Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Creative Space, and giveaway winners!!

Well i did it!!!!!!! and with 12 to spare! i cannot believe i have had an extra 32 followers since this time last week, you guys are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia over at Just One WIP generated 7 of those all by herself by pimping me out on Ravelry and her Facebook and Julia it paid off!!! You are one of the winners!!! I drew your name first too (thanks to so you get to choose which skein you would like first.

Rachel (xmasangels) was the second winner so congratulations to both of you!!!!!! Rachel and Julia could you either PM me ( on TNN) or send me an email with your details please and i will get these beauty's into the mail!

I thought it was hilarious that you are both TNN ( thenappynetwork for those who have no idea what i am talking about haha) members, and i even drew two more names after yours just to see and yup, two more TNNers haha, lovely to see so many of you supporting me :)

right onto the yarn!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Man oh man was it hard to dye this yarn!!! it took AGES for the yarn to absorb the dye and then when it did it just sucked it all up and it hardly made a difference. i had to use ALOT of dye and still the colours are quite "dull" and not nearly as vivid as i was going for. They still look great mind you, just not quite what i was trying to do.

I went with blues and purples, and pinks and greys in the end :) Both would make beautiful shawls i think, but then again I'm a bit biased don't you think? haha

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hmmmm that last pic doesnt look right, there is no green, just rich blues and purples
Pop on over to kootoyoo for more creative spaces

Sunday, July 25, 2010

5 more to go! What colour shall i dye?

So i am 5 followers away from my goal!!!!! i am going to remain confident that i can make it to 100 by the end of Thursday so i am going to prep the yarn!!

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I am going to dye up 200grams of 4ply 100purewool which is the softest and snuggliest yarn you will EVER touch.

So what theme shall i go with? What do you want? earthy colours? brights? pastels? 200grams of the same colourway? 2 separate colourways? ( i have two 100gram skeins) I could also so two winners of 100grams each...............(so double your chances to win ;) )

Thank you to all my friends who have pimped me out on their facebooks!!! i have a new follower thanks to Kate and 2 thanks to Julia!

So, tell me what you want, what you really really want!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mabel Barbara

My husbands grandmother turns 75 next week and i wanted to make her something beautiful and special.

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Morag put up some gorgeous deep red sock yarn on her site Vintage Purls the other week and it was a perfect fit for Barbara. I wanted a pattern to could churn out quickly so went with my old faithful Ishbel pattern, this time trying a little different construction.

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I used the small stocking stitch section and the large lace pattern, as i had seen other projects on Ravelry who had manged to get that size out of a single skein of sock yarn. I didn't unfortunately and had to cut out the last 4 rows in section D to make sure i had enough yarn for the cast off. i had JUST enough so lucky i didn't just keep going! I think it still looks beautiful and you can hardly tell :)

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This is shawl #7 for my 10 in 2010 challenge!!!!! i am so proud i have made this many so far and i know i have many more than 3 left up my sleeve.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Creative Space round-up

Thought i would do this for the second week in a row as i have spent a bit of time looking at such gorgeous blogs!!

I admit i haven't looked at all of them this week, but a fair few, and here are some of my favs........

These gorgeous birthday invitations over at Frog, Goose and Bear

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These awesome felt owls at Plushkacraft

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This felt bunny bunting at Voodoo Rabit

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Cathie's gorgeous photography at m.e

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These adorable booties at midge and judy

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Delicious kiwifruit jam at swirly arts

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and finally, although this wasn't a creative space post i found it on dash robins blog beautiful vintage apron curtains!

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so what did you find?

Also i am only 8 followers away from goal!!!!!! so that you for all your referring yesterday, it really did work!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Creative Space - and a giveaway.

My creative space this week has been a little quiet.

I started and finished another shawl, #7 to be exact! It is for my husbands grandmothers 75th birthday next month but i haven't taken photos of it yet.

We have been away for a few days at my own grandmothers funeral, so i haven't had any more time for crafting.

HOWEVER! I am 20 followers away from 100, after last weeks mammoth blog visiting expedition and i wonder if i can make it up to 100 by next Thursday??? If i CAN then my creative space next week will be a giveaway of some lovely hand dyed yarn by me, drawn from my followers.

So tell your friends, and if you refer someone here and they follow me, get them to leave a comment saying so and i will give you another entry in the draw :)

here are some examples of my dyeing

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I have some gorgeous and soft 100purewool waiting to be dyed!

Head on over to Kootoyoo for more creative inspiration

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Shawl #6!!!

Well i am past the half way mark now for my "10 shawls in 2010" goal!!!
I finished shawl #6 2 weeks ago but have only just gotten around to blocking and taking photos of it.

It is my second "Traveling Woman" shawl and i modified it a little to end up with a central point as well.

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The yarn is Jolly Jumbuck, not sure which base and not sure which colour lol but it was a vibrant reddy/orange with hints of purple throughout.

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The recipient of this shawl will be a surprise as it is going into a swap box so i will have to wait and see who picks it out!

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Shawl #7 is in progress at the moment and should be finished tomorrow!! i Think i am going to get alot more than 10 done this year :)I still only have one myself and it is a small shawlette version and i would love a large one.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Creative Inspirational Spaces


After participating in "My creative Space" yesterday i had a record amount of comments left on my blog: 21 in fact!!!

After seeing so much support i decided to set myself a little challenge and visit every blog on the list (all 154 of them!) and this morning i finished!

WOW there is a lot of amazing and inspiring crafters out there!

Crochet seems to be a massive trend this week, as well as quilting.

My following list has now doubled and i thought i would share with you some of my favs from yesterday.

First up Kute Kiwi
Look at her GORGEOUS knitted jewelery
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I have GOT to get one of the little bow necklaces.

Next up is Dolls and Daydreams
her handpainted/drawn dolls are just stunning
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Then we have Fruitful Fusion
And her funky uncycled glasses
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next is STAR OF THE EAST blog
and their amazing hand drawn bag!
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And last but certainly not least is OOTY
and her beautiful rag quilt!
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And that is just a taste of the amazing talent on offer!

Cant wait to participate next week :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Creative Space

My creative space............................

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I have had an order for a WHOLE BUNCH of christmas ornaments so i will be busy for the next few nights whipping up some felty christmas magic ***

Im a bit early in the game but will link to koyotos post when its up :)

And its up! pop on over to Kootoyoo and join the fun

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Knit Knit knitting

I have been reasonably busy while Ive been absent from blog land. Living on a mountain means everyone needs woollies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the last couple of weeks i have made each of the boys a Milo vest:

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(excuse the sour face :P )

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And last night i finished some Looking Glass Longies for Flynn!
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I'm in love with how these turned out and RELIEVED as it is the first luxury yarn i have every bought and these longies work out to have around $50 worth of yarn used in them!!! They yarn is by Family Roots and the colourway is First Beach

5 weeks later...............

Yes it has been 5 weeks! I'm so sorry i haven't been blogging. I've had ALOT of stuff going on personally but am ready to get back int he blogging saddle ;)

So 5 weeks ago we moved into our first owned HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The boys have settled in instantly to their new neighbourhood and i have to say it felt like home form day one. From the visits from all the neighbours bearing baking, to the friendly smiles whenever we go out. Ashton's new Kindy is just BRILLIANT for him and he is now going 5 mornings a week.

The cold has taken a bit of getting used to but now we have our fire roaring every morning until we go to bed we can appreciate this glorious sight outside our window:

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I have been busy knitting away so will have some things to share very soon!