Thursday, 15 April 2010

Packing our bags.....

.........or at least we should be!  We leave on Saturday for our trip to the Gold Coast, Australia.  Everyone is super excited about this holiday, first time in a really big plane for the girls, they tell me there are only two sleeps to go. Yippee!!!   If there are any Aussie stitchers reading who could point me in the right direction for stitching/quilting shopping in the Gold Coast/Brisbane area I would be most grateful.  I recall a stitching shop in Pacific Fair about fifteen years ago, but it may or may not still be there now. 

Well, it has been a busy week here, I had the most wonderful time at our family reunion last weekend, catching up with relatives, and meeting a lot more that I never knew existed.  Some of the old photos and stories were amazing, and it was such a neat feeling to be among a huge group of people and know that you were all connected, via the same ancestors.  Lots of fun! 

There hasn't been a great deal of stitching by me, only a small start on my A Gardener's Journal stitchery.



but look what someone has been stitching(or knitting I should say!). 

Pretty good effort, don't you think?  My girls, Miss 7 and Miss 9 asked if I could teach them to knit.  The idea bought me out in a cold sweat, as I can remember learning to knit at their age, and I can distinctly remember tears, and lots of holes and runs in my first attempts at knitting.  I did eventually master the basics, but was really worried if I had the patience or skills for teaching my girls.  The colour of the needles seemed to be more important to them than the size, so now we have one project growing quicker on larger needles than the other.  There have been a few dropped stitches and repair jobs made by me, but overall they are doing great.  At this stage they are thinking a scarf, however Miss 7 is losing interest a little, so maybe this will be a little peggy square instead.  Perhaps I should have had them knitting with cotton, and they could be making some dishcloths for me!  It was lots of fun, and lovely that they are keen to learn.  They have both already had a go at cross stitch and stitchery, with pretty good results.

I want to say a huge thankyou for all of the kind comments that have been left for me recently.  I love reading your thoughts, and really appreciate you stopping by.  I will be AWOL till the end of the month, but will catch up after that.

Till next time..... Nicky

12 comments:

jorth said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Valerie said...

Have a wonderful trip, Nicky! Make lots of wonderful memories...looking forward to pictures and all kinds of neat stories!

Colleen said...

Have a super trip, enjoy. Don't forget the camera. Love to see your pictures.
ColleenB.

Michelle said...

Have a lovely trip - can't wait to see the pics!

Nicki said...

Love the stitchery! And the knitting looks great too - well done both of them :) Have a lovely time away :)

Alice said...

Have fun in Australia! : ) I just read you live on a sheep farm. You will not believe how much time I have spend on sites looking for sheepskin boots at an affordable price to buy. I just cannot keep my feet warm here in France thus my search over in NZ.
Alice

Leisa said...

You should have fun at the Gold Coast. Hpoe the weather stays beautiful for you. Not sure about quilt shops on the coast, there is a lovely little one called Peppermint Stitches - http://www.peppermintstitches.com.au
My friend has been and said it is lovely. Toowoomba is only 2 hours up the road and we have two really lovely shops here. Precious Time and The Quilters Angel. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for me. Happy holiday to you and your family.

Blu said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Carol said...

Ooh, your trip sounds wonderful, Nicky (anywhere in Australia sounds wonderful to me!!)... Have a wonderful time with your family :)

Love you gardener's journal stitching, too!

Kath said...

Have a lovely holiday Nicky. Well done for teaching your girls to knit, it is a skill, as you know that will hold them in good steed. Their efforts are fabulous! Pats on backs all round.

Siobhan said...

Have a wonderful holiday! It looks like talent with thread and needles runs in the family. :)

Suzanne said...

I know this is probably much to late, but have a lovely holiday in sunny Queensland.

Can't wait to teach both of my girls how to knit and sew.

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