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So I didn’t mean to disappear. Life caught up with me. End of semester, marking assessment, writing exams and then marking them. Then I got sick and Gorgeous Man has been away for the past week for work.

As a result there has been minimal crafting. I messed up my lace shawl and had to go backwards for 10 rows.

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I’m now heading in the right direction and all the pulled out yarn has been reknitted.

There has been a small finish. 20 year old yarn in this little crochet hat for one of Gorgeous Girl’s dolls.

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Feels good to use up some leftovers. Dolly used to belong to me and she is somewhat worse for wear. At some point she will need to visit the doll hospital and have her eyes replaced. She’s lost the eyelashes off one eye and has cloudiness on both of them.

 

I whipped up a little crochet hat. It took less than an hour.

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This will go to charity.

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I’m knitting a cardigan in yarn to match.

More car knitting. A simple linen stitch facewasher using the rest of the yarn from the last one.

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Just two more rows to go and then cast off.

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A few years ago I made a ridiculous number lot of African Flower Hippos. I had one block left over and decided to turn it into a pincushion using this pattern by Sandra who blogs at Cherry Heart. It is a very easy pattern to follow, and the result is really cute.

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Because I used 4 ply (fingering) yarn and a 1.75 mm crochet hook mine is much smaller than others I’ve seen.

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I realised that I didn’t have a take along project and I was wasting an hour a week travelling in the car to town to do the grocery shopping. (It’s 30 minutes each way and Gorgeous Man drives). I went stash diving and came up with this yarn I bought while visiting Colorado in January 2016 (in terms of my stash it’s a very young yarn).

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I cast on for the Multidirectional dishcloth (but I’m going to use it on my face – too nice for dishes).

Two car trips later I had a finish.

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I love the colours.

Here it is in all its glory.

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Such a clever easy pattern! This used just under half the ball of yarn, so I have another facewasher on the needles, but the next one is just a simple linen stitch.

However, not all my recent knitting has been a success. This next project got pulled out.

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The yarn is a handspun, and I like the yarn. I like the pattern. What I did not like was the way the two were working together.

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The good news is that after years of silence, the yarn has let me know that it would like to be a hat.

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I think a ribbed beanie will be a much better use for it.

I’ve started adding the row to the bottom of the quilt.

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It will take me a while to get the whole row sewn down.

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Then I’ll need to remove the papers from the second last row from the edge so that I can make some new hexagons.

I have several rows on the side and top and bottom to add to make it queen-sized.

A little while ago we booked ourselves onto a boat trip to go snorkelling off the coast of Port Moresby. The trip out was lovely.

On the boat

Gorgeous Girl loves to snorkel.

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We have a casing that we can put a regular camera in. It takes great underwater shots.

Gorgeous Man got some great photos of the things we saw.

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Blue Linkia

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Forster's Hawkfish

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If you are in Port Moresby it’s worth the trip. Snorkeling is organised through POMSAC and the Yacht Club.