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.
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!
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.
I am doing the last few bits on this cute guy…can you guess who he is meant to represent?
I love KnitPicks yarn, I used their gorgeous white and rainbow sockyarn to make my youngest a jumper last year. I also love that they have updated their learning center, go KnitPicks!
Oh hello bunnies! I know Easter is a little way away, but these are just too cute!
This will come in handy soon, I am sure. I feel like my eldest, who will be 10 in two weeks, already behaves like a teenager!
This just out: CONFIDENT KNITTING: A YEAR OF NEW TECHNIQUES! I feel like I should take part…what do you think?
The first day of school for any German child, even those that are far away in Australia, is a hugely important step! It’s a rite of passage!
Arguably THE most important part of a child’s first day of school is the Schultüte. A paper cone, often homemade, filled with sweets and presents. Germans believe that the thought of attending school for every day for the next 12-13 years needs to be ‘sweetened. Really, it’s much more than that: it’s a ritual that honours the child’s changing status and the many changes this entails for the rest of the family.
It’s filled with sweets, school supplies, little gifts and trinkets and the Schultüte itself is closed at the top so the child can’t see into it. It only gets opened once their first day at school is completed. Myself and many of my German friends here in Australia love this tradition. And I spent today making a Schultüte for Max, who starts school next week.
I just wanted to share these sweet pictures from 4 years ago when Luke started school. Often a sibling will get their own smaller Schultüte.
I love reading what other people find during the week and thought I’d do something similar on here. Because who knows, maybe it will be of use to someone else too!
This list of 100+ Knitting tips from Noble Knits is a wonderful compilation of all the things needed to get you started with knitting!
Kate Davies Design’s new design Orchle is giving me all the feels! I can’t quite justify knitting it here in Australia, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the stunning colourwork. I have knitted some of Kate’s designs and can highly recommend her patterns. They are always very well written and produce beautiful knitwear!
I love crocheting little things for friends and often try to find something along similar lines of this sweet crochet heart. Gathered (the guys behind Mollie Makes) have shared a very straightforward free little pattern. Why not give it a try?
What have you been watching while knitting/crocheting/crafting? I sped through Bridgerton…and loved it. I am considering reading Julia Quinn’s books as part of my plan to read more this year. Has anyone read them? What did you think of them?
Winston by La Maison Rililie is beautiful. I love the colour accents on the shoulders and sleeves. I can see lots of play with colours to make this a very snazzy cardigan. The possibilities are endless!
Have you tried your hand at embroidery? I have a couple of kits flying around, one I have started. Seeing this gorgeous one by Knitting up a Storm makes me want to pick mine up again!
Are you looking for a new crafty podcast? Then look no further than We’ve Made It! The team at Gathered talks about all things crafty ideas, tackling crafty problems and shares expert advice!