Wishing upon a star

IMG_4963When I was a little girl on the school holidays we got to go with my mum to her craft group (much the same as my children do now). My sisters and I would spend hours playing with the other children while our mother’s crafted away. I remember one ladies house being an old house with lots of different rooms that were filled with many wonderful treasures. My favourite room had a piano right in the center and I would sit in there banging away on the keys. My skills didn’t reach much further then chopsticks, but I had so much fun on that piano. For many years as a child whenever I wished upon a star it was for  a Piano. Though sadly as a child my wish was never granted by those stars and I never took piano lessons. As an adult I have still always wanted to own a piano and maybe just maybe even be able to play it.

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Last weekend my wish partly came true and we purchased a beautiful 1800’s Becker piano and this weekend when I arrived home from the gym Mr C was sitting at the piano filling our house with the sound of ‘Heart and Soul’. It made my day.

Mr C on the piano

We have all spent this weekend learning the basics and B is now playing twinkle twinkle little star. There is something about piano music though, even if it is just scales it seems to fill the house with such a wonderful feeling. I’ve had such a thoroughly great weekend learning piano and then listening to others learn while crocheting away on a new blanket.

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I was even just treated to a recital of Twinkle twinkle little star by B and he was so proud of himself. Who knew a piano could make for such a wonderful weekend. Even little princess has gotten in on the action and has learnt ‘C’ 🙂

little princess on the piano

Love to all

xx

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July 30, 2013 · 9:27 am

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.

 princess' first cardigan

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.

princess' own hootbelle

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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What’s been coming off the needles and hook

The crochet and knitting continues with some little interruptions of the school holidays. We have just finished our mid year winter holidays here and there were many movies seen and lots of braving the cold for outings. The big kiddies are back at school now and so it is once again just me and little princess at home. She is getting to that real precious age. She now feeds her dolly and puts her to bed. Little Princess then comes back from her room to inform us all ‘shhh bubba sleeping’. It’s just so adorable. She is a really little treasure. On knitting I made her a hat details here. The gorgeous pixie type that makes me think of whimsical fairy tea parties.IMAG0326I’ve also been crocheting several new toys and hats for customer special requests. I am particularly proud of how Thomas worked out. I hunted for a pattern for a long time but there was nothing out there in 8ply or that really took my fancy. I wanted to work Thomas in as few parts as possible. I had many a false start and there were several Thomas’ that got ripped right back. But the finished product has only 2 main body parts, his under carriage and his circle part on top. Yea less sewing together. I also stuffed him with foam cut to size which allowed me to keep more of his rectangle shape then opposed to stuffing with polyfill. I haven’t decided whether to release this pattern or not. What do you think?

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A mini hootabelle and a hootabelle cotton beanie have just come off the hook as well. I love hootabelle and I’m so happy they changed her voice she sounds so much more hootabelle like now. My little girl loves hoot and hootabelle she now has both a hootabelle and a hoot so she runs to get them when it’s giggle and hoot time on the tele.

But probably the most exciting thing to tell you is that I finally went to the Bendigo Woollen Mill and if you haven’t been you just MUST go and if you have you know exactly what it is like. It is like walking into woolly heaven, there is wall to ceiling delicious wool all around in an array of wonderful colours. And lets not metion the back room or I may just go into woolly delight overload. I purchased some stunning Luxury in 10ply to knit this, which I have already finished but will save for another day. I also purchased some spur of the moment luxury in 8ply from the back room. It’s not designated yet so I’m having lots of fun looking at different patterns.

IMAG0335 I went to Bendigo on a day trip with my crafty pal Esme and after all our wool purchasing we decided to drive about and find main street and a cafe for lunch but on the way I spotted this out of the passenger side window and a quick detour was made. It was a little chilly but we decided to sit outside under all those blankets and we were surprisingly warm. It was such a wonderful day. I highly recommend a trip to bendigo.

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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Yarn bomb at home

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Do you remember way back here I began these. Well somewhere along the way I got distracted, probably by hexipuffs (which I am still slogging away at). Well they were always in the back of my mind, but deep down I knew I was never going to finish a bed runner of them. The turning point came when I started a whole new crochet blanket for our bed and the bed runner became obsolete. So instead I had the brilliant idea (tooting my own trumpet) of beautifying our very sad and old looking letter box. I think it does the job (somewhat) and I hope it makes the postie smile.

Love to all

xx

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