Sunday, 5 March 2017

Bits and Pieces


As my 'upgrading' to Windows 10 and subsequent 'downgrading' to Windows 7...that really should be the other way around and it was no 'upgrade' that's for sure...our network settings have been out of plumb and currently we have times of the day when the internet cuts out on the computer after five minutes or so. I have been waiting until the NBN arrives which was supposed to happen last September but is now going to happen in April so that I can pay for the IT guy to come around and fix everything up. My sister had terrible trouble with the NBN so I am hoping it won't be so bad here. She doesn't even have the internet! So perhaps the problem will be fixed next month. It does make it difficult to write a blog post though.



Anyway, nothing much has been happening here in the craft department for a while so I thought I had better take the knitting needles out and get going once again after recovering from the recent heatwaves when everything was put on hold. I am knitting a scarf for winter on large needles...size 15 in fact!




I have started knitting the sunflower from the book I mentioned recently  Garden Dishcloths to Knit. Sorry, it is unavailable once again but I am sure they will have it in stock at the Book Depository once again. I know a lot of people have bought it lately :-) A couple of other books that have been mentioned lately on the DTE forums are Nifty Knit Dishcloths and Knit Dishcloths. 

A reader, Lorraine,  asked the following question this past week in relation to the post A Dishcloth Challenge:

'Hello ladies, just wondering how many stitches most people use to knot 8ply cotton on size 5 bamboo needles? Also are the bamboo needles better than metal ones and why? I just made my very first dishcloth 44 stitches, on 5 needle size and used 8 ply cotton. Is this too big?'

I did reply but you might like to leave your advice in the comments section as well.

While on the subject of dishcloths, have you seen the beautiful new limited edition colours of cotton that Bendigo Woolen Mills are selling at the moment. Sorry to tempt you but some of those Cotton Crush colours are so vibrant. There are also free knitting patterns available so just click the link on the Home Page and check them out if you are interested. I have downloaded the Cowl and Slouchy.





I am slowly working through my stash and am currently making a rag quilt from fabric I bought a while back before my last grandchild was born but ended up making a quilt from fabric that my daughter was decorating his room with.





I paid a visit to the local council's nursery this week as ratepayers get two free plants each year to pretty up their gardens. I didn't really want anything too exotic although I did keep my eye out for a particular bush I like but couldn't see it although I didn't have my glasses on :-) So I ended up just opting for a couple of plants that I know my friends are going to say I could have taken cuttings from at their place but I didn't want to leave empty handed.





For those who are interested in seeing how the Dragonfruit is growing this is what it looks like at the moment. A pretty slow process I would say. 

Well that's about it apart from a warning to all those who take their skin health for granted. If you don't .....



...you might have to go under the knife and end up looking like this even before you get to my age which is about 21! LOL! Having a BCC needs to be looked at ASAP so don't take any chances with skin cancer and have a skin check annually. When I was growing up there was no talk about skin cancer and I had several bouts of severe sunburn which I am paying for now. So it is a good reminder to wear a hat and be careful in the sun.


Have a great week everyone!


19 comments:

  1. Hrrumph - don't even talk to me about NBN (6 weeks of hell). Sunburn....I can remember running to cold hose down my back to cool the sunburn and the water being warm by the time it ran off the bottom of my back - gosh!.

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    1. I am certainly not looking forward to the NBN if there is going to be hassles with it. The call centres just do my head in.

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  2. Hope that NBN connection arrives on time for you Chel, and does not present any problems. So many people I have spoken to have not had an easy transition when it was rolled out in their area. Although, friends in Warwick said it was quick, easy and wonderful when they were connected. Here's hoping that it is in Allora and all goes well for me.

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    1. One can only live in hope, Blinky :-)

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  3. Ouch, that looks painful. I hope it mends soon, Chel. In the meantime enjoy your crafty projects.They look fun.

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    1. I am waiting for the results Chris. The skin clinic rang late today to give me enough bad news to worry and then the phone went dead and I couldn't get back to them after we were cut off. I will try again in the morning.

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  4. Hi Hope you are ok Thanks for your help on the Sunshine coast simple living group I wish we lived in your area.Cheers Jellifus

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    1. Jellifus a simple living group on the Sunshine Coast would be great. I hope it eventuates.

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  5. My doctor says he can tell where I grew up just by looking at my skin. A childhood in the sunny Far North is easy to spot apparently! I hope that you are healing fast and that there is good news from the clinic, Chel. Meg:)

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    1. Meg my Auntie lived in Townsville from the time she was young and her skin was like leather :-) The tests have shown there is a problem so I will find out what that is on Thursday.

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  6. I had a look at the cotton from Bendigo Woolen Mills, the colours are gorgeous, might have to order some! Hope nothing too serious regarding your test results. Best wishes.

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    1. I too hope it is nothing too serious but the receptionist said it was an unusual skin cancer and would require further treatment. I just hope it isn't the one on my nose but the other one on my back as having a local anaesthetic put into one's nose is not much fun.

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  7. BCC removal is no fun, we grew up in the era of go outside and play, all day, no reminders about hats or sunscreen. Yet to start dishcloth number 3 from the Knit Dishcloth book. It will take a little time for your dragon fruit to grow and ripen, well worth the wait.

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    1. Deb I think we had white zinc cream and that is all. I was never reminded to put a hat on if I even had one. Times have changed that's for sure.

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  8. I hope your nose has healed quickly Chel, never pleasant. You inspired me to go and have my skin checked as I thought I needed to have a couple of small spots frozen off, as I did, amongst the mayhem of packing up to go away on holiday. I like the colour of your latest knitting project. My dishcloths continue, taking it with me on holiday. Take care.

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  9. I hope your nose has healed quickly Chel, never pleasant. You inspired me to go and have my skin checked as I thought I needed to have a couple of small spots frozen off, as I did, amongst the mayhem of packing up to go away on holiday. I like the colour of your latest knitting project. My dishcloths continue, taking it with me on holiday. Take care.

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  10. Pauline, I get the results tomorrow. They didn't sound too good on the ohone. Enjoy your holiday.

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  11. hope you heal soon & hope the results aren't too bad either, waiting can never be fun
    thanx for sharing

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  12. Dear Nanna Chel, I dread the NBN everyone I know has had nothing but trouble... my husband sends files to some businesses and since they had the NBN turned on they cant even accept large files and its all just hopeless and drama.
    I want to start knitting! Yours looks lovely! I think we might have about two more weeks of warm weather then proper autumn should hit! Hooray!
    I saw the Bendigo cotton colours! Swoon!
    I hope you get the al clear with your skin... nasty... my husband just had a head of spots removed but he got all clear on them thankfully, with love Annabel.xxx

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