Owl always love you

A couple of years ago, I whipped up this little beauty using this fabulous design.

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It still to this day is one of my favourite jumpers (especially now that I can fit into it again!) and receives many compliments.  Papa-dearest is an avid Owl fan and has been hounding me to knit him something Owl-esque ever since. Unbeknownst to him I started on a sweater not long afterwards annnnnnd two years later it is finally finished!

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Midweek Inspiration

It’s Feijoa season again! Today we took a family drive into the middle of nowhere to cash in on some serious fruit purchasing from a roadside stall (we raid it every year). On the way home – we took the scenic route of course – we came across a very cool vintage shop that really got my creative synapses firing. I wanted to buy half of the store and the other half had me thinking of things I had at home that I could do something similar with. Unfortunately my phone had died by this point so I couldn’t take any photos, but Hubster and I have discussed going back there to purchase a few things.

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Change is inevitable

Hello again! I know, I know, it’s been a while, but I have a great excuse I promise! Plus heaps of things I’ve been working on to keep you entertained!

First off an explanation for my absence – the past year and a half has been super busy and definitely full of changes. You see I’ve been busy creating my biggest project of all!!

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Little Thumper

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Big Thumper

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Be still my beating heart

DSC00516These little cuties were another commission from my lovely friend. This time for her 4month old niece.

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A lovely lilac jersey fabric was used with complimentary knee patches and cuffs.

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Soooo adorable.

I Moss be dreaming

Introducing the Moss Cowl. This is perhaps one of the easiest knits ever and my go-to for cowls when you want them done quickly – no fuss, no muss.

DSC00482This little gem is for my brother’s gorgeous lady-friend. I knit one for her a while ago but it was misplaced and this was so easy that I had no worries whipping up another one for her.

DSC00481I used a chunky wool with 12mm needles because I wanted some bulk but a nice drape. Have done it with DK weight wool and size 8 needles also and was perfectly fine. The basic pattern is as follows…

Cast on 15 stitches (you can make this as wide or as skinny as you want just make sure there are an uneven number of stitches)

Row 1: *K1, P1* across ending on a knit.

Repeat until scarf is desired length (I kept going until I could wrap it comfortably around my neck twice).

Bind off using a stretchy bind off

Sew together, block lightly and enjoy.

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Not Your Average Christmas Tree

DSC00486Usually, Christmas is a slightly terrifying time for me. It means another year has flown past without me realising where that time went, and I am an uncharacteristically crappy gift-giver (pre giving hand-made gifts) so there was always a huge amount of anxiety and tension around buying two whole families worth of gifts. Yuck. Christmas is actually exciting this year because not only have I lost that anxiety and am making all the gifts (watch this space) but my Grandmother is over from the UK for the first time in a very long time. The opportunity to spend Christmas at the beach was too hard to pass up and as such I didn’t want to buy a real Christmas tree if we weren’t even going to be here to care for / enjoy it! On went the thinking cap and I found this awesome tree that tickled my fancy in a very big way.

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I definitely went into this project half-cocked… but luckily for me it worked out awesomly – not even a cuss word uttered, yeeha.

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Phase one involved drawing the general shape onto the pallet and cutting it out with my handy-dandy jigsaw and a fair amount of brute strength with the handsaw.

DSC00446Phase two involved adding additional reinforcement to the back of the tree

DSC00447Phase three saw the outside frames go on (I’ll be honest, there were almost cuss words during this stage) and a light sanding to remove any gnarly bits (a fair few splinters were removed before this point) and a wax/stain from my ever faithful Briwax in Antique Pine.

DSC00471Phase four included a base – it sat upright fine in the garage, not so much on the carpet. Luckily Hubster is well versed in sorting out these little mishaps of mine so came to the rescue with some wood from the garage and nailed it on the bottom so it’s now sittin’ pretty and of course the decorations.

DSC00485I love, love, love it. It’s not perfect but it just adds to the charm in my (slightly biased) opinion.

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Midweek Inspiration

Whew! Sorry about the radio silence team – we’ve been head down bum up, busy with what has been affectionately coined ‘Renovation Month’. I’ll spare you the details – save that for another day – but it sure is good to have a moment of peace and quiet to gather my thoughts and plan my next crafty adventure. Here’s what’s tickling my fancy at the moment.

 

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Playful Stripes

Yet another gift for a baby-to-be is the Playful Stripes baby blanket. This time for a close friend and partner-in-craft.

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‘Ello Ellybobs

So many friends are about to have babies! Luckily I’ve been laid up with an injury so that gives me plenty of opportunity for knitting all sorts of baby-cuteness!IMG_1378

 

 

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La-la-la-lola

Recently a friend of mine did some research and gave me some advice on starting a small business. To thank her I wanted to make her something cute yet practical that wouldn’t take a lot of time…. Enter LOLA.

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