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Poseidon the Cardigan

A little while back, I saw a little girl in a cardigan that had a diamond pattern on it. I fell in love and went on the hunt for a similiar pattern this is what I found. I made so many errors knitting this and had to rip back so many times on the postive I finally learned that technique where you put your needle in the row you want to rip back to and then you just rip rip rip, You know what I’m on about right, if not here is a great tut. Anywho all that ripping and knitting was totally worth it

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The colour is Poseidon from Bendigo Woollen mills. I am really loving Bendigo wool to knit with it is so lovely and hardly shows any inaccuracy in tension. Though I’d like to think I was becoming a better knitter, I think in reality Bendigo wool is just that good.

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Besides knitting the left side as a mixture of the right and left and ending up with a wonky shaped panel that I had no idea what it was. The diamond pattern was really straight forward. I didn’t even mind knitting that stocking stitch, which is a first for me. Normally I can’t make it 5 cm into stocking stitch before giving in, but this just knitted up so fast.

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I love this cardi, the colour, the pattern it’s all so cute. But unfortunately I think she may only get to wear it twice if I’m lucky. I knitted the size 2-3 but to the 4-5 length so in theory this should be long enough to last through 2 winters. Which is what I was counting on as we are in spring, though you wouldn’t know it, a torrential down pour has started this week and it’s been freezing so I quickly sewed the buttons on and she got to wear it at least once.

Love to all

xx

 

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A Giant Ta-dah that has been a long time in the making

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From Start to finish this blanket has taken 2 year and 4 days, Thats 24 months 4 days or 716 days. That is one hell of a long time for such a little project and in all reality it probably hibernated for half of the that time. Looking back over all these hexipuff episodes the last time I actually knitted a hexifpuff was July 2012. Which means for a whole year these little hexipuffs sat in a box in a bag just waiting to be joined together.

I started to join them together in March 2013 and got 2 rows done and put it away until yesterday I thought to hell with it they will be finished come rain hail or shine and I sewed all 22 rows together yesterday.

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And now I have one Finished beekeepers quilt. I used 8ply yarn not sock yarn so my puffs are slightly bigger so I made less puffs I think there is about 200, though I did have some puffs let over at the end of sewing them all together and I thought about making some more and adding another row. But truth be told I could not face knitting another one of these little puffs. I want to like this blanket. I really really do. I mean it took 2 years. Whether in that 2 years it was the actual knitting or the constant reminder that they were yet unfinished, I don’t know. But I’m not jumping for joy over these hexipuffs. I think the problem is that 2 years ago when I started this blanket I had no plan. It was just going to use up all my scraps (which it didn’t). Now 2 years later my colour choices have changed, I tend to head for more muted tones then over the top brights. While this blanket has some of those tones in there, many are just too bright for my liking.

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Though we have already been using the blanket, this morning B, little princess and I snuggled under it on the couch. And I do have to admit, it is super comfy and amazingly warm.  But it is long and skinny and rather heavy so I’m not sure how much use it will really get. For now it’s living with the rest of the blankets in our entrance way.

hexipuffs finished 3It has been a huge journey and I loved bringing you episodes in the early days of what the puffs had been up to. Santa was one of my favourite. He was such a good sport about the whole thing. Thank you Santa.

mosaic33d32eee6a96c1e32ef61bbd3ebc2fe0fc24eb15You can check out all those posts here for now I’m off to have coffee and watch some tele. For once I am without a project on the go so I shall be feeling a little lost

Love to all

xx

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Little Princess finally gets some handmade items

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I have been so busy knitting for everyone else and doing customer orders that the other day I realized I have never knitted little princess her own cardigan. And so I went on the hunt for a pattern to begin. I already had the yarn a soft cotton acrylic blend by James C. Brett. After a little looking around I settled on this one and cast on. It was a really quick knit and I did tweak the pattern a little. I added bands to the front and if I knitted this again I would probably add more length and shape to the arms. You can check out all the details for the adding the band here.

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I also finally crocheted Little Princess her own Hoot. The other day a customer asked me if Little Princess had all the toys I crochet and I sadly had to respond that she only had hootabelle (which kicked off my business) and the test crochet of elmo which I later changed his mouth. I had made little princess a hootabelle back here but since then I have been so busy filling orders which has been faboulous as now B has started tennis lessons paid for by crochet :) Yet the making for my family has diminished so I decided little princess definitely needed a hoot since as much as I try to make hootabelle her fav she does tend to favor hoot.

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Oh and she was so happy when I finished him and she realized he was for her and not for a customer. She wouldn’t let him go and even held him up for photos. So I’m feeling a little better about my lack of family crafting now and can return to crocheting up those orders now while little princess snuggles down with her hoot and hootabelle.

Love to all.

xx

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A wonderful weekend

Our Saturdays are becoming a jam packed action event lately. Saturday mornings is our coffee morning. Our whole little family goes out for coffee and hot chocolates in the morning. It’s become somewhat of a tradition, something we all look forward to. We have recently changed our cafe as the big boy B has started tennis lessons. And I love watching him!!!

After our coffee our little family splits in 2 and Mr C takes K and little princess home while me and B head off to tennis. I drop him with his coaches run across to the leisure center and grab a coffee to keep me warm while I sit  and chatter with other mums and dads in the freezing cold while we watch all our little ones play. B seems to really enjoy tennis which is probably why despite the cold I like it so much. After tennis B and I head home and then it’s time for Mr C to head off to swimming with K. Our afternoon’s are taken up by Mr C and I taking it in turns to head out to the gym. Saturday is a full on day there really isn’t a lot of time to spare but I do sneak in some crafting. Sunday is another story it’s our day it’s empty and we can fill it however we like. EMERALD BAKERY

This Sunday Mr C was off working at a Karate Tournament so Esme and I headed up to Emerald to visit the market. Before heading over to the market we popped into the Emerald Bakery for coffee and  cake for the kiddos. We sat right under the heater and the kiddies made a thorough mess with their cakes.

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When we headed out to the market and the first thing we did was buy mittens for all the kiddos, yes I know they should all have hand knitted mittens but well they don’t and it was freezing. Esme and I were even shivering. We decided to head straight to the inside market and I think both Esme and I were a little disappointed on the craft at this market there really isn’t enough of it but if you would like some yummo food do head up. We weren’t up there for long we totally underestimated how cold it would be and the kiddies all wanted back in the cars with heaters.

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After our lovely visit to the market the kiddies and I headed off to meet someone very special. My bestie finally had her baby boy. You may remember when I made her this blanket back here. Well when I heard her little man arrived I decided to quickly crochet her up a security blanket. I had wanted to make him a little robot but I left that too late so a robot security blanket it was. I love how it turned out. The new mummy got a present too. White Chocolate, Chicken Chips and a little something naughty rum. We visited for probably too long but oh the bubba cuddles they were just so wonderful. I can’t wait for more.

What did you do this weekend??

Did you visit any market or maybe a little one came into your life too.

Love to all

xx

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Birthday Cardigan

cat  jack cardi 2 IMG_4814jack cardi 3 IMG_4774cat2jack cardi 4 hexagon's 2jack cardi 6 hexagon'sjack cardi1We are all good in the land of rouge. We got given 2 lovely new pets and the kiddie’s are just loving them, they even clean out the cage. Lets hope the enthusiasm lasts. This morning we lost a piggie and were all searching the house madly so the cat wouldn’t find him, but as soon as the cat starbuck ran inside she found him for us and we quickly swooped into rescue scruff the piggie. That’s starbuck up above looking out the window watching those piggies, lets just hope she’s watching with a motherly eye and not like I believe and is busy calculating how much salt to add to the pot once she gets a piggie. I think for now our pets will have to love each other from a far. I have also been busy working on my English paper piecing quilt. I love it!! It’s so soothing to just sit and not think, no counting stitches, no counting rows, just whip stitch those little hexagon’s together. The most exciting news I have is I knitted a cardigan!! Yes I know I’ve done this before, but do you remember me talking back here about a cardigan that I had to restart, well even after doing a gauge swatch and restarting the darn thing just isn’t turning out the size it should. So it’s at the back of the cupboard waiting for little princess to be older and maybe just maybe one day it will fit. Well after that experience I was feeling a little flat about my knitting skills and wasn’t sure that I could knit. Maybe I had just fluked it in the past when I’ve knitted clothes. But then my sister Aurora asked for a grandpa cardigan for her son’s 3rd birthday.  I can’t resist making for little ones.  I found the perfect colour and I knitted a gauge swatch and began the cardigan. I love the finished product, while blocking it I just couldn’t resist reminding Mr C about just how clever I am. :) But the bestest most exciting part about this cardigan is it FITS!! My faith in my knitting abilities has been restored. I can knit!! All the details are here

Love to all

xx

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A baby bonnet free pattern for you

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Today I’m going to share a little something.  It’s really pretty too; I’m going to give you a pattern for the baby bonnet above. Now I have to state straight away this is not my original pattern, I have tweaked 2 freebie patterns to make this little bonnet. There is just no way I could sit down and work out a lace pattern, those people must be like rocket scientists or something, it takes enough brain power to follow a lace pattern let alone write one. That being said the lace in this bonnet is not really that hard just a bit of concentration and you can have a very pretty bonnet. I used Moda Vera Willowy it’s a 4ply viscose yarn and is lovely and shiny though can be very splitty, so I think any 4 ply yarn will work if you would like to use something different.

Size 3 – 6 months

Gauge 28st and 32 rows = 10cm in stocking stitch

Needles 3 ¾: or needles required to obtain gauge (I am a tight knitter and in most cases need to go up a size to obtain gauge if you’re an average knitter I suggest trying 3 ¼ needles first for your gauge swatch)

Cast on 94 sts

In stst work 2 rows

Next Row: (rs) K5,* yf, k1, k2tog, k2* repeat till last 4 sts, yf, k1 k2tog, k1

Stst for 3 more rows

Now begin the lace portion of the bonnet, work pattern as set below 2.5 times (bonnet should measure 5inches don’t worry if you’re a little off) Ending on with row 6

Row 1:  k5*k2, yo, k1, yo, k1, sl1-k1-psso, k3, k2tog, k1, p2*. Repeat * *  till last 5 sts k5

Row 2: p5 *k2, p12* repeat ** till last 5 sts  p5

Row 3: k5 *k2, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1-k1-psso, k1, k2tog, k1, p2*. Repeat * * till last 5 sts, k5

Row 4: p5 *k2, p12**. Repeat * * till last 5 sts, p5

Row 5: k5 * k2, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p2*. Repeat * * till last 5 sts, k5

Row 6: p5 *k2, p12* Repeat * * till last 5 sts, p5

Row 7: k5 *sl1-k1-psso, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * * till last 5 sts, k5

Row8: p5 *k2, p12* Repeat * * till last 5 sts, p5

Row 9: k5 *sl1-k1-psso, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * * till last 5 sts, k5

Row 10: p5 *k2, p12* Repeat * * till last 5 sts, p5

Row 11:  k5* sl1-k2 tog-psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * * till last 5 sts, k5

Row 12: p5  *k2, p12

Back shaping

Continuing in pattern cast off 33 sts beg of nxt 2 rows

Continue in pattern as below

Row 9: *sl1-k1-psso, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * *x2

Row 10: *k2, p12* Repeat * * x2

Row 11: * sl1-k2 tog-psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * * x2

Row 12: *k2, p12* Repeat * * x2

Complete this set x2

Row 1: *k2, yo, k1, yo, k1, sl1-k1-psso, k3, k2tog, k1, p2*. Repeat * * x2

Row 2: *k2, p12*. Repeat * * x2

Row 3: *k2, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1-k1-psso, k1, k2tog, k1, p2*. Repeat * * x2

Row 4: *k2, p12**. Repeat * * x2

Row 5: * k2, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p2*. Repeat * * x2

Row 6: *k2, p12* Repeat * * x2

Row 7: *sl1-k1-psso, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * x2

Row8: *k2, p12* Repeat * * x2

Row 9: *sl1-k1-psso, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * * x2

Row 10:*k2, p12* Repeat * * x2

Row 11: * sl1-k2 tog-psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2*. Repeat * * x2

Row 12: *k2, p12*. Repeat * * x2

Next Row: k to end

Continue in st st for 3 more rows

Next row k2tog, (k4, k2tog) x4 k2tog

Cast off purl wise

With 3.5mm crochet hook and wrong side facing join in yarn on right corner of cast on edge. Ch1

Dc in same st as ch, inc, dc in each st across till 2nd last st, inc, dc. (96dc)

*Dc, skip 2 sts, 5dtr, skip 2 sts* x 16 (16 shells)

To make up,

Block your bonnet using a method suitable for your yarn. I pinned out my bonnet and spritz it with the spray bottle making it lightly damp I then left it to dry.

Once your bonnet had been blocked, sew each side of back panel to 33 cast off stitches, then thread your ribbon through the eyelets made in row 5 of beginning stst. And wellah you have an oh so pretty bonnet.

Now to let you know as this stands this pattern has not been tested by anyone but me, yet I have knitted it twice now from these instructions and succeeded, if however you do run into a problem I’m happy to help if I can. As I have said this lovely lace pattern is not mine I just incorporated it into a bonnet so you should be all good there.

Love to all

xx

 

 

 

 

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The Baby Blanket – Ta dah

A few months ago I started a secret blanket, it was for my dear friend who is having her first baby, which I am super excited about. I finished the blanket a while ago now but have been waiting in great anticipation for her baby shower to give it to her. And a couple of weekends ago the babyshower finally rolled around. The blanket was finished, the bunting made and a little vest knitted. But disaster struck and I woke up the morning of the shower feeling a whole lot worse for wear. After passing out in the shower in the morning I decided I’d see how I went but by 10am I was no better and with the heater cranked and me huddled under 4 blankets and a hoodie on, it was clear leaving the house wasn’t an option. I cried and cried ‘I have to go it’s her first baby, I want to be there’ but reality struck and I had to cancel. So sent Mr C around with her pressies, which she loved and I can now show you.

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This blanket was a true joy to work on. It is the first thing I have crocheted for a while now that was for pure love, and there’s something about that kind of crochet that just makes me so much joyful. I finished it quiet quickly probably because I enjoyed it so much.

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The mummy to be loved the colours and I was given the best complement ever when giving something hand made which was ‘It is something I would of chosen myself’. That was music to my ears it made this blanket even more special. I hope she gets lots of use out of it and baby loves all the cuddles he will receive in it.

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Love to all

xx

P.S. Pattern will be published soon.

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