autumn crochet

It’s been a while… but I’ve been busy… more crazy busy than usual… or maybe just more crazy? Who knows!
I do have lots of pretty pictures for you though…
I’ll start with some pretty flowers from my garden…
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The flowers are slowing down as winter nears, but there are still so many pretties in the garden to pop into a posy… I love the autumn silver birch branches and rose hips… And I love that the roses seem to become more intense in their colour as Autumn passes…

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This is in amongst the Cherry Tree Grove at my favourite gardens… Spec.tac.u.lar no?!
I must say walking between two rows of cherry trees… in full blown autumn glory… with the breeze gently blowing… autumn leaves raining down… tumbling along the ground as the wind gently moves them along… is quite the magical experience… twas sublime!

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A panoramic of the Cherry Tree Grove.

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Another sweet Cherry Tree path in the gardens… This one is a bit special… It leads to Serenity Point… and it was my wedding aisle… many moons ago… in an Autumn from another decade!

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It’s not all orangey shades in the gardens though… there are many green and golden paths to enjoy also… like under this big old Tulip Tree.

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Where one can find the most enormous Tulip Tree leaves… This one was as big as my face!

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And the pretty little Ginkgo Biloba trees are fast becoming a strong Autumn favourite. The gorgeous leaf shape and it’s delicious lime green turning golden yellow is quite the sight to behold.

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Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me and blow me away with her stunning colours…

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and pretty leaves looking totally divine in the late afternoon sunlight…

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is there a better sunlight than late afternoon?

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on pretty Autumn leaves?
I don’t think so.

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Apart from taking a gazillion photos on my Autumn walks, I have managed to finish a few crocheted projects too.

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This “Pink Sprinkles” blanket is for an order and I do love a little random unexpectedness in my blankies… as you can see!

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I also crocheted a pure silk scarf using a simple ladder stitch…

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It’s not a warmth scarf, more of a decorative pop of the most gorgeous Duck Egg Blue colour… Feather light and silky… twas perfect for my sweet mum on Mothers Day…

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My current project is for an order and is coming up a treat! Blanket stitch is, not surprisingly, perfect for a blanket as it’s the same both sides… It’s also a fairly solid stitch with no real gaps to speak of and super easy to remember…

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It has the cutest bubbly like texture too making it very snuggle-worthy!

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I shall leave you with one last Autumn picture… The peace I draw from these gardens every time I walk there is wonderful… I heard something on the radio the other day about how important it is to connect, walk, be in, be around – nature. Even just looking at a picture of a tree does something to your brain… in a positive way… in a relaxing and calming way… don’t quote me on this, I’m not great at recalling the details, just remembered how they said how good it is for you… Which I already knew just because of how much I get out of my walks… but it was interesting to hear that ‘they’ have done some sort of scientific tests on this to prove it’s a fact… not just in my imagination!

Well, I hope you enjoy a little bit of a peaceful calming vibe from looking at my pictures of nature… at the least I hope I haven’t bored you to tears! Maybe it’s inspired you to go look at a tree? Or take a walk in your local gardens? Or even down the street? Where in the world are you? Are you enjoying an Autumn or a Spring? Either way, I wish you peaceful moments and lovely vistas of whatever it is that brings you bliss… May the bliss be with you! Teeheehee…

beach fans, pink hearts and autumn love

I thought I’d pop in to show you what I’ve been working on…

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Beach Fans Blanket
100% Cotton, Crochet.

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I just love this pattern and I love these colours together! The yarn is all from Bendigo Woollen Mills and crochets up a treat.

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I like the texture and ripples of the pattern, and I’ve repeated the ripple effect in the border by crocheting into the back of the stitch there too. (that’s how the ripple is created in the main pattern, in case you were curious).
This blanket is for an order and it will be going into a shop that’s not open yet… so exciting! I’ll be sure to let you know the shop details when it’s open!

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Here’s a sneak peek at the other blanket I’ve just finished. This blanket is 100% cotton too, except for the random sprinkling of pink hearts which are in 100% wool.

I’ve been crocheting a great deal of late… So much so that my shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, and thumbs are a wee bit weary and achy! I’ve been making sure I walk it out at my favourite gardens… you know looking silly walking and swinging my arms about! (Lucky there’s not many people around hey?) It’s not hard to make myself walk it out at the moment as I absolutely love Autumn, and the gardens are in the peak of their Autumn glory right now. I know I shared a picture of the gorgeous red colours a couple of posts back, well check how beautiful and sunshiney the golden hues are….

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How can you not feel utter joy walking along a stunning golden path like that I ask you? The tree I’m standing under is a Tulip Tree and is absolutely majestic! It’s huge, has an amazing shape, lovely detailed bark, and pretty coloured tulip shaped leaves.

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Ok, I just had to go and find this photo to show you the whole Tulip Tree in all it’s glory. It’s majestic right? That’s my hubby walking along in front to give you an idea of the size of it.

I shall leave you with another favourite picture at the moment (from my Instagram)… A sweet little posy of flowers, all from my garden.
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The last 3 photo’s are taken with my iphone and I promise I will stop bombing my posts and Instagram with Autumn glory photos soon… as soon as Autumn is over that is!
Oh how I do love the gorgeous colours of Autumn.
In the meantime, I hope your day is filled with Autumnal hues that make your heart sing.

super saturday

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Yarn heaven at Bendigo Woollen Mills shop. I’ve never been to the shop before and this was just one section of one wall of yarn. Not only is there lots of luscious yarn but a little clearance room with bargains and blends to make you need a new yarn storage solution! Sweet as pie service and wall to wall yarn – a pretty good start to the day!
I’ll be back… when I’ve figured out the storage solution!
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New blanket colours…
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More new blanket colours…
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So many delicious colours….
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I just fell in love with the colour blends in this big fat ball of pure wool.
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Bendigo Farmers market complete with crochet seats…
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… and colourful carrots!
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A stop at Kyneton and we found the winner of ‘Best Hat Wear’ at the Kyneton Farmers market.
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My lunch was the best thing I’ve eaten in ages! Pho at St Beans Provedore. Treat yourself and your body to this delicious tasty feast while it’s on the menu, you will be so glad you did!
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The lunch view was pretty cute too!
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We even managed a walk in the afternoon at our favourite gardens. And boy were we rewarded, just check out the amazing pretty colours of this tree! Glorious Autumn glory.

Well that was my Super Saturday.
I’m off to package up an order (yay!), start a new order (yay!), finish eating my freshly made kale chips (have you tried them? so easy and so delicious, not to mention ridiculously healthy. I based mine on this recipe – but tweaked it a bit… of course… can’t help myself) then a walk if I can squeeze it in.
Hope your Saturday was super.
Hope your Sunday is even more super!

Autumn photo bomb…

Life is still doing it’s crazy busy rollercoaster thing, so no crochet updates this week…although I’m a little excited about my current projects which include a lot of crocheted hearts – mostly blue and some cute greens thrown in for good measure…pictures coming soon-ish….

I have however been squeezing in a healthy dose of fresh mountain air…
It’s been a beautiful Autumn in the Dandenong Ranges so I thought I’d share with few words and lots of pictures, just how gorgeous my favourite season of the year is …autumn, glorious autumn….


If you look closely you’ll spot my hubby at the base of this stunning big ol’ tree.


Follow me down the winding ‘Lyrebird Gully’ path…


at the end of which is this little cutie!
A super friendly Lyrebird more interested in scrounging around for his tucker than me snapping him.


Calm reflections…


Luscious lime green Ginkgo Biloba Tree, turning on the Autumn charm from the top down…


Love these twisted trunks…


Rainbow Rays light the way…


A forest of tall grand gum trees…


I want to walk down that path everytime I see this picture…


For the love of late afternoon sunlight…


filtering through the trees leaving divine dappled shadows…


making trees look golden…


hues like a fire…


vibrant reds…


Oh these autumn colours…


and pretty little lakes…


don’t you want to be there?…


walking the path of beauty to a vision so sweet… ah yes, I’ll be lucky enough to walking back here again soon…
A finished crochet project coming soon too! Promise.


I’ll leave you with a Sunset city view of Melbourne…

Inspiration

Ah yes, we all need a little inspiration sometimes.

So… where do you find yours?

I find mine most often in Mother Nature, I think She gets it right all the time. The colour blends, textures and shapes – looking effortlessly coordinated, contrasting or matching… but not too matchy-matchy!

The blanket I just finished borrowed heavily on the Autumn colours I kept seeing on walks through gardens…

Beautiful gardens with lovely calm and still reflective lakes…


Beautiful gardens with a huge grove of cherry blossoms nearing the end of their Autumn glory…


Beautiful gardens with Autumn hues that are so vibrant you’d think a busy little fairy is painting the leaves bright red during the night…


And so the Autumn Ripples Blanket was born. (Blanket name eventually comes – and seems so obvious in hindsight!)
Inspired by my Autumn walks in beautiful gardens…Big hugs to Mother Nature for Her endless source of beauty and inspiration.