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3/40: Wattamolla Beach

There are some beaches that are just….

I had heard about Wattamolla from various friends over the last few years and I was really keen to visit, yet it had never happened. Because this beach is situated in the Royal National Park, on gloriously sunny and hot days it was often full. However, this weekend, after the flooding we had last weekend, and with a good friend of mine visiting, I thought we would take a chance. Heck, it was sooo worth while!

The best thing about checking out these new beaches is when it happens with good friends.

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Friday Finds

Easter is just around the corner and while I have never tried baking Hot Cross Buns, this lot from Tom over on the Kate Davies Design blog makes me want to try!

A great overview of how to make i-cords…and not just by knitting them!

The formidable hat architect Wolly Wormhead has started her own Teachable school and I am here for it! If you haven’t knitted any of her incredibly hat designs, I urge you to try them! They are stunning!

Colourblocking can be so wonderfully dramatic. Like some of the patterns in his book, Vertex from KnitPicks.

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Finished Object: Brilliant Elsamuetze

There are some knitting designers who come up with genious designs. One such designer is Irina Heemann, who started the Stricken Ohne Naht (seamless knitting). And her patterns are absolutely brilliant! I have eyed them up for a while, and had the perfect opportunity to make something when my youngest son’s preschool teacher was expecting a baby last year. I settled on the the Elsamuetze.

A very easy and quick knit, with very clever construction. It flew of my needles, and despite the fact that I was using DROPS BabyAlpacaSilke, a fingering yarn.

It’s a beautiful pattern that lies close to the baby’s head and keeps their little head nice and warm. I was pleased to have the DROPS yarn in my stash, as the Alpaca and Silk combination makes for a very soft and luxurious knit…perfect for a little baby.

The garter stitch and stockinette stitch combo is so effective. It just works! And we have one very happy little recipient. Doesn’t he look darling in his hat?

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Friday Finds

Easter is almost upon us… we are going to be away, but every year we make sure to dye some eggs (it’s tradition). I love the 40 different ideas from Mollie Makes.

I just adore these embroidery make your own jewelry kits from Alicia Paulson…stunning!

Have you ever wondered what the right knitting needles or crochet hooks are? Check out Vickie Howell’s guide!

Simply Maggie’s knitter-specific key chains are to-die-for!

Oh this basket (maybe not just for Easter) is perfect!

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Finished Object: Stary, Stary Hat

I know Winter in Europe is slowly but surely melting away. But while I was going through my pictures today I remembered making not 1, but 2 of this particular hat for my good friend’s daughter in England. The first one I wrote about here.

Funny story, the first hat was passed on to a sister and it then encountered an accident and was placed on a lamp by mistake and got a little bit burnt. My friend and her daughters loved the hat so much that she asked me to make another one. I was very happy to oblige!

It’s a great DROPS Design pattern, that might give the appearance of looking quote complicated due to the colourwork, but it’s actually pretty straightforward. It’s knitted with two strands of yarn held double, which makes it a nice and quick knit. And it’s wonderfully soft and warm, definitly a hit!

I love these pictures that my friend shared with me almost 5 years ago now…I am embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to post them.

STATS
Pattern
: DROPS Children 12-17 by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca
Needle size: 7mm
Knitting time: 10th April 2016.