A New Project and a Finished Project HOORAY

Hi Fellow Knitters,

Hip, hip hooray! I have now joined the twenty blocks that are The Textured Sampler Blanket. I knitted a twenty stitch garter stitch border to complete it.

Have you begun your own Textured Sampler Blanket? Have you added your own favourite stitches? How about sharing a photo via our Gallery page, so other knitters can enjoy and be inspired by it.

My next project is to create a Baby Blanket that will work in three sizes - bassinette, cot and small bed. Hopefully this will be done by knitting it in 4 ply, 8 ply and 12 ply. It will be modular, so more or less units can be added or subtracted. Here are the prototypes for the first two units.  I am imagining a checkerboard blanket with the quilted effect block interspersed with cute motifs. The boat is modelled on a pattern my sister-in-law Jean used in a baby cardigan about 50 years ago. Now the really hard work begins. I need about a dozen more motifs that I can adapt, or from which I can get inspiration. HELP!


Rain, rain rain! Isn't it great. We recently had the retaining wall around the front garden replaced. Some of the old wooden railway sleepers had rotted and it was lurching alarmingly. We had it replaced with concrete sleepers that slot into steel uprights. We are really pleased with it. Some plants had been rescued before the old wall was demolished and they are now back in their new home. So the rain has come at just the right time to settle them in before the onset of summer.

The western side of our house is shaded by a fernery. This is where Ferg grows a variety of Australian native orchids.

Australian native orchid sarcochilus hartmannii


This dainty little sarcochilus hartmannii is a reliable bloomer every year.

 Happy Creative Knitting,