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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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Remember this fibre that Gorgeous Girl, her friend and I dyed?

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It became this yarn.

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I love the subtle hints of orange, it reminds me of a PNG sunset.

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Not the look I was aiming for, but I’m happy with it.

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Photos taken pre-washing, so I’ve yet to weigh and measure.

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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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When we were making our way to Papua New Guinea for the first time six years ago we called in to see my good friend Lisa and her family. We hadn’t seen them for a long time as we our families had been living in different states and then Gorgeous Man and I had moved to South Africa.

Lisa, through no fault of her own, had ended up with a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar fabic and during that visit she cut me some pieces to take with me. I had a panel that I had bought in South Africa, but not the coordinates. About a year later I saw (for the first and last time) quilting quality fabric for sale in one of the stores here in Papua New Guinea and several metres of the white came home with me and I started cutting and sewing.

I’m a slow quilter and it’s taken me a few years, but it’s finally finished. Behold in all it’s glory.

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The quilting was done by Quilting by Fiona. This is the second quilt she has done for me and did not disappoint. If you are in Australia I don’t hesitate to recommend her for quilting, she’s great to work with, reasonably priced and does an excellent job. I’ve dealt with her via mail and in person and both times went without a hitch.

You can see her lovely work. We selected a pantograph that had a mix of stippling and butterflies to match the theme of the quilt.

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I have another centre panel and some left-overs, so a small baby quilt may appear at some point in the future. Huge thank you to Lisa for her contribution (and her husband for buying the extra fabric that she found herself with)!

One final show and tell.

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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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