A reluctant model…

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After 18 years living in Melbourne, I’ve finally convinced husband that there is such a thing as a Manly Scarf.  Of course, it couldn’t be multi-coloured, or have stripes, or too much pattern, or heaven-forbid tassels ~ eek!

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Not being a knitter, this took me a good few weeks. I think it’s moss stitch, although it could be seed stitch, or something else – I do get confused.

The yarn is Morris and Sons Empire 10ply 100% Australian Superfine Merino. It’s delicious to work with, and will hopefully be just as enjoyable to wear.

Love Terri and Moo (and a wave from reluctant-husband) 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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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.

But then this happened…. Licorice_13sml

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.

 

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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Strawberries and Cream

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My mother-in-law made this Strawberries and Cream Tea Cozy for me for Christmas. Isn’t it gorgeous? Do you love receiving hand-made gifts as much as I do?

Strawberries and Cream_1smlStrawberries and Cream_3smlStrawberries and Cream_4smlThe pattern is by Patti di Cagli. It’s knitted using cotton yarn ~ aren’t the “bobbles” gorgeous? I would have no idea how to knit them.

Love 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.

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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

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.