Friday, 22 May 2015

My first pair of knitted socks

Where has the time gone since my last post when I mentioned I was learning to knit socks?  Well it's been taken up a lot by learning to knit socks, this pair in fact.

Now I'm sure if there are any experienced sock knitters out there you will see the mistakes and flaws but it really doesn't matter to me because I've learned a new skill.  My socks are comfortable and warm, a tad large but that's o.k. too.  
I must say that knitting these socks have been a life saver for me as I've been very much under the weather the past few weeks with a small operation and coming down with a nasty virus the next day that still wants to keep me company.  I've had to rest so much and sock making has certainly made this time pass more bearably.  

My thanks go to Christine Perry and her delightful blog Winwick Mum and her sockalong where she has posted in three weekly installments the sock making process.  The tutorials are explained in great detail in both written instructions and photos.  Christine has tutorials for knitting socks with either double pointed needles, large circular needles using the magic loop method or small circular needles either 30 or 23cm.  My first pair of socks were made on dpn's, my second pair are being made on 23cm circular.  My thanks too goes to all the wonderful ladies on the Winwick Mum Sockalong FB group for their encouragement and help.  Christine will be leaving the tutorials on her blog so if you want to join the sockalong or even just learn to knit socks, it's not too late.

So this is the yarn I'm using for my second pair of socks.  It's bright and out there, just my style and I'm really enjoying the process now I know a little bit more about sock construction.  I have quite a few balls of sock yarn (the stash) to use so I dare say I'll be knitting socks for some time.  :)

Stripey wanted to get in on the act in the very early stages of knitting my second sock.  He just wants cuddles all the time and I'm only too happy to oblige.  He makes a good hot water bottle on a cold day of which there have been many.

I can't leave without posting a photo from the garden.  Dew drops on the last of the autumn salvias.

Anne  xx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


Have you ever made socks?  I'm giving it a go and joining in with the sock-a-long at Winwick Mum's blog.  Crochet is my preferred craft with wool but this looked like a really fun thing to do and the encouragement received from other people participating has been wonderful.  I've spent an incredible amount of time casting on, knitting, losing stitches, recasting on, many many times and getting very frustrated.  I finally set aside my first ball of sock yarn deciding it was jinxed and restarted the whole process with another ball of yarn I had.  I had success this time with a minimum amount of mistakes.

 I've chosen to knit with four dpn's which has been described as a bit like knitting with a hedgehog.  Hopefully progress will be good from now on.  If anyone is interesting in knitting socks (this pattern is from the top down), Winiwick Mum is leaving all the details, instructions and information up on her blog so you can refer to it at some other time.  There's still time to join in with the sock-a-long if you are interested.

Anne xx

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Something cosy

It's cold and that has me thinking about cosy things like soups, casseroles and hot water bottles.  I used 8 ply acrylic yarn from my stash to crochet the hot water bottle cover below.  I started out with a pattern but got bored and decided to do my own thing which has resulted in a slightly wonky looking cover, a bit rustic but that's o.k. with me.

 I've been working on the granny squares below to make another hot water bottle cover.  The early morning autumn light coming in through the family room window was lovely and perfect for taking this photo.

We don't use hot water bottles at home as we have an electric blanket so the ones I'm making covers for will be used elsewhere.  Hoping to tell you about that soon.

Anne  xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

West Gippsland

Hello everyone, how are you?  This past Friday my good friend Jan and I went on a little excursion to a couple of towns in west Gippsland just over one hours drive from the Dandenong Ranges where we live.  We were both in search of family history and visited the West Gippsland Genealogical Society in the town of Warragul in the hope that we would find answers to our questions.  The genealogical society is housed in this lovely old building which use to be the shire offices.  A museum is in another part of the building so that might be a reason to visit again soon.

Although we didn't find answers to our questions, we had a lovely day driving through beautiful dairy country and visited a couple of old cemeteries where we have relatives buried.  Although they are in unmarked graves, it was still nice to visit.

Drouin cemetery.

Neerim cemetery.

Neerim cemetery.
Dairy country.

I love the combination of old and new road signs.

Along the valley runs the Tarago river and the photo below shows the Tarago reservoir which holds drinking water for a number of communities.  The water quality has in the past been unreliable but due to sustained efforts and improved practices, it is now drinkable again.  You can find a map and information about the Tarago river here.

Tarago river.

The Tarago river on the opposite side of the road only just visible beyond the reeds.

Hoping to visit this part of Victoria again soon.

Anne xx

Friday, 24 April 2015


Dad, remembering and missing you.

26/4/1928 - 25/4/2013

Anne  xx

ANZAC Day centenary

As we commemorate the centenary of ANZAC Day on the 25 April 2015 in Australia, I would like to take the time to remember two of my ancestors who served during WWI.

Edmund Scottick Charles Chandler is my paternal grandfather and he joined the armed forces in 1916, embarking from Adelaide, South Australia.  He served in Egypt with the 10th Light Horse Regiment and during this time visited Jerusalem.  Our family has some photos from this time which I would like to share with you.

Edmund Charles Scottick Chandler

This photo was taken in Jerusalem where Grandad and his mates had a picnic under the trees.

My grandfather is on the right.

My great uncle, Claude Spencer Williams is brother-in-law to Edmund and my Granny's brother.  Claude joined the armed forces in 1916 and spent his active service time in France attached to 23rd Howitzer, 10th Battery as a gunner.  He was fortunate to escape serious injury during conflict, however after going on leave in England at the end of the war, he contracted and became ill with the Spanish flu on his return to France.  Sadly, Claude subsequently died as a result of this illness and is buried in Sous-le-Bois, France.  His war memorial plaque is at the Maubeage cemetery, Sous-le-Bois.

Claude Spencer Williams

In remembrance.