Friday, 19 October 2012

New Knitting

I have been busy this last week, just not really in a blogging mood as I have had a lot going on around me.
My friend, Deb, came home from driving herself and her 2 dogs across Australia so we went to collect her cat, Ricky, from the cattery on Wednesday. Yesterday I was up at 4.20am to take loved ones to the airport(a 140km round trip!) and I have some new knitting projects on the go!

As previously mentioned I left my 10st blanket WIP knitting in a taxi recently and I think I was grieving for that...after several months of relaxing company in my hands and on my lap it is sorely missed. I dug through my stash and found that big bag of assorted pastel baby yarns so using 2 strands together and size 5mm needles I cast on 105 stitches and started the feather and fan st baby blanket...

It's a repeat of 11 sts plus a border of 3 sts on each edge so you could make washcloths using this pattern or add many more stitches to make a bigger item,

I cast on 105 sts and knit 2 rows

3) Knit
4) Knit 3, purl to last 3 sts, knit 3
5) knit 3, (purl 2tog)twice, (M1, K1)3times, M1,**(P2tog) 4 times, (M1,K1)3 times, M1** to last 7 sts, (P2tog)twice, K3
6)as per row 4

Continue on until you reach the desired length and then knit 2 rows and cast off loosely .

Deb visited the Nundle Woollen Mills in Victoria on her travels and brought me back a wonderful assortment of pure new wool in sweet pastel colours. I've cast on another blanket, a patchwork "afghan" using the diagonal knitting pattern for extra visual effect...

This is such a simple idea...

Cast on 3 sts
K1, increase into next stitch, knit to end.
Do this on every row until you reach the desired number of sts...for a washcloth 40sts would be enough but I am going up to 100 as I want large blocks. Once I get to 100 I will
K1, knit 2 together, knit to end on every row back down to 3 sts and cast off!

Here's my messy knitting corner of the lounge! My nest!

I've ended up with lots of extra vegies this week so have made several vegetarian meals. A thick veg stew with half of the butter beans I cooked last week and some dumplings and last night I made lasagne with mashed cauli, zucchini strips, tomato and white sauces and lots of mozzarella on top.
To use up the surfeit of cucumbers I made Rhonda's Bread and Butter Cucumbers... with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar added...they are very good!

We have our first tomatoes developing now...I have planted 15 seedlings in pots...

The comfrey has recovered and is flowering now, we've had lots of fresh dill, thyme and chives recently and the basil seeds have sprouted, they're my favourite... 

 and I'll leave you with some awww pics of our favourite bunny, in the woods discussing the lack of forage with our cement duck!

I do hope you have enjoyed your week where-ever you are, what are your plans for the weekend? I am just looking forward to being at home and pottering around!

Bye bye for now,
Love from Sue


  1. You do knit beautifully Sue and I am speaking as one knitter to another. Nice to see all your goings-on, I too plan a pottering weekend.

  2. Sue I am so very sorry about your lost knitting. I just love knitting right now dishcloths which is all I know but would be very sad at loosing just that let alone a large piece :( The new baby blanket is absolutely beautiful and I'm so glad you shared this. Thank you of course for including your bunny, it always makes me smile :)

  3. I was also wondering how Joe was feeling now with the stitches removed. Was thinking about him today! Amy :)

  4. Lovely post Sue i wish i could knit as good as both of you meaning Rose lovely photos as well you have been busy must re sort my day out better one thinks ?

  5. I am terribly sorry about your lost knitting :( What a heart ache.... Twitch certainly IS a handsome fella!