Sunday, March 25, 2012

Weekend knitting.

Be the change

You wish to see

In the world.


I missed posting last weekend. More crafts going than I have time to post about. By the colour scheme you can guess there is a baby girl on the way and not long to go before her arrival. I found a fantastic vest pattern in one of favourite books that I had to knit up.

The book is called Traditional knitting for children and bears. I have made many things from this book and it continues to give me hours of pleasure. A friend of mine had a hard week at work, so a beaded doll was in order. One for my friend and one for me.

A trip to lovely Toodyay with darling Heather saw a bag full of yarn come home with me. The pink yarn has already turned into this sweet baby tunic. The multi coloured yarn will be something for me.

Determination is using as many material scraps as I can. Here is an I-spy quilt on the go and almost finished. It is nice to see the material slowly but surely being used.
 A lovely cool weekend here in town and this afternoon will be spent baking and knitting. Stay safe my travelling boys.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy Wedding Anniversary

Give a girl the right shoes,
And she can conquer the world.
-Marilyn Monroe.

Once again the week has flown by so quickly, lots of work done but not much craft!! My husband and I celebrated 22 years of marriage on the 10th March and we have actually been together for 25 years.... half of our lives!! That’s quite a long time now! Hope you had a nice Wedding anniversary big hunk of spunk!!

Much time has been spent getting Brandon’s course ready and that’s taken quite some time to do. I have finished knitting this sweet little cardigan using Cleckheaton baby soft and it is very soft. I have made this pattern several times as I know how well it knits up. I knitted one for my niece who has 3 children of her own now!

Just adore the cream colour
I have finished knitting my cardigan, with just the buttons to go. This is the yarn that has 15% alpaca in it, and it is so soft that I can only imagine how soft 100% alpaca would be. I have only put it on for a second as it is so hot here. We have had days of high 30’s – 43C and today is going to be the same. Thoughts go out to our eastern states friends who are experiencing floods and storms.

I’ll be nice and warm this winter!
I need to put buttons on both items I have finished. It’s funny to say that out of all the process of making an item, the button part is the killer for me!! I have had fun emailing with blogging friends over the last few months. I have learnt all kinds of things about different countries, their weather, government systems etc. It has been a fascinating ride and an enjoyable one. I must catch up with my old blogger friends now.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Labour Day weekend.

An old broom knows

the dirty corners best.

-Irish proverb

Here in Western Australia we are celebrating Labour Day long weekend. It commemorates the granting of the eight-hour working day for Australians. It also recognizes worker’s contributions towards the nation’s economy. The date of this annual holiday varies across the country. This lovely long weekend has given me the opportunity to play catch up on several levels. My husband and I took a nice Saturday morning drive to the suburbs to check up on our new lounge suite being custom made for us. We checked measurements as I had a sudden thought that is this lounge suite too big to get in the house!!!! All is good.

I have several projects now completed to show you. I have made another baby set consisting of a beanie, mittens and bootees for a friend of ours who is expecting a baby. The lovely pink that I have used was just so lovely to knit with.

I know you can only see 1 bootee, but I did knit 2.

I have made a few table cloths for the library display tables. This week I set up a jungle display that the kids loved and went crazy over the books. I also made a butterfly table cloth as the kids love butterflies out our way.

Cute little butterflies

Since moving over to the new library I have had nowhere to put all the world maps, so I decided to make a big bag with tags to tie on to some hooks. This should make the area tidier for the staff to grab maps from. It is a very big bag too!!
Imagine what I can hide in here!!!
I am still knitting away at my cardigan for this coming winter. Even though it is not finished I thought I would show you the pattern anyway. The yarn is Purla and it has 15% alpaca. It is so soft to touch and being 15% alpaca, I can imagine what 100% alpaca would feel like. I can see why it is so expensive to purchase alpaca clothing. 50grams will set you back $17.00, and if you add up how many balls you would need to knit a jumper, there is the cost. But for something special, I would pay that price.
This cardigan is knitted in 1 piece until the armpits.
I decided to pay the local library a visit and found 2 interesting books that I couldn’t put down. I have started reading On my brothers’ shoulders. It is the story of a young boy who ends up in a Catholic mission and is saved by a kind hearted person. I am only a little way into the book, but I can tell already the making of a great story.

This looks like another great read!

For those of you enjoying this long weekend, have a great time. I plan to get my cardigan finished before I go back to work on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.
Cheers, Anita.


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