Saturday, 7 January 2017

SSCS

A little sad that my trip was over, but excited to get home and unwrap my SSCS. My poor partner had to wait and extra ten days to hear from me.....my apologies.

My gift from Christin in Switzerland is lovely. A wool work table runner, with beautiful detail in the flowers. I am a big fan of stockings and this one in felt is so cute. Christin also included a mini calendar and the cutest little flower pins. Thank you so much!

 
 

Thank you Christin and thanks Chooky for organising the swap again.

Susan x

California

After ten days in New York we flew to California, where Mr Thimblestitch tried his hand at driving on the other side of the road. Very interesting, he did well! We enjoyed discovering some of the Bay area, I really liked Napa and Sonoma. But my absolute favourite was the giant redwoods at Muir Wood National Monument, they were breathtaking.
 

After three days driving we arrived back in San Francsico. Such a different city to New York, but still lots to see and do. We rode bikes over the Golden Gate Bridge, rode the street cars and cable cars, toured Alcatraz and really enjoyed the steep hills and beautiful houses.

 

New Years Eve was a little quieter as coughs and sniffles started to slow us down. Those of us who could, walked to the Bay Bridge for fireworks. Whilst I'm not usually a fan of big crowds, it was a great celebration. Socks finished just in time for the end of 2016!

 

Wherever I go I usually check out the patchwork and now wool shops before I go. It's always interesting to see (and buy) something different. I find the unexpected little journeys into suburban areas really enhance my trip, whether it's in Australia or overseas. They take me to places I might not otherwise go. In San Francisco, DH and I ventured out to Imagiknit. What a fantastic store, I wish I'd had more time, more money and more knitting skills to take full advantage of it!
 

We had such a good time. Lots of adventures and experiences, so lucky with mostly great weather. I didn't think I would ever do a trip like this with my children, but it was so special to have this first big overseas experience together. Our trip broadened our horizons and made us appreciate our own country more. 

Home to my beloved hound.
 

Back in a minute to show you what I got in the SSCS swap!

Susan x


Friday, 30 December 2016

Wow

Sorry for such a long absence. After a year of planning we are on our USA holiday. First stop was New York, and wow, what a city. Words can't describe the hectic pace of life here, so different to my quiet country town. Our first adventure was crazy, a race from the airport to the hotel, to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden (we left the boys at the hotel). Other highlights would have to be top of the Rockefeller Centre, Central Park, ice skating and all the wonderful Christmas trees and decorations. They really know how to decorate here. There was snow on the ground when we arrived, but it didn't actually snow while we were there. It was cold enough though, barely getting above zero the first few days. Thank goodness for my woolly socks!

 

 

 



I loved this giant button and needle in the garment district.

 

I was very pleased to knit my way across the Pacific Ocean. I took bamboo dpn's that I could bear to lose. After knitting from NY to San Francisco, they may even be finished before I get home........not that I'll need them for a few months.
 

I am looking forward to opening my SSCS gift when I get home. Apologies to my poor partner who is probably waiting to hear of its safe arrival. 

Back soon,
Susan x

Friday, 16 December 2016

Up up and away

After a year in the planning we are heading off on our American adventure today. Unfortunately my Secret Santa hasn't arrived, so I won't be able to email you until I return in the New Year. 

It has been quite odd not buying gifts or sending Christmas cards. Apart from SSCS, this little pouch is the only gift I made for a secret Santa at work. Such a cute little fox.

 

Last pair of socks finished up. I'm taking my woolly knitted socks to the northern hemisphere winter.......I think I'll need them! There is a lot more blue and teal than the camera would capture. 

 

Wishing you all a happy and safe Christmas.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Limping along

I have decided to stop feeling bad about not blogging, and just be happy to do a post when I can. Life is busy!

Since my last post I've had a wonderful sewing weekend at Nundle........despite the four hour power and Internet blackout. Time spent with stitching friends is always good. Much to their horror, I knitted all weekend. I decided to try a shawl, and whilst it's finished, I'm not happy with the colour or how it hangs. I've thrown it to the back of the cupboard for now. I did finish some socks and another little stocking.

 
 

After a slow start, I'm happy to report that my SSCS is on the sleigh headed to its cold destination. The cute little reindeer is staying with me though.
 
And I've started quilting this little pentagon mini. It was loosely based on something I saw at the Sydney craft show last year (or the year before?) and has sat as a flimsy waiting for something more to happen. It hasn't turned out quite as I envisioned but it has reached the point where it has to be finished or thrown. I think it will make a good portable sewing project for my flight in ju st 3.5 weeks. It's so hot that I've changed my winter wardrobe over to summer, and packed for my cold Christmas already.......just have to add the smalls!
 
I am so addicted to sock knitting that I can't see a day where I won't have a pair underway. So portable, and I absolutely love the brain buzz of working out a new pattern. I accidentally purchased a skein of wool that wasn't big enough for full socks, but just enough for ankle socks..........and this is the result. I was going to gift them but not sure if I can.......
 
I'm having a delicious day off today. Planning to get the chores done as soon as possible so I can spend the afternoon flitting between projects!

Happy stitching,
Susan x
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