Saturday, March 31, 2018

Tiny Crocheted Flowers

  



I needed something to make at Can Do Books Sit&Stitch on Thursday, so I rummaged around the bookshelves and found this lovely book.  I got it a few years ago when I just started crocheting.  It is a lovely book filled with beautiful things.  I wasn't able to make anything out of the book when I got it.  When I looked at it the other night I was rather excited that my crochet skills have come a long way and I could probably make everything in the book, and read the diagrams.  So I made one flower on Wednesday night and one on Thursday.  It is very fine crochet using No 8 perle cotton and a .75mm hook.  Not sure what I will do with them.

Friday, March 30, 2018

New Book

  

  

Yesterday was Sit & Stitch at Can Do Books and I picked up tis sweet book on miniature worlds and doll houses.  Stephanie had showed me this book a while ago and I had forgotten about it until yesterday.   There is a paper doll and dresses in the back to play with if you want.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Raffia Basketweaving

 



For the last few years, in attempt to not eat chocolate, I have been getting various other Easter presents like the Bobbin Lace course.  This year I signed up for an online Basketweaving course.  I have looked at basketweaving before and have a couple of books, but never went further because of materials, where to get the sticks and weavers.  This course uses raffia, something that is very easy to get.  My large bundles arrived yesterday.  It was a case of looking at the small 50g bundles at Spotlight and thinking that wouldn't go very far, and then finding 1kg bundles that were relatively quite cheap (and half the price of the store recommended by the course), so I bought two.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Flock of Chickens



 

Finished the chickens last night.  The tallest one is about 28cm.  The size difference comes from thick/thin yarn and different hook sizes, and the chicken with legs is a different pattern to the roosting chicken.  The patterns are from Stip & Haak, the yarn from Fibresmith and  The Noble Fox Yarn Co.

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Doggie Mug



    

Found this very sweet dog mug in the city yesterday at Gewurzhaus, a spice shop.  The head is the handle.  Not sure how functional it would be with a hot tea in it, but it is very functional and fits right in to the craft room holding tools for easy access.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Chocolate Cake



Saw this cake on SBS Food Network last week by an American chef.  The frosting is marshmallow-like and rather sweet.  The cake has an unusual ingredient of mayonnaise.  Will probably make the cake again, but not the icing.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Glimmer of Hope



This was an azalea that was my Mum's.  Piers bonsaied it.  Several times it has looked like it was going to die, then it sprouts and starts all over again.  Once it comes back fully it will get an overhaul and a root trim.  Hopefully it will keep going,  It is a beautiful little tree.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Biscuits or Slice?

  

Felt like baking yesterday, couldn't decide what to make biscuits or slice, so I made both.  Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies and Chewy Chocolate Slice.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Little Chicken



This is a test run for a commission, working out size and colours.  It is a very sweet little chicken.  The pattern is from Stip&HAAK a Dutch designer.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bunny Photo Shoot

  

  

  

Finished the little rabbit and took a few photos, quite a few in the end.  The pattern is by Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles.  The yarn is from Fibresmith, her own hand dyed.  I chose to use less colours than the patten, loved the soft grey.  You can't really see the pink in the ears in the photos.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Rabbit



Made a start on the rabbit, although it isn't looking much like a rabbit at this stage.  I decided against the rusty brown with the grey (knitted  most of the head then pulled it all out), just going with the lovely soft hand dyed grey.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Rabbit Maybe?



I pulled the hat apart again, really not happy with the tension.  And instead of starting it another time, I have put it aside for now.  What next?  Maybe this lovely rabbit by Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles.  I received it free through her newsletter, but you can buy it on Ravalry.  I got the yarns out last night and found I had to re-wrap the rusty brown.  Yes, I think I will make a rabbit.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hat Knitting



Seem to be coming out of the flu fog.  Was able to knit the rest of the rib for the hat last night.  Much more knitting than I have been able to achieve in the last few days, although it looks like my tension could be better.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Still No Crafting



The flu is still around.  So let's look at what I was working on this time two years ago.  Durning March 2016 I went to Bobbin Lace Classes at the Embroider's Guild of Victoria.  There were good things and bad things about the course.  I haven't done any bobbin lace since.  Although I have collected all the materials and tools to do it, I borrowed bobbins and the pad for the classes.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

No Crafting Yesterday



I have a flu and spent most of the day in bed.  I managed a couple of rows of knitting on the hat, but had no energy or concentration for any more.  So let's do a 'same time last year' thing.  I was making lots of rabbits, Luna Lapins for the Easter window at Can Do Books.  I really enjoyed making Luna and all the different wardrobes.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Starting Again



Had to pull the hat out and start again.  I haven't used the pattern before and was unsure about which size to make and couldn't tell until it was a decent way along to test.  It fitted, but on the small side.  So out it came, re-wrapped the ball and cast on.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Charts and a Hat



I finished the knitting charts I was working on and laminated them.  I discovered matt laminating pouches when I was learning bobbin lace.  They are a bit more expensive than the glossy knit, but much better to work with.
I also did a few more rows on the hat yesterday.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

In The Garden



This lily recently popped up in our front yard.  Not sure I have seen it before, there have been other lilies but in different spots around the yard.  This is one of those ones that is just a stalk with flowers and no foliage.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Knitting Charts



Having a play yesterday colouring in graph paper for knitting charts.  It is funny how the simple thing of reversing the colours makes my brain work really hard.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Knitting a Hat



My head is all over the place at the moment and can't settle on working on one thing.  I was making trees, but I am bored with that and last night started a hat with one of the lovely green yarns.  On waking up this morning I'm not sure I will continue with the hat as it looks too small, we shall see.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Things You Forget



I received a text this morning from my sister-in-law saying how she enjoys her little fairy in a jar and could I make some more.  I have made a lot of things and put them into the lid of Moccona coffee jar lids, but I don't remember making one of Salley Mavor's little people and putting her in a jar lid.  And yes, I'm sure I can make more.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Green Yarn

  

A trip to Fibresmith yesterday and picked up some greens for more trees.  Something rather satisfying about buying yarn and then winding them into the centre-pull balls.

  Made one tree last night in the darkest green.  Looks a little dull after working with variegated colours, but will be a nice contrast to the other lighter greens.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Little Weimaraner Doggie

  



The little dog is finished and playing very nicely with the other dogs.  All three dogs are patterns by Kerry Lord, Edward's Menagerie, Toft yarn.  I bought the kits at a craft show last year.  Kerry has a dog book coming out here in May.

Friday, March 2, 2018

...39...40...

I am counting the little reindeer, but I don't have a final figure that I am aiming at.  As many as I make will be the number.