friend I could possibly wish for. I hope I can do the pattern and yarn justice and that you like my Citron as much as I love your stunning blue Citron. This project is very special to me.




It is a glorious, sunny Monday here today. The last day of the short Easter break for some but the school holidays go on and on... Hope everyone had a lovely Easter time and enjoyed some chocolate and happy times with family and friends.
Some of our family took short holidays over the break. Marnie is off on a horse camp in the Yarra Valley area. She loaded Duke on the float and her boyfriend drove several hours to drop him off at the camp site so Marnie can have some fun on relaxing trail rides and also participate in some horse and rider education. One son chose to camp out with friends at Walhalla while another son left this morning for a 2 day fishing charter trip at Portland. I hope the approximately 5 hour drive to fish is worth the effort. I imagine I will be cooking with tuna for days.
Whatever you did, I hope it was fun and you had a chance to relax and enjoy the break.