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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Midweek Inspiration

Whew, I had so much fun spending time on Pinterest looking at fun things that tickled my fancy. It seems like it’s been ages that I’ve had the mental capacity to focus for that long! Here’s what I’m liking this week…

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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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Just hanging…. Doornob hook tutorial.

Life can get preeetttyyy crazy round these parts, and it’s safe to say that I am NOT a morning person. So i’ve developed certain tricks to help make things roll smoothly before the coffee kicks in… One such trick is to have my outfit for the day all picked out so I just put it on after my shower…. No hard decisions necessary.

The whole pre-choosing my outfit thing was working out swimmingly so I decided to create a pretty hook / hanger to make it a pretty and functional endeavour.

Doorknob Hanger Tutorial - Purls and Polkadots

I decided to make a hanger out of one of the doorknobs left over from Mum’s birthday present.

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Midweek Inspiration

As the end of, what feels like the longest knitting project of my life, approaches I’m pretty excited to be looking for new inspiration and projects! Here’s what’s tickling my fancy at the moment….

Warning: Be prepared for baby over-load in the coming weeks…. We are having a pregnancy boom amongst friends, family and co-workers so bear with.

 

pb-0604_small2This gorgeous little baby cardi (source)

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Oils well that ends well.

Now, for the second instalment of “paring back the basil jungle“.

In my hunt for ideas to use up all of the luscious basil in my garden, I came across the notion of mixing basil with oil and then freezing to make little nuggets that can be dropped into a pan and add delicious basil-y goodness to any dish.

Tiny Morsels of deliciousness

Tiny Morsels of deliciousness

I was pretty tickled by this idea and dove into the kitchen to have a crack. No directions, only a half-baked idea that I’d skim read off the ole inter-web. Luckily, it seems this method is pretty idiot fool-proof.

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Mum’s the word.

As mentioned previously, my mama is one of the hardest people to buy for. Mostly because she always claims not to want anything. As though that’s an option!

With Mother’s Day fairly soon after her birthday, it is a struggle each year to come up with ideas so close together. Luckily, Papa got her an iPad for her birthday so I knew exactly what I wanted to make her! Thanks Papa for being so extravagant.

Ipad Stand by Purls and Polkadots

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Couch Cushion Make-over

Ever since Hubster and I decided to buy the house we currently live in, we have slowly been making the shift from ‘Flat’ to ‘Home’. Our couch was purchased on the cheap. We loved the ‘L’ shape of it, and its extreme comfy-ness. We didn’t love the cushion covers.

Varying shades of brown corduroy…. ugh.

The old digs

The old digs

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Stash Busting

Don’t you just love it when you find a tutorial that is easy, fast and turns out perfectly?

Before I explain, I have a small confession to make. I have a problem. It seems that I am entirely unable to turn down a deal when it comes to fabric and yarn. I have spent some time this long weekend tidying up my craft room and it is almost embarrassing how much I hoard these things.

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The Bookcase Stash

 

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The wardrobe stash

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I have made it my mission to buy no new supplies (unless I need any notions) until I have made a dent in my stash.

This tutorial has been languishing in the depths of my Pinterest page for sometime. I must have pinned it in a one of my frenzies as it is hard to believe why I didn’t make it straight away. A bit of cutting, two seems, a neckline and voila a wonderfully comfy and cozy top. Too simple.

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Mid-week Inspiration

Holiday time = crafty time. Which means less time spent looking for inspiration because I’m living and breathing it baby! My happy place that’s for sure. Nevertheless, here are a few things I’ve been eyeing up over the past week.

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