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FO: Bright Pink Socks

Knitters tend to have a love/hate relationship with knitting socks. I actually love making them, and I tend to have a pair on the go as my small to-to ‘travel’ knitting project. The following pair I knitted for one of the au pairs (or care professionals as we call them as they are fully trained specialists) who I supported during her time here in Australia. She is a pink-fanatic, as you can see!

The pattern was one that I had in my Ravelry queue for a few years is the Snowfall Socks by Tabitha Gandee. I am pretty sure the yarn was from 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co. The socks were easy to make, I had to pay attention to make sure the purl pattern on the top of the sock was right, but apart from that they flew off the needles.

It’s funny, pink, much like red, is really hard to photograph well. But I guess the brightness of the yarn shines through in these photos.

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FO: A Skirt for a Tea Pot (Tea Cosy)

Sometimes you just have to make something that might seem ridiculous to most, but is actually fun to make and very, very practical.

When my friend asked me whether I could make her a tea cosy for a specific tea pot, I was very happy to oblige! I searched on Ravelry to find the right pattern, and got started. I was able to use a fair bit of leftover yarn that I had in my stash and was even able to stick to the green theme my friend requested.

The way the pattern is designed, it gives the tea cosy a real insulating quality. And it looks pretty chic at the same time!

A quick knit, and a pretty clever pattern too!

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FO: Baby Boy all in Green

This little ensemble was made for a friend, who had her third boy earlier this year. She briefly worked with me last year and she’s a fellow German expat living in Australia. I knew straight away what I wanted to make for her when she told me she was expecting.

These were patterns that had been in my Ravelry queue for a little while. The only one I had made before was Little Brother’s Romper by Petite Knit.

It’s a great knit, as it calls for Aran weight yarn, and I had some wonderful in my stash that I was able to use for it. It’s a wonderfully quick and very straightforward knit, a credit to designer Mette Wendelboe Okkels, the face behind Petite Knit.

The second item was the sweet Waldzipf beanie by Ducathi. A simple, yet beautiful little hat that also knits up really quickly.

And finally a pair of Johannes Booties by Sophie Noix. Such a beautiful pattern, really well thought out and a joy to make.

I had some DROPS Baby Merino left in my stash that I was able to use for these. Now, the absolute best thing about making baby clothes and gifting them, is receiving pictures that I am allowed to share. I mean…..

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FO: Lake Effect Shawl

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.

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Finished Knit from 2014: Adult Cardigan

I am almost embarrassed to say how long ago I knitted this cardigan…January 2014. It was made for a good friend of mine back in the UK.

I love this simple but elegant cardigan. It’s a DROPS Design pattern, I remember knitting a lot of their patterns back in 2014. In fact, I don’t remember much else about this knit (hangs head in shame)….but I know my friend loved wearing it.

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FO: Fantoosh

Shawls were something I started knitting in about 2018 and this beauty, the Fantoosh pattern from Kate Davies Designs was my first ever shawl.

It’s such a straight forward pattern that creates a beautiful shawl. I can’t remember exactly which yarn I used, but I do know that I ran out of yarn and had to get another lot for the border, which is why that is a slightly different shade of red.

It might look intricate and complicated, but once you have mastered the repitition of the pattern it just flies off the needles.

And the best thing about this shawl, it keeps me wonderfully warm!

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FO: Arlo Cardigan

This one is a gem. I have made this cardigan a few times already, but I love when the intricate pattern is coupled with a sophisticated grey. It just looks smart!

It’s a pretty genius pattern by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. Not only does it call for tubular cast ons to make the hem and the sleeves look very polished, those cables are to die for!

Pretty special this construction, don’t you think? I love collection the team at Brooklyn Tweed comes out with, they always have that special something!

And you know what makes me even happier? A warm and happy recipient!

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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 fromĀ The Little Room of Rachell.

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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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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!