Holiday Opp Shopping!

Who’d have thought I’d go on holidays and manage to discover a whole lot of Opp shops in the area! I visited my sister in Mooloolaba and on the way home I stopped at Maroochydore as I’d discovered there’s a long stretch of Opp shops along Aerodrome Road. I cleaned them out of toy sheep!

This magnificent ram looks brand new and was only $4.50!

Noosaville sheep 01 Noosaville sheep 02 Noosaville sheep 03 Noosaville sheep 04These four sheep were discovered in Noosaville.

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And I found this little one in the Noosaville newsagent.

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Wow! where am I going to put them all when I get home???

Noosaville sheep 06And of course I also managed to pick up these four sheep mugs all at the same Opp shop in Tewantin.

Noosaville sheep mugs 01And this one from Maroochydore.

NZ sheep mugPlus these two little knick knacks. I think this little sheep would have resided in the kitchen with maybe some utensil resting in that hole??

Kitchen sheep 01Not sure what this little egg cup shape item would be used for but it looks cute 🙂

Egg cup 02I also visited the Eumundi Markets last Wednesday, which is a must for anyone visiting the area and found a stall filled with bags. There were hundreds of them. I asked the owner if he had any sheep bags and this is what I left with.

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It’s rather large and made from vinyl so is water repellent to a certain degree. I was quite exhausted after this purchase so I grabbed a coffee and a couple of sinful jam donuts 🙂

Sheep bag vinyl

And totally not related to sheep, I picked up these two pairs of shoes. I have more of these at home in different colours so I was really happy to pick up these ones. They are so comfy!

Beige shoes Navy shoesI’ve also been doing lots of knitting but for some reason I’m stuck on knitting fingerless mitts and haven’t touched any other projects. I’m also thinking about selling some of my knits through my MelsNattyKnits Facebook page. Once I’m home I’ll start sorting out what to sell.

I’ll leave you with a couple of my everyday views at Noosaville.

Pelican 16=7=16

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DSC09404Until next time…

Melanie

Knitting News from Noosaville

I’m now enjoying my fourth day of holidays and you could say I am completely relaxed. That’s what Noosaville is all about: relaxation, no stress, slow living, doing what I feel like and when I want to, knitting, walking, drinking coffee, meeting friends, eating lots and just being happy!

How can you not be happy when this is your view every day?

Noosa River 9-7-16I arrived on the Saturday around lunch time and was lucky to get the keys to my unit straight away so I unloaded my car and then headed off to the grocery store to stock up for the next week or so.

On Sunday, I met some friends for a coffee and lunch and then met some more friends along the banks of the Noosa River. It was so enjoyable chatting and having a drink of wine. On the way home to my unit I spotted this lone pelican on the river.

Pelican 10-7-16Yesterday, I did a bit of walking around to combat all the food I’ve already started eating!!

Today I spent about four hours sitting on the banks of the river reading and knitting. It was forecast to be a warmer day today despite the fact we’re in the middle of winter. However, under the shade of the tree I was sitting under it was quite cool and there was a strong breeze. Luckily I had brought a poncho with me so I was quite toasty and warm 🙂

Knitting on the river bank 12-7-16And then I took a walk along the esplanade and had a coffee and read some more 🙂 I’m reading Linwood Barclay‘s latest novel ‘Far From True’. He’s one of my favourite authors.

Reading and coffee 12-7-16Since I’ve been here I’ve made a pair of fingerless mitts.

Cosy Thermal Mitts Grey 05And this morning I completed the first in another pair!

Good Time Mitts Cosy Naturals 01I’ll give you more details in a later post. Suffice to say, I made my first pair of fingerless mitts about three weeks ago and since then I’ve completed about 10 pairs!!

Tomorrow I am off to meet with some of the spinners and knitters at Pomona which I am looking forward to.

Until next time…

Melanie

Liquorice Allsorts Shawl

When I first bought four skeins of this incredibly colourful wool I wondered what I’d make with it.

Liquorice Allsorts 01I knew that one day the right pattern would present itself so when I found the Multicolor Shawl pattern on Ravelry, I knew I had hit the jackpot! I managed to pick it up when it was free but it’s not a very expensive pattern anyway. If you do happen to have this pattern, please note that I found a few errors which are located on the Ravelry page for the pattern. Once these errors were sorted out, it was an easy knit.

Licquorice Allsorts Shawl 03Quite a riot of colour don’t you think?

Licquorice Allsorts Shawl 04I particularly love the edging which is basically a lot of YOs in one row and then on the following row about nine stitches are knitted/purled which makes the holes.

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Licquorice Allsorts Shawl 08 Licquorice Allsorts Shawl 11This wool from Candy Apple Lane is actually Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxiry 8ply and it’s beautiful to use.

Because this is an 8ply wool and 4.5mm needles are used, it makes a lovely generous shawl. The placement of the increases also creates a shawl that sits very comfortably on your shoulders without slipping off.

Licquorice Allsorts Shawl 02

I would highly recommend this pattern but bear in mind you will need quite a bit of yarn. My shawl took just over 200g of 8ply wool. I am now planning my second one using a lot of Cleckheaton Country 8ply that I have amassed.

Cleckheaton Country Burnt Mix 01

Yesterday I arrived at Noosavile for my annual holidays. I love this place!! Here’s a picture of what I look onto every day 🙂

Noosa River 9-7-16So you can expect a lot more photos like this for the next couple of weeks 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Maleny Knitfest 2016

In mid June I visited the inaugural Maleny Knitfest with two of my fibre friends. Maleny is a small, scenic town 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia.

The town of Maleny is home to some of the Hinterlands most creative and innovative artists and craftspeople. With a range of different creations from woodwork, to beads and musical instruments, the town is always abuzz with some sort of artistic show or creative endeavour. Many local craftspeople are found regularly at the Sunday markets at the Maleny RSL,

The town was awash with some fabulous yarn bombing.

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We stayed at Maleny Lodge, which has been operating continuously as a successful boarding house, guest house and bed and breakfast for over 60 years. Originally named ‘Rosedale’, Maleny Lodge was built around 1905 by Mr A.C.K. Cooke for his family with at least five bedrooms. This grand Queenslander was an impressive residence.

Our accommodation was right in the middle of Maleny so we could shop, come back and drop off our purchases and wander out again or, as we did on a couple of occasions, sit in the lounge room and just chat, drink tea and knit!

Melanie Maleny LodgeThe days were beautiful and the nights were quite cold but we were well prepared in our winter woollies.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 51And of course, there was lots of shopping to be done!

I really love the woven basket I bought from the Co-op. It’ll come in handy to store some of my projects.

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Some beautiful handspun alpaca; so lush and soft!

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Loving these colours in this 2ply lace yarn.

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Couldn’t resist these orange bed socks from a shop that sells local handmade goodies.

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Only $5 each for these key rings from the Maleny Markets on the Sunday. How cute are they?

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Plus, you can have your name engraved for free!

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A lovely alpaca scarf.

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There were a few more things but I can’t keep you here all day 🙂

How about this for some yarn bombing: the local police station.

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And the little bus that took us on our mystery tour around Maleny.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 41Love this photo of my friend hiding behind one of the yarn bombed cows.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 16There were lots of goodies for sale and display in the RSL hall.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 21 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 24 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 25 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 26 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 27I would highly recommend the Maleny Knifest. It’s not a long drive from Brisbane, it’s a beautiful and quaint country town with an amazing buzz and vibe. The shops are unique and there are enough of them to keep you busy.

I would like to congratulate the organisers for creating such a fantastic event for us fibre lovers. It was a lovely weekend and I had so much fun!

Thank you!

Until next time…

Melanie