April 20, 2014

A beanie for me!

Check it out! I made a beanie for me :)

I talked about the Minno Hat in a blog the other week and it is now done! I am so happy with it. It's squishy and very warm.

The pattern is very clear and super easy to follow, well worth the $5. 


The stranded colourwork is very simple and not too many ends to weave in although it looks messy.

See, all the ends are weaved in, nice & tidy!

Here are some stats:

Yarn: Luxury 8 ply by Bendigo Woollen Mills
Colourway from the bottom up: Slate (0307), Tangerine (0347), Koala (0353), Aquarium (0324), Baby Pink (0318), Baby Mint (0317)
Needles: Knit Picks 80cm circular 3.5mm & 4mm

Modifications... yes I did that. It appears that I have a big head! just around not the height. I knitted the large size but started decreasing early, after 7th round from the last row of colourwork. Then I worked 8 pairs of decrease every other round before decrease every round.

It's slightly sloughy but I like how it sits on my head.

How about the details!

So I am going to be warm this winter :)

Stitch with love...

The Knitting in Public Meetup group

Happy Easter!

And happy long weekend.... really I would be lying if I wasn't excited about having a few days off work too... been so hectic.

It has been a rather productive weekend so far! I almost finished the March quarter BAS for Terry, cleaned the house, did all the laundry, did more holiday planning and the funnest thing of all.... drum rolls please! I went to my first knitting group gathering! Yes I did and it was so much fun!!!

The Meetup group is Knitting in Public - Sydney which I joined last October and I am so glad I did. For one reason or another I had not been able to attend any events until now.

This particularly event was held at the cafe in the Art Gallery NSW and what a perfect location. Check out the beautiful Sydney autumn day...

I was there for more than 3 hours, chatting, sharing crafty and other stories with a group of wonderful kind people. If it wasn't for some errands I had to do in the city, I would have stayed longer.

Only managed to get two good photos but you get the idea... I finished a beanie there too (blog shortly), made progress on the Binic baby pullover and did another row on the Haruni shawl. I think I knit quicker when I am chatting with other people!

Until the next meeting... stitch with love!

April 13, 2014

Rainbow Bluedog

Meet Rainbow Bluedog, a relative of Bluedog VII!

I used 3/4 of the fat quarter by Wild Cotton Fabric I picked up at the Stitches & Craft Show this year.

Rainbow here has his own amigurumi bone which he will never let it out of his sight.

The eyes are 100% wool felt in bright aqua colour.

He is a special request by the owner of Bluedog VII for her little nephew''s upcoming birthday and I can't wait until he receives him!

Stitch with love xx

March 30, 2014

What's on the hook and needles

Today I decided to do an inventory of what WIP I have on the hook and needles, yes, not include the other non yarny projects... I try not to get overwhelmed by projects cause I love the process.

1. The Haruni shawl - what I call the long term project... I started this in October 2012! Hopefully it will be done for mother's day this year... fingers crossed!

2. Just started last week is this baby pullover Binic. I have a whole list of babies due before July this year amongst our group of friends. Whilst I don't have any particular baby in mind, I figured this will come in handy!

3. A little something for myself. I came across this beanie pattern called Minno Hat a little over a week ago and my brain was screaming "knit, knit, knit, knit!!!!!"... before I knew it, I purchased the pattern on Ravelry! The next day, Bendigo Woollen Mills shade cards appeared in our letter box... I saw that as a sign! So like some unknown forces, I found myself stroking the Luxury yarn, mentally imagining how different colours would go together. Next I knew I ordered 6 balls of different colours!  When they arrived last week, I quickly calculated how much I needed in each colour and here they are, ready to for cast on :)

4. Experimenting with shapes and self striping sock yarns for my next amigurumi design.

I am a relatively quicker crocheter now and I keep hoping that the more I knit, the quicker I get.

Have a great stitchy crafty week!

March 26, 2014

Hearty - An Amigurumi pattern...

Yay! Just finished writing up the pattern for these Amigurumi Hearty balloons! It is now published both on Ravelry and Craftsy - Happy Dance moment...

Follow these links to download one so you too can make a bunch of Hearty balloons like Bertie here!

Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/toy/hearty---an-amigurumi-pattern/90818
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearty---an-amigurumi-pattern

Stitch with Love xx