Recently completed projects and blocking comment.

I have been busy at work since we came back from Canada and havent really thought about blogging until now.

Whilst away, I made 4 hats which I gave away to my cousins, who LOVED them, using THIS pattern NANTES hat.

That link goes to Ravelry, which is a wonderful community of fibre lovers who craft their way daily through lots of words and yarns. By far the best part of it all is browsing through the wonderful world of Yarn P 0 rn. (I tried to brea k it up to avoid spam filters, sorry.) I have been known to get lost in pages and pages of colourful pictures of yarns of all sorts and thinking about buying ALL THE THINGS!!! Not to mention the vast repository of patterns you can browse to download or purchase online or in a book. Pattern pages often link to completed projects by other Ravellers who often leave helpful comments about their project and their modifications.

I do love using RAVELRY. It is free to join, so come and be part of this worldwide craft community.

Other projects I have made include the Dreambird;  (pattern here), a few hemp washcloths; (Pattern in last post), a pair of socks from the Knitteratti Janel Laidman. I love her socks!

Dreambird

Hemp washer

Sylvan

I am going to confess that I feel very guilty that I do not block all my items. I refuse to block socks, or garter stitch items, but will consider blocking garments or shawls. Yes it is pure bias on my part, but I like my justification is that to block seems to remove the stretchiness in garter stitch and it seems such a waste to block out the springy stretchy garment for “professional” results. and cant your foot block the sock very nicely in its shoe?

What do you think? do you block socks? or garter stitch items?

Lazy Weekend + Crocheting

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? It was a little cold and overcast around here. But I’m thankful for every drop of sunshine I can get on the weekends. I’m definitely not missing the rain.

Mt Ettalong

We had a quiet one and spent a little bit of time outdoors, just the hubby and I. We went bushwalking and strolled along the beach. The cool weather kept most families away but the die hard swimmers were not put off by the cold water and there were weekend fishermen along the rocks trying their luck. The café near the beach was, however, bustling with families having brunches and boy, the coffee aroma was so terribly tantalising! Although I do miss having a proper cup of coffee every weekend, I was good and stayed away. I already had my daily dose of caffeine that morning. 

Pearl Beach

Anyway, I had grand plans of showing you the Milo vest (pattern in Ravelry) I’ve been knitting on and off. I thought I would have it finished by now but I had a little problem with it and have lost interest in it. You see, I didn’t check my gauge. I intended the vest to be worn from newborn to 3 months but because of my lazines, the vest is too big! The chest size will suit a 6 month old and older. Argh!

Milo WIP

It isn’t the end of the world of course. It just means my baby girl will only get to wear it late Summer or Autumn next year. So as you can imagine, I’ve lost motivation to finish the vest right now. Instead I’ve been pottering around with other things. Pretty sweet things to be exact. 

What do you think? Are you in love with this granny bunting as much as I am? I’ve got a toothache just looking at it! It was so quick to crochet and I added the little flowers to make it even sweeter.

Granny Bunting with flowers

I have it hung over my TV in the living room at the moment. The colours really stand out against the dark blue wall. I think I’ll have to crochet another one to hang over the crib in the nursery. Yes, I think I might have to do just that.

Notice that I’ve got Letters and Numbers on the telly. I love that show! Do you? I am truly amazed by the skills displayed on the show. How do they work out the letters and numbers so fast? I hope watching it will let rub some of that cleverness onto me. 

Bunting banner

Can you work out what I’m trying to say here:

I <3 EcoOrganic Cotton

That’s right! I LOVE EcoOrganic Cotton yarn! 🙂

Crochet patterns used:

Happy crocheting!

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