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.

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DSC09404Until next time…

Melanie

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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

Holiday Happenings

The last few days have simply flown by; I hope the next two weeks slow down a bit. I’ve met with wonderful friends, done lots of knitting, walked a lot, bought lots of wool and met some fantastic women at social knitting.

The weather has been perfect! Blue skies, lots of sun and very cold at times so needless to say I’ve been trying out all my scarves and socks. This morning was absolutely stunning as I walked to Sheep Thrills to partake in social knitting (the third time this week!!)

Noosaville 17-7-15 01The Noosa River looked absolutely gorgeous. It was a crisp and vigorous half an hour walk for me. That’s one way to warm up.

Noosaville 17-7-15 02This is where I normally sit and knit on the riverfront.

Noosaville 17-7-15 03Today I met a whole new group of women at Sheep Thrills. I love this little shop. It has such an inviting atmosphere and you’re instantly made to feel at home. You could say it’s now my ‘home away from home’.

Sheep Thrills 17-7-15.jpg 01Sheep Thrills 06Two women reconnecting with their craft so their table was relatively quiet as they concentrated on how to knit and crochet.

Sheep Thrills 17-7-15.jpg 02The glorious selection of yarns is to die for!!

Sheep Thrills 01Sheep Thrills 02Sheep Thrills 03Sheep Thrills 07Sheep Thrills 09As you know I love a yarn bargain so I just had to indulge in these yarns which were on sale for only $4 a ball!! These are Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran which is a 100% extrafine merino.

Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran Apricot 01Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran Brown 01I am going to use these balls to make a couple of In Threes baby cardigans.

Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran Navy 01Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Red 01Lotus Yarns Winter Sun GreenThese three balls of Lotus Yarns Miya will be used to knit a gorgeous lacy shawl or two with beads. This is a 2 ply / lace yarn and is made from 70% mink, 20% merino and 10% silk. It is wonderfully soft.

Lotus Yarns Miya Brown 02Lotus Yarns Miya TanAt Sheep Thrills there are gorgeous handmade throws and garments all around the rooms that are on display and for sale.

Sheep Thrills 05One the throws I saw was a C2C crocheted rug. Now I’ve heard a lot about C2C from the women of the QldBaysideYarnClub so I was intrigued. Leah told me about The Crochet Crowd tutorial video which I viewed and now I am really quite interested so I have earmarked the 20 balls of apricot and brown Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran yarn for this project. I am going to be busy!!

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Another scarf off the needles

Last night I finished another scarf. I actually had three on the go and thought it was about time I actually finished one of them! I’ve got this thing about starting numerous projects and then swapping between them. It must be the variety that I like.

This pattern is called My Friend Nancy and I was drawn to it because it was sooo easy and I had the recommended yarn.

Nancy Scarf 01Who’d have thought navy blue and orange could look so good together! It matches the bright orange top and cardigan I brought on holidays with me. The yarn is Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball and the colourway is 1537 Herbstsonne.

Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball HerbstsonneThe pattern consists of mainly garter stitch interspersed with eyelet rows. So easy and you don’t really have to think too much. Plus with the variations of colour in the yarn I felt it best not to try and knit an intricate patterned scarf.

Nancy Scarf 04I don’t have my mannequin with me so I’m limited with the photos I can take. I haven’t blocked the scarf either but it doesn’t look too bad and I did wear it today and it was very comfortable.

Nancy Scarf 03I made a bit of a modification by using a picot bind off just to make a change.

Nancy Scarf 02Today was spent visiting my sister who lives on the Sunshine Coast and then meeting some friends for coffee at Noosa. Tomorrow I am planning on taking my knitting down to the riverfront and settling in for a few hours but that will depend on how cold it is as a result of the unusual cold snap the eastern part of Australia is experiencing at the moment. It’s perfect weather for all my knitted woollen garments and I am loving it.

I’m also loving the fact that I managed to pick up a wireless mouse today so I can now use my laptop without having to rely on that horrible finger pad 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

Yarning from Noosaville # 5

Today was the most spectacular winter’s day here on the Sunshine Coast. The bluest sky and hardly any wind. After enjoying a wonderful night with very good friends I met them along the banks of the Noosa River for a day long boat trip.

This is what greeted me as I walked along the river bank…

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The river was like glass…

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An early morning sail…

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This is truly one of the most beautiful places in Australia and I am blessed to be able to visit here each year. No wonder all the southerners flock up here for our winters.

I’ve finished a couple of projects over the last two days so I’ll give you a quick look before I prepare a more detailed post about the names of the projects and the yarn used.

I love this ivy green scarf…

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And this one too…

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I am feeling quite exhausted after a full day in the sun but not too exhausted to do some more knitting tonight!

Until next time…

Melanie

Yarning from Noosaville # 4

Another beautiful day in Noosaville. A bit more spinning this morning (I’ve now done about 100g of merino and started on the alpaca). A trip on the Noosa Ferry was in order as it was such a cloudless morning.

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This is the view from the back of the ferry. You can just see the block of units where I’m staying…

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One of the beautiful shady trees along the river bank of the Noosa River…

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Preening pelicans…

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The Boathouse Restaurant…

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Having a coffee break in the park at Tewantin…

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Can’t you just feel the serenity…

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I have finally finished one of my projects! However, as I didn’t bring along my blocking gear this shawl is looking a bit wrinkled and probably only half the size that it will be once its blocked…

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Whilst having a wine after my strenuous day’s activities, I found this little advertisement in the local paper. I might wander down tomorrow and join some other ‘knitty’ folk…

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And another beautiful day closes with this gorgeous sunset…

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Until next time…

Melanie

 

Yarning from Noosaville # 3

Today dawned a bit overcast so I did a bit of spinning in the unit and then ventured down to the river bank with my knitting again for about three hours. Of course, a caffeine hit is a must on these occasions…

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This was followed by a walk along the Noosa River taking in the sights. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Noosaville without spotting a pelican…

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And there’s no excuse for not going out onto the river in a boat as there’s a plethora of boat hire businesses dotted along the river front…

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Now Australia is famous for quite a few ‘big’ things. There’s the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast, the Big (Golden) Gumboot at Tully, the Big Prawn at Ballina, the Big Merino at Goulburn; in fact there’s a website devoted to all of Australia’s ‘big’ things.

And here at Noosaville we have the Big Pelican

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It was built circa 1977 in Noosa Council’s workshop for Rotoract as a float for the Festival of the Waters Parade.

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The Big Pelican participated in many parades but fell into disrepair a number of times and was subsequently relocated around Noosaville and repaired.

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In 2007 agreement with Noosa Council for a permanent location in the foreshore park in front of Pelican Boat Hire was reached. Pelican Boat Hire agreed to complete a full restoration of the structure with a fence and garden. Functionality was fully restored and the Big Pelican is now ready for street parades.

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And if you need to know what’s around you at Noosaville, there’s a great map to assist you…

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Now you won’t get a better combination than a book shop and a coffee shop (unless of course it’s a yarn  shop!)…

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I had a coffee there while I read the paper on Sunday so today I thought I’d visit the book shop. I picked up these three lots of hemp twine of all things! I’ll use these as drive bands on my spinning wheels. Don’t you love all those colours?.

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Now you know when you give a child a present and they spend more time playing with the paper? Well in this case I spent more time admiring the handmade bag the hemp came in.

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It’s a carry bag made from recycled newspaper. Isn’t it just amazing?

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I just Googled ‘how to make a carry bag out of newspaper’ and found quite a few sites. Maybe this could be a project for me….one day.

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Until next time…

Melanie