Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Knitting Away

Thank you dear friends for your loving comments on the previous post, Priscilla will be greatly missed by every-one who knew her. Yesterday Will and the children laid her ashes to rest in a plot that they can visit when they wish. Today should have been their ninth wedding anniversary.

I'm trying to get back to writing blog posts and am working on a rather complicated one for the Vietnamese soup known as 'Pho' which is difficult to pronounce and sounds something like 'far'. It's Joe's favourite and he's very impressed by this version of it, will post that soon.

I have been spending the Winter knitting and reading, caring for Dad, supporting my daughter and her sons and I've also started collecting indoor plants again. This little house is rather dark so the plants have to be re-arranged daily or taken out-side for some extra light but they are beautiful and such a pleasure...apparently they enhance our lives with more than just oxygen and I find them very relaxing to care for. It's exciting to see a new leaf unfurl ;)


We didn't grow this Buddha's Hand but isn't it a beauty? It's a type of citrus that has no juice/flesh/seeds...grown for the novelty the skin can be zested for flavouring cakes etc



Charlie is now over 2 yrs old would you believe? I've made him 3 vests/tank tops this year;unfortunately the first was pure wool Fair Isle and was washed by his Dad in hot water, it now fits his dolly!!! The next two are in a self=striping acrylic...




Have also made 2 Paddington Bears from this pattern , have used 100% wool again and had to buy the toggles from an Etsy vendor in Toronto would you believe but they really finish off his little duffel coat...all the wool and the kilt pins in his hat came from Spotlight...


The last thing to show you is this easy 8ply knitting for ladies socks, using up the rest of the self striping acrylic from Charlie's jumpers; they knit up so quickly especially compared to using 'sock yarn'.
The free pattern comes from Winwick Mum , it's probably more suited to intermediate knitters, in the past I have always used 'Silver's  Sock Class' which is also free and more of a tutorial...

ETA Christine aka Winwick Mum has drawn my attention to her 'Sockalong' blog post where she takes absolute beginners step by step through the wonderful process of knitting socks...thanks Christine x


I haven't even worn socks for such a long time but it's been so cool and wet this Winter here while the rest of Australia is struggling with the worst drought on record...it's frightening to see the photos of the parched land and dying animals.

So that's my round up for now, thank you for waiting so long for another post, let's try and make it a regular thing! Yes Dear!

Love Sue
xxx

9 comments:

  1. So lovely to see you posting again, Sue. I have missed hearing how you and Joe are going. Love your knitting as always.

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    1. Hiya Chel, the knitting is very grounding and I feel like I'm making something useful. <3

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  2. I'm so happy to read your posts again, Sue. 😊
    You've been very busy with knitting. They are beautiful.

    I love Pho, but haven't made it at home. I look forward to your recipe.

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    1. Hi Nil...thank you regarding the knitting and the Pho recipe is mainly about the stock isn't it although I've made meatballs too so will get to that recipe asap xx

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  3. Your socks look lovely! There is a series of tutorials called the Sockalong on my blog which accompany the free pattern - you may not have known about these depending on where you picked up the pattern. You can find them at www.winwickmum.co.uk/p/Sockalong.html if you need them in the future 😀

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    1. Hi Christine and a big thanks for your comments, I have amended this post to add your Sockalong posts...let's hope they get lots of newbies with warmer toes this year! Will also share the link on our Down To Earth group page on Facebook <3

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  4. So sorry to hear about your sadness Sue. I will be checking out the Sockalong tutorials. This could be just the constructive project for me to start me knitting again. Thanks so much, Pauline

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    1. thank you for your kind words Pauline and I urge you to try the sockalong pattern...I'm using 4 double pointed needles and with only 44sts each round they knit up so quickly xx

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  5. Oh I love pho soup, my all time fave and I never get sick of it. Those little Paddington bears are just adorable! Beautifully made. Xx

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