Instant Gratification Crochet

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Even though I have (cough) six crochet projects currently on the go, I had this little idea the other night… for a spring-time anklet. I know, it’s not spring yet. In fact it’s freezing, grey, drizzly, and just blah. Which is all the more reason why a spring-time anklet seemed like an essential seventh project.

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Anklet_5smlI bought this thread in New York last year. It was at the very back of a little haberdashery store in the Garment District – up a rickety staircase, buried in the bottom of a box. It’s Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, size 3… and so lovely to work with.

Obviously, it’s a favourite with Moo too.

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Anklet_8smlThank you all for the lovely comments about my adorable knitted socks. I’m wearing the green and pink pair now…. so so warm and snuggly.

Love Terri and Moo xxx

 

An Unexpected Parcel

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Normally when a parcel arrives for me at work it’s something boring like stationery, or food for Moo**, or a present I’ve bought for somebody else. Last week though, something special arrived, something special and just for me and completely unexpected!

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Can you guess what it is?

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Or does this picture help? No?

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Yes, that’s right, not one but two pairs of gorgeous hand-knitted socks from my mother-in-law, Verna.

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I already have three lovely pairs knitted by Verna. I love them so much that I’ve started “saving” them. We’re going to New York in December, and I know I’ll need them there. So unbeknown to me, husband mentioned to his mother that another pair or two would be gratefully accepted, and appreciated.

And here they are….

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I can’t decide which colour I like best. The obvious choice is the pink… but then, the green and pink are particularly handsome too, don’t you think?

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend, and that the weather is warmer than it is in Melbourne. I really do think it’s time for spring, regardless of what the calendar says.

Love Terri and Moo xxx

** Moo wanted me to mention that she doesn’t think having dog food delivered is boring.

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Evie Muse

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In February this year, a good friend of Moo and I had a gorgeous little daughter. Her name is Evie Muse (yes, I know, what an adorable name, right)?

I’m in the middle of a bigger gift for her, but I thought she might need a little beanie to get through the start of the Melbourne winter. It’s too small for her now though. Hopefully she has a new one, as it’s pretty cold here at the moment!

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Yes, Moo liked it too!

In other news, I’m in the middle of a bit of a mid-winter slump. I have about six projects half finished, but can’t seem to get inspired to finish anything just at the moment. Actually, there’s probably more than six projects – I’m not thinking about it too much in case the number is even more embarrassing!

Love Terri and Moo x

Central Park Granny Square

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And just like that, we’re back! Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments on my last post, and for welcoming us back ~ it already feels like we never left.

Central ParkFor as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love for all things New York City. I have a “To Do in New York” list dating back 30 years, first started when I was still in primary school.

On my last visit, I bought a silk scarf in gorgeous vibrant colours that reminded me of Central Park in spring. It lives draped over my bedhead, there for me to see each day. This scarf was the inspiration for my latest granny square.

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Details
Pattern Name: Central Park
Source: My own pattern
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima

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In other news, Moo and I are exhausted. Today was Million Paws Walk, raising money for the RSPCA. In all, we walked for just over 3 hours.

This is Moo collapsed just over the finish line. We needed a little nap on the grass before the walk home ~ doesn’t she look like she can hardly hold her head up?

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Love Terri and Moo x

 

Where have I been?

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Hello lovely Readers, if you’re still out there!

I just looked back and realised it’s been almost four months since I’ve contributed even as much as a granny square to the crochet community. I’d like to give a reason, or to regale you with stories of my amazing adventures over the last months, but honestly, life just seemed to get in the way. I started the year in a crochet frenzy, complete with a new notebook full of ideas, and blog posting schedules, and photography topics and plans. I had really good intentions – honestly!

Some of my procrastination and frustration I’m sure, is due to unrealistically high standards I expect for my photos. We live in a long narrow house – the block is only 5.5 metres wide, and large parts of the year it’s really hard to get perfect light for perfect photographs. Some days it doesn’t even seem like the sun peeps over the fence at all! Every time I have something to photograph, I try to convince myself that the light will be fine, even when I know it’s not, and then get so disappointed when I download the photos and they’re just not quite right.

But this week I’ve started to miss my little blog, and all that comes with blogging – the people I talk too, reading your blogs, the projects I make and the projects you all make that inspire me. I thought I would give “not being perfect” a go, and to post nearly-there photos … that I’m sure nobody will complain about.

So, without any photo-quality apologies, because I’m not doing that anymore, here are some pictures of the blanket I finished a few months ago for Bella’s Babies. It’s 8ply 100% cotton, with the design idea from Color’n Cream.

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Love Terri and Moo xxx

PS I didn’t feel right ending this without giving you a little update on lovely Moo. She is well, and happy, in fact happier than ever if that’s possible. On Sunday we’re taking part in Million Paws Walk. It’s an annual walk for dogs and humans to raise funds for the RSPCA. This will be Moo’s 3rd year in a row – she counting down the days!

A Cup of Tea with Moo and Me

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At the end of last year, I took part in a Blogging Course hosted by the lovely Pip Lincolne from Meet me at Mikes. As part of this course, Pip has offered us the opportunity to link to her blog, with a “Cup of Tea with… ” post.

Pip chose a series of questions, we answer them and then we link them to her blog, if that makes sense! Of course, it wouldn’t be quite right without Moo answering the questions too.

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Here we go….

Question 1: What is your name, and say a bit about what you do on a daily basis?

Answer Terri: My name is Terri, and I work all day at a “real” job to pay for my crochet habit and Moo’s snacks. My real job is a little bit software, a little bit compliance management, a little bit business consulting. I know, it sounds odd even to me!

Answer Moo: My name is actually Maisy, but I was only young when we started this blog, and I didn’t want to use my real name, what with cyber stalkers and how pretty I am… so we’ll call me Moo. What do I do? Well, I guard the house all day, when I’m not napping of course!

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Question 2: What are your favourite things to do?

Answer Terri: Well, this one is stating the obvious. My favourite thing to do is crochet. I’m pretty much always crocheting, or playing with my yarn, or looking through crochet books, or looking at crochet blogs. That’s when I’m not out walking with Moo of course…

Answer Moo:  Well, being a labrador, my favourite thing to do is of course eat! And I really don’t mind what I eat either – even if it’s not what humans would could “edible”, that  doesn’t stop me.  After food, my next favourite thing is walks, especially to the park when they take my lead off, or at the beach.. although I don’t like that horrible hose they use to wash the salt water off afterwards!

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Question 3: Where is your favourite place to be?

Answer Terri: My favourite place to be is in our little old house with the white picket fence, on the sofa in the living room, with my crochet in hand and my Moo by my side.

Answer Moo: Well, I guess I don’t want to offend Mum (aka Snack Dispenser), so my favourite place is on the sofa next to Mum. But just quietly, Dad is much better to snuggle, since I don’t get tangled in yarn when I’m snuggling him.

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Question 4: What are your favourite things to eat and drink?

Answer Terri: Thai food, Japanese food, hot chips, chocolate, white wine, more chocolate…

Answer Moo: As per Question 2, I love to eat pretty much everything. Current favourites include sweet potato treats, cantaloupe, possum poo, chicken, anything that’s accidentally dropped on the floor, or washed up on the beach, or run over by a car, or being eaten by babies in prams….

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Question 5. What are your Inspirations?

Answer Terri: Hydrangeas, anything pink, yarn stores, Moo, Wink from A Creative Being, crochet, Melbourne, the colour black, Pip, photos of gorgeous craft rooms, crochet, blogs, our neighborhood, New York, pinterest, coloured glass, crochet, books, lists, turquoise, CAE, people living a creative life, craft markets, pretty notebooks, crochet, pin cushions, gardens,

Answer Moo: There is a black labrador at our local park. I won’t say his name in case his mum reads here. He runs away with all the toys from other dogs at the park, he rolls in muddy puddles and he finds dead possums and runs off and eats them and won’t come back. Actually, he never comes when he’s called. You would think he’s deaf, but I know he’s not. I want to be just like him!

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Question 6: What is something you want to know more about?

Answer Terri: I would like to learn how to make pasta.

Answer Moo: I’m a dog, I don’t have to learn stuff, I nap.

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Question 7: What are some of your favourite blogs?

Answer Terri: Such a hard question, there are so many. Messyla combines beautiful photos, stunning crochet, pets, baking and a lovely home ~ how can you not look? Along that theme, there is Hopscotch Lane and Coco Rose Diaries. And of course, no list would be complete without mentioning Lucy and Alice

Answer Moo: Oh, this is easy, Marking Our Territory is my absolute favourite blog. I’m a little in love with Eko, but don’t tell anyone – I’m trying to play it cool. Oh, and Mollie and Claire of course. I think Mollie and I would be best of friends if we lived closer. Maybe we’d both play in the park with Bear. And then there’s Chick and Doodlebug – two very cool dudes from Texas….

The finished pin-cushion..

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Well, here it is … finished.

PinCushion_25smlI love the colours, but I’m not overly in love with it. I’m a little pleased though, that this is my own pattern. I think I may have over-stuffed it, as I don’t think the shape is quite right.

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