It’s been a long time baby

So I have just remembered that I had this old blog happening and flipping through I cant help but remember where I was and where I am now.

I’ve learnt so much since I began knitting and crochet. I’ve made many projects and given many gifts.

I’m going to try to remember to blog again about it all.

I have recently returned home from Morocco visiting family and was so happy and proud to of been able to knit gorgeous gifts for the family there and the babies. I cannot believe how much joy knitting a little baby gift gives to myself and the receiver =D

Anyway…. I don’t know if anyone is still reading along with me but if you are HI !! And I hope to write to you very soon.

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❤

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😛

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❤ *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