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We travelled to visit Gorgeous Man’s father’s place to celebrate a milestone birthday. Gorgeous Man’s siblings came and most of the grandchildren were also able to make the trip. It was a wonderful weekend of memory making.

Gorgeous Man’s step-mother had recently acquired a loom. It was passed on to her from a friend. After watching a few online videos, I warped it up with the help of my 15 year old niece and we started weaving.

weaving in progress

I used some Vinni’s Colours cotton as both the warp and weft (see how I’ve got the lingo down)😀

The two of us were so excited at how it was turning out that we were jumping up and down.

After a few hours we had this.

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It is unwashed at this point.

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Our edges got better as we went along.

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This is closer to the actual colour (yes there are a few skipped threads in there, but it’s not bad for a first attempt). Then, although it was a wrench. I gave my/our first weaving to the niece (need to get them addicted to the yarn arts early).

Before I left I gave my step-mother-in-law a quick lesson on warping the loom and weaving. I did tell her that it was a case of the extremely short sighted leading the blind and that the next time I visit I am expecting lessons from her.

A loom is going on my wish list! There has been stash acquisitions. But they deserve their own post.

 

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For the last month I’ve worked on nothing else except this project.

It got delivered today so I can show it in it’s glory.

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The pattern is Ribbon Afghan. Details about this blanket on Ravelry. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.

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Now I need to finish the butterfly finger puppet for Gorgeous Girl that I put aside to work on this and start the next crochet blanket for a family member who is expecting a baby in a few months time.

Right now we are in Australia for our mid-year leave and I have a four hour car drive this morning. Since Gorgeous Man will be driving I am hoping to get lots of crocheting done.

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I found some giant snails wandering in our garden.

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I was able to sneak up and get some close-ups.

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Knitted with yarn I spun using roving from Nurturing Fibres.

Pattern available here on Ravelry and here for non-Ravelry users.

They now live on my bookshelf.

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When I was in grade three or four, our class was divided along gender lines and we were taught a craft one afternoon a week. The boys got to bang blocks of wood together (and I desperately wanted to do that) and the girls got to do things like embroider (I remember the teacher laughing at me when I asked her to re-thread my string I should have said thread apparently…). After embroidery for a few weeks we were taught to crochet. My classmates churned out dozens of colourful bookworms and I managed to produce a tangled mess. I never did get a bookworm of my own.

When I saw this bookworm pattern on Ravelry I decided it was high time that my eight year old self (and my eight year old daughter) got a crocheted bookworm.

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Mine are in decidedly nicer yarn than was used back then. The green is a cotton yarn from an indie-dyer in South Africa and purple is handspun I dyed myself.

bookworm in natural habitat

In its natural habitat.

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I knitted a scarf.

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Summit scarf – pattern found here.

Close-up.

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It has been blocked, but it’s been so humid that it’s gone a bit curly again.

 

 

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I found some snails hanging out on the kitchen table.

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I love how they have turned out.

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One for Gorgeous Girl and one for her friend.

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Purple is handspun. Pattern can be found here.

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A gift

Gorgeous Girl was invited to a birthday party a while ago. We raided the fabric stash to make the gift. Fabric was bought in South Africa, so it’s at least five years old.

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Eric Carle fabric.

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Gifts weren’t opened at the party, so we have no idea if it was well received or not, but Gorgeous Girl and I liked it. It was actually hard to give this one away…

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