Saturday, October 29, 2011

Crochet Xmas Wreath

I love Xmas and this week has seen me crafting away on a new Xmas Wreath to adorn my home this festive season....
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This was such a super simple pattern and OMG can you believe that it's FREE!!! Thanks to the amazing talented Lisa over at Good-Knits and her Simple Statement Wreath I am officially in the festive spirit!!!!

This project took me a total of 30mins - awesome, right!!! I bought my foam Wreath from Spotlight for $5 and used about a 1/3 of a skein of super chunky Nundle 20ply and a 10mm hook. I now can't wait to felt up some crochet berries to add as well - what do you think???

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Knitted Star Tutorial

I've been knitting (and hooking) away at stars over the past couple of weeks in an attempt to bring smiles to the faces of the 220 kids who are stuck in the Westmead Children's Hospital over Xmas this year. My local community is helping out as well and we already have a whopping 60+ stars adorning the Charity Tree in my Shop. 
  
So, today I thought it would be fun to share my little knitted Xmas Star pattern and to make it even easier I've put it into a tutorial...

Let me first begin by saying that this pattern was not entirely designed by me - I picked it up off a gorgeous elderly lady who happened upon my store last year. She briefly told me a simple equation for crating a 6 pointed star and from there I've crafted a 5 pointed one as well....
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Before we start, gather up your supplies. I'm using 5mm straight needles and some Malabrigo Worsted (approx. 10ply). These stars don't even use 5g of yarn so scraps are perfect!!!

Abbrev : : k = knit, sl = slip, k2tog = knit 2 stitches together, psso = pass slip stitch over, st = stitch.
If you have trouble with any of these stitchs I'm sure Mr Google would be more than happy to help you out with a how-to... 
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Using the Long-tail method cast on 66 stitches.
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Row 1 - Knit 4 stitches, (sl1, k2tog, psso, k8) 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4.
After Row 1 you should be able to start seeing the points of the star forming as numbered in the picture below....
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Row 2 - k3, (sl1, k2tog, psso, k6) 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3.
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Row 3 - k2, (sl1, k2tog, psso, k4) 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2.
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Row 4 - k1, (sl1, k2tog, psso, k2) 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1.
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Row 5 - (sl1, k2tog, psso) 5 times.
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Row 6 - O.K... Now you're nearly done - (K2tog) 3 times, k1.
Cut an 8 inch tail. Thread the tail through the live stitches....
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Pull up tight and sew the short row closed like so...
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Now, if you'd like a 5 pointed star - it's even easier, simply cast on 55sts intead of 66.
You will be repeating Rows 1 - 5 (repeat what's in the brackets of each row 4 times instead of 5).
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I hope I haven't confused you too much yet... :)
So, by casting on 55sts instead of 66 you will now only have 5 points to your star instead of 6....
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After Row 5 cut an 8 inch tail, thread it through the live stitches on the needle and pull up tight....
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Sew in your ends, make a loop at the top for hanging and you're done....
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Pretty easy, right???? In the picture below I pinned out each of the points of the star on the left and steamed it with a hot iron. This makes for a much nicer pointier star - don't you think???  
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Enjoy!!!! *^_^*

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hooked!!!

This past couple of days has seen me hooking away on a very special project which will be added to my Xmas gift giving pile this year.. willow 1 
Thanks to the introduction to an amazing on-line Mag by the gorgeous Jenni over at Baa-me Knits I'm now totally hooked on Craft Sanity!!!! Have you heard of it before??? Well I hadn't until earlier this week (thanks Jen) and I just LOVE IT!!!!

This week I've also been busily knitting (and hooking) away on stars (37 to be exact) for a charity thing my local community is working on...
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It's super exciting and I can't wait to tell you all about it in the next couple of days... So, until then - Happy Hooking!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Special Gifts....

I must say - the most special gifts of them all (to me any way) are those that are hand crafted by people who are dear to you....
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There's just something about them, it's as though the thought and love that's gone into every minute of making them oozzes out each and every time the handmade gift is adorned...

Thank You so very much Suze for my very special brooch!!! I love it so, so much and look forward to it now being a fixture in my Spring/Summer wardrobe for the remainder of this year and many more to come...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Girl-y Time

We've been harvasting handfuls of Bok-Choy everyday this week and our most favourite way to eat it is steamed, seasoned and stirred through some yummy rice noodles - simple but GOOD!!!
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Have you grown Bok-Choy before? How do you like to eat it?? 
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On the Shop front I'm very excited to now be stocking 12 shades of Organic Cotton by Malabrigo. It's 100% Certified Organic Cotton with Natural Dyes added which are environmently friendly and free of chemical agents. I'm hoping to have them up on my website within the next week or so but if you can't wait until them email me and I'll send you through a detailed description with pictures of the shades I have in stock...
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After many long discussions DH and I decided 3 weeks ago that it would be a good idea to bring the girls into town to the Shop with me on Friday's and Saturday's. These will be our days for girl-y time...
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There'll be Library visits, a little stitching, some play time at the park and of-coarse the usual Shop stuff....
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We're taking each week as it comes for now and even though at times it gets pretty tough here in the Shop with the girls, especially when it's super dooper busy, I really am lucky to be able to spend the time that I do with them, they're only this young once - right??!!?!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

**30**

On Monday I turned 30!!!
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I had a gorgeous day filled with delicious food, freshly picked flowers and loads of outside adventuring....
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My girls helped pick and prepare the sweetest lunch that had all of the things this Mummy loves - home grown veg, garlic, cheese, handmade pasta and deep fried fresh herbs. Yes - deep fried herbs and they're AWESOME!!!! Today we had oregano, YUM-MO!!!!!
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I was also spoiled by some gorgeous local ladies in town on Saturday. We had b'day cake and the sweetest little party. Thank you Suz, Lois, Caz-y and Rory, its been a long while since anybody (other than my family) has made me feel that special....