Thursday, April 19, 2007

Here's What's Happening in Exeter...

Well, for one thing, there's QUILTING going on, at last. Yesterday I started machine-quilting the antique remake, but as promised, no pics till it's done. May I just say that the Bernina 440QE is a fabulous machine. Not using the BSR for this quilt, but the diagonal quilting looks wonderful and I'm totally in love with this machine.

In other news, I've knit my first sock-and-a-third. Used Grumperina's Jaywalker pattern from the net, and it's been really fun, though a bit daunting with those teeny-tiny (US Size 1!) needles. I'll make more socks, I'm sure, and I have some gorgeous Jo Sharp tweed yarn that's hankering to be a sweater, at some point.













And here's what things are looking like in Exeter, these days. As you can see, autumn is in full dress, and the colors are gorgeous. When we go back to California in a couple of weeks, we'll have full spring there, so what's not to like?!














And on a sad note, the six steers went off to market on Tuesday. I took this pic through the slats of the truck once they were loaded. DH got splattered with steer bleep shortly after this pic was taken...after he'd spent 3 hours chasing the one escapee up and down the paddocks till he got him penned! Turns out this one steer was actually an intact bull! So glad I didn't know that when we were strolling through the paddocks!













And that's the news of the day from Exeter.

9 comments:

Tanya said...

Well, it's nice to have a creative day when other things are upsetting. Hope you can enjoy the lovely colors of fall!

Lily said...

Yikes to the surprise bull!

What a lovely autumn photo. Glad you're settling in and enjoying yourself. Yes, I would be very daunted by that sock pattern and the needle size!

Dawn said...

Your sock is wonderful! I just can't knit! Love the pics of the cows and the fall pic is beautiful. Hope you have a great trip to CA!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I've done 1 and 1/3 of my first pair of socks too. The 2nd one is looking much better than the first.

Rian said...

Lovely autumn day. You're coming to the US soon??

Libby said...

Fall is so beautiful - I can't say enough that it's my favorite time of year. Love those socks. All you gals that can knit with double pointy needles should receive a metal *s*

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Them's the joys of being farmers...

2paw said...

I love Autumn, it's my favourite season!! Your socks look fantastic!
I'm using the Jaywalker pattern in the ribbing of my bew vest, it's very versatile!!

Rose Red said...

Hi Dianne - I saw your comment on Shazmina Bendi's blog - there are some good yarn shops in the Southern Highlands - Bowral has a great one called Wool Addiction, and Mittagong has Victoria House Needlework and Crafting (I think that's what it is called) - they have an annual May sale. You can also access Tapestry Craft (Sydney) via their website, and there are a couple of great Australian online knitting stores - the Wool Shack, The Knittery, Yarns Online, Yarns Galore, Ecoyarns, xotikyarns and Purl Yarns - just to get you started!
Also, sorry to hear about your mum - I lost my Dad last year so I have some idea how you feel.