Friday, 23 January 2015

Its time for some crochet…..

Such a lot of my yarn time has been devoted to knitting this past year. Not that I have not enjoyed it but I do like a bit of variety and my fingers have been yearning to pick up the crochet hooks again. So many projects were put aside in favour of getting test knits  and gifts finished that I made a conscious decision that I would plan a crochet project and actually give it some attention. 

So with that in mind I actually said no when asked to take on new knits (other than those baby knits of course but hey I can crochet or knit those, that is up to me).  Anyway, when I noted that there was a warm up CAL coming up on Ravelry, I decided to join in despite the fact that the pattern was not revealed up front and I am generally not into the mystery CAL's, I  committed and we got started…. I chose some acrylic blend type yarn that I got really cheap in an op shop. Not going to lie, I was fearful of wasting good yarn. That said it was working out quite pretty, but not knowing where it was going was making me a little nervous….




So imagine my relief  when after starting, it was decided that we would be working on an actual pattern after all, and we put our projects aside and started again. Phew. After a vote was held, The Spring Crescent Shawl won out and we all started again. This time I chose some BWM Cotton in 4ply  for the project. 









The cotton is much more suited to the weather right now. I worked the first part whilst sitting on the cliff at the beach enjoying the fresh air. Pictured below is the yarn I did consider using but I am glad I went with the cotton now. 

So far so good. Provided I remember the increases which I keep forgetting on one side. 


 



This CAL is being held on the International Crochet Month group on Ravelry. If you are not familiar the group/party is active every year in March with lots of different activities to join in on. 

For now there is just this CAL going on to warm up before the Party Starts in March. If you would like to join in the thread is over here


Happy Friday Everyone! Have a great weekend! xox





 






Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WIP Wednesday….and yarn along.

Oh Look at me, blogging two days in a row! There is hope for me yet!! haha! How are we all today? Well I hope.

So what am I knitting this week?

I have been busy in between all my test knits and baby knitting working on this lovely pattern…

Pic borrowed from Tracey's pattern page on Rav

Kallan Cape by Tracey Lee.

I first saw this pattern when it was released and added it to my very long queue on Ravelry. Then when I saw this months KAL on the Budding Down Under Designers group was hosted by Tracey I saw it as a sign to get kicking with it.

I originally planned to make this in a forest green but then ended up choosing Mink in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury as the green would probably have not have gone with much. This is more neutral.  So here is my effort so far…..



I did not get started till last week as I had to await my yarn arrival. I am sure I will not finish this by the end of the KAL but thats ok. I plan to enjoy it and finish it by winter. Maybe I will even get to wear it a little before I run away north as is my usual fashion when it gets too cold. LOL More likely,  I will gift it, if I don't wear it. I know I will love it though. If you like a bit of cabling, this is the project for you.

The pattern is not charted but is very well written with the hood being a separate pdf. You can also choose to print the whole version or just the off rows. Separate documents are provided for both. I opted to knit the cape first and sew the hood on later. Alternatively, you can start with the hood and pick up your stitches for the cape if you prefer. I figured it would get a bit heavy and its rather hot here atm so I did not fancy sitting under all that wool at once. Hence starting with the cape. :-)



What am I reading? 


I took delivery of Woodland Knits this week. Its a beautiful book and I had been eyeing it off for a while. I was introduced to Stephanie's patterns a long time ago when my oldest daughter purchased a copy of her Woodland Hoodlet. It was way out of her knitting skill range and she opted to try and email it to me, somehow it got lost and deleted and despite planning to buy it again we never got around to it. I did promise to knit it for her though so hopefully this year I will finally get around to it.

There are lots of whimsical, magical and just down right cute patterns in this book. My only gripe with it is the almost consistent use of chunky or bulky yarn. Not very practical for those of us who live down under, especially on the coast. Just finding the yarn is a chore in itself. Great for people who prefer a quick knit  I guess.



Anyway, that is not really reading is it? What I have been reading this week is the Ancient Future Series by Traci Harding. Or I should say RE-Reading….I have read them all twice before at least. I am onto the 3rd book in the series and enjoying them just as much as the first time I read them.

If you are not familiar with this series……you can find out more about it here.



I also just finished reading The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, by Martin Sixsmith,  I read the whole book yesterday afternoon and have to say I was a bit disappointed.

The cover described it as "The heartbreaking story of a mother and the son she had to give away".  I was expecting to hear both sides of the story and what happened to them both in general. It started out with the mothers story but once he was taken from her (she did not choose to give him away) at 3 years old, it pretty much tells the story of Michael's life  and we don't really hear much more about the mother at all.

To me this book went into way too much detail about Mikes personal life. More than half the book is about his political career and his choice of sexuality. Way way too much information. In fact I became both bored, then disgusted (poor Mike is not telling this story, it is hearsay from other people in his life, a life I might add that he chose to keep private for reasons of his own). This book made me feel really really sad. So sad for his birth mother and even more sad for him.

As one who tends to read through the lines a bit, I feel like his adoptive family were more than likely not fairly portrayed in this book. I am assuming that they chose not to get too involved in the whole story themselves. The man had issues and of course there are two sides to every story.

I will leave it at that, just incase you choose to read it yourself. I won't give away the whole story. I would have liked to have read a little more about his birth mothers life and their search for each other rather than all the fluff which was really no-ones business but his own. Thats just my opinion anyway.

Now enough rambling from me today. You have a beautiful day.

Love and hugs xoox

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Time flies…..

Hello friends, I hope 2015 is going well for you so far. I have been busy this past few weeks with a couple of test knits which I will share when I get some good pics.

I currently have two projects on the needles… a pair of Ribbon Curl Socks



which have been a little slow going due to having too many other things on the go at once and I have also cast on a Kallan Cape for a KAL in the Budding Down Under Designers group on Rav. Will share more on that one once I take some pictures. :-)

I am also making some baby hats for a friend and decided to just make a whole bunch and let him choose which ones he likes. So far I have these two…

The Hearts and Bows Baby Hat



and this little hat which was inspired by a pattern in Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B Anderson. I pretty much used her stripes idea but omitted the seed stitch band and added a row between each section and left off the pom pom. Its cute I think. And a great way to use up those odd balls and bits and pieces of nice squishy left overs.


Of course I am also working on some crochet projects which I will share another day. Its 5.30 am here atm and I have been up since 4.30am with my pets. One dog is scared of thunder so woke us up to come inside. It took me a good half hour to settle the other dog who is not scared but just wanted to play. I ended up putting her back out as she would not sit still. Now I have a dog and cat at my feet and the other one has only just settled back in her kennel. Seriously these pets are pushing it. I am not a morning person when I have not had enough sleep! On a lighter note, one of the birds decided that since the light was on so early it must be morning and starting whistling "If your happy and you know it clap your hands" as loud as he could. LOL Funny but not so much when everyone is asleep. Not me of course, I am here talking to you. :-)

I hoped you have faired better than I in that department. Have a beautiful day my friends.

Namaste xoxoxox




Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year!!!


and….please excuse my absence. I have been busy with the needles as usual but life has certainly been in the way of my time for blogging. So instead of the usual post about each project I will just end off the year with a parade of my FO's for the end of 2014.




   I will just give you the names and link them to my Project pages on Ravelry if you would like more information on where to find patterns and yarn.

First up is the Arana Cowl by Ambah Obrien.






 Demetra by Sara Elizabeth Schmidt



























Gidday by Georgie Hallam aka Tikki Knits 




 Viola by Yours truly, no pattern as yet, still working on it. 


HIdden Garden by Julie Gilliver






Lacy Bit of Nothing by Allison Britt


Lady Cornwall shrug by Kelly Brooker



Love Street by Paula Henley



Bollywood Meerkat by Sue Stratford


Sunny Top by Allison Britt  (This one has to be one of my favourites, easy knit with gorgeous results, I up cycled the little skirt too from an old one of mine).


Tallulah by Sezza


Tama by Kelly Brooker


Umberto by Sezza   (I have made 3 of these now. Another favourite :-) ).

Whiritoa by Paula Henley




Zephyr by Allison Britt


Milo by Georgie Hallam



Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! May your lives be filled with Love and your hearts be centred in Peace. Remember to Live, Love and Learn in Joy. Blessings to you and yours.  Hugs and smoochies xoxoxox

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hats Hats...its all about hats..

One would think at this time of year, winter hats would be off the agenda but no......Mother Nature seems to be a little bit confused. Just when we thought Spring had taken hold and summer was on the way, she does a turn around, the temperature plummets, the winds pick up and it rains too. On and off for weeks on end. So we took the opportunity to take some pictures of my latest efforts while it was not too warm to do so.

First up this is Jane........






Jane is a lovely easy pattern by Ela Torrente aka Modish Mom Knits and is available for purchase on Ravelry.

I have used less than a 100g of Do or Dye Luxury Yarn in Coastal Plain.

I won this yarn in a KAL a while back and I must say it was exquisite to knit with. Has to have been my favourite yarn in the last long while. I am very much loving the colour and the final result too.

But wait...there is more. Jane is not alone, Ela also has the pattern John along side. John is basically the same however, there are no eyelets for those who find them too feminine.

Either hat could be worn by boys or girls if one so desires. :-)

(you can find the pattern for John here.)




I have managed to knit 2 versions of John. One in Bendigo Woollen Mills Serenade in Green. I loved this one as the pattern shows up nicely and I think it looks a lot nicer than my other effort. Which is in Wisdom Poems Olive Grove. While the colours are lovely they are pretty much swallowing Ela's lovely design so I would recommend solid colours if you would like to knit either of these patterns.

I am hoping to fit in one more Jane when I finish up this months test knits and my sneaky projects which I will share later. :-)

If you are interested Ela is currently hosting a Knit a Long on her Ravelry group Modish People. Up until December 1st you can post your WIP's and FO's to be entered into her weekly give aways. She is offering a different one of her patterns each week and all posts are entered every week so you have a chance to win once a week. At the end of the KAL she will also have some other prizes too.




The pattern is nice and easy to follow and it makes a great hand bag knit.

I am thinking they would make great Xmas gifts too as they are quick to whip up.





















Next up we have Love Street by Paula Henley aka Koru Designs. This is also a great pattern, easy to follow and a fun knit. I knit this one using another Do or Dye Yarn, Embers in Sparkle. The weather did not pick up the sparkles in the picture but I assure you it is very sparkly.





And that is all we have for today. My Model had a plane to catch. She was off to visit her sister in Melbourne for a few days.  I have a rather busy day ahead of me. Baby Photo Shoot tomorrow for a test knit and then visitors for the next few days. So aside from  finishing up one more test knit, making a start on another, finishing yet another Umberto for my nephew and working on a pattern I have dreamed up... I do believe I have a wee bit of cleaning and cooking to do. 
You have a beautiful day my friends. Love and Light to you xoxoxox
BE HAPPY