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Taking Stock: March 2021

Making: a new crochet doll for a new baby girl.

Cooking: a friend is making pumpkin risotto!
Drinking: hibiscus tea, which is meant to help lower blood pressure. It also tastes great.
Reading: The 100th issue of Frankie.

Wanting: to update my Ravelry projects, so I can hit that magic 1,000 project mark (I have made many more…)
Playing: with the latest Kiwi Co box that arrived today.

Liking: the cooler mornings. Autumn is here.
Deciding: on what to pack for a short trip over the Easter weekend.
Wishing: everyone safe!
Enjoying: yesterday’s trip to the Southern Highlands and that I was able to wear my Slipstravaganza Shawl.

Wondering: why post my mum sent to the boys for their birthdays back in February and March is taking so long.
Loving: the Eggstravaganza (Easter hat parade) at school this morning.

Pondering: what activities to plan for the holidays.
Considering: whether to break my ‘yarn buying’ hiatus on Monday when we go to visit Blackwattle Yarn for an Alpaca tour. Does anybody want to comission something?
Buying: nothing!!!
Watching: still Outlander.
Hoping: for good weather while we are in Canberra.
Marvelling: at the beautiful country we live in!

Cringing: at nothing…
Needing: a new crochet hook after over 30 years!

Questioning: processes.
Smelling: beautiful essential oils at a workshop with my gorgeous friend.
Wearing: my shawls.
Following: new friends.
Knowing: the holidays will be fun!
Thinking: about friends.
Admiring: a new to me crochet designer’s work: Marina Chuchkalova.

Sorting: through my yarn.
Bookmarking: patterns, always patterns!
Coveting: yarn, always yarn!
Disliking: having to make a decision about my impartial high grade tear of the ACL.
Opening: bottles of wine as I have a friend staying with me.
Feeling: accomplished.
Snacking: not at the moment.
Helping: where I can.
Hearing: really annoying small planes (we live close to a small airport).
Mixing: nothing.
Celebrating: the start of the holidays!
Forgetting: nothing…or am I?
Winning: at life!
Sneaking: nothing.
Embracing: friends!

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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Taking Stock: February 2021

Making: the Bernie Sanders from Tobey King.

Cooking: I have really enjoyed smoothies last month, probably because I had the post for a dental implant put in, so could only eat soft stuff for a little while.
Drinking: Gorgeous Slow Wine Co Pinot Noir.
Reading: Excellence Wins by Horst Schulze, very interesting read!

Wanting: really badly to see my brother and his family, and my mum!
Playing: with yarn!
Liking: that my knee is starting to feel much better, thanks in part to my fantastic physio!
Deciding: on new projects (crochet and knitting) for next month!
Wishing: see Wanting further up!
Enjoying: A wonderful painting class with my girlfriends today (their birthday present to me).

Wondering: what next month will bring!
Loving: all the love I received for my 40th birthday last month!

Pondering: when I get to hike again….
Considering: all the obstacles that are in place for my work…
Buying: nothing! I am being very good!
Watching: New Amsterdam and Outlander.
Hoping: for more time for knitting and crocheting!
Marvelling: at my beautiful roses!

Cringing: at nothing this month!
Needing: more time…always!
Questioning: ???
Smelling: above mentioned roses.
Wearing: my Birkenstocks…always!
Following: …
Knowing: less than my boys most of the time ;-).
Thinking: about all my friends back in England!
Admiring: Woodlucker’s absolutely stunning paper flowers. Go check her out!

Sorting: through my yarn stash to make sure I have enough yarn for all my planned projects.
Bookmarking: patterns to make my brother a jumper.
Coveting: pretty happy at the moment!
Disliking: see above…pretty content.
Opening: a bottle of Slow Wine Co Pinot Nior earlier!
Feeling: content.
Snacking: on som Ritter Sport chocolate, a little taste of home.
Helping: whoever needs my help!
Hearing: the cicadas outside.
Mixing: …
Splicing: …
Celebrating: my 40th birthday this month!

Forgetting: some things off my work to do list….
Winning: at life!
Pretending: nothing.
Sneaking: some chocolate while the kids are watching TV.
Embracing; middle age.

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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Taking Stock: April

Making: The Arlo by Michelle Wang for Brooklyn Tweed for my eldest’s best friend, at the beach!

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.


Embracing: family time on Easter Sunday at Kiama.

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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Suppliers I Love

I don’t feel like I am a particularly rigid person, but I have noticed since moving to Australia that I have still ‘stuck’ with my favourite suppliers for yarn and for buttons from England.

And that’s not to say that there are not amazing yarn companies and shops as well as button suppliers, including this wonderful gem: All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown, here in Australia.

Nonetheless, I love my yarn from DROPS and I love that I am still able to buy my yarn at Woolwarehouse and they ship it to me in Australia for a very reasonable £9.98. Equally, I will always love the buttons from TextileGarden.

The buttons from TextileGarden are simply divine. First of all they are not plastic, but shell, coconut shell, horn, ceramic, wood, metal, etc. I am always able to find the right button for the pieces I am knitting. I believe that if I am spending the time knitting something it needs to have the right button to match it!

Here’s just a tiny selection of the buttons that I’ve been able to use from TextileGarden.

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FO: Gorgeous Girl in a Winter Romper

A friend from my previous work life saw me post about another winter romper here, asked me to make one for her gorgeous little girl.

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I used the lovely Vinterdrakt pattern from the Paelas ladies. It’s a great pattern, but it’s got a few mistakes throughout, which I had spotted the first time I used the pattern and had corrected in my version. I keep thinking I should let them know so they can correct it for others that buy the pattern.

I used DROPS Muskat for the romper as I had done for the previous one I had knitted.

I love the colour my friend picked, it’s such a wonderful purple and the pictures don’t really do it justice.

The waffle stitches at the top works really well, especially after I learnt from the last time knitting this that I needed to keep them very loose.

And the added i-cord in the pink gives it that extra pop of colour, which looks great!

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My friend sent me these gorgeous pictures of her little girl wearing them and I am so pleased with how it fits her and she just looks adorable!

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STATS
Pattern: Vinterdrakt/Winter Romper by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in dark purple and coral.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 7th-10th January 2016.