more beanies and a bengal kitten

Silky Beanie
50% Alpaca, 35% Merino Wool, 15% Silk. Knit.

This is a lovely yarn blend. It graduates ever so gently from thick to thin and is very soft to touch. I also love it’s super subtle colour variation, it’s so subtle you could easily not notice it… unless you’re a bit of a yarn freak like me!

Still on the Beanie thing… Still loving the greys…Still getting used to knitting in the round… Still using the fabulously easy pattern from Kate at Foxs Lane for a base. Thanks Kate!

Flowerpower Beanie
Grey: 50% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 20% Bamboo.
Lime: 68% Baby Alpaca, 22% Silk, 10% Extra Fine Merino Wool. Crochet.

I wanted to throw an unexpected element into this grey beanie which is where the contrasting lime green came in… and I liked the idea of a beanie that would cover your ears… as I thought about how to create this, flowers came to mind.

What’s cuter (or weirder possibly for some!) than flowers on your ears to keep them warm?
This beanie is a little big on Ted… I’m yet to find a willing larger head size model.
No pattern used here… and the next grey creation wont be another beanie… I think… I’ll try… I can’t promise.

Bengal Tiger in the Jungle (well um, overgrown front yard actually)

This cute little Bengal kitten belongs to my daughter and her boyfriend. They are in New Zealand on holidays so we’re doing a little kitten-sitting at the moment.
Koya is such a sweet thing and I swear she’s as soft as my pure baby alpaca blankets. And if this looks like a normal photo, can I just let you know that she doesn’t sit still for a second and it was a lot harder to take than it looks.

I confess I’ve not been knitting or crocheting much whilst she’s been here either. That yarn … those needles … are just like a red flag to a bull … she’ll charge at anything that moves… and even stuff that doesn’t! It’s very hard to get anything done to be honest, even watching TV is a challenge as I keep getting distracted watching her funny little antics. Who’d have thought a little packet of tissues could provide hours of entertainment… for both of us!

I can’t stop crafting for long though…so maybe I’ll have to sneak away… quietly… and try not to click clack those knitting needles too loudly.
I’ll let you know how I go with that.
In the meantime, wishing you happy click clacking days full of cuteness like a kitten!


beanies & orangutans

Snow Grey Beanie
50% Alpaca, 35% Merino Wool, 15% Silk. Knit.

This little beanie is a slightly tweaked version of my last beanie using the pattern from Foxs Lane again. It can be worn with or without a folded up brim, and is very stretchy so would fit a wee bub right through to a small child. The yarn is deliciously soft and flows from very chunky to quite thin in a gentle organic manner. I love the snowy soft grey colour. A good portion of this beanie was knitted very high up in sky, on the plane between Melbourne and Singapore, let’s just say it’s a well travelled beanie.

Elf Beanie
50% Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, 10% Nylon. Crochet.

I had some left over sock yarn from the recent pair of socks I knitted, but not much, so I figured I’d get a little beanie out of it. Well as you can see, Ted is holding the left over yarn so I reckon I’d get another beanie out it. Talk about yardage! I like the little detail towards the brim of this beanie, the two rows with spaces, the ever so slightly scalloped edge and the little plaited tassel on top. I think it looks elf like. No pattern used, just made it up as I went. I think I’ll be doing more tassels though, I love them.

In Singapore you can have breakfast with the Orangutans, and this cheeky little baby Orangutan stole the show with his cuteness and mischievous nature.

The adult Orangutans sat in their designated spot, happily eating their breakfast and checking out the ‘visitors’. But this little guy had ants in his pants and didn’t sit still for a moment. So entertaining.

Muma Orangutan looked over at her bubs a bit keeping one eye on him and one on the ‘visitors’ whilst munching away on her breakfast. I thought she looked a little sad in this shot though…

Such beautiful expression on their faces… and a knowing wisdom in their eyes… So human like… mesmerizing… beautiful… It was a real treat to see these guys up close. Such gorgeous creatures. I do hope with all my heart that they wont become extinct in the wild… it would be a dreadful loss. Next time you are at the zoo, visit the Orangutans and look into their eyes, and tell me you were not mesmerized by them!

Exciting times ahead back in the yarn loving department. I managed to visit a Yarn shop just before it closed and shopped up a storm ahem, re-stocked my yarn stash – all at 50% off! I know, what a bargain hey? I couldn’t believe my eyes! Stay tuned for an abundance of divine yarn projects coming soon.

Hoping you all get to enjoy a beautiful new experience soon.

PS. Do you like the teddy? It’s a sweetie isn’t? It was a gift to my daughter when she was born. She’s now 22! Ted’s aged well wouldn’t you say?

bees and a beanie

Time for another 1st – I knitted my first beanie and I used circular needles for the first time!

Charlie’s Farmer Boy Hat
100% Pure Baby Alpaca, Knit.

This was such a fabulous beginners pattern I came across a little while back on the gorgeous blog ‘Foxs Lane’. The lovely Kate kindly wrote up a free little beanie pattern to make your farmer boy a hat, and although my hubby isn’t a farmer boy anymore… he will be… again… one day… when our dream of having our own little farm comes true.
In the meantime he does work outdoors gardening, so a warm beanie is definitely a must for the cold mornings.

This beanie is so so so soft! Pure chunky baby Alpaca yarn is definitely one of my top 3 yarns as it soft and fluffy and feather light and super warm. I think it feels like what you would imagine a cloud would feel like if you could touch it… one of those really big fluffy puffy clouds. Delicious!
And it must be comfy as Charlie is still wearing it from the ‘photo shoot’ even though it’s actually quite sunny outside!

Now… onto the bee part of this post… have you ever heard a swarm of bees… before you even saw a single bee?

This is what a small section from a small (according to the apiarist!) swarm of bees looks like.
I thought the swarm was HUGE! Believe me, it was LOUD!
I was weeding the garden when I heard what I thought was a car engine pulling up… but I looked around and I couldn’t see a car… so head down, weeding some more… then… the humming got louder… and louder… and louder…
This time I stood up and had a good look around, over the fence and up the road… and that’s when I saw the swarm… this huge swirling humming cloud… heading past the tree on the corner… and over the fence… into my front yard!

Within about half an hour they had made themselves quite at home… seems the big ol’ gum tree in the front yard of Dove Cottage was the new address… and a few thousand bees couldn’t be wrong… right?
In no time, two huge busy buzzing hives appeared amongst the gumnuts.

A quick google… and a call to the local apiarist…. and 20 minutes later… we had gentle Gavin… in the yard… up a very tall ladder… with a box… full of bees!

After a fiesty shake of the branch most of the bees droped right into the well positioned box.
Then after a minute or so… one flap of the box was opened… and the straggler bees buzzing about gently buzzed into the box… like they were being quietly summoned… by muma queen… it was amazing… almost a bit magical… and made me want to learn more about bees.
Apparently, Gavin said the bees in the box released pheromones which ‘called’ the other bees in. Clever hey?
I also found out that any bee can be a queen bee, the queen bee is just the bee that gets fed royal jelly for all of her life, instead of the first few days of her life like the rest of the bees. That made me curious about Royal Jelly too.

Fascinating hey? At least I thought I was… Do you already know lots about bees? Sorry if I’ve bored your to tears with my bee post. I’ll buzz off now…

Hope your day is full of magical suprises… and maybe even a hand knitted gift… made with love.

Camera Strap and Mumma Owl models!

Forget-me-not Blue Camera Strap
90% cotton, 10% silk, Crochet.
This little invention came from necessity – sort of! The strap that comes with the camera is rough, hard, ugly and lacks a personality. I wanted something soft on my neck…and I’m sure you’d know by now my favourite colour is Blue! Especially this shade of forget-me-not flowers blue, I love it…and the flowers!
I had spotted a few different varieties on pinterest but thought (as I usually do because I’m not fond of following patterns & instructions) that I’d make my own version. It’s basically two long strips crocheted together on the sides and trimmed with a little more fan stitch – stitch of the week obviously! It slides right over the existing strap. If it needs a wash I can just slide it off and wash it, and if I fall for another shade of blue I can make another one! It can be as permanent or temporary as I like – gotta love that.

Baby Baby Beanie
90% cotton, 10% silk, crochet.
So I found out it’s hard to make a hat look good when it’s flat… tis a cute little beanie but the photo just wasn’t doing it justice. So….

So…I put Mumma Owl to work! Her second job (after keeping my peppermint tea hot) is now modelling baby beanies…it suits her don’t you think? Oh and I found the pattern for this hat here.