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Some Baby Knits

I am hoping to have posted about all the completed knits I have made over the last few years by the end of this year… a pretty ambitious undertaking. I am not a slow knitter, so there are a lot of projects, I am not sure there are enough days in the year… I will need to double up!

This is The Little Chestnut pattern by DROPS Design. I used some DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk from my stash for this, making it a super soft little hat.

I didn’t follow any pattern here and used some sock yarn from my stash…I can’t remember exactly which one.

Who doesn’t love a pair of red boots? Especially when they are tiny. This is my own pattern, available for free on Ravelry.

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Taking Stock: February 2021

Making: the Bernie Sanders from Tobey King.

Cooking: I have really enjoyed smoothies last month, probably because I had the post for a dental implant put in, so could only eat soft stuff for a little while.
Drinking: Gorgeous Slow Wine Co Pinot Noir.
Reading: Excellence Wins by Horst Schulze, very interesting read!

Wanting: really badly to see my brother and his family, and my mum!
Playing: with yarn!
Liking: that my knee is starting to feel much better, thanks in part to my fantastic physio!
Deciding: on new projects (crochet and knitting) for next month!
Wishing: see Wanting further up!
Enjoying: A wonderful painting class with my girlfriends today (their birthday present to me).

Wondering: what next month will bring!
Loving: all the love I received for my 40th birthday last month!

Pondering: when I get to hike again….
Considering: all the obstacles that are in place for my work…
Buying: nothing! I am being very good!
Watching: New Amsterdam and Outlander.
Hoping: for more time for knitting and crocheting!
Marvelling: at my beautiful roses!

Cringing: at nothing this month!
Needing: more time…always!
Questioning: ???
Smelling: above mentioned roses.
Wearing: my Birkenstocks…always!
Following: …
Knowing: less than my boys most of the time ;-).
Thinking: about all my friends back in England!
Admiring: Woodlucker’s absolutely stunning paper flowers. Go check her out!

Sorting: through my yarn stash to make sure I have enough yarn for all my planned projects.
Bookmarking: patterns to make my brother a jumper.
Coveting: pretty happy at the moment!
Disliking: see above…pretty content.
Opening: a bottle of Slow Wine Co Pinot Nior earlier!
Feeling: content.
Snacking: on som Ritter Sport chocolate, a little taste of home.
Helping: whoever needs my help!
Hearing: the cicadas outside.
Mixing: …
Splicing: …
Celebrating: my 40th birthday this month!

Forgetting: some things off my work to do list….
Winning: at life!
Pretending: nothing.
Sneaking: some chocolate while the kids are watching TV.
Embracing; middle age.

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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Escapologists: Our Bunnies

I wouldn’t call myself an animal lover. I do love animals, but I love them in their habitat in the wild. I have never really felt the need for owning a pet! But my eldest had been bugging me for a while to get a dog… that was too much of a commitment for me. I knew that if we got a dog (or any pet for that matter) it would fall to me to look after them. I already have enough on m plate.

My good friend ended up with 11 bunnies (don’t ask 😉 ). And I thought, hell yes why not give it a try. Making sure I asked my friend for two of the same gender…. Now, don’t get me wrong, we love our bunnies! And they were pretty damn cute when they were little.

But these two ladies (because they are female bunnies) have been trying to escape and succeeding, despite numerous attempts to fence them in for the last few weeks…. I have had it!

We are going to be building them a proper run, wired up top to bottom… because I just can’t take it anymore!

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Finished Object: Flibbertigibbet Socks

Socks are one of those projects that are easy to carry around, for that reason I like to always have at least one pair on the go. It’s nice to be able to grab them for any potential #knittingwhensitting time. As any knitter will know there is nothing worse than having some free time and nothing to work on.

This absolutely gorgeous pattern: Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K. Ross aka Paper Daisy Creations had been in my Ravelry queue for a good few years. I finally made this pair in January 2020. I am pretty sure I used some gorgeous 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co sock yarn, but unfortunately I didn’t note it down so I can’t be 100% sure.

I made them as a gift to an Instagram friend in Germany. She had shared some of her wishes and one wish was for some handknitted socks.

I am very happy with how they turned out and would knit this pattern again any day, if I didn’t have such a long sock queue on my Ravelry ;-).

STATS
Pattern: 
Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K. Ross aka Paper Daisy Creations
Yarn: Sock Yarn by 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co. (I believe).
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-21st January 2020.

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2/40 Beaches: Bondi Beach

Disclaimer: this is not my first time at Bondi Beach…but this was my first time when it was very quiet!

Bondi Beach is perhaps THE most famous Australian beach…and it’s pretty special! But I have never really seen the appeal of it, particularly as I detest sharing a beautiful beach with 100s or 1000s of other people. Imagine my joy and surprise when I went today to meet up with a work friend to find it practically deserted!

It’s even more impressive because usually it’s absolutely FULL of people! And this to me, despite the wind, was heaven!

Funniest thing of all, you know I shared Coogee Beach in January… I actually met up with the same friend (and work colleague) at this beach too…what are the chances?

The world is such a strange place at the moment, and despite everything I am grateful to be living in this incredible country and being able to go adventures like this (enabling others to do the same) and to be able to give my children a relatively normal childhood.

We make footprints in the sand, not knowing where they will take us, but ending up exactly where we need to be!

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Finished Object: Toadstool Seat

When I found a Steiner playgroup in Berrima in the Southern Highlands a couple of years ago, I couldn’t have imagined what incredible friends I would find through it and how much pleasure I would get out of driving down there. First to enjoy it with Max, then when he was at Steiner pre-kindy last year as a helper. It brings me so much joy, it’s like coming home.

When the beautiful soul that runs the playgroup asked me to make a cover for a little toadstool seat, I knew it would be a wonderfully whimsical project!

I was able to use up some of my DROPS Muskat that I still had stashed away. And those eagle eyed enough can see that the colour of the red changes ever so slightly at one point, that was a different dyelot…..but it’s not too noticeable in real life.

It was such a fun make, and this type of project, where I am basically winging it, often takes up way more yarn than I anticipate, but I didn’t run out all together, which is a bonus.

Of course before I handed it over my boys had to give it a try!

STATS
Pattern:
No pattern, improvised design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat.
Needle size: 4mm
Crochet time: 16th – 29th November 2020.

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Friday Finds

Oh I love Kate Davies, her designs are beautiful. I really love the whimsical nature of her latest release: Yolk!

Some sweet crochet flowers from Mollie Makes. Daffodil and Flower Brooch.

Double Digits. I have a 10 year old….

This Winding Cable Wrap is just stunning.

String art….heck yes, why not! Especially when it’s constellations!