Happy Hats

I have to be honest. I don’t know much about keeping babies warm in winter. I grew up in Singapore and all we had to deal with are heat and humidity all year around. With my little girl being born in August, I do feel a bit daunted about keeping her comfortable in the cooler months. Even though winter around Sydney is mild relatively to other parts of the world, I personally struggle with it at times. So naturally it does my head in trying to figure out the most suitable knitting and crochet clothes to make for my girl.

I blogged last week about the rather warm jacket I made for my baby girl. I thought it would be suitable to rug her up in it if we go for an evening stroll by the water. Doesn’t the orange and blue colours of the jacket remind you of sunsets over a river? I can just imagine us walking along together and watching the birds head home.

Fisherman's wharf at Woy Woy

So what if the evening was extra brisk and the wind was picking up? I didn’t want my girl to have a cold head! I searched through Ravelry for baby hats and boy, there are a LOT to choose from. I was certainly spoilt for choice. I did pick two hats to knit. They’re different from each other but both knit with EcoOrganic Cotton. I simply cannot ignore how comfortable this cotton is for the mild winter around here and the colours… Oh, let’s not get started on the beauuttiffuuulll colours!

Again I was fortunate enough to have my friend’s baby daughter to model one of the hats for me. She’s such a trooper. Look at her modelling my Aviatrix hat (pattern on Ravelry). Her eyes will melt your heart…

Newborn Aviatrix hat

The camera clicks away and she patiently waits for me to show off the pretty hat. She does not mind one bit that she had the hat on her head. That’s a good sign!

Newborn Aviatrix Hat

But she did finally show signs of boredom. The camera just isn’t fun anymore. Haha…

Newborn Aviatrix hat

The next hat I knit is a bit unconventational for a baby girl because I knitted it in a dark blue colour. But I did make it girly with a crocheted flower embellishment. It’s a Simple Baby Hat (free pattern) and I tweaked it a tiny bit by knitting an i-cord before casting off. I think it looks cute with the little tail on the top. No pretty model to show off this hat for me unfortunately.

Simple baby hat with flower

I think it still works for a girl. I’ve been doing quite a bit of window shopping for baby clothes and I’m often attracted to the clothes that are multi-coloured. The plain pinky ones are nice too but I think mixing that up with lots of colours make the outfit much more fun, don’t you think?

Frothy flower

I love this crocheted flower. There are many crocheted flower patterns around but I think this one was super cute and the size just right to dress up a boring hat. The flower pattern is available for free too! Got to appreciate those generous, creative people out there.

Well I got to run. I’m studying part-time and I have an assignment due in a couple of days. Eeek! Have yourself a fabulous week and catch up with you soon!

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Friends & Babies

A couple of my friends, who I met through Ravelry (Yay Ravelry!), have had babies just weeks from each other. I had them over the other day for morning tea and it was such an experience to have the babies meet one another for the first time. There was a bit of fussing and unsureness, and at times, their crying would set the other one off! Fascinating to watch. But I think it was just good to enjoy banana bread and tea and catch up again after so long. Everyone’s been a bit busy with being pregnant and having babies. You know what it’s like.

Friends and Bubs

Now what’s that got to do with knitting I hear you ask. Well, for starters, I’m pregnant too! Isn’t it weird how a friend’s or colleague’s pregnancy could increase your own fertiliy? We’re over the moon as it is our first and we just found out yesterday we’re having a girl! 🙂 Yay! So… over the last few weeks I’ve been knitting for my own little budle of joy who is due in August. 

I love the Baby Sophisticate pattern and had it stored away in my Ravelry favourites for awhile now. I didn’t know that it was going to be a girl when I knitted this so I kept it as gender neutral as possible. What do you think of the jacket I made?

Baby Sophisticate Jacket

I love the colours on it. It’s so unlike anything you’ll find at the shops. I used a Moda Vera yarn I bought at a Spotlight sale last year for the main part of the jacket and the lovely bright blue collar and edge trims are none other than EcoOrganic Cotton. The colour is aptly named Peace. I wanted a soft and gentle yarn against my baby’s sensitive neck and you can’t go wrong with EcoOrganic Cotton. For the life of me I cannot remember which Etsy store I bought those cute buttons from but they’re just perfect for the jacket I think.

My friend, Vanessa, was kind enough to loan me her beautiful 8 week old daughter the morning she was here to model my baby jacket just for YOU. Her first modelling job and I think she did a spectacular job!

Baby Sophisticate

Baby Sophisticate

All together now… Awwww…. Isn’t she just precious!

I also made an equally colourful baby hat to match this jacket but you’ll have to wait until next week for that one. 😉  Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Summer Crafting Part 2

Summer is officially gone and autumn has greeted us with devastating floods throughout many parts of New South Wales and Victoria. We are safe here where we are but nonetheless we are touched by what we see on the news everyday. Our thoughts are certainly with those badly affected by nature this last week.

I feel even more blessed to be able to continue my life quite untouched by the heavy rain elsewhere. I am knitting regularly now and I’m in a happier place than I was in the miserable cold summer. Reality and my expectations of what autumn should be is matching up. My brain is at ease with that. 

Woy Woy again

So let’s continue where we left off last week. I showed you the pretty potholders I crocheted while trying to get my crafting mojo back. It still brightens up my day whenever I lay eyes on them. Such simple pleasures when you create something yourself.

I also wanted to make something to show off the softness of the EcoOrganic Cotton. They are just so lovely against the skin. Well, it’s a no brainer really. I made facecloths! I so, so wish you can touch these!

Spa Facecloths
Free pattern (Ravelry)

The facecloths are just pure luxury against the skin, especially when you’re having a spa moment in the bath. Simply light some candles, pour your favourite aromatic oil into the bubbly bath and soak up the warmth. Stay in that moment and enjoy the softness of the washcloth against your skin as you lather your weary body with gentle soap bubbles. Feel your sanity returning to you…

Spa Facecloths

Oh EcoOrganic Cotton, how I love thee! 

My love affair with this yarn continues over the next few weeks. I’ll be using EcoOrganic Cotton in such happy ways that I really, really can’t wait to show them to you. It feels super good to be working through my stash too. It’s ironic how being frugal actually makes me feel proud of myself. *Pats myself on the back* So until we meet again, take care and happy knitting! ^__^

ETA: I almost forgot to tell you that Ecoyarns actually has 10 different types of cotton yarn to pick from. Ten! I have also tried Pakucho organic cotton but not the rest. Interested to see how each one knits up. So many choices, so little time!

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Summer Crafting Part 1

It has been a wet and cold summer. I’ve never seen so many overcast, grey and wet days at this time of year before. Typically the miserable weather would make it ideal to spend more time knitting and crocheting as it was just dreadful to be outside. But somehow I lost my crafting mojo a couple of months ago and struggled to find it back. All I wanted was summer – warm days at the beach, barbecues with loved ones and to spend as little time indoors as possible. Alas, wishful thinking indeed!

I needed to stop mourning for a lost summer. I’m sure like many of you stash diving is a well trusted form of therapy and I dove deep into it. I needed something bright and happy, something that would perk me up and forget what I could have been doing in the sun. To my delight, I found a large ziplock bag full of leftover Eco Organic Cotton from my crocheted blanket and it brought a big smile to my face. Those colours just sang to me and the softness of the cotton begged me to touch them.

I thanked myself for having previously printed a few patterns and tucking them into the bag of yarn. I could get started straightaway! Yay! Within a short couple of days I had crocheted a pair of cheerful potholders. I even made them doubley thick so my paranoid self could use them without fear of being burnt.

Granny Square Potholders
Free pattern available here 

Look at those colours! Don’t they remind you of summer – blooming flowers and sunsets and sunrises and summer salads and cold drinks and all those wonderful things in between?

Granny Square Potholders

But they weren’t enough. The potholders showed off the beautiful range of Eco Organic cotton colours but I wanted something to be touched and caressed. The yarn is heavenly soft and would be perfect against the skin. So I whipped out my knitting needles and spent the next week slowly chipping away at another project.

Do you want to see what I made? I’m afraid you’ll have to wait. I’ll show you the finished product next week. 🙂 Until then, take care and hope you enjoy each sunny, warm day to the fullest!

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What do you love most?

We’d like to know what you absolutely LOVE from Ecoyarns. We have a large range of yarn and fibre, and it’s hard for us to pick a favourite. By helping us with this poll, you’ll help us improve on what’s available in our store and also what to put on sale next. Everyone loves a good sale, don’t they? 😉

Pssst…

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Seasons Greetings and Festive Fun and Games

Deck the halls with Yarns of Holly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

‘Tis the season to be crafty

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our Knit Apparel

Fa la la, la la la, la la la

Make the Xmas Wreath with Vigour

Fa la la la la, la la la la…….

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Well, I did get carried away. The Carol night for our school is tomorrow and we have been practising our songs at home with great relish and vigour. Parum pum pum pum…..

This crafty post is really about my tremendous urge to have a YARN covered Xmas wreath for the door.

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Collect your materials: wreath (from art and craft shop mine was $9.95)

Make/find some red and green flowers/leaves/bobbles etc. I had some crocheted flowers/bobbles from previous craft sessions.

Locate appropriate chirismassy ribbon: I picked out a wide holly print one (Bought this from art and craft store) with wire edging for the bows and a skinny gold print one for winding around. I also found some other gold ribbon from my stash. Yes, I hoard ribbon too 🙂

Red and Green Yarn : I decided to card my green and red fluffy fibres then spin it chunky/thick and thin. I wound the spun yarn directly from the bobbin onto the wreath. (There are 3 more sets of red/green Christmas batts in the store.)

Sewing needle and thread or Craft Wire I strung the flowers bobbles on the craft wire, twisting the wire behind each one to secure its position, then wound it around the rest of the wreath.

Craft Glue (as required) I didnt need any

Put on some Christmas music on the stereo and sing along LOUDLY while you card/spin/wind/sew/glue bits together. Jingle Bells, jingle belles, jingle all the way….

And TA DA! Here is the Yarn on the Wheel, and the Completed Wreath.

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New Items in November

This November we welcome some items that are Brand New or have been difficult to locate.

1) Flax Stricks. this is the traditional form for spinning Flax or Linen. The plants are dew retted in fields then bundled up and processed as a “strick”. Sleeping Beauty’s spinning wheel had a distaff to hold the bundle of flax fibres for easier spinning.

This is easiest to spin wet. I recommended a bowel of water to dip your fingers in regularly as you spin the Bundle.

Very limited stock. only 10 available. 100gm each

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2) Organic Cotton Flamme In our signature Pakucho Cotton colours, with a new spin on softness and texture!
This yarn is available in 1kg cones or 50g balls.

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3) Undyed Sock Yarn These are available in 100g skeins for the natural colours, low prices and you can certainly use these as blanks to dye your own colours. We will be introducing Natural Dye experiments in the blog soon, these are perfect for your own fun experiments! 

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4) New colours of O-Wool Balance in stock. This yarn is a favourite of many customers and has the properties of both cotton and wool in a fluffy blended yarn. Lightweight and cosy for any season.

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5) 20% Off sale on Cotton items in our inventory (except spinning fibre). Watch your email space for a coupon code for further discounts. 

 

Did you sign up for our Newsletter? Our newsletter subscribers received an extra 10% off this November.

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Posting parcels

There has been talk around the web recently over the increasing cost of sending parcels within Australia and time delays that some people might experience. Here at Ecoyarns we understand the importance of getting your orders to you as soon as possible. We know you just can’t wait to fondle and play with the beautiful yarn and fiber you’ve just bought. So we thought we’d share with you our newly updated shipping policy to clear the air and to offer some reassurance that we take a lot of care with your parcels: 

  • Parcels posted out on Thursday morning because we both have other jobs outside of Ecoyarns
  • Parcels are sent in Express Post or Click & Send satchels. Orders that do not fit in satchels will be sent via Click & Send. These methods of shipping means we can track all our parcels so you do not have to worry about lost parcels
  • “Do not safe drop” stickers are used on all parcels, except when customers state otherwise or its addressed to a PO box
  • $10 flat rate for domestic orders below $149
  • Free postage for domestic orders above $150
  • We do ship internationally. Additional postage costs may be charged after checkout.

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We have an extremely high success rate of delivery using Auspost these last few years. However if you have any feedback about the way we send out orders, please share! We welcome any suggestions that could make shipping cheaper and more reliable. Thanks in advance!

P.S. At the moment we are selling silkworm eggs which are sent at a cheaper postage cost of $2.50. These are sent via regular mail and are posted on Fridays or Mondays. Excess postage is refunded after the eggs are posted. 

 

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    Last few days for Linen and Lace Sale

    These are the last few days for the Linen and Lace Sale.

    All linen and lace items are 20% marked down until 31st October. Make the most of this sale!

    The Certified Organic Cotton Laces are durable and soft. I have used these as straps on sleepwear, decorative motifs on clothing and there are a few laces that have edgings one can pick up stitches and knit.

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    Here is a progress picture of the top I am making with MerLin yarn

    The name of the pattern is Coral and is by Helga Isager in her Aminomo 2009 Collection. Very pretty top that flatters lots of different figures.

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    Organic Cotton Flamme

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    Our lastest arrival is Organic Cotton Flamme.

    New to the store and supersoft cotton.

    All naural colours, certified Organic Cotton. No chemical anything.

    Perfect for babies and more!

     

    I test knitted my swatch with 4mm needles and the fabric seems to be the right drape and density.

    22st to 10cm.

    I shall plan a nice summer top for this yarn.

     

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