Monday, March 20, 2017

Lizzie Kate Jingles

I'm very pleased that one of my unfinished projects from last year is now finished! It's been in my qsnaps for ages!

I still have to attach some buttons and decide how I'm going to finish it, maybe into a wall hanging?

Stitched on 32 countt mocha Belfast with mostly the recommended threads, this was a fun stitch. Several of the Jingles I've stitched before for individual ornaments.  Instructions on how to stitch all the Jingles in one sampler including the stitch count can be found on the Lizzie Kate website here.

See you soon x

Friday, March 17, 2017

Socks for a Friend

When I came across this lovely Opal Sock Yarn called "Claire" I couldn't resist adding it to the shopping cart so I could knit some socks for my dear friend Clare.

I started these while staying at the beach back in early February so they weren't on the needles too long.


Pattern: My Favourite Vanilla Sock by the Unapologetic Knitter
Yarn: Opal Viridian Schafpate Claire #7954
Needles: 2.25mm
Size: M

I very nearly kept these for myself, being a fan of the colour pink!

See you soon x

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rainbow Baby Blanket

I'm so happy with how this little baby blanket turned out, how can you not be, with all the colours in the rainbow in it! It will soon posted away with a few other gifts to my dear friend in the UK for her new arrival, a sweet little baby boy, born at the end of February.

For the colour inspiration I followed the suggestions from the Patchwork Heart Blog, a wonderful source of all things crochet.


I used 15 shades of the lovely Stylecraft DK yarn, with Parchment as the neutral colour in between rows, with a 3.5mm hook. There is plenty of yarn left over so it would easily make another blanket or two, I just need to stock up on some more parchment.

I've already decided on my next crochet blanket -Lucy from Attic 24's Morland Blanket, which I hope to get underway very soon.

See you soon x

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bits & Pieces

Today's post is bit of a round up from the past few weeks:

The next kit in the Friends Stitching Circle Club from the Silver Needle arrived recently - isn't it just lovely and the little tray is so sweet, will be definitely starting this soon!

We had another weekend stay at our favourite beach spot late February.

Another awesome weekend with our family and friends!

I enjoyed spending the afternoon in my kitchen one wet Saturday stocking up for lunch box treats:
Blueberry and choc chop muffins, Double Chocolate Brownie, Caramel Banana Loaf, and Chocolate Mint Slice all go down well in our house.

Lots of swimming has been on the agenda for Hannah as she has moved up this year into the swimming squad group.

My dear friend Clare recently celebrated a special birthday so Kath, Clare, Clare's daughter and I went out the lunch at one of the local cafes, I so enjoy our catch ups.

Can you believe another special young lady in my life recently turned 16! Yes, that's right, my niece Zoe turned 16 years old on Tuesday.

Zoe got an extra special and super, super cute birthday present - meet Abby, a mini Schnauzer puppy.

Oh my, she is so adorable and just so lovely.

It's been quite a few years since Zoe had a pet dog, so she is just over the moon with the new addition to their household. Lots of fun adventures ahead I'm sure.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

A Weekend Away

Back tracking to a few weeks ago, Glenn, Hannah and I headed south one Friday evening to spend the weekend with my relatives in Palmerston North. The reason for our stay was to celebrate my aunty's 60th birthday, and also catch up with my cousin and his little boy who were back in NZ for the week.

We all went out for dinner on the Friday evening and then it was back to my aunty and uncle's for coffee and cake, and present opening.

My Aunty just loved the hand knitted socks I gave her, made in her favourite colours.

Saturday we were up bright and early to drive over to Whanganui for the day. We had several places to check out including the river side market. This weekly market is well worth checking out - art, food, craft, plants and much more.

By then it was time for our picnic lunch so we headed to Virginia Lake, a great spot to visit on a sunny day.

We also spent a bit of time at Kowhai Park later in the day before heading back to Palmerston in the early evening.

Sunday morning Donna and Jess took us to Orlando Country Cafe for coffee, and to meet Jess' parents.  What a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the scenery. Glenn, Jess and Hannah had a go at the driving range, heaps of fun.

Then it was time for some shopping, Hannah and I couldn't get into the Plaza fast enough!! We both had Christmas vouchers burning holes in our purses, lol.

Our final stop before heading back home was a visit to the Esplanade Gardens, to ride the train and for Hannah to check out all the new additions to the park since her last time there.

Then it was time to hit the road and head back home. Another lovely weekend with our family, good times. (The view above is the Ruahine Ranges, just to the west of our town).

See you soon x
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