2013 ~ A crafting year in review

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With one day to go this year, it’s time for our first ever yearly review. I was thinking today that I haven’t read a book in a while ~ the amount of crochet done this year might explain why! I know I’ve said this before, but it seems the more I crochet the more I crochet. With every new 3am idea completed, there are another five swirling around waiting to be started.

So, here is just a summary of 2013. Apologies in advance for the length of the post!

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January was a very busy crafting month. I seem to recall Moo and I spent the first few weeks of 2013 finding the coolest place in the house to crochet (me) and snooze (Moo).

First, there was the new peg board, then my yearly sewing attempt, my first pin cushion pattern, and a finished blanket for KOGO.

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Pin Cushion_9smlKogo_16smlFebruary Moo relaxed on the sofa with her new cushions and Christmas present ducky. I made little bowls and did a spot of office yarn bombing with a crochet tissue holder and phone cozy.

Bowl_3smlBowl_35smlTissue_21smlMarch this is my favourite crochet pin cushion so far…. and then there were MacBook covers, one for Mum and one for me.

Cushion_1smlMac_23smlLaptop_18smlApril was all about baby blankets ~ first a simple granny square in Stylecraft, then Bear’s Rainbow Blanket.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlanket_6smlJune looking back at June, I think I lost my crochet mojo a little ~ my favourite project by far was this knitted Capelet. Yes, knitting!

Capelet_22smlJuly being winter in Australia, July was about hot water bottle covers, plus my favourite doily so far.

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September … a busy month, with the end of the cold weather in sight. First there were crochet baby hats for Bella’s babies, then my first ever crochet bag, a mandala floor rug, and a granny square scarf.

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Rug_33smlScarf_2smlMoo_47smlOctober …. this is the quickest and easiest crochet bag I’ve ever made… instant gratification!

Big Bag_28smlNovember …and Christmas preparations begin, with a trio of crochet decorations… plus an early birthday present for Moo.

Xmas Trio_32smlXmas_3smlSqueaky_25smlDecember … was all about Christmas, with crochet pudding decorations, a Christmas stocking, a crochet star garland and our very first giveaway.

3Puddings_5smlStocking_9smlChristmas Garland_1smlGiveaway_28smlWell, if you’re still reading this far, a big thankyou! I didn’t quite realise just how long this post was going to be. Thankyou for sharing 2013 with Moo and I. We have big crafting plans for 2014, so we’ll be back really soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

Love Terri and Moo xxx

Christmas Wishes

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Moo and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. We hope you’re spending the day with good family, friends and loved ones.

Thankyou to all who have been part of our lives this year. We have many more crochet projects to talk about, but for today, there has been too much eating, drinking and being merry.

So, we will leave with a small picture of the start of our Christmas feast, and wish you all much happiness.

Xmas_48smlLove Terri and Moo x

Cushion~in~progress

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This was one of those 3am ideas that must be started immediately.

wip_9smlAs my sister-in-law is currently sleeping in my craft room, I had to use the only yarn that was not currently packed away in its appropriate home (yes, I know, I get extra points for tidy-house this week)!

wip_10smlThis pincushion is for my mother for Christmas. I’ve already given her the “real” present, but wanted a little something for Christmas Day (hopefully she doesn’t read this before then)!

wip_11smlThe little flower in the middle is made using popcorn stitch… I quite like the effect. The yarn is Cascade Ultra Pima.

Three more sleeps till Christmas. We just got back from Moo’s Christmas Party with her pals at the puppy park. She is exhausted. Actually, we all are! It’s hard work eating and drinking and being merry!

Love Terri and Moo xxx

Three Christmas Puddings

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My lovely neighbour asked if I would make her some Christmas Pudding decorations, like this one.

3Puddings_5smlThe prototype was quite small, so I made these using aran weight. The pink yarn is Zara Plus Merino. The holly leaves are Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I forget how nice lovely yarn is to use.

3Puddings_8smlI would like to be able to come here and say this is it ~ no more Christmas Crochet until next year. But that is possibly a little premature. ๐Ÿ˜€

3Puddings_1smlI hope your Christmas preparations are going splendidly, and that you’re well and truly in the Christmas spirit(s)!

Love Terri and Moo

PS Holly pattern from the lovely Lucy at Attic24. Follow this coloured bauble pattern for the pink ball.

Happy Birthday to Moo!

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On Sunday our lovely Moo turned four.

Moo4_5smlWe snuck her presents out to the back lawn and waited….

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We didn’t have to wait long. Moo is pretty good at sniffing out presents ~ not only hers, but anyone’s!

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She took each present for a test drive ~ or a test-squeak really.

Moo4_38smlI like to think her hand-crocheted ball with squeaker was her favourite.

A little Christmas stocking

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I’ve been admiring this gorgeous crochet stocking for a long time now.

Last night I was lying in bed thinking about it, and at 3am I knew there was just no use. My mind was whirling with colour combinations, and I had the perfect yarn ~ it would look gorgeous in my Cascade Ultra Pima.

Stocking_9sml I had to sneak into the craft room so as not to wake Moo ~ if I’m up in the middle of the night, it’s obviously to get her snacks.. I mean, what other reason could there be?

Stocking_10smlI’m so pleased with how it turned out. The Cascade yarn is beautiful to work with, and this pattern by Yvestown is terribly easy.

Stocking_11smlI hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday. I believe a very special puppy who may be named Moo is turning 4 tomorrow….shhh….

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Yes, the crochet continues in the Moo household. Seriously, we just can’t seem to help ourselves. And these little starts from Jellywares are really just incredibly enjoyable and simple to make…. and look so lovely in a multi-coloured garland. I think I’m in love.

Do you think I could make one for each season? After Christmas, we could have a brightly coloured summer garland, and then a lovely rust coloured autumn one… the possibilities are endless…

Christmas Garland_1smlOh, and see Moo’s Christmas stocking? This is her third Christmas with us. I made this three years ago now. And above is her very own bone-shaped decoration. Moo loves Christmas too.

No more play until after Christmas

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I decided on the weekend that it was time to stop crocheting and start preparing the house for Christmas. We have relatives coming from Perth ~ a full house actually. We have much cleaning to do, present wrapping, lights to hang, rooms to paint (eeek!) so I decided it was time… time to put down my hook until the preparations are complete.

That certainly doesn’t explain how this happened though.

YarnBomb_35smlMoo and I were innocently weeding the lawn when we saw what could only be described as a completely naked verandah post.

YarnBomb_37smlOf course, we couldn’t just ignore it, now could we?ย  That would just be wrong!

Love Terri (currently making another star garland for the mantle, oops!) and Moo (currently trying to run away with today’s newly completed pom pom)!

And the winner is….

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Giveaway_28smlWell, time is up on my first ever giveaway competition. Thankyou so very much to everybody that entered. We were really chuffed to get so many entries. So, without further ado, the winner of the Crochet Star Garland for our 100th Post Giveway is:

Dawn from Great Britain ๐Ÿ˜€

Dawn, I’ve sent you an email to let you know, and to get your address. As you can see, it’s all boxed up ready to go.

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. It’s Sunday afternoon here in Australia. Moo and I have just put our Christmas tree up ~ most decorations are still in tact! ๐Ÿ˜€

Love Terri and Moo xxx