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My current Wednesday crochet project will also be doing double duty as my take-along project.  I’m making one of these bags.

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Pictured is one of my new crochet hooks from the set that I bought earlier this year. I’m a big fan. I think I’m crocheting much faster with these hooks and they are easier on the hands.

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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.

 

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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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Life is pretty busy for me at the moment, I’m working full-time and studying part-time and we are heading in to the end of the semester so there are exams to write and marking to do. However, I’ve learned that I cope much better with life if I’m doing something creative every day. My very wise sister-in-law calls this filling your bucket. So I’ve divided up my week into different crafts and aim to spend 20 minutes before bedtime making something.

Wednesdays are for crochet. This little crochet flower headband was completed in one evening (a little longer than 20 minutes).

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Yarn is handspun merino silk.

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Details on Ravelry.

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For the Easter long weekend. Gorgeous Man, Gorgeous Girl and I travelled to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea for a short break from the heat and humidity of Port Moresby.

It was very cold and I enjoyed it tremendously. We didn’t do a great deal as it rained quite frequently while we were there, but it was nice to relax, catch up on some reading, play card games and spend time together.

Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl got up early one morning to do a bird-watching trip. I also spotted a rare bird while walking the grounds…

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Just sitting quietly on a stump minding his own business.

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In all seriousness though, we did see some fabulous native birds. There was the tiger parrot.

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The lodge puts out fruit which attracts the birds and you can then watch from the balcony of the main building.

This is one of the birds of paradise.

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Love the long tail on him.

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We took a walk around the grounds and Gorgeous Girl borrowed my camera to take pictures of ever flower she saw. That was her stated aim… There were lots of really interesting flowers around and she got some really nice photos.

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But don’t fret, I’m not going to show you all of them.

 

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A friend of mine is having a baby soon. I believe that babies should be welcomed with handmade goodies, so I decided to crochet a blanket. Since I didn’t have enough coordinating yarn in the stash and friend lives in a different country to me I sent her a link to the Knit Picks web site (they now deliver to Australia) and asked her to choose a few colours. That way I could be sure that what I made would fit in with items she already has for the baby. When we visited Australia at Christmas time I picked up my order of yarn, I used Knit Picks Shine Sport, and began.

This was worked on while flying to the USA and it covered my legs in the cold Maryland weather (I’d forgotten how nice it was to snuggle under blankets while working on them). I then finished it off when I got back to PNG and  finally, last week Gorgeous Man posted it to my friend when he was in Australia.

The pattern is Neat Ripple and the instructions were really clear and made the whole process very easy. This was my first time doing chevrons.

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It was also my first time to do a crochet moss stitch border.

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Colours are most accurate in the last photo. The mother-to-be has received the blanket and tells me that she is thrilled with it.

I really enjoyed making this pattern and working with the yarn. I suspect that I’ll be making a bigger version for myself one day (when/if we live in a cooler place).

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Last year Gorgeous Girl asked if I would make the birthday present for her best friend. We looked through Ravelry together and decided on the following patttern: Tiny Long-legged Cat.

I used yarn that Gorgeous Girl and I had dyed earlier in the year. This yarn was found in an opshop (thrift store) and was truly horrible to work with. Very rough and scratchy, at the completion of the project Gorgeous Girl was given the remaining yarn to play use as she saw fit (this has resulted in yarn mazes around the house and yard).

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According to Gorgeous Girl this cat with attitude was a big hit at the party.

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Gorgeous Girl’s friend has now relocated back to Australia, but the girls are keeping up with each other through weekly skype video calls. I’m so thankful for technology that allows the tyranny of distance to be defeated.

 

 

 

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