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FO: Grace Doll

As some of you will know in my day job I work for a pretty amazing program. We bring occupational and physical therapists, special needs care providers, etc. to Australia to help families with kids with special needs. These young men and women are incredible… I support them in their time here, and feel like their mother hen. So, what do you think would happen when one of them found and married her Aussie husband and didn’t waste any time to have a baby? I got busy! This doll is just one of the things I made for her daughter.

I used a new to me pattern by stunning designer Julia Litvin. I had pinned the pattern a while ago on my Pinterest. Of course I customised the pattern and changed up the colours of the doll’s dress.

And I love the end result. It’s a wonderful pattern, very well written and easy to follow.

I love the details of the hair and the ruffles of the dres, the little socks with their lacy tops. Just brilliant!

All together a happy little girl!

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FO: Lake Effect Shawl

I never used to knit shawls, but then a couple of years after I made the first one (a Fantoosh by Kate Davies Design), the bug well and truly got me. Now, I tend to knit shawls with fingering yarn. But when the stunning colours of Wren & Ollie’s Spin DK popped up on my Instagram last year, I knew I had to find a suitable shawl for this particular yarn.

And this stunning Lake Effect Shawl by Cheryl Toy from Little Church Knits was just the ticket!

I knitted this beauty on our holiday in Byron last year, and it was the perfect project. An easy to follow pattern that I could knit while sitting on the beach and watching my kids. The fact that it called for DK yarn, made it a beautifully quick projec, despite a large size when completed.

I love the colours, they are perfect for Autumn, which is when I started wearing this beauty. People never realise how cold it can get during the changes of season here in Australia!

Funny story about these pictures, a good friend of mine took them for me, on a stinking hot Summer day in Sydney.

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FO: Hop, hop, hopping Kangaroo

Do you know how much fun it is to make amigurumi animals? And even better when they are one of the national animals of the country I have chosen to call home!

This little guy I made for my very good friend back in England, for her son’s 1st birthday.

He’s based on the brilliant pattern by Belle & Grace Handmade Crochet. Amanda designs some incredibly lifelike and fun amigurumi patterns and I have made a fair few of her guys. She’s got a real knack for writting patterns that are easy to follow, which means you end up with a result you can be proud of.

While you have the option to make a pouch for a little joey, the pattern doesn’t come with a joey included. so I just went ahead and made my own little due to fit in Mama Kangaroo’s pouch.

I think it passes as a baby joey…

I made sure to attach the little guy, so that he wouldn’t be lost! My friend tells me her son loved his gift!

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6/40: Orion Beach

On the June long weekend we rented a little AirBnB in Vincentia and I made my family trek to quite a few beaches when we were down there. Luckily this one was right on our doorstep, in fact, most of them were. This one in particular was right behind our house.

It was a glorious evening, albeit it a little bit chilly! But that didn’t stop my crazy boys from hopping in the water, with their wetsuits on of course! I stayed rugged up in my doona aka padded coat, beanie and shawl!

This beach is in a bay and the atmosphere that evening with the calm water and the sun going down was spectacular. We were even lucky enough to see two dolphins swim past in the distance!

But I did get my toes wet (my criteria while I visit these 40 beaches this year).

This little hidden gem is well worth a visit, especially if you are in and around Jervis Bay.

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FO: They Call me Mellow Yellow

This sweet little romper/onesie was such a joy to make. Something about that sweet yellow and the fact it was for my youngest son’s preschool teacher, it just made it so special!

The pattern is an absolutely gorgeous piece, that I had in my Ravely queue for a few years. It’s simple to knit, but it makes a statement I think!

My friend had a baby boy, but I think the yellow would have worked for either gender. I particularly love the little flowers that pop up in this yellow piece. They would look very sweet on either a boy or a girl.

I had made a little hat for baby boy as well. I posted about it here.

There was an additional baby blanket, which I will post about another time. But for now. This is what this beautiful new mum received from me.