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

Knitty City Capelet

… my first adventures in knitting!

Last month when I was in New York, I spent way too much time and money in my favourite yarn store of all time, Knitty City. I love the community feel of this store, and it really is hard to not be inspired by at least a dozen projects every time you walk in the door.

When I was attending the How to Knit a Hat in the Round class, people kept dropping by the table to chat, and see what we were up to. One young lady who visited was wearing a gorgeous burgundy capelet. I didn’t know it was called a capelet at the time, but on further enquiry, I found out not only the name, but that it actually belonged to the shop – she was just a little chilly so put it on!

What’s more, since it was made using knit-in-the-round, which I was now an “expert” in (haha!), I just had to give it a go!

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The pattern is out of the Rowan Winter Warmers book. It’s a lovely book, with heaps of fairly easy projects. The yarn is Rowan Lima, a gorgeous blend of baby alpaca and merino wool, and so lovely to work with.

I thought it needed a little flower to finish it off. I couldn’t find any Rowan Lima in Australia, but my local yarn store did have a few colours of Rowan Felted Tweed, that I thought matched rather well.

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The flower pattern is by the wonderful Lucy at Attic24. Such an easy pattern to follow. I just left off the final outer row in contrasting colour, since I didn’t have another contrasting colour.

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Do you like it? I’m really pleased. I think I might be actually enjoying this knitting caper.

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Oh, and Moo says hi. This photo took her by surprise I think, she didn’t get time to assemble her limbs into one of her normal elegant poses.