Thursday, 28 November 2013

Keeping Busy.....

I have been keeping very busy down here. Not a lot of time for my crafting as too much else going on but I have managed to finish a few projects which are awaiting a little sewing in of ends....

Another Aphrodite shawl, amazing how different yarn gives it a completely different effect.  Will post better pictures when I tie in all those ends. :-) Sneaky peak this time.....

This has been a work in progress, a blessing journal for someone I have never met in person. I hope she likes it. I had a little trouble with sewing the cover as I forgot to leave a flap seam allowance so the cover is a bit snug.  I sewed on the angel motif that I crocheted by hand. It was suggested I glue it but I could not bring myself to do that. Eeeek. And I have added the necklace I made a little while ago to tie it together.  I have also created a double page arty type spread and might do one more to get the blessings started for my recipient, can't show you that as its personal to the lady I made it for.

Hope all is well in your part of the world. Love and Light to you my friends. xoxox

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Op shop beret...

What you get when you find some bargain yarn at the op-shop and a little spare time.....

 I am thinking its a little too much spare time when one starts taking selfies. LOL Have a beautiful day everyone. Love and Hugs xoxoxo

Monday, 11 November 2013

Not enough yarn?

No worries... I seem to be in the habit of running out of yarn today. Not literally I guess, as there are like two cupboards full sitting right next to me. However, on the current project scale of things I could have been in a bit of trouble. My positive thinking though seems to have done the trick and I now have TWO FO's to show.

First up I was wanting to make a little scarf as a gift and for some reason my left over Noro sock yarn from the Amiga cowl kept sticking out at me (It was like "Pick Me Pick Me") . Of course I was not sure it would be enough but the nagging gut feeling to use it over rode the sensible side of me.  

And lo and behold... I ran out of yarn but the results are still not too bad. Needs to hit the block but other than that I am quite pleased with it. 

The pattern is from the book Crochet So Fine. 

Next up I had about 3 1/2 balls of Moda Vera pure wool in 8ply and thought that would be enough for a baby cardigan. I have made this cardigan before so thought the bigger size might be ok. It was not. So I shortened the cardigan and the sleeves too. A little basic but the buttons spruced it up a bit. A quick and easy project anyway.

So like the buttons.. I am still smiling despite my lack of enough yarn. Life is good. 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

LIttle Winifred.....

I finished this little tunic while on holidays recently and have only just managed to get some pictures of it. Her ladyship, Miss Peanut was not wanting to take pictures today so I had to chase her around the backyard while she played with the dogs. About a hundred shots later we did manage to get a couple where you can see the pattern and the colour looks accurate. 

The Yarn is Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply Printed. Nice to knit with and they have some pretty colours. 

The pattern is called Little Winifred by Sezza Knits. I used a larger needle this time as it was the only one I had while away and it came out a little big which is fine as it will fit her for a few years. Loved the pattern, easy to follow and very versatile as it can worn as a longer tunic or as a shorter top. 

Little Winifred is knit in the round, with a bit of cabling at the front and a plain back. 

If you would like to buy the pattern is available here. I have just discovered that there is now an adult version too. Looking just as lovely as the little girls one too. 

Now I must away and play with her ladyship  .... HUWWY UP WISA HUWWY UP! 

Have a beautiful day everyone. May your whole being be filled with LOVE and LIGHT. xoxoxox

Friday, 1 November 2013

Sky blue cardigan...

A friend passed on this pattern to me, it was from a kit with Mary Maxim 5ply, I however used one ball of Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 4ply in blue. 

This only took me a few days to make. My son took the pics with my phone. Love love love it! :-) 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone. Hugs xox

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Still alive..

Thought I should pop by and let you all know I am still alive. Just been extremely busy this past few months.  I don't have time to post about each thing I have made so will give you a few pics instead of some of the things I managed to finish or start.  Several hats made their way to new homes without pictures. The result of being in the car a lot travelling and giving  them away on arrival. Hope all is well with you and yours. A couple more weeks of business then hopefully I can get back to visiting you all more regularly again. 

Love and Light my friends. xoxox

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

A little holiday knitting.....

Hello Hello my friends.....long time no see... I am still in the land of the living although a little lazier and fatter than a month ago. ;-) I have been away in the sunshine up north and although I spent the first couple of weeks with some arthritis problems I still managed to knit up most of my Aztec Hoodie (more on that later) and I started on Little Winifred by Sezzaknits. 

And I learned a couple of new ways to cast on and of course I seemed to have slipped into the whole magic loop method without realising I was doing it. Ahem, we all remember me struggling with the Oslo Anorak yeah? This time I just picked it up as I only had the one needle and wallah it works. Go figure. I have to say the DPN's have been cast aside for now. Although I will have to invest in or make some decent stitch markers, my store bought ones kept falling off and disappearing down the lounge. Anyway without further ado....... the progress along the way....

Well actually I am now up to the sleeves and the length is all done. I don't however have a picture handy so will show you when its finished.  These ones were phone snaps I took for facebook while away. :-) We have only been home a day and the kids are back to school today so a bit busy but hoping to get back into the swing of things this week. I will say I have been loving this pattern and the yarn too. :-) 

Have a wonderful day all. Hugs xoxoxox

Friday, 2 August 2013

Short and Sweet...

Hello lovelies,

Just a little bit of sweetness today. Made with some gifted Acrylic yarn which is surprisingly soft and hooked up mostly on the long car trip North.

A nice and easy project for a new baby. I used a 4mm hook and the yarn is DK (8ply) used under 100g.

The pattern is a free pattern by Sarah Sweethearts (link here).  One which I have had for ages, but never got around to, so glad I finally did, its really cute.

This is a really simple project with each row moving up in a slightly different spot so you do not even notice the joins. You can up the size by using a larger hook or it would be quite easy to add some pattern repeats into each section for an older child.

My WIP is a knitting one. I am working on a sweater for the hubby. So far I knitted most of the back and had to rip half back as the pattern did not make sense. I fixed it up yesterday and re-wrote the whole pattern down in hopefully a better order. Will see how it goes.

(I am currently right up on the border of NSW, 8 1/2 hours from home and planning to cross over today into QLD to take the kids to one of the theme parks up there, I have been posting pictures on my other blog, link in the sidebar if you would like to see pictures).

Love and Light xox

Monday, 22 July 2013

Another little finished project.

This past couple of weeks despite my not having much time to play with yarn has actually been quite good for the works in progress. Not starting anything new had me actually getting things finished.  

I was going to wait and take some decent pictures of this one but have decided to just show you the one I took with my phone as I have realised I just will not have the time. Another busy week is on the agenda at our house. So without further ado, I give you this.....

Yarn: Moda Vera Pure Wool Printed 8ply

Needles: 4mm DPN's

Flower: Crocheted by me. 

A quick and easy project. Very sweet. 

Love and Light to you xoxox

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Busy times.....and a Purple Wrap....

Hello my lovely friends, how are we all? Things have been a bit hectic down here. But life goes on!

After all the visitors returned home, just over a week ago, two of my offspring got sick, then I came down with what I am not sure, sore teeth, sore bones and the worst bit my right hand stopped working properly. Using it for anything was painful and I am putting it down to the fact there was something tiny stuck in one of my fingers. After finally getting it out, it has gradually been getting better but if I use it too much it starts to ache again. Extremely frustrating to a knitter/crocheter as I am sure you can imagine!!

Juggling a not co-operating body and then a dog who has just been desexed and had a large lump removed from her rear end at the same time has been driving me slightly nuts. The cat keeps tormenting the dog, the other dog is miserable because her friend is inside and she is not (they have to be kept separate because of all the stitches. The child that was not sick before is now sick and won't go to school and the other one keeps trying to get out of his homeschooling and go to the skatepark every day, so yeah its still a bit crazy trying to hold it all together. LOL 

That said, at rare intervals I was still able to sew a little bit. After cross stitching without it hurting too much, and after a couple of days of rest (in the hook/needle area) I finally got around to sewing this little baby together and then when my hand was a bit better I crocheted all the edging....

I was quite happy with the finished result and  I decided to gift it to one of my online friends who is expecting a baby. I thought it would be perfect for breast feeding on those cool nights. And as I just so happen to be going to meet her in person for the first time soon I have a good excuse for giving a present. So excited. Baby of course will get some goodies too but I think its nice for mama to have something just for herself. I hope she likes it. 

This pattern is from a Patons Zhivago pattern book and the yarn is Duet in Mystic from Bendigo Woollen Mills. Very nice yarn to work with, lovely and soft. 

I have also finished another little baby item but will show you that tomorrow. What have you been creating to lately? I hope you are healthy and happy where ever you may be.

Love and Light to you my friends. 

Hugs xoxox

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Thursday Ta-dah.....

February Toddler Tunic for my little friend Natalie. 

Yarn:  Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply in purple.   150grams

Needles: 4mm DPN's

Pattern:   This is a free pattern by Heather Ramsay, you can find it here. 

Crochet Flower improvised by me. 

Also on the hook right now.......

Some little squares for puppy blankets. A lady put out a call as she is making blankets for an animal rescue  centre in Melbourne and I thought I would chip in. Its such a good cause after all. 

I have almost gotten to the end of my to do list for my gift knitting this year. So happy as I am looking forward to just making something without the pressure of a deadline. LOL Two little baby bundles to finish and I am done. Then its time for some holidays! Excited! 

Hope all is well with you and yours.  

Love and Light my friends, keep well.   xoxoxox

Monday, 8 July 2013

Catching up.....

Its been a really busy couple of weeks around here. So many family events going on that not a lot of time has been left for playing with my yarn. While I did start a little knitted dress for a certain young lady who is about to turn 2, I have not had as much time as I would like to give it my undivided attention.  I needed something simple that I could cart around  lest I go mad without my yarn fix. Then I remembered that Miss almost 2's mummy had given me back her hexy baby cardigan I made when she was born. So I set to work and unpicked the edging and added a few rows to the hexagons before re-joining and adding some length. I kept it simple as I felt a full ruffle would take away from the colours. 

I also changed the soft baby pink buttons to some polka dot buttons, more fun for a two year old. Hopefully she will get a little more wear out if it now.

Also in between that I made another hat for my daughter. I had initially made it bigger than mine but then she decided she would prefer it the same size and with less rim. We went with a different flower too. Its hard to tell in the pictures but the yarns are different too. Both Bendigo yarns, hers is Serenade  in Nut Brown and mine is Luxury in Mink.

I also managed to sneak in a bit of cross stitch when I did get a minute to sit down at home. Will share pictures when the picture emerges a bit more. At this stage it just looks a bit like random stitches. Hope all is well in your creative space!

Take care lovelies.

Love and Light xoxox