Sunday, April 20, 2014

When you ail, knit.

Last weekend I came down with a yucky cold. I haven't felt that awful for a long time.
I figured some quiet knitting time would heal me.
Turns out it was a good decision as I got worse and spent two days in bed.
Bendigo Woollen Mills 'Luxury' in Ruby
Look! I've made a very cropped sleeveless cardy which will eventually (hopefully not too far away) become a long, long-sleeved cardy.
I'm making Harvest by Tin Can Knits and I'm loving it.
There was a fair bit of frustration until I got the hang on the raglan increases but considering a week and a half ago I didn't really know what a raglan increase was....I'm stoked.

My arms were getting a little tired as the Harvest cardy is getting a little heavy so I decided to give up on my 'one project at a time' (foolish) dream.
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills 'Stellar' Wool/Bamboo
This is a non mystery knit along (KAL), designed by Georgie Hallam of tikki knits.
I awaiting the next 'clue' so I thought I'd cast on another in the meantime. There's a few babies to be born at the end of winter and I feel like small knits allow me to get a feel of what I like to do/knit while getting a handmade gift at the same time. 
Bendigo Woollen Mills 'Cameo' - Discontinued Wool/Angora
BWM - Luxury...seeing a theme here?
I haven't done too much more crochet, I guess my hands have been busy.
I think he likes his blanket already.
BWM 100% Cotton
Harvey's hasn't got much bigger yet either. Definitely a slow burn project.

One should always have a helper when you are trying to take blog pics.
Foxy Baby Mills - in Lachy
Because it's so helpful when they pull the computer cord out, tug the crochet off the table, try and unzip the craft bag....Lucky he's cute!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter and that no matter what you celebrate, you have some chocolate!!

Abbe







Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Knit wit

With some help from Narioka's lovely mum Helen, and some advice along the way from my Aunty Pam, I managed to knit my first jumper.
It's Bendigo Woollen Mills 4Ply 100% cotton. I only did the striped on the front as I didn't want the stress of trying to match up stripes. It seemed to get the tick of approval.

I'm trying (really trying) not to start too many knitty or crochet things. It appears that such Startitis is as common for knitters and crocheters as it is patchworkers but I thought I could aim to be better behaved in one area of my crafting.
Since I finished my first crochet blanket and Lachy's jumper, I figured I could start a new one.  
Since I'm making Harvey a Granny Stripe blanket, I thought I would make Lachy a Giant Granny Square. This is made from Bendigo Woollen Mills 'Luxury' 100% Wool.

Can you see that I'm a fan of Bendigo Woollen Mills?
I sometimes have to go to Bendigo and since the knitting passion has flared, it's a necessary stop.

Time to do a few more rows....

Abbe




Monday, April 7, 2014

All the birthdays

One is definitely not a lonely number around here - 
As a surprise for the little boys and their Poppi who also had a birthday, we visited the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Can you tell we had fun? 
Big 1 year olds aren't scared of heights.

Lachy's 1st birthday
Harvey's 1st birthday


 Cake, cake, cake
Mr CP did it again.
Another cake filled masterpiece.
He swears he is now retired from cake baking.

We had great fun at their joint pirate party.

My super smart big three year old chose pancakes for his birthday dinner - excellent choice!!
A brilliant excuse for me to eat pancakes :o)

It was an exhausting few weeks - in the midst of all the birthday craziness I went back to work and we had an offer accepted on a house. We find out this week if the clan is on the move.

I'm looking forward to a day in the sewing room tomorrow. It's much more appealing now that it is tidy.

Abbe


Sunday, April 6, 2014

I want to blog but....

It's a bugger to blog on the IPad and it seems such a pain to get the laptop out. Maybe I just need to shut up and do it.

Anyway, since my last post, I had a weekend at The Retreat (perks of being an owner). As usual I didn't get anywhere near as much done as I had planned but I still managed some finishes. Since then, home has been madness and I only just got a chance to unpack and tidy the sewing cave - it was looking like there been some sort of fabricy yarn explosion.

I did manage to make the PJ pants I'd planned for birthday gifts for Harvey's friends.
I got two robot quilts cut out for the boys.
They are eventually going to have a very roboty bedroom! 
And one little helper had his first play with an IPad care of 'Aunty Bron'. He was loving it. 

After the big tidy up yesterday, I got to working on this very well marinated WIP.
I had stalled due to the blanket stitching that needed to be done on the wheels. I finally did them at sewing last week.
Unfortunately I've now decided it's too small for the intended recipient so I'll set it aside and ponder what to make instead....lucky I've got lots of other fabric to choose from!!

Abbe

Thursday, March 13, 2014

And so it grows

My stash that is.
I couldn't resist this 'Wee Wander' fabric by Sarah Jane Studios.
I bought it online from Fabricworm.
It's so pretty but I've no idea what I'm going to do with it.

Over the last weekend I loaded the boys into the car and ventured north'ish to see my buddy.
She lives in a one horse town. I saw the horse, her name is Barbie. She isn't pink.
Among corralling the children, discussing and fixing the wrongs of the world and eating chocolate, we went on an adventure to Boort.
Where I bought some fabric in Boort.
The shop is called Brojayla Patches. They are only open Tues and Wed or by appointment. Fortunately we were able to get an appointment and Michelle kindly opened the store so she could help us spend our pocket money. 
The plan is to save my pocket money from now on.
I stopped at Bendigo Woollen Mills on my way to visit Jules and spent some more pocket money.
I have lots of quilty and now knitty projects planned with my haul so I can't really justify many more buys.
I wonder if I can stick to a stash diet....?

And those boys?
Cheeky as ever!! 
Abbe x

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You think you can trust somebody

I took my iPad when I visited Jules

Apparently I had left my ravelry account open.

Now where are my knitting needles.....


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I have become learned

I've completed the four week crochet class.
I'm loving my new skills.



I've started a granny stripe blanket for Harvey. 
This is Bendigo Woollen Mills 8Ply Cotton.
He keeps asking if I've finished yet...not quite.
This one is a little something that began in error but has turned into a very pretty design.
I'll show you when it's been gifted later in the year as it's for a baby-to-be. 
Of course Harvey had to have a turn.
Can't fault his enthusiasm.... 

Abbe