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FO: Knitted Flowers Last Forever

Knitted flowers are such a pleasure to make. A couple of years ago I made a bunch of them for a good friend’s daugher and made it into a beautiful flower crown.

These are mainly from this beautiful book: 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield. It’s a treasure trove for many different flowers and even some vegetables, I highly recommend it.

Some of the flowers I had knitted in previous years, so really, all I needed to do was make the crown, which I did by knitting up a tube and threading a wide elastic band through it. And then sewing the flowers onto that crown.

Before I posted this beauty off to my friends daugther I had to take some pictures of me wearing it. It made me so happy.

Doesn’t it make your heart sing? My friend was kind enough to send me some pictures of her daughter, who is a genius with make up, check her out!

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40 Things List: Latest Update

1. Take part in a rally driving session
2. Practice my violin
3. Make and donate items to charity
4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions: ON HOLD until my knee is better.
5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). I managed to complete three hikes this month, and on the last one I hurt my knee quite badly, so have been out of action. 
* Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop
* Hike 2/40: Fitzroy Falls West Rim Track to The Grotto 
* Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track
6. Hunter Valley wine tour
7. Canyoning
8. Obtain a boat licence
9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible)
10. Weekly photo of the boys. 
* 1/52
* 2/52
* 3/52
* 4/52
* 5/52
* 6/52
* 7/52
* 8/52
* 9/52
11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING.
12. Write or blog most days. ONGOING.
13. Teach a craft class
14. No new clothes all year. ONGOING.
15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here.
16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here.
17. Use up my extensive yarn stash
18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects. I had to order some yarn!
19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: 
* 1/40: Coogee Beach
* 2/40: Bondi Beach
20. Roadtrip to the Outback
21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship
22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina
23. Memory quilts for the boys
24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. ON HOLD, due to knee injury.
25. Monthly video calls with family and friends, ONGOING.
26. Refresh Italian (penpal)
27. Practice and improve my swimming ability
28. Hot Air Balloon Ride
29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’
30. Write 40 letters throughout the year. STARTED!
31. Cocktail making course
32. Stand Up Paddle boarding
33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood
34. Random acts of kindness. STARTED and ONGOING
35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here.
36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here.
37. Roadtrip without destination
38. Regular German practice with the boys
39. Campervan holiday
40. 4 days away on my own.

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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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Update on my List of 40 Things

1. Take part in a rally driving session
2. Practice my violin
3. Make and donate items to charity
4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions
5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). I managed to complete three hikes this month, and on the last one I hurt my knee quite badly, so have been out of action. Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop, Hike 2/40: Fitzroy Falls West Rim Track to The Grotto and Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track
6. Hunter Valley wine tour
7. Canyoning
8. Obtain a boat licence
9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible)
10. Weekly photo of the boys. 1/52, 2/52, 3/52, 4/52
11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING.
12. Write or blog every day. ONGOING. So far I only missed one day!
13. Teach a craft class
14. No new clothes all year
15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here.
16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here.
17. Use up my extensive yarn stash
18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects
19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: Coogee Beach.
20. Roadtrip to the Outback
21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship
22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina
23. Memory quilts for the boys
24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. STARTED…FitBit reinstated… I had to have a bit of a break due to a knee injury. But I will be getting back to it.
25. Monthly video calls with family and friends, STARTED
26. Refresh Italian (penpal)
27. Practice and improve my swimming ability
28. 1 day a week without my phone (entire year). ONGOING I am actually swapping this one out for a HOT AIR BALLOON Ride
29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’
30. Write 40 letters throughout the year
31. Cocktail making course
32. Stand Up Paddle boarding
33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood
34. Random acts of kindness. STARTED and ONGOING
35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here.
36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here.
37. Roadtrip without destination
38. Regular German practice with the boys
39. Campervan holiday
40. 4 days away on my own

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Finished Object: Alma’s Ruffle Suit

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.

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My Exciting Year of 40 Things

It’s been quiet in my little corner here. And it’s not because I haven’t had anything to say. I felt it was necessary to take a break and let the last year work itself out.

That is all about to change. This year I am dedicating myself to a list of 40 things, in honour of turning the big 40. It’s exciting, I’m excited!

1. Take part in a rally driving session
2. Practice my violin
3. Make and donate items to charity
4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions
5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). STARTED: Hike 1 and Hike 2.
6. Hunter Valley wine tour
7. Canyoning
8. Obtain a boat licence
9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible)
10. Weekly photo of the boys. STARTED: Week 1.
11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING.
12. Write or blog every day. ONGOING
13. Teach a craft class
14. No new clothes all year
15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here.
16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here.
17. Use up my extensive yarn stash
18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects
19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: Coogee Beach.
20. Roadtrip to the Outback
21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship
22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina
23. Memory quilts for the boys
24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. STARTED…FitBit reinstated…
25. Monthly video calls with family and friends
26. Refresh Italian (penpal)
27. Practice and improve my swimming ability
28. 1 day a week without my phone (entire year). ONGOING
29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’
30. Write 40 letters throughout the year
31. Cocktail making course
32. Stand Up Paddle boarding
33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood
34. Random acts of kindness
35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here.
36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here.
37. Roadtrip without destination
38. Regular German practice with the boys
39. Campervan holiday
40. 4 days away on my own

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Random Monday: Crochet Letters

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…

STATS
Pattern:
 The Moogly Crochet Alphabet by Tamara Kelly.
Crochet time: 10th April 2018.