The Knitter's Last Stand

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Long time no blog!!!!

Woweeeee it's a long time since I put anything on this.

I couldn't remember anything:- my password or anything else about blogging.

That's what Rav does for you. It gets you hooked!!!!

Since the last time I blogged I think that I've knit about 500 things including over a hundred pairs of socks. I'm absolutely hooked on knitting socks.

Lately though I've got into test knitting because I got it into my head that there can't be any new patterns out there if these wonderful designers don't get all the bugs sorted out of their patterns.

Ok I think that's all for now so until next time it bye for now.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

100 Aussie things meme

Thanks Yarnivorous for this meme
Make bold the things you have done

1.Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited The Great Barrier Reef.
5. Stood under the stars in the outback, the real outback – think Uluru.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to the Gold Coast’s theme parks – anyone, you take your pick.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sung a solo.
11. Bungee jumped, jumped out of plane, been paragliding or hang-gliding, hot air ballooning – you get the idea, you’ve been hundreds of metres about earth in a seemingly flimsy contraption.
12. Visited Melbourne.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Had a child. Raised a child. Worked with children. (All three)
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Been to the Snowy Mountains.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Visited the Brett Whitely studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Been backpacking.
23. Taken a mental health day.
24. Been buried in sand with just your head and toes sticking out.
25. Held a possum, kangaroo or koala – or any other native Australian animal.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Been in a fun run.
28. Been on the Blue Mountain cableway.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Played, or watched, cricket.
32. Sailed, kayaked or canoed our beautiful waterways.
33. Seen the Daintree.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
35. Visited an Aboriginal settlement or mission.
36. Learned a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Toured the Sydney Opera House.
39. Tried rock climbing (indoor or outdoor), abseiling or just simple bush walking.
40. Visit Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art.
41. Been to the Tamworth Country Music Festival. (Been to Tamworth but not the festival).
42. Sunbaked at Bondi.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Broome.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone fishing.
49. Seen Tasmania’s old growth forests. (They have just about all been logged in the past including the ones that they’re protesting about).
50. Been to the top of Q1, on the Gold Coast.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre. (That’s showing my age).
55. Been in a movie.
56. Driven the Great Ocean Road. (About 3 times).
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Norfolk Island.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Guide biscuits.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone jet boating.
66. Visited Port Arthur.
67. Bounced a cheque.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy. (We got burnt out twice when I was a child).
70. Visited the Australian War Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Federation Square.

74. Been on the Murray River.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Travelled, or climbed, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba.
80. Published a book.
81. Visited St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Been to Hermannsburg.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited Parliament House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Saved a pet.
95. Been to the site of the Eureka Stockade.
96. Swum in The Whitsundays.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a mobile phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day.

I'm not passing this meme on so if you want to have a try then off you go.

Catch ya later and in the mean time keep on knitting (if the weather permits).


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

At long last !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 1st photo is of my secret Santa gifties that I got from the lovely Sharon at the last Launceston Ravelry for 2008.

These are a few of my winning entries in the Launceston Show that was in October 2008

Everyone have a Happy and Safe New Year for 2009 and most of all keep on knitting.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Finished projects

This set has been finished for quite a while.

The yarn used was Lion Brand Magic Stripes.

It is a different way of using this sock yarn and I think it will look lovely on a little boy.

This outfit is to be sold at a later date.

This little outfit was sooooooooooooooo quick to knit.

It is knit from Moda Vera Spell which we used to be able to buy at Spotlight but Spotlight being the way they are we can no longer get it.

These socks are knit from one of the Opal Petticoat range.

I can't remember at the moment where I found the pattern but if I think of where I will add it in later.

I knit this jumper for miss 6 as she asked me to make it in these colours for her.

She has been wearing one that I made for her in pink and white for the past 2 years and just loves it. She almost lives in it.

The yarn is acrylic and I think that I bought this at Spotlight as well.

The pattern is from a Debbie Bliss book called "Great knits for kids".

These socks look a dream.

They were knit from yarn that my great friend Katt dyed.

Don't they look fantastic?

The pattern is the one that I mostly use from my trusty Patonyle accessories knitting book.

I have a few more finished items to show off but the pickies are still in the camera so you will have to wait for them.

I promise that you won't have to wait so long until the next instalment of pickies.

Until next time keep on knitting.


Bye Bye Whiskers

It is with sadness that we have lost Whiskers.
He was hit by a car on Saturday night and our lovable larykin didn't survive.
Whiskers was about a year old (we don't know exactly how old as he adopted us about six months ago) and he was a true free spirit.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


Here is a pickie of our grandson Charles at the Platypus House at Beauty Point last month with 2 of their 3 echidnas.
This post is taking a bit to type as #5 grandchild is on my knee and trying to type with me.
Isabella is almost 10 months old now.
2 posts in one day. I must be sick!!!!!!!
Until next time keep on knitting.

Long time coming

This scarf is really gold in colour even though it looks cream in the pickie.

I have knit 3 of these scarves so far as it is a lovely pattern.

This one has been set aside as a present and the other 2 have been put in the local CWA shop to be sold.

These socks have been knit from a pattern from the Vogue Socks Two knitting book.

The yarn is one of the Opal petticoat colourways.

I still luuuuuuuuuuuuuv knitting socks even though they hurt my hand.

I have arthritis in my left hand and am waiting to have surgery to remove some of the arthritis and also a boney growth.

These childrens socks are knit from left over Opal "caterpillar" yarn and the feet have been knit with brown Opal Uni.

Kids socks are excellent for the little bits that are left over when knitting adults socks and they are soooooooooooo quick to knit as well.

These little shoettes are one of 4 pair that I have knit lately as I have only been tackling small projects while waiting for my surgery.

They only take up a small amount of yarn and don't take very long to knit.

This strange looking thing is a childs bandanna.

The pattern was in the last Yarn magazine.

It didn't take very long to knit and I think that I will be making a few more of them.

That's all that I have to show at the moment but I have a few more projects on the needles.

I have just knit a baby beanie out of Magic Stripes sock yarn that turned out looooooooooooooovely so I have started the matching cardi to go with it.

I am hoping that I get it finished before I get called by the hospital though.

Until next time keep on knitting.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Time flies

Where has the year gone.

It is already Easter.




Keep on knitting


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas cheer

This is little Isabella our youngest grandchild on Christmas Day in a lovely Christmas skirt and t-shirt.

She is now 6 months old and doing very well.

This is Jasmin our second youngest grandchild on Christmas Day.

She hadn't long woken from having a sleep and was enjoying her Christmas lunch that I was happily feeding her.

Jasmin is now 18 months old and doing quite well these days as when she was born she was 6 weeks premature.

In the foreground is our daughter Aleeshia (Lee as she likes to be called) on Christmas Day.

This is a rarity as she usually pokes her tongue out when we try to take her pickie.

Lee is the mum of 4 of our grandchildren and is a good mum to them.

He children are Charles aged 11 years, Zoe aged 7 years, Jasmin aged 18 months and Isabella aged 6 months.

Last but not least this is a pickie of my African Violet.

I am soooooooooo pleased with this pickie as it shows that it is in flower.

Why am I so pleased that it's in flower? It is because every time I try to grow an African Violet I usually kill it within weeks and this one has lasted for about 6 months so far and is growing absolutely beautifully.

I can't believe that it is still alive let alone in flower.

Yesterday we went to Hobart to see some of the Sydney Hobart yachts finish the race and also went to Salamanca market and also the Taste of Tasmania and had a lovely day so today has been a bit of a rest day.

Tomorrow night we will be having a relaxing New Years Eve at Aurora Stadium with Miss 5 1/2 yrs and also our grandson (11 yrs). This is usually a good evening with entertainment and also fireworks for the children at 9.30pm and then more firworks at midnight.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that you all have a safe New Year.

Until next time keep on knitting.