Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

Monday, 3 October 2016

Pom- pommiest Icicle Stitch Scarf - Finished Project


A few weeks ago I purchased this beautiful Moda Vera Bouvardia yarn which was on sale.

It looked just delicious so I bought 2 balls without much idea of what I wanted to make. I did contemplate knitting with it to showcase the amazing colour changes, but found this pattern which I had pinned in Pinterest ages ago for an Icicle Stitch scarf. The Icicle Stitch is also known as the Larksfoot Stitch.
Icicle Stitch
Little Treasures has a pattern on this stitch which is probably showcased better when you are using plain colours, alternating with every row, but I wanted to give it a go.
Moda Vera Bouvardia Scarf

It was so satisfying to watch the colour changes. Surprising actually! The yarn looked icy and electric when it was in a yarn ball. Then came out quite different with the darker colours coming through much more strongly in the finished scarf.

Icicle Stitch Scarf


With the first ball, I pulled the end out from the centre and started crocheting out the colours, then when that ball was finished, I realized the 2nd balls colours matched by starting from the end on the outside.

This was fun as I was able to see the emerging colours from the outside inwards!

Moda Vera Bouvardia Spotlight



The scarf used up exactly both balls. But I still needed to finish off the ends. I am not a big fan of tassels so decided to make pompoms.



I had no Moda Vera left, so I searched my acrylic yarn collection and found some soft pink, mid pink and orange to make the pompoms.

crochet scarf icicle stitch

I finished just in time for an overnight trip to Phillip Island which can get quite cold at night. And it kept me super warm when Sonofagun No.2 and I braved the cold wind to see the Penguin Parade!

Larksfoot stitch


If you'd like to give this stitch/ scarf a go, check out the free tutorial on Little Treasures website. With clear instructions and lots of photos, it is super easy and quick to make!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Snow and Socks

For the past 3 weeks it's been crazy busy in Amazonaland.

I've been dabbling with yarny projects and taking the Sonofaguns on a couple of adventures.

After making a big project such as my recently finished Staggy The Yarn Bombed Stag, I kind of usually feel a little burnt out so I spent time making things that don't require much brain work.
One such project is a granny square blanket for my boyfriends (AKA The Bear) own Bear cub. 

He requested his own blanket in his 2 favourite colours: lime green and bright yellow. Wowsers! Get me some sunglasses! Its super bright but what the Bear Cub wants, he will get!


It will be made up of 12 large green granny squares with a soft grey edge each, then another row of yellow. Then all 12 squares will be sewn together and edged in a basic edging of maybe moss stitch.

It's been hard working on one colour because #ihavetheattentionspanofagoldfish .

I also love following Winwick Mums blog and if you have heard of her, then you'll know Christine is the Queen of Knitted Socks.

Knitted.

Yes. For my fellow Crochet Queens that involves two things that look like very long crochet hooks without the hook thing on the end.

Now I don't know about you, but when I knit on super rare occasions, I feel like this guy...


But for some bizarre reason I decided I wanted to have some hand knitted stripey socks.
So I went to this gorgeous LYS Morris and sons in the Melbourne CBD and a lovely lass sold me what can loosely be described as small little stabbing things attached to garrot wire. AKA Magic Circle or Loop or something.
Everything has been going really well thanks to Christines wonderful Sockalong tutorials.

Until I reached the heel.  I have had to frog back 4 times.

Do you know what happens after you frog back teeny tiny knit stitches 4 times? You start to cackle hysterically when you discover that 'knit' rhymes with 'shit'.

Really? I beg to differ. <roll eyes>
So I despondently put it aside until I finish posting a tutorial I have been trying to write for my little amigurumi owl. I think I just needed a mental health break!

Down in the city, Melbourne has been giving us beautiful sneaky glimpses of Spring weather. Which made us leap into action to get in some last minute winter action. Last weekend the Bear and I piled the younger kids into the car for a day trip up to the snow.

Now I don't really do snow. It just seems kind of you know, cold and wet which isn't really very appealing on a regular basis. And I kind of never got into skiing because it involves moving very fast in a downward motion from a high place relying on some sticks. I did try it once.
Many years ago an old boyfriend took me for a day trip skiing with some work buddies. They put those long ski sticks on the ends of my legs. I decided to try skiing from the top of this little kids learners hill. 
I first laboriously walked up the hill sideways.
I looked down to the base of the hill.

Look, you know it may have only been an extra 2 metres higher over a 60 metre slope but I looked DOWN and said, "Nope." and then laboriously walked back down sideways, took off my skis, and happily skipped to the Snow Hut where there was a large fire pit and Hot Chocolates with a dash of rum waiting for me.

This time however we were simply going to Lake Mountain where there was a toboggan run and snow play area. Tobogganing I can handle!

The drive down through the Yarra Valley and up into the Victorian High Country is beautiful.

It was the perfect morning for ballooning and there were many about the valley.


Then we climbed into the mountains.  Now I know car driving pics are a bit boring but the scenery in the mountains is so amazing. The trees are taller than tall with lush tree ferns underneath. It's my favourite place to drive through.


Then we arrived!  It was a fun couple of hours of tobogganing and snowness. I even made a Sno-ala...
(Snowman/ koala)

As it's the end of the season, most of the natural snow had already melted from this resort, but resorts higher up in the hills were still very snowy.



Later that afternoon on the way home, we stopped by the Maroondah Dam Reservoir Park just outside of Healesville.  The only way to describe it is a dam with a park at the bottom of the dam wall.
On the right is the water bit and nice bush/ water things to look at...







And on the left is a massive drop down to the parkland...


It was the end of the day, so we decided after walking along the top of the wall to go home, but I first asked Bear to drive me into the park so I could use the loo. Which was a lie.

Because as I skipped down the path that led towards to toilets and out of view of the carpark, I really took lots of pretty photos of flowers!!!

"Oh yes Darling! I really really need to wee! I won't be long!!" <skips joyfully down the path hiding the camera in her pocket as she keeps going past the filthy 1970s dunnys and towards the arboretum!>








And then I came back to my very own little house to find this magnificence!
A tulip fully blown out in August? Crazy.



As I mentioned earlier, I am working on my amigurumi owl tutorial which has just finished being photographed. Hope to have it available for you soon!

xox
Louise


The Red Haired Amazona

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A Glorious Weekend in Canberra

Yes it was. Driving all the way to Canberra just for a long weekend is a bit of work, but I had a Hankering.

It all started when I was perving on the Instabrag and saw some amazing pots of honey posted by a local Canberra business called Handmade Canberra.

They run a large quarterly market at the Exhibition Centre which has lots of yummy eats and beautiful items made by local Australian artists.

That deliciously gratuitous picture of honey resulted in a comment exchange where the Handmade peeps totally twisted my arm and completely demanded that I come up for the market....


TWISTED MY ARM SO BAD IT STILL HURTS

And then they cemented the deal with donuts.

Like srsly?  How delicious do they look?

My tastebuds commented under the photo before I could control myself....


Yummy donuts by Donut Papi

I also wanted to catch up with a couple of close friends, and see my brother and his family, and soak up some hometown bliss.

So on the Friday afternoon, we left jolly old hipster Melbourne and after an overnight stay at Albury, arrived Saturday morning at the Handmade Market in time to meet my super dooper oldest bestest friend Bibi and her two Sonofaguns.

A very misty welcome to Canberra!!

We let the kids play on the good old iconic Action Bus. This was a novelty for Sonofagun No.2 who's used to grotty old Metro Trains.


We ate yummy French Crepes, Phillipino Chicken Satays, marinated pulled beef and rice, drank creamy hot cappuccinos and tried our best to browse the stalls while 3 of our 4 boys said all of those wonderful things boys say when you're shopping:

"When are we leaving?"
"My legs are sore."
"Why are you looking at these skirts when you looked at skirts over there?"
"Can we go now?"
"This is soooo boring."
"Don't you have enough wool at home?"
"When are we leaving?"

Much peace. Very relaxment.

So we gave up and took them back to Bibis house for pasta and lego.  AND the best thing of all for oldest bestest friends who haven't seen each other for 18 months: several cups of tea and lots of talking.  And then a round of selfies which just reminded me that I'm old and have too many wrinkles.
And Bibi still looks the same as she did when we were a couple of young single gals cruising round town in her little Ford Laser...

Thelma, er, Bibi & Louise....

We stayed at Auntie Martha Stewarts that weekend. For those of you who haven't been following my blog for a while, Auntie Martha Stewart isn't her real name. I've used a Nom De Plume to protect the innocent, but she is so named because she is a very clever crafty lady who has dabbled in every craft known to human kind and taught me how to crochet. 

She lives in a lovely little townhouse in an estate in the south of Canberra that has the most beautiful view from her back courtyard.

Pretty, frosty morning

Much serenity. Very scenery.

Sunday morning I was able to visit my little big brother the Red Haired Viking and his family. They are lucky enough to have a family of Blue Fairy Wrens that hop around their backyard. They hopped and flew around so quickly, all I could get was this one blurry photograph.


Then after bribing my boys with the promise of food, I popped back to the market to buy all the things I wanted from the day before.

Like donuts from artisan donut makers Donut Papi!!!

From back left around: Marshmallow & Lychee, Rose (?), Black Sesame, Matcha Green Tea

And these beautiful cards by Marja-Leena.  I had to buy a small stack of these. Even though they are gift cards, I think I'm going to pop them in frames and keep them. They're so beautiful!

And that scrummy local Canberra honey and chocolates.


I also bought a couple of these amazing notebooks by Funky Journals.  They are old kids books which have been made into spiral bound notebooks. And the original story pages are scattered inside amongst the blank pages. I kept the Scuffy the Tugboat notebook for myself as I remember it was one of favourite books when I was little and when Sonofagun No.1 was little, I bought a copy for him too. I did buy a couple of others but I am keeping them secret ATM as they are put away for Xmas pressies!


I was awfully tempted by the Knight Rider Annual notebook!!  So much Hoffness!


I walked into a yarn stall with lots of soft, colourific merinos and silks when I spied the most amazing granny square coat. On a person! I asked about her gorgeous coat. And her gorgeous self. Her name is Jackie and she was simply another shopper like myself who crocheted this deliciously warm creation....

She was kind enough to let me take a couple of photos. Isn't she clever? I think I might need to make one for myself!

So yes, I spent Dollars and had a lovely time. I also bought some Ginger Beer with Chilli for the Bear, Some Lemon Meringue Marshmallows, A gorgeous skirt by Sheesh and stopped by a roadside stall on the way home past Benalla and bought some local Olives and Strawberry & Vodka jam!



After my quick 2nd whizz around the market I headed over to my very clever and talented friend Naomis house for some crochet.

YES!! CROCHET!

I spent a glorious afternoon with Naomi, her mum Kaija (who has been my very good friend for over 20 years) and Naomis daughter Elmi who at the age of 9, is already an amazing artist like her mum and grandmother. If you'd like to check out some of Naomis art, check out her webpage or Instabrag!

Naomi said she wanted to learn how to make a doily like this one that I made a few weeks ago and posted on Instagram...



And once she got the hang of it (which was super fast), she posted this on Instabrag...


I also gave Elmi a little How to Crochet lesson. She did really well despite my dodgy teaching!


So after a good night's sleep and a delightfully frosty Monday morning...



we packed ourselves into the car, did a quick drive to Lake Burley Griffin for a few gratuitous photos and left for the long drive back to Melbourne.

The Museum of Australia


Telstra Tower aka The Batman Rocket (according to Sonofagun No.2)
Quick story.

See this section of lake looking towards Telstra Tower?  When I was in Year 10 at high school, we had a catamaran lesson in this section of lake.
It was a fun afternoon. There was much boating, and lots of falling in and swallowing lake water etc.

That evening on the news on tv, they reported a body had been pulled out not far from where we were drinking lake water....

The National Library, and that weird triangle thing in the background is Parliament House

The Captain Cook Memorial Globe
Ah Canberra! Ah Markets! This weekend I've discovered there is a market MUCH MUCH closer to home called the Maribyrnong Makers Market. I'll definitely be popping around to have a look there as I've heard there's THINGS. And it won't take 7 1/2 hours to get there!