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I got a bit obsessed by these socks while we were away. Knitted on them every car trip we made and in the evenings.

Spun from merino wool in a traditional three ply.

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Frustratingly they are a little bit shorter than I would like in the leg. I do however, have more than enough left for another pair.

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I really love the way this knitted up.

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I’d forgotten how much I enjoy knitting socks. I need to make more of them.

 

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While we were in Australia I took the opportunity to drop a few hand-spun, hand-knitted items in the mail. I belong to a group on Ravelry called Aussies Knitting for War-affected Kids. Feel free to click on the link and join the group. We’re a friendly bunch and it’s not just Australians knitting. The items made are delivered to Syrian refugee children. Some toddler sized socks. Due to the risk of fire in the camps it has been requested that no acrylic yarn is used.

Some toddler sized socks in hand-spun yarn

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Some scarves.

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All items are from handspun yarn. I know it’s not much, but if I can help warm one person then I feel less helpless in the face of so much suffering.

 

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We had a lovely, but hectic visit to Australia. Lots of running around getting things organised. I got new glasses, still learning to love them; sourced goodies for the goodie bags for Kidlet’s birthday party in October; picked up birthday presents for Gorgeous Man (a bit later in the year) and caught up with friends and family.

There are a few finished objects and some fibre and yarn acquisitions to show you. First something I took right down to the wire. I knitted this scarf last year and then got stalled when it came to blocking. In my defense it was rainy season when I finished it and I knew it would have problems drying. I finally got it blocked and dried the day before we left so that I could gift it while we were in Australia.

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It blocked out really well. I love the look of it puddled on the couch.

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This went to live with my sister-in-law Rockmelon Recycled who as a maker herself (both of my sils are makers) appreciates the handknits. To keep this in the family, this yarn was given to me by my step-mother-in-law. When I saw that the colour was almost identical to the hat I had already knitted Rochelle I knew I needed to make a scarf to match.

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I haven’t knitted very much for charity lately and so have decided to move charity knitting back into regular rotation of projects.

I’m really happy with how this little cardigan turned out.

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It used up some old Elle Escapade yarn. Pattern can be found here. It’s a very easy pattern that makes a good take along project as it doesn’t require much concentration.

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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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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.

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