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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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A pincushion

I have been saving my scraps from the hexagon quilt I’m working on. All those weird shapes that come from cutting the hexagon pieces that are too big to throw away, but not big enough to get cut into strips or squares got put into a ziplock bag and tossed into my ‘works-in-progress’ tote along with the other more organised scraps.

I had a specific idea in mind, to use them to create made fabric. A few weekends ago I pulled them out and decided to give the technique a try on a small scale.

IMG_2159I started in the centre and sewed the strips randomly to each other. Every piece in the centre is a scrap from my hexagon quilt.

I then framed it with a border of lovely spots and used the same fabric for the back. This came from The Calico Cat. A few years ago we did a swap, I crocheted a hippo for her and she sent me a bunch of fabulous fabric in return. Shortly after that fabric arrived my sewing mojo left. Now that it has returned I’m having fun using it up.

Kidlet was so taken with this that she claimed it for her own. Stuffed it and sewed it shut herself.

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She refused to accept any advice or guidance as to how to sew it closed and she did a pretty good job. She does sew on occasion, so she will make use of this pincushion. Now I need to make another one for myself.

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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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