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Life’s been busy here for the past week. So I only have a little finish to share. Most of this was done in the car (as a passenger), a small hat for charity.

crochet hat 1

Gorgeous Man says it looks like a flapper’s hat from the 1920s. I knitted a flower to go with it.

crochet hat2

I’m really pleased with how this came together. I hope it brings joy to someone.

Gorgeous Girl and I dyed some more yarn today, at her request. At this stage I’m considering one batch a success and one is more ‘meh’ but I’ll make a final assessment once it is dry and re-skeined.

Pictures to follow.

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A few weeks ago Gorgeous Girl and I dyed some yarn.

pink and blue stripe yarn

Last week I was in need of an easy car project and so cast on a hat for Gorgeous Girl. A few trips in the car later and it was done.

koolaid hat 1

Complaining about the flash.

koolaid hat 3

I like the way it striped on the top.

I think I’m going to have to break out the dyepots and dye up some more yarn.

 

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When I was a little girl I had a lovely big doll. A few months after getting her a parcel arrived in the post. It turned out that one of my Oma’s (Grandmother’s) friends had crocheted her some lovely dresses, trousers, shirts, hats and booties. I still have the doll and she still has her clothes, but they are starting to look a little worse for wear after approximately 33 years.

Recently I was knitting some baby socks, intending to donate them to charity, but when Gorgeous Girl saw them she asked if they would fit dolly. (When the doll was in my possession she had a name, but Gorgeous Girl refuses to name any of her toys and so it’s just Dolly or Big Dolly…). Anyway, as we were trying on the socks she bent Dolly down  to her ear and then told me that Dolly would very much like the socks. How could I refuse that request.

Especially when I realised that Dolly had not had any new booties or socks since the first parcel of clothes when I was a child.

monkey socks 1

Pattern is a free pattern from Sheri Berger: Baby Monkey Socks.

The details of this yarn are lost to time. I do know that I crocheted a receiving blanket for my niece in this yarn. She turns 17 this year… That means that this yarn has been moved to South Africa and Papua New Guinea before being used up. There are still a few walnut sized balls in the stash that will make their way into projects at sometime in the near future. I’m hoping I’m not the only one with ancient vintage yarn in their stash.

The socks are a little bit big for Dolly, but since she won’t be running around in them I think that’s OK.

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Sewing

Our car recently spent some time at the mechanics. It went in for a service and some other repairs. Having one car makes it very difficult to get  Gorgeous Girl to school and back when it is out of action. Fortunately, some friends of ours lent us their car so that we could get to and from school.

So I made them some placemats to say thank you. One thing I love about sewing is the speed at which the projects come together (if I don’t screw up the cutting or sewing…)

placemats1

I picked up these placemat panels before we left South Africa, so they have been marinating in the stash for a while.

I backed them with traditional African fabric that I was stunned to see one of the local supermarkets here in PNG selling. This is the same brand as the fabric I picked up in Zambia during our holiday there.

placemats2

Hopefully they like them.

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Last Sunday Gorgeous Girl was watching a documentary about wildlife in India (she loves watching nature programmes) and she asked me to come and watch with her. So I grabbed my needles and  some yarn and by the time the show was over I had this little guy sitting on my lap. I am incapable of watching TV without some sort of craft in my hands…

owl

Handspun yarn. I’m tempted to make a whole flock of these. If you would like to make one of your own you can find the free pattern here.

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As I was putting my last two scrapbooking pages away I realised that I’d made another layout which I had neglected to share on the blog. This is a nice simple layout which lets the lovely paper speak for itself. I can’t get over how much Gorgeous Girl has grown.

keukenhof page

These photos were taken on a trip to the Netherlands in 2010. Yeah, I’m slowly dealing with the scrapping backlog…

I started out in paper craft as a card maker. These days I do much more scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I still make all my own birthday cards. This one is heading out the door soon.

happy birthday card

After looking at the photo I’ve since added a white line around the black tag to finish it of a little more. The patterned paper is up-cycled from my 2013 diary.

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I started this shawl just before we headed to Europe as I wanted something simple to do in the few moments of down time between conferences and sight seeing. Then it travelled with me to Australia earlier this month and I worked on it a little more, but couldn’t finish it there because I needed my little scale to make sure that I used every last ounce (towards the end I was weighing the remaining yarn after each row to see if I had enough to do another row or if I needed to cast off). Without further ado I give you my Old Lady of Poland shawlette.

shawl1

Pattern is a free Ravelry download and can be found here: Old Man of Storr Shawlette.

I’m pleased with how it came out.

shawl4

The yarn was handspun by me quite a number of years ago (2010 according to the stash entry on Ravelry) and I don’t know why I didn’t get around to knitting it up sooner.

shawl3

It’s a merino/tencel blend from Girl on the Rocks, who has wonderful laser cut knitting and sewing notions in her etsy shop. I adore the sheep WPI tool.

I made two trips into town as the passenger today, Gorgeous Girl had a role in her school assembly this morning and so Gorgeous Man and I both went in and Friday afternoon is school pick up + grocery shopping. This meant that instead of having to deal with our awful traffic I could knit. Here’s the progress from today’s journeys.

easyhat

Using up some leftover yarn from a pair of socks knitted a very long time ago. It’s a little baby hat for charity.

I’m hoping to find some crafty time this weekend: a bit of scrapbooking (I have lots of new photos to play with) and perhaps a bit of spinning, I’m hoping to replicate some Malabrigo yarn using their fibre that I purchased in Poland. Wish me luck!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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These booties were finally finished and popped in the post while we were in Australia.

duck booties finished

Hopefully they will get lots of use. Pattern can be found here.

This hat didn’t get finished in time to go into the post. It’s destined for charity.

watch cap 1

Pattern can be found here.

I love that this is a historical pattern. It was knitted for the troops during World War II. The decreasing is very clever.

watch cap 2

The yarn colour is more accurate in the first photo.

I’ve finished a shawl as well, just need to weave in the ends and have a photo shoot.

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There’s been a little bit of crafty goodness happening here at Ruth’s Place.

I finished Brickless and wore it in Germany. It’s now in a ziplock bag in a box waiting for our next visit somewhere cold…

brickless finish one

brickless finish two

I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Needed to make a thank you card and I came up with this.

thank you card

I fussy cut the motifs from some paper. Leaf placement on the right could be a little better, but I think it works overall. Now just need to write in it and pop it in the post.

There has also been some scrapbooking. I am trying to use some photos of myself and Gorgeous Man, so that not all the scrapbook albums in the house are of Gorgeous Girl. These are very old photos of my graduation from my first degree. When I graduated I never expected that life would lead me in the direction that it has. For this layout I used the layout by Gisele Julien shown on the Let’s Capture our Memories blog for sketch 69. It was perfect for the photos that I had of this event.

graduation scrappage

I hand wrote the title and coloured it with water-colour pencils.

gradcloseup

A slip of the cutting knife meant that an embellishment was needed. Fortunately I had the perfect one left over from when I did a page for Dr. Gorgeous Man’s most recent graduation.

grad embellishment closeup

I suspect I must be the ultimate simple scrapbooker with only one embellishment on a page.

In real life the green leaves in the background paper and the green in the title match perfectly, but my camera didn’t want to play nice.

Right now I have some yarn cooling on the sink and some cooking on the stove. A very generous Raveller sent me some Kool Aid, so I’ve been experimenting with that. The over-dyed yarn is looking great, I’m reserving my judgement regarding the yarn on the stove.

Stay tuned for yarny photos.

 

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I made an article of clothing from a pattern and it fits!

As soon as Gorgeous Girl saw it she put it on and then grabbed dolly with the matching dress (same pattern, not the same fabric).

dress1

She likes it.

dress2

I managed to do french seams on the sides.

frenchseam

I’m quite impressed with myself about that.

Gorgeous Girl found some lace in the stash when we were selecting fabric and insisted that it be added. Thanks to my friend Google I worked out how to add lace to a hem without too much trauma.

lace hem

While the machine was out I made a pillowcase for a friend of Gorgeous Girl’s who is having a birthday soon.

pillow2

Gorgeous Girl insisted on giving it a test run.

pillow1

Funny kid. It’s now all wrapped up and ready to be gifted. I hope the recipient likes it. I’m always worried about giving handmade gifts to other people’s children because I know not all families value handmade as much as ours (and our extended family) does.

Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl went out to one of the National Parks recently. Here is Gorgeous Girl relaxing after a 2 kilometre walk and a leech bite.

Araminta in Varirata

Gorgeous Man really does take the most beautiful photos of Gorgeous Girl. This really captures her. She wasn’t too fazed by the leech bite. She told me that she “wasn’t happy” because she got bitten by a leech, but it was OK because Daddy had picked it off.

 

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