Another dad trick. . . . .

One of the tricks my dad used to do was to make a mouse from a handkerchief.  He then used to make the mouse jump up his arm.  It provided lots of fun for us as children and for his grandchildren.

Here is how you can do it for your children.

Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Detach Your Thumb — The Art of Manliness

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When I saw this I thought of my dad.  No doubt there are many others who have a dad that did the same trick.

An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on some gags that’ll have them thinking you’re the coolest dude in the world. Check out all…

via Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Detach Your Thumb — The Art of Manliness

A new cable jumper on the go

While I was in Canberra my younger daughter had a couple of jumpers that she no longer wears and wondered if I would like to re-purpose the wool.  As you can no doubt imagine I was delighted with the idea.  Very kindly she did the bulk of the frogging of the jumpers as my arm is not quite up to doing that just yet.The first lot of wool was from a wrap I made a few years ago and you can read about it here.

She had already chosen a pattern that she would like made up so it was just a case of getting on to Ravelry and buying the pattern to download.

This is a top down jumper and the first time I have knitted a top down.  It is seamless so in a way it is similar to when I knitted the yoke jumper for my elder daughter.

The pattern is Baby cables and Big ones too by Suvi Simola

If you click on the photo above it will take you to the pattern link.The pattern required lots of stitch markers to show where the cable patterns were to be placed.

I have now reached the point where the sleeves are separated from the body.

Now the bulk of the knitting is stocking stitch apart from a cable down the sleeves so it is easy knitting from now on.

 

 

 

 

A finished quilt

I posted previously about a quilt I was making but then couldn’t post more because it was a 40th birthday gift for my elder daughter.  She has since had her birthday so I can now show the finished item.  A king sized quilt.The quilt was made from seven shirts and I had seen the idea on Pinterest.

I laid out the pieces to make sure no pieces the same were together.

Once I had joined the cover it then had the woollen wadding and backing fabric added before being quilted.

The next task was to make the binding.  I chose a dark burgundy that was left over in my stash of fabrics.

The final piece was to embroider the label for the back.

A renewal of an acquaintance

We visited Canberra last weekend as a surprise for our younger daughter’s birthday.  While we were there we had a family day out at one of the historical properties in the Australian Capital Territory. There are not many historical properties as the ACT has a very short history in the scheme of things as Canberra was built as a planned city for the capital of the country.

The place we visited was Lanyon Homestead.

The homestead is now on the edge of the outer suburbs of Canberra.  You are literally one minute in the suburbs then round the corner in the countryside.  When we used to live in Canberra it was a fairly long trip from our suburb out to Lanyon and we were in one of the outer suburbs.  That was many years ago and Canberra has grown considerably since then.

It was lovely to revisit Lanyon as we used to take our children there.  Now there is a cafe in one of the outbuildings

and the homestead is manned by staff who will give guided tours if asked.  We had gone to have a birthday lunch at the cafe as well as doing a tour of the estate.

One aspect that we remembered that is no longer there was the Sidney Nolan Gallery.  The gallery had been there for 27 years but in 2007 it was decided that the gallery was no longer suitable for such a valuable collection. This is rather sad as the collection was housed in a rural setting at the request of the artist.  Now the collection is housed in the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

You can read about what prompted this move at Yolande Norris.

I finished it!

My daughter gave me a knitting project to do as I was complaining that I didn’t have a project on the go and I preferred to knit something that someone has requested rather than trying to guess what would be suitable.

The project she asked me to do was to make a jumper like this one.

This jumper is by Alexander Mcqueen and if you wanted to purchase it the cost would be $1898 Australian dollars!  The final cost of the one I made was $108 Australian dollars.  What a bargain.

I posted before about how we decided what to do to make this jumper and I am now happy to say that the jumper is finished.  The final fit is a closer fit than that shown on the McQueen jumper model but my daughter likes this fit as she can wear it under jackets without it being too bulky.

My daughter has long arms, like me, and she was delighted that the sleeves were a great length.

Overall she was thrilled with the result and what made it even better was we made a surprise visit to her for her birthday.  She had no idea that we were coming.

If you want to follow the process I took to make the jumper you can follow me on Ravelry at Suth2.