Sunday, August 28, 2011

A great day for being outdoors!

Anyone who spent the day in Melbourne today would agree... It was the perfect day for a spot of outdoor knitting.

The wee girl - if you missed my post this morning - has finally got the hang of knitting without (much) help.

She's obsessed with it.... (no idea where she gets it from).

After a trip to the dentist last week, we dropped into Morris and Sons (and spent twice as much as the dental bill). OH. MY. GOODNESS. Yarn Heaven....


The wee girl picked out this yarn - aptly called "Fuel". It really sparked her drive to get to grips with the sticks. The instant-gratification of 20-ply on size 8 bamboo needles kept her interest firing on all eight cylinders.

By the time she went to bed tonight (well after this photo was taken), she'd finished 12 rows of stockingette stitch on top of this lot. Meanwhile, I was at the machine, practising short-rows and knitting my way through lovely tencel yarn. Very satisfying, to make a scarf in an afternoon... even nicer with a Spring breeze. The man of the house was pottering about the garden. Things are sprouting up and home-grown vegetables are on the way. There was much pondering of blossoms, and the promise of warm days ahead. I kept thinking of the bike path to work (and that daylight savings time can't come soon enough). I have many things to be grateful for. My family and the ability to enjoy a simple day with them is something that I will never take for granted.

...And the knitting kid is the icing on the cake, this weekend.


10 comments:

Little Munchkins said...

Tell your Wee Girl that she's sooooo much better than me at knitting.

*Off to hide my head in shame*

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Sounds like a perfect day!
Happy Spring!

Posie Patchwork said...

Yay, all 4 of my children knit & crochet, it warms the heart they even want to!! But we don't have any hand held electronic gadget things, they probably think it's knitting or nothing!! My son (my baby, he's 7) didn't quite get the crochet hook thing so taught himself how to finger crochet!! Clever, super proud!! These are brilliant skills for long car trips, again, no electronic gadgets, it's craft or look out the window. Her girl's knitting is very tidy, gorgeous work.
The weather has been spectacular, i love it, go away Winter, love Posie

Fiona said...

I'm getting knitting machine envy, Nikki! Reading your posts is dangerous (and possibly expensive) ... but with a sewing machine that may or may not be fixed and an overlocker on order, I think I'd better avoid knitting machine websites for the time being!! I'll have to stick to knitting needles for now!

Tania said...

YAY KNITTING KID! (Who's a proud mama then?)

bec said...

I wonder where she gets all these skills? Mine likes the knitting too, I might get bigger wool as well, so it grows faster. Loos like a lovely day was had in the sun!

Liam's Mummy said...

I see you took the knitting machine out into the garden - lovely!

Tas said...

I have the smiley faced pink (of course) knitting needles already on the shelf picked out by the little goddess. Now we just need to get her going...

Lynne said...

Yay - welcome to a most exciting, craft-y place, Wee Girl!

Should I introduce you to ravelry.com? A brilliant knitting related site?

Fer said...

Priceless!! I love the outdoor knitting-machine setup too.