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Finished Object: Turtle

Simple and straightforward, this little turtle is a joy to make. In fact this little guy is my second one. I made this for one of my eldest sons school friends back in 2019.

I love the roundness of amigurumi and I always stuff them good. They need to be firm and not too flimsy!

I had made a version of this for a good friend and she loved him. When everyone else saw the little dude, they wanted one also! I call that a great success!

And whenver I am making an amigirumi toy/animal, I have soooo much fun! Makes me smile.

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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: Quokka Love

Unless you are into unusual animals, or have been or live in Australia it’s unlikely that you know about Quokka’s. Which is a shame, because they are pretty amazing. When one my au pairs (and good friend) returned home last year, I knew I HAD to make this little guy for her.

What fun I had making him. Quokka’s are pretty amazing animals. They are known to mainly live in the wild on Rottnest Island in Western Australia, and a couple of other places in Australia. They are known to be ‘the happiest animal in the world’ sparking the trend for ‘Quokka selfies’.

I used Schachenmayr Catania for this little guy and I think the colours work really well! And what about that little camera? Isn’t it just the cutest?

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Pattern
: Quinny the Quokka by Blue Sparrow Handmade.
Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania
Hook size: 2.5mm
Crochet time: 22nd-25th May 2020.

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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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Finished Object: Sweet Sausage Dog

There are some amigurumi projects that are just cute…this sweet little sausage dog was one of those. This was actually the second one I made, after a friend’s friend saw me post the previous one on Instagram. How great is that!

It’s a very straightforward pattern from Herriet at Stip & Haak. I had seen it on another Instagram and my friend who I made the original one for really loved it.

I crochet this little guy in just a couple of days…often the stuffing and sewing up takes longer than the crocheting. I like to stuff my amigurumi toys really well, as I feel they need to be really stiff and stand up properly.

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Pattern:
Teckeltje Sam by Herriet van de Wiel
Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania Cotton
Hook size: 2.5mm
Crochet time: 6th-7th December 2019

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Friday Finds

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!

An illustration of a woman sitting on the floor knitting

Oh hello bunnies! I know Easter is a little way away, but these are just too cute!

How to make easy crochet bunny bunting cropped

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!

Decoding Boys: New science behind the subtle art of raising sons by [Cara Natterson]

This just out: CONFIDENT KNITTING: A YEAR OF NEW TECHNIQUES! I feel like I should take part…what do you think?

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FO: Flowery Headband

I love making flowers, knitting them or crocheting them. A couple of years ago I thought I might make a business out of this love for the botanical… it hasn’t happened yet, but it could still happen! In the meantime I am content making flowers and flower headbands as gifts for others.

Like this one. A perfect headband for Spring with pink daisies…a quick and easy make, which I finished in a couple of days.

I absolutely adore making hair accessories, hair bands, little flower crowns, etc. Maybe because I have boys and this is my way of making pretty things? Who knows!

Here’s one happy little girl with her headband and another lot of hair accessories I made for her. Stay tuned for pictures another day!

STATS
Pattern:
My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat
Hook size: 2.5mm
Crochet time: 10th-11th November 2019.

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Friday Finds /2

I have loved reading Teacher Tom’s blog for quite a few years. Some of you may know that I briefly ran my own Family Day Care (when I still lived in London, before Max was born). Tom’s blog always made me think about how I approached working with the young children that were in my care. Always thought provoking. Go check him out, you won’t be disappointed!

From Mollie Makes, these crochet blankets are a bit special. Click through to the patterns!

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More crochet, in German this time. I adore this simple idea of making earrings from Mein gehäkeltes Herz.

The KnitPick team talking about yarn, what could be better? Especially when they are talking about all the information to keep in mind when shopping for yarn, specifically what you need to know about fiber content and ply. They answer questions like what is micro countwhich yarns have the best drape and even what is yarn?

Have you heard of visible mending? I just love the idea. Visible mending is when you fix a garment (whether it’s a hole in a sock or a rip in your jeans) but keep the repairs visible. It reminds me of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.

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