Sunday, 31 August 2008

Finished Projects

Despite my lack of blogging and photos, I have been busy knitting and indeed crocheting recently.

A little baby jumper, knitted in lovely soft cotton/soya mix, by Sirdar. This is really lovely yarn, but it sometimes splits while knitting. The pattern I designed myself, and am really pleased with it. I may publish it one day.

My scarf in lovely soft Alpaca yarn, which I bought a couple of years ago at the Knitting and Stitching show. I tried a couple of patterns which were not successful, and finally settled on one free from Interweave Knitting magazine.

And finally a lovely blanket which I crocheted from various sock yarns with a 3.5mm crochet hook. This is really great, and my daughter is delighted with it.

The photos don't do it justice though, and I had difficulty with the lighting in the bedroom. I got the idea from one I saw on a blog

I'm off on my holidays this evening, so thought I would post these before I go. As this is my 99th post, I hope to mark my 100th with perhaps a draw!!! from all you bloggers who make a comment on this or my next posting. If you don't see your comment published in the next 2 weeks, worry not as I may not get to the internet while I'm away, and my comments have to be moderated first.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Some Wexford Pictures

Sunday August 24th 2008

I know that the date above reads the 9th August, but that's just because I saved the photos that day. Just if I've confused anyone!

My last post described our few days in the 'Sunny South', but it didn't rain quite all the time we were there. Before we reached our campsite, we stopped at the Wexford Wildfowl sanctuary. This is a really lovely peaceful place where every amenity is supplied to watch the many birds that live and nest here. And great 'hides' to climb up to and watch. Its really lovely and very informative.

Views from the Observation tower. You really could spend a few hours here just watching.

One of the evenings, the sun came out, and while walking a beautiful sunset greeted us as we turned a corner.

A lovely sunny few hours at Kilmore Quay and some of the trawlers in the harbour.

Seagull, waiting to swoop for fish.

Waves crashing on the rocks at Hook Head. A really great place!

While walking around the back of Hook Head lighthouse, we came across this memorial to a Denis Duffin. Presumably lost at sea in the year 2000, a reminder of the strength and the challenge of the sea.

'Sunny South East'

Just back from a few days in Wexford in the 'Sunny South East'. We chose this area as it is known to have more sunny dry weather than the rest of Ireland. And so above is the view from our new tent. We arrived to pretty good weather and had a barbecue the first evening.
But no sooner were we asleep when we awoke to firstly heavy rain, then a short time later to howling winds and rain. We had to stay up for most of the night and even had to hold the front of the tent up, the wind was so strong. A really miserable start. Next day was just a tiny bit better, rain in the morning and a little drier after lunch, but more rain that night too, only the wind was not so strong.
On Wednesday we drove to Waterford city, as it was raining once again, and so we spent the morning browsing and after lunch we went as far as Kilmore Quay, which is a lovely little village and harbour. Guess what!!!!!!!!!! The sun came out for about an hour and it was so glorious. Quite an enjoyable day.
Did not find any yarn shops, Thank God, as I would probably have added to my stash.

This was our accomodation for the duration of our stay. Despite the bad weather we had a really relaxing time and did enjoy our break away.
Overall, Ireland is having a really awful wet and windy summer, once again.
More photos from Wexford on my next posting.