Scrappy Mint Socks……Pair # 28

Well I’m back home now after a two week holiday at Noosaville which was utterly relaxing and was spent knitting, meeting friends, drinking coffee, eating, shopping, sleeping in and doing no housework!! Now I have the job of blogging about all the knitting projects I completed during that two weeks…so here we go.

A few weeks ago I was winding my scraps of sock yarn into small balls ready to start making Frankie Brown’s Button Quilt when two colours jumped out and demanded to be made into a pair of socks! Do you remember these socks: my Tidal Waves (left) and River Rapids (right) socks?

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So I took a gamble and started knitting some scrappy socks in these two colourways.

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The top sock is the first one I knitted so it’s the better looking. The cuff, heel flap and toe are knitted in Regia Hand-dye effect which is a 3ply / light fingering yarn. I probably wouldn’t use it again for socks as it’s quite fine. The leg, gussett and foot is knitted in Three Irish Girls Adorn which is a 4ply / fingering yarn and is so beautiful to knit with…great consistency of thickness.

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My poor old second sock doesn’t look quite as smart as I soon discovered I was running out of the lovely Three Irish Girls Adorn yarn so I had to use the Regia yarn on the foot section. I couldn’t believe it when I discovered I was only a few centimetres short of finishing the toe and had to quickly search for another scrap of yarn (lucky I brought some of them with me on holidays!). So the toe is finished in Ty-Dy Socks by Knit One, Crochet Too…another 3ply / light fingering yarn.

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A couple of close up pictures of the two different heels…

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All in all I am very happy with my recycling project which has resulted in another pair of socks. Oh and by the way the pattern I used is Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

I’m thinking of a feather and fan pattern for my next pair of socks. Until next time…

Melanie

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Noosaville Knitting News – The Final Instalment!

Sadly today will be my last posting from Noosaville as I leave tommorrow and head back home after two weeks of sheer relaxation combined with knitting, meeting friends, drinking coffee, eating, shopping and sleeping in until 60.30am….yes that’s a sleep in for me. But the good news is that I still have another two weeks holidays that I’ll spend at home.

Today dawned with a beautiful rainbow…

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So off I went to the newsagency and bought a Lotto ticket for Saturday night. Surely this must be a positive sign! On the way back I stopped at ‘Raw Energy’ for a coffee and lovely piece of vegan fruit slice which was chock-a-block full of fruit and nuts. It was scrumptious. I also took that opportunity to read some more of my book so I can take it back to the library when I get home tomorrow.

When I got home I grabbed my knitting and chair and wandered down to the ‘knitting tree’ for the last time this holiday 😦 I’ve been working on my Bluey Socks and have now finished the first one.

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And of course, I had a visit from my little friends again…the seagulls…

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This was the river front view I had this morning. A bit cloudy but still so tranquil and relaxing.

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Yesterday, I visited Belmondos at Noosaville with a friend. Belmondos is a huge fresh food market situated right in the middle of the industrial area of Noosaville but it is a haven for foodies. It stocks all sorts of gourmet food and ingredients not normally found in your local Coles or Woolies. Plus their coffee is divine! They also happen to have a small selection of handmade soap so I bought these three.

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May Chang (Litsea Cubea) is one of my all time favourite essential oils. It is not overly expensive so I tend to use it quite liberally. The last time I bought it, it was in a 500ml container!

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Did I mention to you that Elvis is here in Noosaville? Well he is…or should I say he has a fish and chip shop quite near my unit so I’ve visited it a few times. In fact I’ll probably buy my dinner there tonight.

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When I get home I’ll be writing some posts on all the knitting projects I completed over the last two weeks as I’ll be able to take some better photos using my two mannequins so you can look forward to lots of information and pictures about my Falling Water Scarf, Scrappy Mint Socks, In Threes Baby Cardigan, Bas Relief Hat, Red Basket Weave Scarf, Elinya Shawl and Bluey Socks. My I have been busy haven’t I!

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be meeting with the Redland Spinners and Weavers ladies at The Artist Tree cafe. It’ll be great to catch up with them as I missed the last get together.

I hope you have enjoyed these short posts over the last two weeks from Noosaville. It’s been fun taking the photos and showing you a beautiful part of the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland.

So until next time…when I’m back in Brissie…

Melanie

Noosaville Knitting News # 10

Today was a perfect winter’s day here in Noosaville. Cool and brisk early this morning with a cloudless sky all day. It was just magic. The river was like glass this morning.

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As it was so lovely I caught the Noosa Ferry from Noosaville to Tewantin which took about 15 minutes. On the way the ferry driver actually pulled in close to the bank so we could take photos of a group of pelicans so I managed to snag this photo as we were cruising past.

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Tewantin is the departure point for access to the famous North Shore beach drive which goes all the way to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island.

This statue is a tribute to the diggers during the first and second world wars and the Boer War and it’s situated outside the Tewantin RSL.

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The perfect weather today made for great photos and here’s a few of the Tewantin area near the river.

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Plus a beautiful old fig tree in the park…

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Look at those roots…I wonder how old this tree is?

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There are so many gorgeous gift shops throughout the Sunshine Coast and Tewantin is no exception…this chocolate shop had so many lovely bits and pieces in it.

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On the way back to Noosaville I couldn’t resist taking this photo from the top of the ferry. Beautiful blue sky and river.

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So that was my morning. During the afternoon, you guessed it, I grabbed my knitting and chair and wandered down to the river front. I also took some bread with me and fed these seagulls and they ate every crumb!

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I managed to get a couple of photos of the seagulls flapping around the bread.

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Today’s knitting was a UFO I brought with me. I started this shawl in March and would really like to finish it. Each row increases by two stitches so consequently it takes longer to knit each row. I’ve only got a few rows left.

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And of course, I sat under the same tree which will always be known as my ‘knitting tree’!

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And to finish off…here’s tonight’s sunset picture.

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Until next time…from beautiful Noosaville.

Melanie

Noosaville Knitting News # 9

This morning dawned a bit cooler than it has been over the last week or so and not as overcast as I expected after last night’s downpour of rain.

I sat outside in the cool air and finished my red basket weave scarf first thing this morning. I will prepare a more detailed post with extra pictures at a future date once I’ve taken some photos of the scarf on my mannequin but here’s a quick photo of the finished scarf after I’d completed the three needle bind off.

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I’ve now cast on my 29th pair of socks in this lovely blue sock yarn.

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This will just be a plain vanilla pattern as the sock yarn is self patterning.

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I met some friends for coffee around lunch time today and then took my chair and knitting down to the river front for a couple of hours’ knitting. And then it was off for a ride on my bike to the shops to pick up a few groceries.

I’m a bit excited as my blog is finally listed on the Australian Women Bloggers Directory under the Craft and Arts section.

And just to finish off…another picture of a pelican that was on the river bank this afternoon.

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And tonight’s sunset…

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That’s my news for today. Until next time…

Melanie

Noosaville Knitting News # 8

Today has been a very slow and lazy day for me with most of it spent knitting (surprise, surprise!) I’m eagerly trying to finish my red basket weave scarf and am finally on the third ball of yarn so all going well I hope to finish it tomorrow.

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I spent three hours this morning knitting down on the river front….it is so incredibly relaxing that I don’t ever want to leave! After lunch I spent another couple of hours in my front courtyard (which overlooks the river) knitting. I really want to finish this scarf so I can start something else. I’ve been very naughty and haven’t even attempted finishing two of the UFOs I brought on holidays with me…..the vest I started in July last year!!!!! and the baby pram blanket which I’m over half way through knitting.

I had a couple of visitors while I was knitting…

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Today I received a lovely surprise email from Lincraft to let me know that I’d won a prize in a recent Facebook competition…a copy of the book The List of My Desires by Grégoire Delacourt.

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This “gem of a novel” has been a huge success in France with massive sales and rights sold in 27 countries, and it does sound as though its story may ‘chime’ with many of us. Here’s the blurb:

“What would it take to change your life?

Jocelyne is 47. She lives in a small provincial French town, runs her own dressmaking shop, has been married to the same man for what seems like an eternity, has had two children and lives a very ordinary existence. In fact so ordinary that she is beginning to wonder what happened to her, to all those dreams she had when she was seventeen.

Then comes the chance to change her life completely – but should she? For when Jocelyne begins to look at her life and its small pleasures, her friendships, her weekends away, her knitting and needlecraft blog through which she has gathered a community of like-minded women – she realises that maybe ‘ordinary’ isn’t so bad. Until the decision is taken out of her hands …

The List of my Desires is a wonderfully heart-warming novel about what we value in life and the search for happiness.”

Grégoire Delacourt’s first novel L’Ecrivain de la Famille (2011) won five literary prizes in his native France.

I can’t wait to receive this book and am really looking forward to reading it. With a bit of luck it’ll arrive at my place not long after I get home.

Yesterday I had a fabulous day boating up and down the Noosa River with friends of mine. The weather was absolutely perfect…nary a cloud in the sky. It was still and quite warm considering we are in the middle of our winter. Our hire boat was very comfy…nothing like sitting on cushioned seats all day!

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Some of us fished and although not much was caught, this magpie was eyeing off our spoils of the day.

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Although this picture is not very close up it’s a bird of prey that swooped down and snatched the bream that we threw into the river. You can just see the silvery outline of the fish.

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We also motored past Makepeace Island which is owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson. Originally the resort was for Virgin staff only but has now been opened up to others to rent.

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The chalets are very well hidden…you can just catch glimpses of them from the river. They blend in very well with the greenery.

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And of course my blog wouldn’t be complete without another picture of pelicans that I took this morning.

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Until next time…from beautiful Noosaville on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast…

Melanie

Noosaville Knitting News # 7

Today was forecast as raining most of the day but instead it only rained a short time this morning and was fine most of the day. I wandered along the river front and bought the Saturday paper, found a table in the shade, read the paper and then ambled home to pick up my knitting and chair and it was off to the river front for a couple of hours knitting. And yes, you guessed it, my ‘friends’ who have been commenting on my knitting each day popped over for a quick chat.

I started a lovely red scarf last night which is meant to be joined in a circle so I thought this would be an ideal time to learn how to do a provisional cast on so I could join the two ends seamlessly. A quick trip to YouTube and I found some really easy instructions on how to do a provisional cast on. Luckily I brought a couple of crochet hooks with me as you need a crochet hook and your knitting needle to do this type of cast on.

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I saw these pelicans basking in the sun as I walked along the river front this morning. They really are quite a grand and majestic bird.

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While I was writing this post it suddenly became very, very dark. I looked outside and lo and behold a huge black cloud had moved across the sky. It dumped some rain and then moved on. Within five minutes or so the sun was back out.

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The boat is booked for tomorrow and food and drinks purchased. All we need now is a perfect day. Fingers crossed! Until next time…

Melanie

Noosaville Knitting News # 6

Today has been very wet as far as the weather is concerned! But there’s one thing about rainy weather…it’s very conducive for knitting…but in my case…every day is a knitting day!

The river front was quite bleak as I walked up the esplanade to settle myself into having a nice coffee and start knitting my fourth cowl.

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As I’ve mentioned previously these cowls are so easy to knit and are ideal projects to carry in your bag for when you have a spare moment. I’ve got no idea what the finished cowl will look like as this yarn is quite unique…it very rarely repeats the colours and more often than not there are colours hiding within the ball so it’s quite a surprise as you’re knitting to see what colour appears. The yarn is Moda Vera Bouvardia.

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On my way home from the coffee shop I took these photos…even though it was raining it is still very magical and misty on the river front.

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And this is the block of units I’m staying in…my unit stretches across the ground floor.

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I forgot to show you something else that I bought at the Eumundi Markets on Wednesday. It’s a salt lamp. Now, they’re supposed to have all these therapeutic benefits but I only bought one because it glows a gorgeous orange colour and will look spectacular in my bedroom. It’s still in the box but I managed to find a picture online which is very similar to mine. They’re supposed to be left on all day, every day unless you go away on holidays when they should be wrapped in cling film. It’s quite stunning isn’t it?

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Rain is predicted for tomorrow (Saturday) with a fine and cold day on Sunday. Can’t wait for that cold weather to hit. All going well I’ll be on a boat trip on the Noosa River with friends on Sunday. Fingers crossed the wind doesn’t spoil that.

Until next time…from a wet and rainy but still a very beautiful Noosaville…

Melanie