Thursday, 28 August 2014

Knitting Knotes - Twinkly Fibonacci

Twinkly Fibonacci - using Adriafil Giada 


I decided to knit up one my old 1980s patterns and I managed to get hold of my favourite twinkly yarn Adriafil Giada at a good price. Sadly there wasn't enough white to do the pattern itself. So I decided to use a Fibonacci stripe pattern that I had used before. To give credit where it is due - it is based on Candy Stripes by Fiona McTague in the Simply Knitting Jan 2009 issue.

So here it is at the beginning.

Picture with the original rib which I decided was too messy. 


Equipment

Yarn: Adriafil Giada 
Colour A = 6 x 50g balls - white
Colour B = 2 x 50g balls - grey
Colour C = 2 x 50g balls - pink
Colour D = 2 x 50g balls - green

Needles: 3.25mm 3.25mm circular needle and 4mm and 4mm circular needle.
Yarn sewing needle
Oddment of similar colour yarn without the sequins for sewing up.

Finished measurements

Length:  59cm
Length to armhole: 34cm
Chest:  110cm


Here are my Knitting Knotes for my adaptation of this pattern.

Back


  • Using 3.25mm - cast on 109 sts and knit 10 cm in K1 P1 rib inc 1 stitch on the last row = 110sts.
  • Change to 4mm and knit in stocking stitch increasing 1 stitch each end of every 3 rows until there are 126 stitches. 
  • Fibonacci stripe pattern - over 28 rows - knit twice. 
4 - B - grey
2 - C - pink
6 - D - green
4 - A - white
2 - B - grey
4 - C - pink
2 - D - green
4 - A - white

Do 4,2,6 again and then continue in white to ***52cm - divide for neck.

42/42/42

Knit straight until work measures 59cm.
Cast off 14sts at beg of next 3 rows.

Match other side. 

Front 

Same as back to ***
Continue in white to 45cm divide for neck.

42/42/42 - finish as for back. 




Neckline

Pick up and rib (1x1) using 3.25mm circular needle.


  • Down left front 51 sts - place marker on last stitch - this must always be a knit stitch. 
  • Across front 42sts.
  • Up right front 51sts - place marker on first stitch - this must always be a knit stitch.
  • Down right back 24sts - place marker on last stitch - this must always be a knit stitch. 
  • Across back 42sts.
  • Up left back 24sts - place marker on first stitch - this must always be a knit stitch.
Knit 10 rows 1x1 rib - always dec 1st either side of the marked stitches - keep them a constant knit stitch.

Cast off.


Sleeves

I did these in the Fibonacci pattern. 

Pick up and knit 106sts around the armhole. Knit 2 more rows. 
Decrease 2sts evenly. 
Knit 5 rows.
On the next row decrease 2 sts evenly. 
Repeat until there are 90sts.

Knit 4 rows decrease 2 evenly on each = 82sts.
Change to 3.25mm

Knit 7 rows in 1x1 rib.
Cast off

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Australian Adventure - Beach Baths

I loved the beach baths on the Aussie beaches - here are a few:


Pearl Beach - Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Central Coast, NSW


Bondi Beach, NSW


Bronte Beach, NSW


Clovelly Beach, NSW


Cronulla Beach, NSW



Sunday, 17 August 2014

Australian Adventure Post 5

Friday 8th August

We left the lovely Fairmont Resort after a hearty breakfast and headed off towards Sydney again for the last leg of our tour.

This time were staying south of Sydney at the Avonmore on the Park in Randwick. I booked this because it looked like an interesting boutique hotel, also it was near Bondi and Bronte beaches, well placed to get to Botany Bay and twenty minutes from the airport. However, if I were to return to my booking stage I would go for the Novotel at Brighton-le-Sands, also very well placed. The reason being that despite friendly and helpful staff the room was cold (there was an oil filled heater to be fair) but the bathroom was freezing. In addition Randwick wasn't the best place for tourists, I think Brighton would have been better.

Anyhow - after checking in we went off to Bondi for a walk around.

The Bondi crescent of sand.

Bondi in winter

The famous Lifeguard Club















Following our walkabout we headed back to Randwick but took a wrong turn and ended up in Rose Bay and Watson's Bay - what lovely places to live for Sydneysiders:)

Saturday 9th August

Following some shopping we decided to do the Coastal Walk, we parked at Bronte beach and walked along the coast to Clovelly. One of the things I love about Australian beaches are the baths and bronte's baths were in a stunning and dramatic location.


The waves trickle over into the pool - it looked so refreshing. 

Please note the surfer about to hit the surf. 















The clifftop walk goes past several little beaches, a bowling club (where we stopped for a drink to admire the view), a rugby club and a Victorian cemetery. We walked to Clovelly and then returned.

Clifftop Cemetery at Clovelly


Scrum

Clovelly Beach


Sunday 10th August

For our last day we decided to end where the British involvement in Australia began at Botany Bay. As a historian myself, I found this a very philosophical and bittersweet place. We arrived at Kurnell Park in Botany Bay and began with the Burrawang Walk, this takes you along a path that has several monuments to Cook and his colleagues from the Endeavour. It explains what happened on the first meeting with the Aborigines and it puts into context the Aboriginal experience following Cook's landing.

There is a huge emphasis on the atrocities suffered by the Aboriginals and a pledge to move forward together (from my brief observations during our stay I would say there is still a lot of work to be done but there is a commitment to do it). There is also a museum at Kurnell and it puts more context around the area for visitors - very interesting, we spent ages in there.

Whilst standing at Cook's monument an Aboriginal guy offered to take our picture - a lovely moment.


Kurnell, Botany Bay, Cook's monument and the plaques telling the Aboriginal story. 


Following my history fix and a very deep thinking morning we drove off to Cronulla for a coastal walk to finish our Australian Adventure. Cronulla Beach was lovely but stunning at sunset.

Cronulla Beach at sunset

The sunsets on our Australian Adventure

Australian Adventure Post 4

The Blue Mountains

Tuesday 5th August

We made our way over to the Blue Mountains - stopping to have breakfast in Windsor.
Our first port of call was the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. Despite it being winter is was still worth spending time there and having a look at the wonderful gardens and views.





A word of warning about the Blue Mountains in winter - a lot of the restaurants and bars were not open - or they were empty and not appealing. We tend to favour pubs with dining areas and these were difficult to find in the Blue Mountains.

That evening we went into Katoomba for something to eat and decided to try the Harp and Fiddle - all I can say is that this pub is best avoided really. That said the barman did make us feel welcome.

We stayed at the Fairmont Resort in Leura and I can thoroughly recommend it, the rooms were very comfortable indeed. Breakfast was included and it was a fabulous buffet.


Wednesday 6th August

Our first stop of the day was a walk around and across Wentworth Falls. This is definitely a walk I would recommend.


Wentworth Falls








All around the trail you will find stunning lookout points and beautiful scenery. This walk was quite busy in the middle of winter, so I should imagine that summer gets very crowded.


Walking across Wentworth Falls (there is a barrier don't worry!)

Using the camera self-timer at Wentworth Falls.
















Leura Cascades


From Wentworth Falls we headed to Leura Cascades, another stunning beauty spot and trail.

All that walking of course made us hungry and this time we ate at The Yellow Deli in Katoomba. This is a cosy cafe with lots of nooks and crannies and booths made out of big logs. The owner was very friendly and the meals are all made using wholesome and natural foods.

Also in Katoomba is a lovely yarn shop called The Granny Square, very friendly and helpful staff, I could have spent hours in there.




Thursday 7th August

Scenic World in Katoomba was our main place to visit for the day and it was well worth it.

Here there are four main attractions:

The Skyway - across a ravine to Echo Point for a good view of the Three Sisters. This cable car is the highest in Australia.

The Three Sisters from Echo Point lookout.

Skyway Scenic World
Then there is the railway.


This is awesome. It is the steepest railway in the world and you really have to hold on tight going up and down - for the best experience get the front seats. It was originally the train down to the mine.

The benefit of going in winter is that we didn't have to queue for these rides at all.

The railway takes you down to the valley floor and a boardwalk trail - it was very cold down there the day we went and I felt quite chilled. However it was worth it and the Mountain Ashes are stunning. All around the boardwalk are information plaques to help you identify the trees, the plaques also tell the story of the miners who worked there.






Finally the forth ride is Australia's largest cable car - so if you don't fancy the railway you can take the cable car instead up and down the mountain.



I would also say that the staff are very friendly and helpful at Scenic World - well worth a visit.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Australian Adventure Post 3

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park Area

Friday 1st August

Picked up our rental car and left Sydney for the Central NSW Coast.



After checking into our hotel - The Mantra at Ettalong Beach - we headed out to explore the area - driving through Pearl Beach .....























 and onto Patonga where we found a delightful pub called The Patonga Beach Hotel. We liked it so much we went back a second time. Lovely menu and lovely setting but probably gets very busy in the summer.

















Saturday 2nd August 

Drove round the headland to Palm Beach, Home and Away is filmed, in order to find the Seaplane Base. Managed to locate the Seaplane (turn left just past the golf club as you head into Palm Beach). 

Take off

Pittwater

One of the northern beaches

Sydney by Seaplane - departing from Palm Beach:)


Was lucky enough to get on the 2pm flight down over Pittwater and the northern beaches to Sydney Harbour. Steve the pilot was very friendly and informative. Jenny on the dock was very attentive to all passengers. I can thoroughly recommend this experience if you are in the area - and Palm Beach is lovely too. I should imagine you have to book in the spring and summer if you want to get on a trip. 

For myself going on a seaplane was a treat in itself but the stunning views were a bonus, what a fabulous place for my first seaplane experience. 

Palm Beach - aka Summer Bay!


Look carefully and you can see the seaplane about to take off. 













Sunday 3rd August

We headed across Brisbane Water ...



to the Bouddi Penninsula for a costal bush walk. We decided upon a trail out to Gerrin Point and back again. We were treated to a variety of paths.

Through the bush.

Coastal path

Sea views

Gerrin Point - the end of the pink line - the map is orientated!
Along the way we were surprised to see a Brown Snake poking its head out onto the coastal path - these are highly venomous - so I hurried on by. A minute or so later we saw an Enchida too.

Monday 4th August

Having seen some wildlife the day before we decided to see more at the nearby Australian Reptile Park.

Hugo the Galapagos Tortoise

Tasmanian Devil

Dingo

Kangaroo
We took full advantage of all the talks on that day. A reptile talk, a Funnel Web talk, a dingo talk and the Tasmanian Devil Talk. In the last talk we discovered how a rare facial tumour is threatening the population of Tasmanian Devils and how a programme called Devil Ark is trying to help - you can find out more here.

We also found out about the Tasmanian Tiger and how it became extinct - see here.

The talks were very practical for the area (NSW), they explained how to deal with and catch a Funnel Web Spider. This is very important especially if it is a male spider because the park like them brought in so they can harvest their venom for anti-venom. They also explained what to do if you are bitten by a spider or snake.
1) Stay still and clam so that the venom doesn't move through you.
2) Apply a compression bandage but don't wipe the venom away.
3) Get to a hospital asap.

The park is really for children but I enjoyed our day there and learnt loads.

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