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?

 

 

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I’m not procrastinating, really!

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Yes, I know it’s only nine days till Christmas, but since this present has to be posted to the other side of Australia, it does kind of trump my Mum’s Spring Blanket, at least temporarily.

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I made this for my husband’s Grandma. A few years ago I finally finished a throw rug that was half knitted squares and half granny squares, and took me about five years to make. I gave it to husband’s Grandma as a gift. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures.

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I thought I’d make her a matching cushion. Then, of course, I was missing one of the colours. The blanket had a kind of dark lime green in it, as well as cream, beige and dark purple. I didn’t have any green left, and I didn’t want to use a green that was not quite right, so I added pink.

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It’s weird, these used to be my sort of colours, but I like things so much brighter and contrasty now… my tastes have definitely changed. So, I don’t exactly love this, but I’m glad I made it, and I really hope Grandma loves it, fingers crossed.

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The square on the front is called “Centered Square” from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. The flower pattern is from the lovely Lucy in the Attic. I love her patterns. They’re so easy to follow.

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The underside is just a basic granny square pattern.

PS Ok, back to the Spring Blanket now….