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Hike 5/40: Karloo Pools Track

I got another hike in with my mother-in-law yesterday. It was a very grey and drizzly day, but boy was it worth it.

We hiked the Karloo Pool track, which is a there and back 5.5km track. It’s graded hard…and we were a bit unsure at first. It was the hardest one I have done to date (bearing in mind that I did quite a few last year that I am not counting in my 40 hikes list). But it was so worth it!

The Uloola Falls on that board also appeal ;-).

At the bottom, as the name suggests, you are rewarded with amazing pools and I do really want to come back in Summer to try them out. I am sure my boys would also be up for that! We loved the cave that looks almost comfortable enough to sleep in, and even has a window!

It was one for the soul, despite the rain! And stunning flora too!

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FOs: Booties Galore

These little booties have been a go-to for quick and easy baby knits in the past. They are based on a free pattern that I have heavily customised in the past. I don’t even know how many pairs I have made of these… But I thought I’d share the ones I can find in my archives in this one photo-heavy post. I am going to start with the first lot made between 2013-2015… there are of course many more!

Starting with this sweet yellow pair I made for one of my husbands oldest friends when he had a daughter back in 2013. I used DROPS Muskat, a 100% mercerized cotton yarn for these, as they were going to Australia.

A girly pair, made in 2014 for an old work colleague. Leftovers of DROPS Merino Extra Fine. I even used to make little boxes for the booties, the perfect gift!

Another 2014 make, a cotton pair for friends in Australia.

Two lots for a beautiful friend of mine who is a doula and I believe she was gifting them to clients or friends who had just had babies, also from 2014.

A pair for a little boy, made in 2015 for a Ravelry/Internet friend.

In 2015 I also briefly supplied a number of beanies and booties to a baby shop in Greenwich, UK, where we used to live, called Greenwich Baby. I made 10 pairs of booties in total!

Don’t they look great all in a row:

Another pair for a baby boy born in Australia.

For a baby boy in Germany.

A baby girl in the UK.

An order for one of my best friends, who was gifting them to another friend.

A pair for a fellow Mama who I met during a wonderful pregnancy exercise class.

A pair for a friend from school (when I still lived in Germany)…. they liked it so much that his wife ordered two pairs for twin girls.

And the two pairs for the twin girls.

A pair for a friend from my eldest son’s Steiner Kindergarten in England.

For a friend of a friend’s who also lives in Australia.

Another lot for a friend my best friend went to university with.

An old colleague of mine from my first serious PR job in the North of England, Morecambe to be exact.

And the final pair for 2015 made for my good friend and ex-housemate and his wife, I used to work with both of them in Lancaster, UK. They had a sweet baby girl back in 2015.

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5/40: Cudmirrah Beach

Oh I have a whole bunch of beaches to show of to you. We spend the long weekend down in Jervis Bay and when we got there I told my family that we had to visit at least 6 beaches while we were there. We managed a few! The first one was Cudmirrah Beach, the ocean side by the Sussex Inlet.

We went there after we spent the morning at the Viking Festival, which was great! Lots of fun. It was a rather chilly day, a leftover of the arctic chill that came through earlier last week.

What a beautiful coastal spot and it being a bit colder it was absolutely deserted.

We had fun!

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FO: Amigurumi Bunny

Do you know how much fun it is to make Amigurumi toys? There is something very satisfying about crocheting random body parts, stuffing them and ending up with something as adorable as this little bunny for example:

I made this little lady for one of the au pairs I supported when she was here in Australia a couple of years ago. She had a baby girl earlier this year and I knew I absolutely had to make something for her sweet daughter.

I am so happy with how the bunny turned out. I followed a free pattern that I found online. I did change it up a little bit and added eyes and of course I picked different colours for the clothes, but the end result is particularly cute I think!

And little lady agrees! She really seems to like it!

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Hike 4/40: Woronora River Bridge Loop (alternate end)

After what seemed like an eternity I finally went on another hike! I have some catching up to do.

I decided on a closer one to home with my mother-in-law, my eldest and one of his friend coming along. Woronora is such a beautiful place I knew I wanted to explore it a bit more. I came prepared and wore my knee support. I am not sure I actually needed it, but it reminded me that I needed to be careful.

We had a wonderful time, the boys found a big stick that they carried the entire 5kms of the way. We did decide to cut the last loop a little bit short, as the boys were getting a little bit tired towards the end.

And despite it almost being Winter here in Australia, we spotted some beautiful flora!

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Finished Knit from 2014: Adult Cardigan

I am almost embarrassed to say how long ago I knitted this cardigan…January 2014. It was made for a good friend of mine back in the UK.

I love this simple but elegant cardigan. It’s a DROPS Design pattern, I remember knitting a lot of their patterns back in 2014. In fact, I don’t remember much else about this knit (hangs head in shame)….but I know my friend loved wearing it.