beach knitting


The view from the tent, down our own private track (past the boat houses and the totem tennis) directly to the beach. And the sandbanks. And the nice warm bay water …

So, we’re up to week 3 and the holiday has relocated. Hello caravans, hello tent (my home this week). Hello Rosebud foreshore. It’s great to be on the Mornington Peninsula again!

And a shared crafty project has landed in my lap. Elise bought a bag of home spun wool (still full of lanolin) at the op shop for $5 for the lot when she was at Port Fairy last week. What a bargain. Having spun my own wool I truly appreciate the work that has gone in to these balls. And she bought some nice fat needles at the same time. Perfect.

And so project cushion knitting has begun. The new knitted cushions are going to look just super on Elise’s brown leather couch. What a great beach camping holiday activity. It’s going to be a happy week. I can just tell.


Our beach. Our sandbank. Our umbrella. Love. Love.


a bit of knitting

I have been knitting some dish cloths again. I sold all my last ones at Art4All.



Some of this cotton was given to me by the very lovely Sue. Sue is currently the person I run into the MOST at the op shop (pipping my friend Helen who used to hold this somewhat dubious title). A couple of months ago Sue was at Greensborough Savers. Last month she was at Abbotsford Salvos. And I am sure we ran into each other somewhere else recently as well, I just can’t remember where. Maybe Kew?

Sue, you’ll be pleased to know I have used the cotton you found. So thanks for thinking of me on your op shop adventures …



inspired by lucinda

I am feeling very crafty this week.  I can’t stop thinking about actually making something.  And I am super keen to find a great decorative foot stool (not too big) to begin my fur foot stool project.

So I spent the day Monday putting up posters inviting artists to submit works to Art4All and snuck in a bit of op shopping along the way.  I didn’t find my stool, but I did find something else I have been thinking of – a rug of  coloured knitted squares.

When I think of knitted squares I think of Lu.  She’s been knitting squares for years.  She is making a blanket for a bed – it must be triple king size by now … or maybe she just knits when she’s relaxing on holidays, which is when I mainly see her … I just don’t know how she has the patience for it.  I admire her tenacity.  But I just don’t have the commitment I am afraid.  And that’s why I bought this rug …

When I got home I headed out to the studio to see which piece of furniture would work well with squares this size (yes, I bought the rug  to upholster with the squares).


And when I tried them over these stools (I’ve got 2 of them) that I have had for ages sitting around, with no specific project in mind … they were perfect!

Given that I want to do both stools, and the rug has graduated colours (from greens and blues, through yellow to grays) I needed to pull the whole thing apart and reorganise the squares to make 2 interesting stools.  This took a while.  I made 2 collections of 20 squares each (and I’ve still got some good ones left over for another project …)


Then I couldn’t decide how to attach them together.  I was up til 1am crocheting (in purple).   But in the morning I didn’t really like the result.  So I abandoned stool number one and started on the second stool.


At 9am I said to Clive, ‘I am just going to sew these together’. It took me til 12.30pm to finish sewing … and I didn’t stop all that time.  But then it only took me 30 minutes to upholster.  So my stool project was completely finished by 1pm.


Given all the things I needed to do yesterday, I recognise that this was a bit of a waste of time.  EXCEPT – look how super fantastic it looks.  I love, love, love, love it!



I made myself wait til after dinner to start the next one.  And I got on with real life in the meantime.