Off Topic – Look What I’m Buying

So……

Recently my husband and I bought a gorgeous new sofa and as I like to sit knitting mostly at night when the babes are asleep I thought I NEED a nice lamp to knit under.

One of my besties Amber bought a GORGEOUS lamp from Illume Shades and when I saw what she layby’d I have been coveting one since. They are handmade and oh my lord INCREDIBLE…

Anyway….

The gorgeous Karen at Illume Shades had a layby special where you get 15% off of your layby so that was the push I needed to put one on layby SQUEEEEEEE !!

Wanna see?

Of course you do ! hahahaha

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Look at that gorgeous beadwork !

Look at that gorgeous beadwork !

So delightful <3

So delightful <3

Up close

Up close

 

Isn’t it incredible !!??

Check out her facebook page HERE or her beautiful Etsy store HERE and be tempted…

Go on…

You know you wanna ;)

xx

Crochet….

I’m thinking to start learning to Crochet. I keep intending to learn but then I get side tracked by the kids or something else that NEEDS doing.

Are there any tried and true ways you have learnt to do it? I want so much to make the gorgeous toys that my friends do with crochet and them fun hats. Now I do KNOW that I can do these things by knitting but crochet seems like such a wonderful talent to have in my “craft bag” as it may….

I’ve been given a couple of links to learn by from some wonderful friends. But i’m not sure, I just don’t seem to be able to make it CLICK…

Does anyone have any hints to share with me?

Should I start with a certain weight of yarn? cotton or wool? a certain sized hook? ANY hints are appreciated.

I’ll be sure to share my failures and hopefully successes with you as I did with knitting :)

I’m going to be using Bob Wilson’s channel on YouTube to learn. Here it is if you wish to learn along with me :)

https://www.youtube.com/user/bobwilson123

xx

I WON YARN !!! wooohoooo Toomuc Valley Yarns Prize =D

Today I was blown away by winning some gorgeous yarn from one of my very favourite stores Toomuc Valley Yarns.

You can see what delights she sells in her store here http://toomucvalleyyarns.com/

I won FOUR SKEINS !! can you believe !! that’s just BEYOND generous :O  I’m still so very surprised and omg excited hahahaha

I chose these ones :P

This one is Just a Wish Away. It’s a gorgeously divine mix of NZ Kid Mohair Blend. 85% Kid Mohair and 15% Merino and it’s 3PLY !! I’ve never felt a 3 ply before and I can’t wait. I’ve got just the most perfect project in mind. Though I’m worried my big clumsy man hands won’t be able to use it hehe it is 100g and about 530m. WOW that’s LONG !

Just A Wish Away

Just A Wish Away

This one is called Mum’s Apple Pie! YUM YUM !! I can see a gorgeous little cardi for my little Ali with this delicious skein. It is a DK weight yarn and 100g of New Zealand MW wool.

yummy pie

yummy pie

This delightful skein which i’m sure is going to make me SWOON with pleasure with it’s softness is called Peachy Keen. Now…. I’m being VERY selfish with this one. I have a friend that has a sweet little baby named Sabrina that would look so gorgeous in this but then it might make myself a beautiful little thing for ME ME ME …. we’ll see ;) it is 100g’s of omg 50% Bamboo and 50% wool !! imagine the smooshyness <3 *sigh*

Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen

My final skein is Cool Caribbean. This one DOES have Sabrina’s name on it. Her mama doesn’t like the pinky girly traditional colours that I’d LOVE LOVE to knit for her so I think this is a very nice compromise. I think it’ll make a wonderful in three’s cardi for her ;) it’s a worsted weight wool so it’s just perfect AND I have the most delightful little buttons to match !!

Cool Caribbean

Cool Caribbean

Needless to say, tonight was a GREAT NIGHT !! I’m so thrilled and still grinning with happiness

Thank you so much Nicole, I’ll show you the photo’s when I’ve made the goodies.

Lisa xx

 

 

I have a spinning wheel !!

How exciting !!!

I do not know how to use it, I’ve never seen one being used but I have a spinning wheel hahahhaa

One of my lovely friends saw a post i put on Facebook about one I saw and wanted and so she bought it for me. It’s a partnership ownership between us hehehhee I’ll repay her in yarn she said LOL !!

I cannot wait to get my eager hands on some beautiful fleece and get spinning.

Oh i’m already dreaming of the gorgeous delights to come in the future !

I might name her Kylie…. you know… I’m spinning around, look out of my way ….. hahaha

 

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The books will come in handy i'm sure !

The books will come in handy i’m sure !

 

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YAYNESS !!!

Casting on …. Western Hills – The Blanket

Well I did finally cast this one on properly and not frog it hehe and it’s such a FAST knit too !! It’s so joyful although I might of been wiser choosing my colour layout better … oh well. It’s so happy and I’m sure it’ll look amazing when finished.

Just a reminder. This is the yarn I am using to knit this. I have ordered more of the same wool because I want it a decent size with some left over to make some happy Winter cardi’s for Ali too.

Candy Apple Lane

Candy Apple Lane

My work has grown a bit since this photo yesterday….

 

Isn't it GORGEOUS =D =D

Isn’t it GORGEOUS =D =D

 

I cannot wait until it is finished and blocked so that the gorgeous detail stands out neatly as it should.

Give it a go… did I mention it’s a FREE pattern ?! Check it out HERE

I’ll update you as I go

 

There has been progress =D

There has been progress =D

A quick update

I’m sorry for the silence on the blog lately, there has been SO much happening around the house that honestly I haven’t had a chance to even remember to write let along get anything made.

I did get this gorgeous little Tane knitted for Ali though, knitted up in Pumpkin luxury wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills. This is one of my favourite little short sleeved jumpers to make. Perfect for layering when the weather starts to cool

Tane

Tane

 

I have also cast on and had to frog a Western Hills Blanket a few times… The first time because the kids messed up my counting, the second because I accidentally pulled the needle out of the work and the third because I was using the DK instructions for my Worsted yarn ARGHHHH

Try number 4 will be attempted today if I can get a chance!

I’m using these gorgeous mini skeins from Candy Apple Lane to make it. I have 2 sets of 7 approximately 20g skeins here to start with and another 4 on order from her. If that’s not enough i’ll get more made :P They’re such delightfully bright and cheerful colours so it’ll be worth the investment. I’m going to make it in the cot blanket/throw size.

Candy Apple Lane

Candy Apple Lane

Ive made some progress on Mister Elias’s Charlie vest, though it’s slow going because I rarely think to knit it. And my sky blanket has been put onto the back burner for some time ( I don’t know why )

Does anyone else find they swing back and forth through projects like I do ?

Well…… I’ll TRY not to cast anything else on for a while…

Unless it’s a scarf……. hehe

Casting on…. Easy as it goes….

Kelly Casanova from Kelly Casanova Textile and Fibre artist posted a link to a blog on her Facebook page about a blog post she read about where the lady started a many years long project knitting up scraps of worsted weight yarn into a blanket. A memory blanket if you want a name for it, I figured this is such a GREAT idea so I casted one on too =D

It’s going to be the perfect project for them days where I want to knit but I don’t want to think about what i’m doing, no counting stitches, no worrying about eyelets or any type of stitch except knit.

I might unravel the baby clothes after Ali has grown out of them too and add them to the blanket to keep forever. What a delightfully beautiful project this will be ! I cannot wait to see it grow.

Here is the original blog post that Kelly showed to us all http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2014/01/still-knitting.html

Here is my cast on, I made it a little bigger with 250 stitches cast on. Why? I don’t know hahhaa

Cast on... memory knitted blanket for me

Cast on… memory knitted blanket for me

Why not make one too, it will be so lovely to snuggle into many years down the track and remember my little baby snuggled up inside all of the delightful little things I have previously made for him.

Thanks Kelly, You are amazing :)

UPDATE:

I’m still plodding along with this long term project as wool becomes available to use. I expect it to take many years and will show photo’s as it grows

Casting on…. Sky Blanket

Well I WAS using my gorgeous little Mini Skeins from Toomuc Valley Yarns to knit a Beekeepers Quilt – see it HERE but them darned little hexipuffs drove me batty so I’m making a Sky Blanket instead – See it HERE

 

Photo taken from RAVELRY.COM

Photo taken from RAVELRY.COM

It will be considerably larger than the pattern tells you to make though because I have many many little skeins to use up for it and who knows, maybe i’ll buy MORE to make it even bigger then it’ll fit our bed =D

My mini skeins for the project:

MINI SKEINS... gorgeous bundles of colourful JOY

MINI SKEINS… gorgeous bundles of colourful JOY

All laid out

All laid out

I’ll keep you updated.

A very lovely layby

I paid these gorgeous needles off from the Tansy Yarn Company and today I’m going to use them for the first time.

oh they’re adorable and they feel incredible in my hand =D I’m not sure what to make first though hehe

Limited Editions :P

Limited Editions :P

Pretties !!!  My preciousssssss hahahaha

Pretties !!! My preciousssssss hahahaha

Comes with a certificate WOW ... feels special

Comes with a certificate WOW … feels special