Friday, 18 January 2013

Ooh La La

Hello my beautiful bloggy friends. How is 2013 treating you all? 

I thought I had better stop by and let you know that I am still alive and kicking and have in fact not yet fallen off the planet. Well, for those of you who do not know me in other realms anyway. ;-) 

I have been keeping very very busy, bumming around at the beach every afternoon, soaking up the hot sunshine while it is here. Gardening and drying herbs and such. I even made some sun-dried tomatoes. 

I have also been procrastinating a lot about finishing all those UFO's (my bad). And of course starting new projects which I always do as you know BUT look at this... I actually finished not one but TWO of those new projects. Yay! 

First up with have the slouchie Granny Square hat which has proven rather popular with my family and friends who all seem to want one too. This one is going to my daughter in Melbourne. 

This hat was made with a 5mm hook and Poems Wool. I used two balls which I picked up at Spotlight sales for $2.80 per ball and a few bits of leftover yarn from Bendigo Woollen mills to break it up a bit. 

My other little gem picked up from the Sale was Poems Silk for $3.50 per ball. I unfortunately only picked up 6 balls of the same colour and had to do a scream out for help. Thankfully, the lovely Sandy, managed to pick me up another 9 balls from Port Macquarie and even sent them down to me so I was able to finish. The yarn was not the same price up there but I am really happy that I was able to get some. All up it costed me around $70. We have not had time for a photo shoot but Zak took this one for me just so you can get an idea.....

The lighting really does not give the colours justice but I still love it! What do you think? I am keeping this one for myself. :-) Loved the yarn and so wish I had of bought more of the same. It ended up taking  12 balls so I have enough left for a hat to match. I used a 6mm hook and one strand of yarn. The patterns calls for two strands of a finer yarn. You can find it (HERE) if you would like to make one too. 

Sibel thought she would help as well.......or claim it for herself anyway.....

We had many struggles over who in fact owned this yarn. What can I say? She has great taste! 

Now I am melting in the heat so am off to finish my housework then off to the beach. Hope you are well.

 Hugs and smoochies xoxoxoxo


  1. I love both your hat and the jacket, but the jacket wins hands down! The yarn looks much like the Bouvardia which Spotlight sells (sporadically). I don't blame you for keeping that one for yourself, I would too!
    xXx Helen

  2. Wonderful projects and such pretty colours too.
    how did you do your sun dried toms?

    1. Thank you. I cheated with the tomatoes. I just bought a dehydrator and they were my first experiment. I left the skin on which apparently you are not supposed to do but I was not keen to let those vitamins go to waste. They actually tasted really nice so not sure why they suggest we take the skin off. I sprayed the shelves with olive oil so they would not stick.

  3. Ohhh very cute crochet hat..:)) So so sweet. I may make for my daughter..
    And The cardigan is awful and a very hard work..:)))
    All best wishes...

    1. No the cardigan is AWESOME not awful. LOL It was very easy to make too. You can make it, no problems Beck. ;-)

  4. How lovely to have a beach nearby and enjoy beautiful weather. The hat is so awesome! I have never seen a granny square slouch before. The colors are perfect. Your jacket is astounding. It's like a beautiful, twilight sunlight. Thhe kitten has grown so much!

    1. Thank you lovely. I really enjoyed making both of them. I am now making a similar beanie but using my own patterns. Will see how it goes.