Some of you will have noticed that a few of the items on my list actuall overlap. This is true for number 15 on my list, regular outings as a family. I shared our hike at Fitzroy Falls from last week, we also spent some time doing other lovely things together as a family.
I love spending time with my people, especially when we are exploring new areas. I thoroughly enjoyed taking them around Bowral and Mittagong, where I was fortunate to spend a lot of my time each Monday and Tuesday of last year. While Max was at preschool in Bowral.
Papa also managed to join us on the Friday for one night.
And we caught up with family on the Saturday morning before our hike. Such a wonderful short trip, we are inspired to take more.
As most of you will know, I love knitting for friends, family and myself. But most of all, I absolutely LOVE knitting for my two boys. It makes me so happy that even though we now live in Australia I still get to knit for both of them! Just today my eldest has asked me to make him another jumper for the Australian Winter. Now that is the best praise and thanks I could ever ask for! So, I want to show you a jumper I made for him in 2014.
I loved making this for my son. It’s such a simple, but straightforward pattern. From the guys at Drops Design. I used very similar colourways of DROPS Fabel yarn, so the pattern isn’t necessarily as obvious as it could have been with more contrasting colours. But I still love it!
It’s a lovely jumper for in between seasons, as it’s light enough to just put on over a T-Shirt. I was sure that my youngest had worn it many times, but I only managed to find one picture of him wearing it…check it out at the end of this post. However, would you look at my sweet boy, this makes me beyond happy!
STATS Pattern: Hello Stripes by DROPS Design. Yarn: DROPS Fabel. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 6th September 2013 – 4th January 2014.
Kate Davies Design’s new design Orchle is giving me all the feels! I can’t quite justify knitting it here in Australia, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the stunning colourwork. I have knitted some of Kate’s designs and can highly recommend her patterns. They are always very well written and produce beautiful knitwear!
I love crocheting little things for friends and often try to find something along similar lines of this sweet crochet heart. Gathered (the guys behind Mollie Makes) have shared a very straightforward free little pattern. Why not give it a try?
What have you been watching while knitting/crocheting/crafting? I sped through Bridgerton…and loved it. I am considering reading Julia Quinn’s books as part of my plan to read more this year. Has anyone read them? What did you think of them?
Winston by La Maison Rililie is beautiful. I love the colour accents on the shoulders and sleeves. I can see lots of play with colours to make this a very snazzy cardigan. The possibilities are endless!
Have you tried your hand at embroidery? I have a couple of kits flying around, one I have started. Seeing this gorgeous one by Knitting up a Storm makes me want to pick mine up again!
Are you looking for a new crafty podcast? Then look no further than We’ve Made It! The team at Gathered talks about all things crafty ideas, tackling crafty problems and shares expert advice!
It’s funny, I used to be mainly a knitter. That is, until a friend asked me if I could imagine crocheting a couple of giraffe’s for a friend of hers who was having twins. I thought about it for a little bit, and thought: “why not…I will give it a try”.
That simple request has opened up an entire world of incredible amigurumi animals, dolls, etc. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. I thoroughly enjoy making each and every one of these toys.
So, I made a pair. Using a rather brilliant free pattern by Jess Huff. It’s pretty straight forward and really easy to follow, even for a beginner amigurumi maker…which I was at the time. I used some DROPS Cotton Light yarn, brilliant for these sorts of projects.
I used a hell of a lot of stuffing to make sure both of these guys were stiff and properly filled. I also ordered myself some safety eyes, after all, if this is a toy for a child I want to make sure that it’s 100% safe!
I wasn’t sure if I was cheating adding Coogee Beach, as I didn’t actually make it onto the beach on Sunday, as it was insanely busy. But it’s my list and I can complete it however I like! 🙂 And I have previously been on Coogee Beach, so it still counts!
And instead of stepping onto the beach my friend and I walked along the path and cliffs, where there were fewer people. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
These fingerless mittens I made in January 2014 for a friend of mine who always had cold fingers. They were a quick and straightforward knit, using a Drops Design pattern.
I used some DROPS Merino Extra Fine in Navy blue, stunning yarn for all kinds of projects. I particularly like using it for baby knits. Despite a somewhat lacy pattern, this is a very quick knit…it might have something to do with the 3.5mm needles?
I used to love wearing fingerless mittens especially when knitting. But I haven’t had much use for them here in Australia ;-).
I have always had a deep love for roses, particularly fragrant English style roses. It might be because my mum had planted one incredibly full and fragrant rose when I was growing up. Or maybe it stems from my 4 years at boarding school in the Hampshire countryside in England, where the rose garden had a plethora of beautiful and intensely perfumed roses. It doesn’t really matter, I knew that once I owned my own house I would want to plant some roses.
I am fortunate that I have a wonderful mother-in-law who is often a keen supporter and sometimes the instigator in my schemes. When she came down to the Southern Highlands with me in November, we hatched a plan to find some roses.
We must have smelled over 30 roses together… My friend Kylie had asked her mother, who is an avid rose gardener, for some advice on some fragrant varieties. Out of her suggestions the only one I managed to find was Mr. Lincoln.
From Wagner’s Rose Nursery: “Mr Lincoln is one of the most sought after red rose varieties, this tough and reliable plant features large full cupped blooms (26 to 40 petals) in dark red that fade to a dark purple hue, has dark green leathery foliage and thrives in warm climates. Mr Lincoln is a tall rose, planted at the rear of a rose bed it will reward with many large blooms of dark red on long stems and a strong fragrance, blooms in flushes throughout the season. Can be used for cut flower or garden. Dark red Hybrid Tea.
Bred by Swim & Weeks (United States, 1964). ( Chrysler Imperial (Hybrid Tea, Lammerts, 1952) × Charles Mallerin (Hybrid Tea, Meilland, before 1947))
Introduced by Unknown (Australia) in 1965 as ‘Mister Lincoln’. – Fragrance: Strong. – Height: to 90 to 200cm – Width: 60cm.”
It was the strongest bush I purchased and has thrived in my front garden, despite being planted out on a rather hot day. It’s given me several huge and beautifully perfumed flowers already and I am sure it will give me many more.
I picked the Jude the Obscure variety as it’s got a beautiful peachy colour and an impressive fragrance.
From Wagner’s Rose Nursery: “Jude the Obscure with its tones of mid apricot yellow on the inside fading out to pale yellow on the outside, this is a free-flowering rose bearing very large incurved, cup-shaped flowers. It is known for its extremely strong fragrance showing a delicious fruity note reminiscent of guava and sweet white wine. A medium shrub, it is hardy and disease resistant and has excellent repeat flowering.
Fragrance: Strong fruity notes. – Height: to 150 cm or can be grown as a climber.”
The initial buds and flowers had some bugs in them, you will notice the little holes on the edge of the petals. After cutting off the buds that seemed to have these bugs in them, the rose has thrived and I can see a few buds coming up.
I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a white rose, so picked the Pope John Paul II. Not only for hits pure whiteness, but also it’s intense aroma.
From Wagner’s Rose Nursery: “With large, luminous pure white blooms, Pope John Paul II has received plaudits for its vigorous growth, disease resistance and form, and honours of one of the world”s most beloved leaders. Some consider it to be one of the most fragrant roses of all time, and would surely be enjoyed in the Vatican gardens.
Fragrance: Strong fresh citrus. – Height: to 150cm.”
That white rose is just stunning! It’s absolutely perfect and smells divine!
The final rose I picked was an English Rose. It’s a smaller one and I wasn’t sure it would survive the heat, but the last few days it’s gifted me the most incredibly flowers!
I am so pleased to get another walk in so quickly. This time even my two boys came along! This is a track I had previously walked with my mother-in-law and enjoyed it so much that I knew I wanted to walk it again. It’s not a loop, but rather a there and back track. We could have taken the fire track back but my son was keen to go back the same way as he enjoyed the different stairs.
A stunning part of our country, especially when the weather plays its part. It was a little bit too busy for my liking. I had previously been here during the week, whereas we visited today, on a Saturday. Nonetheless, still very enjoyable. Even my five-year old managed to walk the approximately 3kms.
The Falls were pretty spectacular, especially as it has been raining a fair bit in the Southern Highlands. The best bit about this hike for me was the fact that my family joined me this time. While it meant we walked for a shorter distance, it was nice to share it with them.
The main reason for chosing this track was the promise of The Grotto! Both my boys were very keen to splash in the water there. Not entirely allowed I am sure, but we were very careful!
Another one from the archives, this time with my sweet little boy in it. I had this pattern from Drops Design on my list for a while before I decided to make it for Max for his first Winter when we still lived in England.
It’s a beautiful pattern, with ribbing all over, making it very stretchy. The front eyelets add a wonderful detail to it, and its buttoned in the crotch, making nappy changes easy. It’s not the best looking piece if it isn’t being worn, but it is just so practical.
I used DROPS Baby Merino yarn, which is really soft on the skin and it can actually be washed on a gentle machine wash…a win-win for a baby knit. My only mistake was making it the size that Max should have worn at that age, but he was such a big boy he wasn’t able to wear it for very long. Still worth it though!