29 November 2022

15 Minute Challenge and Maybe some better news on the house hunting

We put in an offer on a property last week, but the agent wanted to have an opening so it wasn't presented to the vendor.  We have done some more paperwork today so fingers crossed our offer is better than the other people and we can get off this merry go round but I'm not holding out much hope.  

This week the properties were better, the last few weeks have been pretty depressing with what is on offer basically old with all their issues covered with a lick of paint and asking for top dollar.

I am a bit late this week.  Spent the most of my working day yesterday looking at new offices and walking around the city I then had to do some more work when I got home.    We found some serviced offices that we like, they have a space available now but I'm not sure if our people in Melbourne will move in time as our lease doesn't run out till June.  

This week I've managed to do some crocheting most days (I think).  I managed to finish another  octagon and a square.  Tonight I'll join them together.   I managed nearly finish the octagon and then realised that I'd skipped the colour to a different block half way through.  It looked pretty but it repeated the colours from the centre so I decided to unpick it and start again.  

Well that's it for me.  I'm off to Melbourne for Christmas lunch at the end of the week, staying 2 days so will be a good rest from house hunting.  Head to Kates.  

21 November 2022

15 Minute Challenge

 Feeling lots better this week, have been going to sleep with the diffuser on and I think that is helping and I probably needs some hay-fever medication because when sun is out so is the pollen but we have had a return to winter the last couple of weeks (I'm back in a jumper today). Maestro went to a music festival yesterday in the rain, he texted us in the afternoon to say he had never been so cold in his life.  

I've made quite a bit of progress in the Persian Tile Blanket, thinking of making it bigger but I probably shouldn't bite off more than I can chew as I keep finding patterns I want to try.  

Work is winding down which means we need to start thinking about finding a new office and advertising for another person to join the team.  

That's it for me.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is travelling.  

14 November 2022

15 Minute Challenge & Almost down for the count

 My 4th sinus infection for the season had me down this last week.   The other three I have managed to get over without resorting to going to the doctor with just saline flushes but after 3 days of high temperature and splitting headache and with no signs it was going to let go I headed to the Drs for the dreaded antibiotics.  Within 24 hours I was on the mend and so far thanks to probiotics and plenty of yogurt no side affects (fingers crossed).  

There wasn't much progress on the crochet front, I did finish a couple of motives for the Persian tile blanket but when I went to take a picture I found a couple of mistakes which has resulted in quite a bit of unpicking including one of the first octagons I finished because it was missing 2 rows.... don't ask me how I missed that.  So you just get a progress shot of the motive I did manage to finish then stitched to the group all wrong which was the first bit of unpicking this afternoon.  

I think this motive is my favourite colourway of the blanket.  

Here is a picture of what I think is a day lily.  We got a random pack of bulbs from the Royal Show a couple of years ago with no clue what they were but they flower every year so they are a winner in my book even thought the flowers only last a day there are usually lots of them one after the other.  

No news on the house hunting front in fact this week has been downright depressing in that regard.

07 November 2022

15 Minute Challenge No House Yet

We made an offer on the house we were looking at this week but we weren't the only ones so I don't think we will get. The agent was saying she was expecting a price way out of our budget so I don't know if our low offer will make the grade.  We found out an issue with the property so it may be better that we don't get it.  So we are probably back to the drawing board.  

Bit slow on the crochet this week.  Got 4 motives joined together and a few more rows on mosaic.  I did work out that I don't need to sew in all the ends in the mosaic as the border folds over and encloses them all so that is a bonus.  

I have been sewing in the ends on Persian Tiles Blanket as I complete each row in the motive so that won't be an issue at the end.  
That's it from me this week.  Head to Kate's to check out what everyone is up to.  

31 October 2022

15 Minute Challenge and More/Less House Hunting

 We only saw one property last week on Thursday it was one that our buyers advocate found and it isn't going on the market until next week.  Unfortunately Maestro couldn't make it but we were really happy with the look of the place and it was in a good location for transport, close to his work (in fact he could catch a bus down the street) and only 20 minutes to the city and 25 minutes to our house.  The only problem is that it may end up being above our budget so fingers crossed the downturn in the market that is everywhere else in Australia hits Adelaide but so far we haven't seen prices going down yet.  

We decided to just take the weekend off of house hunting.  There wasn't really anything we were desperate to see so we just had a break and that was really good and enabled us to have a bit of a recharge.  Maestro has pre approval for his loan so that gives us a bit of peace of mind to make an offer when something comes up.  

I did a bit of crochet this week, I really wanted to finish the 4th motive for Persian Tile Blanket but as you can see I'm only nearly there.  

The Mosaic rug is coming along, I was planning to give it to Maestro at some point when he has a sofa in his new house. 

That's it for me this week.  Head to Kates to see how everyone is going.  

24 October 2022

15 Minute Challenge

 It was a bit of a slow week on the 15 minute challenge this week.  I only managed 4 out 7.  There were a couple of days of not picking up the crochet hook just because I was being lazy and we went out on Saturday night to my boss's 60th birthday so nothing was done that night.

I did finish another motive for the Persian Tile Blanket  and a couple of rows on the Sofa Runner.  

We only looked at one house on Saturday and we still haven't found anything worth making an offer on.  We are a bit closer to Maestro getting pre approval so that one stumbling block will be removed.  

My local quilt shop has announced that it is closing down at the end of the year which is sad.  I haven't been going regularly since their Thursday classes have stopped.  I probably have enough fabric in the stash for plenty more quilts in the future, but we all love looking at something new.  

In other news Coco's has finally got over her ear infection and my wallet is very happy about that.  She is back to he nutty self and is happy to go on long walks again.  

Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going this week.  

17 October 2022

15 Minute Challenge & More House Hunting

 The house hunting continues, we thought we found the perfect house, but they have already had offers exceeding the price indicator and we needed to get a offer in within the next 24hours.  Our buyers advocate said that he could get our offer in if we are interested but he also found out a few things about the property that we weren't ok with and could cause issues down the track so we have backed off.  

Maestro couldn't get time off to go and see it anyway and it is a lot of extra money for us to spend on his behalf without him actually seeing the house.  So the search continues and more time he has to get his pre approval sorted as the bank keeps asking for more information.  

Crochet update.  I'm heading into the pinks and purples for the sofa runner now and I'm loving the colours.  

I decided to make the square to join the first 2 motives of the Persian Tiles Blanket.  I just have to decide which motive to do next 2 more to join below these or continue in a row.  

I purchased a couple of books which have more mosaic crochet in them. I really like the density of the fabric they create.  I have found a few more Mosaic designers on instagram as well.  I'm a bit obsessed with this technique.