Tuesday, 28 August 2012

catching up.....

It has been a little while since I posted last - there's been quite a bit going on this last couple of weeks, not least of which was a wonderful visit by one of my nephews and his gorgeous wife - Ian and Mads usually live in Manchester UK and they took time out to travel very south after a wedding in FNQ (Far North Queensland, Oz), to catch up with family - which was just brilliant - I hadn't seen Ian since he was 15 and now here he was, with a beautiful wife too - we spent a fabulous couple of days and then dropped them off to spend their last night in Melbourne before their flight home - thanks to them both for coming south, putting up with the rotten winter weather and joining in so marvellously with us lot here - it was fantastic sitting around the dinner table on saturday night and getting on with the 'craic' - they also took 'The General' home with them as it is destined for one of my sisters, who just happens to be Ian's mum (Finona, if you're reading this, make sure to remind Ian about it!!)

one of a few photos with various members of the family - I don't think I have one with us all!
I've been knitting - I've pulled it back 4 times but now it looks like this one sock will be finished soon....then onto the next (and the next pair..)

My bestie and I bought a knitting machine - and can't wait to get some time to have a decent play...

it came with wool for practice and all sorts of clever bits and pieces

I bought a new book and it's awesome..

We have some new babies (who were really cheesed off when I stuck my camera with the flash under their cover) - they're too young to go outside overnight as it's still too cold - so they're making a hell of a mess inside!

we have 5 chooks here - 2 black ones and 3 creamy yellow one - I think there's 2 roosters among them (damn - they may be destined for the pot!) - and they're at the very ugly, reptilian dinosaur stage....
...and last, but not least, some fabric I ordered in March arrived - it's called 'Garden go round' and it's really pretty - here's 3 of the bolts - there's about 9 bolts all up - and I have to get off my butt and organise selling it...

and now I have to go to bed - I spent the last couple of days quilting a quilt top for a client on the longarm - I used Aurifil thread for the first time and it broke too many times to mention - drove me absolutely insane and I spent a lot of time unpicking and or sewing ends in......don't think I'll be using it again......good job my bestie was helping me otherwise I think I would have done a Basil Fawlty and wallopped the Gammil!


  1. How lovely to catch up with family that you havn't seen for years. Love the knitting machine. I have a really old one in the garage, really should get it out and give it an airing!!

  2. Sounds busy round your way! Enjoying life though and that is good. I think I would have a coronary if nine bolts of fabric showed up at my door. If I survived the glory of it all, then I would want to sew, and sew, and sew!

  3. Shocking lapse of service there Hocking ;o) Sounds like you've been having fun anyway (other than the unpicking!)

  4. Oh no, what an awful experience with the thread. I imagine there was much swearing happening in your house that day. Have you tried the YLI machine quilting thread? It's a classic, and nice big spools too. I've been using it to hand piece, because I have it on hand and have decided against machine quilting :). Though I have used it in my machine in the past and had no problems.
    Ooh, the fabric selling begins. I'm so tempted myself. What a great way to make sure you get all the fabric you want for your own projects too. I'd have to sell myself fabric at cost :)
    Sounds like you had a great visit, and have been very busy. Hope you find time to pop in again soonish

  5. How wonderful to have a family visit from the UK :) I am reading posts at the breakfast table and we are all chuckling over the knitting machine - they are a bit of a family joke: Richards mother has THREE! We could have made you a deal!!! Looks like you have been very busy, I love the look of that fabric, think of all the sweet summery goodies that could be made with it :)

  6. Thank you for reminding me that I have this book!


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