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Friday, October 28, 2016

At last I can tell you!!!

Ages ago I wrote a post about a secret project I was invited to take part in. The post included a photo that showed nothing really...

But I did include a photo of the thread I was using...lovely Cottage Garden Pansy...

I can now reveal that myself and a heap of other bloggers from both Australia and overseas were making blocks for a quilt to celebrate Sheryl Scholte's ( Shez) 60th birthday. Fiona from Bubz Rugz was the organiser and Fee chose the Polaroid Block for the design. ( Shez loves taking photos so this choice was very apt. ) 
Here's my block...the border around the 5 inch square is white...the greenish tinge is from the ruler the block is sitting on. 

All the blocks were posted to Fiona, who took on the huge task of joining all the blocks and then quilting it. Backing, sashing and wadding were donated by some lovely ladies in this group. Communication during the project was via a closed Facebook group...we were so sneaky! 

From Fiona, the quilt was passed on to Michelle Ridgeway who did the binding and then delivered the completed quilt to Shez in person. And that handover was today. We were able to watch via a live stream set up by Karen Saw...clever girl!!!
I've brazenly stolen photos from the Facebook site so you can see the quilt at the various stages...

Pinned ready for quilting.

A closeup of the quilting...

Closeup of the binding...

The label made by Fiona...

Wrapped up...

Parcel disguised as some 'Show and Tell'...
Shez on the left, admiring her new quilt. Holding the quilt on the right is Michelle and Karen is just behind the quilt. 
It is an amazing quilt; each block is so unique and all were stitched with love for our special friend Shez! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wool on Sunday...

The last week has just flown and it's again time to write a post about ýarny things' and link it to the Rainbow Hare blog. And Janine describes in her post about running out of yarn before a project was finished...don't we all hate that!
This last Sunday was the monthly meet up of Sunday Stitchers.

Some Show and Tell yesterday at Sunday Stitchers
I usually take some sewing/stitchery projects to work on, but yesterday I took a bag of donated crocheted squares with me and the plan was to make up 2 blankets. Well I was a bit ambitious, because despite working steadily throughout the day, I only had time to join 30 squares...which means just one blanket.
The friend who had made the squares used a beige coloured yarn as the final round on each square and she gave me the leftover yarn from this round so I could use it to join the squares.

It was enough to join the squares but sadly it ran out before I could do some rows around the blanket. What could I use that would tie in with the colours already used? 
Then I remembered the bundle of craft items that DH brought home from his older brother's place on Saturday. My sister in law had passed away in late August and her family thought that I would be the right person to find new homes for Bette's craft supplies.

So I had a rummage in that striped bag and found some yarn...

It is creamy with pink flecks and was perfect for the narrow border...which I'm now working on. 
And then I'll make some time to join those other squares that I mentioned. Those squares are mainly pink too. K4BN give a lot of muted/dark coloured blankets to the homeless but the lighter coloured/pretty colours are just perfect for women's refuges. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Wander Around Heritage Park Albany...

I should actually have headed this post a little walk around a very, very small part of Heritage Park!  This post will mainly be photos of the lovely old Pre-Federation Military buildings, rather than lots of text. 😊
Note the Union Jack! Yep! These old buildings date back to before Federation (which was 1901) when the present day states were actually British colonies.

Back and side views of the building in the first photo...on the left of the side view of the building, the Aboriginal flag is flying.
The same flag from another vantage point...

Another old military building...with an gun carriage? or wagon? on the veranda...

All the buildings are beautiful restored and maintained...

An old water tower...and an 'army hut' type building in the photo below that. 
Just 2 of the many 'igloo huts' scattered throughout this section of the park.
The First Aid Post...

Up the hill a bit and on a flat area of land, were lots of old guns and missiles. The guns were huge! 
There are some lovely gardens in this area too...and that view too, of course!

There are some modern buildings too...sorry it's a bit dark...
Here's another photo of that building. It's the quite new National ANZAC Centre.
On our first day in Albany, we had checked out the displays etc in the grounds and by then it was 4.45 pm. And the Centre closed at we had to go back next day. But that's another post still to come. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ANZAC Memorial Heritage Park, Albany...

On our recent Western Australian holiday, we stayed in Albany for 2 nights and crammed in as much exploring of this city as we could in that time. The ANZAC Centre in the large Heritage Park was one attraction that really impressed us.
We had arrived in Albany mid afternoon and after checking into our motel, we made our first visit to Heritage Park. (Finding it impossible to see all that was on display meant that we would return the next morning.) 
This memorial is all about the First World was from the port of Albany in November 1914 that the first Australian defence personnel set sail for the war zone in the northern hemisphere; a long way from home!
The walkway up the hill has boards listing  the ships in those first 2 convoys...

A lot of reading to do...😉

And the view looking downhill...

The walkway went up to a lookout over the port area, but there were a couple of interesting places we stopped at on the way up the hill.
Growing up in Brisbane I had always been fascinated by the 'igloo' buildings scattered throughout the city, including the buildings at our old airport.  These buildings had been built by the US forces who were in Brisbane during WW2. Well this Heritage Park in Albany was an ' igloo lover's paradise'! Lol. Americans call them Nissen huts but Aussies had nicknamed them igloos. ( and there aren't many left in Brisbane any more)
So when I saw this igloo, I just had to stop and explore. The anchor out the front certainly indicated the naval connection. 

And behind the Nissen Hut, the remains of an old building...

The next little detour we took on the way up to the lookout was a gun emplacement. 

We walked through where the missiles (fakes of course!) were stored and then walked down a passageway which led out to where the gun was...
After these 2 little detours, we walked up the path to the lookout...
The view of the Harbour was wonderful...and VERY windy. 
This board pictured below, showed the line up of ships of the First Convoy all ready to sail off to the battlefields. The ships were quite an eclectic lot; many were non naval vessels which had been pressed into service because of the war. 

From there, we walked downhill (and out of the wind) and wandered around this historical site. 
There was a garden area that honoured women...but Spring hadn't really come to this area when we were there but I can imagine what this garden would look like when the warmer weather arrived.
In the next post I'll continue sharing our experience at this wonderful and historical site.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Wool on Sundays...

Joining in again with Rainbow Hare blog's Wool on Sunday. This week Janine's post featured crocheted squares using autumn colours.
Now to what yarn-related things I've been up to.
Firstly a blanket made from those donated knitted squares that I showed last week, is now finished.
 The variegated yarns that the donor used are so pretty and I'm in awe of anyone who could sit and knit all those squares! ( there's enough squares left to make 2 more similar sized blankets!)
Next is another finish. I made this rug quite a while ago but it still needed the ends on the border to be neatened sat for quite a while on a shelf waiting for this. And then I had a 50th birthday lunch to attend and I realised that this rug would be perfect for the birthday I spent the 30 minutes or so needed to finish it! Lol
And lastly, a new project started in this last week; the baby blanket using yarns leftover from other projects. 
The pattern comes from an old publication which I think is out of print. I'm not sure of copyright restrictions but I'm adding a photo of the pattern to this post.

I use more than the 3 colours suggested by the pattern. For the baby blanket I'm using an 8 ply acrylic as the main colour and an 8 ply cotton for the colours. I cast on 215 stitches on 4.5mm circular needles. When I make this pattern up in a 12 ply yarn ( such as mohair) for a throw, I cast on 205 stitches...this is a good size for an adult blanket. If I make a throw for an adult in 8 ply, I cast on 245 stitches...or thereabouts. 
Sorry to overseas readers who probably haven't a clue what 8 or 12 ply yarn is. But there are comparison sites which help with this. Such as this website.
So that's all my yarn-related news for this week.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Margaret River...

My posts on our recent holiday on Western Australia got a bit sidetracked. But because my blog is like my journal I will backtrack every now and then and write more about our travels, even though it all happened early last month! 
We spent 2 nights in the town of Margaret River; an area known for its wineries and food production...especially cheeses, chocolate and olives' products. 
Our accomodation featured lowset villas, set in lovely gardens. And each villa was named after a type of wine; ours was Cabernet Franc. ( I'd never heard of it and had to look it up; a black grape variety that is used in blends) 
Again the accomodation was spacious.

Margaret River town centre is quite compact and we enjoyed walking around the streets. While DH got brochures etc from the Information Centre, I 'played' with some of the stuffed toys in their big display. 

On the footpath adjacent to the Information centre, I was intrigued by this vending machine. I'd never seen one of these before.
On our full day in the area, we set off early to explore...
Another stop was at a chocolate factory....Temper Temper Fine Chocolates.  We bought 2 sugar free chocolate bars which were surprising nice and 2 single chocolates, rum and raisin flavour which were absolutely divine! ☺️

The lovely Vasse Virgin shop with lots of products made with locally made olive oil.

There are sooooo many wineries in this district, but we only visited a few. We stopped at one called the Cheeky Monkey at lunchtime. The grounds behind the main building are filled with lovely gardens, a playground and lots of undercover seating area...just so inviting for the visitors to the winery. 
It looked to be very popular with families, so we thought that probably indicated that the food in the cafe was good...and it was!!
My salad was huge...and delicious with a few slices of DH's pizza! 

Even though we don't usually add salt to our food, I was impressed by the salt containers on the table...salt from my dad's homeland. 
After lunch we found the Woody Nook Winery as my brother had asked us to buy him some of their port.
A lovely woodland type garden near their car park...

On our second night we went to an Italian restaurant in the town...the ravioli was delicious! 
Before we headed off from Margaret River, we visited their markets on the Sunday morning...
Lots of beautiful fresh food, including an Italian bakery stall. And that dog was getting lots of attention of market goers. 
And then we were back on the road again; this time we were headed for Albany.