“Made It” challenge – Let’s get VOTING!!!

Reblogging so you can see the other great entries in the Made It challenge, and even cast a vote if you feel so inclined.



Voting is open for this month’s Made It challenge entries WOOOHOOOO

REBLOG this and SHARE the LOVE – who knows, we may pick up some new challengers along the way!

Voting is just for fun and has absolutely no influence on who wins! But it is a great way of saying “I like what see”, “well done ladies”, “I’m super inspired”….You get it!


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vintage fan crochet pattern

Vintage Fan Scarf
100% superfine merino wool, crochet.

I just love this vintage crochet fan pattern. I first tried it on a little pram snuggle blanket, after discovering the pattern on a sweet blog I frequent, called Meet me at Mikes. Pip (from Meet me at Mikes) is quite the crafty legend around this part of the world, and her blog is a lovely inspiring place to visit.

Anyway after making Gelato Fans I decided I wanted to try the pattern for a scarf. I made the scarf in two halves that I joined in the middle, so the pattern is the same at each end of the scarf. I think the pattern ended up working quite well for a scarf and love the way the mustard/pumpkin colour contrasts with the rich denim blue – a good jeans scarf I’m thinking. The yarn is luxuriously soft and was a delight to work with – I never knew wool could be so soft and fluffy.

I’ve made this scarf for the “made it” challenge on ‘Woolhogs’ blog. I love the idea of supporting another newish blog, especially when the lovely Maryanne is making such admirable efforts in getting together crafty folk from blogs all over the world. Well done Woolhogs – it’s a fab idea!

Wishing you a happy crafty week ahead.

green granny blanket

Green Granny Blanket
Green: 75% Wool, 15% Mohair, 5% Alpaca, 5% Silk. Brown: 80% Wool, 20% Bamboo. Crochet.

Finally a finished project! It’s been finished for a while actually but as it was a birthday gift to my sweet sis, I had to delay posting about it til after her birthday.

It’s a large blanket with subtle contrasting fine stripes of an earthy brown. I think the stripes add modern twist the regular granny stitch blankets.

Finished with an open chunky row followed by a few rows of double, then a couple of single crochet rows including one final brown stripe around the edge. This is a lovely warm chunky blanket that is very soft and cozy. Both the yarns are from Bendigo Woollen Mills – I stocked up quite a bit with my last order! They really do a beautiful quality yarn with a fabulous selection of colours to choose from.
It was a pleasure to create this little blanket, especially knowing it was going to be for my sweet sis to snuggle under on the couch watching the telly. Hmm… sounds like the kind of thing I’d like to do on this lazy Sunday… but maybe with the addition of my yarn and hook… and a pot of peppermint tea… and maybe even some leftover gluten free chocolate birthday cake that I made. Although it’s not really like a cake because I can’t follow a recipe to save myself. Kind of turned out flat. So I called it a torte…but then I thought it looked like a pancake (yep it really was that flat)… and then I thought it was really like a brick! But surprisingly, a delicious rich chocolatey fudgey brick. Ok, I’ve talked myself into it now – I’m off for another slice!
Wishing you all a super sweet Sunday.

sunset photo bomb

I know, two posts in two days… what’s going on you ask? Not much just really, just that I managed to do what I’ve been wanting to do for ages and that is: to get to a nice lookout spot at sunset time with my trusty new(ish) camera. It wasn’t the first lookout option, but the time and the sunset were vanishing quickly so we just pulled over on the side of the road and I froze my little fingers off snapping til the camera battery died.

I’m really just bluffing my way through using this camera and all the settings. And by bluffing I mean I just tweak a few settings here and there until I like what I see – to be perfectly honest I have little idea of what I’m doing! But that shouldn’t stop you and I figure it’s a fun way to learn. Here’s a couple for you to enjoy…

This gives you an idea of the ‘side of road’ look out we stopped at. Melbourne city skyline is so far away…

Now you can see it, the skyline that is. Love a good Zoom!

I have a such a thing for clouds and their amazing shapes, colours, textures and beauty at the moment.

And I’m a little partial to a nice silhouette too…

The clouds went such a beautiful shade of pink…

Oh and did I mention my other new obsession? Instagram! Any of you on it? Tis a bit addictive no? You can check out my pics here.

Hope you get to enjoy some beautiful sunrises & sunsets this weekend.

it’s been so long!

I feel like it’s been an age since I posted something… and to be honest this isn’t going to be one of my normal posts full of finished glory. It’s a quick little ‘in-between’ post until I get a bit more time to finish what I’ve started… and as you’ll see, I tend to have a few things started at once. Fickle hey!
Life not only mimics the ups and downs of a rollercoaster but does have a way of picking up pace like a rollercoaster too. I think I’m on the screamingly fast downhill run at the moment! As soon as I get to the slow climb up, I’ll be back to post some finished glory I promise.

First up is going to be possibly the largest blanket I’ve ever knitted. The yarns are from Bendigo Woollen Mills and are just lovely. There’s some wool/bamboo blends and also some of their new luxury Persian blend which is wool/mohair/alpaca/silk. The colours are very earthy and masculine as I have the future recipient in mind as I create this random striped blanket.

Next up is a large crochet blanket. Using the lovely Persian blend again in this gorgeous earthy green. I can not say too much about this blanket as it might just be for someone special who happens to read this blog. I’m so not very good at being cryptic! Am sure it’s going to be completely obvious, but none the less this has been another project that I’ve been working on lately. Real post on this blanket coming soon!

Now this little number is a slice of pure luxury. It’s 100% pure silk yarn! So divine and silky (duh!) soft to work with. It’s actually so light I can hardly feel it in my hands, a bit like crocheting in a cloud. And I adore the colours, pastel-ish chartreuse and soft duck egg blue. These yarns are just some of the goodies I purchased at the recent Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne. Boy did I do some damage there! And the best bit was I got to go there with my dear sweet daughter and her lovely friend, both of whom are talented artistic inspirational young ladies. What a treat that was. PS. Where the morning light is hitting this yarn is more like it’s true colour.

Some of the softest yarn I’ve come across. This was another find at the Craft & Quilt Fair and I simply adore these colours together. The blend is equally beautiful with extra fine merino, silk and cashmere. Yes cashmere! I’ve never had anything with cashmere in it… and oh boy… it could be an expensive discovery is all I’m saying!

Now this is just a recent bargain find… a clearance table of Gutermann threads. What a find you say? Certainly was… 4 for $2 just couldn’t be ignored so I stocked up…as you do! I think I’ll be right for threads for a while what do reckon?

Now I’m going to leave you with a couple of photos from a recent sunrise. Who doesn’t love a sunrise hey? Seeing that glorious glowing sky in the morning really sets you in stead for the day doesn’t it?

So pretty. Do hope you are getting enough time to be crafty and finding time to do the things that soothe your soul.
Wishing you all a happy crafty weekend.