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.
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!
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.
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.
STATS Pattern:Teckeltje Sam by Herriet van de Wiel Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania Cotton Hook size: 2.5mm Crochet time: 6th-7th December 2019
I have so many knitted and crochet things I want to share with everyone, so brace yourselves! The list goes back a few years!
First off, this absolutely adorable suit made for my niece back in December 2018.
It’s such a simple pattern with such a great finished effect. That straightforward stockinette knit makes for very easy and quick knitting too.
I used DROPS Baby Merino yarn from my stash and 3mm needles. The thin yarn and small needles might give the impression of being a longer project, but as I made the 6 months size it knitted up rather quickly.
The oversized collar just adds that little bit extra to a very useful, but also very stylish little piece for that special little lady in your life! My niece also looks cute as pie in it, wouldn’t you agree?
Isn’t she just adorable? That little face and the colour of the suit works beautiful on her.
STATS Pattern: Alma’s Ruffle Suit by PetiteKnit. Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in Heather and Plum. Needle size: 3mm Knitting time: 16th-22nd December 2018.
Cooking (aka dyeing): Easter eggs in true German tradition. What are your Easter traditions?
Drinking: Rooibos tea again….after a fairly long time…and it’s delicious! Reading: Making Stories Magazine and I want to knit every single item.
Wanting: to have more time…to do what I love to do! Playing: silly faces with my youngest in the morning.
Liking: culling things before our move into our own home! Deciding: and trying to convince my other half what we need to buy after we move…new mattress, new TV, things for the garden…the list goes on. Wishing: I had more time! Enjoying: My eldest’s first and last camp as a Joey before he moves up to Cubs in Scouts.
Wondering: what will pop up next at work…it’s been pretty full on! Loving: the bond these two are developing in the last month!
Pondering: what to knit for myself next! Considering: whether to have another glass of wine. Buying: yarn….so much yarn!!!
Watching: all the Marvel movies in the order they were released….it’s fascinating and my husband thinks I should move onto Star Wars next or Harry Potter… I have yet to be convinced! Hoping: my eldest feels better in the morning! Marvelling: at everything Tanis Fiber Arts comes out with. Cringing: at the mess that inevitably goes with packing up a house. Needing: new trousers…because Winter is coming! Questioning: nothing!
Smelling: the most amazing flowers I received from my friend.
Wearing: nothing special. Following: through on things I promised to do. Knowing: that I will love tomorrow’s bush playgroup with the littlies. Thinking: about my best friend in Scotland…missing her loads. Admiring: the ‘shelter’ the kids built during the school holidays at the workshop put on by the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens.
Sorting:…still sorting! Bookmarking: nothing in particular. Coveting: yarn…always and forever more yarn! Disliking: all the things I have to do before we move. Opening: yarn from Wren & Ollie.
Feeling: tired…and I really should get to bed. Snacking: earlier in the day on Strawberries. Helping: others by giving away two guitars I was gifted. Hearing: the diswasher downstairs. Mixing: yarns. Splicing: spit splicing….my new favourite way of joining yarn. Celebrating: from afar my mum’s 70th birthday! Forgetting: to bring back books to the library! Winning: because he finally let the dentist check his teeth!
Pretending: … Sneaking: away with work to Manly Beach.
Isn’t it funny how it takes the suggestion of someone else for a light bulb moment? I guess that’s why teams of designers and makers often come up with the quirkiest ideas. Here was my light bulb moment for something quirky, a good friend asked me to make some letters for her kids camping blankets.
While I would have liked to knit them, because I am all about the knitting, they just were never going to be stable enough for their purpose. So instead I got my hook out and crocheted some letters for her.
I used the Moogly Crochet Alphabet available on Ravelry, but I only loosely followed the instructions. Once I started I actually just kept going with what felt right. I think it worked and they look great.
I loved the two finished names and my friend showed me the finished blankets (although she did lose the N of Finn’s name, so I will be making that again for her). Nonetheless, I now want to make some letters for my son’s Scout Camping Blanket…