My blogging mojo has vanished

It is quite a while since I last posted on the blog.  I just haven’t seemed to be motivated recently or perhaps I have not had anything to blog about.  Anyway here is a post about the finish of one of my Tour de France projects.

I blogged previously about how I had started to use up some of my stash.  I completed the front sides and back of the cardigan I was knitting.  I also completed one sleeve when I realised I was not going to have sufficient wool to complete the second sleeve and the bands.  I decided to do both sleeves in a different colour that way I would at least have enough wool for the bands of the cardigan and it would look like a vest over another jumper.  At least that was my theory.  I unravelled the sleeve I had already knitted, as I would be able to use the wool for something else, and then knitted two sleeves in pink.

cardiganThe pattern showed lots more grub roses but I have only put on a few. This is before I added the buttons. Again I had to buy buttons as I didn’t have enough of the same in my stash of buttons.

grub rosesI am happy with the finished result.

 

Tour de France knitting

Wool

Again I am trying to use up some of my stash of wool. This time it is some four ply yarn that was bought for $2 a 50g ball.

I only have three balls so I hope it will be enough to complete the cardigan.

4 ply cardigan

I am happy with the way the pattern is turning out.  Not too complicated so I can still watch the cycling.

Pattern

The pattern is from Patons Baby Yarns 3 & 4 ply Book 518.

Clafoutis but not the delicious dessert!

Clafoutis bed socksI had a request to knit a pair of bed socks for my younger daughter’s partner. He did have a pair of bed socks but they had accidentally become felted!  They had been in the washing machine but on the wrong cycle.

The pattern is one that I found on Ravelry and the pattern is free.  You can find it here.

The bed socks are knitted in Cleckheaton Countrywide which is a thick yarn and knitted on 5.5 needles this means that it is an extremely quick knit.

Bedsocks

This was another Tour de France project.

 

Another Owlet

owletThose of you who follow this blog will know that when the Tour de France is on is when I get a great deal of knitting or crochet done.  This little item is one of the first ones finished this tour.  It is in big wool and for a one year old so it didn’t take long to do.

Baby Owlet 2I have knitted a few Owlet jumpers and really have the hang of them now and can whip it up quickly. You can find the pattern for this on Ravelry.  

If you haven’t heard of Kate Davies designs it is worth having a look at her website.  You might be inspired to take up some knitting yourself. Click on the picture to go to the website.

Kate Davies designs

 

Billabong walk

billabong 2On my walk today I thought I would take some pictures of a section of the walk I have been doing recently.

Billabong walkThis section is called The Billabong Walk. Most of you would have heard of a billabong from the song Waltzing Matilda where there is the line: “Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong under the shade of the coolibah tree”

billabong

Most of my walk is along footpaths but in this section the pathway is gravel.

There are beautiful plantings along the billabong pathway and many varieties of banksia.

Different varieties of wattle are also blooming at the moment.  I don’t know what the orange flowered creeper is but it is rambling around a pond and looks quite pretty.

Some Waltzing Matilda for your enjoyment!

Rugby/cricket followed by cycling/cricket

Once again I was spoilt for choice with my sport watching.

televised sportLast night I had a split screen with rugby and cricket then followed by cycling and cricket.  My sister reminded me that there was also golf from St Andrews, but I am not a follower of golf.  I did see pictures of a great deal of water on the course so St Andrews is living up to its reputation as a place of inclement weather!

The rugby was won by the Wallabies but South Africa deserved to win and were only beaten in the final minutes.  Australia were obviously trying out some new combinations in the team and hopefully there will be a more cohesive team by the time the World Cup comes around in September.

The cycling was not so exciting last night and the cricket had some rather controversial umpiring decisions.  Apart from that it was an enjoyable night’s viewing.

Tonight should be relatively calm with only cycling and cricket that I want to watch.

Needless to say that I haven’t done much reading over the past few days.