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2/40 Beaches: Bondi Beach

Disclaimer: this is not my first time at Bondi Beach…but this was my first time when it was very quiet!

Bondi Beach is perhaps THE most famous Australian beach…and it’s pretty special! But I have never really seen the appeal of it, particularly as I detest sharing a beautiful beach with 100s or 1000s of other people. Imagine my joy and surprise when I went today to meet up with a work friend to find it practically deserted!

It’s even more impressive because usually it’s absolutely FULL of people! And this to me, despite the wind, was heaven!

Funniest thing of all, you know I shared Coogee Beach in January… I actually met up with the same friend (and work colleague) at this beach too…what are the chances?

The world is such a strange place at the moment, and despite everything I am grateful to be living in this incredible country and being able to go adventures like this (enabling others to do the same) and to be able to give my children a relatively normal childhood.

We make footprints in the sand, not knowing where they will take us, but ending up exactly where we need to be!

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Number 15: Regular Outings as a Family

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.

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1/40 Beaches: Coogee Beach

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! đŸ™‚ 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!

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Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop

During the last year I have discovered some great bushwalks and hikes in this beautiful country I call home. So, I knew that walking/hiking needed to feature on my ‘list of 40 things‘. And I am not one to hang about, and despite having pretty bad muscle aches in my legs after doing an at home exercise program the day before, I met up with my mother-in-law on Sunday and we walked the Engadine to Heathcote Loop.

We walked the big loop, for about 2hrs and then both got really hungry and had some lunch. I use the AllTrails app to make sure we don’t get lost. It was drizzling a bit when we started, but that wasn’t going to stop us. It actually made for a wonderful, refreshing walk with lots of beautiful and fresh flora.

It’s an easy track, I think it’s used as a mountain biking track as well. Throughout it has little mounds that would make for great jumps on a bike. We had to cross the creek twice, which was flowing well after the recent rain. We tried to find some stepping stones, but in the end stepped through the water as we were not worried about getting our feet wet.

We found a wonderful spot where the huge rocks looked like they may have shifted over time almost like tectonic plates, which enabled the river to run around them…pooling at the bottom. A great swimming hole if ever there was one. Both my mother-in-law and I agreed that my eldest would love to jump into the water there.

All in all, a great first hike for this year! And I have felt recharged all week…need to find the next spot for this weekend!

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FO: Poncho

Last year in April I made a friend in Australia a poncho for her 40th birthday. She gave me free reign with regards to a pattern, but she wanted something in a muted colour, so we went with grey. IF 37 I used this DROPS pattern, which was a great knit! It’s amazing though how much yarn it called for, which I realised when I had to cast on 408 stitches.

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I love the details of this pattern, the leaves, cables and the flowers look just gorgeous. They might seem difficult when first looking at the pattern, but they’re actually really easy to knit. This was especially easy after a few repeats of the pattern, they just worked themselves.

IF 42The large collar worked in rib was a great end to the poncho.

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As this is one of a few pieces that actually fit me I modelled the poncho.

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Pattern: Frozen Ivy by DROPS Design
Yarn: Drops Muskat in medium grey
Needle size: 4mm

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FOs: Hat and Bootie Combo

Friends of ours in Australia had their second child, a boy, earlier this year and as luck would have it we were able to bring them this gift themselves when we went to Australia in February this year.

DPA 10 DPA 11 DPA 12The pattern is the old favourite, Saartjes Bootees.

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And the hat is another DROPS pattern.

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FO: Adult Cardigan

I knitted this cardigan for a friend from Australia, who had seen a similar cardigan in a shop, but couldn’t find the right size. She picked out the colour of DROPS Eskimo yarn.

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It’s one of the easiest adult knits I’ve ever knitted, garter stitch all the way and a very simple pattern, but I think it looks great nonetheless.

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I love the yarn my friend picked, especially with the added shade. It was a little tricky to knit with as the darker beige was spun into the light beige and came off in parts, but the finished piece works really well.

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The other nice thing about the yarn is that it’s really nice and thick and I was able to knit with 8mm needles, so the cardigan just flew off the needles.

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AA 14I used buttons from my stash, which I think fit perfectly. And the biggest plus with this cardigan: I was able to hand it over in person to my friend when we were in Sydney earlier this year.

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FO: Gramps Cardigan for Luke

I know I promised this FO two weeks ago, and time seems to have run away again. I am just too busy in the evenings to try and find time to blog, but I will try and rectify that!

So, without further ado, here are some details on the latest cardigan for Luke. First and foremost, this is not a DROPS pattern, shocking I know. It’s the Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates. I’ve had this in my queue for a while and finally decided that this would be one of the projects that would come to Australia with me, and I even got to start it on the last few days of our holiday.

I decided to use cotton rather than wool yarn as I wanted it to be a Spring/Summer cardigan for Luke, so I went with DROPS Muskat. I loved working with it and as I wasn’t sure about sizing with cotton I decided to knit the size 4T. I am glad I did, because it fits Luke perfectly. Unfortunately I think it might only fit him in the Spring and might just be too short in the Summer. So I might knit this again at a later date in another yarn.

I love the details on this cardigan, the cable on the sleeves just adds that little bit extra and it works really well to bring the whole cardigan together. However, the best thing about the pattern is the cable on the front, it’s just gorgeous!

My husband actually likes the cardigan so much that he’s asked me to knit one for him…and I thought he was joking, but as I just found out that there is a pattern for an adult version…I might be able to make it for him after all! Now, any cardigan for Luke without Luke wearing it would be boring, right? Well you’re in luck, he let me take some pictures of him wearing it…and in fact he wears it most days, so I should really be able to get some more at some point. But in the meantime, without further ado: