Wednesday, 31 October 2007

First pair of socks completed!

Now that I have finally worked out how to turn the heel and finish off the sock with kitchener stitch (if anyone has simple instructions how to do this, I would appreciate a link...I still didn't do it well, after about 3 tries!)

This is a simple knit 2, purl 2 ribbed sock
Wool :- Lana Grossa, Cotton Spirit, colour 3005
there area few mistakes in them, but overall, I am realy pleased with this one...I think I have come a long way from scarves and hats! :)

I am going to wear them today!

I have already started my second pair, a more complex pattern for the main part of the sock, so keep a look out for those! Also, the boys and Phil have put in an order for a pair too!

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Sardinia holiday

Another week of school holidays (I am still amazed how many holidays the kids get here)
At the last minute we decided to head off to Sardinia for 5 days. Phil needed to be back in Berlin for a meeting that couldn't be moved (I hope it was worth it), so we arrived on Saturday and left on Wednesday.
A lovely place, we were at Cala Gonone. The resort was very quiet. It was the end of the season, and in 9 days the hotel would shut for the Winter. So, perfect for us, it was very quiet, and very relaxing. We had the entire beach to ourselves most days, and the kids enjoyed splashing around in the waves and searching in the rock pools. It wasn't warm, 18-20 degrees, but that never stops kids from playing at the beach.

Our first day on the beach was a bit chilly!

A view of the town

The the sun came out a bit, and the boys were in the rock pools!

They spent hours climbing around the rocks

We still cannot get used to these stones on the beach....we are spoilt in Oz with gorgeous soft sand! You definitely need your thongs for a walk along the beach over here!
I can't understand why we were the only ones in the water??? maybe because it wasn't warm, but the kids don't seem to feel it!
A wedding car....we didn't see the Bride, but let's hope she didn't have a meringue style dress, because I don't know how she would have fitted in this little car!
The sun came out, and we had loads of fun on the beach!

Alexander enjoyed the hot chocolates in Sardinia. This will be the thing he will remember most about the holiday. It was so thick, like melted he wants to google search a hot chocolate recipe like this so we can do it at home! Would be great with some marshmellows I think, when it is freezing outside....but I think we would have smaller cups!

Sunday, 14 October 2007

100 hours of stitching

I am loving this one, and so much more to go!
The previous 75 hour photo.
The finished picture.

Tumbling Colours Part 2

I just realised this is my 11th quilt for the I am really pleased with that.

Except for the quilt for Miss Pollock, the rest have been made from my stash, with very little extra fabric being bought, so I am even more pleased with that!

There is a quilt shop not far from home (20 minutes on the bus). They have a long arm machine set up, and you can hire the machine for the day for a small fee. I am thinking about taking this one up there to have a play on the long arm quilting machine....that will be fun! If it is an easy thing to use,I will be doing this often!

Tutorial on PPP for Anne

Paper pieced Pentagons....not this is not a new invention from me. Anne asked me to show how these were made...if you want a proper look at this method, check out Liesel Niesner and Hilde Klatt's book, Liesel's Hexagon Techniques and Printed in German and English

Here is their website to buy pre-cut paper pieces, the book and the clips too. I love the pre-cut cards that I bought. They are are reuseable many times over.

Here is my copy of the book, and some of the pentagons I have already made.

Step 1: Cut out fabric with a reasonable seam allowance around the pentagon.
Step 2: Fold the fabric over the card and clip them together to make stitching easier/
Step 3: Stitch a basting thread through the fabric at each point, making sure it is not too tight to bend the cardboard, but not too loose that the card will fall out.

Step 4: Once you have lots of pentagons stitched like this, you can start to stitch them together into groups of 4.

Step 5: Then you can sew the groups of 4 together. You can remove the card once each shape had been stitched on each side. The card keeps your shapes together, it is better to remove the cards as you have sewn all the sides of each pentagon, as it makes the quilt easier to fold and put away, otherwise it will be stiff and awkward, and you will damage the card and not be able to use them again. Leave the basting thread in the backs,this will keep the seams all going inwards and makes no difference to the front of your quilt!

Then you can turn them over and see what you have stitched. You can see I haven't done too many yet. This is a project that I am doing while I wait for the kids to come home on the school bus. I sit in the garden and wait for the bus to arrive. So this is a big WIP, and I will probably have to stop sewing it while I wait for the bus when the weather changes, and I will need to wear gloves. My neighbour is very interested in watching the process of this quilt!
I hope these instructions help Anne!

Friday, 12 October 2007

Year 4 trip to the Aquarium

Alexander's class went to the Aquarium for the morning. They are studying different types of skeletons. Handed with a clipboard, pencils and worksheets, we went in search of the various types of skeletons.
As eveeyone knows, taking a photo through glass never works, but we still try it! You could watch the jelly fish all day, they are gorgeous to watch, but the kids wanted to look at everything!

Verena, Emily and Alexander

One of the staff were feeding the bearded dragons (ahh...a bit of home, but not like I get any of these in Melbourne or Sydney), and Verena asked the man if we were allowed to touch it....he brought it out for us to hold! Very cool!

Thursday, 4 October 2007


I love these new shelves I bought last week from IKEA. There is so much space for the kids to put all the toys, puzzles and games, and whatever else. The fit from wall to wall perfectly, and look how clean the fish tank is! Thanks Phil!

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Stricken und Rechte glatte

My first German knitting class...I am determined to learn how to knit socks on 4 needles, and having trouble doing it myself from a pattern. So I booked into the local knitting shop for some lessons.

I printed off a English to German Knitting Vocab list, and with that and my English pattern, headed off to the shop to work out how to turn this heel

I had to unravel the heel twice, before I got it right, so I don't have much to show for it!

I managed well in my limited German, and will be going back again next week, and hope to have almost 1 sock finished! I learnt the word for turn "drehen", see this is good for my German!

Tumbling Colours

The current quilt laid out on the floor of the study/sewing room. The kids are under threat not to walk on it...

Here is part of the pile of blocks I am working from at the moment.