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! 😀

Love Terri and Moo xxx

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

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 different kind of Advent

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I was reading over at Meet Me at Mikes, home of the lovely Pip Lincolne of Blog with Pip fame. Pip is making A Pom Pom a Day in December. She is hanging them on a special re-purposed stick from her local park, and is her special kind of Advent Calendar.

Pompom_12smlI thought this was a lovely idea. Of course, we can’t possibly hang them on a stick in this house ~ Moo would not understand the idea of miscellaneous sticks that did not belong to her ~ but I’m sure we will come up with Plan B very quickly.

I guess we’re stretching the truth a little to call this an advent “calendar”, but once we take into account the Important Facts (IF), I think we will all agree that it’s just the right thing to do.

IF No. 1: Pom poms are easy, quick, and so much fun to make.
IF No. 2: Pom poms use up left-over yarn stash at an alarmingly speedy rate.
IF No. 3: You can never have too many pom poms.
IF No. 4. Pom poms are just so much fun to photograph!
IF No 5: Moo loves pom poms!

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Pom_14smlI hope you’re all having a splendid Monday.

Love Terri and Moo xxx

PS Have you entered our Christmas Star Garland Giveaway yet? If not, please do!

100th Post Giveaway

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Giveaway_4smlMoo and I were enjoying the lovely weather in the garden this afternoon, whilst trying to run away with photographing some crochet bits and pieces. We realised that it’s not only the first of December and considerably less than a month till Christmas, but that our little blog was about to reach it’s 100th post.

Who would have thought it? Certainly not us!

Giveaway_14smlI was trying to thinking of something special to do or to write about for our 100th post, and I thought, how about a giveaway? Wouldn’t that be a nice way of saying a big thankyou to you all, for still reading about us, and leaving lovely comments and likes.

The giveaway is this little Christmas Star Garland, made with Rowan Cotton Glace. It is 13 stars in total, in pale pink, red and green. I would like to send it to one lovely reader. It will pack up quite small, so I’m happy to post it to anywhere in the world.

Giveaway_21sml Giveaway_20sml Giveaway_19smlI’ve not done a giveaway before, so I hope I’m doing it right. It will run for one week, and I’m using PromoSimple, who will pick out one winner at the end of the week. I’ve never used this site before, but fingers crossed it will all go smoothly.

So, with that, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to you all, from Moo and I. We’re having such a lovely time with out little blog.

Love Terri and Moo xxx

PS Star pattern from Jelly Wares, design idea from the lovely Messyla.

Five Things

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Five Things

Good Evening

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Mine was fun but busy ~ possibly a little too busy for my liking, since all that activity has seriously limited my crochet time!

As part of the Blog with Pip course I’m doing, we’ve been given some homework, to photograph five things that describe our weekend. Well, since I don’t seem to follow instruction too well (oops!) I have a list of five things I did, and five photographs ~ but they don’t exactly coincide. I’m sure Pip will forgive me. 😀

Things I did on the weekend:

1.  I went to the Design Files Open House. I’ve not been to one before, and it’s a pretty clever idea. Set in a suburban house, or converted warehouse in this case I think, it is a showcase for the latest Melbourne designers and artists. I will admit that it was a little too cool for me, but pretty clever nonetheless.

2.  And at this Open House, there was Beci Orpin ~ autographing copies of her new book. Now, Beci is the coolest of the cool in my opinion. I have one of her books, and it was kind of like having a superstar in the room. Of course, I was too shy to actually say hello!

3.  On Saturday, I went into the city with my mother, and friend Suse. We had lunch here and bought Christmas presents and decorations here.

4.  I admired the photography at Winter Owls, and reminisced about my favourite Melbourne Laneways, and decided it was time to visit them again.

5.  I thought it was time I started making Moo’s Christmas presents. This one is special ~ it has not one but two squeakers inside, for double the squeaky-power.

Squeaky_10smlI chose colours to match her favourite cushion.

Squeaky_5smlSqueaky_4smlUnfortunately, I didn’t manage to hide it fast enough!

Squeaky_12smlSqueaky_25smlCurrent Moo present count = zero.

Knitting Envy

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Hello Everyone

Today I would like to talk about envy, specifically knitting envy. Do you ever spend hours devouring other blogs, and wish your makes were as good? There are plenty of examples out there of just what I mean, but here are just a few…

1. Posie Gets Cozy ~ especially here and here
2. Foxs Lane ~ especially here, here and isn’t this the best picture ever?
3. Crochet with Raymond ~ unfortunately Alice doesn’t post here anymore – it was such a sad day when she wrote her last post. Thankfully she left the site up for us though, her crochet is gorgeous, but so is her knitting. Check out her monsters here and here, and her socks, here and here.

In this case, it’s not actually blog envy, more mother-in-law envy. These gorgeous little Christmas Decorative Wonders were a gift from my MIL Verna *waves to Verna if she’s reading*. When I went back to my hometown of Perth last weekend, Verna gave me these to bring back. We’re all spending Christmas together at our house this year, and these will have pride of place on our tree.

What impresses me most is the level of detail. Look at the hats, and scarves, and stick arms and even the little noses! I’m just not convinced I’d have the patience, but I will treasure these. It’s really nice to be getting a collection of handmade decorations to bring out each year. 🙂

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PS. No Christmas Snowmen were injured during the shooting of this blog post.