Moo twoo!

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A little while ago (a little over a year actually!), a good friend of mine gifted me this book as a thankyou present – I crochetted a border on a little baby’s blanket she had knitted.

Well, I was a little excited, but a very large bit hesitant. Those little doggies did not look easy to knit!

But last summer holidays I thought I’d give it a go. And it was really not so hard – each individual leg, or arm, or torso – as long as I didn’t look too far ahead!

Eventually I had all the pieces, and turned over the page to see about putting Moo Two together. Well, that was a surprise – a whole page of joining-together instructions – eeeeek! Luckily, as explained here, I have a wonderful Mother-in-Law 😀

Isn’t she adorable? … and see how the real Moo has that little white patch over her left eye?

Well, Moo Two does too!

Perugino Carousel Throw

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Well, I feel just a tad guilty about this little project.

You see, I bought this gorgeous Mohair Throw Rug Kit a few months ago, when I was meant to be purchasing yarn for my mother’s Spring Blanket. Well, I figured that I was spending so much money anyway, what would a little more matter? (I’m sure you’ve never done that).

…and what’s more, this is knitting we’re talking here, not crochet. I don’t think I need to go into much detail about my lack of knitting prowess – that’s probably pretty obvious by the lack of knitting-related finished products I’ve ever posted. Actually,  I just checked back, the answer is a big fat one!

So, it’s lucky for me I have a wonderfully talented and accommodating mother-in-law, who takes on the selfless role of project-finisher with such good grace. Ok, who am I kidding – she did finish this, but she also started it and did all the middle too. I did wind the yarn into balls though, and added the fringing… it’s not like I’m totally useless 😀

Isn’t it gorgeous?

…and again in close-up

…and the mad fringing I added at Craft Group the other night, whilst eating too many Tim Tams and feeding chocolate to visiting Halloween goblins.

I think there’s just enough left-over mohair to make this gorgeous cushion over at Hook Knit Spin. Do you think they’d look splendid together?

Moo thinks it matches perfectly with her new collar, and has requested it for her bed. I told her we’ll see…..

Saturday Sunshine

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What a gorgeous day it’s been today. The sun was actually shining in our little patch of backyard. Moo and I had a lovely morning reading (me) and snoring (Moo) on the outside sofa.

Then we went on a little wander down to the Bank St Market. This is a new local handmade / flea / designer market. I really want to like it, but I’m just not convinced yet. It’s a little bit hit and miss sometimes, but today was definitely a hit.

Look what I found!

This splendid little basket was made by Kate, of Crochet Made by Kate. At least, I assume the lady was actually Kate. Maybe I should have asked her? Anyway, this basket is made up of stips of fabric, about 1cm in width, knotted together and crochetted. Isn’t it adorable?

Of course, Moo thought it would be a good Puppy Treat Holder.

And here is today’s project.

I was looking for a pattern for a plain coloured scarf – something to wear with striped black / grey outfits… so something simple, and of course, pink! This Prismatic Scarf pattern by Huan-Hua Chye is on Ravelry. Once I’d worked out sl3 pwise wyif it really wasn’t that hard.

The yarn is called Silky Marino DK by Adorn Yarns. 90% merino wool, 10% silk, and so nice to knit with.

Hopefully I’ll have it finished before winter ends!

Tea Cosies ~ Part 1

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I’ve always loved the idea of tea poured from a tea pot. My collection of loose leaf tea is ever-expanding. Not only does the idea of sitting down to a pot of tea and a natter with a friend really appeal, but the more tea, the less wine, which can only be a good thing!

So, when the first of these books came out, it was right up my alley.

The Carmen Miranda (shown on the cover) is just gorgeous. But it was not to be.

…and then I looked at Rosie Posie. But alas, no. Knitting in the round, with five needles, was Difficult…but stay tuned for a later post, I do have a Lovely Knitting Mother-In-Law!

Secretly though, I was eyeing off this one. Licorice Allsorts.

And here he is, TA DAH! Isn’t he gorgeous? I had to buy a new, special, black tea pot for him.

He’s not exactly the same as the one in the book. I had to do a little creative blanket stitching because he kept toppling a little sideways.

And Moo thought he was lovely too…

… at least for a small while…