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Planning and plotting

I recently went to a ‘yarn tasting’ organised by the Knitter’s Guild NSW and showcasing three wonderful indie dyers: Imogen at 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co., Rhiannon at Reaction Dyeworks and Kathryn at The Australian Wool Store. They each told us about about their yarn and how they started dyeing and then we received a little ‘taster’.

And look at the mountains of yarn I was able to pick what I wanted from.

I just couldn’t go past the ‘I carried a watermelon’ and ‘Bay Tree’ from Imogen and the gorgeous dark blue and dark red from Rhiannon.

I am in love with the yarn I have bought and am busy deliberating what I can make with it.

For the ‘watermelon’ and the green I was thinking about Andromeda by Pam Allen.

And for the blue and red I am considering socks, I think either colour would be wonderful for Waltana by Darlene Hayes.

What do you think?

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FO: Flowery Booties and Bonnet

In August 2013 I made some gorgeous baby booties and a bonnet for an ex-colleague of mine. She had a baby girl, and she absolutely loved the booties and bonnet.

I used Saartjes Bootees pattern and changed it around a bit, using cotton yarn and adding some flowers to them.

I used the DROPS bonnet pattern, also using cotton yarn and also added some flowers like a ranking vine.

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And now would you look at that adorable little girl, she’s just too precious in her little outfit!

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WIP Wednesday

I am currently working on these socks for the daughter of one of Luke’s previous playgroup teachers.

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I am using this amazing Japanese yarn, which is lovely to work with and my friend gave me two skeins. I am hoping it will be enough.
On a separate not, Luke and I got the most amazing parcel from Melissa over at Knitting Sandwich today.
Some scrumptious yarn for me and a very cool personalised slingshot with ‘pom poms’ as Luke put it.

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Thanks so much Melissa!!!!

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Blogtoberfest #16 TKASS 2012 Part Two

As promised, here’s the second part of my report from The Knitting and Stitching Show that I visited last Saturday with a couple of friends.

A visit to my favourite button shop, TextileGarden. I think it was the busiest button stall at the entire event, and can you blame people? Their buttons are absolutely amazing, and I myself spent £27.90 on buttons there (you’ll see them in my final post later this week).

My friend Georgina who bought me the ticket to come to the show, her mum also came along and she was amazing and went onto every single stall and was just mesmerised by everything.

Scrumptious, gorgeous, colourful yarn. I absolutely love the colours, but I was a good girl and didn’t spend any money on any yarn. Although I could have bought hundreds pounds worth of yarn if I really wanted to.

The most amazing display at Nest, my friend Georgina’s other friend. Don’t you just love that little arrangement of the nest, apples, leaves and the birds? I think they’re just darling. And those little cardigans are so, so cute.

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Blogtoberfest #9 TKASS 2012 Part One

As I mentioned the other day I had tickets to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace today with my friend George and another mummy friend Alicia was also coming with her mother-in-law. So, this is the first part of my day today, I’ll be doing the talking with my  pictures.

The amazing windows at Ally Pally, don’t you just love them?

An entire knitted village before I got into the exhibition, some people actually spent time knitting these up. I really love the detail they’ve gone into.

I’m pleased by simple things, I loved how these are arranged like a rainbow…gorgeous!

The biggest crocheting and knitting needles I’ve ever seen. Not sure they would be very comfortable to knit or crochet with, I think it would make your wrists hurt.

I could have taken hundreds of these pictures…the colours are just amazing.

My guys from The Crochet Chain were there with a good selection of DROPS yarns, unfortunately not the ones I needed, so I just ordered them online from The Wool Shed.

An absolutely gorgeous quilt, I just can’t believe the time someone spent completing this.

Alicia with her granny trolley, ready to buy, buy, buy. She didn’t get that much in the end.

More to come tomorrow.

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Blogtoberfest #5 This is Where I Get my Yarn

I’ve got three online yarn shops that I always come back to, mainly because they carry my favourite yarn: DROPS. The first one, which I’ve written about before is: Scandinavianknittingdesign.eu. It is run by a husband and wife team from their home and they provide the most amazing customer service, always friendly, always trying to help. They can be found on Facebook too.

The second on is the Crochet Chain, which also carries the DROPS range. This one is actually a shop in Waltham Abbey in North London. These guys are also really, really helpful and have been really friendly when I’ve had to call them. I would highly recommend them!

The final and third one is the Wool Shed, which also carries the DROPS range. I had to order some yarn from them when I was in Germany and they went out of their way to ensure that I received it on time. Fantastic service, wouldn’t you agree?

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Seven Little Moments

Monday, 13th February

There can never be enough pictures of a sleeping baby…

Tuesday, 14th February

Some more wool has arrived for some orders and some secret birthday knitting.

Wednesday, 15th February

Our moving boxes have arrived!

Thursday, 16th February

At the playground.

Friday, 17th February

One of my birthday presents from my husband…a drinks holder for the Stokke…simply brilliant!

Saturday, 18th February

Our new house, don’t you just love that red front door? We move 17th March, I can’t wait!

 

Sunday, 19th February

Happy birthday to my gorgeous boy!

Inspired by Just Shell.