Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspiration....

After seeing this post by Kate I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I crocheted a 'Queen Anne' for myself...

I love this pattern; simple enough for a beginner yet flash-y enough to 'woo' a crowd....
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I used 1 x 100g ball of Noro Taiyo and a 6mm hook for my scarf and what can I say - I absolutely LOVE-IT!!!!

Thanks for the inspiration Kate.....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Curious.....

Today we took advantage of a gorgeous day and spent most of it outside... orange 1
We had pancakes on the veranda in the sun for breaky and by 10am I had a picnic packed and we headed out into the paddock for a good 4 hours of wood cutting - and exploring....
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That afternoon was spent in the garden, thinning out and re-planting Iris's.DH thought a bonfire dinner would be a great way to cap off a perfect day spent outside.... orange 4
So, I gathered up some potatoes and wrapped them in foil, raided the freezer for some homemade lamb sausages, grabbed my freshest batch of sour cream and a big jar of tomato relish and we all headed outside for dinner....

These are my favourite kinds of days - the ones that are totally unplanned but just seem to flow and work.

You see, I'm not much of a list maker ever thought sometimes I wish I was and I'm a little curious - are you??? Do you need a list to get you through the day or are you a 'fly by the seat of your pants' kinda girl (like me) - hoping for the best at the end of a long day, praying nothing important has been forgotten...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FREE!!! Crochet Jug Cover Pattern.....

With the cooler weather, in my home, I find that we are more likely to drink water at room temperature than chilled from the fridge.

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So out of necessity I've been crocheting 'Jug Covers' and would love to share this pattern with you all...

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To start - Grab some of your favourite 5ply cotton (I'm using Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton in a Teal shade) and a 4mm hook.

Thread approx 20 buttons onto your yarn. Make sure they thread on easily or you'll find it difficult later on when you need to shuffle them down the yarn as your jug cover grows.

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Jelly's Basic Jug Cover

(note : : my jug measures 16' round the top)

Round 1 - Chain 3, 23 treble in the 3rd chain from hook. Join with a slip stitch.

Round 2 - Chain 5, treble in same space, miss 1 treble, *(treble, chain 2, treble) in the next space, miss 1 treble*. Repeat between * * around. Join with a slip stitch to 3rd chain.

Round 3 - Slip Stitch into chain 2 space. Chain 6, Treble in same space. *Treble, chain 3, treble in next chain 2 space*. Repeat between * * round. Join with a slip stitch to 3rd chain.

Round 4 - Chain 1, single crochet in same space, *Chain 6, miss chain 3 space, single crochet in next space*. Repeat between * * round. Join with a slip stitch in single crochet.

Round 5 - Slip stitch in the next 3 chain. Chain 1, single crochet in same space. *Chain 7, single crochet in chain 6 space*. Repeat between * * round. Join with a slip stitch to single crochet.

Round 6 - Chain 10 (position 1-2 buttons on the 7th chain), *Treble in next single crochet, chain 7 (position another 1-2 buttons on the 4th chain)*. Repeat between * * round. Join with a slip stitch to 3rd chain.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


These little covers are so addictive and take no more than 1 hour to make.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My New Favourite Hat...

After seeing this hat in the 2nd Ysolda book I knew that it was only a matter of time before I made one for myself....snapdragon

So armed with a delicious skein of 'Electric Blue' Cascade 220 Heathers ($7.50 per 100g in my shop) I got to knitting....

This is the perfect hat pattern if you're looking for something a little different. It has just enough detail to keep you interested right up to the very end.

Blocking is a must once finished, and trust me - it's really worth it!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Free Ride....

New life is abundant on the farm this time of year.... lambs 1
And as we muster in the ewe's for crutching a few stragglers get a 'free ride' with the girls to the shearing shed....

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On the cropping front, sowing is done and dusted for yet another year and it's great to see seeds germinating already - all we need now is some follow up rain come the end of the month to turn these little seeds of 'not too much' into lush plants of hope and promise.......lambs 3

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shalom Sanity....

I've been in search of the perfect 'everyday cardigan' for quite some time now and when I stumbled across this version of the gorgeous Shalom my heart just skipped a beat. So armed with a massive skein of Cascade Eco Yarn in the sweetest shade of grey I set to rolling.... shop 007
I'm so excited to start slowly knitting away at this little project which is just for me! There's something therapeutic about knitting garments for yourself, drifting away as the needles 'click', escaping, even if only for just a few minutes, into a world of knit-y bliss......

Also, the urge to re-purpose hit this week and I turned 4 of my girl's baby 'bunny rugs' into warm fluffy doona's....

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I followed this great tutorial and had 2 snugly blankets finished within 3 hours...

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Just Perfect!!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday saw my Mum, DH and I feeding a hungry tribe (331 to be exact) of friendly faces here on 'Darling Downs' Station for the 2011 Royal Flying Doctor Car Trek.
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We had the best time and loved every single minute of it!!!!!!
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From the nervous week of crazy preparations as we cooked like mad women to the amazing people we met as they passed through. Sharing their stories and some even staying on, just that little bit longer, to enjoy a beer by the fire as the sun went down at the end of a very long yet rewarding day...

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