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Showing posts with label magazines. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Crochet, crochet everywhere... in my house

I'm having one of those explosions of creativity.

And the house is a bloody mess.

All actions of domesticity have been abandoned, except for a brain fart I had yesterday when I found myself accidentally cleaning the oven.

People who know me will find this dreadfully out of character.

I've got three or four potential projects on the go which means if I don't rein myself in, none of them will get finished!
In the process I have created a crochet nest.

I read this interesting article in Simply Crochet magazine recently where Kat Goldin (in her regular column) describes the special nest she has created where she crochets on the couch. I have one of these. There is a spot in the corner that is ample ass sized, surrounded by all of the things to suggest a large, yarny Bower bird lives there.

Firstly I have been making mandalas.  Or doilies. How about Mandala Doilies? Mandoilies! They are mandala-ish but being used as doilies.
Here's some of what I've made so far.

I am loving making them.

I'm using bright coloured cotton yarns and they whip up so fast. I can make at least one in an evening in front of the telly, then start on another before I drag my exhausted body off to bed at ridonkulous hours.

I must admit it's not the crochet keeping me up, it's the bloody addictive binge tv on the Netflix! I've powered through 3 and a bit seasons of Arrow, halfway through season 2 of Daredevil and my personal collection of the X-Files.

I have been trying to perfect the stitch counts so they are regular, and easy to understand for when I publish the pattern.  I also really really want to make them into Youtube tutorials too. But it takes a while to make a good Youtube vid. So when I start to think about writing the patterns up, editing them into printable PDFs, writing a video tutorial plan, filming and editing, I feel a little overwhelmed and pick up another project!

Which has been my Stevie Bird pattern...
I thought that because Stevie Bird is such a popular little pattern, that I would also make a Youtube tutorial for it!

But I hadn't made any Stevies since last year, so I printed my PDF out and started making one.

Then I discovered a few ridiculous errors! How did I ever publish this with such glaringly bad mistakes???

I've made 2 Stevies in the past couple of days (whilst also making Mandoilies) and am currently updating the webpage pattern and the PDFs. Then hope to make a video tutorial for them.

My personal "veg out" project which I'm also making is a cardigan which I found on Ravelry.

It's called the Turnberry Cardigan which was designed by Drew Emborsky and is available for free.

I have a bag full of purple merino Superwash which I purchased for another project which I decided not to complete. Hopefully this one will turn out ok.

Do you have a Yarny Bower Bird Nest?

Thursday, 31 March 2016

My Great Grandmothers Wall Divider

Sunny Jim the budgie is a bit pissed off with me.

I dragged her 850km to mums house again. She didn't mind the first trip. She was safely in the back of my XTrail. She had a view, she hopped around on her perches and chirped to my crazy music. This time we were in Bears SUV. She had a view and music but I think she objected violently to his lame middle of the road music selection and hated the whole trip.

Sunny Jim and RHA in happier times....
But I had a mission and I knew once Sunny Jim was safely perched in her cage on mums back verandah singing to the Bower Birds and lorikeets, she would forgive me.

She didn't. She bit me quite viciously when I tried to pop my hand in the cage with some fresh greens. Then happily sang with all the local coast birds.

Whoever said budgies don't draw blood should come and meet my little feathered vampire.

The mission? For as long as I can remember my Nana kept her super special things in a large wall unit. It has wooden sliding doors at the bottom, randomly placed shelves, some of which are behind sliding glass doors.

It was originally bought in the late 1960s by her mother in law, my Great Grandmother who passed away before I was born.

When Great Granny died in 1970, it passed to my Pops sister who sold it to my grandparents for 40 pounds. 40 pounds! It's so old it precedes Australian decimal currency. Crikey! 

And Nana and my Aunty Horse Whisperer almost put it on for free! FREE?!?

So I put up my hand for it, gave the Bear my best lovey dovey puppy dog eyes, and bless his Beary soul, he offered to hitch the trailer to the car and make the trek up north to collect it.

It was an awesome excuse to spend an extra long Easter weekend up at mums in Mollymook and visit Nana who lives just 5 minutes away from her.

So before the big reveal, I'll share some of the fun we had over the weekend.

There was plenty of shopping at the nearby town of Milton with a quick visit to Nikki Bs. Who are we kidding? I was in there for nearly an hour.

#dogs #milton #redhairedamazona

Wandering up the street, we saw Samson the Clydesdale visiting the local bakery. Apparently he loves their buns.

I then discovered my new favourite shop The Fig Tree Forest where I bought gorgeous feather hair clips and a sumptuous feather hair band made by one of the shop owners Karin as well as a few other cute bits and pieces.

Insert gratuitous feather selfie here...

The super friendly Karin is also a wonderous photographer (check out her Instagram!).

Gorgeous little felt items crafted by Lisa
I bought the last French Pear scented soy candle for mum, then popped in the next day to see if they had any more French Pear candles and then met co- owner Lisa who was more then happy to make one to order.

There was fishing on Burrill Lakes.

Now obviously there was more to this photo, but the way I was posed, I suddenly developed 2 extra chins. After this photo, I gave him the old Rex Hunt, and released him back into the river!

And we bought yummy preserves and jellies at a local Farmers Market at Cupitts Winery.

The best part about visiting Ulladulla/ Mollymook over Easter is the annual Blessing of the Fleet parade on Easter Sunday.

Mother and Sonofagun bonding at the Festival. Fun was had by all. So much bonding.
There were vintage cars on display.
I'm like getting all up in ya grill. I've heard people say that. Not sure what it means.
 And the parade of course!

Movie themed this year.

Lots of rides and games.

If you have a clown phobia (and let's face it, who doesn't), look away now...

#sideshow #clowns #circus #redhairedamazona
I satisfied my inner non-existent highlander with the soul quenching sound of bagpipes.
I loves me some bagpipery. And a fella in a kilt if he looks like this...

And at the end of the day, fireworks.

red haired amazona ulladulla harbour

I managed to get in quite a bit of crochet.

I made 3 little eggs inspired by Ann Egans pattern in Issue 42 of Simply Crochet. I added a bit of dodgy embroidery on the largest egg.

I also finished 3 more bowl cosies. I always try and make multiples of items before publishing a pattern to make sure it works.

crochet cotton

There was plenty of beach action. Here's one of those gratuitous ugly feet/ paws pics...

The next day we had heard about some rock sculptures. I am going to be a big meanie and not tell you where they are. The locals whisper its location only to each other. All these rocks are simply balanced and rightfully they are worried little hooligans will go and kick them over.

Finally on Easter Monday we took the trailer to Nanas and loaded her wall unit on the back of the trailer.  It was wrapped up and strapped up ready for the long trip home the next day.

Nana blew it a kiss goodbye and told me that my Pop would have been very happy that it stayed in the family. {insert little tear here}

The following morning at 6am, we piled ourselves back into the car for the long trip home.

I was super relieved that the Wall Divider survived the trip without even a scratch and is now safely in place with some of my treasures on it.


Things will get rearranged and moved around. A lot probably. I keep looking at it and can't believe that it's here! 

I am definitely seeing some crocheting doilies or mandalas in my near future for those surfaces. What do you think?
The Red Haired Amazona

Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday Night Movies & Crochet 2015 Recap in Pictures!

If you follow my Facie page, you'd know that most Saturday nights (or Sunday nights), the Blonde Bombshell (aka BFF Emma) and my lovely Bear and I watch movies. And crochet. 

Now you and I both know that there's nothing more wonderful than curling up on the couch with a bit of tellie, or a movie and picking up yarn and hook. And drinking the tea and eating the munchies.

Sometimes we've had Ring Ins join us.  And without fail they have been all like, "So you really do crochet AND watch movies?!?" like it's the last bastion of crazy multitasking and it's as weird as if we told them AND demonstrated that we cooked a souffle AND fought off the vikings at the same time.

Most of the time I post a little Photo mosaic of whatever we're watching and both crocheting on Facie.  When the Bear joins us, he doesn't crochet. But I'm sure if he could give a car an oil change or tinker with solar panels in the loungeroom, he'd do that.

What he does do is help us unravel tangles, slowly unwind tricky yarn balls and sip his Scotch and regularly drops hints to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she'll finally succumb and watch Sharknado. He hasn't succeeded yet and probably won't after we watched Zombeavers.

So to wrap up our year in movies, I thought I'd indulge and give a recap of my photo mosaics from Facebook.  I started posting them in about mid April and unfortunately one or two are missing such as the night we watched Zombeavers...

bill murray
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: We love Bill Murray. And Wes Anderson movies. The Blonde Bombshell was making some coasters that night whilst I made a cloche hat for a friends little girl.
(18 April)
sun theatre yarraville
The Avengers Age of Ultron: We took our movie night to an actual cinema for family movie night. And we took our crochet! (25 April)

granny stripe blanket
Noah: Sorry for the funny fuzzy photo. I also had salted caramel chocolate treats. All to myself! (2 May)

kingsmen colin firth
Kingsman Secret Service: Who doesn't love Mr Darcy? Sexy monkey that he is. That's my Rainbow Scoodie nestled with a nice cuppa. (9 May)

mermaids movie bob hoskins
Mermaids: Shoop shoop shoop. Such a gorgeous classic movie! Remember how Cher only ever cooks entrees because she can't commit to cooking a whole meal? (16 May)

Eurovision 2015: No movie tonight. It was a huge magical Eurovision weekend. And what made it a huger deal was Australias invitation to participate. I was so excited I even took a dodgy photo of the tv screen. We're super equally excited that we've been invited back again for 2016! Squeeee! The Blonde Bombshell was working on the worlds heaviest and most labour intensive blanket whilst I was working on my Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs (24 May)

scandi knit scarf
From Here to Eternity: I really enjoyed this movie. Although it wasn't all about the sand pash. That scene left me with an uncomfortable empathetic feeling of sand up the clacker. Ugh. But Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster were delicious to watch. My project that night was my Intarsia Knitted Scarf. (30 May)

wrist cuff crochet
The Last Five Years: seemed to drag for blimmin' five years. Holy Oprah I would have rather watched 5 hours of infomercials! The BB was crocheting a gorgeous chunky cowl whilst I played around with more wrist cuffs! (13 June)

Thor The Dark World: That Saturday night I was solo and I think I was just happily sitting there enjoying Hemsworth muscles and sorting through my yarn stash. Drinking a massive cap and totally blissed out. (18 June)

netflix series
Daredevil: no, not the dumb ben affleck movie (gawd I hope he doesn't eff up batman). This was a bit of a Netflix tv show binge. The BB was absent, so Sonofagun No.1 and I tucked in. Why has he got a laptop? Because he was watching some other Avengers movie on the lappie AND Daredevil on the tellie. The teenaged version of multitasking. (20june)

cucumber sex toy
Swinging with the Finkels: have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee whizz! I wonder if Mandy Moore has ever used vegetables as a sex toy?" I haven't. But I found out anyway. I'm not sure that scene was relevant to the storyline.... I also was working on my Rainbow Granny Stripe designed by Lucy at Attic 24.(27 June)

sun theatre yarraville
Antman: Another trip out to our local Art deco cinema to soak up calorific Choc tops.  A tip for crocheting in dark places like the cinema is to take something with an easy, repetitive pattern that you don't need to look at too often.  (18 july)
granny rectangle crochet
Wives & Daughters (Netflix series): After smashing that Granny Stripe blanket in under a month, I moved on to my last blanket of the winter season which was a big granny rectangle in blue and white for love of my life, the Bear. (25 july)

sun theatre yarraville
Fantastic Four:  there's something about this movie where, no matter how many times they try to revamp the story, if never seems to launch. But it still made for cosy blanket making and a fun night out with the kids. (8 august)

square crochet basket
The Grand Budapest Hotel:  Another Wes Anderson indulgence. I think I was trying to figure out how to crochet a square basket in the round. By the end of the night I gave up and started playing with cottons! (1 August)

christopher meloni fridge
Wet Hot American Summer: If you haven't caught this bizarre gem of a movie yet, do yerself a fava and get on it! Then (as in 'afterwards', watch the prequel series on Netflix. I have never loved Christopher Meloni more than after I saw him humping a fridge... (15 August)

amigurumi bird
Zac & Miri make a porno: Well they tried. That night I finished one of my first little birdies. I call them 'chickadees' but still have not published the pattern.  (29 august)

Focus: Good old local soap opera star made good Margo Robbie and the fresh prince. Watch it. It's interesting. And tonight I finally finished Bears blankie. Crap that blanket took ages!  (5 Sept)

tunisian crochet
The X- Files Season 2:  Since they announced the new 6 episode special of the X-Files which is to be released in January, I have been catching up on ALL of my favourite ever tv show episodes. I also started working on a pattern I found in a magazine for a Tunisian Cardi. It's a beautiful cardigan and I'm sure the designer created it perfectly, but whatever was published in the magazine doesn't quite work out. I have already emailed them about one error, which they gave me the correction, but quickly found several other errors which ultimately decided I didn't have time to figure out or follow up on. Maybe in a few weeks I'll pick it up again :( (26 Sept)

stephen hawking
The Theory of Everything: This was kind of interesting. I actually started to read Stephen Hawkings book A Brief History of Time after this. Fascinating read! Well the first few pages were. I'm sure the rest is too if I ever get the chance to finish the book. I haven't yet figured out how to crochet AND read a book. It's the whole book holding, hook holding business. (10 Oct)

berry cheesecake
Jurassic World:  Look at that cute little bubba! My beautiful Sonofagun No. 1 turned 15, and as his party was held another night, we watched his movie of choice and the BB brought over the most delicious cheesecake! (24 October)

amigurumi fox
The Hunger Games: The BB decided it was time my HG cherry was popped. I also started working on a sweet amigurumi fox I found the pattern for in a crochet magazine.  (7 November)

crochet stars
The Hunger Games Catching Fire:  See those sweet little stars? This was my free pattern for Join As You Go Christmas Star Garland. (21 November)

egg nog
A Very Murray Christmas:  Every December we switch to Christmas movie mode, and kicked off in awesome fashion with this little gem of a special. I started working on my Axel cushion which is still a work in progress. (5 December)

Lethal Weapon: A classic Xmas movie. Just like Die Hard. I had put aside my Axel cushion to create a sweet little kawaii felt fairy doll for my Christmas tree which I found in a copy of Mollie Makes magazine. (12 dec)

elf on a shelf totoro
Bad Santa: I couldn't believe what I was watching! It was hilarious and depraved viewing. This was our Christmas dinner and I was able to give the BB her Totoro Amigurumi which I made from a free pattern I found on Ravelry by designer Lucy Collins. It was so quick and easy to make! I was also working on a cloche hat as a Chrissy prez for one of my nieces.
(20 dec)

budgie crochet
Hunger Games Mockingjay: With Xmas finally over, I was itching to get back into the Hunger Games movies. Only one more HG left in the series! My Axel Budgie cushion is coming along nicely. (26 dec)

There we are. The year in movies. And a year in crochet!

This has been a tradition at my place for the past 4 years and I wish I had catalogued the previous years. The previous year was an absolute pearler as we indulged in many old classics such as Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple movies, I think somewhere in there we also watch some classic James Dean. If you've got any suggestions for me for future movie viewing I'd love to hear them! Now we look forward to the next 12 months of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet (not a very catchy title, I know).