Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Knitting frustration

What am I doing wrong - I'm sure the neck isn't meant to look like this after you've picked up stitches around the neckline!!  I tried you-tubing a video tutorial but obviously I'm still wrong.  It looks ok around the back of the neck, but jeez it was hard getting the needle through to knit a stitch.  It's the front panels where I've decreased that are not right. 
Maybe it doesn't matter in the long run.  I'd just like to know I had the right technique for future project.  It's so long since I knitted a garment, I'm way out of practice.  My knitting has been hats, bags and 1/3 of a sock more recently. This is for a wee bairn in Scotland.
If only I lived near my mum, who could show me what I was doing wrong.  I will take it to the local wool shop and see if they can enlighten me.  I love the colour, so happy for a bonnie little girl.

a lovely rose on one of my morning walks.  Soon it will be time to prune them all back.

Autumn colour up the street from me.  Look at the tree right beside it.  It's a Maple Tree too and was the most amazing dark red colour, darker than it's neighbour.  But it lost all its leaves much more quickly.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hexie Heaven

Count so far....drum roll.....1088 hexies! It now fits across the top of my king size bed, but doesn't go down the sides far enough for my liking.  I would like it to cover the top mattress of the ensemble.  I have this ''thing'' about doonahs, that sit on the top and still show the sheets.  I want this to hide that, so it's more like an old fashioned bedspread...or should the word be retro or vintage these days? I much prefer the drape over the sides look.  Which means... I need to keep going, making my hexies and sewing them together and watching them grow.  It's lovely to step back and take photos.  I call it my daughter's inheritance, as they have watched me work on it for years.  The investment of my time and love...won't they have lovely memories in about 50 years time!!  Trouble is I have 2 daughters and this one quilt, and it's not even finished.  Guess I'll have to make another one.....

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Inspiring Quilt Show

On the weekend I popped into quilt show at the Moore's Building in Freo.  It was my kind of quilt show.  Geometric, modern, bright scrappy quilts adorned the walls. Totally inspiring.  The above pictures give you a taste of it.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A little bit of knitting

It was a long weekend here in WA so I saw 3 movies, went out with my daughters for a late lunch, caught up with friends and bought some wool for a new little knitting project.  It felt great to pick up the sticks again.  I love the rhythm of knitting, don't you?

I'm making a little cardigan for my namesake.  My Godson, Jamie and his wife Katie, had a daughter named Matilda Ann (my middle name). Readers may remember I went to their wedding in Scotland last year.  I'm so honoured and thrilled to get a look in with the name!!

I'm knitting the jumper for a 6 month old, to alleviate time pressure.  I chose a bright hot pink wool - for bright and happy.  Little Tilly has already brought so much joy. It's a very happy knitting project, not that every project isn't, but perhaps because I haven't knitted for a while, I'm just remembering how much I love it.

Below is a picture of my brunch from Toast in East Perth.  It was so, so delicious. A potato pancake topped with salmon and eggs and crème fraiche. I can see myself heading back there to eat the dish again. We followed it up with a decadent slice of chocolate cake with 3 forks.  We agreed we could have eaten a whole slice each it was so yummy.