Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2009

Great Ocean Road

At the moment we are in Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road. On my birthday I got to ride along that beautiful piece of country. I will certainly never forget that ...

We saw the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and many other gorgeous sites. The weather is great, not so hot and always a nice wind. Tomorrow we are heading back to Melbourne, so we can catch the train for Sydney on Friday morning. They predicted a high of 39 degrees Celsius for that day, so I am glad that I will be sitting in an aircondition train heading for cooler parts of the country.

Samstag, 21. Februar 2009

Greetings from Melbourne

We've been here in Melbourne a week and I am having a great time. It is a bit hot for my taste, about 30 degrees Celsius every day, but luckily our nice hotel does have air conditioning.

The main subject that everyone talks about are of course the bushfires near here, which are the worst that Australia ever had. Luckily we have not been anywhere near there.

Besides seeing many of the sights Melbourne has to offer, we've already taken two daytrips into the surrounding areas.

One to the Grampian Mountains. The hiking there was very strenuous and the flies a real pest, but it is a beautiful place.

Another trip was to the Dandenong Ranges. There we travelled through the bush via an old steam train called "Puffing Billy". Lots of fun!!

Today we will be spending in the little town of St Kilda. It is supposed to have a lovely beach. That will give us a chance to relax a bit. Monday we are leaving to travel the Great Ocean Road.

Of course we also met the Melbourne Knitters. They were a nice and welcoming group of people and we had a good time knitting and chatting.

Unfortunately I have not yet been able to upload any of the photos that we took, so there is no shot of me in my 'lovely' sun hat. ;) Maybe next time!!

Donnerstag, 12. Februar 2009

And I'm off ....

This is my last entry before I start my trip to Australia.
I am so looking forward to it and I am really excited now.

First stop will be Melbourne. We will spend 8 days there to really get to know the city.

Then we are driving down the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell for a 4-day stay. From our hotel room we will be able to see the 12 Apostles.

From there we are taking the train to Sydney. We will stay several days in the city, but we are also renting a car to explore the surrounding area. Of course we will visit The Koala Park Sanctuary to see and hold the animals close up.

Mittwoch, 11. Februar 2009

The world is changing ...

.... and that is a very good thing!!!

Have a look at this story in two pictures ...

Happy Feet

My 9th pair of socks is finished. The yarn is called Happy Feet and it was fun to knit and feels so soft.
I will be knitting pair no. 10 down under ... :)

Montag, 9. Februar 2009

President Obama

A while ago my son requested that I knit President Obama for him.
Luckily I found a great pattern, posted by Katie Park on Ravelry, also to be found here:

Dienstag, 3. Februar 2009

Wrapping Up January

Work has kept me pretty busy the last couple of weeks, so I didn't get to post. To make up for that, this post will be a little bigger, so I can show off the rest of the projects I knit in January. :)

Here are socks no. 7 and 8

Watching the movie Twilight I fell in love with Bella's mittens. Fortunately Marielle was so kind to post a free pattern through Ravelry:

See the results ...

Knitting so many socks I have plenty of yarn leftovers, so I decided to treat my iPod to a bag. ;)

This way I can listen to it during sport and while working in the garden without the worry of it falling out.

Due to the cold weather I decided to knit a hat.
I think I found the perfect mannequin to model it ...