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I’m still working away on little African Flower hexagons and pentagons to turn into another hippo, but I have also snuck in a quick finish.

Here’s another hat that will be winging it’s way to frozen Michigan.

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Here are both hats.

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Not sure what I’m going to do with the last few grams of yarn.

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A month ago Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl went back to PNG without me. I’m very grateful to generous family members who have let me stay with them and for friends who have been keeping me busy and out of trouble,  but I’ve been missing them a great deal. Gorgeous Girl also racked up quite a few firsts while we’ve been apart. First day at a new school, first missing teeth, first music lesson (drums) first individual swimming lesson, and so on and so forth.

Anyway, a friend asked me to go out with her and some of her friends. When we got to the place we were supposed to be eating (Eat Street Markets – well worth a visit) she suddenly stopped and started fussing with her bag and phone and then pointed behind me and said “Who’s that?” I turned and got the shock of my life when a certain Gorgeous Girl came running through the crowd.

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Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl had flown down for a few days.  I was a touch overwhelmed and tears were shed. Gorgeous Man wins Valentine’s day this year.

They flew home today and I’m still in Australia waiting for visas to be sorted out. But I’ll be home in another few weeks and all will be right with my world.

In other news, there has been knitting.

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This is a child-sized hat. It’s going to a friend of mine in the north-east USA. She is a registered foster parent and is part of a network of foster parents in her area. The idea is to give her a stack of hand-knit hats, scarves, mittens and baby blankets to keep on hand for foster children that come into care. The knitted items will be one less thing that foster parents need to provide and in addition to keeping the children warm it is something they can take with them when the leave that foster family. A few of my Ravelry friend have joined me in this project and we are going to see how many we can make. Sadly there is a large demand in the county my friend lives in.

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I’ve been busy formatting and rereading the thesis. Just the conclusion left to write and it will be ready for submission in January. Kind of both exciting and terrifying.

In between that I’ve been working on some knitting, a lot of this has been done in the car (when Gorgeous Man has been driving of course). This is Wurm made from some handspun that I dyed the fibre for. Here’s the yarn.

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I asked Gorgeous Girl to model. She was not impressed and said she didn’t want to wear that “silly looking hat.”

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She didn’t stay grumpy though.

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Gratuitous shot of the top of the hat.

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Gorgeous Girl asked for a crochet sun hat so I’m working on that at the moment and will put it under the tree for her. Also on the hook is a Christmas gift for Gorgeous Man.

It’s been really hot here which has made scrapbooking unpleasant. I’m taking my art journal to Australia and hope to find some time to have a few sessions with my talented SIL.

We leave for Australia next week and even though I’ve made a few gifts it’s going to be a mad rush to get the rest of the gifts and  wrapping paper bought, plus a photo with Santa (if Gorgeous Girl will cooperate) and all those other Christmassy things done.

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This little guy took far longer to finish than s/he should have. I’m still on the fence in terms of a gender for this one. The giftee can decide.

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This is probably because I used a much smaller needle and hook than the pattern called for and s/he is teensy tiny.

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I’ve also finished a pair of socks.

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I’d forgotten how much I enjoy knitting socks. I never wear them here in PNG as it’s simply too hot year round.

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I go a bit mad in our traffic as a passenger if I don’t have anything to do with my hands, it just seems like such a waste of time! So on the way out of the door on Sunday I quickly grabbed a spare ball of yarn from the stash (left over from a pre-Ravelry project) and started crocheting in the car.

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A basic baby beanie that will be donated to charity.

I have some lace knitting on the go as well, but that requires too much concentration to do in the car. This shawl:

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Pattern is free from Knitty.com. Frost Diamonds. The yarn is much more purple in real life and, because it’s a wool/silk blend, has quite a sheen to it. This yarn was my souvenir to myself from our trip to South America last year.

Another photo because I’m loving how this is turning out.

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I have the flu. Sunday and Monday I felt terrible, but have turned the corner today and am starting to feel better.

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A few weeks ago Gorgeous Girl and I dyed some yarn.

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Last week I was in need of an easy car project and so cast on a hat for Gorgeous Girl. A few trips in the car later and it was done.

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Complaining about the flash.

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I like the way it striped on the top.

I think I’m going to have to break out the dyepots and dye up some more yarn.

 

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When I was a little girl I had a lovely big doll. A few months after getting her a parcel arrived in the post. It turned out that one of my Oma’s (Grandmother’s) friends had crocheted her some lovely dresses, trousers, shirts, hats and booties. I still have the doll and she still has her clothes, but they are starting to look a little worse for wear after approximately 33 years.

Recently I was knitting some baby socks, intending to donate them to charity, but when Gorgeous Girl saw them she asked if they would fit dolly. (When the doll was in my possession she had a name, but Gorgeous Girl refuses to name any of her toys and so it’s just Dolly or Big Dolly…). Anyway, as we were trying on the socks she bent Dolly down  to her ear and then told me that Dolly would very much like the socks. How could I refuse that request.

Especially when I realised that Dolly had not had any new booties or socks since the first parcel of clothes when I was a child.

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Pattern is a free pattern from Sheri Berger: Baby Monkey Socks.

The details of this yarn are lost to time. I do know that I crocheted a receiving blanket for my niece in this yarn. She turns 17 this year… That means that this yarn has been moved to South Africa and Papua New Guinea before being used up. There are still a few walnut sized balls in the stash that will make their way into projects at sometime in the near future. I’m hoping I’m not the only one with ancient vintage yarn in their stash.

The socks are a little bit big for Dolly, but since she won’t be running around in them I think that’s OK.

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