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

 

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

A crochet~free long weekend

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Yes, It felt extremely weird writing that! I had great plans for crochet, I really did. I figured if I used my time wisely, I’d be able to devote at least 20 hours or so to crochet, over 3 days.

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Yes. Knitting. Weird.

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It’s going to be a Licorice All-sorts scarf.

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No. I’m not a very fast knitter. This took all weekend!

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5pm Monday night.

I’ve run out of green, purple, yellow and light blue. Luckily Wool Baa will be open again tomorrow!

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Love Terri and Moo xxx

PS In other news, on Saturday afternoon Moo managed to sprain her tail whilst hooning out the dog door at a zillion miles an hour, in pursuit of a suspected possum. After much crying and whimpering, it was a trip to the vet on Sunday morning for an anti-inflammatory injection. I am pleased to report that tail activity is back to normal now, and all is right in puppy-world.

 

A beanie obsession ~ the beginning…

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During my hiatus from blogging, I developed a little bit of a beanie-making obsession. Like doilies, I really don’t think you can ever have enough beanies.

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This one was my first. Current count is 4. The 5th will be started this afternoon. I really can’t help myself. 😀

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I used Adorn Silky Merino DK, from Wool Baa. I believe I’ve already gone on enough about how lovely this is to crochet with!

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Love Terri and Moo xxx

Afghan~in~progress

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It’s good to be back home. I missed my lovely Moo ~ and the gorgeous autumn weather we’ve been having. It’s also lovely to be back amongst all things yarny. I seem to come up with my best crochet ideas when I have neither the right yarn nor the right hook available. 4 days with only a 4mm hook ~ it seemed like it would work at the time!

Talking about crochet ideas, below are some sneak-peak photos of my latest project. I must confess though, that this idea wasn’t mine ~ I stole it off a friend (hi Lisa)! And worse still, I haven’t yet confessed in-person about this act of thievery, so this will be the first that Lisa knows of it, oops! 😀

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I’ve wanted to do something with Noro Silk Garden for years. I see gorgeous sample garments and things made up with Noro in yarn stores, but even though I always admire them, nothing has even seemed quite “me” before… before Lisa’s Afghan Idea that is.

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One of the special things about Noro Silk Garden is how amazing the colours are. Also, the colour you see on the outside might be completely different to the colours inside. Rather than try and match it, I just buy a new ball of any colour whenever I’m running low.

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A gift to take home

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Husband and I are going home for the weekend. Home is Perth ~ the other side of Australia. I don’t go home very often. To be honest, when I say “home” now, I mean Melbourne. But still, this weekend we’re going to our “original” home for a friend’s wedding.

I always feel some trepidation about going back. I never felt like I really belonged there, like I belong here in Melbourne. There is something about Melbourne that is just “me”.

One good thing though is we get a chance to catch up with family and friends that we don’t see so often. I’ll be catching up with my oldest friend from childhood. We met in kinder when we were both 4 years old, and even though we don’t see each other much anymore, we start talking and it’s like we’ve never been apart. And 38 years later, her eldest daughter Laura is now turning 12.

I wanted to make something special, as 12 is a special birthday, and Laura is most certainly a very special young lady. I really really hope she likes it.

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The yarn is Adorn Silky Merino DK, from my local yarn store, Wool Baa. This yarn is 90% Merino and 10% Silk. It’s adorable to work with, just so soft.

Now I seem to be between projects. Ahhh, the endless possibilities!

Love Terri and Moo x

PS I think I may have developed some kind of allergy or contact dermatitis from the nickel in my crochet hooks. Does anyone else have this problem? I only ever notice it after extreme crochet binges, like 8 hours in a day. I guess I should consider myself lucky I get those days where I have 8 hours to crochet, right?

 

 

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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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