Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rain on princes street

as some of you might know I have become a bit of a yarnie, I am so addicted at the moment I find my self trolling through lots of different knitting and yarn sites. the inspiration is amazing, so many gorgeous yarns and projects out there.

My Christmas Eve cast on already to go, you might remember I posted about it here

2 weeks later and the first lace section was complete

on holidays at Stockton , early February  and it was progressing well.

then the bells of tragedy sounded 
I was fast running out of wool and I hadn't done enough repeats of the second lace. I suspect despite my testing my gauge several times,  I ended up choosing the wrong size needle and so the shawl is bigger than planned ( it's hard to measure when it is all scrunched up on the needle).

I was faced with a choice unpull all of the second lace pattern and a little of the first and then I would be able to get all of the second lace repeats or finish it

I decided that I would rather unpull ( or frog as they call it in the knitting world)  then spend the rest of this shawls days looking at it thinking it's not right. so within 20 mins it went back to looking like the above photo.

as of last night I am back ready to cast off again, and am much happier with it, here's to hoping that very small ball in the bottom of my knitting bag makes it to the end.  

I haven't abandoned my sewing altogether , as you will see in the follow up posts, need to do lot's of  catch up blog posts. . . . . 

Au Revoir

Googy Girl

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Travelling Lucy's

Initially I was going to call this post Lazy Lucy's because I didn't think I had done very many blocks this year. but as I sat own and looked at my phone and the blocks I have completed I realised that I had done so much more than I thought

the above block was made during our trip to Dubbo to the zoo, most of it was stitched in the car on the way, but some as we relaxed in the afternoons.

this one was started in the car on the way home. it was during this trip I decided that decided to go a different way and use the French general blue as my background.  You can read a little more about it here.

this block was created on the plane and in the airports as we travelled to France for our big adventure.

this block was completed in Paris . . . . . ohh Paris the city of my dreams . . . .

this block was started in Florence in Italy and finished in Turkey

this block was started in Cappadocia, Turkey and completed on the plane on the ride home

this block was made at home and is one of Shiralee Stitches blocks

this block was special it was cut out at the wonderful Sonia's and was the result of inspiration from a challenge that Chooky and Sonia had done one weekend. Sonia also has some of this fabric and some is in an envelope headed to ChookyBlue

this one was made from pieces sent to me from Chookyblue

and this was a block from Shiralee Stitches and is my last Block for 2016.

as six of these blocks were made during my and Mr Googy's adventures I thought travelling Lucy was much more appropriate.

I have just under ten blocks left to make and of course all the joiner blocks as well

I hope that this time next year I will be writing another post with lots more blocks from our adventures of 2017 and that Lucy will be getting so much closer to being finished

Au Revoir

Googy Girl

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Madness and insanity .... finally some peace and joy

Yes I m still here, no I didn't drop off the face of the planet, although to be honest I have felt very much that I have been very tied up in my own little world. Even Instagram has only had cursory check in s of late.  Why ???  . . . . . I don't know a thousand reasons . . . .  none really great or earths shaking. Just busy busy busy . . . . 

the lead up to Christmas has been Insane. work has been very busy and pretty exhausting. and I have been busy with lot's of secret sewing and knitting.  But somehow I managed to finish these gorgeous little bags ready to be gifted to all the lovely ladies that my husband works with . . . .
my girlies at work pouted that Mr Googy's work colleagues get  my hand made goodies and they don't . . . maybe if they are very good maybe next year.

for some reason my love of all things yarn has really come through strongly this second half of the year and I have been knitting knitting knitting. this rather oddly shaped thing is a shawl, designed by Truly Myrtle, which I made for my youngest daughter. My eldest got the same shawl just in a very light cream.  these shawls took several attempts to get right and to be honest i was none to thrilled with this one, until I did the magical blocking thing . . . . . Oh My what a difference blocking made it was like a good massage the whole thing just seem to relax and stretch out like a cat in them morning.

I was thrilled when I wrapped them as gifts and the girls adored them.

It's been interesting becoming addicted to yarn projects, it's like a whole new language and world has opened up and I have felt that feeling of being obsessed with a project again.
it's not that I don't love my stitching I still do I m just enjoying what I am doing right now
which I guess is what being creative is about
it's just going where you heart leads

the Christmas tree went up as it does most years with my whole family here together, we laughed and sang and nibbled on some of the amazing goodies that mr googy always seems to find or cook for us and we , in our annual tradition watched "Love actually"

Some members of the family just found a quiet spot to lay when ever the opportunity presented itself.

I made this nifty little bag, especially for my knitting and it was already and packed for Christmas Eve cast on, which is apparently a bit of thing Knitters do , not sure why . . . . .

but on Christmas Eve, once all the pre Christmas prep was done and the eating was done, we had played some games and we finally had a chance to quieten down for a bit of a rest 
my mum and I curled up on the lounge to watch a few episodes of Mrs Browns Boys and I started my  Christmas cast on project

the yarn is by the amazing Circus Tonic Handmade

 it took several attempts before I was happy with it, I think it had more to do with the bubbles I had consumed than the complexity of the pattern
it also probably had a lot to do with the joy of sitting there watching my mum laugh from the very depth of her belly, I think it has been a very long time since I have seen her so full of joy and it made me feel very happy, it is something I will etch in my memory forever.

Christmas Morning greeted us warm and sunny, a perfect Australian Christmas morning.
Again my family were all together, including my mum.
I got lot's of lovely things and we had a pretty quiet relaxing day

I made some super yummy ginger bread buttons for serviette rings and
we had a lovely Christmas lunch, lots of yummy food and finally I feel like all the madness and insanity were over and the peace and joy have finally arrived.

I love Christmas but it's such a busy time of the year with so much going on
that often Boxing Day is probably the most relaxing day of the year . . .  lol

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to hearing all your adventures in the new year

and sharing myn with you

Au Revoir

Googy Girl

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A very scary moment

Earlier this year , after returning from Europe  Miss S and i attended the Sydney quilt and craft show. At that time i was doing a lot of cross stitch work and was using Mag eyes, which seemed to amuse my family no end, i decided to buy a light with a magnifier , the light is great it works with or without AC power.  I had it sitting in my lounge room near my favourite spot on the lounge.

to my absolute horror we had a science experiment go terribly wrong. As i am a seeker of sun, and as the days got warmer i threw open my blinds to welcome the warmth, i was conscious of the lamp and what could happen with the sun, and had on multiple occasions ensured it was positioned low out of the sun, but for some reason around this time i left it positioned over the back of the lounge

and this is what happened

my beautiful three year old lounge damaged. Fortunately we have an absolutely amazing leather repair man here in Newcastle he took my cushion away.
He was shocked when he seen the cushion and said that probably one more good burst of sun on that magnifying glass and it would have probably caught fire.

My light now resides in My sewing room in the corner away from any source of Sun.
this was a very sobering experience, the thought that i could have lost everything, all my photos of my girls as they grew were just a metre and a half away. a lifetime of memories almost lost.

my lounge now looks almost perfect, 

so i guess just a bit of a warning to all you lovely gals, be careful of your magnifying light and the sun.

Googy Girl

"life is like a cup of tea , it's all in how you make it"

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A life a little less exciting , but simply wonderful

wow it's taken me a while to sit down and write this post, and i have a myriad of excuses but to be honest i was feeling like . . . . well my life was a little less exciting after returning from Europe. no fabulous galleries visited, no ancient Archeological sites, no fabulous restaurants and bars or towns / cities filled with centuries of history.

returning home was wonderful, being with my family, my gorgeous friends and cuddling my adorable  dog Cooper.  i have even managed to celebrate a wonderful birthday. 

Initially i felt a little all over the place, trying to get back into familiar routines. this even followed through with my crafting doing little bits and pieces of everything

i spent a few hours working on my Hermence cross-stitch , by far not enough to meet my September deadline, but i ve decided deadline - smeadline i m enjoying working on this project and didn't want it to to become a chore due to a deadline, It's a lovely sampler and will fill some lovely cold winter afternoons and nights for a while to come . . . .  .

i even managed to squeeze in some work on my MSG quilt, no photo's as yet because i want to wait until my next workshop with Marg.

i started a new pair of socks for Miss M, knitting has always been my go to project when i am feeling tired and lack a great deal of concentrating ability and these socks were a blessing. i happily knitted  and caught up with my favourite television shows. don't you just love Jamie in Outlander

I used the magic sock method and knitted two at once (i taught myself this technique whilst in Europe)

I posted pictures of my progress on my Instagram page and just loved the comment by my gorgeous friend Fatquater bird that it looked like a bikini top for saggy Boobs . . .  . lol

this week the socks finally came off the needles and i loved knitting them. they are as i write this being blocked on my drying rack beside out lovely toasty fire.

I got my baking back on

and whipped up a batch of super delightful rosebud madeleines (recipe by Nigella Lawson) 
since i am watching my waistline i gifted most of them . . .  .

i also tried a shortbread recipe out and gifted most of them as well

and at last my super exciting news

i m doing a test knit for the delightful Truly Myrtle

(photo courtesy of truly Myrtle)

i discovered Truly Myrtle whilst lounging around in the airport Motel in Marseille. gadget was snoozing and i was knitting and  surfing instagram and someone mentioned listening to Truly Myrtle's podcast, i thought hmm that would be interesting to listen to. i downloaded a podcast and i was hooked, I ten started following Libby on her blog, Facebook and instagram and watched as she created the gorgeous hat above , which at this stage does nt  have a name as such but is referred to as the the chicken lady hat, it's a long story and you will need to read Libby's blog to understand.

anyway Libby asked for people to test her pattern i immediately private messaged her on Instagram and she very bravely accepted my offer and i am now officially a tester for Truly Myrtle

this is the super scrumptious wool i have chosen to knit the hat in and i decided since i am now a tester i would treat myself to a brand new set of knit pro interchangeable circular needles, a kind of belated birthday present to myself.

and finally i ve come to  realise that whilst i am leading a life a little less exciting it's none the less  pretty wonderful and definitely worth blogging about.

Au Revoir
Googy Girl