Friday, October 23, 2009

Pink Flowering Lilly Pilly

Syzgium "Cascade" for the nursery term, or for myself I like the Pink Flowering Lilly Pilly which has a very cascading effect which I wanted when I bought this bush. to give shelter
for the chooks to go on a hot summers day. This is the first year it has flowered, such beautiful soft pink heads which the bees love.
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Hippeastrum and Orchid

Hippeastrum have such a lovely flower and last week at the "Down Town Markets" Coffs Harbour, I purchased this pot with only a hint of colour showing from the buds. it has around its base small baby plants which if I look after it will be a bonus for next year.

I could not pass by on this lovely soft cane orhid when I visited the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens on Sunday. It is still in flower and I show it on my verandah.
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blooming Flowers

A tiny bush rose, first to appear on the bush. I had forgotton what colour it was. I will have to move the pot it to a spot where I can enjoy it.

This is my first time for "Silver Bush- Convolvulus cneorum". I have purchased several of these as I love the flower, delicately white with a tiny yellow centre.
I have been told they are hardy so that is a word that I like to see when buying plants for my garden.
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My Spring Flowers

What a surprise see this lovely "Yellow" flower ". I bought at our local market as a deep "Red". It has several buds so I should get good value for $5

I love going to nurserys and finding new plants that are new to me as this "Scaevola- Fandancer".Deep Mauve, It is supposed to be hardy and suitable for hanging basket.

My old favorite is "Cherry Pie" which has the most fragrant "vanilla" perfume. This is last years plant which after I pruned, it has now new growth and lilac flowers
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Handspun Wool Vest

This vest I used my own handspun yarn. The yarn was shown on a previous post using cheeses from Nundle Woollen Mill. which I had spun up and dyed multi colours. I was interested to see how it knitted up so now I know.

It was equivilent to 8 ply and I used no7mm needles. Using my favourite Denise Interchangeable needles. I cast on 120 stitches. Pattern was knit 4, Purl 4 to desired length, then I cast off a few stitches for the armholes. I continued in garter stitch for the top part to stop the curling if I had used stocking stitch.
I used a garment to copy off so I cannot give you any more details.

I knitted a small I-cord tie, to bring the fronts together. or I can find a broach or leave it loose.
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Vest With Cables

Finally I have finished my size 14 vest , using grey elastic cotton yarn.
I sort of followed a pattern but it is entirely different.
Especially when you use a different yarn to what a pattern suggests.
I like cables so added a couple down the back and front panels.
I did make a boo boo at the end as the back was the same size as the fronts. I hadnt thought about the back of the neck. I am sure I will remember next time.
Then when I was in the frame of mind it was finished I had to cross my fingers which is hard now that a few are shorter than they used to be. Sew it up and try it on. I am happy with the length and maybe a little wider in the front but its OK.
With my size 14 body under this vest it gives it a little more shape than a coathanger.
I used:- grey elann "esprit Cotton elastic" only 265gms. Washes and doesnt drop when washed. Keeps its shape as I has used it before with headbands as a trial run.
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