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….

Summer Rose Coasters ~ Pattern

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Summer Rose CoastersAs promised, here is the pattern to my Summer Rose Coasters. Enjoy!

Coasters_22smlmaterials:
Cascade Ultra Pima yarn (in five colours)
3.5mm crochet hook
needle for sewing ends in

abbreviations:
ch: chain
htr: half treble crochet
tr: treble crochet
ss: slip stitch
cl: cluster

*** UK terms used
*** break yarn and sew in ends after each row

colour:
a: bright pink
b: pale pink
c: pale turquoise
d: turqoise
e: cream

Coasters_24smlmethod:

Using colour a start with a magic ring (this post here by Alice describes how to make these really well)

round 1 (colour a): 3 ch (counts as first tr), 1 tr, 2 ch, * 2 tr cl, 2ch **, repeat from * to ** 4 times  into circle, join with a ss into top of first 3 ch set (6 x 2 tr cl, 2ch)

round 2 (colour b): 3 ch, 4 tr into 2 ch space, 4 tr into every 2 ch space to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 3 ch (6 x 4 tr)

round 3 (colour c): 5 ch (counts as first tr and 2 ch), miss next tr, * 1 tr, 2 ch, miss next tr ** repeat from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 3 ch (13 x 1 tr, 2ch sts)

round 4 (colour d): holding row 3 forward, repeat row 3 in the missed trebles from row 2 (13 x 1 tr, 2ch sts)

round 5 (colour e): top stitch between each post of each treble of row 2 (I think this may actually be called tambour crochet)

round 6 (colour e): working into rows 3 & 4 together, 2 ch (counts has first htr), 3 htr in first 2 ch space, 4 htr into next and all other 2 ch spaces, join with a ss into top of first 2ch (13 x 4 htr)

round 7 (colour b):  ch 1, dc in same stitch, dc into next and all other htr of previous row, ss to first dc

round 8 (colour c): top stitch in ditch between rows 6 & 7

round 9 (colour a): ch 1, dc in same stitch, dc into next and all other dc of previous row, ss to first dc

Coasters_15smlAs usual, please let me know if there are any errors ~ I’m a definite amateur at pattern writing.

Terri and Moo xxx

Yarn Bomb ~ City Square

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City Square is right in the centre of Melbourne.

For the third summer in a row Yarn Corner, in conjunction with the City of Melbourne, have yarn bombed all the trees in City Square ~ this year in all the gorgeous colours of the rainbow. It’s by far the biggest yarn bomb I’ve seen, with the installation in itself being an amazing feat, with elevated work platforms needed to sew the “bombs” up to 6 metres high.

The trees are either knit or crochet, or a combination of both. I tried to calculate the hours of work that this would have taken in total. It would easily be over a 1,000 ~ probably more like 2,000 hours! For anyone in Melbourne who wants to take a look, I believe they will be there for the next month, as long as nobody decides to steal anything and make a blanket for themselves!

Yes, one of these trees is mine (I’ve kept that rather quiet, haven’t I)? I’ve posted it as the first picture, as there are a lot of pictures ~ I didn’t want to miss anyone. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be crocheting anything in orange for a good long while. 🙂

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Colourful Coaster Set

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Well, the weekend is just about coming to a close, and I have very little crochet to show for it. I have this idea in my head for a granny square design… actually, I’ve drawn it so it’s now on paper. But, do you think I can work out how to turn it into crochet? No! I think I crocheted for six hours straight last night, and at exactly five minutes to midnight, I pulled it all apart and went to bed in disgust!

That’s not what we’re here for today though….

I’m so in love with the colours in my Spring Mandala by Made in K-Town, that I wanted to make something else with that colour combination. After a bit of fiddling around and note-taking and retrying, I came up with this coaster pattern.

Coasters_22smlI’ve only just discovered the crochet “top stitch” and I must say I’m a little obsessed. So easy,  such instant gratification.

Coasters_15smlThen I made my own mandala to match.

Coasters_33smlMoo approves, I think.. or maybe that’s a paw-stomp of disapproval?

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…and being a labrador, she had to check for edibility…

Coasters_27smlCoasters_24smlWe hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, and that your crafting pursuits are going a lot more smoothly than ours are.

Love Terri and Moo xxx

PS If you’d like the pattern, I can write it out and post it here.

Granny Square Weekly

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Week One

Well, it’s a new year, and time for a new something-or-other weekly, I think. And because I don’t seem to have a lot of success finishing projects that are crocheted in rows, granny squares are the obvious choice.

I will also admit, just quietly, that one of my New Years Resolutions is to decrease my yarn stash by *cough* 100 balls. Oops! I’m not sure I actually want to see that in print. I did start this resolution a little early, in September I think, so I’m most pleased to be able to say I’m already minus 27 balls. Yes, you’re right, I’m feeling all good and wholesome!

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Details
Pattern Name: Chocolate Box
Source: 200 Crochet Blocks, by Jan Eaton
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima

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.

PinCushion_15smlPinCushion_13smlOnce it’s looked after some pins for a while and the stuffing softens, we’ll see if it improves.

PinCushion_17smlMoo thought you might like to admire her lovely ear.

PinCushion_22smlLove Terri and Moo xxx

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