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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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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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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