Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

Greetings. I didn’t mean to disappear for over a month, life just got kind of hectic. Since the last post we have had a birthday party for a certain Gorgeous Girl, I’ve turned another year older and the teaching part of the semester has come to an end. Now the marking can begin!

I have managed to sneak in a few stitches here and there. I bought some blocking wires earlier in the year and picked them up when we were in Australia in July. I finally got to use them. I love them.

This is a little scarflette for Gorgeous Girl.


The colour is a little off in this picture, the light is not so grey. Pattern is lacey baktus from Ravelry. I miscounted the amount of yarn I had, so it is not symmetrical.


A close up. Yarn is a handspun single from superfine South African Merino. Dyed by me. Gorgeous Girl tried it on this morning and assured me that it doesn’t itch :)

There will hopefully be pictures of her wearing it in the snow in a few months time. We are hoping for a white Christmas (travelling to the USA).

There is another handspun shawl blocking at the moment, so hopefully it won’t be another month before I post again.

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A cowl

I’ve had this cowl finished for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to sewing in the ends and photographing it.


I tried a few patterns but in the end decided to let the yarn speak for itself.

It’s going to live with The Calico Cat. I hope she likes it.

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A visitor

Recently Gorgeous Girl and I heard a strange noise under the house. We went down and found this little guy perched on the wall.


Then he hopped down to explore the orchids.


After exploring our orchid area this little kiwi bird went to live with one of Gorgeous Girl’s little friends who had a birthday recently. You can find pattern details here.

I’m really pleased with how he turned out.

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I finished a handspun shawl.


I’m really pleased with how this turned out. I have enough yarn left over to (hopefully) make a matching hat.


The arty tree shot…

And with the sun shining through


It’s still unblocked. I’m going to leave it unblocked because I’ve got fancy new blocking wires on their way to me. Hopefully pick up in Australia on our next visit and anything blocked here and put into storage will need to be reblocked before wearing in December/January as things go musty. So I’m going to block it at a later date. Hopefully it will grow a little in the blocking process.

Yarn is a silk/merino blend and is a navajo ply. It’s been languishing marinating in the stash for at least 4 years. I think it was worth the wait though.

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I’ve been knitting some of the Malabrigo I bought in Poland into hats for our upcoming winter trip.

malabrigo hats1

One large one for me. I like to keep my ears warm.

malabrigo hat larger

One smaller one for Gorgeous Man who doesn’t like his to turn up so far.

malabrigo hat smaller

I think I have enough yarn left to make a small version for Gorgeous Girl, but we’ve never been a matchy-matchy family and I’m not sure how I feel about doing that…

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Another hat came off the needles recently.


It’s a little bit big on Big Dolly (she had a name when she was mine, but Gorgeous Girl doesn’t name her toys but rather gives them all descriptions). It should fit a pre-teen boy. It’s another charity knit.

I love the top of this hat.


I’ve been on a bit of a hat knitting kick lately. There are another two hats waiting to be photographed. On the needles at the moment is a handspun lace shawl. It’s a busy time of the semester with student assessment due and exams needing to be written (they are all done, but student assessment still needs marking) so I’m only managing a few rows here and there at the moment.

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So we moved house. Just up the road to a new house in the same neighbourhood. We still don’t have the TV or internet connected and I’m spending a lot of time unpacking. But I have also been quietly playing with yarn in the few spare moments when it’s simply too hot to keep unpacking or my feet are screaming for me to take a break.

Behold the last hippo for a while.

finished grey hippo1

finished grey hippo2

With a friend.

finished grey hippo and friend

I taught myself to knit two colours holding the yarn in each hand recently. This is the result.

stranded hat1

The inside.

stranded hat inside

The band is a twisted rib. This hat also used up all of the coloured yarn out of my stash. I’m trying to use up the odds and ends this year. This little hat will go to a friend of mine and will be given to a child in the foster care system.

I’m going to go and talk to the internet company today, apparently arranging redirection is impossible over the phone. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back on line more regularly…

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