Best laid plans…

Well…it appears that another almost 2 years have disappeared in a whirlwind of work, crafting, exercising, new dog ownership and running achievements! I have been struggling for a while trying to get my sewing mojo back and seem to always fail at the photograph and blog posting part of the process. During the working week I get home quite late and that doesn’t make for the greatest lighting for photos.

I have missed this space and I certainly missed sharing my crafting with everyone.

Here are a few things that I am getting excited (or motivated) about in my world…

  1. The ever growing pile of WIP’s – I have a list for 2017 that I would love to finish and will be making a huge effort to get some of these older projects DONE.
  2. KNITTING ALL THE THINGS – Knitting is my zen, especially after busy and long days at work. Socks are usually my go to project but I have been knitting my fair share of shawls
  3. Etsy plans – This year will be the year I open my etsy shop but more on that later.

 

What are you guys excited about this year?

xCass

So… I’m BACK!

Well that was a break from blogging that I didn’t expect to be quite so long. 2014 is done and dusted. It was a year of changes (some big and some smaller ones), challenges, sad loses and readjusting.

Don’t worry though, crafting has been happening!! At times it has been the only thing keeping me sane.

So now that we have relocated to the beautiful Port Macquarie area, we have been getting settled, exploring, renovating and loving life. Here is a few photos from the last couple of months.

Friday run done right

Friday run done right…best running view

 

Reno time

Replacing the back deck…DIY!

 

New visitors

Had some visitors in our front tree.

 

view at the top of the stairs

The view at Harry’s lookout. A worthy reward for making it up the evil stairs from Shelly Beach

 

knitting in the wild

Knitting in the wild at Town Beach (opal sprinkle socks)

 

more new visitors

 The front tree is popular with the visitors.

 

So I look forward to sharing some more crafting with you next time 🙂

xCass

 

 

 

all the knitted things

So….where did 6 months go??

It has been a busy six months and I have been crafting along, just a little slack at posting any progress.

I have a couple of finished quilts to show you but I think they can wait till next time.

Lets get into the knitting!!! The needles have be busy busy busy. My role at work has recently changed a bit which has increased my work load and responsibilities. I find it more challenging and down right hard at times but I think it is an experience that will benefit me long after I move on to a different project.

With the longer hours at work I have been finding it relaxing to knit on the couch after dinner to wind down from the day.

alltheknittedthings

So I have three lots of socks on the needles (one basic rib/one plain vanilla/ and these ones), finished a second Habitat beanie, finished the Through The Loops – Mystery Shawl, I learnt how to crochet granny squares (used this website) just so I can make a blanket like this one and I knit my man a jumper!

It is warming up here in Adelaide so many of these things wont get much wear this year. But I have enjoyed making them knowing that they will get lots of wear next year.

I will leave it at that today and it is one of my goals to be a little more consistent with posting. I have some finished quilts and an epic birthday weekend in Melbourne to share!

Keep crafty!

xC

Catch up…

I had a few posts sitting in the draft folder for a while but I think it is a little late to post them all so I think we shall have a quick recap over what happened in the life of Cass to round out 2012.

In November I travelled to Canberra for a long weekend with my bestie! It was so great to get out of Adelaide for a little while, hang out with an awesome chicka and enjoy the Canberra vibe! We did a little crafty shopping, ate toooo many pancakes and the best choc malt thick shake I have ever had at the Pancake Parlour, rolled down the side of Parliament house just like we did as kids…I do think the police man was laughing at me!

canberra

We also caught up with my old house mate Tess, they took me to this amazing store called Handmade…if you are in Canberra you should definitely check it out!

In the lead up to Christmas I only planned one handmade gift for 2012, which I am kind of happy about as it was a very busy end to the year work wise. I was thankful that any crafting I managed to fit in was more relaxing and a bit of a time out from other things. 

Late December we drove 1600kms in 16.5hours to spend Christmas with the family. Bryce and I shared the driving but the high point of the trip was discovering that I can knit in the car!!! So when it wasn’t my turn to drive and I wasn’t napping or eating lollies I was knitting! I remember as a kid the long car trips we did as a family and I usually had my head stuck in a book or playing a Gameboy, but as I got older reading in the car was no longer an option as I would start to get sick. It was nice to discover that I can now be productive while being a passenger. I managed to knit the majority of a pair of socks on the way over and put a large dent in my Selbu beanie on the way back (I did have to laugh as the day I cast off and wove the ends in it was a 35 degree day in Adelaide…at least when winter rolls around I will be set for socks and beanies!)

Car knitting

It was fantastic to catch up with everyone back in Port Stephens and enjoy the festive spirit, eat lots and lots of food…including one slice too many of Grans’ Lemon Meringue Pie, go boating, see dolphins and go swimming!  We don’t live far from the beach in Adelaide, but there is something special about the beaches in Port Stephens that I do miss.

dolphins

Once we were back in Adelaide we had some well-earned rest time with a few adventures thrown in. We saw the Cirque de solei show called OVO with friends who are moving to Adelaide (it was AMAZING), tried stand up paddle boarding which was awesome, and hid inside from the insane temperatures that have been attacking Australia.

So we are now nearing the end of January and have just enjoyed the Australia Day long weekend. I got motivated and managed to complete about half of the quilting on the star quilt, made some noodlehead zipper bags and plan some new challenges for quilting this year.  I also watched 2 really great tennis matches on TV (I’m not usually a tennis watcher but I really enjoyed the Australian Open this year) and got an early start on a secret knitting project that I won’t be able to share for a little while. IMG_0513

So hopefully this early creativity will last a little longer!

xC